NCAA grants Maryland QB Caleb Rowe and 7 Terps medical hardship

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Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe was one of eight Terrapins players to receive an extra year of eligibility through a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA. Maryland head coach Randy Edsall announced the eligibility updates on Wednesday.

Others on Maryland’s roster receiving an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA in addition to Rowe, according to The Washington Post, include defensive back Daniel Ezeagwu and Alvin Hill, tight end Andrew Isaacs, defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson, wide receiver Taivon Jacobs, running back Albert Reid and linebacker Cavon Walker.

Rowe tore an ACL last October to bring his 2014 regular season to an early end. Before going down for the year after appearing in four games, Rowe passed for 489 yards and five touchdowns. Rowe will be Maryland’s most experienced quarterback returning in 2015 after C.J. Brown graduated. Maryland went to file for a medical hardship waiver in February for Rowe and other Maryland players.

Rowe is sitting out of spring practices. Running back Wes Brown is also taking it easy this spring while rehabbing from surgery on his torn labrum.

Maryland seeking a medical redshirt for QB Caleb Rowe

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The favorite to land Maryland’s starting quarterback job this upcoming season is hoping to extend his stay in College Park beyond 2015.

According to the Washington Post, Randy Edsall confirmed that the school is seeking a medical redshirt for Caleb Rowe, which would give the rising senior quarterback another season of eligibility.  Rowe 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.

As Rowe played in only four games in 2014, with none of the appearances coming after the midpoint of the season, a medical redshirt would seem to be a near-certainty.  He won’t be eligible for a medical redshirt for the 2012 season as he played in games in two games at and past halfway through that year.

If granted the waiver, Rowe’s eligibility would extend to 2016.  If not, 2015 would be his last season, provided he doesn’t suffer another injury early on that could net him a waiver.

This past season, Rowe completed 63 percent of his 54 passes for 489 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions.  His most meaningful action came in late in the first month of the season when he replaced an injured C.J. Brown in the Sept. 27 over Indiana, then took over for an ineffective Brown the following weekend in the loss to Ohio State.

Maryland reportedly hires former Jaguars assistant Terry Richardson

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Most often during National Signing Day week the flurry of assistant coaches hopping jobs doesn’t come until after Wednesday. This one was a little different, though, as Randy Edsall reportedly dipped into his past by plucking former assistant Terry Richardson off the NFL’s unemployment line to coach Maryland’s running backs.

The move was reported by Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated on Tuesday evening but hinted at by FootballScoop a week ago.

Richardson spent two seasons coach running backs for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was fired by new offensive coordinator Greg Olson last week. Prior to that, he spent two seasons at Miami, where he helped sign the program’s all-time leading rusher in Duke Johnson.

Richardson previously served as Edsall’s running backs coach at Connecticut for the duration of his term in Storrs, helping the Huskies rise from a sub-.500 Atlantic-10 team to Big East champions. Among Richardson’s former pupils are NFL running backs Jordan Todman and Donald Brown.

Maryland ranked 111th nationally in rushing offense and 98th in yards per carry in 2014. Outgoing quarterback C.J. Brown actually led the team in rushing, and rising senior runner Brandon Ross led the running backs with 85 carries for 419 yards and four touchdowns.

Richardson replaces Andre Powell, who joined Pat Narduzzi‘s staff at Pittsburgh.

Stanford blows away Maryland in Foster Farms Bowl, Pac-12 is 4-0 in bowls

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Stanford (8-5) did its part to keep the Pac-12’s perfect bowl record in play this bowl season. The Cardinal were dominant in a 45-21 victory over Maryland (7-6), improving the Pac-12 bowl record to a clean 4-0 this season.

Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan was locked in from the start, ending his night with a pair of touchdown passes and plenty of short, accurate passes for 189 yards and 50 rushing yards. Cardinal running back Remound Wright rushed for three touchdowns to help push Stanford to a big lead in the first half. Wright was unstoppable down close to the end zone, scoring all three of his first-half touchdowns from inside the four-yard line. Having that offensive line providing a nice push against the Maryland defense certainly had an impact as well.

There were very few offensive highlights for Maryland in their first bowl game representing the Big Ten. Will Likely returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, although it came in the fourth quarter with Stanford still leading 42-14 following the score. Stefon Diggs returned to the field after missing the last few games of the season due to an injury, and he led the Terps with 106 receiving yards on nine catches. Quarterback C.J. Brown struggled to find consistency during the game, and he was picked off once and under pressure and sacked multiple times. He did run for a touchdown on his final play on the field of his career, so that was nice.

Stanford was a mess inside the red zone for a while this season, but you would not have been able to guess that if the Foster Farms Bowl was your first time watching the Cardinal this season. Stanford scored five red zone touchdowns. If the Cardinal can take that and the success seen in the regular season finale against UCLA into the spring, the Cardinal should once again be considered a team to pay attention to in the Pac-12 in 2015. There are going to be plenty of holes to fill though, on both sides of the football. The defense should be hit especially hard, but David Shaw‘s program has found a way to continue to play well on defense and that is not expected to change anytime soon.

Shaw now has two bowl victories to his name. That is as many bowl victories as Stanford had from 1993 through the end of the Jim Harbaugh era in 2010.

The Pac-12 remains the only conference without a loss this bowl season. At 4-0, the Pac-12 now owns the best bowl record of any conference this season, with Conference USA and the SEC each trailing with 4-1 records. The Big Ten is now a game under .500 at 2-3. The ACC (3-5) and Big 12 (0-3) are also struggling so far this bowl season.

Stanford nearly flawless in first half of Foster Farms Bowl, Terps in B1G trouble

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Stanford seems to have Maryland right where they want them at halftime of the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, California. The Cardinal lead the Terps of the Big Ten, 28-7, after one half of play. For a team that has allowed  more than 20 points twice this season, Stanford looks to be in firm control of this bowl match-up between the Big Ten and Pac-12.

Kevin Hogan executed a flawless opening drive, completing all five of his passes as the Cardinal moved down the field against Maryland. The Terps had some success with red zone defense this season, but Stanford had no problem pushing into the end zone when Remound Wright picked up the one-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead. Stanford added three more touchdowns in the second quarter to build the 28-7 lead on Maryland, with Hogan continuing to be accurate with his passing and Stanford overpowering Maryland’s defense on the ground.

Maryland has welcomed wide receiver Stefon Diggs back to the field, and he has had an impact for Maryland at times. Diggs has five catches for 65 yards, and quarterback C.J. Brown has been accurate with his passing, but the Terps have struggled to sustain drives. Stanford has the advantage in offensive yards at the half as well, with 243 yards to just 135 for Maryland.

Stanford has only allowed more than 20 points in a game twice this season. Arizona State (26 points) and Oregon (45 points) were the two teams to accomplish it. Maryland’s offense is going to have a tough time coming back against the Cardinal if the defense keeps it up.