Devastating news comes out of College Park Wednesday afternoon. Maryland released an official announcement that CJ Brown, the presumed starting quarterback for the upcoming season, will miss the entire year with a torn ACL.
According to Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times, the report seems to indicate that the injury occurred during a non-contact drill late Tuesday night.
Just when head coach Randy Edsall thought he might actually have some stability at the quarterbacking position, this news puts the entire program in a very tough predicament. After last year’s swapping between Brown and former Maryland but now-Wisconsin quarterback Danny O’Brien, the certainty of having one starter was a welcome feeling. But now, coach Edsall is going to have to hand over the reins of the offense to one of two true freshman quarterbacks.
Outside of the starting job, there was a battle between Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe for the number two spot on the depth chart. Reports recently indicated that Perry Hills had pulled ahead of the Rowe as recently as yesterday, so it would appear that he will step in under center now.
True freshman do not typically have even a modicum of success as quarterbacks in college. Hills, who was ranked the #77 quarterback in his class by ESPN, is far from being heralded as a potential superstar. Rowe, on the other hand, was ranked #157 by ESPN, received offers from Presbyterian and Gardner-Webb before finally deciding on Maryland.
This is a tough pill to swallow for Terrapin fans, and will put an enormous amount of pressure on Edsall, who already struggled during year one. This was supposed to be his coming out campaign, but Brown’s injury has the potential to land him in serious hot water if things don’t go well in the passing game and the offense stagnates.