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Maryland Releases Depth Chart For Season Opener

By: Brendan Darr
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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:

Quarterback:

1. Perry Hills, Freshman

2. Caleb Rowe, Freshman OR Devin Burns, Sophomore

Running Back:

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.

Fullback:

1. Tyler Cierski, Sophomore

2. Jeff Hernandez, Senior OR Kenneth Goins, Freshman

Wide Receiver:

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.

Tight End:

1. Matt Furstenburg, Senior

2. Devonte Campbell, Senior

Offensive Line:

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.

Defensive Line:

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.

Linebacker:

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.

Defensive Backs:

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

Special Teams:

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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