The Maryland football team’s seventh open preseason practice is in the books. Here’s a brief rundown of how Tuesday night’s session at Byrd Stadium went.
Date: Aug. 12
Open practice number: 7
Duration: About 120 minutes.
Location: Practice field.
Dress code: Helmets and shoulder pads.
Injured and out: OL Evan Mulrooney (viral infection), OL Sean Christie (knee), DL Quinton Jefferson (personal), QB Perry Hills (personal)
Coach Randy Edsall said Mulrooney will undergo testing over the next two weeks before the staff evaluates whether he can return to practice.
– In addition to moving Jacquille Veii and Damian Prince to new positions, Edsall dropped a few newsworthy updates Tuesday, including that Andrew Isaacs is currently the “number one guy” at tight end ahead of P.J. Gallo and Derrick Hayward. He also said Stefon Diggs will be moved to outside receiver, adding most players at receiver are interchangeable.
Edsall on Issacs: “I just wish he was a redshirt freshman. I wish we could have redshirted him last year but we didn’t have the opportunity to do that. … He’s a worker. He’s a guy that really works hard. He’s a guy that really works hard, and you can see it in his body. He’s out there playing with more confidence now and he’s a student of the game. We’ve liked what we’ve seen from his so far.”
– The offense had one of its best days of camp on Tuesday night. During an early 11-on-11 drill, C.J. Brown looked crisp with completions to Diggs, Levern Jacobs and Taivon Jacobs, who caught a pass on a crossing route and flashed some speed in the open field. Brown opened a two-minute drill with four straight completions, then found Taivon Jacobs on an out-pattern a few plays later to set up a goal-line opportunity. Then he threaded the needle with a touchdown to Deon Long on a crossing pattern from about 10 yards out.
“They did look good. They beat us in two-minute today, which I’m not proud of,” linebacker L.A. Goree said. “You got to give it up to them.”
– Veii looked comfortable in his first full practice in the slot. His best moment came during a two-minute drill led by backup quarterback Caleb Rowe, who found Veii for a 30-yard gain on a seam route late in the exercise. That set up a 42-yard field goal from Adam Greene.
“I’m just trying to work and clean up my technique, and just mold my clay at receiver right now,” Veii said after practice.
– Brad Craddock went 5 for 5 with a 51-yard field goal in the rain during the team’s closed practice Tuesday morning, while Greene went 4 of 5 with a missed 51-yarder, Edsall said. Craddock continued his impressive camp during the final stages of Tuesday night’s session, hitting a 40-yarder under duress. The kick came during a drill designed to place the special teams unit on the field as quickly as possible with the game-clock running down.