ACC: Ronnie Tyler

Offseason spotlight: Maryland

February, 13, 2012
Our offseason spotlight series continues today with Maryland. A reminder: This series features individual players, position groups and coaches who really need to have big offseasons -- starting this spring.


Spotlight: Wide receivers.

2011 summary: This was a group that had too many drops to count, and two suspended players in Ronnie Tyler and Quintin McCree. While switching between quarterbacks Danny O'Brien and C.J. Brown, Maryland had one of the worst passing offenses in the ACC. Kevin Dorsey was excellent through the first quarter of the season, but struggled, was injured, and his production dropped off after missing two games. He led the team with 573 yards and three touchdowns on 45 catches. Kerry Boykins had 37 catches for 430 yards.

The skinny: Hello, Stefon Diggs. This is the anticipated position for Maryland’s top recruit, who will join the team this summer. Tony Logan has graduated and Adrian Coxson, a redshirt freshman, has transferred to Stony Brook. Outside of Dorsey and Boykins, the rest of the receiving corps owns a combined 13 receptions for 102 yards. The Terps still have Marcus Leak, who caught eight passes for 61 yards and a score against Florida State, but he was then held without a catch against BC and didn’t play in the final four games. Devin Burns, a sophomore, is a former quarterback who has one catch for 17 yards. Tyrek Cheeseboro, who suffered a torn ACL on special teams last season, also returns. Regardless of who Maryland's quarterback is for 2012, the Terps will need their receivers to help him out more.

ACC's lunchtime links

November, 3, 2011
Noles? Or Eagles?

ACC's lunchtime links

September, 16, 2011
Quick links today because I'm heading to GameDay set and Doak Campbell!

Two Terps suspended

September, 15, 2011
Maryland senior receivers Quintin McCree and Ronnie Tyler have been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules, the school announced on Thursday. Both started against Miami in the season opener, and together they combined for 13 catches, 82 yards and a touchdown in the Labor Day win.

“The expectation of our program is for our student-athletes to conduct themselves in the proper manner academically, athletically and socially,” coach Randy Edsall said in a prepared statement. “Unfortunately, Quintin and Ronnie fell short of these expectations.”

There is no timetable for their reinstatement.

McCree caught seven passes for 39 yards against Miami and Tyler had six catches for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Summer summary: Maryland

August, 24, 2011
This series is like a CliffsNotes version of what went on at summer camp, a few quick hits to catch you up on the main developments at each ACC school this month as we gear up for game week next week. Next up is Maryland:

  • The coaching staff liked what it saw from the running backs, and Davin Meggett and D.J. Adams are still the top two on the depth chart, but the Terps are still looking for a third who can play. Jeremiah Wilson, a redshirt freshman who moved to running back from defensive back in the spring, is an option, but true freshmen Justus Pickett and Brandon Ross have been particularly impressive and could see some snaps.
  • Maryland has plenty of options at receiver, but Kerry Boykins, Kevin Dorsey, Ronnie Tyler and Quintin McCree got the majority of meaningful snaps this month.
  • Keith Bowers is a true freshman from Florida who could figure into the rotation on the defensive line, but that rotation remains a question. There are several backup positions on defense that are up for grabs, including safety and linebacker.
  • The staff has settled in on its starting five on the offensive line (Max Garcia, Andrew Gonnella, Bennett Fulper, Josh Carey and R.J. Dill), but the No. 2 positions still remain a question.
  • A competition still remains at punter with Michael Tart and Nate Renfro, a true freshman who joined the team this month.
Most notable injury: Defensive tackle Justin Anderson had foot surgery and should be out most of September, likely the first three games.

Coaching 'em up: Maryland

July, 21, 2011
The series highlighting one assistant coach from each team whose position group will be in the spotlight this fall continues today with Maryland:

Coach: Lee Hull

Position: Wide receivers

Experience: Lee Hull is in his fourth season as wide receivers coach at Maryland. He spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at Oregon State. Prior to his five seasons at Oregon State, Hull spent five years (1998-2002) at his alma mater, the College of the Holy Cross. He coached linebackers for one season before becoming wide receivers coach, as well as overseeing the kickoff coverage and kickoff return units. He was also the passing game coordinator.

