Edsall: 5-star recruit Damian Prince to change positions

Edsall: 5-star recruit Damian Prince to change positions
August 13, 2014, 10:45 am
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(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Maryland head coach Randy Edsall announced two positional changes to his depth chart Tuesday, as his team works into its second week of training camp in College Park.

Five-star local offensive lineman Damian Prince, who signed with Maryland in February, has been shifted from tackle to guard.

“We’re going to put him at guard because we’ve got a need at guard,” Edsall said Tuesday. “Right now he was really the fifth tackle. Now you put him inside at guard and he’s a backup in there at left guard. For him to be able to get on the bus and help us, it’s going to be better at guard.

“Damian has great size and good strength. The more reps he gets the better he’ll become in getting the playbook down.”

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Additionallly, sophomore running back Jacquille Veii, part of a competitive battle in the backfield so far in camp, has been moved to wide receiver.

He had been fighting for playing time at running back with Brandon Ross, Albert Reid, and Wes Brown. Now he walks into another talented unit that includes Stefon Diggs, Deon Long, Levern Jacobs, and Taivon Jacobs.

“One thing is he’s a guy that is a dynamic guy for us. You can’t play four tailbacks. You just can’t do it,” Edsall said.

“Putting him out there I think that helps us. It helps the wide receiver room … I don’t think it will take him too long [to transition to wide receiver].”

Maryland returns to the practice field on Wednesday afternoon.