Terps moving up spring practice dates

November 8, 2012

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Some quick notes from Coach Randy Edsall’s weekly fireside chat with reporters.

>> The Maryland football team will begin spring practices on March 2, moving up the start date to give the Terps coaching staff a full six weeks of recruiting.

Practices will end on April 13, with the recruiting period running from April 15 to May 31.

“We can take full advantage of the opportunity of all six weeks,” Edsall said, “rather than cram it into four weeks.”

Before spring break, the Terps will practice on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday for consecutive weeks before returning for a Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday slate after the students return to campus.

>> Edsall did not provide any additional injury information other than the nine Maryland players currently out for the season: C.J. Brown, Devin Burns, Marcus Leak, Demetrius Hartsfield, Andre Monroe, Perry Hills, Caleb Rowe, Kerry Boykins and Nick Ferrara. More will be provided once the Terps release their weekly injury report Thursday evening around 6 p.m.

>> Rowe is scheduled to have surgery on his torn ACL on Nov. 16, Edsall said. Boykins will likely go Tuesday to fix his injured hip/groin, but Hartsfield could get bumped into the slot if the swelling subsides. Hartsfield, an emotional leader in the locker room in addition to on the field as Maryland’s leading tackler, is not expected to travel to Clemson.

>> Edsall said he hasn’t specifically discussed future plans with Hartsfield, but believes the senior linebacker possesses the necessary tools to play in the NFL. One Hartsfield undergoes surgery, he will have roughly five months to recover before beginning workouts for professional teams, provided he chooses to go that route.

“I think he can, but that’s 32 teams’ decision,” Edsall said. “He’s big enough, he’s fast enough, he’s smart enough. He’s got the ability to play at the next level.”

>> Ricardo Young (offense), Abner Logan (defense) and Anthony Perry (special teams) were named Maryland’s scout team players of the week.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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