Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown — who has had two season-ending injuries in his college career — has been granted a medical hardship waiver permitting him a sixth season of eligibility, according to the school.
The waiver will allow Brown to return for another season after 2013.
“It’s really good news, and I feel good for him," Terps coach Randy Edsall said. "I’m glad we got that taken care of now, and that’s something we don’t have to worry about. When I pulled him out of the meeting and told him, he was thrilled and excited about it.”
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Brown, a team captain whose father was a Michigan State quarterback, was the presumptive starter last August when he tore an anterior cruciate ligament while making a cut during a preseason practice. He was a redshirt junior at the time.
It was the first of a succession of quarterback injuries for the Terps, who finished 4-8.
In 2010, Brown broke his collarbone on his first series of plays against Morgan State.
Brown was active last season working with the team’s younger players. This spring, he has been able to perform in seven-on-seven drills but has not been involved in any contact work.
"I think he’s made tremendous progress from the first day he came out and did 7-on-7," Edsall said. "He was very tentative and he wasn’t driving off that back leg. You could see today, it was like night and day from the first day he did 7-on-7 to now. 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. I see improvement now, and what needs to happen is he just needs to get better. He’ll be able to do more as he improves.”
Brown is expected to be a key player for Maryland this season. He is among the most experienced players on a young team. His athleticism can pose problems for defenses. He has said he can do a 360-degree dunk on the basketball court.
In 2011, Brown rushed for 162 yards in a loss to Clemson. It was easily the most by a quarterback in school history, besting the 139 yards by Dennis O'Hara against Wake Forest in 1969.
Transfer Ricardo Young has been taking many of the practice snaps this spring while Brown works to come back.