Randy Edsall is holding a media availability today with the new assistant coaches, but there were still some important news updates.
Wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro, a former high-profile recruit who had suffered numerous injuries (including a collision with a bus), has retired from the game.
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro has decided to stop playing football, Edsall says, due to "personal issues."— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) February 21, 2014
Cheeseboro recorded 11 tackles on special teams in 2012, and did not record a catch in his career as a Terrapin.
On the injury front:
Edsall says rehab progressing fine for Deon Long and Stefon Diggs. Working with anti-gravity machine, progressing to stairmaster.— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) February 21, 2014
The spring depth chart has also been released. If you strain your eyes, you can see it here, via Alex Prewitt:
Let's quickly run through, position-by-position.
|C.J. Brown||Brandon Ross OR Albert Reid||Kenneth Goins, Jr.|
|Caleb Rowe OR Perry Hills||Jacquille Veii OR Wes Brown OR Joe Riddle||Tyler Cierski|
|Shane Cockerille||Tehuti Miles OR Zimuzo Nwaigwe||Andrew Stefanelli|
With Ricardo Young gone, Rowe and Hills will be competing for the backup spot to Brown. The more interesting question is where Will Ulmer ends up when he gets on campus.
A bit of a surprise at running back, as I think most expect Brown to eventually win the starting job (or at least be a co-starter). That being said, Brown is coming off a suspension, so in retrospect it would have been a slight surprise were he grouped with the starters to begin with.
At fullback, Goins took over for the injured Cierski last season, and played well enough to keep the job for himself.
Wide receivers/tight ends
|Levern Jacobs||Amba Etta-Tawo||Nigel King||P.J. Gallo OR Andrew Isaacs|
|DeAndre Lane (limited)||Daniel Adams OR Marcus Leak||Malcolm Culmer OR Taivon Jacobs||Derrick Hayward OR Brian McMahon OR Eric Roca|
|Dustin Dailey||Deon Long (injured)|
|Stefon Diggs (injured)|
Position change! Dailey, the former walk-on quarterback, is now the current walk-on wide receiver. I think it's safe to say you can expect Diggs to find his way at the top of the depth chart here once he's healthy. Leak has a good chance of supplanting both Adams and Etta-Tawo once he gets more acclimated to playing after missing a year, and Long will be the starter once he recovers from injury. Also nice to see the younger Jacobs getting a real shot at playing time after redshirting his first year on campus.
Tight end is a bit of a surprise, as many thought Gallo would have the starting spot fairly locked down. But Isaacs is a former four-star recruit, and could add an interesting weapon to the Terps' passing game.
|Ryan Doyle||Silvano Altamirano OR Evan Mulrooney||Sal Conaboy||Andrew Zeller||Michael Dunn|
|Moise Larose||Maurice Shelton||Stephen Grommer||JuJuan Dulaney||Jake Wheeler|
|Derwin Gray (injured)||Joe Marchese||Mike Minter|
That trio of Derwin Gray, Larry Mazyck and Damian Prince is really going to come in handy. Mulrooney (from center) and Dulaney (tackle) both change positions, and it makes sense -- Maryland really needs bodies at guard, and both have the versatility to flip inside. Putting Gray at tackle to start out is an interesting decision, and we'll see if that stays heading into the year. Left guard and right tackle look like the biggest spots of concern, and Prince and Mazyck could find their way there.
|Quinton Jefferson||Darius Kilgo OR Keith Bowers||Andre Monroe|
|Malik Jones||Nate Clarke||Roman Braglio|
|Azubuike Ukandu||Chandler Burkett|
|Kingsley Opara (injured)||Ruben Franco|
|Ty Tucker (injured)|
The big surprise here is seeing Kilgo share the starting spot with Bowers, who has officially kicked in from end. Monroe grabs a well-deserved starting spot after a fantastic year, and Maryland has some good depth around the line.
|Matt Robinson||Cole Farrand||L.A. Goree||Yannick Ngakoue|
|Cavon Walker OR Avery Thompson||Jermaine Carter, Jr.||Abner Logan||Clarence Murphy|
|Alex Twine (injured)||Brock Dean||Jalen Brooks||Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil (injured)|
|Alvin Hill OR Jeremiah Johnson (limited)||Sean Davis||Anthony Nixon||Will Likely|
|Undray Clark||A.J. Hendy||Zach Dancel||Michael Washington|
|Rashid Conteh||J.T Ventura||Jarrett Ross (injured)|
|Elvis Dennah (injured)||Milan Collins (injured)|
|Brad Craddock||Nate Renfro||Christian Carpenter|
|Adam Greene||Michael Tart||Joe Marchese|