The Washington Times - September 6, 2012, 02:44PM

Running through Thursday’s session with Maryland coach Randy Edsall

The Terrapins will get two defensive linemen back for Saturday’s game at Temple.


Edsall said both Keith Bowers and Isaiah Ross are expected to return for Maryland’s second game.

Bowers, who started 11 games as a sophomore last year, missed the opening 7-6 defeat of William & Mary with a knee injury. Ross, who was lost for the season after one game in 2011, missed the opener with a hamstring ailment.

Maryland relied heavily on starters A.J. Francis, Darius Kilgo and Joe Vellano on Saturday, with reserves Justin Anderson, Quinton Jefferson and Alex Walker providing breathers.

The return of Bowers and Ross provides more options, though it’s unlikely Maryland will expand far beyond cycling six defensive linemen going forward.

“I would say probably about six there,” Edsall said. “Based on the situations, you could see maybe seven guys there. I would say more of a six-man rotation.”

Meanwhile, it is also possible junior guard Josh Cary returns. Cary started nine games last season and could contend for playing time with De’Onte Arnett, who made his second career start Saturday.


Edsall said he was “very optimistic” safety Matt Robinson (shoulder) and cornerback Isaac Goins (illness) will return for the Sept. 15 game against Connecticut. He also said tailback Brandon Ross (hamstring) is “making progress” and could also return next week.

And as for linebacker Kenny Tate?

“I think with each week that goes by, we’re getting closer to Kenny. …,” Edsall said. “Kenny, I still think, we’ll still be a week away from him [returning].”


Maryland will travel 66 players to Saturday’s game.

Edsall said the group will include 31 offensive players, 29 defensive players and six specialists.

While the number might seem a bit low, it’s in keeping with the travel party Edsall typically selected last season.


Maryland will use the trip to Philadelphia to do some recruiting over the next couple days.

Tight ends coach John Dunn will spend time in Philadelphia, wide receivers coach Lee Hull will be in southern New Jersey and inside linebackers coach Keith Dudzinski will look at prospects in northern New Jersey.

Edsall said most of the staff’s fall evaluation days will be during Maryland’s bye week at the end of this month.

—- Patrick Stevens