Thanks to umterps.com, we have a first look at Maryland’s spring football depth chart, and there are quite a few surprises. Yesterday we looked at the offensive line. Today, let’s look at the backfield.
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1. Danny O’Brien, Sophomore (RS) – 6’3″, 215
2. C.J. Brown, Sophomore (RS) – 6’3″, 200
3. Tyler Smith, Freshman (RS) – 6’3″, 195
4. Troy Jones, Freshman – 6’1″, 186
If there was one position where the starter is absolutely certain, this is it. DOB had a fantastic freshman year last year, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t depth behind him. During spring practice last year, Friedgen was high on Brown, and Smith is one of the the better prospects the Terps have gotten this decade. Jones is a blog favorite who is a walk-on from St. Paul’s.
1. Davin Meggett, Senior – 5’9″, 215
2. D.J. Adams, Sophomore (RS) – 5’10”, 220
3. Gary Douglas, Junior (RS) – 6’1″, 210
4. Jeremiah Wilson, Freshman (RS) – 5’10”, 185
As you all can see, with the departure of Da’Rel Scott, Maryland’s backfield is now very large. Meggett and Adams were expected to be 1A and 1B, but it looks like the senior has the job for now. No matter what, Adams should get a boatload of carries, as the sophomore had a team-high 11 rushing touchdowns last season. Douglas is a good pass-catching option out of the backfield, and Wilson recently converted from cornerback and has excellent speed and agility.
1. Taylor Watson, Senior (RS) – 6’2″, 240
1. Haroon Brown, Senior (RS) – 5’11”, 260
1. Rahsaan Moore, Freshman (RS) – 6’2″, 245
4. Jeff Hernandez, Freshman – 5’11”, 245
Well, this is interesting. Coming into last season, Watson was the starter until an injury sidelined him for about half the year. Brown picked up the slack, and proved to be a very effective blocking back. While Watson is likely the leader for the starting job, it isn’t surprising that these two are competing for the job. For Moore to be this high on the depth chart, however, is encouraging for his progress and for the future of the position, because the two guys in front of him are gone after this year. Hernandez is another walk-on blog favorite who is huge for a freshman. It will be exciting to say the least to watch him play when he gets the chance.
We’ll continue this series either tonight or later tomorrow with the receivers and tight ends.