Of note: Hull was a standout wide receiver at Holy Cross from 1984-87, playing under former Maryland coach Mark Duffner in his final two seasons. The Crusaders were 21-1 his last two years and were ranked No. 1 in Division I-AA in 1987. Holy Cross also won the Colonial League title and the Lambert Cup that season. Hull was a preseason All-America choice as a junior.

He went on to play professionally with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL. Hull spent 1990-92 with Winnipeg where he was coached by Mike Riley in his first season. Riley was the head coach at Oregon State during Hull's five-year tenure. The Blue Bombers won the 1990 Grey Cup. He also played for Toronto in 1992.

Hull was also a free-agent signee of the New England Patriots in 1998.

His challenge:Find the next Torrey Smith. OK, so maybe there’s not another Torrey Smith on the roster, but Hull needs to find a dependable target for quarterback Danny O’Brien. Maryland lost its top two receivers from 2010, but three emerged as potential go-to players this spring. Ronnie Tyler, Kerry Boykins and Kevin Dorsey were the lead candidates, and Quintin McCree, who missed several spring practices for study hall, is the leading returner with 16 catches. None of them have been in a starting role before. Expectations are soaring for O’Brien, who was the ACC’s 2010 Rookie of the Year, but he’s going to need some help on the receiving end if the Terps are going to contend for the Atlantic Division in Randy Edsall’s first season. It’s up to Hull to coach ‘em up.
You asked, I answered. Readers (particularly @AsylumGodfather) were calling for more position rankings, so the receivers are up next. This could be the strongest position group in the conference, and one of the more difficult to rank, so I looked back on a few stats to help me separate them, including how some of these guys did against their best competition (i.e. Danny Coale versus FSU, wow). Here’s the final verdict of which teams in the ACC have the best combination of depth and talent:

1. Virginia Tech: With Jarrett Boykin and Coale returning, the Hokies’ passing game has a chance to flourish this fall. Boykin, Coale and Dyrell Roberts were the team’s top three receivers last year for the second straight season, combining for 113 catches, 1,882 yards and 11 touchdowns. Add to that Marcus Davis, D.J. Coles, E.L. Smiling -- it’s a bottomless cup of depth and talent.

2. Duke: Conner Vernon has 128 catches in his first two collegiate seasons and Donovan Varner ranked fourth in the ACC in pass receptions (60) and seventh in yardage (736). Their combined 274 receptions are the most of any active duo in the ACC. They are the top two returning leaders in catches per game, and Vernon is the ACC’s returning leader in receiving yards per game. The Blue Devils also have sophomore Brandon Braxton (14 catches), who could make a name for himself as the third option this year.

3. Florida State: Every Seminole who caught a pass last season returns. Bert Reed, Taiwan Easterling and Rodney Smith return with a combined 50 career starts. Reed ranks second among all returning ACC receivers with 141 career receptions. Willie Haulstead had 38 catches last season, Smith had 31, and there’s plenty of rising talent like Christian Green.

4. North Carolina: Like Florida State, North Carolina returns all of its receivers, including two who redshirted last season. Dwight Jones, who had 946 yards and 62 receptions, leads the group, but Erik Highsmith (25 catches, 348 yards and three touchdowns) must be accounted for as well. Defenses also can’t forget about Jheranie Boyd, who is a deep threat.

5. Miami: The Canes will miss the production of Leonard Hankerson, but they don’t have to if one or two of the other players show more consistency. Travis Benjamin has big-play capabilities and averaged 17.3 yards on his 43 catches last season. There is no shortage of other options with LaRon Byrd, Aldarius Johnson, Tommy Streeter, Allen Hurns and Kendal Thompkins. Which one will rise to the occasion?

6. Clemson: It was the DeAndre Hopkins show last season, and he should again highlight the Tigers’ passing game. As a true freshman, Hopkins had 52 catches, the most by a first-year player in school history. Jaron Brown returns with 10 career starts, and the Tigers also have Marquan Jones (21 catches) and Bryce McNeal (19).

