Now we have a post up from the Sun, and now that I’m back from dinner, let’s briefly talk about the impact of Danny O’Brien’s decision to stay at Maryland.
“I’m going to stay. I came to Maryland to graduate from Maryland. That’s still my primary goal.”
O’Brien is undoubtedly one of the best freshmen quarterbacks in the country, so it’s great news. He’s a class act and an incredibly talented passer – both mentally and physically. Even though he’s built as a pro-style, west coast quarterback (with true freshman Tyler Smith as more of a spread guy), O’Brien has the mental quickness and throwing accuracy to adjust to the new system, assuming Mike Leach is hired. So let’s take a quick look at the weapons Leach would have to work with, with O’Brien in the shotgun.
Assuming Torrey Smith is gone (and let’s face it, that’s a fair assumption), Adrian Coxson, Ronnie Tyler, Kerry Boykins, and Kevin Dorsey would likely be the starting four at wideout. Fringe candidates include Quintin McRee, Tony Logan, Alex Fletcher, and any freshmen that come in. That’s a pretty deep group, and one that O’Brien and Leach would be able to play with very efficiently.
Coxson has to be thrilled right about now. Transferring from Florida due to homesickness, he came to Maryland to be closer to home. Now he has the chance to put up Michael Crabtree-esque numbers with one of the best quarterbacks in the country and one of the best passing offenses in the country.
What will be interesting, however, is the adjustments necessary on the offensive line. The spread offense dictates a specific kind of lineman, so we’ll see if the starters are left as expected, or if some unknowns breakthrough with the right skill set for the offense.