Will it be Caleb Rowe or Daxx Garman?


Oct 4, 2014; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Caleb Rowe (7) throws during the third quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Byrd Stadium. Ohio State Buckeyes defeated Maryland Terrapins 52-24. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

As the Maryland football season is rapidly approaching, the battle for starting quarterback is brewing in College Park.

Coach Randy Edsall has a big decision to make; he can either stick with redshirt junior Caleb Rowe or try newly acquired Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman.

As one of the top rated players coming out of high school in South Carolina back in 2011, Rowe has shown poise behind center. As a member of the Terps, Rowe has played during all three years of his collegiate career in some capacity at the quarterback position.

Rowe performed adequately as the team’s signal caller when C.J. Brown was injured, and became a favorite to make big plays to wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long. Many plays Rowe makes can be deemed magical and exciting. If he is able to build upon his strengths, No. 7 could rise to the top of the depth chart.

However, Rowe has been injury prone during his time at Maryland. With a season-ending knee injuries in 2012 and 2014, his durability is a concern. With 12 touchdown passes throughout his career, the South Carolina native has proven that he can soar as the leader of this offense when healthy.

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The starting quarterback job was thought to be Rowe’s following Brown’s departure. However, Garman transferred to Maryland after spending part of his career at Oklahoma State. Garman began his college football career with Arizona before transferring to the Cowboys. Following sitting out one year at Oklahoma State, Garman replaced J.W. Walsh as the team’s starting quarterback. However, Garman was eventually replaced by his backup, Mason Rudolph.

With what Garman had to deal with the Cowboys, he did a respectable job. With one of the worst offensive lines in the Big 12, Garman struggled to make smart decisions, as he did not have enough time behind center.

When he does have the time to make a play, this quarterback has quite an arm. He can effectively throw the ball down the field, and make explosive plays when executed properly. In addition, Garman has showed he is mentally and physically tough, which he has needed to be through a career of ups and downs.

While Garman and Rowe are both above average, the Maryland offense still has a great deal of question marks entering the 2015 season. So Edsall, will it be Rowe or Garman?

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