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Should O'Brien play vs. FIU?

By Ryan Broadwater

If recent history gives us any information on whether or not to play Danny O’Brien against Florida International this weekend, then I’d have to say keep him on sideline.

In two of the three games this season, O’Brien has been in for one play and things have not turned out so well. Against Navy his one play was a fumble and against West Virginia he was crushed like a piñata, leading to a re-injured ankle. The only game he played in at least a quarter was against Morgan State and he threw three touchdowns. What can we take from this? Not very much, because in reality he has played about as much as most redshirt freshmen.

So, is playing O’Brien against FIU a smart decision? It’s tough to tell because who knows which Maryland offense will show up tomorrow. If the running game is clicking and Jamarr Robinson is able to find Torrey Smith a few times, you would think the logical thing to do would be to let O’Brien rest and get back to 100%. I think unless Robinson does further damage to his injured throwing shoulder, he should be in for the entire game. He needs to gain confidence heading into ACC play and O’Brien needs to be in top shape.

Duke is a much better game to see the return of O’Brien because of their weak pass defense. In three games this year Duke’s passing D has allowed 863 yards (Elon – 281, Wake Forest – 271, Alabama – 311). Granted, Alabama is the top-ranked team in the nation, but Elon and Wake Forest don’t even come close and we will see how Army does this weekend. O’Brien should sit this week and then be cut loose against the Blue Devils to see if he can shred up their secondary. If that happens, he should regain his confidence and his ankle at the right time of the season. 

Up to this point, the two quarterback system hasn’t worked very well. What do you think Maryland should do with their signal callers.

By Box Seats blogger  | September 24, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Ryan Broadwater, Terps  | Tags:  Maryland-Florida International  
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