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Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Maryland may protect redshirt seasons for freshmen who haven’t played, and other notes

Other notes from Randy Edsall’s news conference on Tuesday.

Whether because of injury or performance, Edsall has played eight true freshmen this season through four games. He said Tuesday that, barring injuries to starters, he would like to protect the redshirt seasons for the remaining true freshmen, if possible.

Edsall also suggested that sophomore running back D.J. Adams, who rushed for 11 touchdowns last season, may not get many carries — or any carries — in the near future.

Adams had just three carries early in Saturday’s 28-3 victory over Towson. In addition to senior Davin Meggett, the Terrapins increasingly handed the ball to true freshman Justus Pickett, who had 82 rushing yards on 14 carries, including a five-yard touchdown run.

“I think the one thing you will probably see is you’ll probably see Justus a little bit more,” Edsall said. “It is a decision you make as a coach that you take a look and you are always evaluating and have thoughts. Just going forward, it might be a situation where we will just be using those two and Jeremiah [Wilson] on third down.” . . .

Through their first few games, the Terrapins tried to operate their offense at as fast of a tempo as possible. But they may be pumping the brakes to try to keep Georgia Tech’s offense — which has excelled this season in sustaining long drives as well as producing long explosive plays — off the field.

“That’s a great question,” Edsall said. “I wish you had not asked it because then I would not have to answer it. In terms of our discussions this week for our game plan, those are things that we have discussed.”

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