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Danny O'Brien May Return To Face West Virginia This Week

Following Ralph Friedgen's media call this morning, the Washington Post is reporting that Danny O'Brien could be ready to play against West Virgina, and might even split time with the more established Jamarr Robinson.

Backup quarterback Danny O’Brien’s sprained right ankle is not as serious as previously thought, but it remains to be seen if he can play Saturday at West Virginia along with starter Jamarr Robinson.

Robinson was 6-14 for 70 yards with two touchdowns and one interception against Morgan State, while O'Brien finished 5-10 for79 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, including touchdown passes of 27, 24, and 22 yards.

According to Testudo Times, O'Brien was the more competent passer when utilized against Morgan State.

In O'Brien's limited time, his arm looked better, his reads more consistent, and his pocket presence more confident. He doesn't have Robinson's feet, but he showed (twice) that he can at least get out of the pocket if he needs to.

The problem is that he's attempted a grand total of 10 passes in his collegiate career, and they all came against the lowly competition that is Morgan State. The jump between the level of Morgan State at home and West Virginia in Morgantown is gigantic; do you really want to play someone making his first career start in that type of atmosphere?

The smart money seems to be on both quarterbacks playing in the Terrapins' big early season test in Morgantown on Saturday. The question will be whether or not one of them can grab a hold of the job and keep it.

The Terps will also have to decide between Devin Burns and Tyler Smith for the third quarterback role on Saturday with C.J. Brown reportedly out for eight weeks.