COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- Terps head coach Randy Edsall provided more details into how starting quarterback CJ Brown tore his ACL and the team's plans moving forward during a teleconference Wednesday afternoon.
Brown's injury occurred Tuesday while the team was practicing the two minute drill. According to Edsall, during one play, Brown broke through the pocket and made a cut but his right "knee did not hold up."
Edsall said it was a football move he has seen Brown make numerous times and felt bad it happened to him. After I asked, Edsall confirmed the injury did occur on the new turf field at Byrd Stadium, but says that he believes this injury could happen on any field or surface.
Despite the devastating loss at football's most important position, Edsall did not believe it was going to impact the team's production negatively. According to Maryland's second year coach, the injury "hasn't dampered anything." He said the excitement surrounding the team is still high and he's looking forward to the season.
Moving forward, the Terps are looking at their two true freshman to compete for the starting job. Perry Hills will begin to run with the starting team in practice and Caleb Rowe will throw with the second team. Additionally, sophomore wide receiver Devin Burns will convert to quarterback and will be the team's third eligible quarterback.
It was Burns decision to make the change, according to Edsall, because he thought he could help the team more as a passer. Last year, as freshman, Burns only caught one pass for 17 yards. He and freshman Stefon Diggs were running together with the second team offense.
The chance of working with a freshman signal caller does not worry the coach at all.
"I have done it before and coaches on the staff have done it before," said Edsall. "This is why we brought Perry and Caleb in."
Edsall noted that the playbook will not have to be scaled back because the two freshman have been doing everything Brown has, so they are prepared. He wanted his new quarterbacks game ready heading into camp because injuries do occur.
Despite his optimism, I think Edsall knows how big of a hit this is for his program. It certainly gives him an excuse if the team falters again. But now we get to see if anyone of these freshmen can be the second coming of Danny O'Brien.