Three Good Counsel freshmen in line to start for Terps

The Baltimore Sun

Good Counsel High School has pulled off a triple on Maryland’s latest football depth chart.

Two true-freshmen (Stefon Diggs and Mike Madaras) from the Montgomery County school are now listed as starters -– and a third (Wes Brown) is a possible starter.

In all, Maryland has seen a dozen true freshmen on the field as the Terps (2-2) open Atlantic Coast Conference play Saturday by hosting Wake Forest (3-2) at 3:30 (ESPNU). The 12 freshmen who have played is the ninth most in the Football Bowl Subdivision, according to the school.

The new starter from Good Counsel – relative to the previous depth chart – is Madaras, an offensive tackle.

Remember the days when offensive linemen were routinely redshirted? There were a few reasons for this. The thinking was that first-year offensive linemen needed time to mature physically and mentally before becoming regulars. Schools liked to stockpile redshirts so the team would have depth.

But Madaras has been steadily brought along this season, and has impressed coaches. He’s now listed as a starting tackle, ahead of the previous incumbent, Nick Klemm.

Diggs, the receiver-returner, keeps getting better, right? He was a rare visiting player who could quiet the crowd at West Virginia. He had the first multi-touchdown game of his career in Maryland’s 31-21 loss.

Diggs ranks 16in the nation with 160.5 all-purpose yards per game.

The third Good Counsel player, Brown, is listed as a possible starter at tailback along with Justus Pickett, Albert Reid and Brandon Ross. Honestly, it doesn’t matter much who starts. As Gary Williams used to say, it matters more who finishes. I’d look for all four to play, and for Pickett to come in on third downs.

Other notes:

*Redshirt freshman Andrew Zeller is now listed as a starting guard over De’Onte Arnett, who started at West Virginia.

*Maryland is listing Devin Burns as the backup to quarterback Perry Hills. Freshman Caleb Rowe had also been in contention for the backup job.

Burns, who has been both a quarterback and a receiver, had my favorite line of the preseason.

Asked if learning the quarterback position — again — was like riding a bicycle, Burns hesitated.

"More like a unicycle than a bike," he said.

*Kenneth (“Call me Kenneth”) Tate is listed as the co-starter at an outside linebacker along with Alex Twine. Tate (knee) played for the first time this season against the Mountaineers.

*The start time has been announced for the Virginia road game on Oct. 13. It's 3:00.

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