Maryland coach Randy Edsall said he hopes to make a decision within the next several days on which quarterback will back up starter C.J. Brown.
Brown remained on the sidelines today so that Edsall could evaluate Caleb Rowe, Ricardo Young and Perry Hills.
“I wanted to see Ricardo, Perry and Caleb because I have no idea right now who is our No. 2 quarterback,” the coach said. “Nobody has really separated themselves, so I thought it would be a good day today just to get those guys involved with the first unit. Within the next day or two, we’ve got to move forward and I’ve got to make a decision. I don’t think anybody separated themselves today.”
Maryland worked out in pads today on the practice fields. Here are practice notes:
* Receivers Stefon Diggs and Nigel King both missed practice because of dental appointments.
* Edsall said the offensive line is mostly set – tackle Mike Madaras, guard Andrew Zeller, center Sal Conaboy. But the right tackle spot is still contested between Nick Klemm and Ryan Doyle.
Klemm had entered training camp as the starter. “It’s more because of what Ryan is doing than anything,” Edsall said.
* A.J. Hendy and Sean Davis are still competing for one of the safety positions opposite Anthony Nixon.
* In Diggs’ absence, defensive back Will Likely was back returning punts today. Coaches like the freshman’s return skills. Likely is probably the best option if Diggs were ever unable to play.
I asked special teams coach Andre Powell recently if the Terps might ever use Likely as a returner to give Diggs a rest.
Powell just smiled and shook his head. The implication? Maryland is looking for more ways to get Diggs on the field rather than less.
* Defensive end Quinton Jefferson shows impressive outside speed rushing the passer. Jefferson graded out very high as a pass rusher during spring drills.
Jefferson came flying around the edge today and belted Rowe. Rowe was wearing the yellow “no contact” jersey.
“Stay away from him!” one of the assistant coaches swiftly yelled.
* Maryland hosted four children at practice from the Casey Cares Foundation, which aids critically ill children.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun