Maryland quarterback Devin Burns will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury
The Terrapins will go with freshman Caleb Rowe, who made his first career appearance at the end of last week’s 20-18 loss to N.C. State, in Saturday’s visit to Boston College.
Burns is the third quarterback the Terrapins have lost this year, joining C.J. Brown and Perry Hills. Brown tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during preseason practice. Hills, like Rowe a true freshman, tore the ACL in his left knee Saturday.
“There’s nothing you can do,” coach Randy Edsall said Thursday. “You feel bad for those guys, but hey, we’ve got to just go about our business and work to win games. I told Caleb to go out there and have fun and that it’s his team. He doesn’t have to worry about a quick hook.”
Burns isn’t the only new addition to Maryland’s injury list. Edsall said wide receiver Marcus Leak suffered a broken toe and will miss between three and four months. Leak ranks second on the Terps in receptions (23), receiving yardage (393) and touchdown catches (two).
“We’re getting to be like a pro team,” Edsall said. “A 53-man roster.”
Freshman Nigel King will take Leak’s place in the starting lineup.
That was a more clear-cut choice than deciphering what the Terps will do in case Rowe, the last remaining healthy scholarship quarterback on the roster, goes down. Edsall said linebacker Shawn Petty will serve as the backup, with tight end Brian McMahon functioning as the No. 3 option.
Petty threw for 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns while running for 550 yards last year at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt. McMahon played quarterback at Atholton High School in Columbia, Md. Both are true freshmen who have yet to play.