Taulia Tagovailoa eligible immediately, Josh Jackson opts out in Maryland quarterback moves

Ruben Hill
August 10, 2020

And with Josh Jackson deciding to opt out of the upcoming season due to coronavirus concerns, it seemed as if Maryland was headed for another season of uncertainty under center.

There's no guarantee that Tagovailoa takes the mantle as starting quarterback when the Terps open at Iowa on September 5, but his waiver gives coach Mike Locksley's squad a platform to build upon for next campaign. Jackson was 98-of-207 passing for 1,274 yards and 12 TDs and six interceptions in 2019.

Quarterback has been a position of weakness for much of Maryland football's tenure in the Big Ten. This offseason, quarterback Max Bortenschlager transferred to FIU and Tyrrell Pigrome transferred to Western Kentucky. Tagovailoa transferred from Alabama in May, not long after his brother Tua was drafted by the Miami Dolphins.

With Tagovailoa's departure, Jones enters the 2020 season as the favorite to start for the Crimson Tide while five-star freshman and early-enrollee Bryce Young could get playing time. Fortunately, it didn't turn out that way. "If he's granted immediate eligibility, that would be icing on the cake for us".

Jackson, who graduate transferred to Maryland in 2019, started nine games for the Terrapins past year throwing for 1,274 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"We signed him and brought him in with the expectations that we wouldn't have him available to play this year, " Locksley said. Behind Tagovailoa and LeGendre, Maryland has three walk-ons filling out the depth chart.

Jackson, a senior who started nine games for the Terps past year after transferring from Virginia Tech, threw for 1,274 yards and 12 touchdowns, completing 98 of 207 passes (47.3%).

There are also two walkons, Eric Najarian and David Foust.

Others who opted out: defensive lineman Jalen Alexander; offensive linemen Johnny Jordan and Austin Fontaine; linebacker T.J. Kautai; and defensive lineman Vincent Flythe.

"We will continue to support those guys as best we can", Locksley said.

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