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Franklin on two quarterbacks and the West Virginia game

James Franklin, Maryland’s offensive coordinator, said he and Coach Ralph Friedgen will meet Thursday and Friday to discuss how and when they want to rotate quarterbacks in Saturday’s game at West Virginia. But the plan with which they enter the game can and usually does change by how the game unfolds. The plan now is to start Jamarr Robinson and also play Danny O’Brien but ultimately go with the hot hand if need be.

At this point in their careers, Franklin said Robinson runs the ball a little better than O’Brien and O’Brien throws the ball a little better than Robinson. He has talked with both quarterbacks about learning from the other and about turning weaknesses into strengths. Franklin also said that O’Brien is athletic enough to run the ball and Robinson, of course, can throw the ball better than he has in two games.

We talked a lot about O’Brien’s preparation, but I’m going to save a lot of that for a story. O’Brien is the exception. Most players don’t prepare as thoroughly as they would need to as the starter unless they know they will be the starter or at least know that there is a chance they could start. That approach may have hindered Robinson a bit early in his career because he didn’t always prepare as if he would start.

“If Jamarr would have had that approach early on in his career, he would have been more ready once he got his opportunity,” Franklin said. “He’ll admit, in the old days, he probably was like, ‘Oh, I’m probably not going to play, I’ll chill a bit here.’ You can’t have that approach.

“It’s just youth. It takes maturity and discipline to say, ‘Okay, I’m going to come every day and I am going to prepare like a starter, I’m going to outwork those guys every single day, and I might not play for another three years.’ It takes a special guy.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 15, 2010; 12:27 PM ET
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