It was a bit of a mystery when running back D.J. Adams, who scored 11 rushing touchdowns last season, was left off Maryland’s two-deep depth chart for Monday’s game against Miami.
Coach Randy Edsall explained the omission in Wednesday’s ACC teleconference when he said Adams and offensive lineman Cody Blue were involved in a “team issue” and would not play against Miami on Labor Day night. Edsall characterized the transgression as a violation of team rules. Blue played in three games last season as a redshirt freshman.
Edsall also talked a little about the recent conversation he had with Miami Coach Al Golden. Miami’s first-year coach called Edsall and essentially explained that he would have to wait to release his team’s depth chart because of the uncertainty surrounding eight ineligible players and whether the NCAA would reinstate them in time for the game. (All eight will not play in the game.)
Edsall and Golden have known each other for some time and there is “mutual respect” between the two coaches. Edsall said the only advice he offered Golden, who inherited the mess at Miami, was “just keep looking forward.”
It may be a bit unusual for two opposing coaches to speak leading up to a game, but, as Edsall said, “This situation is a little bit different.”
“You appreciate what he did,” Edsall said. “I would have done the same.”
The only other item of note was Edsall’s comments on Nick Ferrara, who will handle kickoff, punting and place-kicking duties against Miami. Edsall didn’t know if he ever had a player handle all three duties.
“He outplayed everyone” in preseason camp, Edsall said.