You’ve heard the saying that time heals all wounds?
Well, in Maryland’s case, time healed all quarterbacks.
One year after an unfathomable rash of injuries to four quarterbacks devastated Maryland’s starting lineup, the Terps are finally strong again – not to mention deep – at the position. Starter C.J. Brown, who missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in August, is once again at the top of the depth chart. It’s not just his name, though, that should have Maryland fans excited.
Perry Hills, who also tore his ACL last year, is back.
Caleb Rowe, who tore his ACL, is back.
It’s quite a turnaround from last fall, when the Terps were down to their fifth-string quarterback – scout team linebacker Shawn Petty. Now, Hills is able to run and will be cleared by August. Rowe has been cleared to participate in 7-on-7 drills. Most important, Brown has been cleared for everything.
“All of those guys will be healthy,” coach Randy Edsall said. “It will be great competition. It will be good to have all of them out there, and when you bring Shane [Cockerille] into the mix, it will be more than adequate at that position.”
Brown was involved in practices and 7-on-7 drills this spring, but he wasn’t allowed to have any contact. He has been granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA and so still has two years left to play. He entered last fall as the projected starter, but this will be his first full season as a starter. In 2011, Brown pushed former quarterback Danny O’Brien for the starting job and started five games. He led the team with five rushing touchdowns that year and finished second in rushing yards. Once he was injured last summer, many immediately wrote the Terps off, but Maryland surprised the ACC with a gritty and relentless effort into November.
Now, with Brown back and the core of the group returning, the Terps are already better off than when they finished 2012.
Edsall said he has no concerns about Brown’s status heading into the fall, despite the fact it has been so long since he has taken a meaningful snap.
“You could see the progression and the progress he was making throughout the spring in those drills,” Edsall said. “I was very pleased. You could see the confidence he was gaining each time he was out there, and now that we’re involved into doing conditioning and lifting with our eight hours per week, he’s doing well. There’s not going to be any limitation, there’s not going to be any hesitation I know on his part. I’m not concerned about him. He has really worked extremely hard to put himself in the best possible position to be as healthy and as sound as he can be, so no, there’s no hesitation on my part. I don’t believe we’ll see any hesitation on CJ’s part, either.”