ACC: Anthony Wiseman
2009 overall record: 2-10
2009 conference record: 1-7
Offense: 7, defense: 5, punter/kicker 2
WR Torrey Smith, C Paul Pinegar, RB Da’Rel Scott, WR Adrian Cannon, LB Alex Wujciak, LB Demetrius Hartsfield, LB Adrian Moten, P Travis Baltz, CB Cameron Chism
LT Bruce Campbell, C Phil Costa, QB Chris Turner, FS Terrell Skinner, CB Anthony Wiseman, SS Jamari McCollough
2009 statistical leaders (* returners)
Rushing: Scott* (425 yards)
Passing: Turner (2,069 yds)
Receiving: Smith* (824 yards)
Tackles: Wujciak* (131)
Sacks: Moten* (6)
Interceptions: Chism* (4)
1. Separation at quarterback. Maryland wrapped up spring with Jamarr Robinson as its new quarterback, Danny O’Brien his backup and C.J. Brown No. 3. Robinson made good decisions, threw the ball pretty well and limited his turnovers despite two picks in the spring game. He has a quiet confidence and started to become more of a leader, taking control of the huddle.
2. Growing confidence in the offensive line. The staff feels much better about this group than it did at the start of spring. The lineup isn’t 100 percent settled, but if the Terps played tomorrow, Justin Gilbert would start at left tackle, R.J. Dill at right tackle, Andrew Gonnella at left guard, and Paul Pinegar at center. For the past couple of weeks, Justin Lewis and Bennett Fulper have shared time at right guard. Lamar Young has a chance to work his way into the rotation after missing the spring for offseason shoulder surgery.
3. Potential on the defensive line. Maryland lost three starters to graduation on the defensive line, but found some capable replacements this spring. Defensive tackle Joe Vellano, who missed the first half of 2009 and never quite got back to full speed, was one of the surprises this spring. Coach Ralph Friedgen praised Vellano, but questioned whether or not he can maintain that success on Saturdays this fall. Overall, the staff seemed to settle on Vellano and A.J. Francis at tackle, along with Zachariah Kerr.
1. Depth in the secondary. The Terps will have three new starters, but the safety position remains the biggest concern, enough so that Maryland could turn to a true freshman to help. The staff feels good about safeties Antwine Perez and Kenny Tate, but they need some help behind them and would like to solidify a fourth corner this summer.
2. How will the offensive line hold up? Yes, they made progress this spring, but the group has been a weak link. Part of that can be attributed to inexperience, but it’s an older group this year. Maryland has enough talent at running back to help take some pressure off of Robinson in his first full season as starter, but the offense will only improve as much as the players up front.
3. Will Maryland get back to the postseason? After just one win in conference play, Friedgen’s future at Maryland was in doubt. The pressure is on, but there has been a renewed sense of commitment and determination this offseason. Maryland’s season opener against Navy could set the tone for the whole season.
Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said he puts more stock into the players' game film than their timed drills.
“Personally, I think it is more important to see what their tape shows,” Friedgen said, according to the team's practice report. “That’s the true indicator. But you never know what is going to trigger somebody’s excitement. If a guy runs a great time or if he shows how strong he is and has a great workout, it can definitely help their status in the draft.”
That could be the case for a player like Nolan Carroll, who was injured this past season and didn't participate in the NFL combine drills. On Wednesday, Carroll had the best times in the 40-yard dash (4.39), pro agility drill (4.21) and L drill (6.81). He also did 17 reps on the 225-pound bench press and had a vertical jump of 37.5 inches.
Offensive tackle Bruce Campbell, a projected first-round pick, didn't have much to prove after earning some of the best marks among offensive linemen at the combine last month. Campbell led all offensive linemen in the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle.
On Wednesday, he ran through on-field drills with the pro scouts at the Terps' practice facility.
“It actually feels really good to have done everything at the combine,” Campbell said. “... It feels good because, three years ago, I didn’t expect myself to be here.”
Offensive lineman Phil Costa, one of the strongest players in team history, recorded 30 reps on the bench press and had a vertical jump of 35 inches.
Cornerback Richard Taylor had 30 reps on the bench press, ran a 4.49 in the 40 and tied Anthony Wiseman for the second-best pro agility drill (4.33). Wiseman also had the third-best 40-yard dash (4.47) and Terrell Skinner posted the No. 2 time in the L drill (7.18).
