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Daxx Garman buried third on Terps’ QB depth chart

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When Daxx Garman transferred into Maryland from Oklahoma State, many, perhaps most, assumed the quarterback would be sitting atop the depth chart entering the 2015 season. Instead, he’s buried on it.

Friday, the Terps released a depth chart ahead of the opener with Richmond and, in what some might consider an upset, Perry Hills was listed as the starter. Caleb Rowe sits in the prime backup spot behind Hills, which means Garman will enter the upcoming season No. 3 in the quarterback pecking order.

The positioning likely serves as a bitter pill for Garman to swallow as this is his final season of eligibility.

Last season, Garman, who began his collegiate career at Arizona, started eight games for Oklahoma State before going down with a concussion in mid-November. Mason Rudolph, Garman’s replacement, showed more than enough promise in his three starts that he was the unquestioned starter in spring practice, triggering Garman’s transfer to the Terps in May.

Garman, and even Rowe were considered by many to be the favorites entering summer camp, but it was Hills who’ll exit it with the starting job. Hills won the job as a true freshman in 2012 and started the first seven games that season before missing the final five due to a torn ACL. He took a redshirt the following season, then played in three games last year.

Rowe, meanwhile, tore the ACL in his left knee during a practice this past October, the same knee he suffered the same injury in the same month back in 2012, and sat out the spring. Rowe, who will entered spring as the favorite to win the starting job, was granted another season of eligibility earlier this year that allow him to play again in 2016.

Hills, Garman and Rowe were listed as co-starters entering summer camp this year.

QB competition ratcheting up at Maryland

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Just as it seems to be doing across the country in various college football camps this month, Maryland is seeing the competition to be the starting quarterback start to heat up. Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall is, wisely, in no serious rush to name a starter to lead Maryland’s offense. With three options vying for the gig, it is best to let camp play out before finding a comfort level with either Caleb Rowe, Perry Hills or Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman. Edsall would, however, prefer top be able to find that comfort zone as quickly as possible.

“We’re going to evaluate how they do in the practices, how they do in the scrimmages. I’d like to make a decision as quickly as I can so we can get some continuity going with a guy in there. They’re competing,” Edsall said in a story published by The Washington Post.

To date, all three quarterbacks have reportedly seen a pretty even mix of the first team reps. While Garman has shown some good signs early on in camp while learning a new playbook, Rowe may still end up being a slight favorite in the competition despite coming back from a torn ACL from last season.

“I don’t feel like I’m very rusty,” Rowe said this week. “It’s just being faster, a little quicker with my reads. I feel fine. My feet are good.”

Ole Miss commit Shea Patterson takes MVP honors in Elite 11

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It looks as though Ole Miss is bringing in a very talented and highly-respected quarterback in the Class of 2016. Shea Patterson, a five-star dual-threat quartreback from Shreveport, Louisiana was named the MVP of the Elite 11 camp in Oregon this week. Patterson finished in first place among the 25 quarterbacks invited to the high-profile football camp at Nike’s headquarters, and headlined the final Elite 11 class.

Maybe Texas has found a good quarterback as well. Longhorns commit, and four-star recruit, Shane Buechele finsihed in second place during the week. Other quarterbacks receiving elite status were KJ Costello (Stanford), Jacob Eason (Georgia), Feleope Franks (LSU), Jarrett Guarantano (Tennessee), Dwayne Haskins (Maryland), Malik Henry (Florida State), Brandon McIlwain (South Carolina), Brandon Peters (Michigan) and Anthony Russo (Rutgers).

For those keeping score at home, that would be five Elite 11 quarterbacks heading to the SEC. Three are going to the Big Ten, and one each to the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12.

Transferring Terp Juwann Winfree looking at potential Pitt transfer

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Suspended last month by Maryland for a second violation of the university’s student-athlete code of conduct, it was announced a week or so later that Juwann Winfree had decided to transfer from the Terps.  As it turns out, he could end up back in his former school’s old conference stomping grounds.

The wide receiver confirmed to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he will take a visit to Pittsburgh July 20.  He has no current plans to visit any other programs, although that could change depending on how his Pitt visit goes.

Andre Powell coached running backs at Maryland in 2014 before moving on to coach Pitt’s special teams under Pat Narduzzi, serving as Winfree’s most direct connection to the Panthers.  The Tribune-Review added that “Winfree, who initiated the contact with Pitt, said he has spoken on the telephone with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman.”

He has yet to be offered a scholarship by Pitt, although a successful visit could flip that particular script.

Back in November of last year, Winfree was suspended for a pair of games for violating the university’s student-athlete code of conduct.

Last season, Winfree caught 11 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns.  He would be forced to sit out the 2015 season, but would then have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.

Maryland wide receiver Juwann Winfree ditches Terps

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Remember a few years ago when jokes were made about how many players were choosing to leave the Maryland football program under head coach Randy Edsall? Those times have passed, but we have a theme running today on College Football Talk about players leaving their respective programs for one reason or another. Now we found a way to get Maryland in the mix.

Wide receiver Juwann Winfree has left the Maryland program, the school announced Wednesday. This news comes less than two weeks after Edsall suspended Winfree for a violation of Maryland’s student-athlete code of conduct.

Winfree caught 11 passes for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Maryland in 2014. His role in the Terps figured to be more significant in 2015 after some roster turnover from last fall. As noted previously, Maryland was already in a position to replace the top four receivers from a year ago. Stefon Diggs left early for the NFL, Jacquille Veii transferred and Marcus Leak withdrew from the university last month. Now Winfree will be looking to take his game elsewhere.