Andrew Isaacs has not been a factor as pass-catcher. Quarterback C.J. Brown has not even thrown a pass in Isaacs¿ direction through Maryland¿s first two games. But offensive coordinator Mike Locksley said Isaacs continues to progress in all facets of his game, and he said the wide receiver could become more of a factor in the passing game as the season goes on.
Karl Joseph is one of West Virginia¿s top defensive players; a physical, aggressive 5-foot-10, 196-pound presence in the back end of the Mountaineers¿ defense whom Maryland is well aware of heading into Saturday¿s game against West Virginia.
A year ago, Marcus Leak was forced to sit and watch Maryland games from his family's home in North Carolina. Leak had the talent to help the Terps, as he did while starting seven games at wide receiver in 2012.
Shortly after Maryland escaped with a 24-17 win over South Florida on Saturday, Terps coach Randy Edsall stood in front of his team inside the visiting locker room at Raymond James Stadium and was blunt with his offense.
Maryland football coach Randy Edsall had a message for his team during practice Tuesday: ¿You better make sure you work and do everything we ask you to do, because if you don't, you're going to get surprised.¿
C.J. Brown's best throw was his last one, a 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Deon Long that pushed Maryland's lead to 38-0 midway through the third quarter. As a whole, though, the senior quarterback called his play during the Terps' 52-7 win over James Madison on Saturday "unacceptable."
But while junior Brandon Ross won Maryland's starting job, junior Albert Reid and sophomore Wes Brown both did enough during preseason camp that Terps coach Edsall expects them to see playing time as well.
Maryland's Sal Conaboy is used to being in the middle of controlled chaos, whether it meant growing up as the second youngest of eight siblings near Scranton, Pa., or as the starting center the past two seasons on ther Terps' endlessly revolving offensive line.
Maryland has just one more preseason practice open to the media. After that, the next time Terps players and coaches will see reporters will be next week to talk about the season opener against James Madison, which is less than two weeks away.
Last year, safety Sean Davis, outside linebacker Marcus Whitfield and wide receiver Levern Jacobs all went from unheralded players for Maryland to major contributors. Here are seven Terps who are poised to break out this season.
Junior cornerback Alvin Hill has been primarily a reserve during his career, but he entered preseason camp listed as a starter, was praised by coach Randy Edsall Wednesday and had two big plays Thursday.
Maryland's five defensive leaders are also roommates. Cornerback Jeremiah Johnson, defensive tackle Darius Kilgo, inside linebacker L.A. Goree and outside linebackers Matt Robinson and Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil frequently watch film and talk about the Terrapins' defense.
At the end of each season, every player on Maryland's team is summoned to coach Randy Edsall's office individually to talk about the past year as well as what needs to be improved upon heading into the next season.
Inside coach Randy Edsall's office at Maryland's team headquarters, just to the right of his desk, sits a large magnetic board displaying his football's team's full depth chart. How that depth chart will look come the Terrapins' regular-season opener Aug. 30 against James Madison is still largely to be determined.