It probably was too much to ask for both Da’Rel Scott and Morgan Green to both stay healthy through Maryland’s camp.
Scott‘s been fine. Superb, actually, and it looks pretty clear that he’ll start at tailback for the Terrapins. But Green was back in a noncontact jersey this morning, and his inability to stay on the field has pretty much ensured Maryland will be using freshman Davin Meggett this season.
“I don’t know,” coach Ralph Friedgen said. “He just says he can’t go. Trainer says he can. He wants to be 100 percent. That’s a strange deal. He says he’s only 60 percent. Only he knows that. What I worry about is we’re going to wear these other two guys out.”
It also isn’t helping Green, a redshirt sophomore who had three carries in last year’s opener and then was nowhere to be seen the rest of the way —- in part because of injuries.
“Time’s passing him by,” Friedgen said. “He’s a rep guy, he needs reps. I can’t make him go.”
But Ralph can drop him down the depth chart. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Meggett starts the season as the No. 2 tailback.
Other tidbits from today:
* Defensive tackle Dean Muhtadi (shoulder) is expected back on Monday. To help compensate for his absence, Friedgen brough walk-on defensive lineman Chris Rhodes in to replace defensive back Eugene Skinner, who quit earlier in camp.
“I waited,” Friedgen said. “I didn’t know if I would bring another kicker in, another running back. I’m glad I waited. The Rhodes kid was here all summer and worked his butt off. I know a lot of the coaches wanted to bring him in even before this.”
* Senior linebacker Trey Covington was back at practice in a black noncontact jersey today. He’d been out nearly a week with a hamstring injury.
* Freshman wide receiver Kevin Dorsey, who joined the Terps in the spring but is not at camp because of a foot injury, is expected to undergo surgery on Aug. 25. Looks like he’s a guy to keep in mind for spring.
—- Patrick Stevens