Perhaps a slightly overlooked personnel development for Maryland in the first two games of the season was the eventual insertion of Tony Logan on kickoff returns.
The senior is already a well-established punt return option. Though he has only two returns for 10 yards this season, he rolled up 560 yards and two touchdowns a year ago while averaging 18.1 yards a return.
Logan, who also saw extensive time at wide receiver for the first time Saturday, slid into a kickoff return role in the second half against West Virginia and had a 14-yard return.
That would appear to be a permanent change; Logan and Justus Pickett are listed as Maryland’s kickoff return men and coach Randy Edsall said this week the Terrapins would use that arrangement going forward.
“Tony just has an innate ability to make people miss,” Edsall said. “He’s very shifty. He’s got really good quickness. He’s got tremendous vision and tremendous feel for where the people are coming from. That’s the thing I’ve seen that kind of makes him as productive as he’s been.”
Logan combined for 59 all-purpose touches —- 52 punt returns, four rushes, two kickoff returns and one reception —- in his first three years. He nearly matched his career offensive touches total with four receptions against West Virginia, which could be the beginning of a vastly expanded role for the elusive 5-foot-10, 180-pounder.
“We have to try to get him in situations where we can get him the ball in open space,” Edsall said. “If he can get the ball in open space, he can make people miss. Will he take it the distance every time? No, I don’t think he will. But he’ll be very productive and get positive yardage.”
—- Patrick Stevens