When interim coach Mike Locksley took over for Randy Edsall in mid-October, he turned to Maryland’s youth to give the Terps a boost. His rationale that playing younger players 10 to 15 snaps over starters wouldn’t win or lose a game, but it would pay off in the future. So freshman Darnell Savage Jr. saw some snaps at cornerback in place of junior Will Likely, and redshirt freshman Brendan Moore got some snaps at left guard when the Terps shuffled their offensive line.
Redshirt freshman Damian Prince, a former five-star recruit, appeared in 10 games and made six starts at right tackle. Redshirt freshman Derwin Gray made his collegiate debut and appeared in two games on the offensive line. Freshman Jahrvis Davenport led the Terps in receiving in the season finale against Rutgers. Freshman Ty Johnson had two carries against the Scarlet Knights and scored two touchdowns from more than 40 yards out.
And other younger players asserted that their future was now. Redshirt sophomore Jermaine Carter Jr. led the team with 103 tackles and emerged as a critical vocal leader on defense. Jalen Brooks, another redshirt sophomore, started 11 of 12 games at outside linebacker. Wide receiver D.J. Moore, a freshman, started the final 10 games of the year and was one of the Terps’ top receiving options. The younger players got opportunities, and they showed there are some bright spots in Maryland’s future.