By Lewis Gould

Maryland coach Mike Locksley isn’t saying who his starting quarterback will be for Saturday’s opener against Northwestern.

It’s a battle between Alabama transfer Taulia Tagovailoa or redshirt freshman Lance LeGendre will lead the offense against the Wildcats. The two competed for the starting job throughout the fall, and Locksley kept the competition open before arriving at a decision this week.

“I’m just not ready to announce to the public who it is,” Locksley said. “We do know who our quarterback will be. We’ve had the conversations with the players that are involved, but from a competitive advantage standpoint, it really doesn’t (do us) any good to announce our starting quarterback today.”

Neither quarterback brings much experience into the season. Tagovailoa threw 12 passes as a freshman last year with the Crimson Tide and LeGendre saw action in three games with Maryland, throwing only three passes in mop-up role.

The competition opened up after Josh Jackson, who started nine games last year, opted out because of the COVID-19 pandemic and second-stringer Tyrrell Pigrome transferred to Western Kentucky.

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