The Maryland football team completed its eighth open preseason practice Wednesday afternoon. Here’s brief breakdown.
Date: Aug. 13
Open practice number: 8
Duration: About 120 minutes.
Location: Practice field.
Dress code: Full pads.
After missing several days because of a personal situation, defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson returned to practice Wednesday.
– The offense had one of its best showings Tuesday night and continued to show progress Wednesday. Running backs Brandon Ross, Albert Reid and Wes Brown all got a steady dose of carries during inside running drills, with Ross getting a bulk with the first team. Stefon Diggs played with noticeable energy, too, finishing blocks, creating space with his route-running and catching nearly everything thrown in his direction.
–C.J. Brown had consecutive completions to Levern Jacobs and Deon Long to cover about 35 yards during a two-minute drill, and he subsequently spiked a ball to set up a field goal by Brad Craddock from about 40 yards out to finish the drive.
–Brown also had notable completions to Long, Diggs and Jacobs during a separate 11-on-11 drill, the latter of which came on a bullet over the middle and resulted in a near touchdown.
– Antwaine Carter, a freshman out of Westlake, made a nice interception during 11-on-11. He slipped trying to make the grab, then adjusted his body to catch his own bobble in the middle of the field.
–Wes Brown finished off a red-zone drill late in practice with a touchdown, diving over a pile of lineman to score.
– Diggs, Will Likely and Taivon Jacobs all continued to field kicks Wednesday. Coach Randy Edsall said Likely and Diggs are the top two candidates to handle punt returns, while the staff is considering both those players and Jacobs at kick returner.
“There’s going to be other things that come into play there. I know we have Stefon, who’s demonstrated that he can be outstanding in that area. Will has demonstrated that he can be very good. I think Taivon can be very good,” Edsall said.
– Jacquille Veii had a “good day” practicing for the first time at wide receiver Tuesday night, according to Edsall. The sophomore made a few plays out of the slot Wednesday, too. He caught a ball in the flat and flashed his speed during 11-on-11 and seemed to be running crisp routes. He also had two drops, one in traffic and another with a defender playing close to his back.
– On Wednesday morning, Edsall said he told Damian Prince he had a good first day at left guard Tuesday night. Prince continued to get live reps Wednesday. “It’s not perfect. It’s not going to be perfect,” Edsall said of Prince. “I saw a guy, almost looked like he’s more comfortable almost at that position.”