Running backs Wes Brown, Justus Pickett, Albert Reid and Brandon Ross are all listed as co-starters on the Maryland football team’s two-deep depth chart heading into Saturday’s game at West Virginia.
With Ross back from his hamstring injury, an even further logjam at the position has been created. Through the season’s first three weekends, the Terrapins have rotated the backfield on a game-by-game basis, playing the hot hand. Reid was the starter against William & Mary, but Pickett received the bulk of the workload versus the Tribe and Temple.
When Connecticut’s run shut Pickett down Saturday, Brown took over and had a 19-yard touchdown run after starting the second half. As for what to expect against West Virginia? That’s anyone’s guess at this point.
“That’s something we’ll evaluate this week with Brandon and Wes and all the running backs we have,” Coach Randy Edsall said Sunday. “We haven’t sat down and talked as a staff yet about that. We’ll start doing that tonight and tomorrow and go from there.”
Other than the committee at running back, there were no changes to Maryland’s depth chart this week. Fullback Tyler Cierski is still listed as the starting fullback, as he was against Connecticut even though Coach Randy Edsall ruled him out Thursday with a concussion. Kenny Tate is also unlisted on the two-deep, a bad sign for those expecting the linebacker to return to action from his knee injury this week.
Also of note from the Terps’s weekly release:
● Stefon Diggs’s 223 all-purpose yards were the most by a Maryland freshman since Torrey Smith had 245 against Boston College on Nov. 29, 2008, and most for a Terps true freshman since Jermaine Lewis had 236 versus Florida State on Nov. 7, 1992. Diggs currently ranks 16th nationally with a 30.75 yards-per-kickoff-return average, and 23rd on punt return average.
● The Terps have lost six straight to West Virginia, and haven’t beaten a ranked Mountaineers team since the 2003 Gator Bowl, when Maryland was ranked 23rd nationally. They are 3-10 all-time when West Virginia is ranked.
● Maryland’s total defense this season, ranked eighth nationally, is its best in a three-game span since 2004.
● Scout team players of the week honors went to: Gary Harraka (offense), Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil (defense) and Regis Whittington (special teams).