This is obviously a tad late, but I just got home late last night/this morning after a long day-and-night of driving. Anyway, Maryland football and Randy Edsall updated their depth chart yesterday, and there are a few surprises on it.
First of all, Kevin Dorsey is off the depth chart, which is probably an indication that he's hurt. He's been having a real breakout year, so hopefully it isn't a season-ender, whatever it is (not that we're likely to know). What's really surprising there, though, is that senior wide receiver Ronnie Tyler is also off the depth chart. After he dropped a likely touchdown against Clemson despite being wide open, the staff probably determined that he was as big a liability as he was an asset, and I can't blame them.
That means there are two new openings at wide receiver. Kerry Boykins, who had three big catches against Clemson, moved into one of them, backing up the new starter. Who is ... Marcus Leak, the true freshman wide receiver with four catches this year. Leak was one of the more exciting incoming freshmen with some pretty fantastic tape, but I don't think anyone would've thought he'd be starting this quickly. It looks like this is a case of getting the young guys some experience and seeing what they can do. Building for the future and what-not, y'know.
(Side note: it's a shame Nigel King, another true freshman who had an offer from LSU and was in College Park for spring practice, was a partial qualifier and couldn't play this season. He would've been a big asset right about now.)
Defensively, the big changes happen at linebacker: Kenny Tate and Darin Drakeford, who've missed the last few games due to injury, are now listed behind Mario Rowson and Alex Twine at linebacker. I don't think that means that they've lost their starting jobs; only that they're still hurt and won't play unless forced to, though that's a guess. On a more depressing note: Demetrius Hartsfield is now off the depth chart entirely, which is not a good sign for his injury status.
Now that the depth chart has been updated to more accurately depict Maryland's team right now, take a gander at the inexperience: there are seven listed freshmen starters, and 15 freshmen in the two deep - 19 if you include special teams. That is some crazy inexperience.
Of course, C.J. Brown is now listed as the starter over Danny O'Brien at quarterback, to no one's surprise. I guess that's kinda a big deal too.