As Brandon Ross rounded the right side of the offensive line against Indiana last Saturday, the running back's eyes darted between his teammates and the sideline. He needed wide receiver Malcolm Culmer to hold his block on Hoosiers cornerback Rashard Fant just long enough for Ross to get to the sideline where he could turn up field. Ross pointed at Culmer, directing traffic through the secondary. He slipped up the sideline, and 79 yards later, he had his third touchdown of a career day. Though
A little more than a year ago, Maryland and Iowa squared off in a back-and-forth tilt at Byrd Stadium that featured the Terps erasing a 14-point first-quarter lead before holding off a frantic Hawkeyes comeback late in the fourth quarter for a 38-31 homecoming win.
In Maryland¿s past two games, quarterback Perry Hills carried the ball 51 times. That¿s the most any player has plunged into the defense in a two-game stretch during interim coach Mike Locksley¿s four years calling plays with the Terps.
After its move to the Big Ten Conference, Maryland gets the opportunity to play in some of the most venerable venues in college football: The Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich.; The Horseshoe in Columbus, Ohio; Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley. The massive crowds and history add another dimension to the contests.
To say that Perry Hills' Maryland career has been up-and-down is a bit of an understatement. He enrolled expecting to back up C.J. Brown at quarterback in 2012 but was thrust into action because of injury before ultimately suffering a season-ending injury himself. He toted the clipboard as the backup in 2013 and entered last season as the third-string quarterback. Hills was expected by outsiders to be a backup again this fall but won the starting job in preseason camp. Less than two games into
The Terps rank 103rd in the country among 127 Football Bowl Subdivision teams with 169.8 passing yards per game. The 15 interceptions are the most by any FBS team and Rowe has thrown more interceptions (12) than all but one team, Miami of Ohio, despite starting only three games and appearing in 12 of the team's 20 quarters.
Maryland's 45-6 loss to West Virginia was still fresh in Caleb Rowe's mind as he boarded the team bus for the ride back home from Morgantown, W.Va., along the dark and windy roads of Western Maryland. It was a performance to forget featuring four interceptions and plenty of poor decisions for the redshirt junior, but he went ahead and relived it right away. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley pulled Rowe aside, and the pair re-watched the game together on an iPad as the bus made its way back to
That Saturday at Byrd Stadium more than a year ago filled with drenching rains, big plays and heartbreak remained a stark memory for Maryland as it worked to get ready for its matchup with West Virginia on Saturday. The Terps fell to the Mountaineers, 40-37, on a last second field goal by West Virginia kicker Josh Lambert in a back-and-forth battle that ultimately came down to a few plays.
Keeping the quarterback upright was a goal for the Maryland offensive line this season, especially with more traditional passers under center after the graduation of scrambler C.J. Brown. And so far, the unit has excelled. Through three games, Maryland is one of only five teams — and one of only three Power Five teams — to not allow a sack this season.
Keeping the quarterback upright was a goal for the Maryland offensive line this season, especially after the graduation of scrambler C.J. Brown and with more traditional passers under center. And so far, the unit has excelled. Through three games, Maryland is one of only five teams -- and one of only three Power Five teams -- to not allow a sack this season.
Caleb Rowe will make his fourth career start for Maryland at quarterback against South Florida on Saturday, his first start since the end of October 2013. In his career, he¿s been a staple in relief, appearing in 15 games in his first three-plus years in College Park. But this marks the first time he¿s been handed the keys to the Terps offense with the opportunity to seize the job for the long haul.
At some point from the time he arrived at Maryland in summer 2012 to when he made his first career start in late October of that year, Caleb Rowe was labeled as a ¿gunslinger.¿ The term is a double-edged sword, one that conjures up images of free-flowing backyard football improvisation mixed with headache-inducing mistakes. Perhaps the greatest gunslinger of them all, Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre retired as the NFL¿s leader in both touchdown passes and interceptions.
There's been a change in Caleb Rowe this week, and his coaches and teammates have taken notice. He's no longer the Maryland quarterback understudy, prepping to be ready just in case there's an injury or if he's needed to make a spot start like he was during his first three years with the Terps. Rowe is Maryland's starting quarterback this week against South Florida, and he's acting like it. He's no longer signaling plays in to Perry Hills or spelling an injured C.J. Brown. He's trying to seize
During Maryland's three-way quarterback competition this fall, Caleb Rowe, Perry Hills and Daxx Garman each had the opportunity to work with the first team in hopes of developing some continuity for when the starter was named. Hills came out on top and started the Terps' first two games, but after last week's 48-27 loss to Bowling Green, coach Randy Edsall decided to make a change. Now the hope is that Rowe, with his live arm and chemistry with the Maryland offense, can jumpstart an offense that
Entering this season, Maryland trumpeted its bulked up offensive line as a reason for optimism in its second year in the Big Ten Conference. Coach Randy Edsall complimented the Terps¿ adjustment to their new ¿linemen league¿ and it was expected to bring significant returns with veterans Brandon Ross and Wes Brown running behind it.
