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One game to win: O'Brien, Turner or Hollenbach at quarterback?

By Eric Prisbell

I got into a discussion down in Florida with a couple other people about the fast progress of Danny O’Brien this season. In many people’s eyes, there is little doubt about O’Brien’s potential. It’s just a matter of how fast he will continue to progress. But what I was interested in is where O’Brien is right now, as a redshirt freshman in his first season as a starter, compared to where some recent Maryland quarterbacks were as seniors.

As a senior, Sam Hollenbach threw for 15 touchdowns and had 11 interceptions in 2006. He completed 61.7 percent of his passes and had a QB rating of 130.60.

As a senior, Chris Turner completed 10 touchdown passes and had 10 interceptions in 2009. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes and had a rating of 121.05.

As a redshirt freshman, Danny O’Brien has thrown 14 touchdowns and has thrown four interceptions. He has completed 53.3 percent of his passes and has a rating of 128.14. (He is projected to have 19 touchdowns, five interceptions.)

If you had to play one game next week and could start any of the three quarterbacks – 2006 Hollenbach, 2009 Turner or 2010 O’Brien – which QB would you start?

By Eric Prisbell  | November 10, 2010; 10:04 AM ET
Categories:  Danny O'Brien, Football  
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Hollenbach had a canon for an arm, and had the legs to run the option. DOB is good, and projects out to be a great QB at Maryland, but Hollenbach was probably a bit more versatile and didn't have the receivers that DOB has.

Posted by: Russtinator | November 10, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Eric - I like your work, but this is the single dumbest post on any of the sports blogs I have ever seen.

Comparing a redshirt freshman to 2 seniors? Why? When I clicked on this I assumed you meant SCOTT O'Brien, which might have made sense. Seriously - I can't be the only person who thinks this is absurd and pointless.

Posted by: Franklin92 | November 10, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Comparing DOB with Hollenback and Turner at the same point in their career, I would pick DOB...otherwise I agree with Franklin, the question is pointless comparing freshman to two seniors

Posted by: buddiee22 | November 10, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

So you are not busy enough at work to stop reading TI, but you are busy enough to be bothered by a hypothetical question?


Posted by: garrett4 | November 10, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Here's my breakdown of best to worst Terps QB seasons of the Fridge era:

1) Scott McBrien 2003
2) Shaun Hill 2001
3) Scott McBrien 2002
4) Sam Hollenbach 2006
5) Danny O'Brien 2010
6) Chris Turner 2007
7) Chris Turner 2008
8) Same Hollenbach 2005
9) Chris Turner 2009
10) Joel Statham 2004

This is mostly based on TDs/Ints/yards but I also took wins and losses into effect.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 10, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Living in New England makes it tougher to get to Byrd as often as I'd like, but I did see Md beat FSU in 2004. I remember putting away my budding doubts about Friedgen's quarterback judgment, and thinking that maybe Joel Statham really had turned the corner. I was in the stands again when Statham got pulled for good and Hollenback finally got his chance against Wake Forest.

What do Statham, Steffy and Robinson have in common? They got the starting job because they 'practiced well' according to Friedgen. Hollenbach, Turner and O'Brien had to wait for their chance until the starter was injured, or it became obvious that Friedgen's practices weren't producing quarterbacks that could win on the field.

Posted by: RITerp | November 10, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I'll take Boomer, heck I sit right behind his sign at Byrd...

Posted by: frostanna | November 10, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Actually I think Eric is on to something interesting; comparing current/recent Terp Q-backs. I would expand this comparison with comparative statistics of all Terp Q-backs in the past 50 years. Maryland has a rather rich football history beyond what we have (or have not) shown in very recent years and a look back at who have called the signals could be illustrative of this.

Posted by: generalike | November 10, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Chris Turner, 2009? Seriously?

I'd consider Turner version '07 or '08. He was clutch in both of those seasons, esp. '07 when he beat two top-10 teams. I don't think about '09 unless it's in my feverish nightmares.

The jury is still out on O'Brien. While I see him developing in a really good player, he still has a lot to learn.

For all-time QB, maybe Boomer or Jack Scarbath...

Posted by: ecglotfelty | November 10, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Scarbath, BTW for all you young pups out there, helped lead the Terps to their only National Championship. He missed receiving the Heisman Trophy in 1953 by one vote.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | November 10, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Brian Cummings

Posted by: H1Dynasty | November 10, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

How come no Mastrole? He was our "passing quarterback" back in the 90's. I believe he had more INT's than completions to our own receivers. But, to his credit, he actually played pro ball after tranferring to Rhode Island in the World League.

Posted by: aviscardo | November 11, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather have Scott Milanovich in the Duffner run and shoot. He still holds just about every passing record at Maryland.

Posted by: Russtinator | November 11, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

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