C.J. Brown to start again for Terps at quarterback

As expected, quarterback C.J. Brown will be Maryland's starter for the second straight game when the Terps travel to Floridia State.

I had wondered whether coach Randy Edsall -- like last week -- would play it coy about his quarterback starter. It would have been harder this time around since Brown rushed for 162 yards against Clemson, a record for a Maryland quarterback.


When I asked Edsall why he went public early in the week, the coach replied: "I didn't want to have to answer all those questions" as he did about his quarterback first-teamer last week.

You'll recall that I had a gut feeling that Brown would be last week's starter based on what I heard about the distribution of reps in practice. Maryland coaches love the fact that Brown can run -- not only on option reads but also on designed pass plays when things break down.

Brown's father, Clark -- a former Michigan State quarterback -- said his son has always seemed to surprise people with his speed. The younger Brown is 6-foot-3. Some quarterbacks  that size can be lumbering, but C.J. "has great feet," the father said.

Brown may be working with some new receivers.

The latest two-deep depth chart does not include Kevin Dorsey or Ronnie Tyler. Dorsey is apparently injured, having missed a chunk of the Clemson game. Tyler's demotion is based in performance.

By the way, there is no indication  that any of Maryland's injured linebackers -- Demetrius Hartsfield, Kenny Tate or Darin Drakeford -- are ready to return.

Maryland has also lost freshman receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro for the season with an unspecified injury.

And finally, did you know that Maryland (and Duke and others) are recruiting C.J. Brown's younger brother? Jordan Brown is a quarterback at Seneca Valley in western Pennsylvania -- just as C.J. was.