The Maryland football team’s third preseason practice featured a little more hitting, as the squad added shoulder pads Wednesday. Here’s a brief rundown of how it went down.
Date: Aug. 6
Open practice number: 3
Duration: About 135 minutes.
Location: Practice field.
Dress code: Helmets and shoulder pads.
Injured and out: OL Evan Mulrooney
Randy Edsall said before practice that Mulrooney was being evaluated for the second consecutive day for an apparent illness.”He’s at the hospital. They’re checking out some things with him…don’t know what the situation is right now, but hopefully I’ll have a better feel for that here later today. He’s resting comfortably, but we still don’t know what the exact issue is with him.”
He was also asked about the condition of star receiver Stefon Diggs, who briefly broke away from the team Tuesday to stretch with a team trainer. “He just went over there, no big deal,” Edsall said.
–The team ran about 30 plays of 11-on-11 near the end of the practice, which produced a few memorable moments. C.J. Brown started the up-tempo drill with three straight completions, including a crossing route to Diggs that went for about 15 yards. Junior running back Albert Reid followed up with a nice run to the third level, and backup Caleb Rowe made several nice throws. He hit tight end P.J. Gallo over the middle for about a 10-yard gain, then dropped a touchdown pass to Amba Etta-Tawo on a go-route in one-on-one coverage.
— Taivon Jacobs, the 5-foot-9, 160-pound electrifying redshirt freshman who is considered the fastest player on the team, made the play of the day when he made a catch near the sideline and made two cuts up field to beat two defensive backs and reach the end zone. That earned screams from his teammates.
–Officials were at the practice for the first time this week, and at one point flagged the defense for a 15-yard-facemask penalty during a drill. Wes Brown continued to look shifty and physical during live inside run drills against the front eight, and redshirt freshman defensive back Elvis Dennah picked off Perry Hills on a throw midway through.
— Edsall noted who he thought performed well during summer fitness testing, which included categories such as vertical jump, 5-10-5 shuttle, squat, clean and bench, which included: C.J. Brown, Wes Brown, Brandon Ross, Jacquille Veii , Kenny Goins, Marcus Leak, Taivon Jacobs, Andy Zeller, Sal Conaboy, Keith Bowers, Darius Kilgo, Malik Jones, Quinton Jefferson, Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, L.A. Goree, Sean Davis and A.J. Hendy.
— A number of Maryland recruits were spotted visiting the practice, including recent commits Mike Majette and Keiron Howard. Also in attendance was highly coveted 2016 quarterback Dwayne Haskins (Bullis), who stood next to offensive coordinator Mike Locksley for much of the day.
— Maryland announced Wednesday that it will be holding fan appreciation day on Saturday, August 16, at 3:30 p.m. at Byrd Stadium. The team will scrimmage, then Edsall and his players will be available to sign autographs on the field afterward.