Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley doesn’t have many available quarterbacks on Saturdays.
It doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a full meeting room during the week.
“Let’s put it this way: We probably need to switch rooms with the offensive line with all the crutches and all the things we’ve had in it,” Locksley said. “It’s been good. They’re students of the game. We talk a lot about living the quarterback lifestyle and for some of the guys who are injured and out it’s an opportunity to continue to mentally grow.”
While Shawn Petty will make his third consecutive start on Saturday when No. 10 Florida State visits Byrd Stadium, there are still opportunities to learn. That means Perry Hills, Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe – all of whom saw their first time at quarterback as college players this season – have at least had something to do over the last few weeks.
“It’s a young room and for me these guys need to take advantage of the mental aspect and continue to grow,” Locksley said. “They’ve all had the opportunity to play in the system. The silver lining in the injuries is these guys have had the opportunity to play a little bit and now they’re sitting in and still getting coached. We’ll be better for it down the road.”