7. Maryland: The Terps have to replace their top two receivers from a year ago in Torrey Smith and Adrian Cannon, and no clear frontrunners emerged this spring. Quintin McCree leads all returners with 16 catches, followed by Kevin Dorsey (15), Ronnie Tyler (13), Kerry Boykins (10), and Tony Logan.

8. Boston College: True freshman Bobby Swigert led the Eagles last year with 39 catches and four touchdowns in five starts. The Eagles are hoping to get a significant boost from the return of Colin Larmond Jr., who missed all of last season with a knee injury, but the young group should be better regardless because of the experience gained last season.

9. Virginia: The Cavaliers will miss Dontrelle Inman, who averaged 16 yards per catch on 51 receptions, but returning starter Kris Burd finished fifth in the ACC last season in pass receptions (58). The group will also get a boost from the return of Tim Smith, who missed almost all of last season with an injury, and Matt Snyder (30 catches) and Ray Keys (three catches).

10. NC State: NC State has to replace its top two receivers from a year ago, and T.J. Graham is the team’s leading returning receiver with 25 catches. Steven Howard, Jay Smith and Quintin Payton all have experience, and redshirt freshman Bryan Underwood, Tobias Palmer and Everett Proctor have also been competing for playing time.

11. Wake Forest: Chris Givens (35 catches, 13.7 average), Michael Campanaro (10 catches) and Danny Dembry are the lead candidates to start, but the Deacs are missing a spark like Kenny Moore (2007) and D.J. Boldin (2008) provided. There were too many dropped passes in the spring game, so this group has some work to do in summer camp.

12. Georgia Tech: Yes, Georgia Tech throws the ball, just not often enough or efficiently enough to be anywhere but last place on this list. Stephen Hill led the Jackets last year with 15 catches for 291 yards and three touchdowns. He should show progress this fall now that there’s no pressure on him to be the next Demaryius Thomas. If he doesn’t show more consistency, the Jackets could turn to Daniel McKayhan, Tyler Melton or Jeremy Moore.

Maryland spring wrap

May, 5, 2011
2010 overall record: 9-4

2010 conference record: 5-3

Returning starters

Offense: 7, defense: 7, punter/kicker 0

Top returners

QB Danny O’Brien, RB Davin Meggett, WR Kerry Boykins, WR Kevin Dorsey, DT Joe Vellano, LB Kenny Tate, LB Demetrius Hartsfield, DT A.J. Francis, CB Cameron Chism

Key losses

WR Torrey Smith, WR Adrian Cannon, RB Da’Rel Scott, LB Alex Wujciak, LB Adrian Moten, SS Antwine Perez, P/PK Travis Baltz

2010 statistical leaders (* returners)

Rushing: Meggett* (720 yards)

Passing: O’Brien* (2,438 yds)

Receiving: Smith (1,055 yds)

Tackles: Wujciak (117)

Sacks: Tate* (3.5)

Interceptions: Moten (4)

Spring answers

1. Receivers answering the call. Maryland lost its top two receivers from 2010, but three emerged as potential go-to players this spring. Ronnie Tyler, Kerry Boykins and Kevin Dorsey were the lead candidates to become O’Brien’s favorite target this fall, and Quintin McCree, who has missed the Tuesday and Thursday practices for study hall, is the leading returner with 16 catches. None of them have been in a starting role before, but all of them proved to be capable hands this spring.

2. A 'general' consensus. Some players within the program have nicknamed first-year coach Randy Edsall "the general" for his strict rules and high expectations, but they seem to have bought in. Overall, the team has adjusted well to the staff changes and embraced the new regime, its style, schemes and philosophies. Edsall has banned hats, earrings and do-rags in the football building, and facial hair must be neatly trimmed.

3. Kenny Tate’s move a good one. The biggest position change of the spring was Tate from safety to linebacker, and Tate showed this spring it was a good move -- especially following the departures of veterans Adrian Moten and Alex Wujciak. Tate adjusted well to the “star” position, a cross between strong safety and outside linebacker. The move also indicated the staff is confident in Eric Franklin and Matt Robinson as the starting safeties.

