Pigrome separating self in QB race
Sophomore moving ahead of Hill, Bortenschlager for starting role
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.
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