Caleb Henderson, QB, No. 2
Weight: 215 lbs.
Year: Redshirt junior
Hometown: Burke, Virginia
High school: Lake Braddock
How he got to College Park
Henderson was a four-star recruit out of Braddock, and he ultimately committed to UNC in April of his junior year. But his career in Chapel Hill never got going. Marquise Williams started in Henderson’s first two years, and Mitch Trubisky took the job right after that. As a result, Henderson got stuck. He only threw one pass, which fell incomplete, and rushed five times for 53 yards in a Tar Heel uniform.
For both football and personal reasons, he and his family decided it was best to transfer closer to home. Maryland turned out to be the perfect fit. Walt Bell, who was UNC’s recruiting coordinator and helped bring Henderson to Chapel Hill, is now the Terps’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and there were some other familiar faces as well.
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Henderson took the bulk of first-team reps in spring practice, but didn’t play in the spring game after suffering an injury earlier in the week. He later revealed that he broke his foot.
However, he expects to be healthy in time for fall camp, and if he can knock off the rust in time, he’s got as good a shot as anyone to win the quarterback competition. None of the signal callers on Maryland’s roster have significant experience, and Henderson’s learned a lot in three years alongside some successful quarterbacks. If he continues to carry those lessons into his game, he’s the favorite to start.
A healed-up Henderson wins the job right away and holds onto it all season. Not only does he live up to the hype that surrounded him as a recruit, but he makes a leap similar to that of his friend Trubisky last year, holding his own with the best in his conference.
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