Injury thins Maryland's RB options in short term

Injury thins Maryland's RB options in short term
August 19, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Randy Edsall and the Terps find 'great inspiration'

Wes Brown's year-long suspension thinned Maryland's running back corps before training camp even began.

This week, they'll have to play another man down while standout freshman Jacquille Veii sits out with an ankle injury, the team announced Monday. 

The injury came during Saturday's intra-squad scrimmage at Byrd Stadium. Veii played the first few drives, but was seen later in the game near the bench on crutches.

His carries instead went to redshirt freshman Kenneth Goins.

Veii has been impressive in training camp, even so much so that head coach Randy Edsall tabbed him as the team's most pleasant surprise in August.

"I’ve been very impressed with him, and his ability to run the ball," Edsall said. "He’s done a pretty good job from understanding and executing all the things he’s got to execute. It will be interesting to see as we get a little bit more into some of the pass game stuff in terms of protections and all those things, but he’s a very talented runner."

Edsall has been adamant since team media day that Brandon Ross and Albert Reid would share the majority of the carries for Maryland this season, after both combined for 482 yards on the ground last year. Ross had 390 of those yards.

"Both of those guys, we have a tremendous amount of confidence in. They did a lot of work," Edsall said at media day.

"You love Albert. Albert works his tail off, does everything that you ask him to do, tremendous competitor, tremendous pride, great leadership. It’ll be interesting to watch those guys out there competing against each other and pushing each other."

And that plan has been carried out for most of training camp.

But the formula appeared at least to be altered slightly with the emergence of Veii, a freshman from Gaithersburg, Md. Despite being just 5-9, 180 pounds, he has shown the ability to exploit gaps and take hits in the open field.

Edsall says that Veii could be a legitimate option as a third running back in Maryland's offense. That, now, will come after working back from injury.

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