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Richard Taylor

\ The cornerback has not played since April, when he partially tore his left ACL. But he’s never been too far from Ralph Friedgen’s regular rundown of his wounded, even going back to his comments at the ACC Kickoff event in July.\

\ At that point, the big fella figured Taylor would be the only player whose injury would linger into the season. Taylor, though, informed him he’d be ready for the Sept. 1 opener against Villanova.\

\ “That’s what I told him,” Taylor said. “I said ‘I’m 80 percent, I’m 85 percent.’ Who knows if I was really 85 percent? But I was ready to go.”\

\ Friedgen remained cautious with the gregarious junior, and the ETA on his return gradually shifted from mid-September to the end of September. Now, the Terps are past their bye week and Taylor is expected to play a role on special teams this week.\

\ He could be a gunner on punt coverage, and also work on kickoffs. Friedgen said he would be the second-team nickelback and could see time at corner behind Kevin Barnes.\

\ Taylor is practicing this week without a knee brace, and Friedgen doesn’t see any lingering effects from the injury. And while Taylor first thought he was really ready to return for the Sept. 22 game at Wake Forest, this week is when Friedgen was finally in agreement.\

\ For Taylor, that means it is time to start making up for a lost half-season.\

\ “In terms of the way I feel, I feel good and I feel ready to make some plays,” Taylor said. “Whenever that time comes, I’ll be ready.”\

\ – Patrick Stevens

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