Fall questions

1. What will this team’s identity be? The players spent this spring learning new schemes and terminology, much of which has been kept under wraps by Edsall. O’Brien has said the offense will be more up-tempo, and has made every effort to study and learn the system this spring, but executing it in games remains a question. The defense also made a transition under first-year coordinator Todd Bradford.

2. Can the offensive line stay healthy? It’s been an injury-prone group the past two seasons and this spring wasn’t much different. Left tackle Justin Gilbert, one of the top linemen on the team, reinjured the same knee he had ACL surgery on and will be out until October. R.J. Dill was also injured this spring, though he played in the spring game, and Justin Lewis was rehabbing from offseason surgery. Pete White also missed practices, so the group needs to solidify the two-deep roster.

3. Who will be the starting fullback? Taylor Watson decided this spring to graduate and leave the team, leaving Rahsaan Moore and Haroon Brown as the lead candidates. True freshman Tyler Cierski, rated the No. 2 fullback in his class by ESPN Recruiting, should add to the competition this summer.

Terps' QB sharp in spring game

May, 2, 2011
There's a reason he was named the ACC's 2010 Rookie of the Year.

Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien threw two touchdown passes to Ronnie Tyler, including a 65-yarder on the first play from scrimmage, leading the Red team past the White, 35-7, on Saturday in the annual Maryland Red-White Spring Game on Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

O’Brien completed 16 of 23 passes for 199 yards. He also had a 27-yard touchdown pass to Tyler in the fourth quarter, capping a 12-play, 81-yard drive that was the final touchdown of the game.

While it was an encouraging performance, Maryland fans should remember O'Brien wasn't exactly facing Clemson's defense.

“The thing is, you’ve got to remember we didn’t let them do anything,” first-year coach Randy Edsall said, according to the team's scrimmage report. “We just basically played a couple of coverages and really one front the whole time. We had no movement (on the defensive line).”

Then again, the offense wasn't revealing anything, either.

"We really watered down our offense and only ran about half the playbook," O'Brien said. "We were focused on executing it. I think we did that. We didn't want to stall like we did after the first four drives, but overall we started off great. Over the summer we need to focus on getting some things polished up and be ready for Miami."

  • Former Maryland running back Da'Rel Scott was selected with 18th choice in the seventh round (221 overall) of the NFL draft by the New York Giants, and Torrey Smith was chosen by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round.
  • The Terps have had at least two players selected in seven of the past eight NFL drafts and eight of the past 10.
  • Scott was the first Maryland running back taken in the draft since Bruce Perry in 2004 (seventh round to Philadelphia Eagles).
  • Smith was the second Terp selected in the top two rounds over the past three seasons (Darrius Heyward-Bey, seventh overall in 2009 by Oakland).
  • Over the past nine NFL drafts, there have been seven Maryland players selected in the top two rounds.

Spring shoes to fill: Maryland

April, 29, 2011
Biggest shoes to fill: Receiver Torrey Smith

Maryland’s offensive MVP led the ACC and the team with 126.7 all-purpose yards per game last year. He was third in the ACC with 5.2 receptions per game, second in the ACC with 81.2 receiving yards per game and third in scoring with 5.5 points per game. He finished his career with 152 receptions (No. 3 in Maryland history), 2,215 receiving yards (No. 2 in school history) and 19 touchdowns (No. 2 in Terp history). Smith also had an ACC-record 2,983 kickoff return yards.

Spring replacement: Kevin Dorsey and Kerry Boykins

So far there hasn’t been one player who has emerged as the obvious candidate, and if there has, coach Randy Edsall hasn’t revealed it. Dorsey is probably the best downfield threat, but Boykins also had a good spring. Neither of them started any games last year. Saturday’s spring game is another chance for Boykins to separate himself, as Dorsey is unlikely to play with a hip/groin strain. If Maryland lined up today, they'd be the two starting receivers.

Summer outlook: Ronnie Tyler, Boykins and Dorsey were the top three receivers this spring while Quintin McCree spent the majority of the time in study hall catching up on his academics. McCree is the team’s leading returner with 16 catches, but the competition will continue this summer. Tyler and Boykins spent time at slot receiver last season and combined for 23 receptions.
Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien had his best scrimmage to date on Saturday, coach Randy Edsall said earlier today on his weekly spring teleconference.

