Maryland football fans will get a look at the new field at Byrd Stadium -- as well as the team's next starting quarterback -- when Fan Appreciation Day is held Saturday beginning at 3 p.m.
The new synthetic turf field created quite a bit of buzz when rumors surfaced that it would be black. There was also some discussion about it this week when junior quarterback C.J. Brown suffered a season-ending knee injury making a cut on it during a practice Tuesday. Second-year coach Randy Edsall said that the new surface had nothing to do with Brown's torn anterior crusciate ligament in his right knee.
Two true freshmen, Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe, are vying to be Maryland's starting quarterback for the season opener Sept. 1 against William & Mary. The 6-2, 205-pound Hills, from Pittsburgh, had moved ahead of the 6-2, 185-pound Rowe, of Landrum, S.C., on the depth chart prior to Brown's injury.
Redshirt sophomore Devin Burns, who had been recruited as a quarterback out of Columbus, Ga., by former coach Ralph Friedgen and played wide receiver last year, is now listed as the No. 3 quarterback.
Gates open at 2 p.m.
Following the scrimmage, Edsall and his players will participate in an autograph session on the field. Fans will be allowed on the field to see the FieldTurf up close. Fans are advised to park in Lot 1. The stadium can be accessed through Gate 1.
Athletic department officials will be on hand for select-a-seat and mezzanine upgrades for the upcoming season.