The Washington Times - August 23, 2009, 09:18PM

Want proof things are down to the nitty-gritty of camp?

The first position battle Ralph Friedgen mentioned today was who would be the backup to the backup cornerbacks.

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No, really.

“We’re trying to find out who the fifth guy is,” he said.

What this essentially means is the Terps have settled on their second-stringers. Those would be sophomores Cameron Chism and Trenton Hughes, both unknown quantities in actual games.

“We think [Nolan] Carroll and [Anthony] Wiseman are two solid firsts and the other two guys aren’t too far behind,” Friedgen said.

So who’s left? Here’s who:

* Richard Taylor, a sixth-year player who you can read more about in tomorrow’s dead-tree edition.

* Michael Carter, who played sparingly last year.

* Brandon Jackson-Mills, who has yet to see the field as he enters his fourth season in the program.

* Travis Hawkins, a true freshman.

As for the eventual winner here, it’s hard to say. It might not be worth burning Hawkins’ redshirt to be a fifth corner, and Taylor will probably be a special teams option regardless of his place in this pecking order.

For now, consider it a mystery that will linger into the third week of camp.

Patrick Stevens