"As much as I'm devastated for C.J. and upset about it for him, I'm also excited about it for Perry and Caleb; that was one of the reasons why we recruited them to come here," Edsall said. "We felt that they were outstanding football players that would have the opportunity at some point in their career to help the University of Maryland win football games. It just so happens that that opportunity is going to come this year in their freshman year. We knew coming into the season with C.J. being there that we had to get both of these guys ready to play."
Edsall said he wouldn't scale back the playbook under Locksley.
"We really don't have to do anything," Edsall said. "Those guys have been doing the same exact things for the first 11 practices as C.J. has been doing. They had the same menu, the same plays as C.J."
Perry Hills, freshman: Hills threw for more than 2,000 yards and 13 touchdowns, with only two interceptions, as a senior at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Hills was also an All-State wrestler. He was ranked 29th in the country for quarterbacks by Scout.com. Hills was considered a three-star recruit who picked Maryland over West Virginia, Temple and Kent State.
Caleb Rowe, freshman: Rowe was a prolific passer in high school in Landrum, S.C., throwing for 7,860 yards and 78 touchdowns, including 2,722 yards and 33 TDs (with seven interceptions) as a senior, when he was a finalist for the state's Mr. Football. He is the same height (6-2) as Hills but weighs only 185 pounds. Rowe was ranked 30th in the nation by Scout.com.
Devin Burns, redshirt sophomore: Burns came to College Park two years ago as a quarterback out of Columbus, Ga. The 6-3, 200-pound Burns was moved by Randy Edsall to receiver last year and caught one pass, against West Virginia. He had been competing for time at slot receiver with top freshman Stefon Diggs when he asked Edsall to move him back to quarterback after Brown's injury.
-- Don Markus