Piggybacking off an injury-plagued 2012 season, six members of the Maryland football team will miss spring practice, Coach Randy Edsall said Friday. None of these, however, are a particular surprise, given the various injuries suffered during the season.
However, the Terrapins received some good news concerning their depleted quarterback situation. Senior captain C.J. Brown, who suffered a torn ACL this August that kept him out for the entire season, will be “limited” in spring practice, though Edsall doesn’t yet know that that will entail.
Edsall speculated that Brown could participate in some 7-on-7 drills and throwing. He will undergo a second MRI exam in mid-February to determine his availability.
Devin Burns, the converted wide receiver who suffered a Lisfranc injury during the second half against North Carolina State on Oct. 20, will also be “limited” for spring practices, as will defensive lineman Andre Monroe (knee) and linebacker Cole Farrand. Farrand, who will be a junior next season, fractured his left ankle in the season finale against North Carolina, but will get out of his cast on Jan. 2 and into a walking boot.
Running back Wes Brown, who had surgery to repair an injured labrum in his right shoulder in mid-November, will require a 20-week recovery, Edsall told reporters on Nov. 15. Given Justus Pickett’s decision to leave the University of Maryland to attend to a serious family issue back home in North Carolina, this leaves the Terrapins with Brandon Ross and Albert Reid as the only remaining running backs with game experience this season.
According to Edsall, Pickett’s family situation surfaced a few weeks before the season ended. He offered his support for the departing running back.
“I told him I would support him in any way I could,” Edsall said. “He just felt it would be best to be there with them because his dad wasn’t going to be able to be there, he needed to be. He’s the oldest, so he just felt from a family situation this would be the best thing for him to do.”
Quarterbacks Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe, who tore their ACLs in consecutive weeks this season, will also be out for spring practice, as will second-leading receiver Marcus Leak (broken toe), safety Matt Robinson (labrum) and wide receiver Levern Jacobs (labrum).
Linebacker Alex Twine (shoulder) and offensive lineman Sal Conaboy (knee) both had what Edsall described as “clean-up work” after the season and will be ready to go for spring practice. Wide receiver Regis Whittington (groin) will also be “limited,” though Edsall doesn’t foresee a depth issue at wide receiver, especially with the enrollment of juco transfer Deon Long.
Spring scrimmages to move off-site
Maryland is in talks to move two open spring scrimmages off campus, one to Baltimore and the other to the Frederick County area. Edsall said future scrimmages could move to different parts of the state as part of an expansion initiative to allow more fan access.
“Instead of having people come to us, we can go out and see them,” Edsall said. “Make it easier on people in those areas.”
Spring practice begins March 2 and lasts until April 12, when the spring game will take place.
>> Edsall and his staff have already hit the recruiting trail hard, expanding into the Midwest per Maryland’s Big Ten move. Assistant coaches Tom Brattan (former Northwestern coach) and Andre Powell (Indiana alum) already have some ties in the area. Edsall also mentioned Chicago, Ohio, Detroit and St. Louis as some points of emphasis.
Edsall said reaction among recruits with regards to the Big Ten move has been overwhelmingly positive. “I haven’t gotten one bit of negative reaction from anybody being on the road,” he said.
Edsall, for his part, will be in Texas after New Years Day checking out a recruit there. He said the Terrapins will no longer keep staffing four recruiters in Florida.
>> Edsall said that offensive lineman Silvano Altamirano, who will enroll alongside Long this spring as another juco transfer, will play guard for the Terps. Solidifying the offensive line will be a point of emphasis this spring, Edsall said.
>> Edsall has already regaled reporters with tales about Homecoming, Halloween and Thanksgiving this season. So naturally he told a story about his favorite holiday tradition back home in Glen Rock, Pa.
Apparently, every Christmas Eve just before midnight, the Glen Rock Carolers gather at the crossroads beneath the town’s one stoplight and begin singing, donning top hats and fancy scarves. They then parade across town, caroling all the way, until 6 a.m. on Christmas morning, when they gather at the town’s Christmas tree.
Once, when Edsall was coaching at Connecticut, he had a recruit call him at 11:30 p.m., just before the carolers were about to start singing, and committed.
“The town’s different than it used to be,” Edsall said. “But the one tradition that’s still around is the carolers.”
Somehow, this turned into Edsall telling stories about his days as a paper boy delivering the York Dispatch and York Sunday News. I think the connection was getting big tips around Christmas time. But that’s for another day.