As Marshall's defense brushes itself off after giving up 41 points in the Conference USA championship game two weekends ago, it has to ponder another mobile quarterback.
But Maryland's C.J. Brown isn't just another QB with shifty feet. He is the most mobile passer on the Thundering Herd's schedule — that's what the numbers say, anyway.
"He's the second-leading rusher; you take away the sack yardage and he's probably the leading rusher," said MU defensive coordinator Chuck Heater. "They design the offense around him running the ball and there are plays they run that are difficult to defend.
"They get advantages on you, angles and numbers. When he's been healthy, and that hasn't always been the case, they're pretty good. And when he hasn't been healthy, they've struggled."
Heater has it right about Brown's statistics. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder from Cranberry Township, Pa., gained 708 yards on his positive plays, but lost 170 on losses, mostly sacks. That leaves his net yardage at 538, just behind team leader Brandon Ross' 660 — and bear in mind that Brown missed two games with injury.
Brown has scored 12 rushing touchdowns. Throw in his 11 passing scores and he is responsible for 23 of the Terps' 37 scored in any manner.
That's what Marshall must cope with when it takes the field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against the Terrapins on Friday, Dec. 27 in the Military Bowl. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m.
There aren't many statue-in-the-pocket passers in the college game anymore, and the Herd hasn't faced many. Brown will be the 10th passer the Herd has faced who at least has netted positive yardage for the season, and he's second in yardage. Only Florida Atlantic's Jaquez Johnson has more net yards, finishing with 772.