COLLEGE PARK, MD - The Maryland football team took the field at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium for their 12th day of practice, attempting to dot their I’s and cross their T’s in preparation for Saturday’s scrimmage and Fan Appreciation day.
Sophomore defensive back William Likely is a player that enjoys this preparation. The Florida native has drawn rave reviews from the coaching staff for his diligent film study over the course of his short Maryland career.
“We like Will because of his approach to the game and how hard he works and how hard he studies and then when he comes out here he’s always playing at a high level,” head coach Randy Edsall said.
For his part, Likely has tried to perfect his fundamentals during the first 12 days of camp.
“I’ve just been working on the basic things and getting better,” Likely, said. “I’ve had a full year to be here. I’m just trying to fine-tune everything. I’m ahead, but I’m trying to get better every day.”
Joining Likely on the defensive side of the ball is senior Darius Kilgo, who sees Maryland possessing a strong front this season.
“I feel like we all have a lot of room to improve, but we are taking strides everyday,” Kilgo said. “Roman [Braglio] and Dre (Andre Monroe) are pretty good guys to have on the edge as well as Q (Quinton Jefferson) on the inside. I think we are coming closer as a defensive line. We want to play with a lot of energy and play fast.”
On the other side of the line, junior Andrew Zeller’s confident that improvements in the unit’s communication will pay dividends for the Terrapin offense.
“The biggest thing this preseason is communication,” Zeller said. “We come out there and we want to make sure everybody is on the same page to play fast. If everybody is on the same page, nobody is hesitating.”