COLLEGE PARK--The conference affiliation is changing, but the 2014 Maryland Terrapins in many ways will look like the 2013 edition of this team, returning the bulk of its offensive and defensive starters.
The first full-scale public display of this team came on Friday in Maryland’s Spring Game at Byrd Stadium in College Park. Take a look highlights, news, and notes below.
- The first big play of the game came from cornerback Will Likely, who at 5-7 jumped with 6-3 wide receiver Nigel King and ripped the ball away from him for what appeared to be an interception. It was ultimately overturned, but it hinted at the type of season Likely could have as a sophomore.
He would pick off quarterback C.J. Brown one other time on the night--and this one counted. Alvin Hill intercepted a pass off of Brown and A.J. Hendy returned an interception off of quarterback Perry Hills for a touchdown.
“I thought we were inconsistent,” head coach Randy Edsall said of the secondary. “It’s fundamentals and it’s technique and you got to just continue to do that. And again, the thing is there we have to get some competition going there...We got a lot of work to do.”
- The competition at running back will likely be among the fiercest on this team during training camp. Four players--Wes Brown, Albert Reid, Brandon Ross, and Jacquille Veii--could all see legitimate time in the backfield.
Brandon Ross led all rushers on Friday with 90 yards. Seventy-five of those yards came on one rush when he broke through the line and scampered for a touchdown. It impressed teammate Albert Reid.
“That was great,” Reid said. “He turned on the burners. I encouraged him at the end. He worked hard for it...It’s all fun and it’s all a competition. We’re a team.”
- Defensive back Undray Clark was injured when he laid a hard hit on running back Jacquille Veii. He was attended to by trainers but was eventually brought to his feet and returned to the sidelines. Edsall said after the game it was a “stinger” and said no other injuries on Friday would force players to miss time.
- Stefon Diggs and Deon Long participated in seven-on-seven and individual drills on Friday night. Edsall says the two are progressing and should be fully ready to go when the team reconvenes on June 1.