News and notes from Randy Edsall’s ACC media day news conference


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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Aside from his discussion about the NCAA, the antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA and college athlete compensation, nothing terribly earth-shattering emerged from Randy Edsall’s hour-long discussion with reporters at ACC media day. He did touch on several item-worthy issues as the Maryland football team heads into preseason camp in exactly two weeks. Here’s what we got:

>> Along the defensive line, Edsall said the Terrapins will likely rotate six or seven players this season. Quinton Jefferson, Darius Kilgo and Keith Bowers are listed as starters, and Edsall mentioned Nate Clarke, Alex Walker and Andre Monroe as key backups. Graduate student transfer Zeke Riser (Houston) also figures to slot into the rotation at defensive end, though Maryland hasn’t decided on which side.

“We’ll talk about that now that we know he’s in the fold and everything else,” Edsall said. “He’s a guy who could play right or left, and those guys have to be versatile anyhow. We’ll start a guy at right or left, but knowing that he can play on either side.”

Riser’s presence also allows Maryland to ease its incoming freshmen — Malik Jones, Kingsley Opara, Chandler Burkett and walk-on Malik Jones — into the system.

“That was big for us,” Edsall said. “Now maybe you’re not looking to take a freshman and playing him, where you can redshirt a freshman, which I think would be advantageous for us.”

>> Offensive lineman Derwin Gray, a five-star recruit who did not enroll at Maryland this year because academic issues, will likely attend prep school, Edsall said, though a decision has not been made yet.

“I think we have to make sure that we see everything there that’s going on,” Edsall said. “But I’m pretty sure it’s probably going to be prep school.”

Gray has been vocal on Twitter about his continuing allegiance to Maryland, indicating that he plans to enroll after one year away. Gray’s presence in next year’s recruiting class figures to boost its national profile. At Friendship Academy, he was an Under Armour all-American and Washington D.C.’s second-ranked player.

>> No new injuries to report. Linebacker Bradley Johnson, offensive lineman Silvano Altamirano and wide receiver Daniel Adams had clean-up surgeries this offseason, Edsall said. He was unsure if they would be ready when camp opens, but all are “out there running, doing those things.”

Quarterbacks Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe, who both suffered ACL injuries last season, are cleared for full participation. Both had progressed to running by the end of spring football.

>> Twenty-five minutes in, Edsall put a halt to any more Big Ten questions. “I think the biggest thing is to me, I’m not really concerned about that,” Edsall said then, after fielding at least four Big Ten questions beforehand. “Let’s talk about Maryland football in 2013, because that’s what this is all about. So I’ll address those questions, but I’m not going to address anymore things that have to do with us going to the Big Ten, because that’s really what today is all about.”

>> Edsall was also asked about former Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien who, according to a report this week, will transfer to Div. II Catawba (N.C.) College after leaving Wisconsin following one season with the Badgers.

“I just wish him the best of luck as he goes to Catawba College and continues his career,” Edsall said, adding that O’Brien never reached out about coming back to Maryland.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.

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