Profiles in Terpage is back for 2017, and this week, we’re looking at all of Maryland’s quarterbacks.
Tyrrell Pigrome, QB, No. 3
Weight: 196 pounds
Hometown: Pinson, Alabama
High school: Clay-Chalkville High School
How he got to College Park
Pigrome committed to Maryland on National Signing Day 2016, choosing the Terps over Virginia Tech and Tulane. The three-star prospect became a priority for DJ Durkin’s staff after longtime quarterback commit Dwayne Haskins flipped to Ohio State in January, and Pigrome ultimately became a factor in Maryland’s backfield as a true freshman.
He spent his first season as the primary backup to Perry Hills. Pigrome played in 11 games and started against Minnesota in October. He completed just 37 of 71 passes for 322 yards, with two touchdowns and interceptions each, but he contributed 254 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
On Sept. 17 at UCF, Pigrome entered for an injured Hills in the game’s second overtime. He only needed one snap to win the game for Maryland.
GAME. OVER. @TerpsFootball win it in 2OT. https://t.co/B55EZKL0Ho— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) September 18, 2016
When Pigrome joined the team, his explosiveness as a runner was far ahead of his proficiency as a passer. Unless he bridges that gap significantly by fall camp, it’s unlikely he enters the season as Maryland’s No. 1 option under center.
However, his explosiveness out of the backfield should merit some sort of role in this offense. Walt Bell has options here. If Pigrome isn’t the primary signal caller, he can still make an impact as a wildcat quarterback or slot receiver. Bell preaches winning the explosive play battle, and Pigrome is one of the Terps’ biggest threats in that regard.
Pigrome earns the starting job in camp, and his improved passing keeps opponents on their toes all season long. If Maryland’s offense can avoid becoming one-dimensional, then the Terps should be able to stay in games with the toughest teams on their schedule.
Like Pigrome, this player has one college start to his name.