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Wes Brown named starting running back after big game against N.C. State

After becoming the Maryland football team’s first 100-yard rusher of the 2012 season, Wes Brown has been named the sole starting running back, ending weeks of platooning in the backfield.
True freshman Wes Brown appears to have earned featured back status at Maryland. (Toni Sandys / The Washington Post)

Brandon Ross, Albert Reid and Justus Pickett are all listed as co-backups on the Terps’ two-deep chart released this afternoon. 
Brown torched North Carolina State for 121 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries Saturday despite sitting out the first quarter. He did not play the previous weekend against Virginia because of a shoulder injury, and the Good Counsel graduate was listed as questionable entering Maryland’s 20-18 loss to the Wolfpack. 
Brown insisted after the game he had not done enough to earn the starting role, having fumbled in the fourth quarter, but Coach Randy Edsall expressed his confidence in the true freshman during his Sunday teleconference. 
With quarterback Perry Hills out for the season after an MRI revealed an ACL tear in his left knee, Caleb Rowe and Devin Burns were listed as co-starters at quarterback entering Saturday’s divisional matchup at Boston College. This likely will be a game-time decision, as Edsall hinted Sunday. 
As for the other changes on the depth chart …
  • De’Onte Arnett, Evan Mulrooney and Josh Cary are listed as first-string offensive linemen after starting against N.C. State. Mulrooney, a center, replaced the injured Sal Conaboy during the Virginia game, while Arnett reclaimed his starting spot from Andrew Zeller. 
  • Ryan Doyle earned his first appearance on the two-deep, as the backup left tackle behind Mike Madaras. Nick Klemm, who began the season as Maryland’s starting left tackle before giving way to the freshman Madaras, is backing up Justin Gilber at right tackle. 
  • Alvin Hill, who served a 14-day suspension because of a violation of team rules this season, is listed as a co-backup cornerback behind Dexter McDougle. 
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