ACC: Jack Griffin

Maryland position battles

July, 15, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

The Terps are next in line for a breakdown of the remaining position battles to be fought during summer camp. Here's a look at the spots still open in College Park:

 
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 Jordan Steffy (above) is competing with Chris Turner to be the Terrapins' No. 1 quarterback.

Quarterback: Chris Turner or Jordan Steffy. It seems like every season it's a mystery in College Park, even when there's a starter back. Turner successfully took over the offense when Steffy got hurt, but Steffy was impressive this spring.

Right guard: Jack Griffin or Phil Costa. There's only one spot open on the line, and these two guys are after it. Costa started one game here when Andrew Crummey got hurt , and then started the last six games for an injured Jaimie Thomas at left guard. Griffin eventually took over at right guard for Crummey.

Weakside linebacker: Dave Philistin or Chase Bullock. While Philistin was out this spring with an injury, Bullock was impressive, but Philistin started all 13 games and was fourth in the ACC in tackles last year (9.5 per game).

Strongside linebacker: Adrian Moten or Moise Fokou. Fokou was third on the team in tackles, but missed all of spring ball with an injury. Moten played all three linebacker positions last year because of injuries and tied for the team lead in sacks (5.5) and had 50 tackles without starting a game.

Safety: Antwine Perez or Terrell Skinner. There are high hopes for Perez, who sat out last season after transferring from USC. He was second on the depth chart behind Skinner at free safety, but most of Skinner's experience was on special teams.

Cornerback: Kevin Barnes, Anthony Wiseman and Nolan Carroll. Odds are Wiseman and Carroll end up in a competition for the spot opposite Barnes, who had a team-high four interceptions and was tied for fifth in the league in passes defended last season. Barnes is the only returning starter in the secondary.

Check back tomorrow for Miami.

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