Maryland football preseason camp

August 3

Maryland’s summer camp

Can C.J Brown stay healthy?

Bad health has been a narrative at Maryland the past two seasons, and it starts with Brown. The sixth-year quarterback enters his final year with a chance to lead one of the Big Ten’s most exciting offenses; he has wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, plus a host of capable backfield mates, at his disposal. But Brown has missed about two years of his career because of injury, including a shoulder injury in 2010, an ACL tear in 2012 and a lingering concussion and trunk injury that nagged him last season. When Brown is healthy, he’s capable of being a special player — he had more than 2,000 yards passing and 500 rushing last season — but Maryland must fortify its offensive line and Brown must find a way to stay on the field if the Terrapins want to have offensive continuity.

Who will provide depth along the offensive line?

Maryland Coach Randy Edsall said last week he was pleased with the offensive line’s growth during the spring, but the coaching staff still needs to find depth. The line has a quality veteran center in senior Sal Conaboy, who was named to the Rimington Award watch list. Expect several position battles, including at left guard between Silvano Altamirano and junior Evan Mulrooney. Also keep an eye out for the battle at right tackle between Ryan Doyle and freshman Derwin Gray. Another pressing question is how quickly Maryland will bring along prized recruit Damian Prince at left tackle. He’s wedged behind veterans Michael Dunn and Jake Wheeler and will have to earn playing time with solid camp performances, Edsall said last week.

How will the secondary fare?

Maryland’s defensive unit returns starters at all three levels but will have to continue polishing its secondary during camp. It has two reliable safeties in Sean Davis and Anthony Nixon, and veteran A.J. Hendy has played in 30 games and provides quality depth. Finding a solid rotation of cornerbacks seems like the more pressing task. Maryland has a solid player in sophomore William Likely, who made strides as a freshman. He’s expected to start and also be a key piece in the return game. Junior Alvin Hill is listed as the other starter — he’ll be pushed by a healthy Jeremiah Johnson and cornerback Jarett Ross, who played in 12 games last year. But the Terps will have to find reliability in Undray Clark and walk-on Michael Washington to fortify the position.

— Roman Stubbs

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