Byrd Has Terps Ranked High

QB Emanuel Byrd lists Maryland among his top five desired landing spots.

Emanuel Byrd, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback prospect from Albany, Ga. does not hold an offer from the Maryland Terrapins yet, but he would be ecstatic about playing for the Terps if they do give him an offer.

“I'm interested in Maryland,” Byrd said. “I like Maryland and the ACC, that's a conference I would love to play in one day.”

Byrd has not had much contact with the Terps, having only talked to some of the Maryland coaching staff when they visited his school, Albany High. He said he is hoping to get more chances to interact with them and become more familiar with the program, who is looking at him to possibly play quarterback, which he listed as one of the top five programs he would want to be a part of if offered.

Byrd said he watched a few of Maryland's football games last season, including the 41-16 loss against the Florida State Seminoles and the North Carolina State Wolfpack's come-from-behind 56-41 win over the Terps. He said that despite the Terps losing those games, he did see some things he liked, including the new uniforms debuted by the Terps this season.

If Byrd does end up playing in College Park, Md., he would end up playing less than 15 miles from one of his favorite quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III, the Baylor product who was the second overall draft pick of the Washington Redskins this year.

“I love his skill set, how he shows off his speed and his arm strength,” Byrd said.

Byrd also looks up to Cam Newton, the quarterback of the Carolina Panthers who is coming off a record-breaking rookie season. Newton won the Heisman Trophy in 2010 during his last season at Auburn, where Byrd is also strongly considering as an option if given an offer from the Tigers.

“What I love about Cam Newton is that every night, he performs at the highest level,” said Byrd.

This summer, Byrd has already been to camps at Auburn, Georgia and Florida and is planning on some more visits in the future. His time is taken up by two-a-day practices and passing camps this summer as he prepares for his senior campaign at Albany High.

“I've been working on getting stronger, faster and bringing more leadership to the team,” Byrd said. “Spreading the ball around more this year, working on my technique in my throws and working on my reads. Basically becoming a better quarterback.”

Byrd lists his agility, his arm strength and his intelligence as some of his strengths at playing the quarterback position, but admits he needs to stop “going for the big plays.”

“Sometimes, I need to stop being a hero and throw the ball out of bounds instead of taking a sack and other things like checking down,” Byrd said.

As the senior quarterback of the Albany Indians, Byrd understands he needs to take leadership of his team. He said he makes an effort to lead by example.

“I lead my team by action. I try to set an example every night and in the classroom and the weight room. I've been working hard. That's how I try to lead my team, by action. As a player, I'm very passionate and dedicated. I've very oriented, I'm humble and I want to stay hungry.”

Byrd passed for 1,683 yards and had 19 passing touchdowns and eight rushing touchdowns with an 83 percent pass completion during his junior season at Albany High. He said he should fit comfortably into any college system as his school runs a variety of offenses, including a spread offense, a pro-style, double tight-end sets and the shotgun formation.

Byrd currently holds offers from South Alabama, UNC-Charlotte and Savannah State. He is hoping for more offers to come in the future, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Georgia as his top schools other than Maryland.

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