Maryland faces one of their toughest opponents of the year this week when they take on Notre Dame at FedEx Field down near D.C. The new depth chart was released a few days ago, and there are four new starters. Let’s break down the changes.
At right guard, Justin Gilbert gets the starting spot over Josh Cary. Gilbert is the former starting left tackle for Maryland, and will get his first start since a left knee injury last season. The rest of the offense remains the same, including the C.J. Brown/Danny O’Brien tandem at quarterback.
On defense, Marcus Whitfield starts at defensive end now, a change we knew would happen after David Mackall’s season-ending suspension. Transfer Alvin Thomas will be Whitfield’s back-up. The rest of the front seven remains the same.
Perhaps the most noteworthy changes come in the secondary. Trenton Hughes will now start over Cameron Chism, breaking Chism’s team-high 32 game consecutive start streak. Chism is fifth on the team with 46 tackles and is tied for the team lead with three interceptions. True freshman A.J. Hendy, who has starred on special teams, will take over for redshirt freshman Titus Till at safety. Till has started every game since Matt Robinson suffered a season-ending injury, and is seventh on the squad with 42 tackles.
Tony Logan is back as the team’s starting punt returner after a week-long hiatus.