A brief rundown of what happened at the Maryland football team’s latest spring practice.
Date: April 9, 2013.
Practice number: 12.
Duration: A little over two hours.
Location: Practice field.
Dress code: Full pads.
Injured and out: RB Wes Brown (ankle/labrum), WR Marcus Leak (toe), LS Christian Carpenter (ACL).
Yellow jerseys: QB C.J. Brown (ACL), QB Caleb Rowe (ACL), QB Perry Hills (ACL), QB Ricardo Young, QB Dustin Dailey, WR Levern Jacobs (labrum), LB Matt Robinson (labrum).
Limited: Rowe, Hills, Jacobs, Robinson, C Evan Mulrooney (hip).
Rowe took 18 dropbacks during one-on-one drills against the defensive backs. Hills did some sled pushes and individual conditioning work. Jacobs worked out with the wide receivers but didn’t participate in competitive drills. Robinson participated in full, but limited his shoulder’s extension during drills. Mulrooney did some sprints in between practice fields.
Disciplinary issues: None.
Coach Randy Edsall announced that Carpenter suffered a torn ACL during practice last week. Edsall himself was also sporting a knee brace, the result of getting run into by linebacker Abner Logan during a kickoff drill last week.
No new injuries occurred during practice. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs sat out a few plays during 7-on-7s while getting his ankle retaped, and wide receiver Deon Long was battling some stomach sickness earlier in the day.
Wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro (hamstring) participated in full, as did tight end Dave Stinebaugh (ankle). Edsall said that he’ll be careful with Stinebaugh for Friday’s spring game, and won’t risk further injury if he’s not totally healthy.
>> Hours after learning he had been granted a medical hardship waiver for a sixth season, C.J. Brown had a markedly better passing day, displaying solid touch on his short routes and strength on deep balls that hadn’t really been there earlier this spring. He completed 10 of 21 passes during one-on-ones with the defensive backs, including five straight, but again had some miscommunication issues with the second- and third-team receivers. He found Diggs on a pretty route past freshman Will Likely, but also endured a cold stretch of five straight incompletions.
During 7-on-7s, Brown completed 10 of 15 passes but overthrew Diggs and was intercepted by safety Sean Davis, who’s battling for the starting spot with A.J. Hendy, opposite Anthony Nixon. Davis drew some rebuke from the coaches for not taking the interception down the sideline, but defensive coordinator Brian Stewart also gave him some praise for the nice play.
>> Edsall has been saying this for weeks, but he reaffirmed that Brown will be Maryland’s starter entering preseason camp in August.
>> Ricardo Young completed 5 of 13 passes during 7-on-7s, but had two passes dropped (I also missed a play, so apologies for that). He was picked off by Hendy, but really because wide receiver Regis Whittington didn’t turn around in time for the pass. Isaac Goins also dropped a potential interception when Young threw deep into double coverage.
Young made a few nice passes, notably to Tejiri Erhie and a solid strike to Malcolm Culmer on a comeback route. He also tossed a beautiful fade to Nigel King in the end zone’s back left corner.
>> Rowe was pretty rusty during one-on-one passing, completing just 2 of 18 passes, though he threw a nice fade route from the five-yard line to King, who had a solid day up against cornerback Dexter McDougle. Rowe had two passes dropped, but he was generally either overshooting or underthrowing his intended targets. He just began individual drills, so some inconsistencies are to be expected.
>> King also made an absurd one-handed catch on the near sideline over Goins. Basically, he has magnets for hands, and continued a strong spring. Things will be interesting once Leak returns in the summer.
>> Kickers Brad Craddock and Brendan Magistro were perfect on their attempts. Craddock hit an extra point, a 32-yarder from the right hash, a 35-yarder from the left hash, a 42-yarder from the middle and a 49-yarder from the right hash.
Magistro, who’s listed as the third-stringer on the depth chart behind Michael Tart (Tart didn’t take field goals), hit from extra-point distance, 28 yards (right hash), 35 yards (left hash) and 42 yards (middle).
>> Here are the kickoff coverage units:
First team: Dexter McDougle, Joe Riddle, L.A. Goree, Albert Reid, Alex Twine, Jeremiah Johnson, Sean Davis, Zach Dancel, Kenneth Goins Jr., Abner Logan.
Second team: Cole Farrand, Shawn Petty, Avery Thompson, A.J. Hendy, Isaac Goins, Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil, Anthony Nixon, Bradley Johnson, Alvin Hill and Will Likely.
>> Albert Reid got into a few dust-ups with some defensive teammates, including Goins.
>> Class of 2013 signee linebacker Yannick Ngakoue was in attendance. He’s taken in several Terps spring practices, and it’s clear he’s itching to go. Given Maryland’s thin and inexperienced linebacking corps, Ngakoue could contribute right away.
>> Among the recruits on the practice field was St. John’s College athlete Will Ulmer, a four-star recruit who has offers from Maryland, Nebraska, Florida State, West Virginia and North Carolina, among others, according to 247sports.com.
Running back M.J. Stewart (Yorktown) also attended. He made the ACC rounds during spring break and has eight scholarship offers, per colleague Preston Williams. Kevin Wilkins, a two-way lineman from New Jersey, who holds offers from Connecticut, Boston College and Rutgers, per 247sports.com, was also there.
>> Linebacker Cole Farrand (left ankle fracture) participated in full.
Look for posts in the upcoming days on Rowe, the second safety battle between A.J. Hendy and Sean Davis, and C.J. Brown’s progression at quarterback. Maryland will practice light on Thursday – only 10 minutes of team drills mixed in with special teams – before Friday night’s spring game at 7 p.m. at Byrd Stadium.
Dailey and Young will quarterback the two teams, coached by offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and defensive coordinator Brian Stewart. The rosters haven’t been released yet.
Maryland will also hold an assistant coach availability Wednesday afternoon. Look for some news and notes off that too.