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Terps starting QB done for the year with torn ACL

C.J. Brown, Xavier Brewer, Corico Hawkins AP

In CFT’s ACC preview, I said Maryland’s 2012 campaign couldn’t possibly be any worse than what happened during Randy Edsall‘s inaugural year with the Terps.

But, like all previews, I didn’t take into account injuries that hadn’t occurred yet.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, Edsall announced that projected starting quarterback C.J. Brown suffered a torn ACL during a non-contact drill Tuesday night. He’s done for the year and Maryland’s 2012 outlook appears even more bleak than before.

“I feel terrible for C.J.,” Edsall said in a prepared statement. “He’s worked incredibly hard to be the starting quarterback of this team. He’s stepped up and been a tremendous leader. We’ll do everything we can to make sure he gets the best treatment to help in his recovery.

“Although C.J. won’t be out on the field, he’ll continue to be an important part of this program. As a captain and team leader, he’ll do everything he can to help mentor the other quarterbacks on our team.”

Although not nearly the passer former Terps QB Danny O’Brien is — the two split time last season before O’Brien transferred to Wisconsin — Brown was a better runner who could have been the workhorse for Maryland this season.

The starting quarterback job now likely falls on true freshman Perry Hills, a three-star recruit who had offers from a handful of MAC programs.

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9 Responses to “Terps starting QB done for the year with torn ACL”
  1. wethog66 says: Aug 15, 2012 1:36 PM

    Whatever hopes Edsall and the Terps had to improve on last years crap record just got Hulk Smashed. And with two freshman QB’s behind Brown on the depth chart, thing are not looking good here in Maryland.

  2. dmvtransplant says: Aug 15, 2012 2:18 PM

    Man Randy just can’t catch a break. This means another 4-6 months of DC sports radio focused on the Deadskins and their quest to win 6 games. Maryland really had a shot at being the best football team in the nation’s capital, but that is gone now.

  3. cheers4ablumpkin says: Aug 15, 2012 2:33 PM

    Cj is a beast. Remind of a lot like Tim tebow I think he’s a better passer that tebow

  4. wethog66 says: Aug 15, 2012 4:21 PM


    Seriously? Navy has a better overall record over the last 10 years than UMD, and more bowl appearances. Lets not get carried away.

  5. dmvtransplant says: Aug 15, 2012 5:41 PM

    @ wethog66

    I said “the nation’s capital” not the capital of Maryland. The difference being you can see DC from the U of M campus, but the Naval Academy is over 40 miles away in the wealthest part of the state. Being from Annapolis is nothing like being from DC, if so then West Point is New York City’s college team.

    By the way bringing up Navy’s record is simple math , they can schedule teams from the MAC, Conference USA or Notre Dame during the Jimmy Clausen ERA and 2 weak service Academy’s and get away. And if you can name at least 3 bowl games they’ve played in recently (with out Google) then you get my point about the quality of those bowls.

  6. wethog66 says: Aug 15, 2012 8:17 PM


    Based on your comments it is clear you do not reside in the state of MD. Montgomery County is by far the wealthiest county in MD and has been for the majority of the 35 years I have been on this earth. Also, my house (which is inside the city limits of Annapolis) is 32.76 miles away from the White House. That would be less than 40 miles.

    As a Navy season ticket holder over the last 10 years I can defend Navy’s record, and who they’ve played, very well.

    As for who Navy schedules, being an Independent they schedule who they can schedule. Some schools come from the MAC and CUSA, but others come from the Big 10, SEC, ACC, Big East, etc… But a lot of conference affiliated schools wish not to schedule Navy. UMD is a prime example. Navy wanted to establish an annual game between the only 2 D1 schools in the state of MD, but UMD declined. I bet the vast majority of MD residents who care about football would say an annual game between UMD and Navy would be a good thing. A nice rivalry could be born that would spark great interest for UMD and Navy in the state of MD. I was at both games between UMD and Navy that recently took place and M&T Bank Stadium was packed. Great atmosphere, and two great games that could of gone either way.

    And say what you want about Army, but Air Force has been a respectable D1 football team for sometime now. A lot more respectable than UMD. Other notable teams Navy has played over the last 10 years that are not from the MAC:

    -2011: at #10 South Carolina Gamecocks – Navy lost 24-21.

    -2010: Notre Dame in the Meadowlands – Navy won 35-17 and Jimmy Clausen was not on the roster.

    -2009: at Ohio State – Navy goes for 2 to tie the game with less than a minute left. Conversion picked off and returned for 2 pts for OSU. Navy loses 31-27.

    -2009: Texas Bowl vs. Missouri – Navy wins 35-13.

    -2008: vs Rutgers – Navy wins 23-21.

    -2007: at Pittsburg – Navy wins 48-45 in OT

    -2007: Poinsettia Bowl vs Utah – Navy losses 35-32.

    -2006: at Stanford – Navy wins 37-9.

    -2006: Meineke Car Care Bowl vs Boston College – Navy losses 25-24.

    When it can Navy schedules D1 teams from top conferences, and Navy holds its own more times than not.

    I am not saying Navy is significantly better than UMD in football right now, but based on Navy’s record over the last 10 years, and being only 32.76 miles from Washington, DC, if you want to have a conversation about the best football team in the DC area, Navy needs to be in the conversation.

  7. bcjim says: Aug 15, 2012 10:00 PM


    Fail on every point. Nevermind the stuff pointed out above, even with CJ, the Terps were going nowhere. Things are looking up in dc for once, and down in College Park. Anyone who thought the Terps were going to make more noise than the Redskins is delusional, and this is coming from someone not all that high on the Redskins but a nominal fan of both.

    Now if you’ll excuse me I have to inform my house staff that they may return to their hovels in and around Annapolis for the evening.

  8. vcupats says: Aug 16, 2012 9:15 AM

    This sucks – we suffered through O’Brien last year and hoped to see more playing time from CJ – now that he’s out, I’m still glad O’Brien is gone.

  9. dmvtransplant says: Aug 16, 2012 10:47 AM

    @ wethog66

    Actually I do live in MD and based on your comments I guess you can’t read or at least have no idea what Forbes magazine is? The wealthiest county in the state is Howard, but of course it’s just easier to base things on what you see everyday and not the true right? Nothing like starting out an argument on a lie. Oh and nice use of Google twice with the mileage & schedule. 40 miles was just a general statement you still can’t see the capital from Annapolis, which is my point if you even bothered to read of course that might get in the way of your soap box.

    But to my original point you named 3 pointless bowl games that nobody watches or were aware of unless you use Google. By the way you don’t get credit for playing a real team and losing, just ask Colorado fans(if there are any?). And I went to the Army/Navy game for a decade for free and it’s like watching a High School State Championship game in a state like Vermont where the talent is extremely low and all they do is run the ball 3 yrds at a time.

    @ bcjim

    Make noise is a great line. The Jets make noise what do they have to show for it? Your probably right the Redskins might win more games than the Terps for the simple fact that the Skins play 16 games and the Terps only 12. Be honest it will be more like Skins 5, Terps 3 which really isn’t saying much about football in the area unless Georgetown somehow has a magical year which will never happen.

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