COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Following a morning walk through, the Maryland football team held its first full practice of the 2014 season Monday afternoon at the on-campus practice facility.
During the two-hour session in helmets, jerseys and shorts, head coach Randy Edsall and his coaching staff focused primarily on individual and unit drills before moving into team and special teams drills. The Terps will add shoulder pads on Wednesday before moving to full pads on Friday.
Maryland returns nine starters on the offensive and defensive side of the ball and 52 letterwinners from last season. The limited turnover in personnel during the offseason should make preseason preparations a little bit smoother for the squad.
“It’s comforting going into the season having the depth and the experience that we have coming back,” said Edsall. “But in terms of what we want to get done installation wise, that hasn’t changed. We have a couple of guys now who understand and know how to practice and how to do those things. That makes it a little bit easier.”
For quarterback C.J. Brown, who is entering his third season in the current offensive system, it’s all about adding to the current scheme.
“I’m very comfortable and a lot of guys are very comfortable,” said quarterback C.J. Brown. Going into my third camp in this system, we are not rebuilding. We are just adding to the foundation.
“We have a lot of potential, but that’s all it is right now is potential. We got to out there on the field and prove it against a lot of new opponents. We are looking forward to the challenge and we are going to be out here every day grinding.”
On the defensive side of the ball, the linebacker position is one of the most experienced units on the squad. Three of Maryland’s four starters return from a year ago including senior Matt Robinson, who ranked fourth on the team in tackles (73) last season after moving from safety. Along with seniors Cole Farrand, L.A. Goree, Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil and a cast several talented underclassmen, the competition at this position should be intense according to Robinson.
“I think it’s great,” said Robinson. “We definitely have a lot of people fighting for positions. I think having to grind every day is going to bring out the best in everyone.”