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Maryland set to hold open football practice in Frederick County on Saturday

Maryland's football team is hitting the road again — this time to Frederick County — for a spring practice Saturday that is open to the public and is designed to deepen the program's roots in the state.

The Terps will practice at Middletown High beginning at noon. There is no admission charge. Maryland practiced at Dunbar on March 30.

Saturday's practice will come six days before the team's annual Red-White spring game at Byrd Stadium. This year's game is being played on a Friday night instead of the customary Saturday afternoon.

Time is running short for players to make impressions on coaches.

One position to watch is running back, where Brandon Ross, Wes Brown and Albert Reid are expected to compete for playing time.

Brown, who will be a sophomore when the season opens, was the team's most impressive running back last season. Brown suffered a torn labrum (shoulder joint) last season and missed the last two games. He also had an ankle injury.

Brown, who is being held out of spring practice while recovering from his injuries, finished the season with 399 yards and a 4.2 average per carry.

This spring, Ross has made a push for playing time.

"Brandon is a lot stronger out there this year," coach Randy Edsall said. "You don't see him going down as easy as he did a year ago. That's the thing that I'm starting to like, is we're getting a lot more depth and competition at positions."

Edsall said the Terps had their best practice of the spring Tuesday.

"They were energized," he said. "They were coachable and really tried to do the things the coaches asked them to do."

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