Terps escape with a win against UVA
Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown has been cleared by the team's training staff after suffering a concussion Oct. 5 vs. Florida State and will return to practice Sunday, head coach Randy Edsall announced during a teleconference Sunday afternoon.
Brown passed all of the tests and evaluations that comprise Maryland's standard concussion protocol, but was held out of Saturday's 27-26 win over Virginia. With Brown returning to practice, it would seem to follow that he is likely the scheduled starter this coming Saturday vs. Wake Forest.
Brown was injured in the second quarter of Maryland's game vs. Florida State last week and was replaced by backup Caleb Rowe. Rowe also took Brown's place under center against Virginia and threw for 322 on 18-of-34 passing, including the game winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Without Brown and his mobility in the game, Maryland used less designed quarterback runs while run was in the game, instead preferring screen plays and short passes across the middle. Once Brown returns, expect the run/pass balance to return to where we saw it through the season's first four games.
UPDATE 14 OCTOBER, 5:34 p.m.
Brown has been slotted in as Maryland's starter at quarterback for its matchup Saturday vs. Wake Forest, according to the two-deep depth chart released by the program on Monday.
For context, he was also chalked in as the starter vs. Virginia last week but did not play. The difference between the two weeks, of course, was that Brown had not been cleared by the training staff after suffering a concussion against Florida State.
- Edsall gave special praise to his team's red zone defense on Sunday after the victory over Virginia on the previous day. Though Virginia was a perfect 100 percent (6-of-6) scoring in the red zone, four were Cavalier field goals and only two were touchdowns. Virginia's inability to convert, especially after securing Maryland turnovers, cost them.
- Edsall had no update on linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, who missed much of Saturday's game after being injured early in the contest. Without him in the lineup, Virginia tight end Jake McGee caught eight passes for 114 yards.
- Another injured linebacker, Matt Robinson, will miss 3-4 weeks with a shoulder injury, Edsall announced. The thinning linebacking corps is of concern, especially considering the lack of depth for now in the secondary.
- Game balls were awarded Saturday to Deon Long (offense), Keith Bowers (defense), and Nate Renfro (special teams)