October 16, 2017

Stockrisers, headlines and notes from Maryland’s spring football game

Maryland’s quarterback situation still remains a question mark after Saturday’s Red-White spring game. Photo courtesy of University of Maryland athletics.

QUARTERBACK RACE REMAINS WIDE-OPEN

No clear starter emerged from Saturday under center. While the race may seem to be in flux, there’s no need to panic. Frontrunner and touted high school recruit Caleb Henderson was held out for precautionary reasons, and the program’s cornerstone gunslinger, Kasim Hill, hasn’t even received his high school diploma yet, the obvious step before breaking ground in a Terps uniform. But if we’re talking about the showing from the guys who played on Saturday, I’d grade the overall effort as a solid C. 

Tyrell Pigrome (103.4 passer rating) got off to a horrid start, chucking his first pass of the day out of bounds to avoid a sack that really wasn’t coming. And his second pass was even worse: A flustered read right into the hands of defensive lineman Jessie Aniebonam, who then went 41 yards and nearly took it to the house. 

“Overall in the spring, those guys have competed really well. We’ve gotten better at that position through the spring. I feel really confident with us being able to throw the ball and complete balls down the field. You couldn’t really always say that last year,” Maryland coach D.J. Durkin on the quarterback situation

Pigrome didn’t cave in, however, and connected on six of his next 12 pass attempts for 70 yards and a pair of scores. He did throw another interception, but showed great touch on both of his touchdown passes. Pigrome offers playmaking and naive gumption under center, but didn’t take the necessary steps to be QB 1A at the moment.

“I just have to keep on working,” Pigrome said. “Just keep on progressing, be ready for fall camp, come back and compete.”

Maryland quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome (center) loads up a pass during Saturday’s Red-White spring game. Photo by Austin McFadden/MSA.

Max Bortenschlager (144.2 passer rating) wasn’t much better, staggering seven completions on 16 attempts. He didn’t turn the ball over, though, and amassed 152 yards through the air on seven drives, including a 53-yard gash to D.J. Turner. The one thing Bortenschlager brings is intelligence. You can count on him more times than not to follow through with the correct reads. Reality says he’s not quite there, and now, we’ll have to wait and see who wants it more.

“Coach Bell doesn’t think it was our best day,” Bortenschlager said. “We don’t think it was our best day. But we just have to forget about that and think about the good stuff that happened. Work on the bad stuff.”

Ryan Brand (64.9 passer rating) saw two drives of action, completing 1 of 4 passes for 19 yards. Hill, the incoming true freshman who will get his shot at the starting job this fall, was in attendance as a spectator.

About Kyle McFadden 337 Articles
Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School's Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore's student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles. McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access. With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels. McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church -- serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night. Although he's only been around journalism since January 2014, he's a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post. McFadden's work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He's also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists. McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor's degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.
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