Notes and observations from Saturday’s open scrimmage

August 17, 2013

Saturday’s open scrimmage — and ensuing autograph session — is in the books. The Maryland football team went 25 series, offense against defense, primarily featuring the three backup quarterback options under center. Here are some quick observations from the afternoon.

>> C.J. Brown and Stefon Diggs did not play. “I know what they can do,” Edsall said. “I have to evaluate other parts of the game. I know how they’ve been performing and how we’ve been operating offensively through our practices.”

>> Perry Hills started the game and completed 10 of 19 passes for 90 yards. Caleb Rowe was second in line, going 4 for 14 for 14 yards and one touchdown, including a nice fade route to Nigel King over Dexter McDougle. Ricardo Young hooked up with Levern Jacobs for a 55-yard touchdown on some busted safety coverage and completed 8 of 16 attempts for 111 yards. All three quarterbacks threw an interception. Edsall said he hasn’t made a decision yet, and won’t until next week.

“Just like any time, there’s always good and there’s always bad,” he said. “We’ll get a chance to evaluate it, look at the film and come up with some decisions by Monday.”

>> Linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil was the breakout performer. He had four sacks and consistently burned whichever right tackle had the poor misfortune of trying to contain him.

>> Isaac Goins, Alex Twine and Will Likely had the interceptions. Defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson sacked Rowe for a safety on Rowe’s fourth series. There were no fumbles.

>> Running back Jacquille Veii, whom Edsall called the surprise performer of preseason camp, carried three times for 13 yards before being removed with an apparent ankle injury. Kenneth Goins Jr. received extra carries in his stead.

Veii was spotted on the sideline in a walking boot, as was defensive lineman Zeke Riser, who missed Thursday’s practice. Edsall deferred all comment to Monday’s injury report.

“Nothing yet,” he said. “I won’t have anything until Monday. You never know what happens after a game, then the kids sleep on those things, and you wake up the next day with a better idea of the situation with them.”

It also appears that freshman JaJuan Dulaney had surgery on his injured knee on Saturday morning, though he later tweeted out a picture of himself with Testudo at Byrd.

 

 

Other notables who missed the scrimmage: wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro, wide receiver Deon Long (back), wide receiver Taivon Jacobs (knee), safety Zach Dancel (unknown), fullback Tyler Cierski (calf, still in a walking boot), running back Joe Riddle (head), safety Alvin Hill (unknown), defensive lineman Andre Monroe (toe) and tight end Brian McMahon (unknown).

>> Kicker Brad Craddock missed all three field goal attempts: 43 yards (wide left), 53 yards (short) and 51 yards (wide left). Backup Adam Greene hit from 46 yards and missed from 47. “From a field goal standpoint, I think we still have work to do there,” Edsall said. I don’t’ think that decision will be made by Monday.”

Nathan Renfro boomed punts of 45, 41, 41, 50 and 51 yards. Likely was the primary return man, taking one 30 yards down the right sideline that helped set up Rowe’s touchdown pass to King.

“Stefon’s our return guy,” Edsall said after. “I feel comfortable if Will was back there, I feel comfortable if [freshman] DeAndre [Lane] was back there. It’s a process. What I wanted to try to do was cover as many bases as I could, so if we do have issues, we know where to turn. I think that’s what training camp was all about. The thing I’m going to feel good about, after I get done watching and evaluating this film, I know what our strengths and what our weaknesses will be, and who are the guys who can help us.”

>> Matt Robinson, who transitioned from safety to linebacker this offseason, broke up two passes and batted a third at the line of scrimmage. Aside from getting the wind knocked out of him and spending a few extra seconds on the turf, attended to by team trainers, Robinson was one of the defense’s most impressive contributors. He showed no ill effects from the shoulder injury that hampered him last season.

>> Marcus Whitfield and Yannick Ngakoue also stood out among the linebackers, blitzing early and often with ease.

“I think we do have some pretty good speed and athleticism in the linebacker position,” Edsall said. “I think there’s a lot of competition there, there’s some young guys who have the ability. We have to make some decisions, do you take some guys and cut their teeth this year and put them on special teams, or do you redshirt some guys? We’ve got some interesting decisions to make, but I do like the speed and athleticism of our linebackers.”

>> Shane Cockerille went 2 for 6 for 20 yards and tossed an interception on a Daniel Adams drop that Tony Perry snagged. The game ended on Cockerille’s third series, when he was sacked on third and nine by fellow freshman Chandler Burkett.

Sixth-stringer Dustin Dailey played one series, setting up the 47-yard field goal that Greene left short.

>> The Terps added Carl Buchholz to the roster at fullback, according to a team spokesman. A massive 285-pound redshirt senior, Buchholz went 6-12 last year for the Maryland wrestling team.

>> Up next: Maryland’s final available practice will be Tuesday before the team heads into game week.

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