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Edsall continues to evade questions about starting quarterback

Randy Edsall has not say who will start at quarterback Saturday night against Clemson. And the first-year Maryland coach displayed what one of his predecessors, Bobby Ross, used to call "evadeability" when it came to talking during Wednesday's ACC teleconference about Danny O'Brien and C.J. Brown.

O'Brien, last season's ACC rookie of the year, was benched during last week's 21-16 loss at Georgia Tech after completing one of his first six passes. He threw one interception and had a couple of passes dropped. Brown, also a sophomore, wasn't much better throwing the ball (4 of 17 for 36 yards), but he did show his speed on the edge in racing down the sideline for a 77-yard touchdown.

The figuring here is that Brown will get the start over O'Brien, who has struggled ever since being picked off late in Maryland's comeback against West Virginia last month. Brown has completed 62.2 percent of his passes, but has six interceptions to four touchdowns. A year ago, he threw 22 touchdowns and had eight interceptions while completing 57 percent of his passes. 

Asked by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich - a former Maryland beat writer for the Sun - whether O'Brien's struggles are because of the new system and how quickly things have deteriorated, Edsall said, "We just evaluate every position. The guys who are the best guys are going to play. It's all based on production. The quarterback position is no different than any other."

To his credit, Edsall tried to keep things on a positive note by adding, "The good thing is that we've got two really, really good players. So again, hopefully we can continue to build that kind of depth at a key position as we go forward."

When another writer asked Edsall what O'Brien wasn't doing as well this season as he did as a redshirt freshman, Edsall said, "I wasn't here last year so I just see what we're doing. As I've stated before, he's just got to go out and play and relax and do the things that the play calls for each and every play."

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