COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland head coach DJ Durkin didn't name a starting quarterback for the Terps' game against Northwestern Oct. 14 during his weekly press conference Oct. 10, and Durkin declined to offer specifics about what injury sophomore quarterback Max Bortenschlager suffered at Ohio State Oct. 7.
The coach did, however, reiterate that Bortenschlager is his No. 1 passer.
"Max Bortenschlager is our quarterback," Durkin said. "We're going to work through the week and see how he is later in the week and make that evaluation. You can't make an evaluation on Tuesday for a game on Saturday [of] who's healthy and who's in our best situation."
Bortenschlager was injured during the third quarter of a 62-14 loss at Ohio State. Bortenschlager scrambled up the middle and slid to avoid contact, but the Buckeyes' Damon Arnette appeared to clip Bortenschlager in the head area. Bortenschlager stayed down, but he walked off the field under his own power after being attended to by the Terps' training staff.
Durkin declined to say whether Bortenschlager is in the concussion protocol.
"Max is day-to-day. We'll make an evaluation when we keep going through the week of how he is and how he's responded," Durkin said. "We'll always put the safety of our players first. Like I said, Max is a tough kid. If anyone can respond the right way to any sort of injury, it'd be Max."
Junior Caleb Henderson entered the game at Ohio State in relief of Bortenschlager and would be in line to start Oct. 14 if Bortenschlager can't go. Henderson was 0-for-1 and ran five times for -2 yards against the Buckeyes. Henderson missed the spring game in April with a right foot/ankle injury, then missed some of fall camp with the same issue. The injury lingered into the season, and he appeared on the Terps' depth chart for the first time last week.
"He's healthy. He did some good things when he came into the game, obviously under the circumstances," Durkin said. "It's his first game reps -- really, any reps with the ones since he's been here, at least. He did good with those. We'll get him prepared to play as well as [sophomore walk-on quarterback] Ryan Brand. Ryan is a guy that can help us, too."
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