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Posted at 8:34 AM ET, 12/23/2010

Danny O'Brien the play-caller?

By Steve Yanda

There are three Maryland coaches who potentially could call the offensive plays for the Terrapins during the Military Bowl on Dec. 29: Head coach Ralph Friedgen, wide receivers coach Lee Hull or running backs coach John Donovan.

Well, according to Friedgen, there actually are four options. Redshirt freshman quarterback Danny O'Brien may just call his own plays, the coach said Wednesday.

"I may let Danny do it," Friedgen said.

On Tuesday, Friedgen and some of the offensive assistants were arguing about two plays that were similar when finally Friedgen asked which one O'Brien -- the ACC rookie of the year -- liked better. The other coaches in the room shrugged their shoulders, so Friedgen had them call O'Brien to find out.

With O'Brien on the phone, Friedgen said, the group went through the whole game plan to guage the quarterback's thoughts. Friedgen said he used to go through the same routine with quarterback Stan Humpheries when Friedgen was the offensive coordinator of the NFL's San Diego Chargers during the mid-1990s.

"I got criticized for it," Friedgen said. "But I think it's pretty interesting to find out what they feel about a play."

Friedgen said one thing he learned is that when coach and quarterback are going through the plays, the best ones to take out of the game plan are the ones on which the quarterback hesitates to give his thoughts.

As for who will be calling the plays for the Terrapins come Dec. 29, Friedgen said it's still up in the air.

"It's an issue that we've got to figure out," he said. "But I'll make the right decision before the end of the week."

By Steve Yanda  | December 23, 2010; 8:34 AM ET
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In a game like this, I would let DOB call the plays. Since this is the last game the coaching staff will call, and it's against a very weak defense (who allowed 76 points against Navy) and since there are no conference titles to shoot for, let the kid gain some experience. We've got nothing to lose (what will they do, fire the coach twice?). Fridge has worked with guys like Boomer and Humphries (both Super Bowl QBs) so he knows what his players are capable of...

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 23, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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