Terps hope to continue with two QBs vs. Mountaineers

Here are notes from Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen's media conference call on Sunday. Some of this will appear in a story, but I wanted to get it to you now.

Coaches are hoping that QB Danny O'Brien will be healthy enough to allow the Terrapins (2-0) the option of playing the redshirt freshman again – along with fellow quarterback Jamarr Robinson – when they travel to West Virginia Saturday to face the 21st-ranked Mountaineers.


My sense is that Maryland really likes O'Brien but is wary of starting anything that smacks of a quarterback controversy.

Is it a controversy?

I think there is a difference between Maryland's situation and a typical battle for the No. 1 spot.

In Maryland's case, coaches readily acknowledge that both quarterbacks are expected to play. The only uncertainty centers on which starts a game and which finishes.

The question Sunday was the condition of O'Brien's sprained ankle. The answer: Not too bad and thanks for asking! O'Brien's injury may heal fast enough for him to play at Morgantown, where the Terps will face a team in the AP Top; 25 for the first time this season.

Friedgen: "Danny felt it (the ankle) was better than what he thought it would be. We'll probably have to wait and see how it develops."

Other notes:

*Friedgen said tight end Will Yeatman (broken finger) may return Saturday but his pass-catching may be limited by a cast.


*The coach said freshman Devin Burns appears to be the third-string quarterback now that C.J. Brown (broken collarbone) is out.

*Defensive end Marcus Whitefield was due to have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of a knee injury suffered against Morgan State.