Terps fail to capitalize against Clemson
"C.J. is our starting quarterback. C.J. will be our starter," Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said Sunday afternoon in a teleconference with the media.
"Now you guys won’t have anything to write about for two weeks."
So there's that. The question is answered before it was ever really asked.
C.J. Brown will be under center for Maryland when Syracuse comes to College Park on Nov. 9. Between now and then, Brown will finish recovering from what was termed a "trunk injury" and prepare for the Orange in two weeks.
Brown did not play Saturday in Maryland's loss to Clemson because of the injury. In his place, sophomore Caleb Rowe started with mixed results, finishing 19-of-45 passing for 282 yards and adding three touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Terrapins are 1-1 without C.J. Brown starting under center.
NEWS AND NOTES
Inconsistency plagues Terrapins
Edsall was adamant about the effect of inconsistency of Maryland's ability to hang with Clemson on Saturday.
"I thought they made some really nice plays then I thought there were some plays there to be made that we didn’t make," he said.
"I’m not pleased with anybody from the standpoint of consistency."
Among some of the issues were dropped passes, penalties, and failing to stop Tajh Boyd and the Clemson offense on third down. Maryland uncharacteristically committed 10 penalties for 54 yards in the loss.
Bye week greets ailing team
Edsall declined to speculate which players could possibly be returning from injury after the bye week against Syracuse, but the banged up Terrapins could get some key pieces back.
Cornerback Jeremiah Johnson has been out of the lineup since suffering an injury in Week 1 against Florida International and his timetable could put him back on the field Nov. 9.
Another key could include linebacker L.A. Goree, who did not play Saturday vs. Clemson. Luckily, Maryland sustained no further injuries in the loss.
Edsall also said the staff plans to recruit on Friday during the bye.
Goals remain the same
Though Maryland is 1-3 in its last four games, Edsall says Maryland's goals remain the same.
"We want to get to a bowl game," he said. "That’s the biggest thing that’s there for us. If that’s not motivation enough there for you, you don’t have the right people."
But with only one win needed for bowl eligibility, it is still easier said than done. If Maryland does not beat Syracuse on Nov. 9, it will need to beat either Virginia Tech, Boston College, or NC State to end the season with at least six wins.