Cory Jackson had an impressive time for a fullback, running the 40 in 4.70.
Among those expected to work out are OL Bruce Campbell, DB Nolan Carroll, DL Jared Harrell, DL Travis Ivey, RB Cory Jackson, DB Terrell Skinner, QB Chris Turner and DB Anthony Wiseman.
The players will be tested in several drills, including the vertical jump, broad jump, bench press, 60-yard shuttle and 40-yard dash. Campbell has already made a splash with his freakish physique recently at the NFL combine. Jackson and Skinner played in the Under Armour Senior Bowl, and Ivey took part in the Texas vs. the Nation game. Carroll also participated in the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
Quarterback: The Eagles can’t afford to be in another situation where nobody on the roster has had a snap of collegiate experience like they were heading into 2009. This is the class where coach Frank Spaziani can build the future of the program at this position.
Running back: Montel Harris is one of the best running backs in the ACC, but he’s not invincible. After the transfer of backup Josh Haden midway through last season, the Eagles were forced to depend on Harris and only Harris. It’s time to bring in some help.
Wide receiver: BC will graduate three seniors from the two-deep in Justin Jarvis, Clarence Megwa and record-setter Rich Gunnell. Quarterback Dave Shinskie will be better in Year 2, but now he’ll have to help usher in a new supporting cast.
Wide receiver: The Tigers will have to replace standout Jacoby Ford in 2010, but they’ll also have to prepare for the losses of Xavier Dye and Terrance Ashe, who will be seniors in 2010. It was a position of concern heading into 2009 and will be again.
Defensive backs: Two of the most experienced starting cornerbacks in the conference -- Chris Chancellor and Crezdon Butler -- have to be replaced, but the staff also has to look ahead. Next year, the Tigers will lose All-American safety DeAndre McDaniel, free safety Marcus Gilchrist and cornerback Byron Maxwell.
Linebacker: FSU’s biggest loss here will be Dekoda Watson, but two other players on the two-deep are juniors. The Noles were hurting at every position defensively, and while the bulk of players return, they need an overall upgrade in talent.
Defensive line: Save for defensive end Markus White, who will be a senior, and Budd Thacker, who will have to be replaced, this was a relatively young group. Still, the Noles struggled to stop the run and fluster quarterbacks most of the season, and it all starts up front.
Secondary: FSU will lose cornerback Patrick Robinson, Korey Mangum and Jamie Robinson. The addition of Lamarcus Joyner should give this unit an immediate boost.
Secondary: Three starters -- Anthony Wiseman, Jamari McCollough and Terrell Skinner -- were all seniors, and standout Nolan Carroll, who was injured, will also have to be replaced. It’s time to usher in the next wave of talent here.
Linebackers/ends: The staff needs to find players here who can better fit defensive coordinator Don Brown’s scheme. Some of those linebackers could end up being defensive end/hybrid players, but the Terps need some speed off the edge.
Linemen: The Pack will lose three starters on the offensive line and all four on the defensive line. Those positions are what almost half of the staff’s commitment list is comprised of so far, and the depth at those positions had to be completely rebuilt under Tom O’Brien. Some junior college transfers could help.
Halfback: With the news that Toney Baker decided to forgo his sixth year of eligibility, and the graduation of fifth-year senior Jamelle Eugene, it couldn’t hurt the Pack to start to reload at this position.
Offensive line: Seven members on the two-deep roster were redshirt seniors in 2009, and one, starting center Russell Nenon, was a redshirt junior. Three starters will have to be replaced in 2010.
Tight end: This position will be very thin, but the staff has added two in this year’s recruiting class. Wake could also help itself by adding a fullback or two to help with the blocking.
Linebackers: It was a unit comprised mainly of redshirt seniors and juniors in 2009, so the Deacs will have immediate holes there, as well as the need to restock for the future.
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Good morning, ACC fans. I'm in Tallahassee, and getting ready to head out to FSU practice, but first I wanted to catch you up on a few Monday practice reports from around the league:
The Terps started practice on Monday, and coach Ralph Friedgen is a shell of his former self after losing more than 100 pounds. Here are a few tidbits from Monday's practice, as reported by the sports information office:
- Two-year starter Chris Turner and Jamarr Robinson were the lone quarterbacks on the roster in the spring, but they have been joined by a pair of talented true freshmen in C.J. Brown and Danny O'Brien.
