Maryland running back D.J. Adams, who last season set a school freshman record with 11 rushing touchdowns, will be available to play in Saturday’s game against West Virginia after sitting out the season-opening victory over Miami because of a violation of team rules.
While Adams is not listed on Maryland’s two-deep depth chart at running back, Coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday that the coaching staff has incorporated some things in the game plan tailored to Adams’ strengths.
“There will be a role for D.J. this week,” Edsall said. “He is back in good graces. He served his penance. When you have those situations that come up, you deal with them and then when they are over you move on.”
Last season, Adams excelled in short-yardage and goal-line situations. He may be able to provide a similar boost Saturday for the Terrapins, who moved the ball with regularity against Miami but struggled once in the red zone.
Edsall said that starting back Davin Meggett, who had 21 carries for 92 yards against the Hurricanes, will carry the “heavy load” of the carries. Backup Justus Pickett, who had six carries for 22 yards in his debut, should also see action.
Quarterback Danny O’Brien said Tuesday that Adams’s return will greatly benefit the offense because “he seems to always fall forward” when he runs.