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Maryland football releases depth chart ahead of 2020 season opener

Lots of position battles are ongoing, but some names are sticking out for the Terps.

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Maryland football officially released its two-deep depth chart Tuesday ahead of the season-opener at Northwestern.

With multiple “OR” selections, the depth chart is not finalized, but it does give an idea of which players are standing out in fall practice and will likely see the field.

The Terps have an ongoing quarterback battle, with Lance LeGendre and Taulia Tagovailoa still competing for the starting spot.

At running back, senior Jake Funk is listed as the lone starter with Tayon Fleet-Davis and Isaiah Jacobs competing for backup carries.

The wide receiver position, which has plenty of depth in 2020, will be led by Dontay Demus Jr., Jeshaun Jones and Brian Cobbs. Darryl Jones is the top outside backup and freshman Rakim Jarrett will backup Cobbs in the slot.

With Chigoziem Okonkwo unable to play in 2020, questions surrounded the Terps at tight end. Former defensive lineman Tyler Baylor has earned the starting spot and will be backed up by Malik Jackson.

Maryland will be looking for more out of its offensive line this season, and the starting five is set. From left to right, Jaelyn Duncan, Johari Branch, Johnny Jordan, Marcus Minor and Spencer Anderson will lead the way.

On the defensive side, a lot of “OR” designations fill key slots, including both edges of the defensive line. At the END position, transfer Joseph Boletepeli is battling Lawtez Rodgers for the starting spot and Mosiah Nasili-Kite is battling Sam Okuayinonu at the tackle position.

At linebacker, the Terps are set on Chance Campbell leading the way at MIKE with Ruben Hyppolite II and Shaq Smith listed as co-backups. Ahmad McCullough is listed as the starting SAM linebacker.

Linebacking battles include Deshawn Holt and Durrell Nchami at the JACK position, as well as Ayinde Eley and Fa’Najae Gotay at the WILL spot.

The defensive backfield is still up in the air, but Nick Cross has earned his starting spot as a sophomore. Jordan Mosley and Antwaine Richardson are listed as “OR” at the other safety position, with Richardson also serving as Cross’s backup.

Maryland has not selected two top cornerbacks yet, as Deonte Banks battles with freshman Tarheeb Still on one side and Jakorian Bennett battles Kenny Bennett on the other.

Joseph Petrino still holds onto his kicking duties, while Anthony Pecorella and Colton Spangler will share punting duties to start.

At kick returner, Isaiah Jacobs will be joined by Rakim Jarrett or Jeshaun Jones, while Jones will take the lead returning punts.

Many of the position battles are coming down to the wire, but a more solidified picture will come after week one.