The University of Maryland’s official athletic department Twitter account broke the news — quite literally; it has a BREAKING tag and everything — that quarterback Daxx Garman is transferring into the football program, via Oklahoma State.
BREAKING: QB Daxx Garman will join the Maryland Football team for the 2015 season after graduating from Oklahoma State. #FearTheTurtle
— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) May 28, 2015
Daxx Garman fills a need for quarterback depth at Maryland, despite the return of Caleb Rowe. The Terrapins have been snake-bitten at the position throughout head coach Randy Edsall’s tenure, with C.J. Brown and Rowe each suffering multiple injuries. The Terps’ situation was once so dire, Edsall played a linebacker behind center in 2012.
The marriage of Garman, more of a drop-back passer, to Maryland’s spread offense, which has functioned most effectively with a mobile quarterback, is intriguing. After spending the rest of his college career in pass-happy, air-raid offense, perhaps this is the change of pace Garman needs to rejuvenate his career.
Maryland is the third and presumably final collegiate stop for Daxx Garman, who will have spent time virtually from coast-to-cast.
Daxx Garman started at Arizona, where he redshirted behind Nick Foles and Rutgers transfer Tom Savage in 2011.
Savage left Arizona shortly after Rich Rodriguez was hired to replace Mike Stoops.
Stoops returned to Oklahoma to work as defensive coordinator under his brother, Bob Stoops. The last of Bob Stoops’ four BCS Championship Game appearances came in the 2008 season, with quarterback Sam Bradford leading the Sooners offense.
Bradford was traded from the St. Louis Rams this NFL offseason for former Daxx Garman teammate, Nick Foles.
Second to Nick Foles on the Rams’ depth chart is former Houston Cougars quarterback, Case Keenum. Keenum played for current Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin at Houston, and Sumlin’s quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for Keenum’s final season was Kliff Kingsbury.
Now the head coach at Texas Tech, Kingsbury’s Red Raiders gave up four passing touchdowns and one rushing score to Daxx Garman in a 45-35 Oklahoma State win last September. Five touchdowns are Garman’s single-game career high.
In addition to coaching the Red Raiders, Kingsbury is noted for his resemblance to Hollywood It-Guy, Ryan Gosling. In 2011, Gosling starred in the (highly underrated) comedy, Crazy Stupid Love — a film that featured Kevin Bacon.
And yes, you just read all that as the set-up to a Degrees-to-Kevin Bacon joke. I’m sorry.