Pi­grome sep­a­rat­ing self in QB race

Sopho­more mov­ing ahead of Hill, Borten­schlager for start­ing role

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COL­LEGE PARK — Three days had passed since Mary­land’s pub­lic scrim­mage Satur­day. When­the last prac­tice open to the me­dia be­gan Tues­day, the fo­cus again was on quar­ter­back reps.

Sopho­more Tyrrell Pi­grome, who seem­ingly had more shaky mo­ments than ei­ther Kasim Hill or fel­low sopho­more Max Borten­schlager on Satur­day at Mary­land Sta­dium, was still run­ning with the first team.

Hill, whose nerves were ob­vi­ous at the start of Satur­day’s scrim­mage be­fore his Sea­son opener Sept. 2, Noon TV: Fox Sports 1 tal­ent had pro­duced two of the day’s best throws, was mostly run­ning with the sec­ond team.

Borten­schlager, whose steadi­ness in the pocket and strong arm throw­ing downfield has seem­ingly kept him in the com­pe­ti­tion for be­ing the open­ing-game starter at Texas on Sept. 2, was third in the quar­ter­back ro­ta­tion.

While sec­ond-year coach DJ Durkin was not di­vulging any se­crets — ba­si­cally say­ing that the No. 1 job might ac­tu­ally be de­cided when the Terps reach Austin the night be­fore the game — what hap­pened on the prac­tice field Tues­day was telling. Pi­grome ap­peared to win the day, if not the job.

“Ev­ery day I think helps get [mak­ing the de­ci­sion] a lit­tle closer,” Durkin said be­fore Tues­day’s prac­tice. “We’ve had a lot of con­ver­sa­tion; we’ve got a lot of things to eval­u­ate and look at through­out camp. We’re just con­tin­u­ing to do that.

“I was told one time in my life some wise words: when you have a big de­ci­sion to make, take all the time nec­es­sary to make it. There’s no rea­son to hurry. We’re talk­ing all the time we have to make a very im­por­tant de­ci­sion for our team.”

With a lit­tle more than a week left be­fore the opener, here’s a break­down of what fac­tors could go into the de­ci­sion of Durkin and of­fen­sive coordinator Walt Bell when it comes to choos­ing their start­ing quar­ter­back. Sopho­more quar­ter­back Tyrrell Pi­grome is still run­ning with the first-team of­fen­sive unit de­spite a shaky per­for­mance in Satur­day’s in­trasquad scrim­mage.


Ka­malei Cor­rea is the heir ap­par­ent to re­place the re­tired Zachary Orr at a start­ing in­side line­backer po­si­tion.


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