More than three months remain before the Maryland football team reports for preseason camp this August, but at least Coach Randy Edsall has a working depth chart entering the summer.
Here are the main items of note (there were few surprises):
>> Quarterback C.J. Brown returns to the first-string quarterback position, a starting slot kept warm throughout the spring while Brown rehabbed his torn ACL. Perry Hills, Ricardo Young and Caleb Rowe are all listed as Brown’s backups. Young spent March and April working with the first team, but was expected to slide behind Brown once the fifth-year junior got healthy.
>> Defensive lineman Justin Anderson has left the team for personal reasons, a team spokesman confirmed. Accordingly, sophomore Quinton Jefferson assumes sole possession of the first-string defensive end spot. Anderson will finish his academic requirements then move on, much like Pete White will do this semester.
>> The starting running back battle will be one to watch. Brandon Ross and Albert Reid both impressed this spring, and are listed as co-starters alongside Wes Brown, who sat out the spring with shoulder and ankle surgery.
>> Center Sal Conaboy holds the starting spot. Challenger Evan Mulrooney battled a nagging hip ailment this spring and fell into the backup spot. Still, he could battle Conaboy for playing time come August.
>> Sean Davis and A.J. Hendy are still listed as co-starters at safety. No surprise here. This competition should extend well through summer.
>> Marcus Whitfield, Matt Robinson, Cole Farrand and L.A. Goree hold the starting linebacker spots.
>> Tight end Daniel Adams is listed as a third-string wide receiver behind Deon Long on the outside. The redshirt sophomore, formerly listed as a tight end, worked with the wide receivers all spring, but it wouldn’t surprise if he returned to tight end before the season began.
>> Junior wide receiver Marcus Leak (broken toe) is listed at fifth string behind Long.
>> The full depth chart can be found here.