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C.J. Brown pushing O'Brien in Terps' QB battle

Maryland football coach Randy Edsall entered the season with a lot of question marks on offense, and sophomore quarterback C.J. Brown isn't making it easier for the first-year coach.

Edsall said Brown has been playing well this spring, turning the heat up on incumbent starter Danny O'Brien.

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"C.J. Brown is putting pressure on Danny," Edsall said today in a conference call with reporters. "I like the things that he's doing. C.J. is a guy that does a good job in the huddle and can make plays."

When asked whether the pressure was a result of poor play from O'Brien or Brown playing that well, Edsall said that it was the result of a few things, including some "newness things" with O'Brien.

"Danny will be fine, but you've got CJ who's right there who can do things," Edsall said.

Edsall spoke at length about the need for competition to keep players from getting complacent or comfortable in their positions.

"Everybody always needs somebody pushing them, somebody behind them," Edsall said. "I think the competition is great for everybody. You can never drink the Kool-Aid. I'm not saying anyone is, but I'm saying every day you have to go out there and prove yourself and be the best you can be. That's all we want these guys to do."

Redshirt freshman Tyler Smith has also been getting plenty of reps under center this spring, though he missed one practice due to illness.

-- Jon Meoli

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