Monday, May 2, 2011
Terps' QB sharp in spring game
By ESPN.com staff
There's a reason he was named the ACC's 2010 Rookie of the Year.
Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien threw two touchdown passes to Ronnie Tyler, including a 65-yarder on the first play from scrimmage, leading the Red team past the White, 35-7, on Saturday in the annual Maryland Red-White Spring Game on Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
O’Brien completed 16 of 23 passes for 199 yards. He also had a 27-yard touchdown pass to Tyler in the fourth quarter, capping a 12-play, 81-yard drive that was the final touchdown of the game.
While it was an encouraging performance, Maryland fans should remember O'Brien wasn't exactly facing Clemson's defense.
“The thing is, you’ve got to remember we didn’t let them do anything,” first-year coach Randy Edsall said, according to the team's scrimmage report. “We just basically played a couple of coverages and really one front the whole time. We had no movement (on the defensive line).”
Then again, the offense wasn't revealing anything, either.
"We really watered down our offense and only ran about half the playbook," O'Brien said. "We were focused on executing it. I think we did that. We didn't want to stall like we did after the first four drives, but overall we started off great. Over the summer we need to focus on getting some things polished up and be ready for Miami."
MARYLAND NFL DRAFT NOTES
- Former Maryland running back Da'Rel Scott was selected with 18th choice in the seventh round (221 overall) of the NFL draft by the New York Giants, and Torrey Smith was chosen by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round.
- The Terps have had at least two players selected in seven of the past eight NFL drafts and eight of the past 10.
- Scott was the first Maryland running back taken in the draft since Bruce Perry in 2004 (seventh round to Philadelphia Eagles).
- Smith was the second Terp selected in the top two rounds over the past three seasons (Darrius Heyward-Bey, seventh overall in 2009 by Oakland).
- Over the past nine NFL drafts, there have been seven Maryland players selected in the top two rounds.