Feb. 28, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland opens its spring football season on Saturday when the team hits the field for its first practice session.
The team will practice three times a week during March and April, including two practices at local high schools. The Terps will head to Dunbar High School on Saturday, March 30, and to Middletown High School Saturday, April 6. Both practices are scheduled for noon and will be open to the public.
"One of the things that we want to do is grow our brand throughout the area and state," said head coach Randy Edsall. "I felt it was important for us to go out and reach out to the community."
The Terps are entering year two under both offensive coordinator Brian Stewart. Edsall expects the experience from last season will make this year a lot smoother in terms of play calling and player movements.
"[Being in the second year] is a really good thing," Edsall said. "I expect from the day that we go out there that the players will know exactly what to do. They will be playing a little bit faster and they will know more things."
Offensively, the Terps will enter spring practice with two healthy quarterbacks after an injury-plagued 2012 campaign. Junior Dustin Dailey will be running Maryland's offense throughout the spring.
"I want to use this spring to make my team a lot better," said Young, who sat out last season after transferring from New Mexico. "We've got a lot of good, young receivers. I want to take the time to get them and I acquainted."
Edsall said he is looking forward to having Young get out and run the offense.
"From what I have seen he is a very good athlete," said Edsall. "He has the capabilities to be a dual-threat quarterback and he can do all of the things that we want to do with our offense."
While senior C.J. Brown won't yet be out running drills with his team, he is continuing his rehab and hopes to be completely healthy by the summer. He recently began running and could compete in some 7-on-7 drills this spring.
"I've pushed my body to the max," said Brown. "I feel like I'm ahead of schedule because if I didn't take this seriously, I could be behind a lot of guys. I'm really excited for where I'm at right now from where I've come."
On the defensive side of the ball, the Terps only have one returning starter on the defensive line. With A.J. Francis and Joe Vellano graduated, Junior Darius Kilgo is the lone returning starter on the line.
"I'm definitely a lot more comfortable," Kilgo said. "I feel like I can definitely be an impact player for the defense. I just want to be able to step up in that role."
The spring season will be capped off with the annual Spring Football game on Friday, April 12 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.