By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun
7:31 PM EDT, September 13, 2011
Running back D.J. Adams, who was suspended for Maryland's opening game, is back in the mix for Saturday's contest against No. 18 West Virginia.
Adams, 5 feet 10 and 220 pounds, was primarily a short-yardage specialist last season. He scored 11 touchdowns last year and could be a key player as coaches look to expand his role.
Adams, a redshirt sophomore, was suspended before the win over Miami for an unspecified team rules violation.
"There will be a role for D.J. this week," coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday. "He's back in good graces."
Maryland struggled in the red zone against the Hurricanes. That's an area of the field in which Adams excels.
Without Adams, Maryland used first-year tailback Justus Pickett (six carries for 22 yards) in relief of starter Davin Meggett. Pickett — not Adams — remains behind Meggett on the depth chart.
Maryland says it will announce its choice of uniform colors and combinations each Wednesday for the next game.
The Terps have a lot to choose from. With four jersey colors, four pants colors and two helmets (black and white), the team will have 32 combinations to select from
Maryland will make the announcement each week via Twitter and Facebook.
Edsall said again Tuesday how much he loves the buzz over the new uniforms. Much of the attention came from the Week 1 uniforms — the "Pride" uniforms that invoke the state flag.
Edsall didn't seem to mind that those uniforms — which were special for opening night — got mixed reviews.
Said Edsall: "If this university had to go and pay for this publicity, they'd be broke. There's a buzz about Maryland football that wasn't here before."
Maryland players said they can't forget their game with West Virginia last season. The Mountaineers took a 28-0 lead and cruised to a 31-17 victory in Morgantown.
It wasn't just the loss that the Terps remember — it was the fans.
Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien said he recalled fans not only yelling, but spitting. Other players commented on the rowdy atmosphere.
Edsall said he did not mind having an early bye week to prepare for the Mountaineers. Maryland opened its season on Labor Day — a Monday.
"I didn't want to play on Monday and come back and play on Saturday," the coach said. "So I was pleased that we did have the time off."
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