By Jeff Barker
The Baltimore Sun
6:04 PM EDT, October 25, 2012
Well, now we know who Maryland’s starting quarterback will be against Boston College on Saturday.
It’s Caleb Rowe, the redhead freshman who looks even younger than his years. Nothing against Rowe – I was impressed by his arm strength and accuracy during training camp – but he wins the job by process of elimination. He’s the last quarterback standing.
We’ve just posted a story on how Devin Burns suffered a serious foot injury during Saturday’s loss to North Carolina State and is – how many times have you heard these words recently? – “out for the season.”
We didn’t know about the injury, but we sure suspected it was a possibility. Burns’ high-school coach told me Tuesday – and I blogged this – that he heard the player was “limping around.”
The Terps didn’t want to tip their hand by disclosing the injury prematurely. It’s very different preparing for a running quarterback like Burns than it is for practicing for Rowe, who I suspect will want to mostly remain in the pocket.
Maryland coach Randy Edsall said he has been through this sort of thing before. Multiple quarterback injuries at Connecticut once forced him to prepare Darius Butler, a defensive back, to take some snaps. But it didn’t come to that.
Maryland wide receiver Marcus Leak, an emerging deep threat at receiver, is also lost for the season with a broken toe.
Even with all the injuries, I think Maryland still has a shot at securing the two wins necessary to qualify for a bowl game. I just don’t think there was that much separation among Rowe, Burns and Perry Hills (torn ACL).
But Maryland’s fortunes will now depend on keeping the new guy – Rowe – upright and healthy.
Edsall showed some gallows humor when he told Rowe to just try to relax now that he is the starter.“Don’t got to worry about a quick hook,” he said he told the freshman
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