If you're a Maryland fan; you're all too familiar with this term: AMQBHG. Angry Maryland Quarterback Hating God!
Redskins Football Team Commanders (who, ironically also play their home games in Prince Georges County, Maryland) are probably the only other football team to have gone through as many starting quarterbacks as the Maryland Terrapins. While the Commanders' woes behind center can be attributed to one Dan Snyder, the Terps' woes require a little more analysis to figure out why Maryland's signal callers are seemingly just as likely to be standing on the sideline using crutches than on the field running plays.
The Angry Maryland Quarterback Hating God first struck back in 2012, with the following sequence (which runs the risk of causing Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome to Maryland fans):
- 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year Danny O'Brien transfers to Wisconsin.
- Presumed started CJ Brown blows out his knee before the season starts.
- True freshman Perry Hills blows out his knee after being on the receiving end of a cheap shot (after throwing an interception) in the North Carolina State game.
- Hills' backup, Devin Burns, was also lost for the season during the North Carolina State game due to a Lisfranc injury to his foot.
- True freshman Caleb Rowe blows out his knee attempting a late-game comeback at Boston College (in a game I personally attended).
- True freshman linebacker Shawn Petty finishes the season at quarterback.
As the old adage goes, those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. AMQBHG struck again in 2017; turning another promising start into a lost 4-8 season (ala 2012). Here's how that went down:
- Maryland upsets #23 Texas in Austin to open the season; however, starting quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome blows out his knee in the second half.
- True freshman and 4-star recruit Kasim Hill blows out his knee after taking a nasty hit versus Central Florida (probably with many Maryland fans, such as myself, screaming into their televisions 'SLIDE!!!!' on the play he blew out his knee).
- Sophomore Max Bortenschlager took over and played as well as could be expected for a third-string quarterback, until he was taken into the medical tent during the game at Rutgers (in a game that I personally attended).
- Sophomore and Air Force transfer Ryan Brand got the start versus Michigan; until Max Bortenschlager was healthy enough to finish up the season at Michigan State and home against Penn State.