COLLEGE PARK -- Head coach Randy Edsall and the Maryland football team scrimmaged on Saturday as part of the program’s Fan Appreciation Day at Byrd Stadium in College Park. Here is everything you need to know:
1. Starting quarterback C.J. Brown did not participate in Saturday’s scrimmage. He was on the field as Maryland warmed up, but was not in his full pads. Caleb Rowe started the first drive, instead, and was one of four quarterbacks in pads along with Perry Hills, Shane Cockerille, and Will Ulmer.
Caleb Rowe’s first drive started off nicely with a series of short passes, but ended with an interception by safety Sean Davis as the offense approached the red zone. He redeemed himself on the next drive, though, by hitting Deon Long on a slant that he took for a 50+-yard touchdown.
2. Stefon Diggs worked mostly with the second-team offense, with first-team duties going to Levern Jacobs, Taivon Jacobs, and Deon Long. With a second-string quarterback under center, Diggs was not targeted often on deeper routes or in space where he is most effective.
Taivon Jacobs caught a nice 28-yard pass from Rowe for a touchdown on a crossing pattern in the middle of the field. Jacobs has elite speed, which he flashed on the play, splitting two safeties to finish off the score.
3. Brandon Ross did not participate on Saturday, most likely to avoid injury. Albert Reid and Wes Brown got reps in his place.
On another backfield note, Kenneth Goins had one of the more impressive runs of the day. When Maryland was backed up on its own goal line, Rowe gave it to Goins on a fullback dive and he bowled over defenders for close to a 20-yard run.
4. Kickers Adam Greene and Brad Craddock combined to 1-of-3 on field goal attempts. Greene missed from 46 and made it from 47. Craddock missed from 50.
5. Diggs, Will Likely, and DeAndre Lane returned punts on Saturday, a few days after Edsall said the job was a three-way race between Likely, Diggs, and Taivon Jacobs. Add Lane to that mix. Likely had a nice 30-yard return on his first return.
Lane fumbled and it was returned for a touchdown by freshman Nnamdi Egbuaba.
6. It was a busy day for Maryland’s secondary. Sean Davis, Denzel Conyers, Jeremiah Johnson, and Josh Woods each had interceptions. The pick by Woods was the most impressive of the bunch, an over-the-shoulder interception on a deep ball from Perry Hills that was intended for Jacquille Veii.
Johnson’s interception came in the third quarter, jumping a pass from Rowe and taking it back for a 25-yard touchdown.
7. Speaking of Veii, he got some work in the slot as a receiver after being moved away from the running back spot during training camp. He will bring speed to the position, but he is especially small even for a slot receiver.