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 backfield. Today, let’s look at the receivers and tight ends.
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Now, unlike last year, the receiver positions aren’t split up into handy monikers like Z (Torrey Smith), X (Adrian Cannon) and F (LaQuan Williams), and instead we just have three plain wide receiver positions. Let’s look at them, with our best guess as to which positions are the number one, two and three.
Wide Receiver 1:
1. Kevin Dorsey, Junior (RS) – 6’2″, 205
2. Devin Burns, Freshman (RS) – 6’2″, 185
3. Nigel King, Freshman – 6’3″, 199
Dorsey was a big-time recruit out of Forestville, and it’s finally his time to shine. He’ll be the guy who Maryland will probably count on the most to replace the production of Torrey Smith, and he’ll be looking to build on a very strong Military Bowl showing. Dorsey is probably the only receiver listed as a spring starter who can legitimately feel his job is safe. Burns just moved to wide-out from quarterback, and it’s surprising to see him this high on the depth chart this early. King is a very talented freshman who is a candidate to play in his first year on campus.
Wide Receiver 2:
1. Quintin McCree, Senior (RS) – 6’1″, 190
2. Adrian Coxson, Freshman (RS) – 6’1″, 203
3. Tyrek Cheeseboro, Freshman – 6’0″, 180
Do not be surprised if Coxson is the starter in this spot come fall. The redshirt freshman is a talented transfer from Florida who has arguably the best skill set of any receiver on the team, including Dorsey. McRee got his first significant playing time of his career last year, playing in every game but one (the Military Bowl) and catching 16 passes for 188 yards and one touchdown. Cheeseboro, a speedy player who was originally a 2010 recruit but spent a year at a Military academy, will most likely redshirt his first year.
Wide Receiver 3:
1. Ronnie Tyler, Senior (RS) – 5’9″, 185
2. Kerry Boykins, Junior (RS) – 6’0″, 200
3. Tony Logan, Senior (RS) – 5’10”, 180
4. Webb Dulin, Senior (RS) – 5’8″, 175
Looking at the personnel here, this is definitely the slot position. And strangely enough, even those this is the third wide receiver position, it’s the one with the most experience – by far. Tyler has battled academic problems throughout his career but has shown flashes of brilliance, and has 61 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns in his Maryland career – tops among any returning Maryland receivers by a long shot. Boykins is a guy who impressed late last year, and finished the season with ten receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown. He’s a very good special teams player and an excellent blocker. Dulin is a guy who has been a great scout team player throughout his entire career, and the senior finally saw his first game action last year.
1. Matt Furstenburg, Junior (RS) – 6’4″, 245
2. Devonte Campbell, Junior (RS) – 6’2″, 255
3. Ryan Schlothauer, Junior (RS) – 6’5″, 250
4. Dave Stinebaugh, Sophomore (RS) – 6’4″, 240
Unlike last year, there is only one tight end spot on the depth chart. Furstenburg was a four-star prospect coming out of high school who had a quietly productive year last season, catching 12 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown. Gary Crowton has never been one to really use the tight end position, so it’ll be interesting to see how he utilizes these guys. Campbell spent most of last year injured, but has played at both fullback and tight end for the Terps. Schlothauer is a walk-on who has impressed in his time in College Park, and Stinebaugh is only listed at fourth because of an injury that has taken him out of spring practice. It will be interesting to see if he’s in front of Campbell when healthy, as he’s had an impressive career so far as a Terp in limited playing time.
We’ll continue this series tomorrow with the defensive line.