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The evolving quarterback situation at Maryland

Just finished the final version of my game story. Here is what you need to know after a 63-2 blowout of Morgan State:

Jamarr Robinson threw two touchdown passes and an interception. Coach Ralph Friedgen said he missed some receivers.

Backup Danny O’Brien looked sharp, very sharp. He threw three touchdown passes in the first four passes of his career. He left with a sprained right ankle late in the third, but he said it is not serious.

Third-stringer C.J. Brown ran for 12 yards on the first play of his career and broke his collarbone. He is out eight weeks.

Don’t know who will start against West Virginia. Expect both Robinson and O’Brien to play a lot. Friedgen wants to look at tape first before commenting at length on the play of the quarterbacks.

Kicker Travis Baltz made two 47-yard field goals, and Friedgen said he is the starter for now regardless of when Nick Ferrara returns from his injury (groin strain).

Defensive lineman Marcus Whitfield suffered a dislocated patella.

The 62 points were the most by Maryland since 1975.

Maryland gave up 85 total yards, the fewest in the Friedgen era.

This just in: The opponent was overmatched.

A more difficult game next week.

Your thoughts on the quarterback situation?

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 11, 2010; 11:06 PM ET
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Well i might have been worried if they only won by 25 points or so. Looks like a minor bowl game at a minimum this season.

The scariest part of the game was Robinson's INT. Of course O'Brien played more than well enough to spark some qb controversery (or add actual fuel to the fire...the kid can play).

I'm trying to think of MD blowout wins that were on the same order of magnitude as this. Can't. Certainly not from the RF era.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | September 11, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the entire Maryland football team.

It's great to see them playing with inspiration, and having fun.

I am impressed with what I saw Danny do. He has a good arm, is nimble in the pocket, reads defenses well, and makes accurate throws.

Yes! There is a QB controversy in Maryland. Jammar is an option QB and has been productive with his legs ... and, by that I mean making running plays. Unfortunately, his passing game leaves a lot to be desired. He is not accurate, and makes poor decisions frequently.

No NCAA team is competitive being just one dimensional -- and, in our case that's running the ball. We need an improved passing game to be considered legit.

With Dave and Del Ray we have a pair of good RBd. I think the Terps will be better served with Danny as their QB.


Posted by: mi6-007 | September 12, 2010 1:44 AM | Report abuse

This is a big concern. Between the two Quarterbacks, Robinson and O'Brien, they only completed 50% against lack luster competition. That's great that they threw a bunch of touchdown passes but Morgan State seemed to figure them out or they were inaccurate with their throws. I did like O'Brien more though and you can tell he is pushing Robinson for time and the coaches like him.

Losing Brown sucks but he needs more film time from the sound of things anyways. But we definitely saw the potential. I think he now knows he needs to protect himself a little more as well.

Right now, the two quarterback system will work and keep WVU on their heels. The key in that game is going to be stopping their momentum they have coming from their OT win considering they scored all of their points on their last 3 or 4 possessions. The defense will need to come up with another stellar performance.

I think we have 3 things going for us in the game.
1) The game is at noon.
2) The confidence is there now.
3) We know we have a back up or two quarterbacks that can play.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | September 12, 2010 5:20 AM | Report abuse

If we were still running Friedgen's option-based offense, Robinson would probably be the better quarterback simply because he's more athletic than O'Brien. But because we're running Franklin's west coast style, we need a better pure passer at quarterback and that is clearly O'Brien.

Yes, it was just Morgan State but we only ran up 370 yards while scoring 55 points on offense. I think by the end of the season O'Brien is going to be the full-time quarterback and Robinson is going to be an option as either a flanker or tailback because he's too good an athlete to leave on the bench.

Posted by: CapsNut | September 12, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Do the readers or Post reporter know who might be worked in as the 3rd string QB, in case of injury as the season progresses?

Posted by: EdDC | September 12, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Looking over the roster, maybe Devin Burns would be the 3rd stringer, since Tyler Smith is projected higher, and they want to save his redshirt year more than Burns' redshirt. Of course both can get ready and neither has to play, if all goes well.

Posted by: EdDC | September 12, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I think we would have had more yardage if we didn't block so many punts and create turnovers. Not too worried about that stat. Very pleased that our team stayed hungry the entire game and didn't give up any lazy scores in the end.

Posted by: garrett4 | September 12, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Inspiring performance to say the least. This team is playing with real confidence and we can compete next week.

O'Brien has more upside, especially with the talented receivers we have. He could be a top tier QB at some point. We can't waste that WR talent with a poor thrower. I'm just not sure he is ready yet. He made some mistakes too.

But Robinson really blew his opportunity. He did not see some wide open receivers and was very innaccurate. But he can really run the option well.

I think we just continue to let them platoon, and hopefully one will emerge and make it an easy decision.

Posted by: srcog | September 12, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I was surprised, given that I had predicted a lack-luster performance (hey, it was an established pattern). So I was wrong. Then again, it was Morgan State.

We'll see how they transition into next week against WVU. I like the idea of giving O'Brien more playing time - this will keep both quarterbacks focused in practice and make them better players. Too bad for CJ Brown.

The Terps are going to have a tough time stopping Devine. I think the key to that game is long, sustained drives by our offense that eat up the clock and keep WVU's offense off the field.

Posted by: SirPelleas | September 12, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

O'Brien should start. No doubt about it. Terps don't need a running qb. We already have two solid RB's in Scott and Meggett. We need someone who makes us more than one-dimensional and who can get the ball to our playmakers. O'Brien will be the starter sooner rather than later.

Posted by: aviscardo | September 12, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

To beat top-flight team we will need a strong running and passing offense.

The running game seems to be solid with Dave and Del Ray. However, the passing game worries me.

We have seldom used 2 - 3 WR sets, and actually attempted to go down field on a consistent basis. Torrey Smith Logan, Cannon are pretty much after thoughts. The TE too is not active as I would like to see.

Personally, I think these two victories will help raise the confidence level among the players. But, these were games we were EXPECTED to win.

Our true test comes next week. Can we be beat W. Virginia. And, then as we start playing with our ACC opponents do we have a solid game plan, and the confidence to beat them.

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 12, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"...these were games we were expected to win." Am I wrong in recalling that NAVY was the overwhelming favorite? Navy, a top 25 team, led by a Heisman candidate. The Terps let the air out of Navy's hopes this year and that testifies to the inner strength of our guys. There's a long way to go, but this season now looks much brighter than it did two weeks ago. Roll on Terrapins.

Posted by: AncientTerp | September 12, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

To answer the 3rd stringer question, they are high on Tyler Smith and he was highly recruited. He's like O'Brien but can run better. Devin Burns might be an option as well considering he's been here since the spring. Burns is more like Robinson and can run but not as highly recruited as Smith.

And Maryland is not running the West Coast Offense anymore. They are running multiple such as the New Orleans Saints in the NFL. Now it's not as efficient yet and that's another story or another day, but they are calling it multiple.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | September 12, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

3 game win season for terps.

Posted by: Theone9 | September 13, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

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