University of Maryland Down to 5th-String QB; Will Start Freshman LB or TE

  • Andy Flint

This was probably the look University of Maryland coach Randy Edsall had when he lost his FOURTH QB.
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Imagine a freshman linebacker and a walk-on tight end topping the depth chart at quarterback for your Division 1 college football team. This is precisely the situation that Head Coach Randy Edsall faces this week at the the University of Maryland.

Here’s how this conundrum emerged for the Terps:

  • Junior quarterback Danny O-Brien transferred to Wisconsin during the offseason.
  • Junior quarterback C.J. Brown tore his ACL in August.
  • Perry Hills, who started the first seven games at quarterback, tore his ACL against N.C. State on Oct. 20th.
  • Devin Burns, who came in for Hills against N.C. State, broke his foot in the same game.
  • Caleb Rowe, a true freshman, tore his ACL in a 20-17 loss to Boston College this past Saturday.

This leaves converted linebacker Shawn Petty and walk-on tight end Brian McMahon, both freshman, to play quarterback this Saturday against Georgia Tech. Both Petty and McMahon played the position in high school, but their roles on the Maryland football team were at the linebacker and tight end positions. That was, until the first four quarterbacks on the depth chart suffered season-ending injuries. Now, as the seat grows ever-hotter for Randy Edsall (6-14 as head coach), Maryland is down to its fifth and sixth options at quarterback.

By: Brandon Smith- Sports-Kings Contributor


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