There have been a few requests for a rundown of Maryland’s depth chart entering spring practice.
With no basketball to cover tonight, it seems like a fine idea.
This will be broken down into two posts (offense and defense), and then by unit. Included will be some analysis, though there’s only so far anyone can go considering the Terrapins have a new coaching staff.
Let’s start with the offense (listed starter in bold):
The competition between Justin Gilbert and Max Garcia figures to be one of the more intriguing position battles heading into next season. Gilbert played well at left tackle before suffering a torn ACL in mid-September, while Garcia is one of the top prospects Maryland has signed in recent years.
De’Onte Arnett switched to offensive line in the middle of last season. Nate Clarke enrolled at mid-year after spending last season at Fork Union.
Justin Lewis and Pete DeSouza are both out for spring practice. Lewis started all but one game at right guard last season.
Quintin McCree is Maryland’s leading returning receiver (16 receptions), with Kevin Dorsey (15) and Ronnie Tyler (13) right behind. Dorsey (East Carolina) and Tyler (Florida State) each started one game last season.
Adrian Coxson is a Florida transfer who left Gainesville before the start of his redshirt freshman season. Tyrek Cheeseboro and Nigel King are early arrivals (Cheeseboro via prep school, King via high school). Devin Burns switched from quarterback.
If there’s any position where things could get turned upside down on offense, it’s at wideout. Maryland has a lot of unknown quantities in the unit.
Maryland will start the spring with only two completely healthy tight ends. Matt Furstenburg started the first 11 games last season before Will Yeatman got the nod against N.C. State and East Carolina. Devonte Campbell had one reception in five games last season after missing the first half with an injury. David Stinebaugh (shoulder) is out for the spring.
Danny O’Brien is the incumbent starter. Fellow sophomore C.J. Brown is coming off a collarbone injury. Tyler Smith was a well-regarded recruit who redshirted last season. Troy Jones is a product of the St. Paul’s School in Baltimore.
Davin Meggett led Maryland with 720 rushing yards last season, while D.J. Adams scored 11 touchdowns on 67 carries. Gary Douglas was injured for much of last year and recorded only two carries (both against Morgan State). Jeremiah Wilson switched to running back from defensive back.
The typeface is correct: Tyler Watson, Haroon Brown and Rahsaan Moore are all listed in “or” fashion on the depth chart. One question that didn’t get posed Friday was just how Maryland will use its fullbacks.
—- Patrick Stevens