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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.)

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 15, 2010; 12:31 PM ET
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Unless his ankle is 100%, I say keep him out. Don't ruin his career before it starts.

Posted by: SirPelleas | September 15, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Eric-
The behavior at WVU is greatly exaggerated. I'm a season ticket holder and go out of my way to make visiting fans feel at home. I love nothing more than a spirited debate at my tailgate party and have invited many visitor to join me for a beer or two over the years. Are there a few that act like idiots?...well yes, but you'll find them everywhere. And when I see it happening, I'll personally step in and end it.

Fear not, come to the game and have a good time, and remember, I've got a beer with your name on it. :-)

Posted by: eerintheburgh | September 15, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Burgh,

I believe you and see your point! I've been to a number of Terp games down at Clemson's Death Valley proudly wearing my MD red. While passionate, their fans are also courteous and have treated me to a beer or three. I've never felt threatened in any instance. I'm sure it is the same atmosphere around the Morgantown tailgaters.

Posted by: mydogsnameisdixon | September 15, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

The Terps will not be able to beat top-level teams with just Robinson. O'Brien showed that he's the real deal, and needs to be a part of this offense. His ability to read the play and not scramble immediately after his primary receiver is covered makes him 1,000 times better than Robinson. Jamaar should be used as a wildcat QB, who can keep defenses honest with his decent throwing ability.

Posted by: Russtinator | September 15, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Morgantown is a very hostile, dangerous, violent environment. Thousands of drunken louts in the parking lot, who curse you, breathe on you, push you in the chest (even my wife, right on her tender scar from open heart surgery). Last time there, one fellow on the MD bus trip(a major MD donor) was jumped and beaten up and they broke his glasses. I would not go alone or as a couple wearing MD red. I will not drive my red auto with MD license plates and risk having it vandalized - rather rent a car with VA plates for the trip. Why do you think the MD team does NOT stay in a WVA hotel? -- probably for fear of finding the tires slashed and windows broken on game day morning. WVA MUST clean up its act - this behavior is NOT acceptable. By contrast, folks at Fla State, Wake, Clemson have been VERY gracious and welcoming. NC State - I am withholding judgement since they put a big expensive dent in the hood of my my Dodge in 2007 while parked in front of a store. Duke, VA, BC, Middle TN, Northern IL -- no problems. VA Tech is very arbitrary with its stadium carry-in rules - makes them up on the spot. VaTech and NC can't operate a handicap shuttle bus - arriving 1.5 hours late after the game at both places.

Posted by: jacksondoc | September 16, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

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