Greetings on August’s final day from College Park, site of the Maryland football team’s season opener against Florida International. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:33 p.m. Deposit your in-game thoughts into the comment section. Pregame links and notes are below. Thanks for reading. Enjoy your Saturday.
>> No new injury updates, but both wide receiver Deon Long (back) and running back Jacquille Veii (ankle) will be available. Among the notable players not dressed: defensive lineman Zeke Riser (ankle, but out of walking boot), offensive lineman Nick Klemm (on crutches, boot on right ankle), safety Zach Dancel, defensive back Alvin Hill, wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro and defensive back Rashid Conteh.
>> Caleb Rowe took warmup snaps with Evan Mulrooney, the backup center. Looks like he will be Maryland’s backup quarterback over Ricardo Young, at least for Saturday.
>> Coach Randy Edsall said 11 true freshmen will travel to the team hotel. Will Likely is almost guaranteed playing time as a fourth cornerback. Veii should receive playing time as a third back. It also sounds like Maryland won’t be afraid to play tight end Andrew Isaacs, offensive lineman Moises Larose and wide receiver DeAndre Lane, either in a slot receiving or return role. Former Under Armour all-American Yannick Ngakoue might see time on special teams, too.
>> Along the offensive line, Maryland will start Mike Madaras (left tackle), De’Onte Arnett (left guard), Sal Conaboy (center), Michael Dunn (right guard) and Ryan Doyle (right tackle). Andrew Zeller will be the “swing” guard, backing up both Dunn and Arnett at guard, while Larose will be the third tackle. The Terps hope transfer Silvano Altamirano will move ahead of Gary Harraka as the fourth available guard, but he’s been dealing with some health issues throughout camp.
>> Tony Perry (offense), Chandler Burkett (defense) and Rashid Conteh (special teams) were named the scout team players of the week. Perry, a defensive back recently put on scholarship, moved to offense this past week during practices because of injuries, according to Edsall.
>> The Terps will wear red jerseys with black pants and black helmets. Standard home uniforms.
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