Maryland quarterback Caleb Henderson will be held out of Saturday’s spring game with an ankle injury, Terrapins Coach DJ Durkin said on Thursday.
Henderson, the redshirt junior quarterback who transferred to Maryland from North Carolina last summer, injured his ankle in a noncontact drill earlier this week. While Durkin is not concerned with the severity of the injury and expects Henderson back when summer workouts commence in June, it nonetheless serves as a sour conclusion to what had otherwise been a promising spring practice for the former Lake Braddock star.
“Not concerned at all, he’ll be just fine,” Durkin said. “He suffered an ankle injury. No sense in pushing right now or trying to do something crazy. We want him to be healthy for the majority of summertime and fall camp.”
Henderson had won praise from Durkin and his teammates earlier in spring practice, emerging as a potential candidate to win the starting job next season. After transferring from North Carolina last August, immediately after the Tar Heels had wrapped up fall camp, Henderson cited his desire to be closer to his family in Northern Virginia and the chance to play more in College Park. Henderson appears to be a solid fit for the up-tempo, zone-read scheme that Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell runs — Bell had helped recruited Henderson to Chapel Hill when he was an assistant at North Carolina — and he has been able to show off his arm strength and athleticism while often running with the first team offense this spring.
But Henderson will face plenty of competition once fall camp rolls around in August. Sophomore Tyrrell Pigrome has also shown growth in his first spring practice with the team, as has sophomore Max Bortenschlager, who, like Pigrome, gained valuable game reps during the second half of last season.
Maryland also has an intriguing, athletic redshirt sophomore quarterback in Ryan Brand, a former signal caller at Air Force, as well as incoming St. John’s College High School recruit Kasim Hill, who is expected to compete for playing time right away. With Henderson on the shelf, Pigrome, Bortenschlager and Brand will all receive an opportunity at more reps during Saturday’s Red-White spring game.
“I see it as an open competition, I see that at all positions. I want to see what guys are going to work, and improve and get better and do the extra things … what guys are going to come into preseason camp with the right mind-set,” Durkin said. “You come out of spring with the depth chart in mind … to me, everyone is written in pencil, especially at the quarterback position. We’re going to do that and carry it on.”
Notes: Junior defensive back RaVon Davis, who made four starts a year ago, will miss Saturday’s spring game with an ankle injury … Senior wide receiver Chris Jones suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament last week and will be out through the summer and into next season … Maryland has promoted wide receivers coach Chris Beatty to associate head coach. That position was held last season by former assistant Mike London, who left the program in January to become head coach at Howard.