Wide receiver is arguably the deepest position on the Maryland roster.
Senior DeAndre Lane will look to rise up a very crowded depth chart and make an impact in 2016.
Lane arrived in College Park with a three-star rating after a strong career at Catonsville High School (Md.). He was part of a recruiting class that also included highly-touted wideouts Taivon Jacobs and Deon Long.
After barely seeing the field during his first two seasons at Maryland, Lane did manage to find playing time in 2015.
Lane caught nine passes for 152 yards and a touchdown in five games for the Terrapins.
He did the majority of his damage in games against Rutgers and Wisconsin. Lane recorded three receptions for 63 yards against the Badgers and four catches for the exact same total against the Scarlet Knights.
He only had one catch against Penn State, but it happened to be a touchdown.
As you can see by the above video, quarterback Perry Hills had plenty of time to survey the field and was able to find an open Lane. Hills was able to place the football in a spot where only Lane had a chance to catch it.
While Lane is only 5’7, he can do a significant amount of damage in the slot.
Lane has the necessary speed to get to a spot and pick up yards-after-the-catch. With threats like Levern Jacobs and D.J. Moore on the outside, Lane oftentimes flies under the radar and that helps him get open.
For example, Maryland was trailing Rutgers 24-3 midway through the second quarter of their game last Nov.
The Scarlet Knights had just scored a touchdown to take a three-touchdown lead and things looked incredibly bleak for the Terps. Maryland came out throwing the ball on the first play on the ensuing drive.
Most would think the ball is going to one of the primary pass catchers that the Terps have depended on in the past, However, quarterback Caleb Rowe drops back to pass and finds Lane over the middle for a 34-yard pickup.
The drive ended with a 43-yard touchdown run from running back Ty Johnson. It was the start of a furious comeback by the Terps, which resulted in a 46-41 victory to end the 2015 campaign.
Lane certainly has his work cut out for him.
It’s a good chance that Levern Jacobs, Moore, and Teldrick Morgan will be Maryland’s top three wideouts when the season opens on Sept. 3. Aside from those three, the next group consists of Malcolm Culmer, Jahrvis Davenport, Tino Ellis, Taivon Jacobs, and Lane.
The good news for Lane is that coach D.J. Durkin is wiping the slate clean and having an open competition for all positions. If Lane has a good fall camp, he could receive more playing time.