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Maryland football depth chart laden with freshmen after Temple loss

Maryland Coach Randy Edsall will address any personnel changes in a few hours. But a look at Maryland’s latest two-deep depth chart reveals that freshmen are listed 18 times.

All eyes are on one of the safety positions now that Matt Robinson is out for the season with a shoulder injury. Redshirt freshman Titus Till is slated to start in Robinson’s place, with true freshman A.J. Hendy backing up Till. That means that Kenny Tate remains the starter at the Star position, a hybrid safety and linebacker slot.

At the other safety spot, senior Austin Walker is listed as the backup to Eric Franklin. Senior Maurice Hampton is the starter at defensive tackle because Andre Monroe is likely out with an ankle sprain. Junior A.J. Francis is listed as the backup to tackle Joe Vellano.

Linebacker Darin Drakeford is also likely out with an ankle sprain. Lorne Goree (Mike) and Demetrius Hartsfield (Will) are the starters at the other linebacker positions.

Offensively, Quintin McCree is the starter at one wide receiver position. Kevin Dorsey is listed as the starter at the other position over Ronnie Tyler. Only two wide receiver spots are listed.

Saturday’s game against Towson is all about how Maryland can get itself in gear before the game at Georgia Tech on Oct. 8. Towson, of course, is a Football Championship Subdivision team, but it is much improved. Third-year coach Rob Ambrose spent seven seasons as an assistant under Edsall at Connecticut.

Towson (3-0) has wins over Morgan State, Villanova and Colgate. Sophomore quarterback Grant Enders has completed 73.3 percent of his passes. He ranks fourth in the FCS in passing efficiency. Junior Dominique Booker and freshman Terrance West are both averaging more than five yards per carry this season.

Towson has allowed just 30 points in three games. It has racked up seven sacks, five fumble recoveries and three interceptions. The Tigers rank first in the FCS in scoring defense and 12th in total defense.

What question do you want to see Edsall answer today in his first news conference after Saturday’s humiliating loss to Temple?


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