Saturday’s spring game was going to be Maryland football fans’ first chance to see transfer quarterback Caleb Henderson in action, but that’s no longer the case.
Henderson won’t play in the game due to a ankle injury, head coach DJ Durkin told reporters before Thursday’s practice. Henderson’s injury is minor, Durkin said, but he suffered it close enough to the spring game that the staff isn’t taking any chances.
This leaves Tyrrell Pigrome, Max Bortenschlager and Ryan Brand as the Terps’ quarterbacks for the scrimmage. Fans have seen the first two, as Pigrome payed in 11 games as a true freshman in 2016, starting one. Bortenschlager played in two games and started against Nebraska.
Spring games are just glorified practices, so Henderson won’t lose much by not participating. Fans are really the only ones who will lose out, because they would have been able to see if Henderson has the look of the team’s next starter.
Henderson is a junior after sitting out one season following his transfer from North Carolina, and has only thrown one career pass in college. He came to UNC with a blue-chip pedigree from Lake Braddock High School in Virginia, and now has his shot at grabbing a Division I starting job after sitting behind potential top-five draft pick Mitchell Trubisky with the Tar Heels.
Durkin also announced that wide receiver Chris Jones has torn his ACL after sitting out in 2016 following his transfer from Wisconsin. Cornerbacks JC Jackson, RaVon Davis, Deon Jones and Alex Woods will also be held out of the spring game with injuries.