Randy Edsall and the Terps find 'great inspiration'
In each report from Maryland football practice, Comcast SportsNet will line up for "Four Downs" by highlighting the four biggest storylines from that day's practice, plus an extra point. Check it out below.
First Down & Goal: Talented WR trio sits out of practice
Nigel King, Stefon Diggs, and Deon Long all sat out of practice on Tuesday afternoon. Both King and Diggs were out after undergoing unspecified "dental work" and Long remains working his way back into the regular rotation after suffering a back injury.
Long also did not practice on Friday and his status remains week-to-week.
The one positive for Maryland, though, is that the receiving corps appears to be the strongest unit on the offensive side of the ball, if not the team. Overall reps in practice may not be an issue.
Second Down & Goal: Freshman CB Will Likely intercepts two passes during live-game action
The freshman Likely, a native of Florida and four-star prospect coming out of high school, intercepted two passes on Tuesday. The first came when he jumped the route on a pass from Ricardo Young. The second came off of a tipped pass from Shane Cockerille.
According to coach Randy Edsall, Likely has made major strides as a freshman.
"The one thing is Will is very competitive and Will plays with a tremendous amount of confidence," Edsall said. "Every day he's out here working to get better and, again, in the different schemes we play, there could be a role."
The problem will be playing time. The Terps are deep at the cornerback position.
"When you look at corner, we've got five guys that can play there. We'll just have to see how it continues to play out and where we might be able to fit him in. But he's a very good football player."
CSN will have more on Likely tomorrow in a full-length story.
Third Down & Goal: Casey Cares Foundation gives four families of sick children inside look at Terps football
The Maryland football team hosted four families of sick children on Tuesday through the Casey Cares Foundation. They were able to get an inside look at the way the team operates and were able to observe practice from the sidelines.
After practice, they took part in a meet and greet, plus dinner with Edsall and select players.
Fourth Down & Goal: No. 2 quarterback job still up in the air
Senior C.J. Brown saw no live action withthe first team in practice on Tuesday, mostly because he is cemented into the starting role under center. But it still remains to be seen who his backup will be.
"I wanted to see Ricardo [Young], Perry [Hills], and Caleb [Rowe] because I have no idea who's our No. 2 quarterback," Edsall told the media.
"Nobody has really separated themselves so I thought it would be a good day today to get those guys involved wth the first unit and evaluate them because within the next day or two we've got to move forward."
Young did what Young is known to excel at--being mobile and forcing the defense to respect his running ability. He had a few big scramble plays and option looks during live action, but struggled more when forced to stay in the pocket. Freshman Will Likely intercepted one of his early passes.
Hills, Rowe, and the freshman Cockerille all got reps as well, but it appeared that Young won the day even without necessarily standing out to his coaches.
Extra Point: On one play during live action, defensive end Quinton Jefferson stripped the ball from quarterback Caleb Rowe while he was in the middle of his throwing motion. The move drew an "Oh!" from the crowd and he was chastised by coaches, who are looking to avoid injuries during training camp.
One coach yelled, "Do you want Petty to play quarterback this season?"
The reference, of course, was to linebacker Shawn Petty, who was slotted in at QB last season after the string of injuries hit the Terps at quarterback.
Going For Two: Edsall said running back Jacquille Veii, who CSN pointed out was impressive in Friday's practice, has been the most pleasant surprise of training camp so far.
"He's probably made the biggest impression on me out here...Right now he's No. 3 tailback. You're going to have to have three to play. If we had to play tomorrow, I would say [he would play]."