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News and notes from Randy Edsall’s Maryland media day news conference

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Maryland Coach Randy Edsall met with reporters for about a half-hour Monday afternoon before disappearing into the bowels of the team facility for meetings. Edsall hinted that a few personnel moves could be made ahead of Tuesday night’s practice, which comes on the heels of a Sunday scrimmage that capped the first week of fall camp. Here’s a list of items that Edsall touched on Monday:

–No timetable on the return of offensive lineman Evan Mulrooney, who was released from the hospital Monday after coming down with a viral infection last week.

— While corner Denzel Conyers returned to the team Saturday night after leaving for a day because of a death in the family, junior defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson is still away from the team because of personal reasons.

Wrestler-turned-defensive lineman Spencer Myers has really impressed Edsall, and he will practice with the first-team defense Tuesday in the absence of Jefferson. “He has caught the attention of everybody,” Edsall said.

— When asked if the four-way battle at running back was beginning to show clarity, Edsall said “probably a little bit,” and mentioned junior Brandon Ross first: “I’ve been impressed with Brandon Ross. … He put the ball on the ground a couple times but since the last time he hasn’t done that. He understands ball security. But Brandon is better as a pass blocker, has good hands and he’s being productive out there.”

— Edsall didn’t sound overwhelmingly pleased with the wide receivers’ first week of practice. He noted brothers Taivon and Levern Jacobs as the two most impressive receivers during camp so far, and he reinforced that later when he credited Levern’s performance during Sunday’s scrimmage. He also said Deon Long, who has been out for several days, will likely return to practice Tuesday in some capacity. Here’s a snippet from Edsall on the entire group:  “We’re not looking for receivers that can just catch the ball around here, okay. This isn’t flag football, this isn’t seven-on-seven. We’ve got to have complete receivers.”

— In regard to the kicking game, Edsall said freshman punter Lee Shrader has not “been really consistent at all, and I don’t think he’s really putting a lot of pressure on Nate [Renfro] right now.” Edsall also noted that Brad Craddock is having an excellent camp. Adam Greene, the redshirt freshman place kicker out of Broadneck High, has improved but didn’t have a great scrimmage Sunday, Edsall said.

— In addition to Levern and Taivon Jacobs, Sunday’s scrimmage also produced solid performances from senior left guard Silvano Altamirano and wide receiver Marcus Leak, who battled through “a little bit of an injury,” Edsall said. Other notables included Ross, the running back, and freshman center Brendan Moore, who got looks with the second unit after starter Sal Conaboy tweaked an ankle.


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



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Roman Stubbs · August 11, 2014