Terps Make Changes
After the devastating 38-7 loss at home to Temple, Coach Randy Edsall and his staff have made a few changes to depth chart.
For starters, it was announced that Sophomore Safety Matt Robinson is done for the year after having shoulder surgery. There was nothing post-game about Robinson’s injury, so this has to count as a shock to the Terps and their fans. Robinson was 2nd in the ACC in tackles at 12.0 per game.
Second, LB Darin Drakeford and DL Andre Monroe are both likely – they aren’t listed on the depth chart, so this is all but a lock – out for the coming game against Towson on Saturday. That’s three starters lost on defense just this past week, and add that to DL Isiah Ross – who was lost in the Miami game – and that’s 4 of the Terps starters out on defense for this game.
In their place, DL Maurice Hampton will start in place of Monroe; and Redshirt Freshman LB Lorne Goree will start for Drakeford. Hampton got significantly more snaps than DL A.J. Francis after Monroe went down, so this isn’t a huge shock. It is strange that Francis not only lost his starting position, but looks to be the 4th choice of Defensive Tackles. It should be noted that Redshirt Freshman Darius Kilgo is the backup to Hampton, not Francis.
Redshirt Freshman Safety Titus Till will take over for Matt Robinson, with true Freshman A.J. Hendy backing him up. One thing that hasn’t changed: Kenny Tate still penciled in at the Star Linebacker position. Tate is still 11th in the conference in tackles (8.7 per game), but his transition to linebacker has been anything but a success. It has to be asked, whether or not this defense would be better – given the injuries and lack of depth at linebacker – moving to a 4-2-5 defense. It’s already three games into the season, I know, but Kenny Tate was special last year as a safety, and so far this season he is not.
On offense, WR’s Quinton McCree and Ronnie Tyler were reinstated after off-the-field issues. McCree steps right back into his old starting role opposite Kevin Dorsey. Meanwhile, Tyler is now listed second behind McCree with Kerry Boykins nowhere to be found on the depth chart. Quite the drop from starting last week and seems as though coaches took notice of all the drops.
Overall, there are now 18 Freshmen on the two-deep roster.
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