Maryland will trot out their fourth different starting quarterback of the season this Saturday at the Byrd House as the Yellow Jackets from Georgia Tech come to town for a visit.
Petty, a converted linebacker, last played QB as a senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. However, he is now the man than Terps fans everywhere will flock to as Maryland tries to salvage the rest of the 2012 season. Petty has the full support of the coaching staff and has been assured there will be no short hook on him. For better or worse, Shawn Petty is our quarterback from here on.
Come Saturday when #31 lines up to take his first snap as the Terrapins starting QB the country will have no clue whatsoever as to how this offense will look. This onslaught of injuries to Maryland QB’s has caught the attention of college football fans across the country and from every opinion I’ve seen this week no one seems to know what we’re going to do but many are interested to see how it looks once unveiled.
Petty’s HS coach from Eleanor Roosevelt is confident in his former players ability to run the offense as long as Edsall and Locksley keep things simple for Petty. I would have to imagine that is exactly how the offense will look as the things we were able to do with Perry Hills, Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe manning the position will be far from what we see with Petty taking the snaps.
Thankfully, Petty will be able to live off of the running game that appeared to be on the verge of breaking out as Wes Brown has separated himself from the great of the stable of running backs as the xleqr cut #1 option. If Brown can help shoulder some of the burden from Petty this Terrapins offense can still be competitive enough to sneak up on some ACC teams remaining on the schedule.
It all starts this weekend at the Byrd House. I am sure we will see all of you out there supporting the Terps as they go for their fifth win of the season against the struggling Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech.