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Maryland Football Practice Notes August 9

Testudo Times checks in after Friday's practice.

Rob Carr

Some quick notes after today's practice session:

  • Three players are injured - starting wide receiver Deon Long, who hurt his back and is week-to-week, running back Joe Riddle, who has a head injury and is day-to-day, and fullback Tyler Cierski has a calf strain and is also day-to-day.
  • In terms of filling in for those guys, Amba Etta played on the first team offense in place of Long, Jacquille Veii moved to Riddle's spot (with defensive back Rashid Conteh playing running back on the third-team offense), and Andrew Stefanelli played on the second-team goal line offense in place of Cierski (Kenneth Goins Jr. had already been playing with the first team.
  • The offense clearly won the day - in red zone drills, there was only one outing where either the first or second team offense did not score. The third team, with Shane Cockerille at quarterback and Conteh at running back, struggled significantly more.
  • Here are your quarterback totals for the day: C.J. Brown was 8/16 with touchdowns to Stefon Diggs and Nigel King, Ricardo Young was 3/6, Caleb Rowe was 2/6, Perry Hills was 2/7 with an interception (by Dexter McDougle) and Cockerille was 2/9.
  • Brown again looked the best of the group by some margin, with Young making significant progress from Monday to today (and finishing dead-even with Stefon Diggs and Sean Davis in the skill player sprints).
  • Jacquille Veii was probably the star of the day, scoring three touchdowns, including one nice run early on where he bounced off tacklers for around a 20-yard score. He later scored two in red zone drills, including one jump over the pile.
  • The kicking game remains inconsistent. Brad Craddock made all three extra point attempts but missed a 38-yarder and three 58-yarders (one went off the post). Brendan Magistro hit two extra points, had a 25-yarder blocked by nose tackle Nate Clarke (after a bad snap by Joe Marchese), and missed a 48-yarder. The surprise continues to be true freshman Adam Greene, who benefited from the inefficiency of the third-team offense with four field goals - from 31, 29, 38, and 48 yards out. Greene's only miss was from 58.