As part of Maryland athletics’ jam-packed “Maryland Day” this Saturday—which will see four of the university’s premiere teams hosting games and exhibitions—the Terrapins football team will hold its annual Red-White spring game at noon ET.
With a new coaching staff installed and a number of recognizable players graduating—and perhaps being drafted this weekend—this is an important first glance at a new-look program under Mike Locksley. Obviously, an intrasquad scrimmage doesn’t mean too much, but it gives the team an ability to see how its players can perform against power-conference competitors.
“As a coaching staff, we’re going to get in there tomorrow and try to make it as even as we possibly can with the teams,” Locksley said after practice on Tuesday. “It’s not necessarily any special kind of drafting teams. Split the talent level on both sides and try to create as competitive a two teams as we can create.”
“Leaders” will be selected for each team, and those players will serve as captains in a draft for the four categories for each team: jersey color (red or white), sideline, locker room and, most importantly, coaches.
“It’s kind of strategic in how they want to go about it,” Locksley said. “Some people may pick the coaches because they want the coach who can call the plays, whether it’s one of the coordinators on the first or second picks is typically how it works out.”
While it will be a competitive atmosphere with large stakes at hand—winners get steak and lobster for dinner, while the losing side gets hot dogs, beans and lemonade—Saturday’s event should be a fun environment filled with a hopeful aura surrounding this year’s team.
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Maryland baseball got back in the win column, doubling up VCU, 10-5, on Tuesday thanks to Randy Bednar and AJ Lee, who combined for four RBI.
Maryland softball didn’t have the same fortune, getting swept by Rutgers in a Tuesday doubleheader by a combined score of 11-7.
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