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Topic - Mike Locksley
When the Terrapins hit the field at Byrd Stadium on Saturday, they will do so with sixth-year senior C.J. Brown back under center. It is a welcome turn of events for a team that foundered to a 4-8 record, thanks in no small part to ACL injuries that felled Brown and his backups, Perry Hillis, Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe.
That Maryland left Saturday's 33-13 loss to Georgia Tech with uncertainty about its offense hardly is unexpected. Its unusually injury-ravaged quarterback corps offers an obvious explanation.
Shawn Petty, the latest in Maryland's unexpectedly long line of quarterbacks, is not overly emotional. He also wasn't expected to play quarterback again after being recruited as a linebacker out of Greenbelt's Eleanor Roosevelt High School.
C.J. Brown, Maryland's presumptive starting quarterback and one of its team captains, already had his chance to play in 2012 extinguished in the preseason.
Name a way to inject some life into its rushing attack, and Maryland probably tried it in the last month.
There's quite a drama playing out in Maryland's athletic department, where it's the best of times and worst of times in the Terrapins' "Tale of Two Programs."
A quick primer in list format of the ACC.
Mike Locksley spent last autumn in quite a new way. He watched his 15-year-old son's football games every week. He took his daughter to school. He embraced the quality family time that admittedly eluded him for more than two decades.
Every coach deserves a second chance, and this season was Randy Edsall's. He did not, to put it mildly, score a touchdown in his first year at Maryland. Indeed, he aggravated many inside and especially outside the football building with a swagger and certitude that simply didn't jibe with his 74-70 record at Connecticut.
One awkward cut during a mid-August practice ended Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown's junior year before it started — and quite possibly altered the trajectory of the Terrapins' season as well.
Maryland wide receiver Kevin Dorsey discovered his new playbook this spring looked a little bit like his old playbook. Well, more like an older playbook.
Justus Pickett received immediate on-field experience last fall at Maryland.
Maryland's men's basketball assistant coaches made $692,320 last season, a 59.9 percent increase over the previous set of assistants.
Devonte Campbell is still around Maryland after all this time.
A dozen players with eligibility remaining left Maryland's football program since the end of a miserable 2-10 season in coach Randy Edsall's debut.
"He's into being a quarterback, and I think for him and for us it's probably a benefit," Locksley said. "If this is something he really wants — and I think he wants to prove he can be a quarterback at this level even though he was recruited to be a linebacker — I love that because then I know he'll put everything into being prepared and put everything into going out and executing. You can work with a guy that wants to do it."
"It's been invaluable having a guy like him," Locksley said.