Terps lose two key players
Both senior C.J. Brown and sophomore Caleb Rowe are listed as starters on Maryland's two-deep depth chart as the team prepares for Saturday's showdown with No. 9 Clemson, the program announced Monday evening.
The depth chart lists Brown "or" Rowe as the starter, meaning that a decision has yet to be reached on who will begin the game under center for the Terrapins.
Brown did not play in Maryland's Week 7 win over Virginia after suffering a concussion in the week prior against Florida State. Starting in his place, Rowe threw for 332 yards on 18-of-34 passing to lead the Terrapins to a 27-26 victory.
Brown returned on Saturday against Wake Forest, but threw two interceptions and was sacked three times in the 34-10 defeat. He had amassed 137 yards on 15-of-24 passing before being replaced by Rowe.
Rowe entered the game in the second half and finished with 207 yards and a touchdown pass.
Head coach Randy Edsall would not explore specifics or hypotheticals during a conference call with the media on Sunday afternoon.
"I make sure that I always look at the health of our quarterbacks first and foremost," Edsall said. "We’ll put the guy on the field who gives us the best opportunity to win."
NEWS AND NOTES
- Wide receivers Deon Long and Stefon Diggs have been officially listed as out for the season on Maryland's longterm injury report Monday. Both players broke bones in their legs in Maryland's loss to Wake Forest on Saturday. Edsall said on Sunday that Long is expected to miss six months while he rehabs the injury. He underwent surgery on Sunday morning to repair the fractures.
Diggs is expected to miss four months rehabbing after he undergoes surgery "some time this week," Edsall said.
- In their places, Maryland has shuffled the deck at wide receiver. Levern Jacobs and Amba Etta-Tawo are listed as definitive starters, while Nigel King and Malcolm Culmer are co-starters at the third wide receiver position.
- Brandon Ross is listed as the starter at running back, despite suffering an unspecified injury against Wake Forest. His status for Saturday's game vs. Clemson will be announced in Thursday's weekly injury report.
- L.A. Goree and Alex Twine are listed as a starters in the linebacking corps. Twine missed Saturday's game vs. Wake Forest with injury and Goree played sparingly for the same reason. As with Ross, their statuses will be updated later in the week.