Football season is just a few weeks away, and as a primer, here's a breakdown of how the Terps will look heading into fall camp.
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We will kick things off with the wide receivers.
Who is out:
Kevin Dorsey (6'3', 210)
- Dorsey was fourth on the team last year in receptions with 18 catches for 311 yards. He has played in 47 career games with 23 starts. The highlight of Dorsey's days at Maryland was his junior year when he led the team in receptions (how many receptions did he have?)
Kerry Boykins (5'11', 190)
- Boykins had one catch for 12 yards last season as he missed nearly the whole year with an injury.
Marcus Leak (6'1, 205)
- In late May, the sophomore wide receiver withdrew from the university citing personal issues. Leak said he plans to return to the program in January, but it does not look like Maryland will get him back in time for the season.
What they lose:
- Dorsey had 18 receptions for 311 yards and four touchdowns last season and led the team with an average of 17.3 yards per reception.
- Boykins missed the final seven games of the season with an injury so this isn't a huge loss for the Terps.
- Leak was Maryland's second-leading receiver last season, despite missing the final five games of the season with a broken toe. Numbers-wise, Leak had 23 receptions for 393 yards and two touchdowns last season.
- Last season Diggs had 54 receptions for 848 yards, and some of that was with a linebacker in Shawn Petty throwing Diggs the ball during the last part of the year. But let's be honest, you don't need the numbers to know what Diggs did for the Terps last season. Maryland should get more of the same from him this year. Expect Diggs to line up from both the outside position and the slot. He will also benefit from the addition of the JUCO transfer Deon Long.
- Long had a record-setting sophomore year at Iowa Western Community College, catching 25 touchdown passes en route to the National Junior-College Athletic Association championship.
- Last season's stats: 100 catches for 1,625 yards and 25 touchdowns. Bottom Line: Long has the potential to have a Diggs-like impact on the offense.
- King had nine receptions for 125 yards last season and one touchdown. King's 2012 stats are nothing impressive, but his play this spring was. It looked like he would have to battle Marcus Leak for that third wide out spot, but with Leak out for the year, it's King's job to lose.
- Etta was another receiver who separated himself this spring. He red-shirted last season, allowing him to learn the offense and build up his body. He's a playmaker and gives the Terps another solid option behind King.
- Jacobs is an explosive player who could be a downfield threat for the Terps who boasts terrific breakaway speed and can make defenders miss in the open field. He could have a shot as the third or fourth receiver and could earn some playing time on special teams returns kicks. He's also a red-shirt candidate depending on how the depth chart works out.
- I don't foresee Lane seeing significant playing time this season, although he did have an impressive performance during the Big 33 game. He has definitely improved his ability to go up and get the ball in coverage. Still, Lane needs to add some muscle to play with the big boys at the college level. If an unforeseen circumstance occurs, Lane would most likely fit in as a slot receiver if he is not redshirted. He may also contribute on special teams as a return man.
- Bowman is listed behind Deon Long, Amba Etta and tight-end-turned-wide receiver Daniel Adams on the spring depth chart. I'm not expecting too much production here.
- Jacobs had seven receptions for 50 yards last season for an average of 7.1 yards per catch. Jacobs has good speed and had a solid showing this spring. He will get a few snaps when Diggs needs to come off the field.
- Culmer might have helped himself out with a good spring, which earned him a sport right below King at the third receiver spot. Culmer has a soft set of hands and shows the ability to pull down passes in traffic.
- Cheeseboro can't seem to stay healthy long enough to get a decent read on him. He spent most of the spring rehabbing a hamstring, and nearly every other part of his body.
TJ Ehrle/ Regis Whittingham
- Both are seniors at the bottom of the depth chart. Maryland is so stacked at wide receiver it's hard
Out With the Old, In With the New
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