Don’t look now, but any Bullis senior taking a campus tour at University of Maryland may see Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall taping up help wanted posters for a quarterback outside of Byrd Stadium.
In what can only be described as one of the oddest and most unfortunate occurrences in college football, true freshman Caleb Rowe tore his ACL in Maryland’s 20-17 loss to Boston College Saturday, becoming the Terps’ fourth quarterback to sustain a season ending injury this year. Now, Maryland must rely on converted linebacker Shawn Petty and converted tight end Brian McMahon to quarterback the team for the duration of the season.
Plagued by injuries, Maryland’s quarterbacks have dropped in what almost seems to be exponential fashion. Junior Danny O’Brien chose to transfer to the University of Wisconsin, senior CJ Brown tore his ACL in a non-contact drill during summer practice, freshman Perry Hills tore his ACL just before halftime against NC State, and sophomore Devin Burns suffered a Lisfranc injury in the very same game. After confirming Rowe’s season ending injury, Edsall announced that Sean Petty would be Maryland’s starter against Georgia Tech next Saturday.
“We have complete and full confidence in Shawn in what he can do and what he can bring to our team as a quarterback” Edsall told the Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt in a conference call after the game.
What makes the situation even more interesting is that Maryland touts a 4-4 record at this point in the season, and is only two wins away from bowl eligibility. Led by stand out freshman Stephon Diggs, a highly touted recruit from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, the Terrapins are 2-2 in the ACC and are showing potential to be an ACC contender in years to come. Maryland’s injury bug has certainly not made things easy for second year coach Randy Edsall, and his team as they look to return to the golden days of the Ralph Friedgen era.
“It’s very unusual,” continued Edsall. “I don’t know if anything like this has ever happened to a team at that position.”
Although they sit on the six-win bubble for bowl game eligibility, getting there certainly won’t be easy for the Terps. Starting next weekend, Maryland starts a four game stretch against Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, and North Carolina. However, if one thing is for sure, it’s that the sporting world loves the underdog story. How does this sound for a headline: With linebacker at quarterback, Maryland wins four straight and stuns ACC to finish with an 8-4 (6-2 ACC) record. Now that’s an article that I would like to write. Until then, we’ll just have to watch, hold on tight, and hope that linebacker—err quarterback—doesn’t make too many bad decisions with the ball.
Images courtesy of The Washington Post