Maryland faces Minnesota for the third consecutive season Saturday. It’s been a series heavy on backup quarterbacks.
Tyrrell Pigrome made his first career start for the Terps in 2016, while Max Bortenschlager became the third Maryland starting QB to win a game last September. Minnesota started Conor Rhoda in both matchups, but he was an emergency fill-in for Mitch Leidner in the first meeting.
This weekend, it looks like that trend will change. Maryland is sticking with Kasim Hill under center, and although Gophers starter Zack Annexstad was shaken up early in the game against Miami (OH), he returned one play later and was taken out in the third quarter with a somewhat comfortable Minnesota lead.
“It seems like he’s going to be OK, according to what our people say, so (I’m) hopeful,” head coach P.J. Fleck said Monday.
Annexstad, a true freshman walk-on, was named the starter in August. He’s thrown for 537 yards and four touchdowns with no picks so far. Minnesota’s backup, redshirt freshman Tanner Morgan, went 1-of-5 for 28 yards with an interception against Miami (OH). The Terps did struggle against Temple backup Anthony Russo after veteran Frank Nutile was a late scratch on Saturday.
Maryland opened as a three-point favorite for Saturday’s matchup. Last season, the Terps were 13-point underdogs before pulling out a 31-24 win.
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Here’s what Matt Canada said yesterday in his one-day-early weekly press conference.
University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert L. Charet says members of the Board of Regents still have confidence in Wallace Loh, from the Baltimore Sun.
Maryland men’s soccer was supposed to play last night, but flat-out-canceled its match against William & Mary. The Terps hope to add an opponent later in the season.
From Inside Lacrosse, Maryland flipped the No. 10 junior in the country from Ohio State yesterday.
Here’s a basketball schedule update.
And hey, did you forget to cancel your ESPN+ subscription after Maryland-Bowling Green? That means you can watch the Terps’ field hockey team play Princeton in a top-five matchup!!!