A Maryland Linebacker Threw for 115 Yards and Two Touchdowns on Saturday

By Mike Atkinson
Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

Due to a freakishly large wave of injuries at the quarterback position, the Maryland Terrapins were forced to start freshman linebacker Shawn Petty at quarterback against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday.

Petty is Maryland’s fourth quarterback to be used this year. Last year’s starting quarterback Danny O’Brien transferred to the Wisconsin Badgers, the original starter this season was injured before taking a snap in the regular season, his replacement also went down with an injury, and so on. Read more about Petty, and how UMD got to this emergency quarterback situation HERE.

I bet Georgia Tech was chomping at the bit to face this kid. They probably expected three, maybe four interceptions and a couple of sacks in a dominating defensive performance.

The funny thing is that Petty actually had a decent game. From looking at his stats, one would never know this kid was a LB and not a QB.

Petty had 9 completions on 18 passes, threw for 115 yards, 2 TDs and an INT. He also ran 17 times for 24 yards and fumbled twice.

I have heard that Petty played some quarterback in High School, but this is crazy. It’s incredibly hard to go from an NCAA Division I defensive player to an NCAA Division I quarterback overnight. Petty did a decent job doing it, at least in the passing aspect of his performance.

Sure, he only completed nine passes, but two of them were touchdowns. I could think of a lot of other college quarterbacks in the country that threw more than nine times on Saturday and didn’t throw for two touchdowns. He broke 100 yards passing too. Not a bad day at all for a player recruited to play linebacker.

As for the fumbles, he’s a linebacker, it makes sense. I hope he can learn to stay in the pocket a little bit more and increase the decent numbers he put up on Saturday.

I was hoping something like this would happen this weekend. UMD has had such tough luck with injuries they deserve to find a quarterback hidden in the rough.

UMD lost the game 33-13, but I’m sure they are glad to know that they have at least somewhat of a quarterback in Petty.


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