COLLEGE PARK -- If this were the NFL, Maryland would gladly put together a package to try to trade for either Cardale Jones or J.T. Barrett -- simultaneously clearing up the Buckeyes' quarterback questions while remedying their own struggles.
But nothing can be done now, as Maryland prepares to face the prospect of one, the other, or both on Saturday when the Terrapins travel to Columbus to face No. 1 Ohio State.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has used Jones and Barrett in varying capacities this season, with Jones typically the starter. But Barrett has seen a featured role at times, too, including in the Buckeyes' narrow 20-13 win over Northern Illinois.
When asked whether he foresaw a quarterback change at Ohio State, Edsall answered dryly with a smirk.
"I don't know," he said. "Urban didn't call me to tell me if they might do that."
He then elaborated.
"I think their offense is pretty much similar to what they do with both guys if they're in there. They don't change that much. Again, they do enough of the things that they do that our guys, regardless of who's in there, just has to go out there and execute what we say and what we call and if we do that, we'll be fine."
Maryland's pass rush was strong to begin the season, ranking second in the country in sacks through three weeks. But the defense was burned by West Virginia and Michigan over the past two games, amounting to a combined margin of defeat of 73-6.
As Edsall pointed out, the offense is a threat regardless of who is under center. That's to be expected when one player nearly won the Big Ten Player of the Year last season before an injury and the other picked up where he left off to lead the team to a national title.
"We're definitely planning for both quarterbacks. To me, they kind of got similar styles a little bit," defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson said. "J.T. maybe he'll run more than Cardale, but they're both good guys. We're ready for whoever they put in there."
Kickoff is set for noon in Columbus.