Schedule: Practice starts at 4:25 p.m. and is closed to the public.
What’s new: The players have participated in yoga to help them get a little bit quicker, leaner and more flexible. In the past, a few players voluntarily participated, but this year it was implemented as part of the voluntary offseason program every Wednesday afternoon. The smaller players (running backs, wide receivers, quarterbacks, defensive backs, etc.) were grouped together for an hour, and the linemen and larger players were in a separate group. The Terps cut back from four lifting days to three and added more speed training and yoga.
Sidelined: Running back Caleb Porzel, offensive lineman Lamar Young, and linebacker Javarie Johnson have all transferred after struggling to meet academic requirements. Fullback Taylor Watson, who injured his ACL in non-contact drills the second day of spring practices, won’t practice until mid-September.
Key battle: Cornerback. Dexter McDougle and Trenton Hughes are competing for the starting spot opposite Cameron Chism. Offensively, Bennett Fulper and Justin Lewis are competing to start at right guard.
New on the scene: Drew Gloster isn’t new, but his position is. Again. Gloster has moved from tight end to linebacker and now to defensive end, where he’s listed as a starter on the preseason depth chart. It’s the last chance for the senior to finally find a home.
Breaking out: Defensive tackle Joe Vellano. He had a terrific spring and coach Ralph Friedgen has been raving about Vellano ever since.
Don’t forget about: Running back Da’Rel Scott. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2008, but was hindered by injures last year and has since taken a backseat to other talented backs in the conference.
All eyes on: Ralph Friedgen. It could be a make-or-break season for Friedgen, as a new administration could be less tolerant of another bowl-less season.
Quotable: “It doesn’t really concern me. If I do well in the next two years, I think I’ll be at Maryland, and if I don’t, I probably won’t, so it really won’t matter about the administration. I think we have an opportunity at Maryland right now to really get the right people to reach our potential. That’s what I’m hoping we do because I still think we have a lot of potential.” -- Friedgen