A Look At Maryland's Quarterbacks
Here's an interesting take on Maryland, its quarterback problems and whether Ralph Friedgen should shoulder the blame. I think there are some valid points here, especially looking back at the Fridge's ability to churn out talented players like Joe Hamilton at Georgia Tech.
However, I think there are two other things that need to be taken into account. First, recruiting is hit or miss and the results are most obvious at a position like quarterback. Certainly, Jordan Steffy and Jeremy Ricker were high-profile recruits who haven't lived up to such billing. But, more importantly, I think it's important to look at the quarterbacks from Friedgen's most successful seasons.
Shaun Hill, Scott McBrien and Sam Hollenbach (in 2006) all had one thing in common: They were experienced. Hill started at Hutchinson Community College and had half a season of playing time at Maryland before he played for Friedgen. McBrien had started half a season at West Virginia before he became Friedgen's starter. Hollenbach in 2006 was much better than he was in 2005. Anyone think this could be due to the complex demands on Maryland's quarterback?
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