COLLEGE PARK, Md - The Maryland football team took the field looking to fine tune its play on the 10th day of camp at the on-campus practice facility Wednesday.
One of the players most lauded for his steady play is junior running back Brandon Ross. The shifty Ross, who is locked in a battle for playing time with Wes Brown and Albert Reid, has drawn praise from head coach Randy Edsall for his maturity and poise.
“Like anything else, the older you get, the more mature you become, the better you handle situations and the better you deal with things,” Edsall said. “I think that’s been the biggest case with Brandon. Now he’s been in the system three years and he really gets it. He really understands it. He’s really come a long way and I’m very proud of how far he’s come.”
Considered the veteran of the backfield, Ross enjoys the role of mentor to his younger teammates.
“It’s a good feeling to pass down the knowledge and wisdom to the younger backs in the room,” Ross said. “I just want to keep teaching them just in case somebody does go down, they’ll be ready.”
Another Terp sharing his knowledge is wide receiver Levern Jacobs. While the junior is fighting for playing time after catching 47 balls for 640 yards last season, he is also making sure to monitor the progress of his brother, explosive second-year wide receiver Taivon Jacobs.
“I think the biggest thing for my brother is having confidence in what he is doing,” Jacobs said. “Sometimes he goes out there and second guesses himself and I like to tell him that you put in so much time in the summer, there’s no need to second guess yourself.”
Like the younger Jacobs, senior Spencer Myers is attempting to suck up all the knowledge he can find. Myers, who is also an All-American wrestler for the Terrapins, earning 86 wins for his career, stepped onto the football field for the first time since high school at the beginning of camp.
“My roommate is Andre Monroe and I go to him and Quinton Jefferson, pretty much anybody who is around,” Myers said. “I was kidding around with Coach [Chad] Wilt and Roman Braglio. I was trying to get the dime motions down and at one point I was asking Roman every play, where do I go?”
Myers will wrestle and play football simultaneously for the Terps and the powerful Pennsylvanian has lofty goals for both.
“I want to help these guys win a Big Ten Championship and a national championship,” Myers said. “Then in wrestling I want a Big Ten title and a national championship.”