Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen, whose team is trying to rebound from a disappointing 2-10 season in 2009, said Wednesday that junior Jamarr Robinson will be the Terrapins' starting quarterback when they open the season against Navy in Baltimore on Sept. 6.
Robinson was the leading candidate to replace departed starter Chris Turner heading into spring practice, and Friedgen said he's done enough to solidify his position as the team's starter.
"Jamarr Robinson has had an excellent spring," Friedgen said Wednesday, during an ACC teleconference with reporters. "He's really matured, and I think he's playing at a high level. Right now, he's the starter."
The Terrapins close spring practice with Saturday's Red-White spring game at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md.
Robinson, a 6-foot, 190-pound native of Charlotte, N.C., played in seven games last season, starting two, and completed 54.1 percent of his passes for 459 yards with two touchdowns.
Friedgen is looking for more consistent quarterback play after the Terrapins finished 11th in the ACC in scoring offense (21.3 points per game) and 10th in total offense (316.4 yards per game) last season. Maryland threw only 12 touchdown passes in 2010, the third-lowest total in the league.
"I think [O'Brien] is really mature for his age and is probably very advanced for this stage, when he hasn't played at all," Friedgen said. "He's not too far behind Robinson. C.J. Brown is a kid who has a lot of tools. He's very mobile and he can throw the ball. He's behind the others in terms of understanding [the offense], but I think in time he's going to be a good quarterback."