When C.J. Brown and Perry Hills were lost for the season, it continued a run of bad luck for Maryland quarterbacks.
Hills, Brown, Danny O’Brien, Jordan Steffy – that’s a partial list of quarterback starters from recent years who suffered knockout punches. It’s been years since Maryland had a starting quarterback go wire-to-wire.
“Hopefully this bug will get out of Maryland,” said Brown, who has endured season-ending injuries twice in his career. He said the second one – the torn ACL from August – is more difficult. It’s a tougher rehabilitation process than his earlier broken collarbone and came at a time when his college career is winding down.
Brown didn’t see precisely what happened to Hills – also a torn ACL – against N.C. State last Saturday. He can’t help but wonder about a spate of bad luck.
“We’re down to our third or fourth-string quarterbacks already and we’re going to Week 8 or whatever it is,” Brown said. “It’s just unfortunate. I don’t think anyone would see this happening. You know, it’s part of the game. Injuries are part of the game and you have to roll with it.”
Brown was injured in a preseason non-contact drill. He said he was just making a cut. “It definitely hit me hard. It took me awhile to get my head right,” he said.
He knows his window of opportunity is shrinking, but said today he hopes to pursue a medical redshirt to allow him to play next season.
“It’s something l’ve thought about. It’s definitely something I’m going to try to pursue,” he said.
Brown's Maryland career began as a redshirt freshman in 2009. If he returns next season, he'd likely compete with transfer Ricardo Young, Hills and Caleb Rowe.