Maryland opened spring practice today, and Ralph Friedgen is about to chat about it.
But first, a little numerology, since a baker’s dozen of Terps opted to switch jerseys.
Here’s who they are, whose number they’re taking and what it all might mean:
* WR Kerry Boykins (No. 81 to No. 13): Dan Gronkowski‘s digits go to a wideout. And a wideout escapes the 80s. Really not too much of a surprise that might happen. Also, Boykins probably isn’t ultrasuperstitious about unlucky numbers. Just a guess.
* TE Devonte Campbell (No. 86 to No. 34): From Steve Suter to Dave Philistin to Devonte Campbell, 34 has filled several roles this decade. It’s an atypical number for a tight end, but for a team that had a defensive lineman wear No. 40 the last few years, maybe it’s not that much of a stunner.
* CB Cameron Chism (No. 37 to No. 22): Drew Robinson‘s old number remains in the secondary, and the Bermuda Triangle No. 37 heads back into Ronnie O’s storage bin.
* RB Gary Douglas (No. 49 to No. 20): The redshirt freshman avoids the fullback-like number and instead goes for the number vacated by …
* S Antwine Perez (No. 20 to No. 2): The winner of the single-digit lottery snags Kevin Barnes‘ old number.
* LB Derek Drummond (No. 58 to No. 44): Drummond, who played some late last season, upgrades from the high 50s to Chase Bullock‘s old number. The same number twice is almost as good as the single digit.
* DL A.J. Francis (No. 98 to No. 96): Francis never has to deal with 98 and takes over Bemi Otulaja‘s old number. Unlike Otulaja, he never had to deal with a three-digit locker number.
* LB Demetrius Hartsfield (No. 59 to No. 50): The redshirt freshman stays in the 50s and takes Ricardo Dacosta‘s old uni.
* DL Masengo Kabongo (No. 65 to No. 55): Given that Kabongo considered 65 about the worst number possible for a d-lineman, it’s no surprise he switched the Trey Covington mainstay.
* WR Quinton McCree (No. 88 to No. 17): Another low number for a wideout, this one vacated by Danny Oquendo.
* RB Davin Meggett (No. 41 to No. 8): Credit to Meggett, who is willing to take on the Darrius Heyward-Bey number.
* S Kenny Tate (No. 18 to No. 12): Commence Kenny Tate Mafia references in homage to the last No. Dozen.
* DB Austin Walker (No. 15 to No. 29): Walker assumes the Jeff Allen number, and living up to it means being a steady special teams guy and eventual starter over a solid four-year career,
—- Patrick Stevens