Maryland will begin normal game-week activities Sunday in preparation for the Sept. 1 season opener against William & Mary
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Eight days away from its season opener against William & Mary, the Maryland football team prepared to break preseason camp after a morning workout Friday at the on-campus practice facility.
The Terps, who open the season Sept. 1 at 3 p.m. in Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, were set to hold an evening practice before officially breaking from camp. They’ll start a normal game-like week on Sunday with an afternoon practice.
“Tonight we’ll have a scripted walkthrough, and tomorrow the players will be off,” said head coach Randy Edsall. “We’ll get into our normal routine for game week starting Sunday. We’ve got some stuff done on William & Mary the last two days now, and will tonight with our scripted walkthrough.”
Coach Edsall addressed the media following Friday morning’s session and touched on several items including the development of true freshman quarterback Perry Hills.
“I see a guy who’s out here continually getting better, and continually handling himself in the right way and learning the game plan and going out and executing. I’m excited to watch him and everybody get playing. There have been some exciting things that have happened here during training camp, and a lot of time when you do have that youth combined with the experience that we have with those seniors, that’s a good blend. Sometimes youth is a good thing because they don’t worry about anything.”
An underclassman that has impressed the coaching staff in preseason camp is sophomore defensive lineman Darius Kilgo. The Charlotte, N.C., native’s performance during camp has moved Kilgo to the top of the depth chart at nose tackle.
“We’ve been pleased with Darius,” said Edsall. “One of the reasons that we ended up moving A.J. [Francis] to end is because of the play of Darius. He’s really picked things up very well. Again, he’s one of those guys that is going to continuously get better with him playing. Because of what we’ve seen out of him, that facilitated the move of A.J. from nose to end.”
One position that is not as clear cut is running back with freshmen Wes Brown, Albert Reid and Brandon Ross, and sophomore Justus Pickett all competing for playing time.
“I think it’s very hard to get four guys playing time in there,” said Edsall. “I think you can probably see three in terms of going in. We’ve got some guys there that are nicked up a little bit right now that have to get out on the practice field if they’re going to play against William & Mary. We’ll see how that all unfolds, and we’ll have a better idea as we get closer.”
Tate to Miss Three to Four Weeks: Edsall said senior linebacker Kenneth Tate will miss the next three to four weeks with a left knee injury…Tate missed most of last season with a right knee injury, “He just has some cartilage issues there. It looks to be about a three-to-four week situation — that’s what the doctors have told me.
“The injury wasn’t because he got hit because he really hasn’t scrimmaged at all. It was his left knee; the one he hurt before was his right knee. This is now a similar situation, but in the left knee.”
Brown and Monroe Updates: Sophomore defensive lineman Andre Monroe underwent successful surgery on his knee Thursday…junior quarterback C.J. Brown was scheduled for surgery Friday morning…”Andre’s went well yesterday. C.J. went this morning. I’m sure he’s done by now. I haven’t heard anything. Andre’s surgery went well — he’s at home recovering. He’ll be back on Sunday, and I’ll get an update on C.J. a little later.”
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