2014 Maryland Spring Football Preview: Running backs

2014 Maryland Spring Football Preview: Running backs
February 28, 2014, 4:00 pm
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As Maryland’s spring practices get underway, Comcast SportsNet takes a position-by-position look at the depth chart to get you ready. Check out the latest installment below.

POSITION

Tail back/Running back

DEPTH CHART

-Brandon Ross

or Albert Reid

- Jacquille Veii

or Joe Riddle

or Wes Brown

- Tehuti Miles

or Zimuzo Nwaigwe

GET TO KNOW: STARTERS

Brandon Ross and Albert Reid began the season as co-starters, but as the season progressed Ross began to take on the bulk of the rushing responsibilities.

Ross finished the season as the team’s leading rusher with 776 yards on 166 carries while scoring four touchdowns. Reid had about half as many carries, 70, for 294 yards and two touchdowns.

But the spring begins with both as co-starters, though both Ross and Reid will be facing pressure from lower on the depth chart, as well, with Wes Brown returning.

GET TO KNOW: BACKUPS

Much of the focus will be on Wes Brown, who is returning from suspension and is slotted in as a co-backup on the depth chart right now. The question will be how quickly he is able to get back into form and where he fits into the offense once he does.

Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley said there is a level of “excitement” about getting Brown back, now able to add a player who showed flashes of really solid play during his freshman season.

Veii carried the ball 39 times for 146 yards last season. Joe Riddle was injured for the majority of the year.

[RELATED: Brown is back, but has he changed?]

OUTLOOK

This is one of the deepest spots on the roster for Maryland. The Terrapins have two co-starters returning, plus a possible starter and an extra contributor. We’ll have to see how Brown plays in the spring to climb up or stay where he is on the depth chart.

If he impresses, Maryland is going to be talented at the skill positions with C.J. Brown at quarterback, Brown in the backfield, and Stefon Diggs and Deon Long split out wide.