- The Washington Times - Monday, July 23, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Maryland wide receiver Kevin Dorsey discovered his new playbook this spring looked a little bit like his old playbook.

Well, more like an older playbook.

Maryland installed a pro-style offense with some spread principles after the hire of offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, a shift from former coordinator Gary Crowton’s full-fledged scheme. Two years ago, the Terrapins ran a West Coast system under James Franklin.

“I’d say close to 70 [percent], if anything,” Dorsey said of the similarities between Locksley’s and Franklin’s offenses. “There were a few plays that I said ‘Oh, this is our old such-and-such play.’ Maybe one thing was tweaked and one thing was different. There’s a few plays that are almost exactly the same. It wasn’t that hard to transfer that knowledge over.”

Any familiarity will help Maryland, which regressed from 29th to 87th in scoring offense last season while tumbling to 2-10.

“I thought the guys picked up the offense pretty good in the spring and will continue to do that in August,” coach Randy Edsall said. “I think we’ll even be better. There’s things we’ll do to help us. Kevin wasn’t out there much in the spring, and [his return] will help us be better in the fall.”

Interest in Penn State transfers?

Edsall said it remains uncertain what the interpretations with regard to how possible transfers from Penn State after massive NCAA sanctions would work with regard to initial counters (of which schools are allowed 25 each year) or each program’s 85-scholarship limit.

Edsall, though, didn’t rule out interest in potential additions from a program that often has poached recruits out of the Baltimore-Washington corridor.

“We’ll have to see how that all plays out,” Edsall said. “We’re going to go recruit the kids we feel will help us win. If there’s an option that isn’t available to those people or they don’t want that option to be available to them anymore, hopefully that would help our situation.”

Maryland has 80 scholarship players for this season, and Edsall said Maryland has 24 initial counters for 2012.

Foreman not returning

Redshirt freshman linebacker Lukas Foreman is no longer with the program. Foreman was suspended for the season in May for violating the school’s student-athlete code of conduct.

“He did not fulfill all of his obligations to the university and so he is no longer on the team,” Edsall said.

Edsall also said linebacker Stefan Houston will not be enrolling in 2012.

Terps picked last in Atlantic Division

Maryland received one of the more predictable slights for a team coming off a 10-loss season: a last-place prognostication in a preseason media poll.

The Terps were picked last in the ACC Atlantic Division. It’s only the fourth time since voting began in 1976 the team polled last.

The 1998 and 1999 teams eventually tied for the basement in what was then a nine-team league with no divisions.

The 2010 team wound up going 9-4 overall and 5-3 in the ACC, a year after a 2-10 season.

Florida State was picked to win the conference, while Virginia Tech received 83 of 95 first-place votes in the Coastal Division. Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins (25 votes) edged Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas (21) as the league’s preseason player of the year.



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