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Notebook: Edsall says 'there will be some changes' to depth chart

Coach praises freshmen Pickett, Ross, Leak and Bowers but declines to reveal much about what adjustments might be coming

By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

9:32 PM EDT, August 16, 2011

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A week into training camp, Maryland coach Randy Edsall is ready to tinker with the depth chart.

"There will be some changes," the coach said Tuesday during Media Day at the football complex.

Edsall is more secretive about player moves than his predecessor, Ralph Friedgen. He declined to speculate on who may be moving up or down.

But Edsall, hired from Connecticut in January, did say that freshman running backs Justus Pickett and Brandon Ross were making a "push" for playing time.

Edsall also singled out freshman wide receiver Marcus Leak and freshman defensive lineman Keith Bowers for praise.

Bowers "is in the two-deep now [on the depth chart]. I've been very impressed with him," the coach said.

Edsall has said he has no problem playing freshmen. That may be less true on the offensive line, where players typically need more time to mature than those at other positions.

No photo op

Maryland's Media Day included introductory remarks by Edsall and a question-and-answer session with player captains Kenny Tate, Joe Vellano, Andrew Gonnella and Davin Meggett.

But it did not include the customary photo opportunity of the Terps in their game uniforms. That's because the team is getting new uniforms this season.

The official unveiling is Monday.

It is already known that Maryland's football uniforms and field markings — which in recent years have highlighted the word "Terps" — have been redesigned and will more prominently display "Maryland."

The uniforms will no longer include players' names on the backs of their jerseys. Asked about that change Tuesday, Meggett said it mattered little because fans could hardly read the names from the stands.

The Media Day remarks also did not include an update on injured players. Edsall said he would not comment on player injuries, but would comply with Atlantic Coast Conference guidelines. The guidelines recommend that teams issue a weekly injury report before league games during the season.

Southern flavor

Maryland's recruiting primarily targets high schools within a five-hour radius.

So how is it that the Terps ended up with two prominent players — tailback D.J. Adams and offensive lineman Max Garcia — from the same Georgia high school?

Offensive line coach Tom Brattan said he and Friedgen made a valuable "connection" with the players' high school in Norcross, Ga.

"Coach Friedgen had known that head coach there very well, and I had recruited that area about eight years," Brattan said. "The school's coach said, 'We've got a sophomore running back who is really good.' "

That turned out to be Adams, who arrived in 2009, followed by Garcia a year later.

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