Maryland certainly does not have a loss for talent at running back. Even with the recent departure of small speedster Caleb Porzel, offensive coordinator James Franklin has a lot of different options in the backfield. A review, in order of projected playing time, starting with the halfbacks:
Da'Rel Scott – SR (RS), Conshohocken, PA, 5'11, 200 – Scott entered last season as the biggest hope for the Terps' offense; an injury plagued year held him to just over 400 yards, however, coming off of a fantastic 1,133 yard, 8 touchdown campaign in 2008. If he can stay healthy (and with his history, that is a giant if), he can be an All-ACC candidate at running back and help lead the Terps to a bowl game.
Davin Meggett – JR, Clinton, MD, 5'9, 215 – After having a very good freshman campaign, Meggett had a less successful sophomore year, when he had a bigger role in the offense. He had nearly two yards per carry less in his sophomore year than in his first, and did not gain more than 60 yards on the ground in any game last season. Overall, Meggett has been a mediocre short-yardage option for Maryland, a role that he might see diminish with the presence of freshman DJ Adams. Unless he does extremely well in preseason practice, Meggett's time on the field will continually shrink.
DJ Adams – FR (RS), Norcross, GA, 5'10, 220 – Built similarly to Meggett, Adams blew away coaches and fans alike with his 14 carry, 70 yard, two touchdown performance in the Red-White Spring Game this year. Adams will likely steal goal line carries from Meggett, and hopefully will get on the field quite often, as he looks to be an electric player who can help energize the Maryland offense.
Gary Douglas – SO (RS), Durham, NC, 6'1, 205 – While it looks like Douglas is the odd man out here, he should see plenty of playing time in the backfield as well. He is very quick and can catch and block in the backfield, so Maryland fans are likely to see him as a third-down option or in other passing situations. Last year, Douglas had 84 yards rushing and 78 yards receiving on 22 total touches.
Haroon Brown – JR (RS), Hampton, VA, 5'11, 260 – Haroon Brown is a big boy. Incredibly strong and a good blocker, he will come into this season with the starting fullback job, at least until Taylor Watson recovers from an ACL injury. Brown redshirted last season, and will give the Terps a good blocking back to help pave the way for the stable of tailbacks.
Taylor Watson – JR (RS), Accokeek, MD, 6'2, 240 – As mentioned earlier, Watson is sidelined with an ACL injury. He was expected to be the starting fullback this season, and the coaches hope he will be back mid-September. While not as strong as Brown, Watson is still a very good blocker who can also run with the ball. The Terps will gain a midseason position battle, hopefully getting great performances out of both players.
Rahsaan Moore – FR, District Heights, MD, 6'2, 240 – One of two recruits for Maryland out of Wise High School this year, Moore will most likely redshirt this year. Still, he has a better chance of playing than either of the two fullbacks following him on this list.
Louis Berman and Paul Lariviere – JR (RS), Tucson, AZ/Brooklyn, NY, 6'0, 230/6'1, 250 – Neither of these guys have seen any game action as Terps, playing on the squad teams for the past three years. One of them might serve as Brown's backup for the few weeks it takes Watson to recover once the season starts, but it's hard to imagine either of them getting playing time.
Overall – B. If they can stay healthy, the Terps will have a great backfield with a lot of options for different situations. If the offensive line, a weakpoint for Maryland, can block adequately (again, a very big if), this could be one of the most efficient running games in the ACC.