Randy Edsall and the Terrapins released their depth chart for their season opener against William and Mary this coming Saturday. Given the injuries, the depth chart is obviously missing some key players and unknown names are shooting up the depth chart.
Here’s the breakdown:
1. Perry Hills, Freshman
2. Caleb Rowe, Freshman OR Devin Burns, Sophomore
1. Brandon Ross, Freshman
2. Justus Pickett, Sophomore
Note: Ross had stood out during camp and overtook Pickett. Ross also held off the stud freshmen, Wes Brown and Albert Reid.
1. Tyler Cierski, Sophomore
2. Jeff Hernandez, Senior OR Kenneth Goins, Freshman
X-1. Kevin Dorsey, Senior
X-2. Nigel King, Freshman
A-1. Kerry Boykins, Senior
A-2. Stefon Diggs, Freshman
Z-1. Marcus Leak, Sophomore
Z-2. Tyrek Cheeseboro, Freshman
Note: Didn’t take long for Diggs to climb up that depth chart. I’d expect him to work in the slot a lot throughout the season and push Leak or Boykins.
1. Matt Furstenburg, Senior
2. Devonte Campbell, Senior
LT-1. Nick Klemm, Junior
LT-2. Mike Madaras, Freshman
LG-1. Bennett Fulper, Senior
LG-2. Nick Brigham, Freshman
C-1. Sal Conaboy, Sophomore
C-2. Evan Mulrooney, Freshman
RG-1. De’Onte Arnett, Junior
RG-2. Andrew Zeller, Freshman
RT-1. Justin Gilbert, Senior
RT-2. Ryan Doyle, Freshman
Note: The Offensive Line has taken a hit in the preseason. Lot of Freshmen popping up here. I know a lot of fans wanted to see Madaras right away, but I’m glad to see he is staying on the left side.
DE-1. Joe Vellano, Senior
DE-2. Quinton Jefferson, Freshman
NT-1. Darius Kilgo, Sophomore
NT-2. Alex Walker, Sophomore
DE-1. A.J. Francis, Senior
DE-2. Justin Anderson, Junior
Note: Defensive Line is the area that has been savaged by injuries the most so far in the preseason for the Terps. Andre Monroe was lost for the year. Isiah Ross will miss the first few weeks and Ian Evans transferred out. I’m a little surprised Edsall didn’t just stick with Francis at Nose Tackle and start Anderson at DE.
SAM-1. Alex Twine, Sophomore
SAM-2. Avery Thompson, Freshman
MIKE-1. Cole Farrand, Sophomore
MIKE-2. L.A. Goree, Sophomore
MO-1. Demetrius Hartsfield, Senior
MO-2. Bradley Johnson, Junior
WILL-1. Darin Drakeford, Senior
WILL-2. Marcus Whitfield, Junior
Note: The biggest surprise of camp, to me, is Farrand starting instead of Goree. I thought Goree stood out last season when he was an injury replacement. Twine steps in for the injured Kenny Tate, and has a chance to really shine the first few weeks.
CB-1: Dexter McDougle, Junior AND Jeremiah Johnson, Sophomore
CB-2. Alvin Hill, Freshman AND Makinton Dorleant, Freshman
SS-1. Sean Davis, Freshman
SS-2. Clearance Claiborne, Senior
FS-1. Eric Franklin, Senior
FS-2. Anthony Dixon, Freshman
Kicker-1. Brad Craddock, Freshman
Kicker-2. Brendan Magistro, Freshman
Punter-1. Brad Craddock OR Nathan Renfro, Freshmen
Long Snapper-1. Greg Parcher, Junior
Long Snapper-2. Christian Carpenter, Freshman
Holder-1. Nathan Renfro, Freshman
Holder-2. Michael Tart, Sophomore
Kick Returner-1. Stefon Diggs, Freshman
Kick Returner-2. Brandon Ross, Freshman
Punt Returner-1. Stefon Diggs, Freshman
Punt Returner-2. Dexter McDougle, Junior
Note: Oh hey, Stefon Diggs. Didn’t take long for the coaching staff to realize what they had, as far as a returner, in Diggs. The Aussie Craddock is atop the depth chart at both Kicker and Punter, and until we get an update from Randy Edsall on Nick Ferrara, he’s likely to stay there.
Overall, it’s hard not to notice all the Freshmen, 22 in total, on the two-deep depth chart. Clearly injuries are having an impact on the Terrapins and their depth. A few guys may burn their redshirts this year due to the lack of depth.
The player everyone will be keeping their eye on is Stefon Diggs and how his playing time on offense gets sorted out. In the meantime, fans will have to enjoy his limited snaps at receiver and his returns.
As far as surprises go, Farrand over Goree stands out. Brandon Ross getting the starting tailback nod is a pretty big surprise, and we’ll have to wait to see if one of the freshmen step up. Craddock handling all the kicking duties is also another surprise of sorts.
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