The candidates, Danny O'Brien and C.J. Brown, both played in the 21-16 loss at Georgia Tech last weekend, and both could play on Saturday when No. 8 Clemson heads to Byrd Stadium.
O'Brien, the 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year, has completed 97 of 156 passes for 930 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions this season. Against Georgia Tech, he connected on 1 of 6 throws for 17 yards and an interception.
Brown, who was brought on in relief during the second quarter, completed 4 of 17 passes for 36 yards and an interception. He also rushed nine times for 124 yards and a score. This season, he's 10 of 24 passing with 92 yards and one interception and one interception. His 153 rushing yards is second on the team.
"As I said after the [Georgia Tech] game, I didn't think we were getting what we needed offensively, and I was looking to try to get a spark and try to get something going, and that's why we made -- why I made the change," Edsall said.
A decision as to who will start against the Tigers won't be announced until closer to game time.
"We'll have a plan as we go into Saturday night, and we'll execute that plan and we'll continue to practice and evaluate what we think is going to be best for Maryland as we go in to play Clemson," Edsall said.
The Terrapins' first-year head coach likes his options.
"Both of them are very good quarterbacks, and they do have some different skill sets there, and each of them tries to utilize their skill sets to the best of their ability in terms of what we're trying to do offensively," he said.
Edsall's concern isn't just limited to the offensive side of the ball. The Maryland defense is faced with defending against a Clemson offense that ranks 19th nationally.
"You see them, watch them offensively, they're very dynamic, very athletic, and putting up 35 points a game, 472 total yards of offense, and then defensively you see a very athletic, aggressive defense," he said. "You're really going against a team that really doesn't have any weaknesses. We're going to have a tremendous challenge here in Byrd Stadium on Saturday evening."
And the Terrapins have lots of youth on the offensive side of the ball.
"Alex Twine is a true freshman who came in for Demetrius Hartsfield and played very well. Lorne Goree, a redshirt freshman, Mario Rowson, a redshirt freshman, Keith Bowers, a true freshman, those guys," Edsall said. "But I think the one thing is they've gone out and they've -- they're really working to do the things that the coaches are asking them to do.
"This week presents a different challenge for us in terms of the scheme that we've got to face, offensively. So this week is just another challenge for them in terms of what they have to do."
Edsall playing it close to the vest
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