Carver quarterback Devin Burns graduated early to enroll at Maryland in December, and he jumped right into a race with four teammates for playing time.
Checking some of the coverage of the Terps' spring practices doesn't give a whole lot of insight into how well Burns is doing, but the race for QB looks like one of the more interesting story lines in College Park this year.
From the sound of the daily coverage, Burns, one of two true freshmen, is fifth on the depth chart. I suppose that's to be expected as he has no college experience.
Here's a quote from Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen that I found posted here on D.C./Virginia/Maryland college football blog d1cours.typepad.com (Get it? D-1-Course... discourse... get it?).
"He's doing OK," Friedgen said. "He's very calm guy. He's not going to get flustered. I think he keeps his poise pretty good. I know he's like all these other freshmen. Their heads are spinning with nomenclature. The quarterback, he's got to make the call. Today, he was in there and he wasn't very loud and I think he's kind of an introverted kid from what I can see. I was telling him, 'Devin, you're going to play in front of a lot of people. They better hear you. Let's go.' I'm fairly impressed with him as a kid. I think he'll be fine."
The most recent Friedgen quote I've found on the quarterback depth chart comes from last week. He ranked the QBs in this order: Jamarr Robinson (junior), Danny O'Brien (redshirt freshman), C.J. Brown (redshirt freshman), Clayton Belton (true freshman) and Burns.
In that day's story, which I found here at an ESPN-hosted Maryland sports blog, Friedgen says Burns is "lost."
"... Devin's just kind of lost right now, and that's to be anticipated," Friedgen said. "And then Clay, I think it's a new system and I think he's still learning, but the other guys I think are separating themselves a little bit."
- Chris White