Maryland fans will get a first look at the Terrapins’ new high-tech synthetic football field when the team stages an open scrimmage Aug. 18 at Byrd Stadium, Coach Randy Edsall disclosed during a lunch with reporters on Tuesday.
As construction crews worked on site preparation outside, having already carted away the old natural turf and untold tons of dirt and rocks, Edsall said he expected the new field would be in place when the Terps stage their first preseason practice on Aug. 6.
The Aug. 18 scrimmage is planned for 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
In other news, Edsall said Maryland had signed former Dunbar standout Daniel Adams, who played for offensive coordinator Mike Locksley at New Mexico. As a transfer, the 6-foot-2, 207-pound Adams won’t be eligible to compete this season. He’s scheduled to undergo foot surgery Friday and is expected to miss 10 weeks.
Edsall said he envisions Adams as an H-back rather than wide receiver, which he played at Dunbar.
“He has tremendous speed,” Edsall said of Adams, who’s scheduled to undergo foot surgery on Friday. “And he has the frame to stretch the field vertically.”
— Linebacker Kenny Tate, who played in four games for Maryland last season, is recovering well from knee surgery, Edsall said, and should be able to take part in camp although he may join one practice per day rather than two.
Edsall said all of the Terps who have been rehabbing this summer are progressing well and that he expected the full roster to be available for workouts on Aug. 6.
Maryland currently has 101 players on the roster. With 105 permitted to come to camp, Edsall said he’d love to add a few walk-ons and may add one or two more scholarship players.
Edsall said he was encouraged by the team’s improved performance in the classroom, reflected in the recent NCAA APR figures, which measure students’ progress toward a degree. The Terps’ single-year APR increased from a sub-par 905 to 972, and its four-year average improved from 922 to 931.