COLLEGE PARK – The University of Maryland football team added more depth on offense after they announced the addition of former Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson as a transfer student.
Jackson comes to College Park with an impressive resume: He started all 13 games for Virginia Tech as a red-shirt freshman, throwing for 2,991 yards and rushing for 324 yards. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound quarterback set new school freshman records for passing touchdowns (20), total passing yards and 200+ yard passing games (nine).
The Ann Arbor, Michigan native will compete for a starting job at Maryland after having his 2018 season cut short due to a broken left fibula in the third game of the season. On Jan. 23, Jackson announced his decision to leave the Virginia Tech program.
“But after much thought, consideration and discussion with my family, we think it’d be best for me to pursue my academic and football career elsewhere,” Jackson said in a statement posted on his Twitter account. “It will be an honor to receive a degree from Virginia Tech and I will forever be a Hokie and cherish my time spent in Blacksburg.”
The addition of Jackson adds more depth into the quarterback position that has been unstable for the past few seasons due to injuries. Last season, Maryland’s passing offense finished ranked 121 out of 129 Division I teams and only threw 12 passing touchdowns.
Tyrrell Pigrome, who started in the final two games last season and threw for 376 yards, will return next season. However, he was recently was held out of the Spring Game on April 27 with a knee injury. Meanwhile, both Tyler DeSue and Max Bortenschlager took advantage of the extra playing time, with the former throwing for 218 yards and scoring two touchdowns.
“More reps equal better play, and I want that,” said DeSue on April 27. “Everything worked out well for me this spring, and I hope I continue to get more reps this summer and fall camp.”
Meanwhile, last year’s starter Kasim Hill, announced on Feb. 8, that he would explore transferring out of Maryland and put his name on the transfer portal. He was still listed on Maryland’s roster during the spring game as he continues to recover from an ACL injury.
Since taking over for former Head Coach DJ Durkin and interim Matt Canada after the 2018 season, Head Coach Michael Locksley attempted to court more high-named talent to come to play at Maryland. The former Alabama assistant coach stated in previous interviews that Maryland would use various methods including bringing in transfers, graduate students and junior college players.
“Obviously, we have a lot more work to fill out and develop the rest of this class between now and the next signing day period,” Locksley said following Early Signing Day on Dec. 20. “But I’m thrilled with the student-athletes we added today.”
His strategy almost worked in bringing on former Alabama star quarterback Jalen Hurts. After the former Crimson Tide star put his name in the transfer portal, he attended a Maryland men’s basketball game in January with Locksley as part of his recruitment to College Park. However, it did not ultimately succeed once Hurts announced his decision to go to Oklahoma.
Locksley did make significant additions on National Signing Day on Feb. 6, when four-star quarterback Lance LeGendre from New Orleans, Louisiana announced his decision to join Maryland. Locally, DeMatha Catholic High School cornerback Nick Cross was already verbally committed to Florida State before Locksley and his staff entered the Maryland campus.
However, Locksley made a final push to get him to get the Stag to join his new revamped recruiting class. The tactic worked as Cross announced his decision to flip and join the Terrapins on Feb. 12.
In addition to Jackson, former Buffalo tight end Tyler Mabry was also announced as another transfer addition to the Maryland roster. He named First Team All-Mid-American Conference in 2018 after making 27 catches for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He was a pivotal part of the Bulls rushing attack as a blocker as well. The Bulls averaged 189.1 yards per game last year.
Both Jackson and Mabry already earned their undergraduate degrees and are eligible to play immediately next season, according to Maryland officials.