Maryland football coach Randy Edsall said Monday sophomore quarterback C.J. Brown is demonstrating improvement —- and might even apply some pressure to incumbent Danny O’Brien.
“C.J. Brown is putting pressure on Danny,” Edsall said. “C.J. Brown is playing really well. I like the things he’s doing. I think we’re in a good situation. Everyone always needs someone pushing them.”
O’Brien was voted the ACC’s rookie of the year in 2010, throwing for 2,438 yards, 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He started the final 10 games for Maryland.
Brown appeared in one game as a redshirt freshman, throwing one pass against Morgan State. He suffered a broken collarbone and didn’t play in the Terps’ final 11 games.
While not exactly an anticipated development, it could be a function of the introduction of a new offense under Edsall and offensive coordinator Gary Crowton. It’s also the reflection of exactly six spring workouts; the season, after all, doesn’t start until Sept. 5 when Miami visits Byrd Stadium.
Either way, it sounds as if Brown is prepared to play after last year’s injury. Considering Maryland started a backup quarterback for at least one game in six of the last seven seasons, Brown’s development could prove crucial at some juncture this fall.
“I like the fact we have competition,” Edsall said. “Danny will be fine. C.J. is right there as someone who can do things.”
—- Patrick Stevens