One more loss and Maryland is officially out of bowl contention. Up against rival Virginia, can Maryland hold off the inevitable for one more week? Let’s check out the changes in the depth chart for Saturday’s game.
Kevin Dorsey is back, which should help Maryland’s receiving corps significantly. He is listed as one of the starters at receiver, along with Quintin McCree. Previous starter Marcus Leak is not listed in the two-deep, and neither is last weekend’s breakout player Adrian Coxson. The backups to Dorsey and McCree are Kerry Boykins and Ronnie Tyler, respectively. The Terps’ receivers have struggled with a case of the drops in recent weeks, and the return of Dorsey helps shore up that unit.
C.J. Brown and Danny O’Brien are still listed as co-starters at quarterback, and there’s very little pointing to that ever changing.
Maurice Hampton is now the lone starter at the second defensive tackle position (Joe Vellano is at the first one), beating out A.J. Francis. Francis and Andre Monroe are the reserves at tackle.
Linebacker is where it gets very interesting. Darin Drakeford has moved from Will to Star (Kenny Tate’s old position), starting in front of freshman Mario Rowson. Demetrius Hartsfield has returned, and gets his starting spot at Mike back over Lorne Goree, who was impressive in Hartsfield’s absence. True freshman Alex Twine starts at Will, with fellow true freshman Cole Farrand as his backup. It’s an interesting call – one would think if they wanted their best three linebackers starting Goree would be in there over Twine, but Goree will almost assuredly see a lot of playing time.
Justus Pickett starts at kick returner, with Ronnie Tyler backing him up. Tyler will return punts, with Webb Dulin as his backup. Tony Logan, who has been hampered with an injury, is nowhere to be found.