A brief rundown of what happened at the Maryland football team’s latest spring practice.
Date: March 12, 2013
Practice number: 5
Duration: A little under two hours, separated into 23 five-minute blocks.
Location: Byrd Stadium
Dress code: Full pads
Injured and out: RB Wes Brown (ankle/labrum), WR Marcus Leak (toe), WR Levern Jacobs (labrum), LB Cole Farrand (left ankle fracture), QB Caleb Rowe (ACL), QB Perry Hills (ACL). Rowe did some moderate sprints while Farrand jogged along the goal line and did some individual lateral movements off to the side.
Yellow jerseys: QB C.J. Brown (ACL), QB Ricardo Young, QB Dustin Dailey, Rowe, Hills, OLB Matt Robinson (labrum).
Limited: Rowe, Brown, Hills, DL Andre Monroe (knee).
Disciplinary issues: Young sat out team drills and received the typical punishment of sled pushes. This type of discipline typically comes from arriving late to or missing a lift, a meeting, a class or anything along those lines.
““He wasn’t injured,” Coach Randy Edsall said. “He just didn’t do what he was supposed to do. Guys know that if you don’t do things the right way, you’re not going to be out here. He not only hurt himself, but he hurt the rest of the team. When you’re playing quarterback, that’s just not acceptable. He’ll learn from it and he’ll be back out here Thursday.”
Wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro stretched his tweaked hamstring on the sidelines. Center Evan Mulrooney, Edsall said, has been battling a hip issue and had to leave practice to get treatment. He later returned, in full pads, but didn’t participate in drills.
>> Young’s absence, coupled with C.J. Brown’s limited status, meant Dustin Dailey received full repetitions during team drills. The redshirt sophomore, who sat out last season after transferring from Div. III Lewis & Clark (Ore.) College, again struggled with his accuracy, especially on swing passes into the flat. Against the linebackers and secondary, Dailey went 7 for 18 with an interception by safety Zach Dancel, who dropped another potential pick. During a two-minute drill, however, Dailey scrambled out of the pocket to complete a 15-yard touchdown pass on fourth and three to freshman wide receiver Amba Etta, though in a live situation he probably would have been sacked by Quinton Jefferson.
>> Young and Brown did participate in one-on-one routes with the receivers and defensive backs. Deon Long burned freshman Will Likely deep on the first pass and Young made a nice throw for the completion. Edsall has been pretty on Likely all spring, however, and said the current backup is “playing with a chip on his shoulder.”
Brown finished 5 for 13, and had his last series cut short by the clock. Young was 5 for 15 and got intercepted on a solid read from Dexter McDougle. Twice Young hooked up with Stefon Diggs, who got past cornerback Jeremiah Johnson.
>> Nigel King made another absurd one-handed catch on a screen pass, similar to the one he snatched at North Carolina in the season finale. He’s been having a solid spring with the first string in Marcus Leak’s stead.
>> Long, Diggs and Likely again fielded simulated kickoffs thrown by Edsall.
>> Maryland will hold its pro day on Wednesday morning, beginning at 11 a.m. in Byrd Stadium. The following players are slated to be in attendance: OL Justin Gilbert, TE Matt Furstenburg, WR Kevin Dorsey, LB Kenneth Tate, DL Joe Vellano, DL A.J. Francis, TE Ryan Schlothauer, OL Bennett Fulper, LB Darin Drakeford, DB Eric Franklin, WR Kerry Boykins, TE Devonte Campbell and LB Demetrius Hartsfield. Hartsfield is still recovering from an ACL surgery and, as of late February, didn’t have plans to participate. Former Maryland offensive lineman Andrew Gonnella, who suffered a career-ending knee injury against Georgia Tech in 2011, will also work out.
>> Quarterback Shane Cockerille (Gilman), a 2013 signee, was in attendance.
>> Look for blog posts over the next few days on Matt Robinson’s transition to outside linebacker, tight end Dave Stinebaugh and a suddenly experienced secondary.
Thursday, March 14: Practice, closed to media and public. Maryland will scrimmage for half of the practice with full contact, Edsall said. Players are allowed to leave for spring break the following afternoon.