With two practices and a spring game remaining this week, Maryland is getting closer to developing its offensive identity under Edsall, and much of that can be attributed to O’Brien’s progress under first-year coordinator Gary Crowton. Edsall said Maryland has made significant progress installing the schemes this spring, and the staff has been able to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the personnel.

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AP Photo/Nick WassDanny O'Brien's efficiency rating of 134.5 last season is the best in the ACC among returning quarterbacks.
So far, O’Brien has been one of the Terps’ biggest strengths.

“I just see him getting more comfortable with what we’re doing,” Edsall said. “I’m very comfortable with Danny from the standpoint that when you’re putting something new in, it’s not going to come overnight, but what I like to see and those very good players are the guys who get better with each practice, with each week, and you can see that progression taking shape with him. I think that’s going to continue.”

Edsall said O’Brien and the receivers are “more on the same page” now, and Kevin Dorsey, Ronnie Tyler and Kerry Boykins have been the top three targets. Tyler and Boykins shared time at slot receiver last season and combined for 23 receptions.The competition still remains within the group, though, heading into Saturday’s spring game.

The one position that is undisputed is O’Brien’s. He had a 7-3 record as a first-year starter in 2010, and despite not starting the first three games, his 22 touchdown passes were third in the country among freshmen and second in school history.

With so many new faces at quarterback throughout the ACC this year, it's been overshadowed that O'Brien's efficiency rating of 134.5 last year is the best in the conference among returning quarterbacks.

While this spring has been a transition for O’Brien in the new offense, he has been watching film on his own and asking the staff countless questions to learn the playbook. He has also acted as a second coach on the field, pointing out corrections to his teammates and leading by example.

“You explain it once to him and he gets it,” Edsall said. "... He grasps it, he understands it, and then when he gets into that situation the next time, there is no hesitation. He gets it done."

Odds 'n' ends:

  • Freshman receiver Nigel King has made some progress with the NCAA clearinghouse and is able to practice while his appeal works its way through the system, Edsall said.
  • Offensive tackle R.J. Dill is the only player expected to miss Saturday's spring game, but Edsall said tailback Gary Douglas tweaked his hamstring and didn’t practice all week. Tailback Jeremiah Wilson “took a shot on the leg” and might not practice tomorrow, Edsall said. Dorsey has a hip/groin strain that might hinder him this week.
  • Fullback Taylor Watson told Edsall he’s going to graduate this summer and won’t be on the team.

Maryland LT Justin Gilbert reinjures knee

April, 11, 2011
Maryland left tackle Justin Gilbert, who injured his knee last year and had ACL surgery last Thursday, reinjured his knee during a noncontact drill and will likely be out until October, coach Randy Edsall said on a teleconference this afternoon.

"That's something I feel bad about, bad for Justin, because he was really chomping at the bit to get back out there," Edsall said. "It wasn't even a situation where he had any contact."

Sophomore Max Garcia was listed as Gilbert's backup on the spring depth chart.

"Max is the No. 1 guy at left tackle," Edsall said. "I like Max. I like the ability Max brings to that position. We've got to get him better technically. He's got to keep working, but he's got the feet. He's got the mental toughness I'm looking for. He's got the attitude I'm looking for out there. He's just a younger who has to keep improving, but once he starts to really master the technique, he's got a really bright future there."

Edsall also said receiver Ronnie Tyler is out with a sprained ankle.

