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Injured Maryland QBs Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill are sparring during spring practice

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This is the Maryland Minute, some notes from the first spring practice followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

Tyrell Pigrome Spring Game Julia Lerner

It was a clear day for what was a pretty typical opening spring practice for Maryland football, when I heard a familiar sound in an unfamiliar place. It was the soft thud of boxing gloves against combination mitts.

I turn around, and there are Kasim Hill and Tyrrell Pigrome, being held out of practices while recovering from ACL injuries, working on boxing combinations with an assistant. Left, right, left, right, duck, uppercut, repeat.

Both recovering quarterbacks worked through a couple sets before switching off. Secluded from the rest of the offense, the short workout was the most physically and mentally engaged the two would get for the day. Afterwards, their practice would stick closer to script, mainly working on drills that emphasized light lateral movement, with some stationary throwing mixed in.

With both quarterbacks just recently cleared for running, they’ll be held out all spring, but are on track and even “a little ahead of schedule” to return by fall camp, according to head coach DJ Durkin. That leaves junior Max Bortenschlager, sophomore walk-on Legend Brumbaugh and freshman early enrollee Tyler DeSue to handle the quarterback reps this spring.

There are also a number of players who will be out for the spring who are recovering from offseason surgeries. That list includes part of of last year’s starting offensive line, as well as contributors on the defensive line. The offensive line will be missing Derwin Gray and Terrance Davis, while defensive linemen Keiron Howard, Brett Kulka with Cam Spence will all be held out.

With two starters on the offensive line out for the spring as well, the group’s younger players will get a chance to get some important reps with new position coach Bryan Stinespring, who is an electric personality. At one point, the former James Madison coach used an absolutely amazing anecdote about urgency of making a move. Stinespring remarked that when he gets up to use the bathroom at night, he never turns on the lights and ends up fumbling around in the dark. In Stinesping’s words, there’s no time to feel around on the offensive line, so “turn the lights on and piss.”

While there wasn’t too much to be gleaned from the offense run on day one, offensive coordinator Matt Canada did show a little trickery. Early indications are tight ends will be much more involved, and Canada loves pre-snap motions. At one point, Canada motioned two tight ends out to the right followed by a jet sweep motion, resulting in a running back handoff.

It’s just day one of spring ball, but football is back in the air, and the Terps return as a team stocked with both veterans and young talent. THIS. IS. MARCH.

In other news

This all leads up to football’s annual Red-White game on April 14. Here’s some storylines to watch as spring practices continue.

Former Terp D.J. Moore did a lot to help himself at the Draft Combine. His skyrocketing stock is even more impressive considering he was told to return for his senior season by the NFL’s advisory board, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Softball had its best weekend of the season, going 3-2 at the Louisville Invitational. Its pitchers had their best weekend of the year, giving Maryland its first winning weekend.

Durkin will be hosting a coaching clinic this Friday at Cole Field House, and former head coach Ralph Friedgen will be speaking. It’s Friedgen’s first time at the school in official capacity since 2010, and it took some convincing on Durkin’s part, from InsideMDSports.

While it’s “No Basketball Week,” there is a little basketball news. After breaking a cold spell with two Baltimore-area commits in the past two classes, Mark Turgeon hopes to go back to the well. He offered 2020 forward Justin Lewis on Monday, who is currently ranked No. 63 in the sophomore class.

Maryland made No. 1 on this list of Most obnoxious college basketball fanbases. The Terps top this (deeply flawed) list that has that school from Durham at No. 3, from Thrillist.