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DJ Durkin says Maryland could use multiple quarterbacks in 2016

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This is Wednesday’s Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Last week, Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin named Perry Hills as his starting quarterback. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Hills will be the only guy who takes snaps from the center for the Terps this season.

“We’re open to all options,” Durkin said on Tuesday. “Something I’ve said to the staff many times is that we’re going to do whatever it takes to win games. We’re going to figure each week what gives us the best opportunity to win. If that means playing more than one quarterback at a time, running the ball 70 times, or throwing 60 times, then we’ll go with what we feel gives us the best chance to win.”

This is coachspeak, sure, but there’s still something to it. True freshman Tyrrell Pigrome is an electric athlete, and seems like the guy Durkin is probably referring to here. Putting Pigrome on the field immediately creates more problems for any defense, and Walt Bell could put him in any number of positions. But there are all sorts of packages that could be interesting. Caleb Rowe is probably the team’s best deep passer, despite his performance last season. What if the Terps trotted out a package with both Rowe and Pigrome in the backfield at the same time? The Terps should be throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks when they play Ohio State, Michigan or Michigan State, so why not?

It’s also probably Durkin making sure he doesn’t hold the QB position on a pedestal. He’s made a point that the depth chart is fluid and players will have to earn their positions each week, and I’m sure quarterback is no exception. But it’s fun to dream.

In other news

Cavon Walker is starting at defensive tackle for Maryland, and he’s come a long way.

Shane Cockerille is a starting linebacker. He’s come an even longer way.

Defensive end Roman Braglio learned hard work on a farm, and now Maryland will need him as a senior leader.

Our friends at TerpsWatch have an excellent rundown of what’s happened this offseason in the world of Maryland football.

Here’s how to get 100 percent ready to watch an excellent weekend of college football.

Three days!