After practice on Tuesday afternoon, Maryland coach Randy Edsall announced a few position battles have been decided.
At the right tackle spot, sophomore Ryan Doyle was beat out senior Nick Klemm for the starting job. Doyle had been running with the first team last week in practice. Doyle is a Tobacco Road product that appeared in one game last season as a redshirt freshman and was primarily a backup offensive lineman. According to Scout.com, he was a top 100 offensive tackle coming out of high school and led his high school squad to the North Carolina Class 4A State Championship game. Doyle was also part of an offensive line that paved the way for a team that rushed for over 4,000 yards.
Right guard is a position that comes as a bit of a surprise. Redshirt freshman and walk-on Michael Dunn has unseated sophomore Andrew Zeller in this position battle. This comes as somewhat of a shock as Zeller appeared in nine games in 2012 and started three at right guard. During his senior season of high school in 2011, Dunn was named as the best offensive lineman on his team. He served as a member of the scout team last season.
At the safety position, sophomore Sean Davis beat out junior A.J. Hendy in a veteran battle of players who saw significant action last season. Davis appeared in 12 games (two starts) in 2012 and racked up 13 tackles (eight solo). He also recorded a pair of tackles and recovered a fumble against Georgia Tech. Davis was also named the start coming into last season but lost his job only two weeks in. Hendy was definitely the more productive of the two safeties last season. The Bowie native recorded 30 tackles (20 solo) and had an interception (a 32-yard touchdown). He also had two passes defended and recovered a fumble. With ample playing time, Davis could have the talent to hold onto the position but both will likely get a substantial amount of playing time.
Finally, Edsall was supposed to make his decision on who will be C.J. Brown’s backup at the quarterback position on Tuesday. However, Edsall announced that he hadn’t seen any of the three separate themselves from the pack and he refused to name a backup. He did eliminate sophomore Perry Hills from the competition and stated that it will be between junior Ricardo Young and sophomore Caleb Rowe. Neither impressed in Saturday’s scrimmage and each threw an interception. Edsall did say that if no quarterback distinguishes himself in the near future, then he will alter his backup quarterback on a week-to-week basis.