Project 2014: The Quarterbacks
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After going through all 4 of their scholarship quarterbacks in 2012, the Terps have managed to stock-pile a group of talented players at the position over the past two years. Barring transfers or injuries, the Terps will have 6 quarterbacks in 2014, 4 of which have game experience. Randy Edsall is bringing in one quarterback in his class of 2014. Let’s take a look at this large group of quarterbacks.
2013 Passing Rank: 41st (252.8 yards/game)
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C.J. Brown – Redshirt Senior
2013 Statistics: 152/258, 2,045 yards, 7.93 ypa, 11 TD, 6 INT; 121 carries, 538 yards, 4.4 ypc, 12 TD
The Terps’ starter in 2013 returns for his final season with the team in 2014. He brings a lot of talent and experience to the table in Mike Locksley’s offense, and the hope is that he can be a stable force to lead the offense against some very good Big Ten defenses. His legs are a really good weapon, but he will have to get more consistent with his arm to be successful. He is expected to start in 2014 as long as he’s healthy.
Caleb Rowe – Junior
2013 Statistics: 64/131, 989 yards, 7.55 ypa, 5 TD, 3 INT; 20 carries, 25 yards, 1.3 ypc, 0 TD
Rowe has been C.J. Brown’s backup in 2013, getting two starts in which he showed a lot of promise. There’s no doubt that he has the best arm on the team, but accuracy and consistency are two things he needs to work on. He certainly has the raw talent to compete at a high level, but time will tell if that will happen at Maryland or elsewhere. He doesn’t run well, which makes him an awkward fit for Mike Locksley’s offense. His success in College Park will hinge on his ability to beat out the other options on the team and Locksley’s ability to change the offense to fit his strengths. He will most likely return as C.J. Brown’s backup in 2014.
Ricardo Young – Redshirt Senior
2013 Statistics: 0/0, 0 yards, 0.00 ypa, 0 TD, 0 INT; 4 carries, 7 yards, 1.8 ypc, 0 TD
The transfer from New Mexico saw his first collegiate action against Clemson in 2013, getting a few snaps in the Terps’ “Wild-Crab” formation. He has been a bit buried on the depth chart, and doesn’t look to be much closer to cracking the two-deep barring any injuries or transfers. He has mobility that Caleb Rowe doesn’t, but his arm leaves a lot to be desired. If Caleb Rowe ever has to start, he should see snaps as the “Wild-Crab” quarterback, but I simply can’t see him being more than that in his last season at Maryland.
Perry Hills – Redshirt Sophomore
2013 Statistics: N/A
2012 Statistics: 97/169, 1,336 yards, 7.91 ypa, 8 TD, 7 INT; 70 carries, -14 yards, -0.2 ypc, 3 TD
Hills was the Terps’ starter in 2012 after C.J. Brown went down with a torn ACL in fall camp. Of course we all know that Hills tore his own ACL in the homecoming game against N.C. State, thus beginning the barrage of Terps’ quarterback injuries. He was serviceable at quarterback, and ran Mike Locksley’s simplified offense well enough. His ACL tear was more messy than Caleb Rowe’s, and took longer to recover from. He took 2013 as a redshirt season, and will be stuck behind Brown, Rowe, and Young competing for a spot in 2014. I could see him transferring or competing with Ricardo Young for the #3 quarterback job with Shane Cockerille.
Shane Cockerille – Redshirt Freshman
2013 Statistics: N/A
Speaking of Cockerille, he will enter 2014 with 4 years of eligibility still to go. He took a redshirt year in 2013, but probably won’t be a true player in the Terps’ quarterback competition until 2015 when he will likely compete with Caleb Rowe, Perry Hills, and William Ulmer for the job. He was a 3-star recruit out of The Gilman School in 2013, and his style of play resembles Tim Tebow a bit. He is a bruising runner who throws left-handed, so visually he looks a lot like Tebow.
William Ulmer – Freshman
2013 Statistics: N/A
Randy Edsall’s only quarterback recruit in the Class of 2014 is 3-star dual-threat quarterback William Ulmer from Washington, DC. Expect him to redshirt in 2014 and enter the quarterback competition with Caleb Rowe, Perry Hills, and Shane Cockerille in 2015. His style of play fits very well with what Mike Locksley wants to do offensively, and I expect him to compete with Cockerille a lot over the next few years.
View the projected 2014 two-deep depth chart here.