Maryland football is back in action Saturday, April 22, as the Terps will hold their 2017 Red-White spring game at 12:30 p.m. ET at Maryland Stadium.
The 2017 season will be the second under coach D.J. Durkin. The Terps went 6-7 (3-6 Big Ten) in 2016 and lost the Quick Lane Bowl to Boston College.
Durkin signed the No. 18 recruiting class in the nation in February, and Maryland hopes to take a step forward in the 2017 season. It will be tough to do in a stacked Big Ten East, but fans will get their first idea of what Maryland will look like in the fall this Saturday.
2017 Maryland spring game time, details
Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, April 22
Location: Maryland Stadium, College Park, Md.
Admission: Admission to the game and parking are both free for Maryland’s spring game
What TV channel is the 2017 Maryland spring game on?
The Terps spring game will be shown live on the Big Ten Network’s streaming service, BTN2Go.
How can I watch the 2017 Maryland spring game online?
The Terps spring game can be streamed on BTN2Go.
Things to watch during Maryland’s spring game
How much of an impact will early enrollees have?
In Maryland’s touted 2017 recruiting class, eight players were early enrollees. Among them were cornerback Deon Jones and safety Markquese Bell, both of whom were 4-star recruits in the top 200 of the 247Sports composite rankings. As a team trying to build in the right direction, Maryland will likely rely on some of its younger players in 2017, and Jones and Bell could see valuable time. Terps fans will get their first in-person glimpse of them on Saturday. We’ll see if they can make some plays.
Quarterback is an interesting position for Maryland. Perry Hills is gone after five years with the Terps, and the starting spot is up for grabs. Tyrrell Pigrome, Max Bortenschlager and Ryan Brand will all get a chance to impress on Saturday. Caleb Henderson will be sidelined due to an ankle injury. Pigrome appeared in 11 games last season — the same number as Hills — but he only attempted 71 passes and completed 37. He ran for 254 yards and scored 4 touchdowns on the ground. Bortenschlager appeared in two games as a freshman in 2016, throwing for 209 yards and 1 touchdown on 33 pass attempts.
Brand and Henderson are both new to the Terps. Brand is a former Air Force player who was an Elite 11 quarterback as a recruit. Henderson comes by way of North Carolina, where he appeared in two games as a freshman before he sat out the 2016 season at Maryland due to NCAA transfer rules. There will be a lot of eyes on the passers in College Park, and it will be one of the more intriguing QB battles in the Big Ten.