The Washington Times - September 12, 2008, 05:26PM

The changes didn’t come this week.

It doesn’t mean they won’t come at all.


Clearly, some things could be shuffled soon in College Park if some things don’t reverse. And that could mean some new faces in important places.

Some have been hinted at. At least one will be seen more this week because of injury. And a few others are lurking, clearly capable of receiving a shot if others don’t produce.

Here’s five guys at Maryland who might see a little more of the field before long, one way or the other:

1. WR Adrian Cannon:  The sophomore merited a mention from coach Ralph Friedgen on Thursday. He looked solid late last season, and Chris Turner looked for him twice last week at Middle Tennessee. He’s a backup at X receiver to Isaiah Williams, who is on pace to catch 12 passes for minus-36 yards this season. Consider me officially intrigued to see what he can do.

2. DT A.J. Francis: The time’s coming for Maryland to make a call on whether the true freshman plays. If Mack Frost (ankle) is too limited and Dean Muhtadi is needed at end for extensive play, then Francis probably gets a look this week. But if Travis Ivey appears close to returning soon, it might be smart to save Francis’ redshirt.

3. OL Justin Lewis: The Terps are investing plenty of time in the big interior lineman from South Carolina. Is it dumb to burn a redshirt on a true freshman offensive lineman? Maybe. But if the guy is ready to go —- and Friedgen seems to think he could be when conference play arrives —- he could give a much bigger boost than any of the redshirt freshmen Maryland has assembled.

4. S Jamari McCollough: The junior will split time at free safety with Antwine Perez, likely playing more in passing situations. With Terrell Skinner out the next couple games, it’s a chance for McCollough —- a converted cornerback who missed his entire redshirt freshman season with a torn ACL —- to establish himself on the defense.

5. K Nick Wallace: This guy wasn’t even among the 105 guys in camp last month, and now he’s inching closer to starter Obi Egekeze. The rundown on Wallace: The walk-on began his career at Indiana (Pa.) and was 11-for-13 on field goals in 2006. He topped out at 40 yards, but right now all Maryland really needs is anyone to kick it through the uprights. Maybe Wallace gets a look sometime in the near future.

—- Patrick Stevens