2010 Roster Preview- WR and TE

TSR's Pete Volk previews the Terps position by position. Today previewing the WR's and TE's.

While the backfield has a lot of depth but is looking for a star to break out, the wide receivers have the exact opposite problem. Once again, sorted by projected playing time:

Torrey Smith – JR (RS), Colonial Beach, VA, 6'1”, 200 – Where to start? Smith is already one of the most prolific offensive players in Terrapin history after only two years, setting and then re-breaking the ACC kickoff return yards record. He's currently fifth on Maryland's career all-purpose yard leaders, again after only two years. If you're looking for the one guy the defense has to watch every play, it's Smith. His skill will open up opportunities for other players to get quality numbers, as the defense will have their hands and minds occupied with him. Smith is incredibly quick, with good hands and unbelievable field vision, making him the Terps' one true offensive superstar.

Adrian Cannon – SR (RS), Pontiac, MI, 6'2”, 204 – Cannon is a very good target for Jamarr Robinson. He's a big guy with strong hands, and is reliable as the X-receiver. You're not going to get very many big gains throwing to him, but he does that 10-yard curl route to perfection, giving the Terps an easy first down. Last season, he had 44 catches for 468 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Ronnie Tyler – JR (RS), Wagener, SC, 5'9”, 185 – Tyler is the perfect juxtaposition to Cannon – small, speedy, and able to get huge yardage at any time. While Tyler has yet to live up to his potential (48 catches for 571 yards and two touchdowns in two seasons), he has continued to grow as a player and should be a great option for Robinson on slant patterns out of the F-slot.

LaQuan Williams – SR (RS), Baltimore, MD, 6'1”, 190 – Williams made the 2007 All-ACC Freshman team when he had 15 catches for 217 yards, but that was by far his best season with the Terps. Williams is Tyler's backup right now, but can play all three wideout positions.

Tony Logan – JR (RS), Piscataway, NJ, 5'10”, 180 – Usually in college football, playmakers are playmakers, and great punt returners will find somewhere else to be productive as well. This is not true in the mysterious case of Logan, who is one of the most accomplished return-men in the ACC, but has not caught a pass in his collegiate career. Expect a bigger role from him this season.

Kevin Dorsey – SO (RS), Forestville, MD, 6'2”, 205 – Dorsey has good size and can be a big target for Robinson coming off the bench. He only had 3 catches for 17 yards last year, and is listed as Adrian Cannon's backup.

Kerry Boykins – SO (RS), Chesapeake, VA, 6'0”, 200 – Boykins is a great blocker on the outside, and should see plenty of playing time just for that reason. Don't expect many throws his way, however, or passes in general when he's on the field. Boykins will mostly appear on clear running downs.

Quintin McCree – JR (RS), Brandywine, MD, 6'1”, 190 – McCree has had 5 catches for 24 yards in two years with the Terps, and enters the fall as Torrey Smith's primary backup. McCree is fast, but has not been able to translate that to production on the field for Maryland.

Emani Lee-Odai – SR (RS), Washington, DC, 6'2”, 200 – Lee-Odai is another case of talent without results for the Terps. The coaches praise his speed, and he is a big wide receiver. However, he only has

17 catches for 202 yards with the Terps in three seasons.

Tyrek Cheeseboro – FR, Baltimore, MD, 5'11”, 169 – Cheeseboro is an extremely fast true freshman who the coaches hope to mold in the form of Darrius Heyward-Bey. He will likely redshirt his freshman season.

Webb Dulin, Alex Fletcher, Joey McQueeney, Eric Powell – None of these guys should see any time on the field for the Terps. Dulin looked good in the Spring Game, and he has the best shot of making it out of the practice squad.

Grade – C. The tandem of Cannon (good hands for short yardage), Tyler (quick for long gains), and Smith (combination of everything you would want in a wide receiver) is one that is hard to contend with. However, the Terps struggle with depth. While they have a lot of options coming off the bench, it's tough for Terp fans to have confidence in any of them.

Maryland had a terrible season with Tight Ends last year, combining for 27 catches and 237 yards from that position. They have a lot of options there this year, including one intriguing new one.

Devonte Campbell – SO (RS), Forestville, MD, 6'2”, 255 – Campbell has a lot of potential for the Terps. He's a workout warrior whose numbers have only been surpassed by Vernon Davis among Maryland tight ends. He's a versatile player who can play fullback, slot receiver, and tight end. He's fast, strong, is a good receiving option, and can block well. It's just a question of putting it all together. Last year, he finished with five receptions for 14 years. This year, he should have a more prominent role in the offense, and we'll see what coach Friedgen decides to do with him.

Lansford Watson – JR (RS), Brooklyn, NY, 6'4”, 260 – Watson is a big guy, and is a better blocker than Campbell. Watson and Campbell are actually remarkably similar players, and will both spend plenty of time on the field. Campbell is just more likely to play in one tight end sets, while Watson will be a blocker in run situations and two tight end formations.

Will Yeatman – SR, San Diego, CA, 6'6”, 250 – A transfer from Notre Dame, Yeatman is a very interesting opportunity for the Terps at tight end. A lacrosse player for Maryland for the last two years, Yeatman has been out of football for a while, but was a top-end recruit coming out of high school and could see significant playing time this fall.

Matt Furstenburg – SO (RS), Princeton, NJ, 6'4”, 245 – Speaking out top-end recruits coming out of high school, Furstenburg has largely been a bust in his time with Maryland, hauling in one catch for nine yards last year. He does have three years of eligibility left, but he has been incredibly unimpressive in practices for such a highly-touted prospect. Yet another case of an outrageous amount of talent that needs to be put together.

Dave Stinebaugh and Ryan Schlothauer – Most likely will stay on the practice squad all season.

Grade – C. The Terps have plenty of choices at tight end, but none have separated themselves from the pack. This unit has the potential to be very, very good, or very, very bad. Or very, very mediocre. We'll see come September.

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