O'Brien Shines In Terps' Spring Game
By Matt Zenitz
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Danny O'Brien took the snap from under center, faked the handoff to running back DavinMeggett and dropped back to scan the field. It didn't take O'Brien long to find slot receiver Ronnie Tyler, who had separated from his defender on a deep post route. O'Brien aired the ball out to Tyler, who caught the deep pass in stride near the sideline before scampering the rest of the way for a 65-yard touchdown during the first offensive play of Maryland's annual Red-White spring game Saturday afternoon.
From there, O'Brien and the Red team continued to roll, cruising to a 35-7 win against the White team as the Terrapins wrapped up spring practice.
"I thought that we had a pretty good day," Maryland coach Randy Edsall said. "And I'm very pleased with the spring, in terms of how we started and how we finished. I thought we made good progress throughout the spring."
O'Brien, last year's ACC Rookie of the Year, guided the Red team to touchdowns during each of its three first-quarter possessions and defensive back Anthony Green's 51-yard interception return for a score put Red in front, 28-0, early during the second quarter.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback C.J. Brown's five-yard touchdown run got White on the board late during the third quarter, but O'Brien and Tyler hooked up for another score midway through the fourth, this time a 27-yarder.
O'Brien finished 16-of-23 for 199 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while Brown, who Edsall had repeatedly praised throughout the spring, was just 9-of-26 for 96 yards and rushed for just three yards on four carries, although he did have the five-yard scoring run.
Tyler pulled in both of O'Brien's touchdown passes and led all receivers with 99 yards on three catches. Kevin Dorsey and QuintinMcCree, who were both on the Red team along with O'Brien and Tyler, both tallied a game-high four catches.
The Red team, fueled by running backs DavinMeggett and D.J. Adams, racked up 123 yards on the ground. Meggett rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries while Adams posted 56 yards and a score on 13 carries.
The Red team outgained the White, 322-156.
Senior defensive backs Kenny Tate and Cameron Chism, who were both on the White team, each recorded 11 tackles. Chism also had an interception.
"I think both sides of the ball have come an extremely long way during the spring," O'Brien said. "The spring game was more about just executing the simple things because it's so watered down -- the defense wasn't blitzing and was only running like three coverages and [as an offense] we were only running about half of our plays -- but I think both sides have come an extremely long way."
Former Terrapins' basketball player Cliff Tucker, who is in the process of making the transition to the football field as a wide receiver, caught one pass for five yards in limited action Saturday afternoon.
Posted May 2, 2011