The 2018 Big Ten Media days have been taking place in Chicago this week, and Maryland football’s DJ Durkin was the final head coach to address the media on Tuesday.
Durkin opened by addressing the passing of Jordan McNair and his impact, and announcing that a player committee will decide which ways the team will honor McNair during the season.
“We’re a team playing for Jordan this year,” Durkin said. “So there will be some things that we’ll announce in the coming days as we get into the season of what exactly we’re going to do, and how we’re going to handle that. It’s important that it’s our players’ decision to do that, and we’re going to allow them to take that on.”
Here’s the full press conference:
Durkin also said the Terps’ quarterback battle will extend well into camp once again, and the team will decide “when the time is right.” Up for the job are Kasim Hill and Tyrrell Pigrome, returning from ACL tears, and Max Bortenschlager, who was forced into extended action last season. Hill and Pigrome return as the favorites for the job; the odds are on Hill.
The rest of the presser was pretty standard, and included an obligatory “excited for the season” quote. Durkin also discussed Maryland’s recruiting process and the wealth of talent in the DMV area, both in athletes and coaching.
The final question Durkin faced was about his goals for Maryland in the Big Ten East, and he didn’t sugarcoat his answer.