Suspensions, injury force Maryland to shuffle depth chart

Suspensions, injury force Maryland to shuffle depth chart
September 1, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Injuries and suspensions are bringing changes to Maryland's two-deep, which were officially reflected with the program's pre-South Florida depth chart release on Monday evening.

As head coach Randy Edsall announced Monday, redshirt freshman wide receiver Taivon Jacobs will miss the remainder of the 2014 season with a knee injury he suffered in Saturday's win over James Madison. In the depth chart released prior to Week 1, Jacobs was listed as Stefon Diggs' backup at wide receiver.

Taivon's brother, Levern, was suspended for the season on Friday, meaning that change was not reflected in the Week 1 two-deep. Now, obviously, he does not appear.

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So this is how Edsall shuffled the cards at wide receiver for Week 2:

- Marcus Leak replaces Levern Jacobs as the third starting wide receiver alongside Diggs and Deon Long. He caught two passes for 17 yards in the team's opener. Leak was listed as a backup behind Long in Week 1.

- Amba Etta-Tawo slots into Leak's spot as Long's backup vs. South Florida.

- Malcolm Culmer takes Taivon Jacobs' spot as a backup behind Leak in Week 2 to complete the shuffling. He caught one pass for five yards in the team's opener after not being listed on the two-deep for that game.

Edsall made one other suspension-related change, inserting Elvis Dennah as a backup safety behind Sean Davis. That spot was vacated with the year-long suspension of senior A.J. Hendy, announced on Friday.