Terps head to Wake with Brown last QB standing

Terps head to Wake with Brown last QB standing
November 15, 2011, 10:23 pm
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comC.J. Brown was among a gaggle of scholarship quarterbacks on Marylands 2009 football roster when he first arrived on the College Park campus. Three seasons later, only Brown and Danny OBrien remain. With two games remaining in the current season and OBrien sidelined after a breaking a bone in his left arm, the number of available passers is down to a lonely number. We always talk about how at one time there used to be six of us. Now there is only me and Dannyon scholarship now and unfortunately hes hurt, said a reflective Brown, now the clear-cut starter heading into Saturday's game at Wake Forest. Its definitely tough right now. Slim pickings.Maryland coach Randy Edsalls plan in recent games involved using both of his two distinctive quarterback options while not declaring the starter until game day. Asked duringMaryland's Tuesday media session inside Gossett Team house whetherthe rotation at signal caller would continue despite O'Brien's absence, Edsall responded with a question of his own.Do you have any suggestions of who the other quarterbacks we would rotate in there? Fair point. Currently listed behind Brown on Maryland two-deep depth chart is former walk-on Troy Jones,though Edsallsaid wide receiverreturn specialistTony Logan could serve as the No. 2 quarterback this week.The good news is with his dual-threat quarterback having started three games this season and played in eight overall, Edsall knows what Brown can do for the Terps (2-8, 1-6), losers of six straight and eight of nine overall.I feel good about CJ leading our football teams these last two weeks, said Edsall, rapping his fist against the podium while talking about his lone remaining quarterback.Considering the starters have lost 41 man games this season, knocking on wood seems like reasonable preventative measure. I hope that nothing happens to him.Disheartened for his fallen teammate, but no OBrien also means no more waiting game for Brown, who came off the bench in consecutive losses to Virginia and Notre Dame.Its nice knowing that youre the guy after all these weeks of not kind of knowing what the situation is, said the low-key quarterback with shifty running ability.Brown has tossed for 490 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions, but breakaway speed remains his top asset. Brown averages a whopping 7.6 yards per rush, has scored three times on the ground and his 439 rushing yards ranks second on the team behind starting running back Davin Meggett.Were not going totry and reinvent the wheel. C.J. has started for us; hes been productive for us, Edsall said.The matchup with the Demon Deacons (5-4, 4-3), losers of three straight, could produce a high-scoring affair as the two defenses allow the most points in the ACC. Wake Forest becomes bowl eligible with a win.The upcoming roadcontests, including the season finale at NC State, also provide Brown an opportunity to get a head starton the quarterback competition leading into next season.Anytime youre on the field, you want to show what you can do, Brown said. Regardless of the situation, whether its later in the game or youre coming in for an injury. You want to show your talents, you want to help the team out.Whether OBrien, the 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year, will be part of that quarterback competition remains an intriguing part of the equation. OBriens proficiency has dropped dramatically under the Terps new coaching staff. After throwing 22 touchdown passes to only eight interceptions in 2010, he tossed seven touchdowns with 10 interceptionsthis season.O'Brien will remain in a cast for 12 weeks and the current prognosis does involve surgery, according to Edsall.Reports have indicated the redshirt sophomore is on track to graduate this spring, meaning he would be eligible to transfer to another FBS level program without sitting out a season. Edsall's information appears different.First of all Im not sure he can graduate this spring, based on the records that I have, said Edsall when asked if thought O'Brien would return for his junior season. He seems very happy here so I have no knowledge of that happening.Notes...Freshman linebacker Alex Twine was honored Monday as ACC Rookie of the Week after posting a career 12 tackles - three for a loss - and one sack in the 45-21 loss to Notre Dame. Edsall said the 17-year-old suffered an injury in the game and could sit out this weeks contest.