COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Head coach Randy Edsall met with the media on Friday at the Gossett Football Team House to discuss Maryland’s preparations for spring practice, which is scheduled to begin on Saturday, March 1.
Edsall believes that this spring will bring fun and competitive practices, with the Terps returning nine starters on each side of the ball.
“I want things to be very competitive because that’s how you get better,” said Edsall. “This is an opportunity for guys who redshirted last year to show what they can do.”
Along with the new spring season, the Terrapins will be implementing a new practice schedule. The majority of practices will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings will be dedicated to film study and lifting.
“This was something I looked into before and at that point in time the academic team did not think it was in our best interest, but then they came to me and suggested it may be good from an academic standpoint this year.”
Coach Edsall also announced that Maryland will continue the practice of moving scrimmages around the state. The Terps will hold an open scrimmage on Friday, March 28, at North Point High School in Waldorf, Md.
Among the topics covered by Edsall was the addition of two familiar faces in running back Wes Brown and wide receiver Marcus Leak this spring. Brown and Leak have been participating in conditioning and film work with their teammates.
“They have come back and fit right back in energetic and enthusiastic,” Edsall said. “They both have been working very hard and are anxious to get back on the field and contribute to the team getting better.”
Following Edsall’s session, the media was introduced to the three newest members of the Maryland coaching staff: Keenan McCardell (wide receivers), Greg Studrawa (offensive line) and Chad Wilt (defensive line).
McCardell, a two-time Pro Bowl selection who spent 19 seasons in the NFL as a player and coach most recently as the wide receivers coach for the Washington Redskins, will have the luxury of mentoring, on-and-off the field, a deep and talented group of returning wideouts.
“We have to guide them through the right things, like most parents, you have some bumps in the roads, but we’re going to straighten them out – this is a family and we are going to take care of our family,” said McCardell.
During his sit down, Edsall stated that Evan Mulrooney, who has played mostly at center, will see work at guard as coach Studrawa and the offensive coaching staff seek to find the best group of five.
“[I’m] excited about the talent we have here; excited about the guys we have up front. We are having a good winter out here, working hard and getting better,” said Studrawa.
Wilt is afforded the luxury of welcoming back all three starters along the defensive line from last season and looks to put his mark on the group.
“I want them [the players] to be high effort, high energy, and a lot of enthusiasm; well, that better be who I am because they are going to take their cues from me,” said Wilt.
The Terps conclude their spring season with the annual Spring Game, which will be held at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m.