COLLEGE PARK — Maryland coach Randy Edsall had a brief conversation with quarterback C.J. Brown before the Terps’ practice Tuesday morning.
The primary message? Relax. Have fun. And stop overanalyzing.
Brown has struggled as a passer through Maryland’s first two games, and Edsall said he feels like the sixth-year senior overthinking things has contributed to the issues.
Brown completed 17 of his 28 pass attempts for 201 yards and two touchdowns during the Terps’ win over South Florida Saturday, but he threw two interceptions and also had a fumble that a South Florida defender returned for a touchdown.
Brown threw a 41-yard touchdown to wide receiver Deon Long against James Madison in Week 1. He also ran for 61 yards and three touchdowns. But he finished just 11 of 24 and threw for only 70 yards in three-plus quarter aside from the long touchdown to Long.
“I think he’s putting too much pressure on himself,” said Edsall, who was a quarterback at Syracuse from 1976-79. “I think, as I told him, ‘You’ve just got to let it go, man. Just let it go and have fun.’ To me, I think he’s overthinking things. He’s overthinking, and he’s paralyzing himself a little bit, and he’s just got to get back to playing the kind of football that he’s capable of playing and stop thinking too much.
“And that’s what I think it is. I think he’s just thinking too much, and he wants to be perfect. I think when you play like that, you have a tendency to make more mistakes. … I just want him to go out and have fun and just let it go. Just let it go and stop thinking so much. Just go play.”
That’s what Brown said he plans to do this week against West Virginia.
“The more I’ve been in this offense, the more I’ve understood," Brown said. "And now, I do, I catch myself overanalyzing things, looking at things more in-depth because I understand it, and [coaches] think it’s kind of taking away from the speed of the play that we’re playing at. I’ve just got to get back to just going out there and playing football … and I understand that. So this week, I’m just going out there, playing football, reading my keys and doing what I do best.”
It's still early in the week, but Edsall said Brown had a good practice Tuesday.
Edsall declined to say whether outside linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (foot) will play against West Virginia. Cudjoe-Virgil has missed the Terps' first two games. ... Edsall said left guard Silvano Altamirano "didn't have his best game" Saturday vs. South Florida. "But South Florida's going to beat a lot of teams," Edsall said. "South Florida's no slouch now, guys. ... They've got talent on that team, and that's a tough place to play." ... Edsall had a funny line when talking about Maryland narrowly beating South Florida. "It's like we say in the pros, 'Those guys get paid too,'" Edsall said. "In college, they don't get paid. Well, maybe some places. I don't know."