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Quarterback showdown in Saturday's Maryland-Old Dominion game


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Published on: Thursday, September 05, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

The Maryland football team looks for win No. 2 when the Terps host Old Dominion on Saturday at Byrd Stadium.

The Terrapins opened the 2013 campaign with an impressive 33-point victory over Florida International, but Old Dominion poses a greater challenge. For starters, the Monarchs boast one of the top quarterbacks in college football — junior Taylor Heinicke.

The Atlanta native earned All-America and CAA Offensive Player of the Year honors last season after leading Old Dominion to a 10-1 regular season record. Along the way, he led the Football Championship Subdivision in passing yards, total yards and touchdown passes. He also rushed for 377 yards and eight touchdowns.

“Their quarterback is an outstanding quarterback – the Walter Payton Award winner from a year ago,” Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said. “He’s very, very good. He threw for 5,000 yards and 44 touchdowns a year ago. He’s very impressive.”

However, Maryland also boasts a talented signal-caller — C.J. Brown, who missed the entire 2012 campaign after tearing his ACL in the preseason.

Against FIU, Brown torched the Panthers in the air and on the ground. He tossed three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores in the win. Brown completed 20 of 23 passes for 281 yards and ran for 105 yards on 11 carries before leaving the game in the third quarter.

He was honored as College Football Performance’s National Quarterback of the Week.

“I was pleased with my performance,” Brown said. “There were some reads that I need to make better. We had a couple miscommunications and just awareness of the clock and things like that. But it’s one game. We went out and played well and did what we had to do. We have a big test coming up this week.”

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