The Washington Times - August 17, 2009, 01:18PM

It’s safe to say Kenny Tate will play a lot of safety.

And so will Jamari McCollough.

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As will Terrell Skinner.

Along with Antwine Perez.

So half the secondary is pretty well set.

As for the other half?

Coach Ralph Friedgen has an old-fashioned jumble behind starters Nolan Carroll and Anthony Wiseman.

There’s Trenton Hughes, who returned today from a concussion. Then sixth-year senior Richard Taylor. Plus Cameron Chism.

After them comes freshman Travis Hawkins and veteran Brandon Jackson-Mills.

“Everybody’s kind of fighting for that fourth or fifth spot,” Friedgen said. “If we had six, [defensive coordinator] Don [Brown] would probably play six.”

That’s a difference from last year, when there were weeks Maryland barely had three corners it was comfortable tossing into the fray thanks to injuries.

Meanwhile, if there’s a true freshman who has made noise in the secondary, it’s Eric Franklin – a Baltimore product who stood out during Saturday’s scrimmage. Friedgen said the Terps will keep giving Franklin looks to see how much he can help.

We’ll see how that shakes out. But if there’s any position that should be extremely difficult for a newcomer to make an impact at, safety would surely be at the top of the list.

Patrick Stevens