Sophomore quarterback Devin Burns, a converted wide receiver who played in three games for the Terrapins football team last season, is leaving the University of Maryland effective immediately, an athletic department official confirmed Tuesday.
Burns nearly led the Terps to a second-half comeback against North Carolina State, but suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury in that game. A fleet-footed athlete adept at running the zone-read offense, Burns still has a long recovery road ahead of him, but would have returned to a clouded quarterback situation.
In addition to incumbent captain C.J. Brown, who missed the entire 2012 season with an ACL injury suffered this August, the Terps return Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe, both of whom started games this season before both suffered season-ending knee injuries, as well as transfers Ricardo Young and Dustin Dailey. They also bring in touted quarterback prospect Shane Cockerille (Gilman School).
Given all that, it appears that Burns would have been the odd-man-out under center, especially given Brown’s capabilities in the zone-read scheme as well.
The Carver (Ga.) High School graduate gained 70 yards on 14 carries this season, rushing for one touchdown, and would have been “limited” in spring practice, Coach Randy Edsall has said. This leaves the Terps with only Young, Dailey, Brown (also “limited”) and possibly linebacker Shawn Petty at quarterback for spring practices.