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 defensive line. Today, let’s look at the linebackers.
All images from umterps.com.
1. Kenny Tate, Senior – 6’4″, 220
2. Mario Rowson, Freshman (RS) – 6’3″, 190
3. Desmond Kearse, Freshman (RS) – 6’1″, 180
4. Shaquan Virgil, Junior – 6’1″, 210
5. Joshua Rushing, Junior – 6’2″, 213
Like ROCK, STAR is only meant to be written in all caps. This is a hybrid linebacker/safety position, one that we saw Don Brown use often in his time at Maryland (then known as Rover), and it looks awesome. Tate is a bonafide All-American candidate, Rowson had a lot of hype coming in last year, and Kearse (who got a medical redshirt after missing out most of last year due to injury) is one of the best pass rushers on the team. Virgil and Rushing are transfers – Virgil from Monmouth, Rushing from CC of Baltimore. This looks to be a position that we’ll see a lot of blitzes from, which is great – I was skeptical of Tate and Kearse moving, but both were at their best when rushing the passer last year.
1. Demetrius Hartsfield, Junior (RS) – 6’2″, 235
2. Ryan Donohue, Junior – 6’0″, 230
3. Ray Lynn, Junior – 6’1″, 190
Hartsfield has been an underrated linebacker in his career at Maryland, recording 64 tackles and four sacks in his freshman year and 88 tackles (10 for a loss) last season. He moves over to Mike from Will, where he spent the last two years. After injuries and transfers left Maryland depleted at both Mike and Will spots last year, Donohue served as the primary backup at both spots, and played well, returning an interception for a touchdown in the Wake Forest game. Lynn is a transfer from Franklin & Marshall. Hartsfield will have the challenge of trying to replace the ultra-productive Alex Wujciak, but he certainly has the skill to do the job.
1. Darin Drakeford, Junior – 6’0″, 240
2. Lorne Goree, Freshman (RS) – 6’1″, 225
3. Lamonte Gaddis, Sophomore – 5’9″, 205
Drakeford was perhaps the least known successful Maryland player last year, posting 36 tackles (six for a loss) in an impressive sophomore campaign. He’s a freak athletically and should be a breakout star for the Terps this year. Goree spent a year at a military school before redshirting last year, and is a good prospect for the future. Gaddis is a squad team player that returned a kick-off in the Military Bowl last year.
We’ll continue this story either tonight or tomorrow with the defensive backs.