Another week, another depth chart. After last week’s humiliation at the hands of Temple and the many injuries that ensued, you had to figure there would be some pretty major depth chart changes for Maryland heading into this Saturday’s in-state battle against Towson. If you did, you figured right. Let’s look over the new depth chart.
On offense, the only changes come at the receiver slots. Kevin Dorsey retains the starting spot he’s had all year long, and Quintin McCree rejoins him as the other starter after returning from his two-game suspension. Also returning from a two-game suspension is Ronnie Tyler, who is Dorsey’s immediate backup (but he will likely start at the slot spot). Tony Logan is listed as the fourth receiver, as McCree’s backup. Notably missing is Kerry Boykins, who led the team in receiving against Temple but has dropped countless passes this season.
Defense is where things get interesting. After the injury to Andre Monroe, Maurice Hampton is listed as a starting defensive tackle, joining Joe Vellano on the interior line. A.J. Francis backs up Vellano, while redshirt freshman Darius Kilgo is listed as Hampton’s backup. Hampton had five tackles, including two for a loss, in last week’s loss to Temple. Further down the line, Keith Bowers is now the unquestioned starter at defensive end (opposite David Mackall), and former offensive lineman Cody Blue is listed as his backup, marking our first position change of the regular season. No word on former starter Clarence Murphy, who is now missing from the depth chart.
Kenny Tate remains at the STAR spot, ending rumors that he might move to safety after Matt Robinson’s season-ending injury, but there are some changes at linebacker after the injury to former starter at WILL Darin Drakeford. Lorne Goree becomes the starter at MIKE after a strong performance against Temple, moving Demetrius Hartsfield over to WILL, where he spent the past two years. True freshmen Cole Farrand and Alex Twine will backup Goree and Hartsfield, respectively.
Dexter McDougle and Cameron Chism remain the starters at cornerback, with Jeremiah Johnson and Trenton Hughes backing them up, and Eric Franklin is still the starter at free safety. With Robinson out for the year, however, former stud recruit and current redshirt freshman Titus Till will start at strong safety, with true freshman A.J. Hendy backing him up. Till has played in all three games so far this season, recording one tackle.
So you’ve got three new starters on defense – Hampton (a former offensive lineman), Goree (a redshirt freshman), and Till (a redshirt freshman). Two have impressed in limited playing time this year, while one was once a highly-touted recruit. Towson is currently undefeated, sitting at 3-0. Saturday’s matchup is looking like it may be a little more interesting than Terps’ fans may have wanted.