ACC injury reports: Week 11

November, 13, 2009
Jameel Sewell, Marc Verica, Chris Turner, Christian Ponder and Thaddeus Lewis are all on this list. Not a good week for ACC quarterbacks. Duke will need everyone healthy in order to beat Georgia Tech, and while several key offensive players are listed as probable, they're still listed:



LB Mark Herzlich (illness)


RB Rolandan Finch (illness) - OUT

DE Alex Albright (ankle) – DOUBTFUL

LS Jack Geiser (foot) – DOUBTFUL

WR Billy Flutie (head) - PROBABLE

OT Rich Lapham (shoulder) - PROBABLE

LB Mike McLaughlin (leg) - PROBABLE



DaQuan Bowers, DE, knee


Coty Sensabaugh, CB, toe

Cleared to play

Kantrell Brown, DB, concussion


QB Thaddeus Lewis (leg) -- Probable

LB Damian Thornton (neck) -- Probable

WR Donovan Varner (knee) -- Probable

WR Conner Vernon (head) -- Probable

WR Johnny Williams (knee) -- Probable

LB Abraham Kromah (leg) -- Questionable

OG Mitchell Lederman (foot) -- Questionable

LB Vincent Rey (leg) -- Questionable

K Will Snyderwine (leg) -- Questionable

DT Vince Oghobaase (leg) -- Doubtful

RB Kyle Griswould (leg) -- OUT FOR SEASON

WR Tyree Watkins (leg) -- OUT FOR SEASON

S Anthony Young-Wiseman (knee) -- OUT FOR SEASON



76 OT Garrett Faircloth (hip)

70 OT Antwane Greenlee (knee)

51 LB Aaron Gresham (knee)

44 LB Maurice Harris (neck)*

97 DT Demonte McAllister (knee)

94 DT Justin Mincey (knee)

81 TE Caz Piurowski (knee)*

7 QB Christian Ponder (shoulder)*

74 OT John Prior (knee)

27 CB Xavier Rhodes (thumb)

11 LB Vince Williams (back)


28 CB Dionte Allen (thumb)

9 WR Richard Goodman (groin)


89 WR Louis Givens (hand)

72 DT Budd Thacker (knee)

* - out for the season



Austin Barrick, r-Jr., OT (heel)

Kevin Cone, r-Jr., WR (ankle)

Robert Hall, r-Jr., DE (knee)

Out For Season

Kyle Jackson, r-So., LB (foot)

Cooper Taylor, So., S (undisclosed)


Out for season:

Tyler Bowen (foot)

Nolan Carroll (leg)

Bennett Fulper (shoulder)

Isaiah Ross (knee)


Da’Rel Scott (wrist)


Chris Turner (knee)


Ronnie Tyler (upper body)

Austin Walker (lower body)


Demetrius Hartsfield (hand)



DL Eric Moncur – Lower Extremity

DB DeMarcus Van Dyke – Lower Extremity


DB Ray-Ray Armstrong – Lower Extremity

FB Patrick Hill – Lower Extremity

DB JoJo Nicolas – Upper Extremity

LB Sean Spence – Lower Extremity

Surgery and Out for the Season

DL Dyron Dye – Lower Extremity

DL Marcus Forston – Lower Extremity

LB Jordan Futch – Lower Extremity

TE Richard Gordon – Upper Extremity

LB Shayon Green – Lower Extremity

DE Gavin Hardin – Upper Extremity

DB Ryan Hill – Upper Extremity

DE Adewale Ojomo – Jaw



Joshua Adams WR Shoulder

AJ Blue RB/QB Knee

David Collins OT Foot

Shaun Draughn TB Shoulder

Carl Gaskins OT Knee

Matt Merletti S Knee

Trevor Stuart DS Knee

Ryan Taylor TE Knee

Jamal Womble TB Wrist


Brennan Williams OT Wrist


Cam Holland C Shoulder



Mario Carter, TE - knee

Ryan Cheek, LB - hip

Denzelle Good, OL – shoulder

T.J. Graham, WR – stress fracture/leg

Nate Irving, LB - leg

Colby Jackson, FB - knee

R.J. Mattes, OG - knee

Everett Proctor, QB – shoulder

Jeff Rieskamp, DE – sports hernia

Rashard Smith, CB - knee

Javon Walker, S – knee

James Washington, HB - knee


Ray Michel, LB - ankle



Raynard Horne (back)

Quintin Hunter (ankle)


Darren Childs (neck)

Jameel Sewell (shoulder)

Marc Verica (head)


Javaris Brown (ankle)

Aaron Clark (knee)

Matt Conrath (ankle)

Colte Phillips (leg)


Out for Season

Darren Evans (ACL)


Beau Warren (knee)

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Terps' depth chart released

August, 31, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

The Terps released their depth chart, and there aren't many surprises heading into the season opener at Cal. The biggest ongoing competition remains between the kickers, and it's either Mike Barbour or Nick Ferarra. The guards have been rotating a lot in the past few weeks, but Lamar Young is now on the left, and Andrew Gonnella is on the right.