When the Maryland offense returned to the field almost midway through the fourth quarter after another Bowling Green touchdown made the Terps' deficit 41-27, it was backup Caleb Rowe who stood in command at the line of scrimmage, not starter Perry Hills. The Terps offense had stagnated while Bowling Green took the lead after an interception by Hills on the previous drive. So coach Randy Edsall put in Rowe in hopes the senior could help lead a comeback. Rowe, seeing his first action since
All Perry Hills wanted was a chance at Maryland's starting quarterback job. Maybe it was a callback to his days as a Pennsylvania state champion wrestler at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh or maybe it reminded him that he had competed for and won the Terps' starting quarterback job once before. So when Maryland coach Randy Edsall told Hills that it would be an open battle for the starting job in August with Caleb Rowe and Daxx Garman, the redshirt junior said he was "ecstatic." The
Will Likely had his shot over and over again Saturday afternoon. The Maryland defense kept forcing Richmond to punt, and the Spiders kept kicking it to the Terps cornerback with similar results: a winding return through a mess of white jerseys stopped just short of breaking it for a touchdown. sBut early in the fourth quarter, Richmond punter D.J. Helkowski launched a kick in Likely's direction for the seventh time. He sliced through the Spiders coverage team behind the red jerseys of his
As injuries mounted for Maryland last season, though not quite the tidal wave that had befallen the program in recent years, the Terps were forced to alter their offense scheme little by little. When tight end Andrew Isaacs went down with a knee injury in September, Maryland started playing more four wide receiver sets. In turn, there was less of a need for two-back sets featuring a fullback in the backfield. And eventually, it limited Maryland's offensive options. The Terps expect things to be
When Maryland began its inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference a year ago, it faced a flurry of questions about how it could compete among the nation's college football bluebloods, a group of leaders and legends steeped in tradition. And the Terps more than acquitted themselves to the conference's rigors with a .500 record in conference and its second straight winning season. But the questions and the doubts Maryland seemed to put to rest with its performance last season have popped up
Perry Hills knew he'd put in the work to become Maryland's starting quarterback. With the return of Caleb Rowe and the addition of Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman, it was something not many people outside the program gave him a chance to do, but he remained steadfast that there was the possibility he could come out on top in the three-man race. Still, when coach Randy Edsall announced he was the starter Friday, there was something unexpected about it for the redshirt junior. Hills will lead
After a three-way quarterback battle that stretched through most of the month of August, redshirt junior Perry Hills will be Maryland's starter when the team opens its season next Saturday against Richmond at Byrd Stadium.
After going on Washington-area radio Monday and confirming that Perry Hills is indeed leading the QB race after taking first-team reps during Saturday's open scrimmage, coach Randy Edsall reiterated that fact Tuesday.
When the Terps began the search for C.J. Brown's successor two weeks ago, all eyes turned to the Rowe, the veteran gunslinger, and Garman, the tantalizing talent described as a "football junkie" by coach Randy Edsall. All that left Perry Hills to toil in near anonymity. But after Edsall tabbed him to lead the first-team offense during Saturday afternoon's open scrimmage at Fan Appreciation Day, Hills return to the starting job could be close to reality for the Terps.
The first thing Wes Brown noticed about new Maryland running backs coach Terry Richardson was that it seemed as if Richardson already knew him. Richardson wasn't trying to figure out Brown's skill set or immediately put him into something the junior running back was uncomfortable with or didn't know. Richardson, with Brown and fellow running back Brandon Ross under his watchful eye, already knew what he had.
Brandon Ross and Wes Brown's conversations this August haven't been big picture talks centered on their competition for Maryland's starting running back position or their increased responsibility after the attrition at the position since the end of last season.
In the face of uncertainty, Edsall remained calm and confident in his pass catchers. Despite the losses, Maryland still returns talent and experience, and Edsall is counting on competition and desire to help offset the departed
Maryland has a number of questions for its second year in the Big Ten. There were some notable departures in the offseason, and now the attention turns to who can step up with the Terps trying to make their third straight bowl appearance under coach Randy Edsall.
Entering its second season in the conference, Maryland needs to choose a new quarterback and 11 other new starters, has introduced a new defensive scheme and faces three consensus top-25 teams, including the reigning national champs.
The sweat on Evan Mulrooney's back glistened as the sun broke through an overcast sky. At 6 a.m. on a typically warm and humid morning, the Maryland football team put in its normal early workout at Byrd Stadium before heading off to class, work and other responsibilities. But Wednesday was different from other morning workouts. Maryland football held it's third annual Lift for Life event Wednesday, sponsored by the Maryland chapter of Uplifting Athletes.
Maryland's insurance policy at quarterback will arrive in College Park on Monday. Daxx Garman, who announced in March that he would be leaving Oklahoma State after three years there, will join the Terps as a graduate transfer and is expected to be immediately eligible to play in 2015, Maryland coach Randy Edsall announced Thursday. Garman has one year of eligibility remaining.
Maryland's spring practice session begins Wednesday morning and will culminate with the annual Red-White scrimmage April 11 at Byrd Stadium. Here are five things to keep an eye on as the Terps begin preparing for their second season in the Big Ten in the fall.