EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Greetings from Rentschler Field just beyond the Hockanum River, where the Maryland football team kicks off against Connecticut at precisely 7:34 p.m., or thereabouts.
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The Terps are seeking to at once avenge last season’s three-point loss to Connecticut and move to 3-0 for the first time since 2001. The Huskies hope to move past their season-opening debacle against Towson. Coach Randy Edsall hopes the boos won’t be too loud.
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>> Maryland’s scout team players of the week went to wide receiver Taivon Jacobs (offense), defensive end Malik Jones (defense) and safety Elvis Dennah (special teams). All three are true freshmen. Edsall said this week that Jacobs, who underwent offseason knee surgery, has been solid since returning full-time, and it stands to reason that Edsall might have to consider burning Jacobs’s redshirt at some point this season. He could provide a dangerous No. 2 option behind Nigel King at the X receiver spot.
>> So long as we’re on the topic of redshirting, here are the on-scholarship true freshmen who have appeared through two games this season for Maryland: RB Jacquille Vei, WR DeAndre Lane, TE Andrew Isaacs, OL Moise Larose, LB Yannick Ngakoue, LB Cavon Walker, CB Jarrett Ross and CB Will Likely.
Both OL JaJuan Dulaney (knee) and S Milan Collins (ankle) are done for the season, so they’ll certainly be redshirts. That leaves Jacobs, Jones, Dennah, QB Shane Cockerille, DE Chandler Burkett, DE Kingsley Opara, TE Derrick Hayward, LB Jermaine Carter Jr. and LB Jalen Brooks as the on-scholarship true freshmen who haven’t played yet. Aside from Jacobs and barring injury, it doesn’t appear that any are on the cusp of playing soon. Among that group, only Carter made the trip to Conecticut.
>> Left off the travel roster are DL Zeke Riser (ankle), FB Tyler Cierski (calf), WR Tyrek Cheeseboro and WR Daniel Adams, all battling various injuries. Cornerback Jeremiah Johnson (toe) made the trip, much like quarterback C.J. Brown did last season to provide moral and intellectual support while he rehabs.
>> The Diamondback’s Daniel Gallen noticed last week that the Terps began wearing “Farewell Season” stickers on their helmets. According to an athletics spokesman, “The stickers on the football helmet are to celebrate our proud past in the ACC and to commemorate our final season in the conference.”
The men’s and women’s basketball teams will wear patches on their jerseys this season expressing a similar message.