PINEHURST, N.C. – Danny O’Brien arrived at Maryland at a time when only two other quarterbacks were in the program.
Now, he and fellow redshirt sophomore C.J. Brown find themselves in a familiar situation.
O’Brien is quite aware he is one of two scholarship quarterbacks in the the Terrapins’ program heading into 2011. Maryland’s camp begins next month, with the Sept. 5 opener against Miami barely six weeks away.
“You just have to pray you stay healthy during the season,” O’Brien said Sunday at the ACC Kickoff. “You’re going to get banged up. I’ve learned from last year hopefully how to play through some pain. Hopefully, we have a veteran O-line and have some good experience. Hopefully, they can keep me up more than I’m down. I know they will.”
If not, though, it could potentially continue a trend of needing an extra starting quarterback in College Park at some point. Only once in the last seven seasons (2006) has Maryland made it through the year with a quarterback starting wire-to-wire.
In 2004, 2005 and 2008, one guy started all but one game. In 2009, Chris Turner started all but two contests. And last year, O’Brien, en route to an ACC Rookie of the Year award, took over after Jamarr Robinson drew the start in the first three games.
Of course, depth differs from year to year. In 2007, Maryland played more than a month with only Turner and Robinson healthy.
A similar situation has the potential to make this fall dicey for Maryland.
“You can get by with one hypothetically through a season,” O’Brien said.
With a dozen games and potentially more in front of him and only Brown on scholarship backing him up, he’ll have the chance to test his theory starting in September.