Young Terps Impress in Spring Practice

Maryland's first day of spring football practice was today, and selected media members were able to attend for the first four "phases" of practice. What follows is a short review of the day's events:

Most of the 2010 Maryland football team took the field today for what was the first spring practice of the year. Coaches set up different stations, and the team split up into different groups by position. The offense set up on the right side of the practice field, sporting white jerseys, the defense on the left side wearing reds, and the quarterbacks stationed in the middle with yellow jerseys.

On defense, two newcomers and one redshirted freshman impressed in the drills.

Javarie Johnson, a linebacker who is arguably Maryland's best recruit of the 2010 class, did extremely well in a drill in which the players had to strip a football that was attached with Velcro to a tackle dummy. While most players were attempting to knock the ball out by slapping it down, Johnson delivered a punishing hit to the dummy, sending the ball flying.

David Mackall, a linebacker from Fork Union Military Academy, was impressive in the field goal blocking and fumble recovery drills, able to quickly move his large 6'3" 240 frame and pounce on the ball.

Avery Graham, a cornerback from Clarksburg High School who was one of the most impressive players on last year's scout team, was extremely impressive in the field goal blocking drill. Graham used his quickness to easily get around to the ball, and on the one attempt when he did not get a fast start, Graham was able to stretch out completely and still block the "kick", impressing the rest of the team with his efforts.

On offense, three lineman did well in the one-on-one drills, junior Andrew Gonnella, sophomore Justin Gilbert, and freshman Nick Klemm. Gonnella and Gilbert are projected to start at left guard and left tackle for the Terps, respectively.

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