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Caleb Henderson will not play for Maryland football in 2018

Caleb Henderson became eligible for the Terps last season but threw only one pass all year. (Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)
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Maryland quarterback Caleb Henderson will not play in 2018 but will remain with the program in an off-the-field role, team spokesman Dustin Semonavick said on Friday morning.

Henderson, the former Lake Braddock Secondary School star who was the 2013 All-Met Player of the Year, was not able to climb the depth chart during his redshirt junior season at Maryland after transferring from North Carolina in August 2016. It remains unclear exactly what Henderson’s off-the-field role will be, but his departure from the roster nonetheless comes less than a month before Maryland begins spring practice.

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Maryland has started seven quarterbacks over the past two seasons and is expected to enter the spring with only a few players available at quarterback as both Tyrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill continue to rehabilitate the knee injuries that cut their seasons short in 2017.

That leaves the position with three players for the spring: rising junior Max Bortenschlager, who started eight games in relief of Pigrome and Hill last year and threw for 1,313 yards and 10 touchdowns against five interceptions; sophomore Legend Brumbaugh, the son of defensive assistant Jimmy Brumbaugh; and freshman Tyler DeSue, a three-star prospect from Virginia Beach who enrolled in January.

That group will get a head start on working with new offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who joined Maryland’s staff after spending one season at LSU in 2017. Canada will also oversee the quarterbacks.

Both Pigrome and Hill are expected to be back by the time fall camp commences in August.

Henderson’s arrival at Maryland in August 2016 brought plenty of optimism; he was a former local four-star recruit who had high upside despite playing in a backup role early in his career at North Carolina. While he sat out in 2016 under NCAA transfer rules, he showed flashes during spring practice in 2017 before injuring his foot before the spring game.

He continued to struggle with that lingering injury throughout fall camp and didn’t progress on the depth chart during the season even as the position was decimated in the wake of the injuries to Pigrome and Hill. When Bortenschlager exited with a head injury in a 62-14 loss at Ohio State in early October, Henderson came on in relief and threw his only pass of the season – an incompletion. Later in the season, after Bortenschlager had suffered another injury, Maryland kept Henderson on the bench and turned to walk-on Ryan Brand, who is also no longer listed on the roster.

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