Maryland football Coach Randy Edsall released the two-deep depth chart for Saturday’s season opener against William & Mary, and the changes from the starting lineup at the beginning of training camp include quarterback, running back, nose tackle, defensive end and place kicker.
Freshman Perry Hills as expected continues to be the starting quarterback after junior C.J. Brown had his season end with a torn right ACL during practice on Aug. 14.
There was somewhat of a shakeup in the backfield, where redshirt freshman Brandon Ross starts over Justus Pickett. The sophomore entered training camp as the favorite to be the starting tailback after making one start last season, but Ross outperformed Pickett in practice and scrimmages.
A flurry of injuries on defense has shuffled the defensive line from the start of camp. Most notably, senior A.J. Francis shifts from starting nose tackle to right defensive end following injuries to Andre Monroe and Keith Bowers.
Sophomore Darius Kilgo, meantime, moves to starting nose tackle with sophomore Alex Walker as the backup.
A knee injury to senior outside linebacker Kenny Tate leaves sophomore Alex Twine as the starter, and sophomore Cole Farrand locked up one of starting spots at inside linebacker.
Freshman Sean Davis starts at strong safety in place of Matt Robinson, whose injured left shoulder is expected to keep the sophomore out at least several more weeks.
At place kicker and punter, freshman Brad Craddock surprisingly won the starting job over senior Nick Ferrara at both positions, and freshman sensation Stefon Diggs will return kickoffs and punts.
Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.