There might not be a squad in the history of college football hit harder by injuries at the quarterback position than the 2012 Maryland Terrapins. Now, in a funny, yet sad, twist, a member of their defensive line has asked Randy Edsall to put him on the quarterback depth chart.
Everyone is kidding, of course. But the way things are going in College Park, who knows what might happen.
Earlier this week, defensive lineman A.J. Francis had the quote of the year around the ACC:
“I told coach Edsall, ‘You know, I played quarterback in sixth grade,’” Francis told The Washington Times. “He looked at me and said, ‘I figure you have a pretty good arm, but I don’t know if you could run the zone read. Because of that, I’m going to have to put you 18th-string.’ So I’m on the depth chart.”
It’s hard to imagine a situation ever getting worse, but there is some comic relief in that locker room. Francis won’t line up behind center this season, but his candor is a testament to the job Randy Edsall is doing.
The Edsall tenure has been a roller coaster since last summer. Hype, fall, zero expectations, injuries, surprise, and now another injury. Some think Edsall is the coach of the year in the ACC.
He might deserve votes just for keeping a team together that was roundly picked to finish near the bottom of the ACC. Despite losing quarterback after quarterback, the Terps are in virtually every game without having the better quarterback in almost any of them.
And unless Francis really can shock us all and man the position, they’ll likely be out manned at the spot all year long.