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 backs. Today, let’s look at the special teams.
All images from umterps.com.
Nick Ferrara, Junior – 6’0″, 200
Ferrara was the starting kicker as a freshman (earning freshman All-American honors), but lost the job to Travis Baltz last year after injuries led to an ineffective spring. That first year he made 18 of 25 field goal attempts, including seven of ten above 40 yards, and nailed all 26 extra point attempts. True freshman Nathan Renfro is the only guy who could really compete with Ferrara for this job, but Renfro is a punter by trade. This is without a doubt Ferrara’s job to lose.
Michael Tart, Freshman (RS) – 6’2″, 170
I literally cannot find a picture of Tart anywhere. He’s a walk-on, and is holding the starting spot for now. I would expect Ferrara to win this spot during the spring, with Renfro taking over in the fall.
1. Tim Downs, Senior (RS) – 6’0″, 230
2. Greg Parcher, Sophomore – 6’3″, 185
Downs is a third-year starter at long snapper for the Terps, and that’s about all I can say here. He was a top-rated long snapper coming out of high school, and has done a more than serviceable job for Maryland in his time here.
They don’t have kick returner and punt returner listed yet, but I would imagine Tony Logan will hold down his punt returning slot and possibly take over the kick returning job as well. Other candidates include Dexter McDougle and Trenton Hughes, both cornerbacks.