Monday, April 14, 2014
Spring game recap: Maryland
By Adam Rittenberg
Maryland's first spring practice as a member of the Big Ten is in the books. Randy Edsall's team wrapped up the spring Friday night with its Red-White spring game at Byrd Stadium.
The White team prevailed against the Red by a score of 187-143, as Maryland used a modified scoring system that took into account previous scrimmages during the spring. An announced crowd of 8,139 attended the game.
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Star of the game: Brandon Ross helped his cause in the running back competition with 90 rushing yards and two touchdowns on only four carries, highlighted by a 75-yard scoring dash. Cornerback Will Likely capped a strong spring with two interceptions.
How it went down: Coaches in spring ball often express relief that the real games are far away, and Edsall is no exception. He used the word "inconsistent" several times after the spring game, which featured four turnovers from starting quarterback C.J. Brown and other sloppiness, especially when rain came in the the second half. Maryland quarterbacks combined for four interceptions.
Edsall blamed himself for not making Brown and the other quarterbacks live. Brown admitted he's "hesitant" when he can be tagged rather than hit.
"C.J. has to understand that he has to use his legs," Edsall said. "When things open up, he has to take off and run. He sits there in the pocket when he's got a yellow jersey on and doesn't get things done the way he needs to do as a quarterback. That's on me."
Brown and the other quarterbacks didn't have the top wideouts at their disposal. Stefon Diggs and Deon Long didn't participate in the scrimmage, and Marcus Leak sat out with a hamstring injury.
The running backs provided more intrigue as Ross had a nice night, and Albert Reid (79 rush yards) and Jacquille Veii (75 yards) both produced. Edsall said the competition will continue in fall camp with Ross, Reid, Veii and Wes Brown. "There were a couple big runs and few things along those lines, but again, guys were just very inconsistent," Edsall said.
Likely was among several defensive backs who made plays, and A.J. Hendy recorded a pick-six and nearly another interception, and Alvin Hill picked off C.J. Brown.
"It was a boost for the season," Hill said of the spring. "I know training camp will be tough as well."