The Washington Times - August 9, 2008, 08:47PM

Ten quick hits from Maryland’s first scrimmage of camp…

* Go ahead and pencil in Danny Oquendo as the Terrapins’ punt returner. Because if anyone lost a shot at a particular job tonight, it was probably Ronnie Tyler.


Tyler got a couple chances to return punts. He fumbled both of them, leaving Ralph Friedgen less than pleased about that development. The odd thing is Tyler had a couple of catches over the course of the day in the receiving game that were impressive.

* Run of the day went to freshman Davin Meggett. He bounced outside and quickly cut back toward the hash marks, creating a one-on-one situation with Richard Taylor. Meggett handled it with aplomb, going 50 yards for one of the day’s two offensive touchdowns (outside of goal line drills).

Meggett had the other one as well, and Friedgen said he is inching closer to Morgan Green for No. 2 tailback.

* Speaking of Green, he was out of the leprechaun jersey and back on the field tonight. There were five guys in the green shirts who sat out: Devonte Campbell, Trey Covington, Mack Frost, Bemi Otulaja and (it appeared to be) Taylor Watson. Also did not see redshirt freshman lineman Joe Faiella running around, either.

* Ralph promised earlier in the week that anyone who hadn’t passed the conditioning test would be running —- a lot. Maybe so much so that they’d eventually make a sprinter out of anyone in poor shape.

That could be a while, of course, but redshirt freshman Bearthur Johnson dutifully logged laps around the field throughout much of the scrimmage. Friedgen wasn’t going to specifically name anyone, but Johnson’s alternative work was hard not to notice.

* OK, I’ll relent with a quarterback update. Ralph said upon first glance that Chris Turner had the best day of the QBs; he was 8-for-12 for 93 yards, and was under center for an opening 13-play drive.

Other quarterback stats: Jordan Steffy was 5-for-8 for 76 yards and a twice-tipped interception, while Josh Portis was 4-for-9 for 69 yards and an interception.

* An extra note on Portis, who probably had both the most valuable and costly passing plays of the day. Both he and Friedgen said he simply waited too long on what became a Nolan Carroll 30-yard interception return. But Portis later rebounded to complete a 42-yard pass to Quinton McCree down to the 1.

* For you offensive line afficionados (and I know you’re out there): Phil Costa and Jack Griffin split time at right guard during the first-team work. The second-team line was Bruce Campbell, Lamar Young, Danny Edwards, Matt Harraka and Paul Pinegar.

* Looks like there’s a time share in the mix at Will linebacker. That would be Chase Bullock and Dave Philistin, who have not really created any separation. Bullock worked with the first team tonight.

* Some unofficial tailback totals: Da’Rel Scott had 12 carries for 42 yards; Meggett finished with nine carries for 69 yards and two touchdowns; Green had three carries for -2 yards; and Rashad Henry checked in with seven carries for 47 yards.

* Ralph said safety Antwine Perez suffered a slight concussion, but it looks like the Terps escaped their first scrimmage without a major long-term problem.

I’ll have a couple more nuggets —- mainly QB reaction —- early tomorrow morning before I hit the road for Charlottesville.