Here are some notes from Maryland’s first preseason practice, held Monday night:
** Field-goal kicking was something of a concern last season. Terps fans know it all too well.
Brad Craddock can hit the deep ball – he had one for 52 yards last season – but he can also struggle. He missed a 33-yarder against N.C. State last season in the Wolfpack’s 20-18 win.
So, Coach Randy Edsall, how would you describe the field-goal kicking at your first practice?
“Inconsistent” was the coach’s reply.
Craddock is expected to be the guy again this season. Fellow sophomore Brendan Magistro is listed second on the depth chart.
** Maryland’s once-injured quarterbacks returned to the practice field.
C.J. Brown ran the first team, showing a quick release. Even when he doesn’t ultimately keep the ball, defenses have to focus on him outside of the pocket because of his speed.
Brown was followed by Caleb Rowe, Ricardo Young and Perry Hills. Brown, Rowe and Hills all suffered anterior cruciate ligament injuries last season. Rowe, Hills and Young are vying to be the second-team QB. Freshman Shane Cockerille (Gilman) also took snaps.
“I thought they moved well. We’ll see how they are in the morning – see if there is any soreness.,” Edsall said.
** Transfer Deon Long will surely attract defenses’ attention lining up at wide receiver with star Stefon Diggs in the slot.
“You can see – Deon is a talent as well,” Edsall said. “To be able to have a weapon like that is only going to enhance us. It’s going to make people play us a little bit more straight.”