The Maryland Terrapins have been revamping their staff entirely to replace the departures of coaches at key positions, and today they may have made their biggest adjustment to the house. Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post was first to report the news that the Terrapins have hired (edit: are in the process of hiring) former NFL wide receiver Keenan McCardell as the new wide receivers coach.
McCardell, a two-time pro bowler with the Jacksonville Jaguars, replaces departed receivers coach Lee Hull. He marks the second coach the Terrapins have brought on — the other being Dave Deguglielmo — with NFL experience. McCardell was the wide receivers coach for the Redskins in 2010 and 2011, but had a long career during his playing days. Or years, rather; he spent 17 seasons in the NFL with 5 different teams.
McCardell has one of the best goatees in the game
today, ever, and while that may not translate to on-field success, it does translate to on field awesome. His knowledge of the game and resume that is long and distinguished will be more than enough to convince folks that he will be a valuable piece for the team. Losing Lee Hull hurt, given how good he was at getting receivers to produce, but adding a former NFLer is about as much as one could ask Maryland to do.
How will McCardell be on the recruiting front? Well, everyone wants to play for a guy with NFL connections. He did play for the Redskins during his final season, and he coached for them, so there is a chance he made some connections. But the simple fact that players will be able to learn from a guy like him ought to be encouraging for recruits.
Welcome aboard, Keenan!