The Maryland football team completed its 12th open preseason practice Tuesday morning at Byrd Stadium. It was the final open practice of the preseason. The team will scrimmage Wednesday and conclude preseason practice Thursday. Here’s a brief rundown of this morning’s session.
Date: Aug. 19
Open practice number: 10
Duration: About 100 minutes
Location: Practice field
Dress code: Helmets and shoulder pads
— Maryland Coach Randy Edsall said there is no concrete timetable for the return of offensive lineman Evan Mulrooney, who has missed the entire preseason with a viral infection. Mulrooney had a CAT scan done on Monday in addition to more tests. Edsall also said freshman offensive lineman Sean Christie will have surgery on Friday. Christie damaged a ligament in his knee early in camp and is likely done for the year.
— Edsall said that Brandon Ross continues to lead the running back competition, with Albert Reid currently in the two-spot and Wes Brown in the third. Reid got a steady dose of carries Tuesday, and Brown had several dashing touchdown runs during 11-on-11 drills. Former Gilman standout Kenneth Goins also looked strong at fullback, including on a touchdown run that went for about 20 yards up the middle.
Here’s Edsall on the running back situation:
“Brandon [Ross] is No. 1 and then Albert [Reid] and then Wes [Brown]. We are going to continue to look at it and continue to evaluate it. We’ve got a couple more days here and we’ll see where it all shakes out. Those guys are working hard and doing a good job. Hopefully they can continue to do that.”
–Among the defensive standouts, linebacker L.A. Goree had a clean pick of quarterback C.J. Brown during 11-on-11, and Darius Kilgo had a fumble recovery. Edsall spoke about Kilgo and the defensive line depth before practice:
“I really like the depth that we have there. When you take a look at what we have at nose with Darius and Keith there and David Shaw is a young guy, but I like what I’ve seen out of him. At the left end you’ve got Quinton [Jefferson], Spencer [Myers] and Malik [Jones]. You’ve got depth and people that have ability there. On the other side you’ve got Andre [Monroe] and Roman [Braglio] and then even with Kingsley [Opara]. You like that and all you want them to do is keep developing and play to the best of their abilities and for each guy to keep pushing the other guy.
— Wide receiver Stefon Diggs made one of the nicest plays of the day early in practice, hauling in a touchdown pass near the pylon. He nearly dropped the ball after fully extending, but recollected himself in mid-air for the score.
— Junior wide receiver Levern Jacobs, who has been consistent all camp, made several plays in space again on Tuesday. He also had two drops.
— Junior kicker Brad Craddock looked impressive Tuesday. He hit all five of his field goal attempts at varying ranges near the end of practice. Redshirt freshman Adam Greene missed all three of his attempts.