Terps' QB ready to rebound

September, 21, 2011
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Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien, who was named the ACC’s 2010 Rookie of the Year, has received plenty of praise during his short career in College Park, and deservedly so.

Now he’s finding out what it feels like to face a little criticism.

“If you want to find a quick way to find out who your friends are, throw three picks in a game, a lot less people are in your corner after that,” O'Brien said. “It's a learning experience and it's all about tempo right now. We can't sulk on that and it all starts with me."

O'Brien wasn’t quite as sharp as he usually is in Maryland’s 37-31 loss to West Virginia last weekend, throwing three interceptions and one touchdown. There is no sense of panic within the program, considering O’Brien’s resume. But the West Virginia game was a humbling experience he’ll have to improve upon, starting Saturday against Temple.

"With any quarterback you want them to be confident and Danny is that,” coach Randy Edsall said. “But with Danny we need him to do what the great ones do and go out there and take what the defense gives them. Danny is a victim of his own circumstance sometimes, he has so much confidence in his own ability that he might try to throw a ball into a very small window when he shouldn't. As I told him, sometimes an incomplete pass is the best thing that can happen instead of forcing something.

"That doesn't happen over night with a quarterback, they have to see those things and go through them to learn,” Edsall said. “Experience is the best teacher. The experience of the West Virginia game will only make Danny better.”

If last weekend’s performance against Penn State was any indication of what Temple is capable of, Maryland should be concerned. The Owls pushed Penn State to the brink before the Nittany Lions finally won, 14-10. O’Brien is still the ACC’s leading passer entering this week, with 318.5 yards per game, and he has completed 67.7 percent of his passes. O’Brien’s teammates seem to have no doubt he’ll bounce back and perform well against Temple.

"I mean, I saw it on his face Sunday, we came back up here to lift and I could just tell he was focused,” said receiver Kerry Boykins. “He was in the meeting room watching film, and he's just so amped right now, ready to go and ready to get that taste out of his mouth. We all have a bad taste in our mouth after this loss, and you know with the competitor Danny is, throwing three picks he hates that, so he's ready to just come out and work."

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