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Maryland Could Start Walk-On QB vs. Michigan

It's hard to fathom the number of quarterback injuries that Maryland has had over the last five years. Once again, UMD could be down to a fourth stringer.

Maryland quarterback Max Bortenschlager went down late in Maryland's 31-24 loss at Rutgers, and could be a game-time decision for the Terps' game against Michigan on Saturday.

Tyrone Pigrell, who started the season opener, tore his ACL in that game at Texas. Freshman Kasim Hill relieved him and led the Terps to a win, but tore his ACL a few weeks later in a loss to UCF.

Bortenschlager's injury doesn't appear to be an ACL, luckily. Maryland has kept his specific injury under wraps. However, for the fourth time since 2012, the Terps could wind up playing a fourth different QB. If Bortenschlager can't go, walk-on Ryan Brand is likely next in line.

Brand isn't your typical walk-on. He was a three-star player and originally played at Air Force, before transferring to a junior college and walking on at Maryland, where his brother plays linebacker.

He has played in three games this season, but did not attempt a pass until the Rutgers game. He completed 8-of-12 passes for 68 yards against the Scarlet Knights, but could not force overtime on the road.