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Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 03/29/2011

Which receivers will catch on?

The most intense position battle this spring figures to be contested among the wide receiver corps following the departure of starters Torrey Smith, a two-time All-ACC selection, and Adrian Cannon.

Smith ended his career ranked second on Maryland’s career list for receiving yards (2,215) and catches (152), and leaves a gaping hole at the No. 1 receiver position.

Senior Quintin McCree and junior Kevin Dorsey are the top returners, with McCree notching 16 receptions for 188 yards and a touchdown and Dorsey reeling in 15 for 187. Dorsey could have an edge given his penchant for big plays; he hauled in long touchdown receptions against Miami (42 yards) and East Carolina (45).

Others vying for playing time include seniors Tony Logan and Ronnie Tyler and junior Kerry Boykins, with freshman Adrian Coxson, a transfer from Florida, being a wild card in the equation.

Coach Randy Edsall said, “Every position is wide open.” That message resonated with Boykins, who focused on nutrition and, as a result, lost seven pounds this winter. By slimming down to 183 pounds, he said he’s gained some speed – and perhaps an slight advantage over his competition.

“We battle everyday [because] competition brings the best out of each other,” Boykins said. “Knowing that there are more spots open, more opportunity, that makes us more hungry. We all want to be that No. 1 guy.” ...

Quarterback Jamarr Robinson and linebacker Ben Pooler are not returning to the team. …

Known as a stickler for timeliness, Edsall has already shown a number of his players that he means business. Just ask Darin Drakeford. “I was late for a meeting and had to do that stairs,” the junior linebacker said. “That’s something you don’t want to do, ever. I forget how many. But it took an 1 hour, 10 minutes.” ...

Limited by injuries are OL Justin Gilbert, DL Marcus Whitfield and TE Ryan Schlothauer. Out because of injury are DB Avery Graham, OL Pete DeSouza, TE Dave Stinebaugh and OL Justin Lewis.

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