If Maryland’s loss to Georgia Tech proved anything, it’s that it's difficult to plug in a guy – even a good athlete – and expect him to excel at quarterback. The game – the terminology, the reads, the decision-making – is just too complicated for that.
Not that Maryland had any choice. There were, of course, no true quarterbacks on the roster. So this is Shawn Petty’s job, and Terps fans can only hope he finds his footing.
Here are some other observations from the game:
*Did you think, as I did, that Maryland would play the surprise card by having Petty attempt a pass on his first play? Petty indeed faded back to pass but couldn’t locate a receiver and was sacked for a 4-yard loss.
*It’s good to be feisty but Maryland defensive back Sean Davis was throwing punches following a first-quarter Maryland punt and was assessed a penalty.
*Stefon Diggs sure shows his emotion, doesn’t he? In many games, he bounces up quickly after tackles and leaps around. Diggs, by the way, is now Maryland’s all-time freshman leader in touchdown catches and receiving yards.
*Raise your hand if you knew about the rule that says teams don’t attempt extra points if the clock has ticked all the way down and the game is out of hand. That’s what happened Saturday. The Terps scored on the game’s final play and the officials said the contest was over before the conversion could be tried.
*Punter Nate Renfro continued to struggle, especially early. With Maryland trailing 13-0, he shanked a 17-yarder to set up Georgia Tech on Maryland’s 49-yard line in the second quarter. Renfro averaged 35.8 on five punts with a long of 44.
*Petty did not air it out – really air it out – until a deep pass to Nigel King late in the second quarter that fell incomplete. Fans complained that King was obstructed on the play.
*Petty left the game for a time and returned. Maryland coach Randy Edsall declined to say what happened to the quarterback, leaving me curious. Petty said he was just “nicked” a little.
*Tailback Wes Brown also left the game with an ankle issue but said he is fine.