Good afternoon from Byrd Stadium, where the Maryland football team will host Georgia Tech in its penultimate home game of the 2012 season, a linebacker named Shawn Petty will start at quarterback for the Terrapins and pigs will emerge from their blankets on a chilly November day to begin soaring through the sky.

As always, I can be found on Twitter, and you can drop your thoughts into the comment sections. Check out the pregame links below, if you’re into that sort of thing. 

Have a good Saturday, folks. Thanks, as always, for reading. 

PREGAME NOTES

>> Only Shawn Petty and Brian McMahon were taking pregame snaps with the centers at quarterback. Coach Randy Edsall said earlier this week that the third-stringer was a “to-be-determined” situation. Looks like it’s no one for the time being.

>> Running back Wes Brown took some shotgun snaps, presumably for some sort of Wildcat situation. 

PREGAME LINKS

Shawn Petty gets his unexpected shot at quarterback

Maryland is down to a linebacker and a tight end as its top two quarterbacks

Terps simplifying offense to help Petty

Petty reminds Isaiah Ross of Tim Tebow. (Petty-mania doesn’t have quite the same ring)

Preview the game and vote in the poll. Terps-Yellow Jackets, who ya got?

Photos: Maryland returns its Pride jerseys for Military Appreciation Day

First series key against the triple option offense