The Washington Times - August 29, 2012, 11:33AM

A few updates from the ACC football teleconference, starting with some tailback talk …

* Maryland coach Randy Edsall on his young tailbacks: “I would say both of our true freshmen will play this year at running back.”


As he concluded on the subject, he added both Wes Brown and Albert Reid “will probably be playing this weekend.”

Now, Edsall said recently he figured the Terrapins would be able to regularly rotate no more than three running backs. So with Brandon Ross set as the starter, does that mean Justus Pickett is out of the picture?

Probably not.

Edsall has hinted at times this month both Brown and Reid could be useful special teams players, and that’s a place to expect both of them to pop up in Saturday’s opener against William & Mary.

And for those read Edsall’s initial comment as both Brown and Reid carrying the ball at some stage this year, that’s plenty plausible as well. While Maryland can’t seem to keep any position healthy these days, just about no one goes through the season without a running back getting nicked up at some stage. Here’s guessing one or both of the true freshmen winds up with extra playing time as a result of typical running back wear and tear sometime in the next three months.


You didn’t expect a teleconference to go by without a question about Stefon Diggs, did you?

The freshman will return punts and kicks, and Edsall also expects him to see work at wideout this week as a reserve.

“The thing that’s impressed me about Stefon and I saw that when we were recruiting him is he’s a tremendous competitor,” Edsall said. “He loves the game of football and he’s one of those guys who wants to know everything going on. He’s well-respected with how he works and how he competes. As he gets more comfortable, he’ll probably have a more prominent role as a receiver as he continues to learn and grasps the things we’d like him to grasp.”

—- Patrick Stevens