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Monday, March 30, 2009
Maryland practice update

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Maryland practiced in pads for the first time on Saturday, and with several players out this spring because of injuries, others have had the chance to impress coach Ralph Friedgen.

According to the team's latest practice report, one of the better competitions has been at fullback, where three-year starter Cory Jackson is out after offseason knee surgery. Sophomore Taylor Watson and junior Haroon Brown are getting a lot of reps to earn the No. 2 spot.

The linebacker position is another area where Maryland is young this spring, as the two-deep currently features three freshmen, former tight end Drew Gloster, and Hakeem Sule, whose primary role has been with special teams. With Alex Wujciak and Ben Pooler out, Adrien Moten is the only linebacker currently practicing who has played that position in a game. Freshman Avery Murray, who enrolled in January, has showed some promise.

As expected, the defense has been going through some growing pains as they transition to first-year coordinator Don Brown's system, but the offense should be better in the second year under offensive coordinator James Franklin. The Terps begin their second week of practice on Tuesday morning.