Less than a week into preseason camp, Maryland has suffered its first injury of consequence: Justin Anderson, a junior defensive lineman who started every game last season, will miss at least the next six weeks after undergoing foot surgery, Coach Randy Edsall said Saturday.
The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Anderson has played both the tackle and end positions. After playing tackle in 2009, he played strong-side end last season, only to move back to tackle in the spring.
Anderson, who had surgery Friday, was listed behind redshirt freshman Andre Monroe at defensive tackle on the preseason depth chart. But he played end during the first day of camp.
In other injury news, freshman wide receiver Adrian Coxson, a Baltimore native who transferred from Florida last season, was carted off the field during practice and taken back to the Gossett Team House with what Edsall later characterized as a leg injury. Edsall did not have additional details on the injury to Coxson, who is listed on the depth chart as a backup to junior Kevin Dorsey.
“I’ve got that philosophy, next guy in,” Edsall said about injuries. “You get hurt, the next guy has got to step up and be as good or better than the guy he is going to replace. If I am a guy two or three on the depth chart, I’m going to be out here working hard because injuries happen and when you get your opportunity, you’d better make the most of it.”
Senior Tony Logan, who ranked third nationally in average punt return yardage last season, has impressed Edsall thus far as a wide receiver.
“He has a mind-set and a focus that he wants to contribute more than just as a punt returner,” Edsall said. “I see a guy that is improved and that wants to be consistent every day. It is almost like he is on a mission.”
Logan said he hopes to contribute at receiver and as a return man this season. He said he had no information on his role yet.
Edsall likes the depth he has at wide receiver. He said young receivers Devin Burns, a redshirt freshman who moved from quarterback before spring practice, and Marcus Leak, a freshman from Charlotte, have caught his eye.
“With the young kids, is it just a flash or can they do it consistently?” Edsall said.
Sophomore right guard Pete White, who was behind starter Josh Cary on the preseason depth chart, is listed at 330 pounds. Edsall said Saturday that White’s weight remains an issue.
“I am not really happy with where he is right now,” Edsall said. “I don’t think he did enough to come in here and say, ‘Hey, I really want to make a difference.’ Pete has ability. But Pete can be much better if he would just do the things we want him to do and get that weight down.”
Saturday marked the first practice in pads for Maryland players. Edsall said the team worked on red zone, short yardage and goal-line situations, in addition to two-point plays and extra-point and field-goal blocking situations.
Sunday will be the first two-a-day of camp. Maryland will scrimmage Monday and Edsall expects to make changes to the depth chart after he evaluates the scrimmage. . . .
Fan appreciation day is set for Saturday, Aug. 20. Fans can watch practice inside Byrd Stadium from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. and get autographs from players along the rails at the bottom of sections 23-26.