Maryland football releases spring depth chart, Tyrek Cheeseboro no longer with team

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

A log-jam at running back and position changes galore on the offensive line and in the defense.

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.

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:

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.

Backs

QB TB FB
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

WR WR WR TE
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.

Offensive line

LT LG C RG RT
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.

Defensive line

DE NT DE
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.

Linebackers

SAM ILB ILB WILL
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)
We don't know where Twine and Cudjoe-Virgil will be when they recover from their respective injuries, but it's safe to assume they'll at least compete for the starting jobs. The only thing notable here is redshirt freshman Carter beating out Dean for Shawn Petty's old backup linebacker spot.

Secondary

CB FS SS CB
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)
Clark moves over to corner, helping Maryland's troubling lack of depth at the position. Hendy will probably play either nickel or dime back as well, but the Terps really need Johnson at full health. This unit will look much better once Daniel Ezeagwu, Josh Woods and Antwaine Carter, Jr. get on campus.

Special teams

PK P LS
Brad Craddock Nate Renfro Christian Carpenter
Adam Greene Michael Tart Joe Marchese
Brendan Magistro
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