It took a while for Petty to understand the terminology and to adjust to the speed of the college game. He's still getting used to holding the ball with two hands while moving in the pocket. But in the huddle, Petty exudes poise and confidence.
"Abnormally calm," senior tight end Devonte Campbell said. "It's pretty surprising considering there are bullets flying around him and a few weeks ago he was playing linebacker, running around not knowing what's going on."
Petty is 15 for 30 for 156 yards and three touchdowns. He's also rushed for 26 yards.
"I think deep down in Shawn's heart he always thought he was a quarterback," Edsall said. "He really relished the opportunity to go out there and play."
His contribution won't soon be forgotten by Edsall, who said, "For him to step in, it just says a lot about who he is as a person and how tough a competitor he is. His willingness to do what's best for the team, as a coach that's what you appreciate."
Brown, Hills, Burns and Rowe are all underclassmen and expected to be healthy next season. So it would appear as if, barring another zany year of injuries at the quarterback position, Petty will spend the rest of his college career on the other side of the ball.
"I still think he's going to be a pretty good linebacker," Edsall said.
NOTES: WR Stefon Diggs (foot injury) and leading rusher Wes Brown (ankle), who both sat out the Clemson game, will be evaluated this week. Edsall hopes to know by Thursday if they will be available against FSU. ... Saturday's game in Senior Day for Maryland. The team's 17 upperclassmen will be honored before the game. ... The Terrapins have lost five straight to the Seminoles and are 2-20 in the series.