The Washington Times - August 18, 2008, 08:19PM

Betcha didn’t think that anything else was mentioned today at Maryland besides the solution to the quarterback quandary and Richard Taylor‘s heat-related illness.

Granted, it took eight hours to get to it. But get to it, I did.


So here’s the highlights of stuff other than QBs, which have already been thoroughly vetted elsewhere:

* Wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey is still bothered by a thumb injury, and Ralph Friedgen is thinking about shutting down his star downfield option for the rest of camp. “We didn’t play him much Saturday,” Ralph said. “He’s been struggling with it. The thumb is pretty important for catching.”

* Justin Lewis is playing well for a true freshman offensive lineman and might be working his way into a reserve role at right guard —- especially if one of Edwin Williams, Phil Costa or Jack Griffin gets hurt. Sounds like Costa would swing inside to center if Williams were to miss any time.

* The opening night starter at nose tackle will be … Bemi Otulaja, assuming he doesn’t completely implode in the next few days. It’s a well-deserved reward the senior walk-on, who I’ve found to be one of the most entertaining and well-spoken people on this roster.

Dion Armstrong and A.J. Francis will rotate in as well from the sounds of things, at least until Travis Ivey returns from his broken foot in mid-September.

* Friedgen hopes to have defensive tackle Dean Muhtadi (shoulder) back on Tuesday, and maybe offensive tackle Scott Burley as well. Guard Jaimie Thomas (muscle spasm in neck) might be a few days away.

What Maryland has going for it is that it has avoided the major, season-ending injury during camp. Ivey’s broken foot is probably the most damaging ailment, though the absence of tackle Tyler Bowen (foot) this month has cost the offensive line a little depth.

OK, time to go crunch some quarterback numbers. I’ll check back in a couple more times tonight.

—- Patrick Stevens