A season after losing every quarterback on their roster, the Maryland Terrapins might be adding another healthy one. Oklahoma backup Drew Allen is considering a transfer now that Blake Bell seems like a lock to take over for Landry Jones, and Maryland is one of the programs he’s planning to visit.
A three-star recruit when he came out of high school, Allen has just 30 pass attempts in his Sooners’ career and he did not take a snap in 2012. Jones was the starter, and Bell came in frequently when the OU offense was in the red zone. Allen still has one year of eligibility remaining, and since he plans to graduate from Oklahoma this May, he’ll be able to transfer and play immediately as long as he enrolls in a graduate program not available at OU.
According to CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman, Maryland, Syracuse, and Arkansas State are the leading candidates to land a one-and-done quarterback.
Do the Terp really s need him? They have five quarterbacks with limited experience vying for the starting job this year, so they might as well throw another one into the mix.
C.J. Brown is the frontrunner so far this spring. He shared the starting role with Danny O’Brien in 2011 and was projected as the starter heading into 2012 until tearing his ACL in preseason. True sophomore Perry Hills actually has more starts than any of the other quarterbacks on the roster, but he’s still recovering from the torn ACL he suffered against N.C. State. Caleb Rowe, who took over for Hills, is also working back from a torn ACL, and transfer Ricardo Young clearly hasn’t been as impressive as hoped if the Terps are going after Allen.
Brown has been in the program the longest, but many of his best plays come on the run. He’s working on his passing accuracy, but Allen might be a better fit for the pro-style system offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is running at Maryland. It’s the same reason Young is among the top contenders: he came from New Mexico, where Locksley coached previously, and is already familiar with the offense.
Often, when a player transfers for his final season of eligibility, it’s an experienced player who fits a short-term need at his new school. That’s not necessarily the case with Allen. He’s been working with quarterback guru George Whitfield this offseason, but he doesn’t have much game experience at the college level.
It’s not that Maryland doesn’t have any quarterbacks (as was the case last season) or just needs a temporary fix while others are groomed to take over; the program has a number of potential options with varying degrees of experience and health, and going after Allen suggests that none of the current QBs have stood out this spring.
All of the options Allen is considering – Maryland, Syracuse, or Arkansas State – seem like good fits for him. Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib just graduated after throwing for more than 3,700 yards his senior year, leaving that role wide open for the Orange’s first season in the ACC. At Arkansas State, he would have the opportunity to play for head coach Bryan Harsin, who was Kellen Moore‘s quarterbacks coach during his record-setting career at Boise State.
Either Syracuse or Arkansas State could be more beneficial than Drew Allen transferring to Maryland, but the Terps would probably be happy to have him. They may have decent depth at the position but as they found out all too well last season, you can’t have too many quarterbacks on the roster.