Randy Edsall has been here before.
While at Connecticut, Edsall once had to find an emergency quarterback because of injuries, so he turned to cornerback Darius Butler, a former quarterback at Coral Springs Charter School in Florida who later would become a second-round draft pick of the New England Patriots.
“This isn’t new territory for me,” Edsall said Tuesday.
But with Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe the only two healthy quarterbacks left on the Terps’ active roster after Perry Hills suffered a season-ending ACL injury against North Carolina State, Maryland will begin working out others at quarterback for emergency scenarios. Both Dustin Dailey and Ricardo Young are sitting out the season per NCAA transfer rules, and C.J. Brown suffered the same fate as Hills this summer.
This time, Edsall is turning to freshman Shawn Petty, a linebacker from Eleanor Roosevelt High School, and Brian McMahon, a freshman tight end from Atholton High School. Both weigh 230 pounds. Both played quarterback at high school.
“We’ll find out as we go out to practice today,” Edsall said. “Yesterday was a day off, we don’t really do anything with them. We’ll get them to understand as much as they can, get ready to go out. “
Petty was first-team All-Met for Roosevelt as a senior, while McMahon threw for 1,289 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior season at Atholton.
“Brian being on offense, at least knows quarterback,” Edsall said. “Shawn it’ll be a little different being a defensive guy, moving over there and picking up the terminology. They’ll be able to throw the ball and run. It’s like riding a bike. They didn’t forget by not just playing quarterback for the past few months.”
This appears to wrap up the quarterback situation for now, but other Terrapins have jokingly tossed their hats into the ring for consideration. A.J. Francis spoke told his coach on Sunday that he played quarterback in sixth grade. Edsall expressed concerns about how effective the 6-foot-5, 305-pound defensive lineman would be in running the read option.
“I think I’m 18th string now,” Francis said. “I’m on the depth chart. If we went 18 deep, I’d be on there.”
Offensive lineman Justin Gilbert, meanwhile, all 6-6 and 300 pounds heavy of him, said he’s probably ahead of Francis, being a little more agile and capable of running plays. “Maybe I’m sixth or seventh on the list,” Gilbert said.