This one is more of a position battle in name than in reality. The winner will gain a few extra carries, but the loser will still see the ball a decent amount. All three backs are too good to allow one to see all the carries. But it's stil classified as a position battle and I don't want to move to the mess that is the Maryland Terrapin offensive line just yet.
Da'Rel Scott is clearly the top man right now. He's one of the best - if not the best - back in the ACC. He's the homerun threat of the bunch: shifty, fast, and great vision. If he can stay injury free this year, he might get first team All-ACC (the offensive line has to hold up, though). Behind him are two good, proven backs and one who's starting to make some noise.
The Contenders: Davin Meggett, Morgan Green, Gary Douglas
Davin Meggett: Meggett came into the program as an unheralded two star running back. When I say unheralded, I mean it: Maryland was his only major offer, and I believe James Madison was only "showing interest." Meggett quickly impressed the coaches and ended up leapfrogging Morgan Green and getting some playing time. He became a fan favorite, and was pretty damn productive, too. Meggett is a bigger back, with decent straightline speed but not a lot of quickness or moves. He fights for yardage and is a hard worker.
Morgan Green: Unfortunately, Green will always be remembered as "The Guy Maryland Passed on Steve Slaton For" (that's his official title at this point) even though that's not the whole story. Green is similar to Meggett, but he has more natural skills. He's a power back with a bit more quickness and a bit more shake, but he's had injury problems (and according to some, work ethic issues). Late last year, he turned it on in practice and some coaches started praising him. This appears to have continued into this year, and he's giving Meggett something to worry about.
Gary Douglas: To be honest, I never really gave Gary Douglas much of a shot at this. A redshirt freshman, Douglas came in last year as a high three star prospect out of North Carolina; a good player, but not can't-miss. As such, I assumed he'd have to wait until his sophomore or junior year to see a lot of PT. In the spring practice yesterday, Douglas had 36 yards on 9 carries (4 ypc, for those of you not too sharp at math) including a 15 yard TD run. Friedgen singled him out at the press conference, saying he "did a couple good things." I don't expect him to legitimately challenge for a spot, but Davin Meggett got PT last year. You never know what'll happen.
Again, it's in order - Meggett was great last year and the coaching staff likes him. I expect him to win, but Green to get quite a few carries anyway. Douglas will probably have to have a great spring to get up the depth chart, but he very well could.
FWIW, I might (emphasis on might here) be able to get up to CP this week to check out a practice or two and get some actual impressions.