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Terps lose fourth starting QB in two months to injury

Randy Edsall AP

There are the staggeringly unbelievable plotlines that even Hollywood would turn down, then there’s the quarterback situation at Maryland that makes AIRBHG exclaim “damn, dude.  Enough.  Stop piling on.”

In August, starting QB C.J. Brown suffered a torn ACL and was replaced by Perry Hills.  A week ago, Hills suffered his own ACL tear and was replaced by Devin Burns.  Thursday, the Terps announced that Burns will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury and would be replaced by Caleb Rowe as the freshman was the only scholarship QB left on the roster.

The key word there, unfortunately, is “was.”

In a stunning turn of events, the Terps announced Sunday that Rowe has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2012 season.  For those who’ve lost track, that makes four starting quarterbacks lost to injury in just over two months, three of them to torn ACLs.

“I feel awful for Caleb. I know how excited he was to get his opportunity to be the quarterback of this team,” head coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “Caleb has a bright future ahead of him and we will do everything we can to support him through the rehab process.”

So, with Rowe in every sense of the word the very last scholarship quarterback left on the roster for the Terps and with four games remaining in the regular season, to where will Maryland turn for a signal caller?

The other side of the ball and true freshman linebacker Shawn Petty.  As a senior at Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Petty threw for just over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns in what the Baltimore Sun described as a Navy-style option offense, although he was mainly recruited for his defensive prowess.

Petty was given two stars and labeled as an “athlete” by Rivals.com prior to signing with the Terps in February of this year.  And, barring an unexpected development, that’s exactly who will be under center when Maryland takes the field against Georgia Tech this coming Saturday.

Again, a true freshman linebacker will start at quarterback in an FBS football game.  Amazing.

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11 Responses to “Terps lose fourth starting QB in two months to injury”
  1. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 28, 2012 7:57 PM

    The Edsel Curse.

  2. mdbengal says: Oct 28, 2012 8:04 PM

    Fuck

  3. seanb20124 says: Oct 28, 2012 8:23 PM

    Rather be a Terp QB than an Iowa RB

  4. bcjim says: Oct 28, 2012 9:51 PM

    Karma for running D.O. out of town

  5. bozosforall says: Oct 29, 2012 1:13 AM

    More like for running Friedgen out of town.

  6. tincansailor981 says: Oct 29, 2012 1:32 AM

    Time for Edsell to,pack his bags

  7. rockthered1286 says: Oct 29, 2012 7:05 AM

    This has nothing to do with Edsall. This is purely bad luck. Is what it is. If anything you can say despite the QB carousel the Terps hung tight with WVU, and lost last minute games to NC State and BC. This team could easily have 6 wins DESPITE the qb issues and that’s a testament to Edsall.

  8. beedubyatoo says: Oct 29, 2012 10:34 AM

    Shawn Petty = First off the LCD on D-Day.

  9. hor2012 says: Oct 29, 2012 5:33 PM

    I played a little football in highschool and am a big fan. And, I’ve never heard of anything like this. I do have a question. I wonder if this has something to do with thier strength and conditioning program. The reason I’m asking is because the seem to be ACL related

  10. bcjim says: Oct 29, 2012 6:39 PM

    @bozos..

    that too.

  11. dmcgrann says: Oct 30, 2012 1:35 AM

    rockthered1286 said”

    This has nothing to do with Edsall. This is purely bad luck. Is what it is. If anything you can say despite the QB carousel the Terps hung tight with WVU, and lost last minute games to NC State and BC. This team could easily have 6 wins DESPITE the qb issues and that’s a testament to Edsall.
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    Well, hanging in tough with WVU was good. Hanging in tough against William & Mary with the same QB, not so good. They might have had some bad breaks, but there’s a bigger problem.

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