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Monday, May 2, 2011
Terps' QB sharp in spring game

By 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."