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Maryland football to start Tyrrell Pigrome at quarterback vs. Texas

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The Terps have their man for the season opener.

NCAA Football: Howard at Maryland Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

After months of question marks and competition, the wait is over. Tyrrell Pigrome will be Maryland’s starting quarterback for Saturday’s season opener against Texas, the Terps announced Monday.

In Maryland’s depth chart for the season opener, the sophomore was listed as the starter under center, with freshman Kasim Hill and sophomore Max Bortenschlager as backups.

Pigrome saw time in 11 of Maryland’s 13 games in his freshman season, making one start against Minnesota. He completed 37 of his 71 pass attempts for 322 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Pigrome’s strength was on the ground, as he rushed for 254 yards and four touchdowns, including a 24-yard game-winning scamper against UCF.

He held off all of Maryland’s other quarterbacks for this job throughout the spring and summer. Redshirt junior Caleb Henderson took plenty of first-team reps in spring practice, but broke his foot in practice the week of the spring game and couldn’t return to full health when fall camp started. Hill didn’t get to campus until the summer, and while the rookie has looked impressive, the staff isn’t handing the reins over to him just yet.

Maryland plays Texas and Towson in the season’s first two games before a bye week. There’s still reason to speculate how this position will look coming out of the bye, but for the moment, the Terps’ offense is in Pigrome’s hands.

Here’s the whole depth chart: