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Notes and observations from Saturday's Terps football practice

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COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland held two practices Saturday. The first was not open to the media, but here are some notes and observations from the second practice, which was held at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium:

* Quarterback C.J. Brown was sharper than he had been in some previous practices, but star wide receiver Stefon Diggs struggled some. Diggs has had trouble getting open against the Terps’ pass defense and had some uncharacteristic drops Saturday. Diggs also had a false start at one point during practice, and coach Randy Edsall was clearly not happy about it.

* It was not a good practice for reserve wide receiver Daniel Adams. Adams began the session working with either the first- or second-team offense with Deon Long not practicing, but he was sent to the sideline by an angry Edsall early in practice after looking lackadaisical while running after a catch. He returned shortly later and dropped passes on consecutive plays. Adams was then demoted from second- to third-team and then from third- to fourth-team after he did not pick up signals that were sent in by the coaches. He did, however, have some catches later in the drill while working with the fourth-team offense.

* Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo had two drops, including one on a great throw by Brown, but he connected with Brown late in practice for possibly the first big touchdown-producing play the first-team offense has produced during camp. Etta-Tawo beat cornerback Jeremiah Johnson off the line and Brown hit him perfectly in stride for a touchdown of around 60 yards.

* Outside linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil has gotten the better of right tackle Ryan Doyle  some during the first week of camp, but Doyle seemed to consistently get the better of Cudjoe-Virgil on Saturday. Doyle was commended twice by offensive line coach Greg Studrawa during 7-on-7 drills early in practice.

* Running back Brandon Ross scored touchdowns on each of the first two plays of goal-line drills. The first was a catch. He then ran in on the next play.    

* Wide receiver DeAndre Lane probably won’t see the field much this year (if at all) with the depth Maryland has at wide receiver, but the 5-foot-7, 175-pound sophomore has made some plays the last few days. He had a diving catch for around a 30-yard gain Friday and had another diving catch during 7-on-7 drills Saturday.

* Redshirt freshman quarterback Shane Cockerille (Gilman) has made some good things happen with both his arm and his legs during camp while working with the fourth-team offense, but he had a tough practice Saturday. He was inaccurate on a short pass near the sideline, which bounced wide of the intended wide receiver. He then made an ill-advised throw over the middle on the next play that was nearly intercepted by freshman linebacker Nnamdi Egbuaba.

* Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley yelled at backup quarterback Caleb Rowe throughout the two-minute drill portion of practice. Rowe held on to the ball too long at times, which led to sacks. He was reprimanded for not getting the offense organized at other times, and Locksley was also not happy with the lack of urgency Rowe was showing between plays despite the offense practicing the two-minute drill. 

* Backup inside linebacker Alex Twine sacked Rowe on back-to-back plays during the drill.

* Safety Sean Davis deserves credit for helping to contain Diggs, and sophomore outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue continues to look capable of being a productive situational pass rusher. He made backup left tackle Jake Wheeler look bad at one point during team drills.

* Edsall said before the session that defensive end Quinton Jefferson will be out of practice for the time being as he deals with a family situation. Edsall also announced that freshman offensive lineman Sean Christie has a torn ligament in his knee and will undergo surgery that will likely sideline him for the season. Long is day-to-day with an abdominal injury he suffered Thursday.

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