Kevin Dorsey arrived at Maryland's football team house early Sunday morning to scour the tape of another quiet day.
The senior wideout, who led the Terrapins with 45 receptions a year ago, has only three catches in as many games as Maryland (2-1) enters this week's visit to No. 8 West Virginia (2-0).
He isn't, however, interested in placing blame for his slow start in more than one place.
"The frustration comes with myself more than anything else," Dorsey said. "I'm the type of person that if something's not going right, the first thing I'm doing is looking at myself and seeing what I can improve on. I think even with some of the passes, regardless of the placement or where they might have been, I still felt I should have made the catch or made the play."
It isn't as if Dorsey is being ignored in Maryland's offense, which ranks 119th of 120 major-college programs in total yardage per game. Quarterback Perry Hills has thrown to him 13 times, more than anyone else on the roster besides sophomore Marcus Leak (14).
And Dorsey's still made a difference. He had crucial third-down receptions in fourth-quarter scoring drives to help the Terps defeat William & Mary and Temple.
"I think Kevin sees the big picture and understands the big picture," coach Randy Edsall said. "We have plays that are called that are supposed to go to him. Sometimes they do a good job of covering him. Sometimes we might not execute it as well as we should. ... Kevin knows and I know he's going to have some big days for us before the year is over."
Until that happens, though, Dorsey plans to use his typically reflective approach to improve his performance
"Until I can make those plays or consistently make those plays, I can't make an argument about any reps or any balls being thrown my way, because they are being thrown my way," Dorsey said. "I just need to find a better way to make the play."
Four-ring backfield circus
Maryland took the curious approach of listing each of its four tailbacks — sophomore Justus Pickett, redshirt freshman Brandon Ross and true freshmen Wes Brown and Albert Reid — as co-starters on the depth chart.
So, is that supposed to function as a nudge for the four competitors or as a means of confusing anyone on the outside?
"All of the above," Edsall said. "I think we have situations where all four are going to end up playing. We'll see how it all continues to play out. I have a lot of confidence in each and every one of those guys."
Edsall said he thinks all four will play Saturday "if things work the way we want them to work." That would include Ross, who won the starting job during camp but missed the first two games with a hamstring injury and then played on the scout team last week.
Both Reid and Pickett have drawn starts, but Brown is the Terps' most efficient rusher to date. Brown is averaging 5.9 yards per carry, much better than either Pickett (3.2) or Reid (2.2).
Brown welcomes the deep rotation.
"Being a running back, you're always going to need a break and with those four talented guys, that's the break you can possibly have because there's no drop-off in talent," Brown said. "If I'm in or B-Ross is in or Pickett or Albert, the same talent is being produced on the field."
Diggs impresses Edsall
Edsall has not shown a penchant for effusively lavishing much praise on players, particularly inexperienced ones, during his year-plus at Maryland.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs, though, earned a strong compliment from the coach after hauling in his first touchdown reception off a tipped pass Saturday.
"How many guys are going to realize it's one-on-one coverage, the ball's not thrown to me, it's thrown to a guy next to me, and all I'm going to do is play to the whistle and I'm going to run to the ball because the ball might be tipped and then I catch it?" Edsall said. "A lot of guys wouldn't have that instinct [who] have been playing for a long time. That's something I don't know if you might see in the NFL."
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