Garman started eight games for the Cowboys and played the majority of another game when he came in for injured starter J.W. Walsh in the second game of the season against Missouri State. Garman has a very strong arm and the ability to throw deep and that served him well as OSU went 5-4 in his nine games as the principle quarterback. They won the first five and then lost the next four.
The struggle started when defenses recognized the combination of a young offensive line, Garman’s slow processing of the short and intermediate passing game, and his limited mobility. Secondaries began to take away the long ball and the sacks started adding up.
Seven sacks by Texas led to Garman being unable to finish the season and that was when freshman Mason Rudolph took over, leading the Cowboys with a strong performance against Baylor and wins over Oklahoma and in the Cactus Bowl over Washington.
Gundy and the staff praised Garman for his performance and his bravery in taking the hits from opposing defenses. You could tell that Gundy really had a soft spot for the well-traveled quarterback and wanted him to stay even though he was not likely to play this season being behind Rudolph and the now healthy Walsh on the depth chart.
Garman’s odyssey started in high school when he was declared ineligible at Jones High School because his family lived in another community. After trying to transfer to another Oklahoma high school and being denied by the OSSAA, his family moved to South Lake and he earned the starting job at Southlake Carroll, even played in a preseason scrimmage before a district committee ruled him ineligible. He stayed there and practiced with the Dragons but did not play.
He had already accepted a scholarship to play for Arizona and then head coach Mike Stoops. However, after Stoops was fired and Rich Rodriguez was hired he transferred to Oklahoma State. Now Maryland becomes his third college, and he is eligible immediately thanks to his graduating at Oklahoma State and choosing a graduate program at Maryland.
"We are excited that Daxx will be joining our program," Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said in a release. "He is an experienced quarterback who has proven himself as an accomplished starter in the Big 12, helping to lead his team to a postseason bowl game.
"Daxx is an outstanding student who has displayed tremendous poise and maturity during his college career. He comes in knowing he is competing for the starting quarterback position and is looking forward to the competition and being part of our football family."
Garman sounded enthusiastic about the moves and the prospects at Maryland as he also had a statement in the release.
"Coach Edsall has done a great job with the football program and he truly cares about his players," Garman said. "I'm very excited to compete in the Big Ten Conference. Maryland is an outstanding university and I'm excited to further my education and continue playing football. I enjoyed my visit in College Park and I'm excited to have this opportunity."
In his eight games last season for OSU, Garman completed 54.9% of his passes for 2,041 yards (7.4 per attempt) with 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Garman will be competing with four other scholarship quarterbacks at Maryland, including Caleb Rowe (junior), who tore an ACL in practice last season and is expected to be the front runner when camp begins in August.