March 30, 2013
BALTIMORE - The running backs and offense were on display as the Maryland football team traveled to Baltimore for a team scrimmage at Dunbar High School Saturday.
The practice marked Maryland's first road trip during spring ball. The Terps scheduled two scrimmages at local high schools in the spring to widen Maryland's reach.
"We're all part of the state of Maryland and we all need to support each other, so it's good for us to come up here and support the city of Baltimore and Dunbar High School," said head coach Randy Edsall.
"It means a lot to me to be out here," said quarterback Ricardo Young. "It was the first time we got to display in front of the public. I think for our program, it widens our horizon for our fan base. I think we've got a lot of people seeing we can actually play ball."
Ross and Albert Reid each ran in two touchdowns, while Joe Riddle finished with one. Dailey threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Amba Etta, and Young responded with a 60-yard pass to Ross for another touchdown.
In a play similar to one against North Carolina last season, Ross ran down the left sideline with the defense behind him. Against North Carolina, Ross was cornered and taken down at the 2-yard line. In the scrimmage, Ross blew past the defense to carry the ball to the endzone.
"I've been working hard in the weight room," said Ross. "I always want to run with my pads forward and low so I can keep my feet going and get as many yards as I can."
Young threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Long, who jumped over defensive back Dexter McDougle to catch the ball and score. Reid also caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dustin Dailey in the first half.
"We've got some good competition there at running back," said Edsall. "Brandon [Ross] is the starter right now, and Wes [Brown] isn't out here right now, but Albert [Reid] is pushing him. ... Those guys know they have to work hard each and every day."
The defense kept the offense pretty quiet in the first half. In addition to Ross' and Reid's touchdowns, placekicker Brad Craddock made two 35-yard field goals.
The offense opened up in the second half, with numerous Terps taking turns scoring. Stefon Diggs took a short pass from Young and outran the defense for a 59-yard touchdown.
The Terps head to Middletown High School in Middletown, Md., on April 6 for another open scrimmage. The practice is scheduled for noon and is open to the public.