For those who didn’t notice yesterday, defensive tackle Justin Anderson made his debut yesterday – the fifth time in six games since the opener another true freshman has gotten his first action.
The use of true freshmen is better left to a post tomorrow or later in the week (the nine the Terps have used is their most in the Ralph Friedgen era). And Anderson, interestingly enough, made his debut the same week Joe Vellano returned from injury.
Anderson popped up a couple times, at the end of the first quarter and again on Virginia’s second possession of the second half.
“We had talked about it,” Friedgen said of lifting the redshirt. “We were going to try to hold it and the kid said he wanted to play. I said ‘Let’s play the best guys we’ve got.’ We were contemplating with getting Vellano back ‘Let’s go ahead and not play Justin,’ and when we approached him on it, he said he wanted to play.”
Anderson, at 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, still has to fill in some. But he was also senior Travis Ivey’s backup for a few weeks already, passing Ian Davidson on the depth chart.
And Ivey’s take on the guy giving him a bit of rest on a soggy day?
“I think he played really well, actually,” Ivey said. “I was excited for him. I told him, ‘You never know when you’re going to get to get in.’ He actually did pretty well today. He probably had five or six reps. I think as we go along and coach [Dave] Sollazzo becomes more comfortable with him, then he’ll be playing a lot more.”