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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Next up is running backs.
Who is out:
Justus Pickett (5'10, 185)
- Pickett left Maryland last season after the fall semester to return to his home state of North Carolina to "attend to a family matter."
What they lose:
- Pickett finished with 142 yards on 69 carries with three touchdown, and 19 catches for 138 yards and touchdown.
Who is in:
Brandon Ross (5'10, 210)
-Ross led the Terps' rushing attack last season with 390 yards and a touchdown, with the majority of his success coming towards the end of the season. Ross picked up where he left off, putting together an impressive spring that culminated in 19-carry, 122-yard performance during the spring game.
-Ross is one of the most experienced backs on the team, and he has the potential to be the type of every down back the Terps need. This spring, Ross looked strong running between the tackles and he is working to improve his football IQ; (he specifically said: "knowing where everyone needs to be on the offensive line, who is supposed to block who"). If Ross improves his pre-snap reads it will allow him to hit the holes better, and that should result in longer gains. Given Wes Brown's "situation," it's even more important for Ross to be at the top of his game this fall.
Albert Reid (5'9, 205)
-Reid did not get much time on the field his during his freshman year, and that is something he hopes to change this fall. The sophomore had an impressive spring, and capped it off with 23 carries and 135-yards in the Red-White game. The coaches were impressed with Reid's consistency this spring, and he has a shot to challenge Ross for a spot atop the depth chart.
Joe Riddle (6'0, 200)
-Riddle had his shining moment of the spring during Maryland's scrimmage at Middletown High, where he rushed for over 100 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown. I don't foresee the red-shirt freshman getting significant time this fall, but he could factor into the mix and play a smaller role for the Terps.
Wes Brown (6'10, 210)
-Brown was suspended indefinitely by the university (due to his recent legal troubles), he is still listed on the roster. Brown is not able to participate in team workouts or activities, however as I said before he remains on the roster until further action is taken.
Brown got off to a good start last season, and despite missing the final four games of the year with an injury, he rushed for 382 yards and two touchdowns last season. The sophomore tore his labrum during the off season and missed the the spring season after undergoing surgery. Brown could have had a significant impact this season, however, his future with the team is in serious jeopardy. Even if Brown does emerge from his legal woes unscathed, he has still missed a lot of time with injuries etc… With both Brandon Ross and Albert Reid stepping up this spring, Maryland should be in good shape at the running back position, with or without Brown.
Jacquille Veii (5'9, 181)
- Veii rushed for 744 yards and nine touchdowns for the Avalon School last season. He spent much of his time at DB, playing both corner and free safety. Veii could possibly contribute on special teams, but he is also a red-shirt candidate depending on how the depth chart works out.
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