The Maryland football team completed its tenth open preseason practice Friday morning at Byrd Stadium. The team will scrimmage Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Here’s a brief rundown of this morning’s session.
Date: Aug. 15
Open practice number: 10
Duration: About 125 minutes.
Location: Byrd Stadium.
Dress code: Helmets and shoulder pads.
Quarterback Perry Hills returned to practice after several days away from the team due to a personal matter. Edsall said that a few players would be given time off on Friday; running back Brandon Ross and wide receiver Daniel Adams were among those who did not participate in team-wide activities.
– The defense was productive during live drills, beginning with Alvin Hill’s acrobatic interception of a deep ball thrown by C.J. Brown during 11-on-11. It was the second consecutive day Hill came away with an interception against Brown. Anthony Nixon made nice contact in the hole against running back Albert Reid, stripping the ball and recovering a fumble.
–Linebacker L.A. Goree was among the most active players for the unit, delivering good contact against running backs and receivers and almost coming up with an interception. Defensive back A.J. Hendy made the defensive play of the day when he scooped up an errant pitch in the backfield and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown.
– With Ross not practicing in live drills, Reid got a majority of the first-team reps and was explosive between the tackles, breaking free into the third level of the defense on several handoffs during 11-on-11.
– Receivers and defensive backs had a nice session of one-on-one battles midway through practice, which included notable catches from Stefon Diggs, Taivon Jacobs and Jacquille Veii. Deon Long had several impressive catches, including on a 20-yard route run against Nixon. Michael Washington, a senior who played at DeMatha, had several nice coverage plays. Veii beat Hendy on a crossing route early, but Hendy responded with an interception later in the drill while covering Levern Jacobs.
– Diggs, Will Likely and Taivon Jacobs continued to get work at punt returner. Likely was upset with himself after practice for muffing several kicks. Kicker Brad Craddock nailed 3 of 4 field goals from varying range, while Adam Green missed several kicks after hitting his first.
– Maryland will be holding fan appreciation day during Saturday’s scrimmage. The team will scrimmage starting at 3:30 p.m., then Edsall and his players will be available to sign autographs on the field afterward.