In his weekly press conference, Maryland coach Randy Edsall named sophomore running back Brandon Ross the starter over fellow Albert Reid.
Ross and Reid were listed as co-starters on the two-deep depth chart that was released on Monday afternoon. The duo will both see significant playing time this season as they are the only two backs with collegiate experience. However, Ross has now been officially named the starter.
Ross carried the ball 85 times for 390 yards (4.6 yards-per-carry) and one touchdown. The Newark, De. native did have a pair of 100-yard games against Clemson and North Carolina at the tail end of last season. In a narrow loss to the Tar Heels, Ross rushed for 141 yards on 21 carries (6.3 yards-per-carry) and a rushing touchdown. The sophomore is more of a quick back that can break it to the outside like a flash.
On the other hand, Reid didn’t have quite as much playing time as a freshman. The Washington, D.C. native only accumulated 92 yards on 36 attempts (2.6 yards-per-carry) and zero touchdowns. His best game came against Clemson where he had 24 rushing yards on six carries. It’s definitely a smaller sample size when it comes to Reid. However, Reid is more of a between-the-tackles runner and doesn’t quite have the speed of Ross.