COLLEGE PARK -- Two of Randy Edsall’s primary concerns entering preseason practice remain two of the coach’s top concerns as Maryland now gets ready to wrap up camp: Depth at cornerback and depth along the offensive line.
“[Those are] probably the two positions I would like to have more depth,” Edsall said.
At cornerback, the Terrapins have sophomore Will Likely, junior Alvin Hill and senior Jeremiah Johnson, a top three Edsall and defensive coordinator Brian Stewart have voiced confidence in.
But the players behind those three lack experience.
Sophomore Jarrett Ross was ranked by Rivals.com as the second-best player from Delaware in last year’s recruiting class and appears to be the No. 4 cornerback at this point, but he played primarily on special teams last year.
Meanwhile, Daniel Ezeagwu and Josh Woods have both stood out at times during preseason camp and both were praised by teammates following Maryland’s scrimmage Saturday, but both are true freshmen.
“We’ve got to get those two young guys up to speed a little bit, and Jarrett played some special teams but hasn’t played as a corner," Edsall said. "There is some depth there. But when you see you the teams that we play and who we have to play, you’ve got to get a lot of those guys ready to go.”
The situation is similar along the offensive line.
Edsall has voiced confidence in his starting group and has talked several times about the significant progress his first-team line has made since the end of last season.
However, a viral infection has sidelined junior Evan Mulrooney, who was expected to compete with Silvano Altamirano for the starting left guard job and, at worst, would have given the Terps a backup option with starting experience at both guard and center.
Without Mulrooney, senior left tackle Jake Wheeler is the only member of the second-team offensive line with any game experience, and Wheeler has stuck out for negative reasons throughout camp.
“We don’t have [ideal] depth right now,” Edsall said. “It’s hard to have freshmen come in and play. Guys are working. But right now, they’re just not ready.”
On a positive note, depth along the defensive line was another one of Edsall’s concerns entering the summer, but he said he now feels good about the group he has behind defensive ends Andre Monroe and Quinton Jefferson and nose tackles Darius Kilgo and Keith Bowers.
Sophomore Roman Braglio (McDonogh) is a returning contributor at defensive end. Edsall also has spoken highly of wrestler Spencer Myers’ play at defensive end throughout camp and said he has been encouraged by the progress of redshirt freshmen defensive ends Malik Jones (Dunbar) and Kingsley Opara.
Edsall and players also have praised the play of freshman nose tackle David Shaw, although it seems the ideal scenario would be for Shaw to redshirt.
“I like where we are at from a defensive line standpoint,” Edsall said. “Hopefully we stay healthy.”
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