Maryland to wear ‘White Ops’ jerseys vs. Florida State, and other news from Randy Edsall

October 3, 2013

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The Maryland football team will bring back its “White Ops” jerseys for its top 25 battle against Florida State on Saturday, Coach Randy Edsall said Thursday. The Terrapins wore those uniforms against West Virginia last season in a 31-21 loss.

Now, onto more — or less, depending on your priorities — important matters.

The first conference injury report, filled with probables, questionables and doubtfuls, will be released after Thursday’s practice, sometime around 6 p.m. Some names to watch for: defensive lineman Zeke Riser — whose return from an ankle injury was pegged around this time — wide receiver Daniel Adams and wide receiver Nigel King, who suffered a leg injury against Connecticut and wasn’t listed on the latest two-deep depth chart.

Edsall said cornerback Jeremiah Johnson (fractured toe) has shed his crutches and walking boot and is rehabilitating well. Based on the initial seven- to eight-week timetable Edsall announced, Johnson could return sometime around Maryland’s second bye week on Nov. 2. The Terps could use the bye week as extra reassurance.

>> With Tropical Storm Karen slated to strike the Gulf Coast late Saturday, Edsall said he doesn’t expect it to affect the game, save some wind and rain. “We can’t worry about it,” he said. “I think they’re calling for rain and win. Fortunately for us we have some experience playing against the rain.”

Maryland’s 37-0 rout of West Virginia in Baltimore came beneath a heavy, constant downpour. “We get plenty of wind around here,” he said.

>> Freshman wide receiver Taivon Jacobs, who underwent offseason knee surgery and hasn’t played in a game this season, is probably headed for a redshirt, Edsall said. Unless something drastic happens to the wide receiving corps, it wouldn’t make much sense to rush Jacobs into the lineup. Keeping the speedster on the scout team ensures a protracted, timetable-free recovery process.

>> Connecticut, Edsall’s former program, fired coach Paul Pasqualoni after an 0-4 start this season.

“It’s tough in the profession when you see guys getting fired four games in,” Edsall said. “It’s unfortunate, but I guess that’s the way our business is now.”

>> Maryland added another walk-on through its open tryouts: junior defensive back Michael Washington. A DeMatha graduate who played under longtime coach Bill McGregor, Washington tried to walk on at Florida International but the program wasn’t accepting any at that time. So he transferred home and joined the Terps. He’s an economics major who, Edsall said, hopes to attend law school.

“Nice kid,” Edsall said. “Nice kid.”

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