COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland coach Randy Edsall called freshman Will Ulmer in for a meeting Monday. When they sat down, both agreed it would be best for Ulmer to make the move from quarterback to wide receiver.
Ulmer was committed to being a quarterback through preseason practice. But he worked some at wide receiver with the scout team as the Terps prepared for their season opener against James Madison last week, and Edsall said Ulmer is now excited about the prospects of playing his new position.
"It's ironic that he was about to come see me to talk about exactly what I wanted to talk to him about,” Edsall said. “… He's all for it and believes that wide receiver will be his best position going forward.”
Now, the 6-foot, 190-pound Ulmer, who was ranked as a four-star athlete by ESPN, will try to prove he is capable of making an immediate impact at his new position.
Ulmer likely has plenty of learning to do and surely needs a lot of seasoning in terms or his route running and overall technique. However, quarterback C.J. Brown said he heard that Ulmer made some impressive plays at receiver with the scout team while working against Maryland's first- and second-team defense.
"We've heard some stories about him on the scout team," Brown said, smiling.
According to Brown, those stories include Ulmer outleaping defenders for catches and making defenders miss in the open field.
"He's just a freak athletically," Brown said.
Ulmer also will be given an opportunity to compete for a role on special teams, both as a returner as well as on the kick and punt coverage teams.
"He gives you a lot of options, a lot of opportunities as a coach to take an athletic young man who understands the game, who has got great skill level to be able to enhance you at a position [wide receiver] that you’re a little down right now,” Edsall said. “But I think it can even help to upgrade some things that we might do on special teams as well.”