Hope and concern: Maryland

June, 24, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Biggest reason for hope -- Talented young playmakers

Nine different receivers showed promise this spring, including Quintin McCree, who caught three touchdown passes in the spring game. Sophomores Torrey Smith and Ronnie Tyler showed flashes of potential last season that they built upon this spring, and Smith has already established himself as one of the conference's most exciting return threats. As a true freshman last year, Davin Meggett was second on the team in rushing and rushing touchdowns. There is plenty of depth to compensate for the departure of Darrius Heyward-Bey to the NFL. It's not just the receivers the staff is excited about. Strength and conditioning coach Dwight Galt said he's seeing better, faster athletes in the weight room this offseason, and they have a veteran quarterback throwing to them in Chris Turner.

Biggest reason for concern -- The offensive line

There's no question the Terps have a few playmakers, but they won't get too far if the offensive line doesn't come together quickly. Assistant coach Tom Brattan lost five of his top seven linemen from a year ago, including starters Edwin Williams, Jaimie Thomas and Scott Burley. The staff is extremely excited about left tackle Bruce Campbell, a freakish athlete who has already been compared to Vernon Davis, and they're confident in center Phil Costa, but replacing 116 career starts will be difficult. Campbell is the only player returning to the same position from a year ago, and it's possible a walk-on or two will be heavily depended upon.

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