Maryland football added a key piece to its quarterback depth with Virginia Military Institute transfer quarterback Reece Udinski announcing his commitment Sunday.
Udinski, who was named Southern Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, will play for the Keydets during their spring 2021 season and officially join the Terps after graduation in May. He is a senior who will have one year of eligibility at Maryland.
Head coach Mike Locksley and newly-minted offensive coordinator Dan Enos were faced with the transfer of backup quarterback Lance LeGendre to Louisiana this winter, escalating the need for a scholarship quarterback to come in behind Taulia Tagovailoa.
During the 2019 season, Udinski completed 63.9% of his passes for 3,276 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. Udinski showed much improvement from his 2018 campaign, which saw him throw for 3,037 yards, 20 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
Udinski brings plenty of arm strength to College Park and the ability to make a wide range of throws from the pocket. In the air-raid offense, Udinski didn’t show off any rushing ability and sometimes relied on his arm strength rather than setting his body correctly to make throws.
The Pennsylvania native has managed to shake up the VMI record books thanks to the air-raid offense, setting single-season program-highs for pass attempts, completions, completion percentage, passing yards, touchdowns throws and 200-yard passing games. With a strong spring season, Udinski could surpass Al Cobb in most career record categories.
The quarterback situation at Maryland for the 2021 season looks just about as it did prior to this offseason, now with a scholarship backup to provide depth behind Tagovailoa. The Terps will be able to ride with the 1, 2, 3 punch of Tagovailoa, Udinski and walk-on Eric Najarian before picking up multiple quarterbacks in the 2022 cycle.