The Washington Times - August 16, 2012, 01:07PM

Maryland safety Matt Robinson missed the final nine games last year with a right shoulder injury.

He’ll likely sit out the first game of 2012 with a left shoulder ailment.

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Robinson was hurt during Tuesday’s practice, and coach Randy Edsall said Thursday that Robinson would not participate in football activities for three weeks.

That timeline would keep him out of the Sept. 1 opener against William & Mary.

“The labrum in his shoulder, the opposite one that he did [last year],” Edsall said. “It’s one of those things where we’ll rehab him and see how he comes along. At this point in time, it’s not one that’s a surgical situation. Could it develop to that? Possibly. But as of right now, we’re not at that situation.”

Edsall said Robinson would be in a sling for a week before rehabbing the following two weeks.

Freshman Sean Davis is working at safety in place of Robinson. Maryland also took a look at cornerback Jeremiah Johnson at safety.

“Jeremiah came in yesterday and talked to [defensive coordinator] Brian [Stewart] and said ‘If you need me at safety, I can go there, too.’ So we just took a look at him at safety for a few snaps today.”

As for other tidbits from Thursday. …

MONROE SITS

Sophomore defensive lineman Andre Monroe joined Robinson and tight end Daniel Adams (broken foot) on the exercise bikes during practice.

“Andre just had a little bit of a knee that got hit the other day,” Edsall said. “We’re just going to check that out. We don’t think that’s anything serious.”

BURNS IMPRESSES

Turns out Devin Burns has settled in well at quarterback after his switch from wide receiver. That shouldn’t be a huge surprise since Burns arrived at Maryland as a quarterback before moving to wideout last year.

Burns volunteered to make his latest switch after quarterback C.J. Brown was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Burns will act as Maryland’s No. 3 quarterback.

“It’s kind of been a little bit surprising from the standpoint of coming out and really haven’t had any problems with the cadence or those sort of things, and that’s what you look for, fumbled snaps or whatever,” Edsall said. “It’s very obvious you can tell he’s been a quarterback before. In high school, he played in a very similar type of offense. Even some of the reads he did yesterday, I thought he did a pretty good job. I’m glad he came to me so we could put him there.”

OH, AND ABOUT THE FRESHMEN QBs …

It was Perry Hills‘ second day as Maryland’s No. 1 quarterback, and Edsall emphasized a priority is simply handling the basics of lining the team up and getting the ball snapped. After that, whoever the quarterback is will need help from everyone else.

“There’s things he has to improve upon,” Edsall said. “I think the biggest thing is, you have to look first and foremost on who can control the huddle, if they can get to the line of scrimmage and there’s no delay of games and getting everybody lined up and those things. Then it’s up to a lot of the other people around there. If he can do that and get the play called and know what the checks are and all those sort of things, then it’s up to the offensive line when we go pass play, they have to protect and receivers have to get open and he has to throw it on time. …

“We’re going to be fine there. We just have to keep getting them as many reps as they can.”

Hills leads fellow true freshman Caleb Rowe for the starting job with Brown out.

PUNTING PROBLEMS

Edsall seemed less-than-enthused when the subject of the almost entirely overlooked punting competition was broached.

Nick Ferrara handled those duties last year, and redshirt freshman Nathan Renfro and freshman Brad Craddock are also vying for that job.

“I wouldn’t say we have a guy right now,” Edsall said. “I want to see – The thing that bothers me the most right now with that competition is the inconsistency. I haven’t seen one guy be consistent day in and day out when we’ve done punts. That’s what I’m looking for and I’m going to reserve the right to not make a decision until I feel confident that [I know] the guy who can be that consistent guy.”

Patrick Stevens