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The O'Brien Saga: Week the last

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Now that Maryland is 60 minutes away from saving the redshirt for quarterback Danny O’Brien, even coach Ralph Friedgen came out and said it was his preference to not to use the freshman Saturday against Boston College.

So how about this question for Ralph from me: “Is there a point in this game where you’ll just say ‘I’ve got guys who have played quarterback on my roster, I’ve got a guy who played quarterback for me in a JV game. I’m going to send this guy in just to finish things out.’ – if it was necessary?”

“What’s the score?” Friedgen said, prompting some laughter.

Then came the quandary facing him – trading 15 or 30 minutes of O’Brien in 2009 for a full year in 2013.

“Right now I would trade a lot for a win,” Friedgen said. “Even you.”

Humbling though that is, it’s safe to say I don’t carry much trade value with any pigskin deity.

Still, a full year of O’Brien is a valuable thing, one Maryland will have to think long and hard about wasting a year of eligibility to turn a possible 2-10 record into a 3-9 campaign if Chris Turner and Jamarr Robinson are both unavailable.

Patrick Stevens

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