And now Maryland is down to one quarterback.
With news Thursday that sophomore Devin Burns is out for the season with a Lisfranc fracture in his left foot, Maryland is left with freshman Caleb Rowe as the lone quarterback for its final five games.
Rowe will be backed up by freshman linebacker Shawn Petty, who played quarterback at Eleanor Roosevelt, and freshman tight end Brian McMahon, who played quarterback at Atholton High in Howard County. Petty will get the call first if needed Saturday at Boston College.
|Maryland at Boston College|
|When » Saturday, 12:30 p.m.|
|Where » Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass.|
|Radio » ESPN 980|
In addition, Maryland announced that sophomore wide receiver Marcus Leak, who like Burns had a breakout performance last week in the Terps' 20-18 loss to N.C. State, is out for the year with a broken toe.
"Obviously this is something that is very tough on both of these guys and our team," Edsall said. "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."
Burns was hurt in the fourth quarter of the N.C. State game but played through the pain. He was pressed into service after freshman starter Perry Hills suffered a torn ACL late in the first half. Hills became the starter in the preseason when junior C.J. Brown also was lost with a torn ACL.
"[Burns] ran the ball twice after [the injury]," Edsall said Thursday night on his radio show. "Then they came in on Sunday and said there was an issue with his foot."
Burns received an MRI on Monday, and further tests Tuesday confirmed the seriousness of the injury. He will miss spring workouts. The best case for his return is the preseason of next year.
In Edsall's two seasons in College Park, the Terps have had more than their share of injuries. Last year the defense was hit hard, starting 21 different players. On the injury report Maryland provided for the ACC on Thursday, 28 players were listed.
Rowe took the first four snaps of his college career Saturday, guiding a 60-yard drive in the final 32 seconds that gave the Terps a chance to win, but freshman Brad Craddock's 33-yard field goal try banged off the left upright.
Few road trips could be more inviting for Maryland (4-3, 2-1) to resume its pursuit of bowl eligibility or for an inexperienced quarterback to make his starting debut than Boston College (1-6, 0-4), where support for coach Frank Spaziani has waned.
The slide began last season when the Eagles went 4-8 and failed to make a bowl game for the first time in 13 years. This season, the Eagles are in the throes of a five-game skid, which includes a shocking loss to lowly Army. Their lone win came against Maine of the FCS.
The defense of the Eagles has been woeful. BC ranks last in the ACC in scoring defense (33.3 points per game), total defense (508.7 yards pg), rushing defense (269.6 ypg), third-down conversion defense (51.7 percent) and sacks (five). It's hardly an intimidating unit for Rowe to face in his starting debut.
His primary mission Saturday, however, will be to stay healthy.