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Maryland’s C.J. Brown suffers season-ending knee injury he saw coming

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Maybe Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown is part psychic.

Last week, the Terrapins dual-threat quarterback said that he wasn't going to change his hard scrambling style, acknowledging and embracing that his tuck and run mentality can lead to him getting dinged up. Brown told the media last Monday that "Injuries are meant to happen, and if it does, than maybe it was just meant to be.''

Ironically, it was a non-contact injury that will now sideline Brown for the season.

Maryland announced on Wednesday morning that Brown suffered a torn ACL and won't play in 2012. Brown, who finished last year as a starter and was expected to get the nod this year under center, is expected to take a medical redshirt.

"He's worked incredibly hard to be the starting quarterback of this team. He's stepped up and been a tremendous leader," Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall said in a release issued by the program. "We'll do everything we can to make sure he gets the best treatment to help in his recovery."

Brown is known as a quarterback who doesn't shy away from contact and physicality, drawing comparisons to New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. A redshirt sophomore, the Pennsylvania prospect was the No. 17 dual-threat quarterback in the nation according to Rivals.com during his senior year of high school.

Despite starting just five games last year, Brown still had 574 rushing yards, second best for the Terrapins. This season he was supposed to round out as a quarterback and work on improving his 49.5 percent completion percentage.

With Brown down for the season, it is likely that Perry Hillis will take over the starting role with Caleb Rowe now becoming the team's No. 2 quarterback.

"He's a little bit ahead of Caleb right now," Edsall said on Tuesday. "There is still really good competition right now but Perry is a little ahead; [his] overall command and presence on the field in terms of running everything and not making as many mental mistakes put him ahead."

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