Maryland Football: Even with C.J. Brown Injury, Randy Edsall's Seat Is Just Warm

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterAugust 16, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 24:  Head coach Randy Edsall of the Maryland Terrapins looks on from the sidelines during the second half of the Terrapins loss to the Temple Owls at Byrd Stadium on September 24, 2011 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Wednesday, the Terrapins got some terrible news with respect to their quarterback situation. Starter C.J. Brown was out for the season following a torn ACL, as Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times reported:

Maryland announces C.J. Brown suffered a season-ending knee injury (ACL) in a noncontact drill last night.

— Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse) August 15, 2012

Things were going to get inexperienced very quickly for the Terrapins, as they turn to two freshman to fill the quarterback spot. Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe, neither of whom was in for spring, will be battling for the starting spot. As Stevens let us know, Hills was leading Rowe in the new quarterback derby:

@inthebleachers Hills ahead of Rowe at the moment.

— Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse) August 15, 2012

There is another contender for the job as Pete Volk reminds us over at Testudo Times: Devin Burns. Burns has spent a couple seasons playing wide receiver but he entered College Park as a standout quarterback from Georgia who redshirted at the quarterback position. Terps Insider reported early that Burns had made the move back to signal-caller:

Edsall says WR Devin Burns, a QB in high school, came to him to offer help at QB. Will work with No. 3s.

— Terrapins Insider (@TerpsInsider) August 15, 2012

In short, the Terps are looking for a solution. The injury prompted this idea that Randy Edsall's situation at Maryland somehow got worse.

Unless the C.J. Brown injury helped flush Maryland's coffers with copious amounts of money and made elite coaching candidates pine for the gig, odds are Edsall's seat is no hotter today. At least not any hotter than the "warm" that it was prior to the C.J. Brown injury.

Look, the guy had a rough first season. He lost a ton of players to transfers, including a former ACC Freshman of the Year. He went 2-10 on the field. His relationship with the DelMarVa coaches and boosters was in shambles.

Then he hired Mike Locksley and everything started to change. The Terrapins have 19, count it, 19 commitments to date. They are not all elite talents but there are four highly touted 4-star recruits in the boat for the Terps. After the recruiting coups of landing Stefon Diggs and Wes Brown this season and the current recruiting pace, folks in College Park actually have a reason to believe things will improve.

C.J. Brown's loss is a setback. It isn't a reason to fire a coach. It most certainly doesn't turn up the pressure on Randy Edsall. The first year is what landed Edsall on the hot seat and rightfully so. However, the future for Edsall and the Terps looks a lot brighter than the hell from which they emerged at the end of the 2011 season.