This has to be unprecedented.
Just days after it was announced that Maryland starting quarterback Perry Hills would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, the school announced another backup -- quarterback Devin Burns (Lisfranc) -- will also miss the rest of the season. Receiver Marcus Leak is also out for the rest of year with a fractured toe.
Maryland has lost Danny O'Brien, who transferred to Wisconsin. It lost C.J. Brown to an ACL. It lost Hills to an ACL. And now Burns is down and out. That's four quarterbacks. There's only one scholarship quarterback with eligibility remaining: true freshman Caleb Rowe.
From the release:
“Obviously this is something that is very tough on both of these guys and our team,” coach Randy Edsall said in a prepared statement. “I feel for both Devin and Marcus because I know they want to be out there competing. Both have been team-first guys who have done everything we have asked, and we will be here to support them as they begin the rehab process.”
Burns, a sophomore, switched positions from wide receiver to quarterback after C.J. Brown was injured during the preseason. On the season, Burns saw action in three games. His most extensive playing time came when he took over for an injured Perry Hills vs. North Carolina State, rushing for 50 yards and one touchdown. He also completed three of four passes for 47 yards and helped lead the Terps on three second-half scoring drives.
Leak has played in all seven games during his sophomore season. He ranks second on the team in receptions (23), receiving yards (393) and touchdown receptions (two). He turned in his best performance of the season vs. North Carolina State, setting a career-high with 94 yards on four receptions, including a career-long 47-yard reception from Hills.
Rowe will now have to start at Boston College this weekend. Beyond that?