Friday, April 29, 2011
Spring game storylines: Maryland
By ESPN.com staff
Maryland is the last team in the ACC to finish its spring practices as the Terps will hold their annual spring game at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Byrd Stadium. Maryland will play four 12-minute quarters. Here are three storylines to watch:
The ACC’s 2010 Rookie of the Year: With so many new faces at quarterback stealing the headlines this spring, Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien has been practicing under the radar. He’s one of the top returning starters at his position, though, and this will be the first chance for the public to see how much progress he’s made under first-year coordinator Gary Crowton.
The kicking game: An underrated yet extremely important phase of the game remains a major question for the Terps. Maryland has to replace a four-year starting kicker/punter in Travis Baltz. Nick Ferrara is one to watch in the spring game, as walk-on Michael Tart is the only other kicker currently on the roster. Both players have been punting and kicking this spring, but Ferrara has only participated on Saturdays because of study halls on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Backup competitions: While the starting lineup is mostly set, coach Randy Edsall has said this will be one final spring audition for many of the backups. The staff is still looking for a third running back, they’re not settled yet at backup safety or linebacker, and because of injuries still need to figure out the two-deep on the offensive line. The rotation on the defensive line also remains a question, so numerous players should see snaps on Saturday.