Maryland football had an open spring practice once again Wednesday, with some actual movings and shakings this time around -- some good, some bad. Alex Prewitt's full report is here, and I highly suggest you all take a look.
The good news: Deon Long and Stefon Diggs both took to the field today. Long is able to participate in both individual and team drills, while Diggs is only doing individual workouts at the moment. Neither were expected to participate in spring practice, so while there is certainly a long way to go, things are progressing.
Per Edsall, Deon Long is ahead of Stefon Diggs, who has yet to participate in any team drills. Diggs may get involved next week.— Alex Lee (@AlexLeeTSR) April 2, 2014
Linebacker Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil and defensive lineman Kingsley Opara also had limited participation while recovering from injury.
The bad news: linebacker Abner Logan is suspended for the remainder of the semester due to a violation of team rules, and Edsall reportedly did not speak to his future with the team. That is extremely bad news for Logan, as the Terrapins will likely have to cut two scholarships before the beginning of the season. With the departure of fellow reserve inside linebacker Shawn Petty, that leaves Maryland suddenly thin at reserve inside linebacker, with just Brock Dean, Jalen Brooks and Jermaine Carter there at the moment.
It gets worse: Carter tore his meniscus and will be out for six- to eight-weeks, while Brooks is still recovering from a concussion suffered in last week's scrimmage. That leaves Dean as the only real reserve option to Lorne Goree and Cole Farrand, and increases the likelihood that incoming true freshman Tyler Burke ends up at as an inside linebacker.
Defensive tackle Nate Clarke also suffered an injury, and it's a serious one -- he's expected to be out for five to six months after knee surgery. Darius Kilgo and Keith Bowers are competing for the starting job at that position, with David Shaw coming in this fall.
Some more important news:
After C.J. Brown's poor outing in last week's scrimmage, Edsall has switched the quarterbacks to white uniforms, to better allow them to use their feet. From Prewitt's post:
"Really, I blame myself for that," Edsall said. "I'm putting him in a yellow jersey and giving him a false sense of what's going on there. We put him back in a white jersey, we scrimmaged, he was live. We're going to be live the rest of the spring. I just felt that I was doing him a disservice by not putting him in full-speed situations.
The running back situation is even more fluid now, as Wes Brown and Jacquille Veii are now in the first-team mix after the coaches evaluated film. That battle will likely rage into summer camp, with four players competing for carries (not a bad problem to have by any stretch of the imagination).
So, to sum up? It's early, and we don't really know where a lot of Maryland positions are going to end up. Offensive line continues to look like a concern (with inside linebacker joining that, as well), while wide receiver and running back appears to be a strong point for the team. It's hard to predict what will happen in a new conference against new systems, but it does look like it could be an exciting year.