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Posted on May 31, 2014 at 01:13 AM.
Maryland Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall has released the team's first depth chart, featuring a few surprises. Michael Dunn and Ryan Doyle are the surprising starters on the right side of the offensive line, beating out Andrew Zeller and Nick Klemm for those jobs. Kenneth Goins Jr. has beaten out Tyler Cierski for the starting fullback job. Coaches presumably like his play-making ability out of the backfield. Caleb Rowe has won the backup quarterback job, beating out Ricardo Young. Rowe is much less mobile than C.J. Brown, so it will be interesting to see how the offense changes when he is taking the snaps.

Maryland Terrapins Depth Chart - 2013
Regular Offense
STARTER2ND3RD4TH
WRStefon DiggsNigel KingLevern JacobsDeAndre Lane
TEDave StinebaughP.J. GalloAndrew Isaacs
LTMike MadarasNick KlemmJake Wheeler
LGDe'Onte ArnettSilvano AltamiranoG.T. Harraka
CSal ConaboyEvan Mulrooney
RGMichael DunnAndrew ZellerJake Wheeler
RTRyan DoyleNick KlemmJake Wheeler
WRDeon LongAmba Etta-Tawo
QBC.J. BrownCaleb RoweRicardo Young
FBKenneth Goins Jr.Tyler Cierski
HBBrandon RossAlbert ReidJacquille Veii
Base 3-4 Defense
STARTER2ND3RD4TH
LDEQuinton JeffersonRoman BraglioTy Tucker
NTDarius KilgoAndre MonroeNate ClarkeAlex Walker
RDEKeith BowersZeke Riser
LOLBMarcus WhitfieldYannik Cudjoe-VirgilYannick Ngakoue
LILBCole FarrandBradley JohnsonShawn Petty
RILBL.A. GoreeAbner Logan
ROLBMatt RobinsonAlex TwineAvery Thompson
CBDexter McDougleWilliam LikelyAlvin Hill
SSSean DavisA.J. Hendy
FSAnthony NixonUndray ClarkZach Dancel
CBJeremiah JohnsonIsaac Goins
Special Teams
STARTER2ND3RD4TH
KBrad Craddock
PNathan Renfro
HCaleb Rowe
PRStefon DiggsWilliam Likely
KRStefon DiggsWilliam Likely
LSP.J. Gallo
Posted on May 31, 2014 at 01:04 AM.


Randy Edsall Era Enters Third Season

The 2012 season saw the Maryland Terrapins lose 4 different quarterbacks to season-ending injuries, and saw a freshman linebacker start the final 4 games of the season under center. It was an occurrence like none other, and will likely never be repeated in college football. However, Terps fans are excited about the 2013 season, and with good reason.

Third-year head coach Randy Edsall has hit some bad luck in his first two seasons at the helm at the University of Maryland, but has recruited some very talented players and is looking for a full season of health from his team in 2013. C.J. Brown will return at quarterback after tearing his ACL before the 2012 season began. He will be able to run offensive coordinator Mike Locksley's read-option offense much better than true freshman Perry Hills was able to last season. He'll be surrounded by plenty of skill position talent, making fans very excited about this offense.

Stefon Diggs had a breakout freshman season at wide receiver last season, and is only looking to get better in 2013. He'll be joined by junior-college standout Deon Long, who provides C.J. Brown with another speedy threat on the perimeter. Long will likely start at the split end position, while Diggs lines up mostly in the slot. Brandon Ross and Albert Reid return in the Terps' backfield, and they will duke out their snaps throughout the season.

The offensive line is a bit of a concern for the Terps this season, and the team will be relying on some unproven players at key positions. Mike Madaras returns for his sophomore season as the starting left tackle, and is looking to improve on a very impressive true freshman campaign. Sal Conaboy will return as the starting center, and provides some leadership in the middle of the line. De'Onte Arnett will shift from right guard to left guard this season. The right side of the line is a bit undecided, as the group competing for those two jobs is entrenched in tight battles. Right guard will likely be taken by either Andrew Zeller or Michael Dunn, while right tackle will be taken by either Nick Klemm or Ryan Doyle.

Defensive coordinator Brian Stewart impressed many Maryland fans in his first season with the team in 2012. He brought the 3-4 defense back to College Park with great success, but he'll be losing 5 of his starting front 7 from last season. Luckily for him, the players replacing those who are now gone have experience of their own. Darius Kilgo will continue to anchor the defense at nose tackle, while Keith Bowers and Quinton Jefferson replace Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis on the ends. Cole Farrand is the lone returning linebacker, and L.A. Goree joins him on the inside of the 3-4 set. Matt Robinson will be moving down from strong safety to outside linebacker, and is expected to take the weak-side spot. Marcus Whitfield will be the team's primary pass-rusher from his strong-side linebacker position.

The defensive backfield stays relatively intact, especially at cornerback. Dexter McDougle, Jeremiah Johnson, and Isaac Goins form a very talented cornerback unit, and should have no problem shutting down opposing teams' passing attacks. They are joined by true freshman William Likely, who should make an immediate impact both on defense and in the return game. The Terps will be featuring two new safeties this season, but both will have starting experience. Anthony Nixon will be the team's starting free safety, while Sean Davis will battle A.J. Hendy for the strong safety spot.

Brad Craddock has been working with former Ravens kicker Matt Stover in the off-season to improve his kicking ability, and the reports out of camp are very good. His leg is as strong as ever, and he has really worked to gain consistency with his kicks. Nathan Renfro will also look for consistency in his sophomore season as the team's punter.

Randy Edsall will undoubtedly be looking for a bowl berth in his third season in College Park, and this looks like a team that can do that for him. The Terps have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, and are also set up very well to make an immediate impact in the Big Ten Conference in 2014. The final season in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Maryland Terrapins looks to be a good one.

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