The Washington Times - September 3, 2011, 01:39PM

Maryland coach Randy Edsall wrapped up his final teleconference before Monday’s opener earlier in the hour. One notable tidbit that warrants repeating: Keith Bowers is a safe bet to be among the true freshmen who make their debut against Miami.

The Florida product is listed as David Mackall’s backup at defensive end.

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“He’s going to play,” Edsall said. “He just came in and showed he was the best guy at that position from the standpoint of being No. 2. He’s got a good motor. He’s tough. He understands the game. He’s got a lot of things he has to work on because he’s a freshman, but he came in and beat other guys out. He plays hard. We’ll teach all the technique stuff and he’ll get bigger and stronger, but the thing that impressed us was how hard he played and the speed he played the game with.”

Along with Bowers, fullback Tyler Cierski and kickoff returner Justus Pickett appear to be true freshmen likely to play in the opener. Linebacker Alex Twine and punter Nathan Renfro are listed as the No. 2 options at their respective positions.

Patrick Stevens