Maryland keeping quarterback deliberations under wraps

Terps travel to Boston College Saturday

October 24, 2012|By Jeff Barker | The Baltimore Sun

Who will start at quarterback for the Terps on Saturday against Boston College? We can only make educated guesses.

Maryland is not making any quarterbacks available to the media this week – which is unusual for the program. It happens sometimes that requested players aren’t available because they’re in class or studying.  Maryland said that’s the case now – that Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe had class on Tuesday and study hall today.

But it’s clear there is an abundance of caution about the information being released this week. There is more emphasis than usual on keeping reporters away from the Gossett Football Team House when there are no media availabilities.

To be fair, both quarterbacks were made available to the media immediately after Saturday’s North Carolina State game. Maryland’s media relations staff has worked well this season with the reporters covering the team.

I’m wondering if both quarterbacks are entirely healthy.

Dell McGee, Burns' high-school coach in Georgia, said: "I heard (Burns) was limping around a little in the second half.” Burns rushed for 50 yards and McGee, who watching on television, said he texted his former player after the game to congratulate him on his performance. I won’t pretend I have inside information about Burns’ status for the Boston College game.

Head coach Randy Edsall stopped by the Gossett cafeteria today and joked that defensive lineman A.J. Francis would start at quarterback.

Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley referenced Edsall’s “next man up” mentality.

“We have some guys ready to play,” Locksley said. “I’m not going to get into a lot of specifics with scheme and what we’re doing. You know, we have to get somebody ready to play Saturday, and we’re doing all the things necessary in practice to determine who, how much, and what we’re going to do as the week progresses.”

More Locksley: “Obviously the goal is trying to figure out if one of those guys, or both of those guys are capable. We need to kind of get through the week to figure out whether we play both or whether we play one. We were able to go yesterday, and today’s a huge day for us. This is where we get a better understanding of day two of the installation and working on all the different things to figure out what they can and cannot get accomplished.”

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