Tyrrell Pigrome will start at quarterback when the Maryland Terrapins travel to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns Saturday afternoon, the team announced Monday.
Pigrome, who won a four-man battle for the starting spot, practiced with the first team for a majority of training camp.
Backing up Pigrome is true freshman Kasim Hill, who beat out sophomore Max Bortenschlager and UNC transfer Caleb Henderson. Hill’s poise and polish were obvious to observers at practice and the Terps scrimmages, but he ultimately lost out to Pigrome.
By the final week of training camp Pigrome was the lone man taking snaps with the first team offense, but Coach DJ Durkin remained reluctant to announce his first-team quarterback.
In the Terps’ other key positional battle, senior Adam Greene won the starting placekicker job. Greene started at kicker last season but only converted on 64.3 percent of his field goal attempts, ranking 11th of 12 qualified Big Ten kickers.
Green beat out sophomore Mike Shinsky to win the starting job.
One key theme for the Terps this offseason has been competition. Durkin brought in the nation’s 18th-best recruiting class and it has paid dividends in establishing depth.
“The depth is great, it’s making everybody play better, play faster and just make more plays,” redshirt senior safety Denzel Conyers Jr. said during training camp.
Maryland boasts one of the deepest running back corps in the nation, featuring junior Ty Johnson as the starter. Johnson became the seventh running back in Maryland history to rush for 1,000 yards last season.
Behind Johnson sits sophomore Lorenzo Harrison, who averaged an explosive 7.2 yards per carry last season and scored five times in nine games.
The third man in the backfield is sophomore Jake Funk, a Damascus, Maryland, native. Funk holds the state record for touchdowns in a high school championship game with seven during his last game at Damascus. His record-breaking day led Damascus to the 2015 3A state title.
Freshman Anthony McFarland, a consensus four-star recruit from DeMatha High School, was not among the top three running backs on the depth chart but he is one of a number of freshman with the potential to make an immediate impact.
McFarland’s DeMatha teammate Marcus Minor earned the backup right tackle slot behind redshirt junior Damian Prince. Minor impressed during camp and should see playing time as a backup lineman.
Johnny Jordan and Jordan McNair join Minor as true freshmen listed among the top-two strings along the offensive line.
“Those guys are, like, really good football players,” Durkin said during training camp. “For a freshman to be in the mix at the line of scrimmage they have got to be pretty darn good. That’s probably the hardest position, I think, to come in and play.”
Another true freshman, Markquese Bell, who was expected to make an impact early on, is not on the depth chart after being suspended for conduct violations last Friday.