The Washington Times - November 11, 2009, 12:37PM

So, you might have heard, Jamarr Robinson could be Maryland’s starting quarterback on Saturday when the Terrapins face No. 20 Virginia Tech.

That’s probably not the ideal defense to toss anyone out against for their first career start. But there are worse situations —- even in the Terrapins’ recent past.


With that in mind, here’s a look at the debuts of each of the last 10 quarterbacks to make their first career start for the Terps —- something that actually stretches back to 1996.


Date: Sept. 28, 1996 at West Virginia
Reason: Injury (Brian Cummings)
Result: Lost, 13-0
Stats: 5-for-17, 32 yards
Career starts: 10

Mastrole split time with Cummings that day, and the box score might be one of the ugliest imaginable. Cummings completed three passes to Maryland and four to the Mountaineers, and the Terps managed nine yards on 23 carries. All around, it was a dreadful day for the Terps.


Date: Oct. 10, 1998, at Clemson
Reason: Change-of-pace/Ineffectiveness (Mastrole)
Result: Lost, 23-0
Stats: 7-for-18, 69 yards, 6 carries for 3 yards
Career starts: 4 (at quarterback)

Jones became the first true freshman in school history to start at quarterback, splitting time with Mastrole for much of a 3-8 season. Jones eventually moved to safety for much of his career, but he still made a cameo at quarterback in the 1999 finale.


Date: Sept. 2, 1999, at Temple
Reason: Won job in camp
Result: Won, 6-0
Stats: 10-for-23, 100 yards, 10 carries for 79 yards
Career starts: 17

McCall had a 55-yard run in this field goal-fest, and was Maryland’s primary starter for the final two seasons of Ron Vanderlinden‘s tenure. He eventually joined the basketball team, and played on both of Maryland’s Final Four teams.


Date: Nov. 13, 1999, at Florida State
Reason: Injury (McCall-Torn MCL)
Result: Lost, 49-10
Stats: 2-for-4, 17 yards, 1 carry for 6 yards
Career starts: 2 (at quarterback)

Harrison was thrown to the wolves against the eventual national champions, and sprained an ankle that knocked him out of his first career start. He also got the nod a week later against Virginia before Jones was called upon to run on occasion but mostly just hand it off to LaMont Jordan on Jordan’s 300+-yard day. Harrison eventually moved to wide receiver.


Date: Sept. 9, 2000, vs. Temple
Reason: Won job in camp
Result: Won, 17-10
Stats: 7-for-13, 62 yards, 6 carries for 38 yards
Career starts: 18

Hill sprained his shoulder against Temple, then missed more than a month. He eventually led a comeback against N.C. State, started the last two games of the Vanderlinden era and went on to become Ralph Friedgen‘s first starting quarterback at Maryland. Oh, and he helped the Terps win the ACC and go to the Orange Bowl in 2001.


Date: Aug. 31, 2002, vs. Notre Dame
Reason: Won job in camp
Result: Lost, 22-0
Stats: 9-for-23, 84 yards, 2 INT, 4 carries for 3 yards
Career starts:  27

McBrien, a transfer from West Virginia, didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts. But after dropping two of his first three games, he led Maryland to victories in 20 of its next 24 games and the quarterback behind the winningest two-year stretch in school history.


Date: Sept. 4, 2004, vs. Northern Illinois
Reason: Won job in camp
Result: Won, 23-20
Stats: 12-for-22, 169 yards, 1 INT
Career starts: 11

Statham presided over the miserable 2004 season, though things hardly looked bad during a 3-1 start. The Terps scuffled to a 5-6 finish, even though Statham helped engineer an upset of Florida State. He was benched for the finale and started only once more in his career —- the next year at Florida State when injury thrust him back into the lineup.


Date: Nov. 27, 2004, vs. Wake Forest
Reason: Ineffectiveness (Statham)/Injury (Jordan Steffy)
Result: Won, 13-7
Stats: 16-for-27, 164 yards
Career starts: 23

Hollenbach parlayed his willingness to stick out an at times rough situation and the ability to be the last man standing into a two-year stint as Maryland’s quarterback. Hollenbach didn’t get to air it out much in his debut, but he arguably possessed the strongest arm of any starter in the Friedgen era.


Date: Sept. 1, 2007, vs. Villanova
Reason: Won job in camp
Result: Won, 31-14
Stats: 19-for-24, 174 yards, 1 INT, 8 carries for 47 yards and 1 TD
Career starts: 6

Steffy was 4-2 as a starter, and this was arguably the crispest performance of his career. He was comfortable with his throws and efficient at running the option. However, injuries knocked him out later that month (concussion) as well as in the 2008 opener (broken thumb), zapping a career that began as the most prominent QB recruit in the Friedgen era.


Date: Oct. 6, 2007, vs. Georgia Tech
Reason: Injury (Steffy concussion)
Result: Won, 28-26
Stats: 10-for-17, 255 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Career starts: 29

Turner is the only Terp in the last 15 years to throw a touchdown pass in his first career start —- and amusingly enough, that 78-yard strike to Jason Goode wasn’t even caught by the intended receiver. Nonetheless, Turner helped Maryland reach two bowl games and is the first Maryland QB to start the majority of games in three straight seasons since Boomer Esiason.

—- Patrick Stevens