First-year Maryland football coach Randy Edsall sat down with reporters for a 30-minute interview session on Tuesday. Some highlights:
— Defensive lineman Zach Kerr will be academically ineligible this season. His future with the program is uncertain. “It is unfortunate whenever a young man does not fulfill his obligations in the classroom,” Edsall said. “I did what I could do by keeping him out of spring practice.”
— Wide receiver Nigel King, a freshman from North Carolina, will not be eligible this fall either because of an NCAA clearinghouse ruling. Edsall said King will essentially redshirt this fall. He can practice but can’t play in games.
— Edsall said he expects to have an indoor practice facility, perhaps as early as 2012. But he said no decisions have been made on location or specifics. The facility “will benefit all athletic teams and the student body,” said Edsall, who added that intramurals could be played inside the facility during evenings.
— Edsall also said Byrd Stadium will have an artificial playing surface by the 2012 season.
— Offensive lineman Pete DeSouza, who broke both legs in last season’s on-campus motor scooter accident, has undergone surgery again to replace rods in his legs. Edsall said DeSouza has a “long way to go.”
— Players will report on Aug. 8, and the first practice of training camp will be Aug. 9. Pencil media day in for Aug. 16.
— Edsall said 65 percent of the team had a grade-point average of 2.5 or better during the spring semester. “I am pleased with the direction we are going and pleased with the results,” Edsall said.