A brief rundown of what happened at the Maryland football team’s latest spring practice.
Date: April 9.
Practice number: 14.
Duration: 22 five-minute periods.
Location: Practice field.
Dress code: Full pads.
Injured and out: S Milan Collins (toe), LB Jermaine Carter (meniscus), 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 (arm), LB Alex Twine (labrum), CB Jarrett Ross (labrum), S Elvis Dennah (toe). OL Derwin Gray (shoulder), DL Ty Tucker (ACL), S Anthony Nixon (bone bruise), LB Cole Farrand (shoulder).
Disciplinary issues: Nothing new. LB Abner Logan still suspended for the semester for violating team rules, though he was spotted attending Pro Day on Tuesday with some teammates. The expectation is that he will return next semester.
>> Linebacker Jalen Brooks (concussion) was back in a red jersey, cleared to practice. His status for Friday’s spring game is questionable.
>> Wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long continued to participate in individual drills, skeleton workouts and 7 on 7s, but sat out team competition.
>> Safety Anthony Nixon, who suffered a bone bruise around his shin during Monday’s practice, did individual work. It is unlikely he will play in the spring game.
>> Linebacker Cole Farrand appeared at practice but mostly spent it on the sidelines with a shoulder injury. His status for the spring game is questionable. “We’ll see where it’s at come Friday morning,” Coach Randy Edsall said.
>> The first-team offensive line remained the same: Moise Larose (left tackle), Evan Mulrooney (left guard), Sal Conaboy (center), Andrew Zeller (right guard), Michael Dunn (right tackle).
“I think our offensive line has progressed a lot this spring,” Edsall said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but I like where they’re at right now in terms of what we’ve been able to get done in 14 practices. They’ve come a long way.”
>> Jacquille Veii and Albert Reid split first-team repetitions at running back. Wes Brown and Brandon Ross were with the second team. Joe Riddle and Tehuti Miles were with the third team.
>> Starting quarterback C.J. Brown had only one incompletion during seven-on-seven drills, hooking up with a bevy of receiving targets, including wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Levern Jacobs three times apiece. During red-zone work, Brown hooked up with fullback Kenneth Goins on a play-action route. The defense simply left Goins uncovered.
Backup Caleb Rowe threw an interception, misfiring high past his target and getting picked by J.T. Venture. Shane Cockerille also threw an interception on a poor read that was nabbed by linebacker L.A. Goree.
Tight end Derrick Hayward continues to prove a matchup challenge for defenders and caught a touchdown pass from Rowe during red-zone work. On the next play, Rowe threw across his body to Taivon Jacobs at the far pylon for another score.
>> Rising sophomore cornerback Will Likely had several pass breakups in red-zone situations and continues to improve in his role as a clear-cut starter. The expectation this season, once Jeremiah Johnson returns, is for Likely to start as the field corner and Johnson to start on the boundary, with Alvin Hill serving as the third option.
“I think Will’s come along,” Edsall said. “Will’s one of those guys who has a tremendous amount of confidence. We’ve got to get Will to understand that he always has to play within himself. He’s limited because he doesn’t have that height. He has to make sure he’s doing the things he’s supposed to, technique and fundamentals, and not try to do some things that could take away from the way he can play the game.”
More on Hill tomorrow.
>> Kicker Brad Craddock hit his extra point and field goals from 28 yards (left hashmark), 35 yards (right hashmark) and 42 yards (middle). His 49-yard attempt from the left hit the crossbar and his 56-yard attempt from the middle was way short.
Backup kicker Adam Greene was true on his extra point, 28-yarder (right hashmark) and 42-yarder (middle). He missed wide right on his 35-yarder (left hashmark) and wide left as time expired from 54 yards.
>> Conaboy and C.J. Brown are the president and vice president, respectively, of the Uplifting Athletes chapter at Maryland, which helps fight cystic fibrosis. They will be promoting this cause at the spring game, where fans can donate.
“Just getting out, see the fans, try to touch as many people as we could,” Conaboy said.
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The 2014 spring game will begin Friday at 7 p.m. Edsall has not settled on the format, but said it would contain some individual drills and seven-on-sevens to give fans a glimpse at Long and Diggs, neither of whom can do team work yet. The scrimmage portion will likely be on a points system rather than straight-up offense versus defense. Quarterbacks will not be live either.
“To us it’s another practice, another evaluation,” Edsall said. “Who’s going to go out and execute what we’ve taught them to do this spring? We’re not going to be the finished product. I’m not looking to be the finished product Friday night.
“We still have a lot of work to do. But I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made this spring.”