It’s not a good thing for a football team at this stage of the season to have had more starting quarterbacks than victories. Such is the state of Maryland football as the Terps come to Clemson as the Tigers’ Homecoming feast Saturday. Clemson is favored by 31 points partly due to their own offensive prowess, but largely due to the horrific state of the Maryland quarterback corps. ‘
The Terps are 4-5 coming into the game and last week started their fifth different quarterback. Three of the first four starters went down with torn ACLs. The fourth suffered a broken bone in his foot. So, the Terps were forced to move freshman linebacker Shawn Petty, who played quarterback in high school, under center. He wears jersey #31. His backup will be freshman tight end Brian McMahon who will wear #87.
Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, as any human being would, has empathy for what the Terps are going thru on offense. But as a football coach, he knows feeling sorry for an opponent will get you beat, so he’s sounding the alarm about the dangers of this Maryland offense.
“I thought their coaches did a terrific job considering the circumstances,” Venables said. “What an absolute nightmare they are having to deal with right now. I think he (Petty) has a good, strong supporting cast. I know that’s dwindled from what it was from watching some earlier games in the year. They’ve got some good skill guys.”
AUDIO: Venables is not taking crippled Maryland offense lightly [4:03]
Maryland is 119th nationally in offense averaging 295 yards per game. They are 106th in scoring at 19 points per game.