COLLEGE PARK — When Jacquille Veii was about 5 years old, his family moved from Africa to England.
Veii, who was born in Antigua, had to acclimate to different surroundings, adapt to a new way of living and get used to sounding different after picking up "a little African accent." Veii also had less of a support system compared to Africa, where the majority of his father's family lived.
Veii adjusted, just as he did when his family moved to the United States when he was about 9, just as he did when he was forced to live with his aunt in New York before his family got settled in Maryland, and just as he has done throughout his football career.
His ability to adjust has been useful for the Terps.
The 5-foot-9, 187-pound sophomore arrived at Maryland as a cornerback last year. He moved to running back not long after that and contributed there as a freshman. He then moved to wide receiver this summer and is making an impact at both receiver and running back while also playing a role on special teams.
"There's some relation to it, just being able to just adapt to your surroundings and to learn new culture and to just be yourself as well," Veii said. "So I do think there's a parallel to it."
The first position Veii ever played was offensive guard as a youth. Veii moved to cornerback the year after and then began to play the offensive skill positions once he got to high school.
Veii played running back, receiver, some quarterback and also made an impact as a defensive back at the Avalon School after transferring from Richard Montgomery High School. As a senior in 2012, he rushed for 744 yards and nine touchdowns, caught 20 passes and three touchdowns and had four interceptions on defense.
"That's the one thing that we saw when we recruited him," Maryland coach Randy Edsall said. "We thought he was an athlete. We thought there were a lot of things that he could do."
Veii ran for 146 yards as a freshman with the Terps and was in a four-way competition for Maryland's starting running back job this summer when Edsall moved him to slot receiver. Although he is still used at running back in certain packages, Veii has primarily played in the slot this season.
The move also has given Veii an opportunity to broaden his already diverse skill set, as he has learned from Terps wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell, who spent 16 seasons in the NFL, and the team's other receivers.
"The good thing about Jacquille is he's such a great worker," offensive coordinator Mike Locksley said. "The kid stays after to do all the little things. … I've also seen him begin to do some of the little things that receivers do to create space and create separation to get themselves open."
A standard day for Veii includes waking up at 6 a.m. Practice starts around 8 a.m. Veii then typically spends some time after practice working with the blocking dummies, as well as on his technique at receiver. After that, Veii tries to squeeze in a quick film session before getting in the ice tub and stretching before going to class.
Veii is then usually back in the wide receivers room at Gossett Team House watching film before study hall and then usually in McCardell's office afterward looking for input and many times watching more film.
Through Maryland's first six games, Veii has 58 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. And he has six catches for 108 yards and a touchdown.
Veii caught a 26-yard touchdown on a 50-50 ball in the left corner of the end zone against West Virginia on Sept. 13, had eight carries for a team-high 42 yards and a touchdown during the Terps' win over Syracuse on Sept. 27 and had four catches for 78 yards against Ohio State on Oct. 4.
Veii also has returned two kicks for 33 yards and has two tackles and a fumble recovery on the Terps' kick coverage teams.
"I just try to be [versatile]," Veii said, "and I just try to do anything that's asked of me."
NOTES: Maryland linebacker Abner Logan has been cleared to play by the university after being placed on disciplinary probation in May and missing the first six games of the season. … Freshman cornerback Daniel Ezeagwu will have knee surgery next week. He will miss the rest of the season.