Maryland had its first fully padded practice of preseason camp Friday. Here are some notes and observations from the session:
* Quarterback C.J. Brown has not been sharp early in camp and had some bad moments Friday. He overthrew a wide-open Amba Etta-Tawo down the left sideline on what could have gone for a long touchdown. He then made an ill-advised throw into coverage on the next play. There was also a throw later in practice that Brown tried to fit in to wide receiver Stefon Diggs in the corner of the end zone despite Diggs' being surrounded by three defenders.
* Running backs Jacquille Veii and Wes Brown both had some good moments. Veii juked linebacker Jermaine Carter to score during inside run drills and later bounced off a tackler to score on a 20-yard touchdown run after Maryland went to full contact. Veii got laid out on an inside run by defensive end Malik Jones, but he is the fastest and most elusive of Maryland's running backs. As for Brown, he continues to run hard and also caught each of the two passes thrown to him during the team portion of practice.
* Running back Albert Reid, who is competing with Brandon Ross, Brown and Veii for the Terps starting running back job, had a drop during team drills, but he was singled out by tight end P.J. Gallo after practice. Asked which offensive player has stood out to him during the first week, Gallo picked Reid.
"Albert Reid always runs hard,” Gallo said. “He’s a great player, and you saw him today in short-yardage putting his head down and getting those extra two or three yards that we need for the first down. It’s awesome. You’ve got to love the way he plays. You’ve got to love the way he competes. He’s just intense.”
* Jones, a redshirt freshman, stood out at times Friday, most notably with his hit on Veii.
* Andrew Isaacs has looked the best of Maryland's tight ends as a pass-catcher, but he had two drops Friday. Redshirt freshman Derrick Hayward, meanwhile, has made some plays the last two days and beat Jones for a catch and gain of about 20 yards over the middle Friday.
* Freshman right tackle Derwin Gray has impressed teammates, but he had a holding penalty that negated a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Caleb Rowe to wide receiver Daniel Adams. Coach Randy Edsall scolded Gray afterward, telling him the penalty was a result of his laziness on that play.
* Backup safety Zach Dancel may not be as a good of an athlete as some of Maryland's other safeties, but he is physical and had two nice open-field tackles that drew applause from teammates and coaches.
* Freshman left tackle Damian Prince has been up and down early in camp, as many freshman are this time of year, but he was commended by both Edsall and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa after he had the key block on a Joe Riddle touchdown run during inside run drills. Prince made a mistake on the next play that he was called out for by Studrawa, but he responded by clearing out a defender to spring another Riddle touchdown run a play later.
* Left tackle Michael Dunn surrendered pressure to defensive end Andre Monroe during team drills, but that was one of the first times during camp Dunn has stuck out in a negative way.
* Outside linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil got the best of right tackle Ryan Doyle at least twice during team drills to get pressure on Brown. Doyle is competing with Gray for the starting right tackle job.
* Reserve quarterback Shane Cockerille (Gilman) showed some elusiveness as a runner and made outside linebacker Clarence Murphy fall down at one point with a move near the sideline. The move elicited a loud reaction from Cockerille's offensive teammates. Edsall of Cockerille before practice: “I think Shane is a little bit better than he was in the spring. Again, there are things he still needs to work on. He needs to get his elbow up a little bit when he throws and just some mechanical things that he’s got to do all the time. He does them sometimes, but he’s not doing them all the time, so sometimes the accuracy isn’t where it needs to be. We’ve got to just continue to get him to focus on all those little things.”
* Freshman Juwann Winfree is slippery once he gets the ball in his hands, but he too often tries to catch the ball with his body. He had a drop Friday.
* Four-star freshman Will Ulmer has been working as a quarterback, and Edsall said Ulmer will remain there until he decides he wants to move to another position. Ulmer was rated as an athlete by most scouting services and may have been the fastest players in the Terps' recruiting class this year.
“I told Will during the recruiting process that he’ll be a quarterback until he comes to me and tells me he doesn’t want to be a quarterback,” Edsall said. “We’re working him at quarterback and we’re developing him as quarterback. It he doesn’t think that he wants to be a quarterback anymore, then he’ll come and tell me that.”
* Left guard Evan Mulrooney remains hospitalized with an undisclosed illness.
* Freshman offensive lineman Sean Christie suffered a potentially serious knee injury Thursday. Edsall said Maryland is awaiting results of an MRI.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun