The Maryland football team took to the practice field for the 10th time this preseason on Tuesday afternoon at the on-campus practice facility as the squad continues to prepare for its Aug. 31 season opener against Florida International at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
Joining the Terps for the afternoon session were four families with the Casey Cares Foundation, which provides personalized programs for critically ill children and family members. The families enjoyed a fun-filled day at practice, which included a meet and greet with the players and head coach Randy Edsall immediately after practice. The families then joined the team for dinner at the Gossett Team House.
After scrimmaging on Saturday and enjoying a day off on Sunday, the Terps opened practice with some individual work before drilling the two-minute offense. The squad closed practice with team activities giving coach Edsall and the staff an opportunity to evaluate the competition for the No. 2 quarterback spot.
“I want to see Ricardo [Young], Perry [Hills], and Caleb [Rowe] because I have no idea right now who our number two QB is because no one has really separated themselves,” said Edsall. “So I thought it would be a good day today to get those guys involved with the first unit and evaluate them because within the next day or two we have to move forward.
“I’ve got to make a decision on who the number two is so I can get him all the reps that we got to get him to be prepared to play in a game so that’s why I did what I did today. C.J. [Brown], I know what he can do, but I have to find out who the number two guy is and get this thing widdled down and get that guy ready to play and get the third guy some work because we just can’t give five guys work moving forward.”
While the competition for the second spot on the depth chart at quarterback drew most of the attention, the competition between A.J. Hendy and Sean Davis at safety is just as compelling.
“A.J. and Sean [Davis] are still switching, so nobody has established themselves as the starter there yet,” said Edsall. “We still have that competition going from A.J. and Sean, it just so happened that today was A.J.’s day to work with the ones. Again, that’s something that we’ll continue to evaluate. We know both of them are going to have to play for us in the different packages that we use. That one will probably go down to game week, and we’ll see if someone separates themselves. We still have a couple more scrimmages where we can evaluate those guys.”
The Terps will have two-a-day practices on Wednesday and Friday with an afternoon practice on Thursday leading up to Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday. Saturday’s scrimmage, which is open to the public, is set for 1:30 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.