COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland football team begins spring practice on Saturday, March 11, marking the first of 14 scheduled practices leading up to the annual Red-White Spring Game.
The Terps have three practices before taking the week of March 19 off for spring break. Following spring break, practices resume on Tuesday, March 28.
Head coach DJ Durkin returns for his second season at Maryland after improving the Terrapins record by three victories and leading the team to an appearance in the Quick Lane Bowl in his inaugural year at the helm.
Maryland returns nearly 80 percent of its total rushing yards from 2016, including 1,637 combined rushing yards from Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison. Johnson became the ninth player in Maryland history to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark, while setting a program single-season record for yards/carry (9.1).
D.J. Moore returns for his junior season to lead the wide receiving unit. Moore posted nine touchdown receptions through his first two seasons, bettering current NFL wideouts Torrey Smith (7) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (8). Stefon Diggs also had nine touchdown receptions in his first two seasons.
The Maryland offensive line returns three starters: Damian Prince, Brendan Moore and Terrance Davis. The trio helped the Maryland rushing attack to its first 2,500 rushing yard season since 2002 last year.
The Maryland defense returns nine starters from 2016, including senior linebackers Jermaine Carter, Jr. and Shane Cockerille, who both earned All-Big Ten honors and totaled more than 100 tackles each. Carter has totaled 213 tackles over the last two seasons and has started a team-high 25 consecutive games.
Maryland will conclude its spring schedule on Saturday, April 22 with the annual Red-White Spring Game. The game will get underway at 12:30 p.m. at Maryland Stadium.