Devin Burns quarterbacking career at the University of Maryland lasted all of one half of football. Burns, the sophomore wide receiver-turned-quarterback, has decided to transfer immediately according to a story by Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post. Burns replaced injured freshman Perry Hills during the N.C. State loss last season and threw for 47 yards while also rushing for 50 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, that game put him out for the remainder of the season.
Burns suffered a Lisfranc injury sometime during the game, and that was pretty much the end of his season. Of course, he was just one of four quarterbacks to get injured while playing for the Terrapins last season. With all the quarterbacks on board for the Terps next season and a differing offensive style than what offensive coordinator Mike Locksley tries to run, Burns probably made the right decision. When you factor in that, even at wide receiver the Terrapins are fully loaded next year (Diggs, Deon Long, and Marcus Leak), the move is definitely the right decision.
That at least narrows down the options (barely) for the Terrapins, who are fully stocked at the quarterback position in the event that the football Gods decide to sucker-punch them again. C.J. Brown, Caleb Rowe, Perry Hills, Ricardo Young, and Shane Cockerille are all expected to be healthy by next year’s training camp, but only one of them is going to be able to play. This move, at least, eliminates one candidate.
Realistically, the only viable starters for next season are Brown, Rowe, Hills, and Young. Cockerille is fully expected to get the redshirt next season and pop a squat on the bench for a year. We can probably narrow it down even further by saying that Rowe more than likely will not get the starting job over a senior like Brown, an older player in Young, and someone with more experience in Hills.
That would leave us with Brown, Young, and Hills. If we continue to play the guessing game, we can say that Hills is still pretty young and may not be fully ready for preseason practices, thus eliminating him from the start. Then the battle would be between Tricky Rick (yes, his name is Ricardo; I’m calling him Rick) Young and C.J. Brown, who has more experience than anyone else. If Randy Edsall values experience over everything, I’d guess that C.J. Brown will be your starter for next season. So there’s no need to speculate anymore. You’re welcome!
That is, unless, Ricky Young proves to be as good as others on this staff believe he’ll be.
Continue speculating as to the starter for next year!
Either way, we wish Devin Burns well and appreciate his attempt to lead the Terrapins to a victory over N.C. State and their AD/She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named.