Terps quarterback C.J. Brown.
Terps quarterback C.J. Brown. (Tommy Gilligan, USA Today Sports)

The topic was broached among Maryland's coaches Sunday morning.

If starting quarterback C.J. Brown continues to struggle like he did during Saturday's 37-15 loss to Michigan State, then the Terps may be forced to bench him in favor of either redshirt sophomore Perry Hills or redshirt freshman Shane Cockerille (Gilman).

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A sixth-year senior and third-year starter, Brown completed 20 of 43 passes for 246 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions against Michigan State. For the year, he is completing just 52.7 percent of his passes and has only 11 touchdown passes and nine interceptions.

Brown has thrown for 161 yards or fewer in four of the Terps' last five games and has completed 47 percent of his passes or less in each of the last three games. Brown was 12 of 31 for 136 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions through the midpoint of the fourth quarter Saturday.

"That's something that, yeah, if we can't be more productive, then I think that we have to take a look at those [other] guys," Terps coach Randy Edsall said. "Don't want to do that if we don't have to. But if that dictates that we do that, then I'll do what's in the best interest to help us get a win."

Edsall pulled Brown in favor of backup Caleb Rowe during Maryland's 52-24 loss to Ohio State on Oct. 4. However, Rowe suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in practice leading up to the Terps' next game, which leaves the team with Hills and Cockerille at quarterback behind Brown.

Hills, who started seven games as a freshman in 2012, was 5-for-10 for 86 yards with a touchdown in relief of an injured Brown against Iowa on Oct. 18. Cockerille has yet to see action at quarterback for Maryland.

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