If the recent past is any precedent, Maryland won’t announce its starting quarterback until around 12:15 p.m. Saturday.
That’s because C.J. Brown and Danny O’Brien are listed as co-starters for the Terrapins’ game against Virginia.
Of course, who starts for Maryland has not indicated who actually finishes the game, at least not of late. Maryland’s starter was not in at the end of five of the last six contests.
Other notable items and tweaks on the depth chart …
* Kevin Dorsey returns to the depth chart after missing the last two weeks with an injury. He takes the place of Marcus Leak, who goes from starting to not among the four receivers listed. Tony Logan, who did not play Saturday after being listed on the weekly injury report with an undisclosed ailment, is also not on the depth chart. Senior Ronnie Tyler is listed as a backup wideout after falling off the depth chart for a couple weeks.
* Speaking of Logan and Tyler, the latter is now listed as Maryland’s primary punt returner after handling those duties on Saturday. Logan is no longer listed. Tyler also takes Logan’s place on the kickoff return depth chart.
* David Mackall is still listed as a starting defensive end over Marcus Whitfield. Whitfield drew the start Saturday, though Mackall played much of the game.
* Maurice Hampton is listed ahead of A.J. Francis at defensive tackle. Francis played sparingly Saturday.
* Plenty of shakeup at linebacker, where Darin Drakeford shifts from weak-side linebacker to Star, Maryland’s equivalent of a strong-side linebacker. Drakeford was a backup on the strong side before being shifted this season. Mario Rowson, who started the last four games, is listed as Drakeford’s backup.
Demetrius Hartsfield returns to the depth chart as the starter at middle linebacker. Lorne Goree returns to a backup role.
Meanwhile, Alex Twine is listed as the weak-side starter, with Cole Farrand the backup at the position.
What to make of this? Tough to say, though it is probably some sort of response to allowing 372 rushing yards to Boston College. Whether the positional shuffling makes much of a difference remains to be seen as well.
—- Patrick Stevens