The Maryland football team that finished DJ Durkin’s first season in College Park with a 6-7 record after a loss to Boston College in the Quick Lane Bowl will look a lot different when it takes the field Saturday for the annual Red-White spring game.
Here are five questions for fans (and media) to consider as the Terps get ready for the 2017 season:
How does Caleb Henderson’s absence from the spring game impact Maryland’s quarterback situation?
The redshirt junior transfer from North Carolina had a good spring, by all accounts, until suffering an ankle injury in practice earlier this week. Durkin said before practice Thursday that the injury was not serious and he expects Henderson to be fully recovered for summer workouts and fall camp.
Still, given Durkin’s approach in making everyone compete for playing time, Henderson had shared snaps with rising sophomores Tyrrell Pigrome and Max Bortenschlager. Pigrome served as the primary backup to Perry Hills last season and Bortenschlager was a surprise starter on the road against Nebraska late in the season.
Just as Hills opened the door for himself with a strong spring game two years ago and eventually beat out Caleb Rowe in the fall for the opening day starting job in 2015, Pigrome or Bortenschlager could help themselves stay in the mix with a good performance in the offense-versus-defense scrimmage.
Then there is the X factor: incoming freshman Kasim Hill. The highly-rated four-star prospect from Bowie and St. John’s College High has attended some spring practices to get himself comfortable with his future teammates and surroundings. Durkin said Thursday that the team’s depth chart “is written in pencil, especially at quarterback.”
Who will play alongside Jermaine Carter Jr. at linebacker?
The absence of rising senior Shane Cockerille (Gilman) during spring practice has given opportunities to others, particularly rising redshirt sophomore Isaiah…