The Washington Times - August 23, 2009, 09:18PM

Want proof things are down to the nitty-gritty of camp?

The first position battle Ralph Friedgen mentioned today was who would be the backup to the backup cornerbacks.


No, really.

“We’re trying to find out who the fifth guy is,” he said.

What this essentially means is the Terps have settled on their second-stringers. Those would be sophomores Cameron Chism and Trenton Hughes, both unknown quantities in actual games.

“We think [Nolan] Carroll and [Anthony] Wiseman are two solid firsts and the other two guys aren’t too far behind,” Friedgen said.

So who’s left? Here’s who:

* Richard Taylor, a sixth-year player who you can read more about in tomorrow’s dead-tree edition.

* Michael Carter, who played sparingly last year.

* Brandon Jackson-Mills, who has yet to see the field as he enters his fourth season in the program.

* Travis Hawkins, a true freshman.

As for the eventual winner here, it’s hard to say. It might not be worth burning Hawkins’ redshirt to be a fifth corner, and Taylor will probably be a special teams option regardless of his place in this pecking order.

For now, consider it a mystery that will linger into the third week of camp.

—- Patrick Stevens