C.J. Brown Injured: Maryland QB Out for Season with ACL

By M. Shannon Smallwood

Things are not starting the way University of Maryland Head Coach Randy Edsall imagined for 2012.

Junior Starting QB C.J. Brown is officially out for the season after tearing his ACL in a non-contact drill on Tuesday night.

“I feel terrible for C.J.,” said Edsall. “He’s worked incredibly hard to be the starting quarterback of this team. He’s stepped up and been a tremendous leader. We’ll do everything we can to make sure he gets the best treatment to help in his recovery. Although C.J. won’t be out on the field, he’ll continue to be an important part of this program. As a captain and team leader he’ll do everything he can to help mentor the other quarterbacks on our team.”

This is a huge loss for Maryland as Brown was one of five returning starters on offense. Brown started five games for the Terrapins who went 2-10 last season. Edsall was confident in putting the success of the offense on Brown shoulders. Brown passed for 842 yards and rushed for 574 last season. He ousted 2010 ACC Freshman of the Year Danny O’Brien as the Terrapins starter midway through the 2011 campaign.

Filling the void at QB now in College Park will be either true freshman Perry Hills or true freshman Caleb Rowe. Hills has the advantage based on his performance and will begin reps with the starters today. Hills is a three-star recruit for Maryland.

Edsall will have an extra week to prepare his team for life without the dynamic dual-threat in Brown as Maryland does not open the season until September 8 as they travel to face Temple at noon.

Maryland and Edsall will address the loss of Brown in greater detail at his weekly conference call at 2:15 EST.

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