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Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Maryland set to begin football practice

The Maryland football team will begin its summer training camp on Tuesday as it prepares for the regular season opener Sept. 1 at Byrd Stadium against William & Mary, second-year coach Randy Edsall announced Wednesday afternoon.

All Maryland football practices are closed to the general public, according to the athletic department, and open to reporters on select days.

Following a season in which they went 2-10 and attracted more attention for their uniforms than their performance, the Terrapins have much work to do over the next month with new faces at many positions and on the coaching staff.

Most notable is junior starting quarterback C.J. Brown, who takes over full time after 2010 ACC freshman of the year Danny O’Brien transferred to Wisconsin. Brown, who started five games last season, is the only quarterback on Maryland’s roster with division I experience.

Maryland’s new offensive coordinator is Mike Locksley, the former head coach at New Mexico, entrusted with transforming the offense from spread to pro style and incorporating Brown’s running ability. In 2011, Brown set a Maryland single-season quarterback record with 574 rushing yards and became the first quarterback in school history with multiple 100-yard games in one season.

The new defensive coordinator is Brian Stewart, whose assignment is culling the right players for the conversion to a 3-4 scheme. The Terrapins were ranked 108 out of 120 FBS teams in total defense last season and 111th against the run.

The standout on defense is lineman Joe Vellano, who was named to the all-ACC preseason team. The senior received 58 votes, third most among defensive players. He also has been named to the watch lists for the Bednarik, Lombardi and Walter Camp awards and the Bronco Nagurski and Outland trophies.

UDPATE: The Terrapins announced the hiring of Matt Taylor as the assistant director of media relations. Taylor will work with the football program and Edsall.

Taylor was with the Washington Redskins for three seasons before joining the Indianapolis Colts last season as assistant director of media relations.

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