Terps football spring practice report: Day 11


(Associated Press)

A brief rundown of what happened at the Maryland football team’s latest spring practice.

VITALS

Date: April 2.
Practice number: 11.
Duration: 23 five-minute periods.
Location: Practice field.
Dress code: Full pads.

ATTENDANCE

Injured and out: DL Ty Tucker (ACL), S Elvis Dennah (toe), S Milan Collins (toe), OL Derwin Gray (shoulder), LB Jermaine Carter (meniscus), LB Jalen Brooks (concussion), WR Dustin Dailey (concussion), DL Nate Clarke (knee).

Yellow jerseys: WR Deon Long (broken leg), WR Stefon Diggs (broken leg), LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (pectoralis), DL Kingsley Opara (labrum).

Limited: CB Jeremiah Johnson (toe), LB Matt Robinson (shoulder), LB Alex Twine (labrum), CB Jarrett Ross (labrum), LB L.A. Goree (groin), S Elvis Dennah, RB Joe Riddle.

Disciplinary issues: LB Abner Logan has been suspended for the remainder of the semester for violating team rules. Edsall did not speak to his future with the program.

INJURIES

Linebacker Jermaine Carter tore his meniscus and will undergo surgery on Friday. Coach Randy Edsall called it a “six- to eight-week-type procedure” and expressed hope for the redshirt freshman to return by summer camp. Defensive lineman Nate Clarke had knee surgery Monday is doubtful for August, facing a recovery of five to six months. He got hurt during practice.

“Wasn’t a live situation or anything like that,” Edsall said. “One of those things where he went, twisted his knee.”

Linebacker Jalen Brooks and wide receiver Dustin Dailey, who both suffered concussions during last week’s scrimmage, have seen their symptoms improve and are being evaluated on a day-by-day basis.

No new injuries occurred Wednesday morning, though RB Brandon Ross was somewhat set back by a hamstring issue that caused him to miss Monday’s practice and Friday’s scrimmage, which plummeted him down the depth chart, so he spent most of practice working with the third team. LB Cole Farrand hobbled out of one team sequence, but later returned and seemed fine.

HEADLINES

>> Wide receiver Deon Long participated in individual drills and even ran some routes during seven-on-sevens. Later, he said he feels “90 percent” healed from a broken leg suffered against Wake Forest last season and it was apparent as he burned a defensive back on a double move for an easy touchdown from C.J. Brown during seven-on-sevens.

Stefon Diggs appeared in full pads and did individual work, but later left during team drills. Long is further ahead than Diggs, Edsall said, though Diggs could make an appearance next week.

“We’ll see where Stefon is after this week,” Edsall said. “Maybe he gets a chance to get in and do some of the seven on seven next week. They’re really right where we thought they would be, right where they should be.”

More on Long’s recovery later Wednesday.

>> Absent from practice were the standard yellow jerseys normally worn by quarterbacks. Brown, Caleb Rowe, Perry Hills and Shane Cockerille were all wearing white jerseys instead. The reason? After a sub-par effort by the offense during Friday’s open scrimmage at North Point High School, Edsall returned home, watched film and found the reason.

“Really, I blame myself for that,” Edsall said. “I’m putting him in a yellow jersey and giving him a false sense of what’s going on there. We put him back in a white jersey, we scrimmaged, he was live. We’re going to be live the rest of the spring. I just felt that I was doing him a disservice by not putting him in full-speed situations.

“The things we do, the quarterback has to get bounced around a little bit. They run the ball. I thought he really had a good day on Monday and I thought today was better for him. I take the blame for that, for him not being prepared as he should have been.”

>> The first-team offensive line remained steady throughout practice: left tackle Moise Larose, left guard Evan Mulrooney, center Sal Conaboy, right guard Andrew Zeller and right tackle Michael Dunn. Mulrooney and Silvano Altamirano have been battling for the starting left guard position, while Larose replaced Ryan Doyle at the starting left tackle spot.

>> Running back Wes Brown took the majority of first-team repetitions, though Edsall said this has mostly been on a fluid, week-by-week basis. After reviewing film from Friday’s scrimmage, the Terps deemed Brown and Jacquille Veii worthy of working with the starters this week. Next week, it could be different.

That said, Brown looked strong with his cutbacks, hitting holes and absorbing contact with authority.

>> As he works back to full speed from his semester-long personal leave, wide receiver Marcus Leak looks like he will become a viable starting wide receiver for the Terps this season. He hauled in a long touchdown past Undray Clark from Brown, who was under heavy pressure as he threw, then later outran the defense on a crossing route from Brown. He nearly hauled in another tough pass on a comeback route in double coverage over the middle.

>> Redshirt freshman wide receiver Taivon Jacobs continues to impress, converting short slant routes into long gains, though he was twice left uncovered by the third-string defense, so it’s thus far unclear how he would fair against a more experienced secondary. Still, hauling in three passes for sizable gains in one day was still impressive.

>> Defensive end Andre Monroe had another strong practice, sacking Brown and bottling up a running back on the next snap. Linebacker Yannick Ngakoue and defensive lineman Clarence Murphy also had sacks, both on Cockerille, while defensive lineman Roman Braglio dropped Rowe.

>> Linebacker Brock Dean and running back Albert Reid came to blows after one drill, with punches thrown as they wrestled on the ground.

>> Former Terps linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield attended practice. Fully healed from his torn ACL, the 2013 graduate will participate in Pro Day on April 8.

WHAT’S NEXT

The next open practice will be Monday at 8:30 a.m.

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