A tried and true Friedgenism is a love for as deep a well of running backs as possible.
It’s pretty much a sure thing a starting tailback won’t make it through a season without some nicks and bumps (or worse, camp, as is the case with Virginia Tech’s Darren Evans).
So “just” having Da’Rel Scott, Davin Meggett and Morgan Green isn’t quite enough.
Which is why D.J. Adams and Caleb Porzel, a pair of true freshmen, might be worth keeping an eye on in the next couple weeks.
Or, like yesterday, an ear.
“I heard this guy hit the sled and said ‘Whoa, who the heck is that,’” Friedgen said. “It was Adams. He hit the heck out of it. Then Porzel hit it right after him and it wasn’t a whole lot different. He was just a littler bullet.”
Adams is more the compact back, and Porzel possesses some quickness fans who might have noticed when his Good Counsel team played DeMatha on national TV last year.
It would come as no surprise if both receive a whole lot more work in Saturday’s scrimmage than a Scott, who the Terps would probably like to preserve as much as possible until the season starts.
“I’m anxious to see what they do Saturday,” Friedgen said of the freshmen. “Those are the type of guys I want to get a good look at to see if they might have a chance of making the team.”
—- Patrick Stevens