An interesting bye week addition at Maryland this year is a couple of JV games.
Ralph Friedgen wanted to have a few last season, but a quarterback shortage and later a ton of injuries zapped that possibility.
Maryland figures to have somewhere in the ballpark of 45-50 players available for today’s game against North Carolina Tech (EDIT: which is closed to the general public). First a couple ground rules:
* No true freshman can play without burning a redshirt. So no A.J. Francis, no Justin Lewis, no Demetrius Hartsfield, etc.
* A player can participate in 12 games between the regular season and the JV squad. So it’s not like regular contributors will receive a look today.
* Some common sense will play a role, too. Yes, Travis Ivey could technically play, but what good would that accomplish.
So based on those criteria, here’s a semi-decent (though admittedly not complete) rundown of the guys who could/might play today:
73-Stephen St. John
Yes, that’s just 31 guys. There are some other walk-ons (I don’t have their full names available to me, unfortunately) who will presumably be in the mix.
Obviously, there is a lot to see from Robinson and Logan on offense, as well as from the posse of redshirt freshman offensive linemen who have yet to see serious action.
There won’t be availability afterward, but I’ll be sure to pass along an update from the proceedings later in the evening.
—- Patrick Stevens