"I looked at the young quarterbacks and they did pretty good for the first day," Friedgen said. "We put a lot of stuff in and they had the extra meeting today. I thought Chris was very sharp. I though Jamarr showed some signs of improving. I was impressed with the quickness of [Caleb] Porzel, He is a quick little kid. We have to get him and D.J. Adams in on Saturday [for the scrimmage]. I want to see what they can do."
- Practice Tidbits: Junior WR Adrian Cannon made a number of impressive catches during individual drills, including a one-handed grab along the sidelines. ... During one of the 7-on-7 drills, O'Brien went 6-for-6, including a long completion to Quintin McCree. O'Brien and McCree also connected again in 11-on-11s on a long completion. ... Running back Gary Douglas redshirted last season as a true freshman, but was impressive during fall practice. Douglas continued to show impressive athleticism. He had good runs after the catch Monday and showed some elusiveness.
- Return Game: Torrey Smith, who set an ACC record for kickoff return yards last season, is penciled in as the primary kickoff return man, but the Terps are in search of a new punt returner with the departure of three-year starter Danny Oquendo. Sophomore Tony Logan, who handled the job in the Humanitarian Bowl, is listed No.1 on the depth chart. Anthony Wiseman and Kenny Tate are backups for new special teams coordinator Charles Bankins heading into the preseason, but Porzel and Travis Hawkins also fielded punts during individual drills.
- Switching Lines: True freshman Cody Blue, who enrolled in January and participated in spring drills, has moved from the defensive line to the offensive line. Blue was a backup at defensive end, but will slide in at tackle. "Cody has the height and I think he's going to get a lot bigger," Friedgen said. "It's going to take him time to learn it, and we'll see how he does. If he doesn't adapt, we can always move him back to defense. I think this gives him the best chance of playing."
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- There have been "some heated times" this spring between Maryland's two competitive coordinators, but don't mistake that for animosity -- James Franklin and first-year defensive coordinator Don Brown get along well.
But Brown, who spent the past five seasons as head coach at Massachusetts, hasn't wasted any time making life difficult for an ACC offense.
It just happens to be Maryland's.
"Let me say this," Franklin said, "I think Don Brown is the single best hire that Ralph Friedgen has made since he's been here eight years. I think he's going to bring a mentality, he's extremely competitive, he's extremely aggressive. I can't wait until spring ball and camp is over so we can get back on the same team. During spring we're going after each other. We're both very competitive. We've had some heated times just because we're both competitors."
Brown, who was hired when Chris Cosh left for the same position at Kansas State, has implemented a new scheme this spring, and those within the program seem to agree it's a refreshing yet challenging change.
Transition is nothing new for this defense, which introduced Brown as its third coordinator in five seasons. The hopes in College Park are that Brown's aggressive style -- even though it has the potential to give up a few big plays -- will create far more momentum-changing plays and opportunities for the offense. Brown knows his system's strengths, but he also knows how to hide its weaknesses.
This spring, he has installed five fronts, seven different coverages, and about 16 different blitzes.
"What we've tried to do is throw as much scheme and concepts at them as we can, get it on tape, so we can utilize it for teaching purposes for the fall," said Brown, whose Minutemen reached the 2006 FCS championship game. "We threw as much as we could at them at a fast pace so when they come back in the fall they'll hear it for the second time. Hopefully it will be a lot of recall for them.
"I'm totally pleased with their effort, their energy, their focus and determination. I think we're very talented at wide receiver, so we've asked our corners to play a lot on the island. I think they've done a solid job. That will give some flexibility in what we do up front."
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Good news for the Terps: The NCAA has given cornerback Richard Taylor another year of eligibility.
Taylor missed almost all of the past two seasons with knee injuries. It started in the spring of 2007 when Taylor's season ended with a left knee injury. He made it through the first three games last year before suffering a season-ending right knee injury against California (Sept. 13).
Taylor is one of those players who always seems to be smiling, and he's well-spoken and works hard. Whether he'll earn a starting job at cornerback remains to be seen, but he'll definitely help the group's depth and will see some time on special teams. Heading into this spring, Nolan Carroll and Anthony Wiseman would be the starters.
Taylor will be working with the No. 2s, along with Jamari McCollough -- who can also play safety -- Cameron Chism and Michael Carter.
Taylor has played in 23 career games, mostly on special teams. He redshirted in 2004 and played a reserve role in 2005 and 2006.
He graduated in 2007 and is currently pursuing a master's in real estate development.