"We were just falling like flies," Brown said. On message boards and sports talk radio, fans wondered why so many injuries of the same type seem to be occurring in such a short period of time. Edsall said there was no common theme to the injuries. Lt. Col. Steven Svoboda, an orthopedic surgeon, said the injuries just seemed like "bad luck."
Brown had experienced such misfortune before. In 2010, he broke his collarbone on his first series of plays against Morgan State. The NCAA granted him a medical hardship after last season allowing him to return for another year after 2013.
All three Terps quarterbacks are now healthy. Brown participated in 7-on-7 passing drills during the spring. "He's got that confidence back and you can see that he's been studying and working and he does things that you want out of a quarterback," Edsall said.
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The three quarterbacks are expected to be joined in camp by transfers Ricardo Young and Dustin Dailey, and freshman Shane Cockerille (Gilman).
Brown will be among the players representing Maryland at the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason media availability Sunday and Monday in North Carolina.
Brown said he's not worried about injuries as he prepares for the school's final season before joining the Big Ten.
But he and his teammates can't help but be a bit superstitious.
Brown said offensive coordinator Mike Locksley made a habit last season of telling backups that they were "only one play away" from taking the field if the starter got hurt.
After watching four quarterback starters fall victim to injuries, Brown joked that Locksey simply "isn't allowed" to say that anymore.