COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland football team took the field for the first spring practice Saturday morning.
“The thing that I was really pleased with today was I thought the communication was very, very good on both sides of the ball in terms of calling things out and doing all the stuff that we were asking them to do,” head coach Randy Edsall said. “I thought they did a great job. That was impressive for me today.”
Sixth-year quarterback C.J. Brown, who was limited during last year’s spring workouts, was pleased with the performance of the offense.
“We had a good, solid practice,” Brown said. “Everyone was communicating; everyone was on the same page. I think this was one of the better spring ball days that we have had.”
Both Malcolm Culmer and Taivon Jacobs showed off their playmaking abilities catching touchdowns against the Terrapin defense. Jacobs, who redshirted his freshman season, impressed Brown during his first spring practice.
“Taivon, Levern’s little brother, the little speedster came out there today and showed quickness,” Brown said. “His hands were there and he knew what to do, that was the biggest thing. Especially for a freshman, in his first spring ball, to get out there with the [offense] and understand what he needed to do. It was very promising.”
Defensively, Maryland began the process of improving a unit which welcomes back nine of its starters from last season. One difference between this year’s spring workouts is the presence of linebacker Matt Robinson, who was limited during practice last spring.
“It’s good because Matt is a leader here on our football team,” Edsall said. “He’s smart, he’s experienced. That will help us come together even more as a defense. To be able to have him out here now a whole spring like this, to have that leadership and to have that knowledge on the field is going to help everybody.”
Although unable to tackle in the first day of practice, the defense did see big plays from defensive back Alvin Hill and linebacker Cavon Walker, who both intercepted the Maryland offense.
“Overall, I was pleased,” Edsall said “It’s good to be back out here. The guys are hungry and excited. Now we just have to keep building on it again tomorrow.”
Maryland continues spring workouts on Sunday March 2, and will conclude their practice schedule with the annual Spring Game on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.