Randy Edsall

Randy Edsall's Terps return to the practice field on Aug. 4. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun / April 11, 2014)

Maryland begins preseason practice Aug. 4 and has put out its depth chart heading into the workouts.

The depth chart could change between now and the start of the season, but this is how things stand heading into camp, with a little analysis on each position (starters in all caps):


Quarterback: C.J. BROWN (Gr.), Caleb Rowe (Jr.), Perry Hills (RS So.), Shane Cockerille (RS Fr.), Will Ulmer (Fr.)

Brown is the returning starter. He is a sixth-year senior and has been Maryland’s starting quarterback the last two years he has been healthy. Hills and Cockerille will try to unseat Rowe as Brown’s backup.

Running back: WES BROWN (So.) or ALBERT REID (Jr.) or BRANDON ROSS (Jr.) or JACQUILLE VEII (So.), Joe Riddle (So.), Tehuti Miles (So.), Zac Morton (Fr.)

Brown, Reid, Ross and Veii are listed as co-starters. Playing time will come down to how each fares during camp.

Brown may be the most intriguing. He is a former four-star recruit and rushed for 382 yards in eight games as a freshman in 2012, but he was suspended last year and will have to continue to shake off the subsequent rust that comes along with a year off from football.

Ross is probably the favorite to be the primary ball-carrier. He was the starter last year and has led Maryland in rushing the last two seasons. However, Reid and Veii will be in the mix as well.

Reid is another former four-star recruit and ran for 294 yards in a situational role last year.

Veii is a dark-horse candidate for significant playing time. He is the fastest of the running backs, although he is also the smallest at 5-foot-9, 187 pounds.

Fullback: KENNETH GOINS JR. (So.), Tyler Cierski (Sr.), Andrew Stefanelli (So.)

Goins (Gilman) is the returning starter. However, he will have to hold off Cierski, who he beat out for the starting job last summer.

Wide receiver: STEFON DIGGS (Jr.), Levern Jacobs (Jr.), Daniel Adams (Jr.), DeAndre Lane (So.)

Wide receiver: DEON LONG (Sr.), Nigel King (Jr.), Amba Etta-Tawo (So.), Juwann Winfree (Fr.)

Wide receiver: MARCUS LEAK (Jr.), Taivon Jacobs (RS Fr.), Malcolm Culmer (So.)

This is arguably the deepest and most talented group of receivers in the Big Ten.

Diggs and Long are the two big names, but Leak, Levern Jacobs, Etta-Tawo and King have all proven capable of making plays as well and all will compete for playing time during camp.

Leak took the year off from school and football last year, but he had 23 catches for 393 yards in seven games as a sophomore in 2012. Jacobs had 47 catches for 640 yards and three touchdowns last season, and King and Etta-Tawo both had 30-plus catches last year as well.

Jacobs’ younger brother, Taivon, will also be in the mix for playing time. Taivon Jacobs redshirted as a freshman last season, but ESPN rated him as a four-star recruit last year. He is only 5-9, 160, but he is probably the fastest player on Maryland’s roster.