Terps tailback Brandon Ross injured; Albert Reid gets the start

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You've already got a true freshman quarterback, so why not pair him with a true freshman tailback?

Maryland said today that Albert Reid -- a 5-foot-10, 200-pound true freshman from Washington -- will start Saturday in the opener against William & Mary. That's because the original starter, redshirt freshman Brandon Ross, has a hamstring injury.

Reid will likely share the spot Saturday with sophomore Justus Pickett and true freshman Wes Brown.

It'll be running back by committee. And, frankly, it will be a tryout of sorts. You never know quite how a freshman will react to being in actual games. Since there are no preseason games in college, consider this a tryout for the rest of the season. Last season, the bulk off the carries went to the now-departed Davin Meggett.

Edsall said again that freshman Brad Craddock will be the kicker over senior Nick Ferrara (hip). Edsall said Craddock is consistent. "He's not as strong a leg as Nick has (but) I don't think 50 is out of his range," Edsall said.

In terms of injuries, Maryland is already in midseason form, right? Injuries are expected, of course. But this preseason has seen an unusual number of guys carted off. Explanations? I'm not a conspiracy theorist, and the injuries seem to be of multiple varieties. Coach Randy Edsall said there is "no rhyme or reason" for the number of injuries.

When the injury report comes out tonight, it will include -- at a minimum -- these defensive players: Abner Logan (thigh), Isaiah Ross (hamstring) Keith Bowers (knee), Matt Robinson (shoulder), Kenny Tate (knee), Isaac Goins (illness-mono), A.J. Hendy (ankle). And, of course, quarterback C.J. Brown (torn ACL) is out for the season.



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