COLLEGE PARK -- Freshman Will Ulmer runs a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. He was the third-ranked prospect in Washington, D.C., from the class of 2014. He was selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game this spring.
But now in College Park, Ulmer is the fifth quarterback on Maryland’s depth chart. He was able to take more snaps during Saturday’s scrimmage in College Park partly because starter C.J. Brown did not suit up. A position change is always on the table.
“I told Will during the recruiting process," head coach Randy Edsall has said. "He’ll be a quarterback until he comes to me and tells me he doesn’t want to be a quarterback,”
Ulmer had mixed results during the intrasquad exhibition this weekend, unable to really flash his speed with the confines of the non-contact rules -- something that was beyond his control -- but also showing that his mechanics need development if he is going to work his way up the depth chart as a quarterback.
To his credit, he threw a touchdown pass late and hit wide receiver Taivon Jacobs on a nice mid-range crossing pattern by putting the ball in the only spot it could be completed between defenders.
In theory, he brings the same sort of read-option capabilities that made Brown the team’s second-leading rusher last season and helped to boost the team’s offensive versatility.
But it is Brown’s team this season and likely Caleb Rowe’s next year. Redshirt freshman Shane Cockerille and redshirt sophomore Perry Hills are the other two quarterbacks currently getting reps ahead of Ulmer.
So will he change positions?
“We’re working him at quarterback and we’re developing him as quarterback,” Edsall reiterated. “If he doesn’t think that he wants to be a quarterback anymore then he’ll come and tell me that.”