Maryland took the curious approach of listing each of its four tailbacks —- sophomore Justus Pickett, redshirt freshman Brandon Ross and true freshmen Wes Brown and Albert Reid —- as co-starters on the depth chart.
So, is that supposed to function as a nudge for the four competitors or as a means of confusing anyone on the outside?
“All of the above,” coach Randy Edsall said. “I think we have situations where all four are going to end up playing. We’ll see how it all continues to play out. I have a lot of confidence in each and every one of those guys.”
Edsall said he thinks all four will play Saturday “if things work the way we want them to work.” That would include Ross, who won the starting job during camp but missed the first two games with a hamstring injury and then played on the scout team last week.
Both Reid and Pickett have drawn starts, but Brown is the Terps’ most efficient rusher to date. Brown is averaging 5.9 yards per carry, much better than either Pickett (3.2) or Reid (2.2).
Brown welcomes the deep rotation.
“Being a running back, you’re always going to need a break and with those four talented guys, that’s the break you can possibly have because there’s no drop-off in talent,” Brown said. “If I’m in or B-Ross is in or Pickett or Albert, the same talent is being produced on the field.”
—- Patrick Stevens