After Maryland went 2-10 last season, senior starters Joe Vellano, A.J. Francis, Kenneth Tate, Kevin Dorsey and others imagined that their final seasons would coincide with a turnaround performance punctuated by a bowl game.
After losing its third quarterback since the beginning of training camp, Maryland enters Saturday's game against Boston College trying not to allow its season to be defined by injuries to prominent players.
Medical tests have confirmed that Maryland lost not only starting quarterback Perry Hills for the season in last Saturday¿s game but also his replacement, Devin Burns ¿ leaving the Terps with a freshman who has played one series at the position and a 230-pound linebacker as his backup.
The latest injury — a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered by freshman Perry Hills in Saturday's loss to North Carolina State — leaves Maryland to choose between two very different sorts of quarterbacks: Caleb Rowe and Devin Burns.
After Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown was lost for the season with a knee injury in August, wide receiver Devin Burns went to coach Randy Edsall and said he would like to switch positions to help fill the void.
Freshman quarterback Perry Hills sat in the Gossett Football Team House auditorium with an ice pack strapped to his sore right knee and answered waves of media questions about the three interceptions he had just thrown in his first college game.
When he was growing up, Maryland defensive end A.J. Francis idolized The Rock, Charles Barkley and Reggie White, and he possesses elements of each — the girth, the candor, the ability to menace a quarterback.
Maryland said today that first-year back Albert Reid -- 5-10, 200 from Washington D.C. -- will start Saturday in the opener against William & Mary. That's because the original starter, redshirt freshman Brandon Ross, has a hamstring injury.
After finishing up practice with the Wisconsin football team, former Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien heard from a few of his old teammates. C.J. Brown, the man who took O'Brien's starting job 10 months ago, had torn his ACL during a noncontact drill and would miss the 2012 season.
Junior quarterback C.J. Brown became the first major casualty of preseason practice. Second-year coach Randy Edsall announced in a statement Wednesday afternoon that Brown will miss the 2012 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Over the past week, Penn State and Wisconsin have been mentioned in connection with Danny O'Brien, the former Maryland starter who will graduate in May and have two years of NCAA eligibility remaining.
Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien has been granted his release from the program and intends to play elsewhere. The school also announced that offensive lineman Max Garcia and linebacker Mario Rowson are transferring.
As he focused in recent months on classwork and recovering from a broken left arm, Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien has also pondered whether to return to the Terps next season, according to a relative.
Nobody will confuse Maryland¿s 2012 group with classes at Alabama, Florida, Texas or any other Top 10 recruiting program. But considering how poorly things could have gone under those aforementioned circumstances, analysts say it¿s a solid group that ranks favorably with all but the top ACC classes.