Redshirt freshmen Devin Burns and Jeremiah Wilson have switched positions entering spring practice, Maryland coach Randy Edsall said.
Burns, who entered Maryland last winter as a quarterback, will move to wide receiver. Wilson, a defensive back during his redshirt year, will shift to running back.
Burns was one of five scholarship quarterbacks in the program. Incumbent starter Danny O’Brien was last year’s ACC rookie of the year.
“When I sat down and talked to all the young men, I let them express themselves in terms of things they wanted to do,” Edsall said. “Devin, in his mind, expressed that he wanted to go to wide receiver and he saw how many people were at quarterback – the numbers game.”
Maryland lost four of the nine wide receivers on its depth chart from last season, and had only one true freshman (Adrian Coxson) in the program in 2010.
Meanwhile, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Wilson will be an immediate candidate for some work in the spring. Maryland returns two of its top three rushers from last fall (Davin Meggett and D.J. Adams), but brings back only one other scholarship tailback (Gary Douglas).
For both moves, Edsall said his team’s academic situation played a role in the changes.
“At running back was a situation where we did need some numbers for the spring. … ,” Edsall said. “That was one was dictated too in terms of his ability, but also because some of the things that I didn’t like what I saw from an academic situation.”