Former University of Maryland quarterback and recently-appointed Terps radio color analyst C.J. Brown is excited not only about his new position, but the direction the program is headed under first-year head coach Michael Locksley.
Brown, a Cranberry Township, Pa., native, began his tenure with the Terps in 2009 as a redshirt freshman before earning the starting nod to start in the 2010 campaign. Brown accumulated 5,372 yards and 33 touchdowns through the air from 2010-2014. He missed the 2012 season due to an ACL tear, a noncontact injury suffered during preseason.
For Brown, being able to come back to the place he once called home as a color analyst on the Maryland Sports Radio Network is special. He will be joining legendary play-by-play broadcaster Johnny Holliday and analyst LaMont Jordan in the booth. Brown even spoke with Locksley, his former offensive coordinator, before taking the job.
"It's always kind of been in the back of my mind, something that I never really pursued," Brown said on
Glenn Clark Radio
Aug. 7. "When the opportunity came up, I jumped on it, talked with Johnny about it, Coach Locks about it and made the decision to move forward."
"I couldn't be more excited to take on this new journey and be along for the ride calling the games for the Terps on the radio," Brown added.
Maryland is coming off a 5-7 season rife with turmoil. Brown feels there is room for optimism with Locksley on board and pointed to the coach's recruiting acumen. Locksley improved the Terps' 2019 recruiting class after taking over the program, dipping into the talent-rich DMV. Locksley's haul was highlighted by consensus four-star recruits Nick Cross (DeMatha Catholic) and Isaiah Hazel (Dr. Henry A. Wise).
Brown attributes this success in recruiting to Locksley's genuine care for his players.
"He's able to relate, he can speak to parents, he can speak to 18-year-old kids that he's recruiting, he understands what's going on and what people are facing," Brown said. "At the same time, he's able to motivate people day in and day out."
"He's always going to be there, he's real, he's genuine, it's something that is very transparent, you know it's not a gray area," Brown added.
Brown had firsthand experience with Locksley, which gives him great insight into what the coach is capable of. Locksley served as Brown's offensive coordinator during the 2013 and 2014 seasons after Brown returned from injury. Between those two years under Locksley, Brown threw for 4,530 yards and 26 touchdowns.
But Brown recognizes Locksley will need time to leave his mark on the Maryland football program.
"It's not going to happen overnight, it's not going to happen in one year, but piece by piece he's going to continue to build that foundation," Brown said. "We are in a large market at the end of the day, and he's trying to get back to the heydays when we were winning 10 games."
Brown is a believer in Locksley and has full faith in the entire coaching staff.
"I have all the faith in the world in Coach Locks and his staff and the university in making that right decision and turning things around," Brown said.
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