Good afternoon from the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, site of my first ACC football media day and Maryland‘s last.
The relevant festivities kick off at 12:30 p.m. with a forum with Commissioner John Swofford. Terrapins quarterback C.J. Brown and cornerback Dexter McDougle will be available from 3:50 till 5 p.m. Coach Randy Edsall will face the media tomorrow at 2 p.m.
All told, it figures to be a relatively low-key weekend for Maryland. No naked beach outings or anything like that planned. Expect some catch-up blog posts after chatting with Brown, McDougle and Edsall. Over the next few day, before Maryland media day on Aug. 5, we’ll begin positional previews, similar to what colleague John Keim has done over on the Redskins beat.
For now, before things get underway at Grandover, some quick-hitters:
>> Brown, McDougle, cornerback Jeremiah Johnson and wide receiver Stefon Diggs adorn the media guide cover:
>> The roster rolls 104 deep at this moment, with several new walk-ons added to the list, in addition to the scholarship freshmen brought on board. The new faces include:
Freshman K Adam Greene, Broadneck (Md.) HS
Freshman DB J.T. Ventura, Hollidaysburg (Pa.) Area HS
Redshirt freshman RB Andrew Stefanelli, Good Counsel via Temple
Freshman LS Joe Marchese, Stevenson (Ill.) HS
Freshman LB Marc Rodriguez, Greensburg (Pa.) Central Catholic HS
Junior LS Will Rosenblum, Broadneck HS
Freshman OL Dylan O’Connor, Woodgrove (Va.) HS
Freshman TE Eric Roca, St. John’s (Puerto Rico) School
Freshman DL Mike Minter, Severna Park (Md.) HS
>> Former Houston defensive end Zeke Riser, who finalized his transfer to Maryland this week with the appropriate financial aid paperwork, will wear No. 63. The media guide printed before he was officially added to the roster.
>> Defensive lineman Joe Rosenblatt, a Good Counsel graduate and Georgetown transfer, is no longer on the roster.
>> Running back Wes Brown, suspended indefinitely by the university following an arrest and subsequent charges of second-degree assault, theft and wiretapping, is still listed on the roster. Though barred from attending team functions and workouts, Brown will remain on the roster until the judicial system — university or state — decides his fate, because everything at this point is still pending. His pretrial hearing is scheduled for July 31 in Upper Marlboro.
>> Maryland’s depth chart, save the addition of incoming freshmen, remains unchanged. All the freshmen, unsurprisingly, are listed last.
With Marcus Leak’s departure from the program for personal reasons, sophomore Nigel King assumes the first-string wide receiver spot opposite Deon Long and Stefon Diggs.
As expected, freshman DeAndre Lane is listed at slot receiver, while Jacquille Veii will line up at running back.