Picking up the pieces at quarterback
It seems like nearly every season that Maryland is dealing with injuries at the quarterback position. If you want to explore that history, we wrote about it on Tuesday.
Maryland has now lost Hill and Pigrome to season-ending ACL injuries in the first three weeks of the season. It appears as though Bortenschlager will at least get the call this week.
Bortenschlager certainly left a lot to be desired at the position. On the other end, it was a tough situation to be thrown into after not practicing with the first team all week leading up to the Central Florida game.
Now Maryland will be able to tailor the gameplan more to fit the skillset of Bortenschlager. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Terps try and wear down the Golden Gophers with a lot of running plays early on.
If Bortenschlager plays with a little more urgency, things could definitely improve. While he doesn’t have a huge arm, he can manage the game and make the short throws when he needs to.
It also doesn’t hurt that the Terps have an abundance of playmakers that can make things happen after the catch. D.J. Moore and Taivon Jacobs both are averaging at least 14.2 yards-per-catch on the season.
If Bortenschlager relies on his playmakers, Maryland can have success even without Hill under center.