Last year, redshirt freshman quarterback Anthony Brown was starting to find a rhythm when he went down with a devastating non-contact leg injury against the NC State Wolfpack. It looked bad, and he missed the remainder of the season and spring practice recovering from the aftermath.
Steve Addazio this spring had mentioned that Brown would be ready to go this summer. Today, during the ACC Kickoff the head coach confirmed that the sophomore is good to go:
“Well, he’s doing fantastic. He’s been just cut free to full activity, and Anthony is a very, very competitive guy. He’s been training really, really hard. It was a shame, unfortunate deal last year. He was really starting to really peak, as was our team, which speaks to the importance level of the quarterback position, right? Because we all know whether we’re talking about professional, college, or high school football, that position drives a lot of things. If you think you’re going to have a successful year and you want to compete for any kind of championship, you need to have a quarterback that can put the team on his back a little bit and obviously needs to be supported by other players. But Anthony is a high-level player that I think -- we’ve got three more years of Anthony Brown in the ACC, and I think you’re going to see him rise. God willing he stays healthy, you’re going to see him become an elite player in the conference”.
This is great news, hopefully Brown will continue to improve, as we saw flashes of improvement before the injury. There isn’t any experienced depth behind him, as freshman Matt McDonald and EJ Perry IV will probably be listed behind Brown on the two deep come fall. Two other quarterbacks Johnny Langan, and Matt Valecce, are true freshman who have a future with team but still have to catch up to the speed of college football.
Last season Anthony Brown finished with 1367 yards passing, 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. On the ground he ran for 210 yards and a touchdown.