The plan to turn around a 2-10 showing in Randy Edsall's first season at Maryland hit a major snag this week, losing starting quarterback C.J. Brown for the season after a knee injury.
Maryland announced that Brown suffered the injury (ACL) in a non-contact drill Tuesday night.
"I feel terrible for C.J.," said head coach Randy Edsall in an official release. "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."
The junior quarterback made appearances in 10 games last season - 5 starts - and proved to be an effective dual-threat option under center for the Terps. Brown's totals on the season including 842 yards passing, 574 yards rushing (second-best on the team), and 12 total touchdowns.
Losing your starting quarterback will hurt any team, but for Maryland the loss of Brown leaves the offense in the hands of two true freshman. Perry Hills, from Pittsburgh, Pa., and Caleb Rowe, from Landrum S.C., entered fall practice competing for the No. 2 spot behind Brown. On Tuesday, Edsall said that Hills had separated himself in the competition.
"We were able to get a great evaluation in, and right now Perry is the number two guy," Edsall told the Washington Post. "He's a little ahead of Caleb right now."
The 6-foot-3, 205 pound Hills will have to continue his accelerated learning of Mike Locksley's offense, with the Terps' season-opener against William & Mary just 17 days away. However, the schedule does not leave much room for easing in after that contest. Maryland then faces Temple, Connecticut, and West Virginia in Morgantown before kicking off conference play against Wake Forest.
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