Of the many items of business to get to from Maryland’s 28-3 defeat of Towson, the insertion of C.J. Brown stands out a bit.
Brown entered late in the third quarter with Maryland up 14-3. To that point, starter Danny O’Brien was 9-for-16 for 74 yards.
Brown took four snaps while O’Brien donned a headset. Then O’Brien returned and tossed a couple touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.
So, what was the deal?
“That was planned,” coach Randy Edsall said. “The one thing we want to do is we want to get C.J. some work because if we do get a situation where —- hopefully nothing happens to Danny —- but I want to make sure C.J. has some work in the game. We wanted to put him in in the second quarter, but because of the way the game was going and we only ran 22 plays in the first half, there really wasn’t the opportunity to do that.”
Brown was 2-for-3 for 14 yards in his second appearance of the season. He later came in and handed off three times during a three-and-out late in the fourth quarter.
For the season, Brown is 6-for-7 for 56 yards and a touchdown. He missed much of last season with a shoulder injury, appearing only in a blowout of Morgan State.
“C.J. is a young man who hasn’t played a lot of football since high school,” Edsall said. “If he would have to end up going in and playing for us, I just want to make sure he’s comfortable and ready and he’s in with those guys. I thought he did a good job when he’s in there.”
—- Patrick Stevens