Maryland releases depth chart ahead of opener against James Madison


Running back Brandon Ross, shown here in last season’s opener, will start at running back against James Madison.(Doug Kapustin for The Washington Post)

Maryland Coach Randy Edsall had settled a number of position battles as training camp came to an end last week, but the period of evaluation is over. Maryland released an updated depth chart Monday evening, and there were no Earth-shattering surprises.

Brandon Ross (running back), Andrew Isaacs (tight end) and Silvano Altamirano (left guard) are the projected starters at positions that were wide open when preseason camp opened three weeks ago. Nose tackle is the only position that remains without a clear-cut starter; Keith Bowers and Darius Kilgo are listed as co-starters, and Edsall said last week that the team will rely heavily on both players being in the rotation.

Both Levern Jacobs and Alex Twine, the two upperclassmen who are facing second-degree assault charges, are listed on the two-deep. Jacobs will start at wide receiver, while Twine is a backup inside linebacker.

Stefon Diggs, who received second-team reps during the team’s open scrimmage, will start alongside Jacobs and Deon Long at wide receiver. Diggs is also listed as the team’s kick returner alongside Taivon Jacobs, while corner Will Likely will handle the punt return duties.

On the defensive side of the ball, Likely will start at corner alongside junior Alvin Hill. Senior Jeremiah Johnson is listed behind Likely as the third corner, although Edsall said early in preseason camp that he views Johnson as a starter.

Edsall considers Altamirano as one of the camp’s standouts. Altamirano was initially supposed to battle Evan Mulrooney for the starting job in camp, but Mulrooney missed the duration of preseason after coming down with a viral infection and isn’t listed on the two-deep. Derwin Gray is the only freshman listed on the two-deep, where he’ll backup right tackle Ryan Doyle.

Blue-chip freshman Damian Prince, who was moved from left tackle to guard two weeks ago, is not listed on the depth chart.

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