The last three years, it was a pretty easy choice.
Maryland slotted Torrey Smith in on kickoff returns. He was very good at it —- exceptional his first two years, in fact —- and didn’t think twice until he was battling nagging injuries last season.
But with Smith off to the NFL, finding a kickoff return man is a consideration for the Terrapins, who open the season Sept. 5 against Miami.
Tony Logan, unsurprisingly, was one of the options Maryland looked at during an open practice Saturday. So, too, was senior tailback Davin Meggett.
Also getting looks: Freshmen Brandon Ross and Jeremiah Wilson.
“There’s plenty to choose from,” coach Randy Edsall said. “That’s something we’re going to work on a little bit more as we continue to go this next week and see who it is. There’s a lot of guys we can turn to. Then, it’s a matter of ‘Do I want to put Davin out there as guy being the starting tailback?’ If we have some other guys, younger guys, and that can get them experience and they’re in a backup role, then I probably lean more toward that. It might dictate in terms of that first game and putting experience out there rather than inexperience.”
Maryland’s most experienced kickoff returner at the college level is Dexter McDougle, who had five attempts last season. McDougle has dealt with an injury over the last week, and Edsall was lukewarm on McDougle’s chances of factoring in with that particular camp competition.
“He would, but I think we might have some guys who might be even better than Dexter,” Edsall said.
—- Patrick Stevens