COLLEGE PARK — Maryland tailback Wes Brown could hardly have had a more eventful day. Coaches clearly increased the freshman's workload Saturday to try to take some of the pressure off Shawn Petty, who was making his first start at quarterback.
Brown, the team's leading rusher, carried nine times for 38 yards in the 33-13 loss to Georgia Tech, and he was the central figure in a new "Wild Crab" package Maryland developed last week in practice.
With the Terps lacking a true quarterback, pundits had wondered if the team might use a wildcat formation. The speculation had centered on receiver Stefon Diggs being the recipient of the direct snaps.
But it turned out to be Brown. On one play, he took the snap and pitched to Diggs, who ran for four yards. Other times, he kept the ball.
"I was ready to go in and run it. I like it," Brown said.