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Maryland QB Max Bortenschlager’s status vs. Northwestern is still uncertain

It’s another injured quarterback, but this one should be back soon.

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Maryland football has already lost two quarterbacks for the season, and a third is now an injury question mark.

Sophomore Max Bortenschlager took an apparent hit to the head in the third quarter against Ohio State, and the Terps will “keep evaluating where he’s at throughout the week,” head coach DJ Durkin said Tuesday. His availability for Saturday’s tilt against Northwestern is still unknown. Maryland’s depth chart still lists him as the starter, and Durkin affirmed as much in his press conference.

Bortenschlager has started two of the Terps’ first five games, and he played over three quarters in relief of an injured Kasim Hill in Maryland’s loss to UCF. The offense has been inconsistent with Bortenschlager under center: in their last three games, the Terps have accumulated 197, 416 and 66 total yards (unsurprisingly, they won second one).

If Bortenschlager can’t go, that leaves Caleb Henderson as Maryland’s signal caller for Saturday. The redshirt junior was the apparent leader at the position in spring practice before breaking his foot. He was limited in fall camp and couldn’t challenge for the job, but returned to full health recently. Henderson’s quarter-plus against Ohio State was his first action at Maryland; he went 0-for-1 passing and ran the ball five times.

What was once a four-man battle for the Terps’ quarterback job has been reduced to Bortenschlager, Henderson and walk-on transfer Ryan Brand. It’s been a chaotic season at the most important position on the football field, and even with Bortenschlager set to return sooner or later, that chaos is continuing.