The second of two parts
Time to run down the Maryland defensive depth chart released Monday, with attention paid to changes since the start of camp:
As expected, David Mackall will start at one of the end positions. After entering camp as a reserve, it appears Isaiah Ross has won the other. That would mesh with what was seen during the Terrapins’ final open practice last week.
Bradley Johnson remains a No. 2 option at one of the end spots. The biggest leap made during camp came from true freshman Keith Bowers. Meanwhile, Clarence Murphy – a redshirt freshman who took the lead at one end spot during the spring – is unlisted.
Another unlisted end is Ian Evans.
After entering and exiting spring as a backup, junior A.J. Francis has reclaimed a starting job. He had some first-team reps early in August and a lot by the end. One of the ACC’s more efficient defensive linemen last season, Francis joins Joe Vellano as interior starters – as was the case a year ago.
The immediate backups are Andre Monroe (listed as a starter at the end of the spring) and Maurice Hampton.
The starters are completely expected: Kenny Tate, Demetrius Hartsfield and Darin Drakeford.
As for the listed backups, Mario Rowson (like Tate, a former defensive back) will be the backup at the Star position. Lorne Goree is set up to be Hartsfield’s immediate backup, while true freshman Alex Twine is listed behind Drakeford.
Maryland is lacking for established options behind its starting linebackers; none of Rowson, Goree and Twine have played in a college game.
Nothing, effectively, changed during camp. Eric Franklin and Matt Robinson are set to start. Titus Till and A.J. Green are listed behind Franklin as co-reserves, while Austin Walker is Robinson’s backup – just as was the case at the start of camp.
The only change here is Dexter McDougle and Jeremiah Johnson are co-starters. McDougle began camp as the No. 1 option, but an injury allowed Johnson time to make an impression. Cameron Chism remains the other starter, with Trenton Hughes listed as his backup.