Torrey Smith, Ronnie Tyler and Adrian Cannon are listed as the starting receivers, but considering how much coach Ralph Friedgen has raved about the versatility of LaQuan Williams, who was in a tight battle with Tyler most of the offseason, odds are he'll be the first guy off the bench.

The offensive line is probably the most unsettled position for Maryland, and it will play a major role in determining how the Terps' season unwinds.

Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times gave a detailed breakdown of the depth chart, and cautioned not to read too much into Kenny Tate's status as a backup. He'll see his fair share of snaps, as his rare combination of size and athleticism will make it tough for the staff to keep him off the field.

Terps get some clarity at receiver

August, 28, 2009
Posted by's Heather Dinich

Maryland receiver Adrian Cannon is one of almost a dozen receivers on the Terps' roster who spent the summer trying to separate himself from a crowded group of potential playmakers.

"I'm always talking in the huddle like, 'Hey, I want the ball,'" he said.

Ask and ye shall receive.

After months with a muddled depth chart filled with talented young receivers eager to help compensate for the loss of star receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to the NFL, the Terps' receiving corps has temporarily been put into order following Thursday's scrimmage. The official depth chart isn't out yet, but Cannon and Torrey Smith are expected to be the starters when Maryland lines up against Cal in next Saturday's season opener. And by naming the players who will travel, coach Ralph Friedgen helped give clarity to the position on the three-deep roster.

At X, it's likely to be Cannon, backed up by Kevin Dorsey and Emani Lee-Odai. At Z, Smith will be backed up by Quintin McCree and Tony Logan, and in the slot position Ronnie Tyler leads LaQuan Williams and Kerry Boykins.

"We're a deep group," Cannon said. "We have about nine or 10 guys who can play on Saturday. That's a blessing. We're all pushing each other, at the same time we're competing every day and making each other better. We're a very tight-knit group. We all love each other, but at the same time, we all want to make that play."

Since the spring, it seems like each of the receivers have had their moment to make that play, but Cannon had the most consistent summer, and Smith, after finishing a class, came on strong the past couple of weeks. Cannon has played in 20 career games, but spent most of his time as a backup. He started one game last year and caught three passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. He said playing against first-year coordinator Don Brown's defense, which requires the corners to play on an island, has made him better.

"Right now I'm making a lot of plays against this type of defense and it's doing nothing but making me better," Cannon said. "We won't see another defense like this, it's a good thing."

Smith had a breakout 2008 season and made a name for himself as a kick returner. He started the final six games and averaged 141.2 all-purpose yards per game over the last five games. He also averaged a school record 21.3 yards each time he touched the ball (1,425 yards on 67 attempts). And he set the ACC single-season record with 1,089 kickoff return yards.

He appears to have picked up right where he left off. In Thursday's scrimmage, Smith set up Davin Meggett's 3-yard touchdown run by making an impressive 30-yard reception from Chris Turner, setting up first-and-goal. He also returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown.

Smith isn't the only one who has drawn the praise of Friedgen this summer.

Williams had a good camp and made his presence known with his versatility, while McCree has shown the ability to get open, but has dropped too many balls. Tyler and Williams were dead even for most of the summer.

"LaQuan can play any of the positions, so I might even bump him out to Z," Friedgen said. "He's got good hands and a lot of shake. He seems to have gotten a lot quicker, and when he catches the ball, he’s making guys miss. He's making big plays. He's got very strong hands and catches the ball very well. He's a big, physical receiver. At one time I didn't know whether he ran well, he's probably a 4.5 and change, but he's got good quickness. They have trouble when he goes up, he gets a lot of jump balls."

And this fall, he's just one more option for Friedgen.