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.