Camp Observations: Aug 7th

TSR was on hand Tuesday for Maryland's training camp and here are some news and notes.

o Today's workout had players in helmets but without pads.

o Two players did not participate in practice with teammates because they failed to complete the conditioning test on Monday morning. DE Justin Anderson and WR Levern Jacobs spent the day on the stationary bikes and completed other drills by themselves.

o DE Joe Vellano, DT A.J. Francis and DE Keith Bowers were showing good speed off the line in defensive linemen drills.

o Vellano and Francis are really taking on a leadership role with the group of defensive linemen. They were always first in drills and encouraged the younger players throughout the day.

o DE Isaiah Ross had a great day. He impressed in strength drills and beat bigger offensive linemen in one-on-one drills to get to the quarterback. He was having a good showing in a footwork drill until he tripped and fell flat on his face, leading to laughs from his teammates.

o DE Andre Monroe impressed with his strength in drills but was seen carted off after practice. Edsall said that Monroe was not injured but may have started cramping up.

o DE Keith Bowers also suffered some cramps, possibly from dehydration, according to Edsall.

o DE Ty Tucker did not have a very good day. The walk-on jumped offsides a few times during drills and did not seem to have the same strength and movement as the rest of the defensive linemen.

o C Stephen Grommer got the chance to snap the ball a few times in linemen drills but was consistently beat by defenders who got around him.

o T Jake Wheeler was called for a false start but regained his composure and did a good job blocking in linemen drills.

o All the running backs looked very good today. RB Justus Pickett seemed to shine the most, bobbling a pass from QB Ricardo Young and hauling it in after gaining separation from his defender. Pickett had another play where he blew by LB Bradley Johnson and caught a pass from Young.

o RB Wes Brown looked good in the passing game, making sharp cuts to get away from his defenders.

o During 11-on-11's, Wes Brown, WRs Marcus Leak and Tyrek Cheeseboro and QB Perry Hills got to work with QB Brown and RB Pickett. This most likely does not mean anything this early in training camp.

o When there is no pressure, QB C.J. Brown's passing looked a lot crisper than last season, but during 11-on-11's, Brown's first four passes were all thrown into a pack of defenders nowhere near a receiver.

o WR Nigel King had a few good catches but also dropped a few. On one pass from Hills, King tipped the pass and the ball was picked off by CB Jeremiah Johnson.

o Hills looked good as a runner, scrambling down the middle a few times.

o Off a handoff from QB Caleb Rowe, RB Brandon Ross ran down the middle, avoiding all defenders and showing some shiftiness in the open field.

o RB Albert Reid showed a lot of speed off his cuts.

o TE Brian McMahon dropped a wide open pass during drills.

o CB A.J. Hendy had a spectacular knock down of a pass from Rowe to WR Devin Burns that would have been a touchdown.

o P Nathan Renfro looked very solid punting the ball today. P/PK Nick Ferrara also punted a few times, shanking a few of his punts.

o P Brad Craddock also tried kicking some field goals. He was solid up to about the 30-yard line and consistently came up short from that distance. PK Brendan Magistro was able to make it from beyond the 30-yard line.

o DE Ian Evans has decided to leave the University of Maryland, citing personal reasons, according to Edsall.

* Note that the remainder of camp news and notes will be found in the premium message board. Check back on August 10th for our next camp update.

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