What can Brown do for the Terps? Be a rushing threat at QB

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No, C.J. Brown isn’t still running after carving up the Clemson defense for 162 rushing yards Saturday.

But would anyone believe the redshirt sophomore already has as many rushing yards this season as any Maryland quarterback since 1993?

OK, that probably is believable.

In any case, Brown has 315 yards rushing in four games, including just one start. That’s enough to slip past Shaun Hill’s 309 yards as the most for a Terp signal-caller over a stretch covering nearly two decades.

(Why is 1993 the cutoff? Because that’s how far back my Maryland football media guide collection goes).

MOST RUSHING YARDS BY A MARYLAND QB IN A SEASON, 1993-PRESENT

315: C.J. Brown, 2011
309: Shaun Hill, 2001

284: Scott McBrien, 2002
259: Scott McBrien, 2003
256: Calvin McCall, 1999
230: Randall Jones, 1998
229: Jamarr Robinson, 2009

186: Josh Portis, 2008

There is one asterisk to provide. Hill rushed for 31 yards in the Orange Bowl after the 2001 season, which was the last year the NCAA did not include bowl performances in its statistics. Toss those yards in, and Brown needs another 25 yards to match Hill’s total.

Perhaps an equally intriguing tidbit is that Brown’s performance – the best rushing game ever by a Maryland quarterback – was also one of the 20 best rushing totals by any Maryland player over the last two decades and change.

TOP 20 MARYLAND RUSHING PERFORMANCES, 1990-PRESENT

306: LaMont Jordan, 1999 vs. Virginia

276: Bruce Perry, 2001 at Wake Forest
257: Josh Allen, 2003 vs. Virginia
237: Bruce Perry, 2003 at Wake Forest
227: LaMont Jordan, 1999 vs. Duke
212: Chris Downs, 2002 vs. Georgia Tech
200: Da’Rel Scott, 2010 vs. East Carolina (Military Bowl)

197: Da’Rel Scott, 2008 vs. Delaware
177:
LaMont Jordan, 1999 vs. Clemson
176: Buddy Rodgers, 1996 at Duke
174: Da’Rel Scott, 2008 vs. Nevada (Humanitarian Bowl)
169: LaMont Jordan, 1999 at Florida State
167: Mark Mason, 1992 at West Virginia
164:
LaMont Jordan, 1999 vs. West Virginia
164: Mark Mason, 1992 vs. N.C. State
163: Da’Rel Scott, 2008 vs. N.C. State
163: Lance Ball, 2005 vs. Virginia
163: Allen Williams, 1994 at West Virginia
162: C.J. Brown, 2011 vs. Clemson
162: Frank Wycheck, 1992 vs. Clemson

Patrick Stevens

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