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The Battle for the No. 3 QB Spot

The battle for third-string quarterback duties involves two true freshmen, Danny O’Brien and C.J. Brown.

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen said O’Brien is a little further ahead in his grasp of the offense and “gets us out of the huddle better.” Brown is a little ahead physically.

Friedgen said the team was struggling to pass the ball in the red zone recently and O’Brien came in and “hit the right guys, did the right things.” But Friedgen no doubt likes both young quarterbacks.

“Both of them are far ahead of where I see most quarterbacks coming in,” he said. “I am encouraged by both. I think both will be good players.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 27, 2009; 2:41 PM ET
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We haven't even played a snap in 2009, but let's think about 2010 for a second -

Which of the three QBs on roster now project best to be 1, 2 and 3 next year? We have to assume Robinson is the favorite for #1, unless he plays himself out of that role (given that he came in during Spring ball his first year, and is still not 100% on the playbook, color me a doubter on him).

How about the two freshman? If we come into 2009's season thinking one of them probably won't play (Will we really keep all four guys? Why burn a year on a guy who is not likely to play?) then would we redshirt them?

Posted by: ckstevenson | August 27, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I would hope some of the freshman QBs are looking better than the ones who have come in previously...still pining for the days of Shaun Hill and Scott McBrein.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | August 27, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Don't sleep on Hollenbach...he was solid if not spectacular. His only problem was that Fridge picked the wrong guy (actually picked the wrong 2 guys) ahead of him in 2004. First it was Statham, then Steffy got his chance...then finally at the very end of the Vtech blowout it was Hollenbach's turn...and he was the only one who could do anything all night long.

He finally got his shot the following week in the season finale and played great--earning him the starting spot a year later. If he had only played all year long his sophomore year, there's no telling what he could have accomplished at Maryland.

One of Fridge's few major coaching errors in his tenure at MD.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 27, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Friedgen said the team was struggling to pass the ball in the red zone recently and O’Brien came in and “hit the right guys, did the right things.”

Posted by: Realness1 | August 27, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Let's just hope neither has to take a snap so they both can be redshirted. With Tyler Smith coming in next year, the Terps look set at QB for quite a while.

Posted by: virtueandvice | August 27, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Barno is right about the Statham debacle.

Fridge wasted a very talented team on both sides of the ball with Joel Statham. There are lot of folks playing in the NFL from that team. Hollenbach's first full season would have fared much better with a full 2004 season under his belt.

That was Fridge's biggest blunder at MD sor far...also starting Steffy at QB last year...but that ended ASAP.

Posted by: | August 27, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Why can't Maryland land a QB like Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, Sam Bradford, or even Matt Barkley, who was just named the first freshman starter at USC? Of course, these QBs have great players around them too.

Well, I guess we'll see what the new crop will do, God willing...

Posted by: SirPelleas | August 27, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

It's not always the big names that are the best QB's. Let USC have all the big name recruits/college players they want. Case in point: Leinart is riding the pine and Hill is a starter.

Posted by: fushezzi | August 28, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

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