Training camps are heating up, and lineups across the Big Ten are starting to come into clearer focus. But there are still some notable competitions around the league that have yet to be resolved and which could be crucial in determining division and conference titles this fall -- or even the national championship.
Next up in our series taking a closer look at those position battles: the Maryland Terrapins.
Top position battle: Quarterback
And coach Randy Edsall wants it decided as soon as possible.
“I’d like to make a decision as quick as we can so we can get some continuity,” Edsall said Friday. “But they’re competing, and we will continue to evaluate it through the next week or so.”
Rowe returns as the more familiar quarterback with the Terps’ offense, as he’s played in 13 career games with two starts. He was the clear No. 2 last season until he tore his anterior cruciate ligament. That’s remained a bit of a problem this camp since, he told The Washington Post, he’s still readjusting to the speed of the game. (Maybe that’s why a tackling dummy recently took him down?)
Garman transferred to Maryland in May so, obviously, his learning curve is much steeper than Rowe’s. Still, he started eight games for Oklahoma State last season in relief of injured starter J.W. Walsh so he has talent. And he impressed the media Friday with a perfectly placed pass to Amba Etta-Tawo.
The problem right now, according to Edsall, simply is consistency. Both players have shown flashes, but neither has strung together enough plays to make Edsall feel comfortable naming a starter. So until that happens, expect this position battle to remain a question mark.