Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown will miss the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament during a noncontact drill Tuesday night.
Brown was the only quarterback on the roster with college experience. True freshmen Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe were his backups.
“I feel terrible for C.J.,” coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “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.”
It is the second time in three years Brown suffered a season-ending injury. He injured a shoulder in his only appearance as a redshirt freshman in 2010.
Edsall was expected to speak with reporters during a mid-afternoon teleconference.
Brown, a team captain, was the unquestioned starter entering camp after Danny O’Brien transferred to Wisconsin earlier this year. Brown completed just 49.4 percent of his passes last season, but set a Maryland quarterback rushing record with 574 yards. He started five games last year.
Brown was expected to be a solid fit in new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley’s scheme. While Edsall and Locksley described it as a pro-style system with spread principles, Brown noted earlier this month he’d watched film from Locksley’s more recent stops – Illinois as an offensive coordinator, New Mexico as a head coach.
Edsall said after Tuesday’s morning session – several hours before Brown’s injury – that Hills had moved ahead of Rowe for the No. 2 spot.
The only other scholarship quarterback on the roster besides Hills and Rowe is Ricardo Young, who must sit out this year in accordance with NCAA transfer rules after spending last year at New Mexico.