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Friedgen on quarterback rotation: 'C.J. could play, too'

So I raced back from a "Washington Post Live" appearance in Bethesda to College Park in time to join a large group of reporters in Coach Ralph Friedgen’s office for his daily media session. And I chose to ask about the quarterback situation because I’m curious how he’ll handle things against Morgan State and because I was also asked about it in a radio interview on my drive over to the school. I had no idea at the time that fans apparently, or so I’m told, are getting all in a lather over what they deem is a quarterback controversy of some type. I personally don’t see the controversy, but it is good fans have something to talk about other than more losses, I guess.

I asked Friedgen if his confidence in starter Jamarr Robinson had wavered at all after the first game. He said not at all. He said the decision to put backup Danny O’Brien in for a series was made before the game. O’Brien botched the hand-off to running back Davin Meggett, and Navy recovered the fumble.

“I know everybody is trying to make a big controversy with that [putting O’Brien in], but it really isn’t,” Friedgen said. “If I knew he was going to fumble the exchange, obviously I wouldn’t have put him in. I am not clairvoyant like a lot of the fans are.”

Friedgen also said that third-stringer C.J. Brown could play Saturday, in addition to Robinson and O’Brien. That would be interesting.

When offensive coordinator James Franklin was told that Friedgen said as many as three quarterbacks could play Saturday, he didn’t say a word. He only raised his eyebrows high – very high -- in a surprised look.

So I’m actually looking forward to this Morgan State game. Could/should three quarterbacks really get snaps in the game?

But remember, Friedgen always said that O’Brien was thisclose to playing last season and that never occurred. Is C.J. Brown the new 2009 Danny O'Brien?

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 9, 2010; 10:56 AM ET
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