With a little more than two weeks until the start of the 2012 college football season, the Maryland Terrapins were dealt a huge injury blow on Wednesday. The Terps announced that starting quarterback C.J. Brown was lost for the season after he tore his ACL during a non-contact drill on Tuesday night.
Brown's backup was still to be determined, but it was almost certainly going to be one of two true freshman: Perry Mills or Caleb Rowe. Ben Broman of SB Nation's Maryland blog, Testudo Times, discussed the implications of Brown's injury and turning to a true freshman in College Park:
You can think C.J. was a pretty crappy QB, and maybe he was. I know I disagree with that, but hey, to each their own. But you can't say he wasn't a significantly better option than the unproven, relatively unknown and un-touted(?) freshmen on offer. Borderline disastrous.
I guess Perry Hills will be the starter for the moment, but it's about to be a full-on battle with he and Caleb Rowe. The good news, I guess, is that it doesn't change the paradigm for Maryland too much: still based on the running game, but now even more pulled in with the passing game.
Brown was part of a revolving door at quarterback last season, as Randy Edsall tried to get any momentum going on the offensive side of the ball during a disastrous first season in College Park. The other QB who was a part of that rotation, Danny O'Brien, went through a much-publicized transfer process and is now playing for Wisconsin.