- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 24, 2020

When Lance LeGendre committed to Maryland, the former four-star prospect was seen by many as the quarterback of the future in College Park. For a team that has gone through quarterbacks at a breakneck pace — be it for injuries or ineptitude — there was hope LeGendre would stabilize things.

Just like there was hope Kasim Hill, another four-star prospect, would be the harbinger of change before LeGendre committed. Neither player worked out with the Terrapins; Hill transferred to Tennessee last offseason, and now LeGendre is on his way out, too.

According to Matt Zenitz of AL.com, LeGendre has entered the transfer portal, effectively ending a two-year stint in College Park where he showed flashes of promise yet didn’t convince coach Mike Locksley that he could be the first choice.

Locksley used LeGendre sparingly as a freshman. The 6-foot-1 gunslinger appeared in three games in 2019, completing three passes and rushing for 104 yards. At the end of one of those rushes, though, LeGendre dislocated his shoulder, prematurely ending his season.

During the offseason, Locksley secured the transfer of Taulia Tagovailoa from Alabama, and Tagovailoa won the starting job. Initially, Locksley said both quarterbacks would have opportunities under center. LeGendre completed four passes in the season opener against Northwestern after Tagovailoa started his Terrapins career with three interceptions.

But once Tagovailoa found his footing — impressing in wins against Penn State and Minnesota — LeGendre’s chances dried up. Still, LeGendre started against Rutgers because Tagovailoa was unable to play because of what the team described as a medical issue.

Yet LeGendre threw two interceptions and Locksley benched the redshirt freshman, opting to use walk-on Eric Najarian instead. Najarian nearly led the Terrapins to a season-ending win.

Entering the transfer portal doesn’t guarantee a player will actually depart a program. But if LeGendre does transfer, Tagovailoa will be Maryland’s only scholarship quarterback on roster. Locksley said last week that he was open to adding transfers. Quarterback could be a position he hopes to bolster should LeGendre leave.

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