Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Terps' QB situation still in flux
By Heather Dinich
Maryland coach Randy Edsall has a decision to make this week: Devin Burns or Caleb Rowe as the team's next starting quarterback.
Unfortunately for the Terps, those are now the only two eligible scholarship options remaining after the season-ending ACL injuries to C.J. Brown and now Perry Hills. Edsall said on Tuesday he hopes to know by Thursday who his starting quarterback will be for Saturday’s game against Boston College.
Whether he announces it is another question.
“Am I going to say anything at the end of the day Thursday? That’s too far in advance to know that,” Edsall told reporters at his weekly Tuesday news conference. “But we could come out and say something on Thursday or wait until game time.”
Despite the unprecedented run of injuries to Maryland’s starting quarterbacks -- a string of bad luck that extends well beyond this season -- Edsall said those within the program aren’t “down in the dumps.” After a 2-10 finish in 2011, Maryland is now only two wins away from bowl eligibility as they prepare for a road trip to Boston College (1-6), which has the worst record in the ACC and has yet to beat an FBS team. Another win for the Terps isn’t unreasonable, considering BC’s struggles, but Maryland’s quarterback situation has to improve if the Terps are going to become bowl eligible this year.
“You work with what you have to go out and win the game,” Edsall said. “I’m not panicked, upset, or frustrated. You just roll with the punches and go out to get yourself ready for a win.”
Burns is a converted wide receiver, who volunteered to move back to his original position this past summer after Brown was injured. Edsall said that ideally, he would have liked to redshirt Rowe, a true freshman, but Rowe was used in a two-minute situation in Saturday’s 20-18 loss to NC State.
“We had made the decision to go with Devin as No. 2 and Caleb at No. 3,” Edsall said. “I told [Rowe] he had to be ready and be prepared because he hasn’t gotten many reps. In practice he would just do the 2-minute drill and 7-on-7 with the defense. But he has been in the meetings and taking notes. I think it was so impressive that he went in and preformed the way he did with such minimal reps. Ideally, we would have wanted to redshirt him but we weren’t afforded that luxury.”
There are no luxuries for Maryland quarterbacks this year.