After just one week, Justus Pickett has wrestled the starting running back job from freshman Albert Reid.
Maryland head coach Randy Edsall announced yesterday that while Reid would still receive carries, Pickett will be the starting running back after his performance on Saturday against William & Mary. Pickett was the lone Terrapin to reach the end zone on Saturday, capping off a 10-play, 69 yard drive down the field with a six yard touchdown run.
He finished the game as the Terrapins leading rusher with 45 yards on 11 carries. Reid ended the game with 29 yards on 12 carries, but also had consecutive runs of 5 yards on the Terrapins final scoring drive which led to the touchdown run by Pickett.
Another true freshman, tailback Wes Brown, did not receive any carries last week, but coach Edsall says that he could potentially receive a few in the future.
Injured starter, freshman Brandon Ross, was ruled out earlier in the week due to a hamstring injury, and it has yet to be announced whether or not he would be available next game. Ross earned the starting back position last week by his performance in training camp, but a hamstring injury late in the week caused him to be scratched. The 5’10, 205 lb back out of Newark, Delaware might be back next week, however.
High school sophomore Kai Locksley, son of (you guessed it) Maryland Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley, just received his first scholarship offer — from the Terrapins themselves.
The 6’3, 165 lb athlete out of Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland announced via Twitter that he got his first scholarship offer ever. That’s great news for the Terrapins, as sometimes being the first in means a lot to certain players.
It’s worth noting that Locksley currently plays alongside senior quarterback Shane Cockerville at Gilman, who is already committed to Maryland for the 2013 class. Cockerille impressed in ESPN’s Elite 11 competition which featured the nation’s top senior signal callers.
The Terrapins have also offered junior corner Troy Vincent, defensive tackle Chibuzo Ukandu, and outside linebacker Melvin Keihn, which could potentially influence his decision later on. Sadly, the Terrapins are pretty bad at convincing Gilman players to come to their school for whatever reason. That trend is one that the Terrapins would be wise to change if they want to compete nationally, as Gilman is a factory for talented college players. Victor Abiamiri, a lineman who played at the school and starred at Notre Dame in college, played with the Philadelphia Eagles last year.