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MM 5.4: DIII QB Evan Lewandowski announces transfer to Maryland football

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

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Maryland football received a transfer at the quarterback position Friday as Evan Lewandowski announced his decision to become a Terp.

He entered the transfer portal in December, and Maryland offensive line coach John Reagan reached out about three weeks later to build a relationship.

The Terps were able to build a level of comfort with the Illinois native, who said he was excited about the prospect of playing in the Big Ten.

“It was really hard being in the portal because teams contact you, but you can’t tell if they’re serious or not because recruiting is crazy,” Lewandowski told Testudo Times. “But I really feel comfortable with Maryland.”

Lewandowski comes from Division III University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he spent two seasons. As the starter in 2019, he completed 54.7 percent of his passes for 2,804 yards and 28 touchdowns with 12 interceptions.

In mid-October, Lewandowski received national attention after throwing for a program-record 591 yards and nine touchdowns in one game — five of which came in the second quarter. That touchdown mark also tied the NCAA D-III record.

“No matter if our defense was stopping or not, I was just saying, ‘We’re gonna go out there and we’re just gonna keep throwing and keep scoring every single time,’” Lewandowski said. “After the game it finally hit me that, all those records they were saying, but it was pretty crazy.”

Due to transfer rules, Lewandowski has to sit out for one academic year and cannot earn a scholarship for that year. He hopes to compete for a spot in 2021.

Though not immediately eligible, Lewandowski is set to join a room just two scholarship quarterbacks in Josh Jackson and Lance LeGendre. Both Tyrrell Pigrome and Max Bortenschlager entered the transfer portal this offseason, but have not announced destinations yet.

“I’m ready to come in and do what I need to do for the team to be successful, not only next year, but in the following years to come,” Lewandowski said.

In other news

Maryland football got a big commitment in the Class of 2021 on Friday with four-star defensive tackle Marcus Bradley joining the Terps.

Rapper Wale, a Montgomery County native, has taken notice of what the Terps have been doing on the trail as well.

Maryland football also received an addition in the special teams department as 2020 kicker Hunter Simmons pledged to become a Terp.

Former Terp Ty Johnson is getting creative with his at-home workouts.

Maryland men’s basketball continued to count down its top plays from the 2019-20 season.

Did you watch The Last Dance? It featured a former Terp.

Maryland women’s basketball posted some highlights from guard Channise Lewis.

This past weekend included the one-year anniversary of Maryland men’s lacrosse’s huge NCAA Tournament win against Towson.

Lila will host the next episode of Back with the Squad with the 2017 men’s lacrosse team. Make sure to comment any questions you want asked on the show.