Even though Maryland will only have two healthy quarterbacks available when spring practice opens Saturday, coach Randy Edsall says starter C.J. Brown is ahead of schedule with his rehab and could possibly even participate in 7-on-7 drills later in the spring.
Brown tore his ACL during preseason practice last fall and missed all of 2012.
"C.J. will be doing individual work to start. I don’t think it will progress to the point where he’ll have contact. But hopefully before the end of spring, if everything goes according to how we think it can go, he can maybe getting some reps when we do 7 on 7," Edsall said in a phone interview Monday.
"He’s probably ahead of schedule right now so if the doctors tell me we can do this with him in the spring, we’ll do it, but we’re not going to push anything. C.J. knows the offense inside and out, so whatever we’re able to get out of him this spring will be a bonus. I’m not concerned as we go into the fall with him at all."
Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe, who also tore their ACLs last year playing in relief of Brown, won't practice this spring. That leaves junior college transfer Ricardo Young and sophomore Dustin Dailey to take all of the reps.
"We won’t let them get hit all spring, they’ll be out there getting a lot of reps, and it gives us a chance to really evaluate Ricardo in terms of what he can do," Edsall said. "He’s a very good athlete, he has a good arm, but now what he’s got to do is take advantage of this opportunity and all the reps he’s going to get."
The backup quarterback job is certainly wide open, especially now with Young in the mix. Also added to the group this fall will be four-star freshman quarterback Shane Cockerille. Given all the players at the position, there is is the possibility that Hills or Rowe could redshirt in 2013. But that all depends on what unfolds during the fall.
"Everybody has to compete, but if you have C.J. and then you have Ricardo and then you have Caleb and Perry and you’ve got Shane, they’re all going to be competing," Edsall said. "You’re only going to have three guys that are working so if both those guys aren’t in the top three, or if we see something that would be more beneficial to redshirt one of them, then we’d like to try to do that. But again, we’ll see how that all plays out in the fall."