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In some ways, it is a redux of last season. As outsiders fretted about the precocious receiving corps, Heyward-Bey admitted he was excited to play but shrugged off concerns about inexperience.

The calm, direct approach helped him generate an impressive debut season and subsequently impart his knowledge to younger teammates. Now, he’ll bank on it again to cope with double teams as one of the acknowledged linchpins of the Terps’ offense.

“I expected it all summer. That’s where my mind was,” Heyward-Bey said. “If it comes, sometimes we’re going to have to just throw the ball to me, and I’m going to have to make a play. … Bring it on. You can’t sit back and worry. If you worry, you’re going to panic on the stuff you already know.”

Note — Friedgen did not announce a starting quarterback after yesterday’s first intrasquad scrimmage. Jordan Steffy, who sits atop the depth chart, went 8-for-11 for 113 yards with one interception, while Josh Portis was 11-for-13 for 106 yards with a touchdown and Chris Turner was 8-for-13 for 82 yards.