Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall certainly hasn't had the easiest go of things since he set down in College Park, and he had another rough day on Wednesday when he had to deliver the news that his starting quarterback C.J. Brown was out for the season with a torn ACL. The Terps coach held a conference call with the media to talk about the injury, which apparently occurred to the right knee. Previous announcements indicated that it happened during a non-contact drill, and Edsall added some further details (via The Washington Post):
Edsall said Brown broke through pocket on two-minute drill, made a cut "he's made a thousand of times...His knee didn't hold up."— Terrapins Insider (@TerpsInsider) August 15, 2012
While the play happened on the turf field, Edsall was adamant that it "would have happened on any type of surface." Brown will try to have the surgery in the next few weeks before the season, and school, begin.
As for what comes next for the Terps, Edsall stated that in the battle between true freshman, Perry Hills is currently working with the first team while Caleb Rowe is taking snaps with the second team. As you'd expect, Edsall is trying to put a positive spin on the terrible news, saying that the season's expectations remain the same and that the playbook will not be scaled back to accommodate his new green QB (via The Washington Post):
Edsall: "we really don't have to do anything" in terms of scaling back playbook for freshman QBs. "We have not altered anything."— Terrapins Insider (@TerpsInsider) August 15, 2012
In addition to the two freshman, Edsall also added that wide receiver Devin Burns, who played quarterback in high school, offered to help out and will work with the third team.