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Painful Season Ends For Terps QB Danny O'Brien

November 14, 2011

By Matt Zenitz

COLLEGE PARK -- As expected, Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien will miss the rest of the season with a left arm injury, Terrapins coach Randy Edsall confirmed during a conference call with the media Sunday afternoon.

O'Brien was injured during the third quarter of Saturday's 45-21 loss to Notre Dame. Edsall said O'Brien broke a bone in his upper arm, but noted that at this point, O'Brien was not scheduled for surgery.

The injury caps a disappointing redshirt sophomore season for O'Brien, last year's ACC Rookie of the Year, who now finishes the season with just seven touchdown passes to go along with 10 interceptions.

He had 2,238 yards, 22 touchdowns and only eight interceptions as a redshirt freshman last season.

With O'Brien out, the Terrapins will turn to redshirt sophomore C.J. Brown, who had started four straight games before O'Brien reclaimed his starting spot during the last two.

The mobile Brown has thrown for 490 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions this year, while rushing for 387 yards and three scores.

Freshman Troy Jones will serve as Brown's backup and senior wide receiver/punt returner Tony Logan, who played quarterback in high school, will be Maryland's emergency quarterback.

After seeing only one carry during the previous five games, sophomore running back D.J. Adams led the Terrapins with 55 yards on a team-high 16 carries against Notre Dame. He also scored on a short touchdown run during the fourth quarter.

Yet, Edsall didn't exactly make it seem as if Adams' increased workload was a sign of things to come.

"We had some injuries [at that position] during the week, and had some guys that were limited," Edsall said on Sunday. "It was just in terms of the number of people that were out that gave him an opportunity."

Asked about Adams' playing time going forward, Edsall said, "We'll evaluate [that position] again this week to see how that all works out."

The bruising 5-foot-10, 220-pound Adams has just 135 yards and four touchdowns this season after leading Maryland with 11 rushing touchdowns as a freshman last year.

Despite being back healthy, as Edsall described him Sunday, redshirt junior wide receiver Kevin Dorsey has struggled during each of the two games since returning from a leg injury.

Dorsey, the Terrapins' leading receiver, was injured against Clemson Oct. 15 and missed the next two games before returning to action against Virginia Nov. 5.

Yet, after pulling in 29 catches for 361 yards and two touchdowns during Maryland's first six games, Dorsey has just five catches for only 47 yards during the two games since he re-entering the lineup and has struggled with drops as well, something uncharacteristic for the usually sure-handed Dorsey.

Nonetheless, Edsall expressed confidence in his junior receiver.

"He's had a couple opportunities [the last two weeks], dropped some balls, but made some good catches [against Notre Dame]," Edsall said. "We're getting him involved in the game plan a little bit more now that he's been back."

Posted Nov. 14, 2011