Maryland Football gets its quarterback transfer

Maryland Football is looking for a quarterback to support Taulia Tagovailoa this fall is over. The Terps landed a commitment on Sunday from the Wake Forest transfer Billy Edwardsgiving Mike Lockley peace of mind behind his star quarterback.

Edwards, a native of Burke, Va., who impressed while training as a true rookie last season at Wake announced on Twitter a commitment that was expected. His impending engagement was reported by InsideMDSports last week. Locksley had been looking for a quarterback for some time who could provide insurance for Tagivailoa next year and potentially compete for the starting position after his departure.

Edwards entered the portal late April and visited Maryland shortly thereafter. I expect him to announce for the Terps shortly, becoming the experienced replacement for Taulia Tagivailoa Mike Lockley desperately needed as an insurance policy for next season, given that his only scholarship quarterbacks other than Tagovailoa are two freshmen who didn’t make it, Jayden Sauray and CamEdge.

[Hoops Scoop: A Decision Made]

The Terps had a special connection to him in his brother’s former life, a graduate assistant from Maryland Kyle Edwards. The younger Edwards, from Burke, Va., was a three-star prospect and the nation’s No. 104 QB in the Class of 2021. He signed up to Wake Forest on offers from a handful of lower-level FBS and some FCS schools. But he impressed in practice during his year at Wake and was featured as a backup sam hartmann.

“We love Billy. Billy last year on the scout team did a great job. He worked really hard to get command of the offense. He’s got a lot of guts,” Demon Deacons coach David Clawson said in March. “There are times when there’s a hive around him and he just stays patient. He’s got a great wrist. We’re thrilled for Billy. He’s going to take that into account.”

Edwards isn’t a big runner, but he’s got a nice size at 6-foot-3 and 216 pounds. He impressed at the Spring Ball at Wake. 247sports Les Johns Wake Forest site wrote:

After a scintillating spring*, Wake Forest redshirt freshman quarterback Billy Edwards Jr. has entered the NCAA transfer portal. Although Edwards didn’t play a game as a rookie last season, he went 12-for-14 for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game just two weeks ago at Truist Field.

Regarding the asterisk in the lede sentence, while I spilled more probative ink on Edwards than just about any other demon deacon during spring camp, I often warned (and I will do it again today) that he is a smart quarterback who frequently found open receivers against a depleted third-string group of defensive backs held back by largely extras. Wake Forest Coach David Clawson was delighted to have been able to deepen three units across the board, with the aim of creating quality depth for a 2022 season which he believes can be special. But that meant, with several defensive backs at two depths for the side, doing that job meant walks in the back of defense with all three.

That being said, Edwards showed great mobility, awareness and precision. He could throw it.

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