Maryland QB O'Brien says right ankle is 80 to 90 percent healthy
Maryland backup quarterback Danny O’Brien said he has been in treatment every day because of a right ankle sprain he suffered in the Morgan State game. O’Brien said his ankle feels about 80 to 90 percent healthy, and he was pleased he was able to drop back to pass in Tuesday’s practice.
“It has been feeling better every day,” O’Brien said.
Jamarr Robinson is expected to start Saturday, while O’Brien will also play some against West Virginia. O’Brien, who had three of the first four passes of his career go for touchdowns, said no one on the team has an issue with the two-quarterback system.
“I trust what the coaches are doing,” O’Brien said. “When Jamarr is in, I’m his number one fan. I just have to stay ready and take mental reps on the sideline.”
O’Brien said he didn’t hear the crowd on his one play – a fumbled exchange – in the Navy game. He will face a far more hostile environment on his first trip to Morgantown.
West Virginia’s 3-3-5 defense also presents a challenge for the redshirt freshman.
“It’s different,” he said. “It adds a lot more speed. You have to see the coverage that much quicker and faster.”
(I'm getting a bunch of e-mails from fans saying Maryland fans who wear team colors or jerseys are subject to particularly hostile behavior from the fans. Is that true for fans of every opponent or just Maryland and Pittsburgh? And thanks a lot for all the e-mails. Keep them coming.)
September 15, 2010; 12:31 PM ET
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