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Caleb Rowe looks to avoid interceptions, grab starting quarterback job for Maryland football

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He had a rough 2015 season.

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Maryland football starts its 2016 season in 99 days.

Caleb Rowe entered 2015 as Maryland football's presumptive starting quarterback, and he ended it as the Terps' quarterback during their second-half comeback over Rutgers in their season finale. Before that final day, the season went almost as bad as he could have imagined. The interception bug hit Rowe as badly as it could have hit anyone. He ended the season tied for third in the country in interceptions thrown with 15. A combination of bad decision-making and bad luck contributed to a season that couldn't end soon enough for Rowe. He enters 2016 with a chance to get the starting job back, providing he can cut down on turnovers.

Caleb Rowe, quarterback

Height: 6'3
Weight: 200 lbs.
Year: RS Senior
High school: Blue Ridge (Landrum, SC)

How Rowe got to College Park

He was a finalist for South Carolina's Mr. Football as a senior at Blue Ridge High School, and quarterbacked the South Carolina team in the 2011 Shrine Bowl. He committed to Maryland on February 1, 2012.

He became the fourth Maryland quarterback to suffer a season-ending ACL injury in 2012 as a true freshman. He saw extended action in 2013 and 2014 as a fill-in for C.J. Brown, appearing in 11 games and finishing with a 10-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He only played in four games during the 2014 season, which came to an early end after he tore his ACL again - the same ACL he tore in 2012.

One career highlight so far

Quarterbacking Maryland to a comeback win against Rutgers to give Maryland its first and only conference win of 2015. He finished the game 16-of-32 for 239 yards through the air to go along with 98 yards rushing.

2016 prospectus

He will be in a steep quarterback competition with Perry Hills and possibly others, but Rowe will almost certainly see playing time even if he doesn't come out on top. He definitely will not throw as many interceptions as he did in 2015


What a dream season might look like

He takes the reigns as Maryland's quarterback and keeps the job by limiting his turnovers. He adds a big-play element to Walt Bell's offense and shows off his underrated legs as a somewhat of a dual-threat like he did at the end of 2015.


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This player earned special teams scout team player of the week honors before Maryland's matchup with West Virginia in 2015.

Standings

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