Terps Lacking Consistency At Quarterback

Posted on October 24, 2011

By Matt Zenitz

Just days after C.J. Brown appeared entrenched as Maryland's quarterback for the foreseeable future, the Terrapins' suddenly never-ending quarterback carousel continues.

Brown exited during the third quarter of Saturday's loss to Florida State after enduring a violent helmet-to-helmet collision. He was replaced by former starter Danny O'Brien, who played well in Brown's place.

O'Brien, who started Maryland's first five games, led two second-half touchdown drives after seven of the Terrapins' first eight possessions had ended with punts. He threw for 180 yards and a touchdown, completing nine of his 18 pass attempts, while also running for a score.

The mobile Brown, meanwhile, was held in check on the ground and struggled to get much going through the air.

After rushing for 286 yards and two touchdowns during the previous two games, including 162 yards and a score amid the Terrapins' 56-45 loss to Clemson last week -- his first career start -- Brown was held without a rushing yard by an aggressive and athletic Seminoles defense. He picked up 25 yards on six rushing attempts, but was sacked four times, losing 25 yards in the process.

He did complete 11 of his 19 pass attempts but for just 92 yards, averaging a modest eight yards per completion. Seven of his 11 completions went for gains of less than 10 yards.

O'Brien, meanwhile, produced five passing plays of 15 yards or more, including two of 43 yards or more.

Terrapins coach Randy Edsall said after the game that Brown was cleared to return to the game shortly after leaving but that he decided to stick with O'Brien.

O'Brien, last year's ACC Rookie of the Year, threw for 2,438 yards, 22 touchdowns and just eight interceptions as a redshirt freshman last season but had struggled through the early part of this year, tossing only four touchdowns along with six interceptions in five starts before being pulled in favor of Brown during Maryland's 21-16 loss to Georgia Tech Oct. 8.

Brown has thrown for 269 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions during five appearances this season, including two starts. He has also rushed for 315 yards and two scores while averaging more than seven yards per carry.

During a teleconference with the media Sunday afternoon, Terrapins coach Randy Edsall said he would evaluate both quarterbacks throughout the week and make a game-time decision on who would start Saturday's game against Boston College.

Maryland coach Randy Edsall announced Sunday that senior linebacker Kenny Tate would undergo surgery for an undisclosed injury and miss the remainder of the season, but is expected to return to the team in 2012.

Tate has missed the last three games.  He will have surgery this week and is expected to be sidelined for 6-9 months.

Tate, who has not redshirted since arriving at Maryland, will seek a medical redshirt in order to return in 2012. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Tate, a first-team All-ACC performer at safety last year, made the move to linebacker this season in new defensive coordinator Todd Bradford's defense.

He had 35 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions and a forced fumble during the Terrapins' first four games. He had 100 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions and an ACC-best four fumbles as a safety last year.

Posted Oct. 24, 2011


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