Each week during the 2013-14 season a Maryland student-athlete, who has shown excellence on and off the playing field, will be selected as the Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week. This week's Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week is C.J. Brown.
Brown led the Terps to a 43-10 win over FIU last Saturday. The senior quarterback accounted for five of Maryland's touchdowns in the win and passed for 281 yards and rushed for 105.
By: Taylor Smyth | Maryland Media Relations Student Assistant
A week before he took the field against FIU, Maryland senior quarterback C.J. Brown was excited to make his return to the Terrapin offense.
“Just being off the field for that year, it makes you appreciate the game so much more.” Brown said. “I’m just really excited to come back out here.”
Nobody, even Brown, could have predicted the precise performance the senior signal caller put forth Saturday. In his first game back after tearing his ACL last August, Brown completed 20-of-23 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns and added 105 yards and two more scores on the ground to lead the Terps to a 43-10 victory over the Panthers.
“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 to win. We have a big test coming up this week.”
That test will come on the form of Old Dominion. The Monarchs boast their own dual threat star in quarterback Taylor Heincke, but Brown won’t play much of a part in stopping the senior. What Brown’s performance against FIU did was give stability to the Maryland offense, something that’s paramount for offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.
“I was glad to see C.J. be productive,” Locksley said. “For me, he was an unknown commodity based on having him in the spring where he wasn’t a guy who took shots or got hit, so to see him and how he responded in a game situation was good for me as a play caller.”
Locksley’s ability to open up the playbook paid dividends for the Terrapins. Brown’s capacity to threaten with his arm and legs created situations that confused the Panthers, leading to several big plays. When he was not taking the ball himself, Brown utilized his arsenal of offensive weapons to gash the FIU defense.
“Right now, the sky’s the limit,” Brown said about the offense. “We’ve got a lot of weapons outside with Nigel [King], Deon [Long], Stefon [Diggs] and Levern Jacobs. In the backfield with Albert Reid, Brandon Ross and Jacquille Veii, we have a lot of weapons and a lot of talent. The biggest thing right now is we’re communicating. We’re getting on the same page and everything is starting to flow.”
Flow will continue to be the key to a Terps offense that relies on rhythm and timing. While Brown was the first to admit he may have misread a few zone reads against FIU, his play confirms his intention to hold up his most ambitious preseason goal.
“We want to be in Charlotte [for the ACC Championship],” Brown said. “We want a chance to play for the Orange Bowl. Our goal is to go out and win. We have the talent to do it on both sides of the ball.”