McBrien is surely the leader of Terps

August 05, 2003

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Scott McBrien entered fall practice last year engaged in a QB battle with Chris Kelley.

Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen refused to make any predictions on who would start in the opener because the race was so close.

Things are much different this year.

When fall practice opened Monday, Kelley was playing safety for the Terps and McBrien, with a Peach Bowl victory under his belt, is Maryland's starting quarterback.

"It feels good. It's a totally different feeling than last year, that's for sure," McBrien said. "It's good knowing guys are behind you. They know who to turn to and it just feels good being the number one guy right now."


McBrien led Maryland to an 11-3 record and a 30-3 win over Tennessee in the Peach Bowl last season. He completed 162 of 284 passes for 2,497 yards and 15 touchdowns.

McBrien is the first returning quarterback of the Friedgen era in College Park. Offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe, entering his third year at Maryland, said it is a nice luxury to have a returning starter.

"We don't want to take things for granted or assume things, but it's nice having a guy that's been through the fire and is a year ahead in our offense," Taaffe said.

McBrien understands the importance of having the starting quarterback return for consecutive seasons.

"This program hasn't had a returning quarterback in a long time," McBrien said. "It's good having a guy come in who knows the system, has some victories under his belt, and really knows how to work the system."

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