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Caleb Rowe, Maryland’s fourth string quarterback, tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in Saturday’s game versus Boston College in the fourth quarter. He’s out for the season. Also out for the season are Maryland’s first, second and third string quarterbacks, leaving the position completely decimated. Here comes freshman Shawn Petty, the Terps’ starting middle linebacker. He’s your new starting QB.
The injury to Rowe in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Boston College loss means the Terps have exhausted their true quarterbacks and will turn to Shawn Petty, a 240-pound linebacker who ran an option attack in high school, to start at the position Saturday against Georgia Tech.
“He’s athletic, he’s strong,” said Tom Green, Petty’s high school coach at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt. “Like most freshmen, it’s going to be difficult for him. If they limit how much he does, dummy it down a little bit, he’ll figure it out.” Petty will be backed up by freshman tight end Brian McMahon (Atholton).
Now, I’m no defensive coordinator, but if I was putting together the Georgia Tech defensive strategy for Saturday’s game against Maryland, I’d plan for a heavy run attack. I think 10 in the box will suffice.
You know, it’s times like these that make me really miss Dick Perry. He’d be all over a story like this one. #RIPDick