|ROWE (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)|
One week after lamenting its stunning misfortune at losing its second and third quarterbacks to injuries, Maryland learned Sunday that its fourth quarterback — Caleb Rowe — tore his anterior cruciate ligament and will also miss the rest of what has turned into a bizarre season for the Terps.
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).
“I don't know if something like that has ever happened to a team at this position,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said after describing how Rowe, a promising freshman, suffered the left-knee injury on a third-down play but told the coach he was fine and remained in the game. Edsall said the ligament tore away from the bone and that the player probably faces surgery and a five-to-six month recovery period.
Maryland led 17-13 when Rowe went back to pass on third-and-12 near midfield. Unable to find a receiver, he headed for the sideline and was tackled just as he went out of bounds.
Rowe paused before getting up and remained in a kneeling position, staring at his left knee. He then walked to the bench and was examined by the training staff.
“I saw it because he came out of bounds right where I was, and I said to him, ‘Are you OK?' And he said, ‘Yeah,'” Edsall said.
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