Shane Cockerille, sophomore (RS), quarterback, No. 2
Weight: 222 lbs.
Collegiate stats: None yet.
High school: Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.)
High school stats (Senior Year): 1,106 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns, 1,305 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns.
Composite recruiting rating: Three stars (.8659), No. 22 dual-threat quarterback, No. 12 recruit in Maryland
Who Maryland beat: Michigan, Temple, Navy and Virginia
High school highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Cockerille landed an offer from Maryland in September 2011. He led Gilman to a state championship his senior year after transferring from DeMatha, and was named to first-team All-MIAA, the Maryland Big School All-State first team and was Baltimore Sun first team All-Metro. In February 2012, Cockerille received offers from Temple and Michigan, but he committed to the Terps at the spring game. Many thought he would convert to another position upon getting to college, but no news of that yet.
Cockerille redshirted his first year, and appeared in four games as a sophomore, all on special teams. He's yet to see any game experience at quarterback.
With Caleb Rowe recovering from a torn ACL and Perry Hills nursing an injured hamstring, Cockerille had the opportunity to practice as the first-team quarterback all spring. While his play was still inconsistent during practice and the spring game, the experience with the team's best offensive players will only help as Cockerille now knows what it takes mentally to lead the team in practice.
Cockerille sees playing time on offense for the first time in his Maryland career.
Unless he changes position, Cockerille will compete with Perry Hills for the No. 3 quarterback spot behind Caleb Rowe and Daxx Garman. He does provide C.J. Brown-like running capabilities, so Randy Edsall could use the dual-threat quarterback in short-yardage or trick formations in the same way Florida used Tim Tebow his freshman year. Rowe has a long injury history, so even if Cockerille doesn't win the starting job in the preseason, he could very well see the field at some point in 2015.
This player has been hyped in multiple practice sessions but has still only played one game in his Maryland career.
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