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Maryland Football Practice Notes August 13

With the offensive stars out, the defense shines.

Rob Carr

On Tuesday, Maryland football had their third practice of summer that was open to the media, but it looked quite a bit different than the two that came before. Star wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Nigel King missed the day while getting dental work, starting quarterback C.J. Brown got the day off to let the other quarterbacks get more reps, and with Deon Long still out with a back injury, that left a severely depleted Maryland offense up against a hungry Maryland defense.

It was safe to say the defense won the day. Here are some notes - we'll have more later today and tomorrow.

  • For all you special teams enthusiasts, the kickoff unit got some play today, and we got a chance to mark down who Will Likely be out there for the Terps, at least to start. On the first team - Jeremiah Johnson, Sean Davis, Matt Robinson, Kenneth Goins, Shawn Petty, Alvin Hill, A.J. Hendy, Dexter McDougle, Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil and Alex Twine. On the second team - Levern Jacobs, Jarrett Ross, Cavon Walker, Abner Logan, Yannick Ngakoue, Anthony Nixon, Isaac Goins, Will Likely, Lorne Goree and Jermaine Carter, Jr. The real unit will probably be a mix of the two, with the more standout freshmen joining the first group.
  • The reports are accurate - Cavon Walker is huge. The linebackers had a good day in general, but Cudjoe-Virgil may have impressed the most in individual drills.
  • Quinton Jefferson won the day, getting two sacks (one where he actually hit Caleb Rowe, which did not make the coaches happy), and simply dominating Nick Klemm and Ryan Doyle all day. Doyle has moved to right tackle from left (Michael Dunn made the reverse move), and is now in a battle with Klemm for the starting spot. We'll have more on that later.
  • Mike Madaras is back and practicing and seemed to do a good job matched up against Keith Bowers on the outside.
  • Will Likely had two more interceptions - one that he made a fantastic play to tip up and then catch (off Ricardo Young), and another off a bad throw from Shane Cockerille. Anthony Nixon was the only other Terp with an interception, off a fourth down desperation heave into the end zone from Caleb Rowe.
  • Let's talk quarterbacks! C.J. Brown sat to let the others work out more (more on that later), with mixed results. Ricardo Young had his best day that we've seen, completing 7/13 passes and showing some pretty lethal speed on the ground. Perry Hills was 5/11, Caleb Rowe was 3/9, and Shane Cockerille ended the day 5/8 (with a majority of those completions coming on screens or very short routes).
  • With Long, Diggs and King out, the receivers struggled a bit. Malcolm Culmer, Amba Etta and Levern Jacobs each caught a few balls, but Dave Stinebaugh was the most consistent target.
  • Kicking! Brad Craddock made his only attempt, from 36 yards out, while Adam Greene missed his only one, coming up about two yards short on a 55-yard attempt.
  • Punting! Nate Renfro had four attempts - 39, 43, 49 and 56 yards, while Michael Tart booted kicks of 37, 31, and 44 yards.
  • There was not much scoring to be had - the first touchdown of the day (and the only one not to take place in a goal-line situation) was on a speed option play where Caleb Rowe's pitch was swatted, recovered, and returned for a score by Marcus Whitfield.
  • The only offensive touchdown of the day came on a Ricardo Young sweep run in a goal-line situation.