As the offseason kicks into another gear, Testudo Times readers will be voting on the All-Randy Edsall team. All players who started multiple games under Randy Edsall (2011-14) at Maryland are eligible for consideration.
With the front seven set, it's time to move into the secondary after a brief hiatus, starting with the cornerbacks. Seven different players have started multiple games at the position since Randy Edsall took over, and the top two vote-getters will make the team.
Feel free to vote using whichever criteria you please. After we finish with each position, we'll post the results of the full team. Stats are only from the specific position during games played under Edsall.
Stats (one season): 47 tackles (29 solo), two for a loss, three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), seven pass deflections, one fumble forced
One of the veterans of the defense Edsall inherited, Chism scored the only two touchdowns of his Maryland career during his 2011 senior campaign. He developed into a shutdown corner during that time, and had a brief stint in the NFL.
Stats (two seasons): 71 tackles (53 solo), one sack, two interceptions, seven pass deflections
A junior college transfer from California, Goins filled a big hole in the Maryland secondary and played an important role for two years in College Park. After starting two games in 2012, Goins took over a starting cornerback position in 2013 and ranked second on the team with six pass deflections.
Stats (three seasons): 38 tackles (25 solo), one for a loss, one interception, five pass deflections
Three seasons is a bit misleading here, because Hill barely played as a freshman in 2012 and injuries caused him to miss most of the 2014 season. The Georgia native has had some success when healthy, however, beating out Jeremiah Johnson for a starting job in camp last season.
Stats (one season): 27 tackles (20 solo), one pass deflection
After starting all 13 games under Ralph Friedgen in 2010, Hughes' role was reduced when Edsall took over. He played in all 12 games, mostly on special teams at the beginning of the season, but was able to win the starting job for the final three games of the season.
Stats (four seasons): 93 tackles (71 solo), eight for a loss, 1.5 sacks, one interceptions, 12 pass deflections, two forced fumbles
A 2010 redshirt, Johnson played nine games as the No. 4 cornerback in Edsall's first season. He won the starting job in 2012 opposite Dexter McDougle, recording 43 tackles with eight passes broken up and emerging as a potential shutdown corner option. A foot injury early in 2013 caused him to miss 10 games, Johnson returned in 2014 to battle for his job with Alvin Hill. He lost initially, but ended up taking over when Hill suffered an injury. In 13 games, Johnson recorded 43 tackles with four passes broken up and his first career interception.
Stats (two seasons): 153 tackles (117 solo), 8.5 for a loss, one sack, seven interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), 15 pass deflections, one fumble forced
The Gatorade Player of the Year in Florida, Likely was ignored by many of the in-state powers due to his small stature. That was a mistake. Likely made a strong impression his freshman year as a coverage corner and returner, but really showed off his playmaking skills with six interceptions as a sophomore in 2014. He's established himself as one of the top cornerbacks in the country, and Maryland fans will likely see two more years of excellent play from him in the defensive backfield.
Stats (three seasons): 129 tackles (100 solo), 5.5 for a loss, six interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 16 pass deflections, one fumble recovered for a touchdown, one fumble forced
An explosive athlete from Torrey Smith's high school, McDougle developed into a shutdown corner and a return threat during his time in College Park. After redshirting in 2009, he recorded six tackles in his very first game against Navy. McDougle finished the 2010 season with 22 tackles, three passes broken up and five kick returns -- the last year he didn't start for Maryland at cornerback. McDougle won the job when Randy Edsall took over and never let up, recording 151 tackles and six interceptions in his career. His senior season ended just three games in, as McDougle broke his collarbone returning his third interception of the year. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, missing his rookie season with a torn ACL.