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Terps preseason football practice report: Tuesday, Aug. 5

(Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

The Maryland football team’s second preseason practice is in the books. Here’s a brief rundown of the second day. 


Date: Aug. 5
Open practice number: 2
Duration: About 125 minutes.
Location: Practice field.
Dress code: Helmets only.


Injured and out: OL Evan Mulrooney, LB Matt Gillespie

Randy Edsall said prior to practice that Mulrooney would be evaluated for an illness Tuesday.


— Freshman right tackle Derwin Gray had a nice showing during one-on-ones, which included a few battles with a hard-charging Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil. Highly touted Damian Prince also fared well, holding his own in one-on-ones against veteran defensive linemen.  He was put on his back on one particular rush by sophomore linebacker Yannick Ngakoue, who is competing with Cudjoe-Virgil at outside linebacker.

“Derwin and I have been going at it but you know it’s all love,” Cudjoe-Virgil said. “We just want to come back out here tomorrow and the day after that and keep battling and get each other better.”

— Edsall noted on the Cudjoe-Virgil and Ngakoue competition: “It’s great to have that competition. We’ll see how it continues to play out. It’s good to have two guys like that, and then again, maybe packages you can have they both can be on the field at the same time.”

— Center Sal Conaboy, who had his helmet knocked off during a contentious round of one-on-ones, commented on Michael Dunn moving to left tackle: “You know Dunn’s moved around so much, I can’t honestly keep track of him. He’s such a versatile player that I don’t even notice it. He still makes his calls…just like he did on the other side.”

— C.J. Brown continued to look vocal and eager to take command of the offense, although he didn’t seem as crisp with his passing as the first day. He was able to complete a number of nice passes during up-tempo seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills. In the two minute drill, he hit tight end Andrew Isaacs on a touchdown pass from about 20 yards out on a play-action pass call.

— The Terps ran nearly 20 11-on-11 plays inside the redzone, which included an over-the-shoulder touchdown pass from Brown to Marcus Leak. There were also several notable defensive plays near midfield during a two-minute drill, which included a breakup from senior defensive back Jeremiah Johnson and an interception by senior Alex Twine, who dove to pick off a batted ball from Brown.

— Edsall said the team would the staff would receive all the results from summer fitness testing on Tuesday evening.

 More from Terps training camp:

Terps preseason football camp report: August 4

Robinson on Ngakoue: “He’s definitely really maturing.

Maryland opens training camp with plenty of returning experience


Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.
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