Maryland has an extremely crowded backfield, and that has caused some change on the offensive side of the ball.
On Tuesday, coach Randy Edsall announced that sophomore running back Jacquille Veii will be moving to wide receiver this coming season.
Even with Wes Brown suspended for the 2013 season, Veii still played sparingly in the Terrapins backfield. He carried the ball only 39 times for 146 yards (3.7 yards-per-carry), but didn’t find the end zone. The majority of his touches as a freshman came in Maryland’s first two games against Florida International and Old Dominion, where Veii totaled 18 carries for 96 yards on the ground.
Veii likely would’ve been the fourth option in the crowded backfield with Brandon Ross, Brown, and Albert Reid being the top three options. While wideout is a crowded area, Veii is still very young, and Stefon Diggs and Deon Long will likely be gone after the 2014 season.
Ross is the likely starter with Brown getting several carries and touches this season. Depth is important at the position due to the fact that the Terps were without Ross for the Clemson game. That proved to be critical as Reid ended up coughing up a key possession for Maryland in the second half of that contest.