After struggling to a 4-8 season in 2012, the Maryland Terrapins have looked outstanding during their 3-0 start this year. The biggest difference? This year they are healthy at quarterback and getting tremendous play from senior quarterback C.J. Brown.
Brown, who missed all of the 2012 season, is off to a great start, completing 67 percent of his passes while throwing six touchdowns and only one interception. Granted, the Terps haven’t played the best competition thus far, but their offense looks tenfold better with Brown at the helm.
On Saturday night, Brown led Maryland to a 32-21 victory on the road against Connecticut. He threw for 277 yards, ran for another 122, and contributed two touchdowns as well. The Terps got off to a slow start, but Brown got them on the board early in the second quarter.
Early in the third, the Terps once again used the zone read to score. However, this time Brown pulled the ball, ran down the line, and then threw a screen out wide to all-everything wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Diggs did a great job setting up his blocks, and scored from 12 yards out to extend a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Brown will face his first real test this Saturday when they take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in a regional rivalry. Then, they open their ACC schedule with a trip to Tallahassee to take on the talented Florida State Seminoles.
It’s early, but Maryland looks much better with Brown leading the offense in 2013.
B.L. is an ACC football writer for Rant Sports who can be followed on Twitter @coachlip or on Google.