Terps Defense Shows Early Signs of Strength

By Thomas Pullano

The Maryland Terrapins took the field in College Park for their second day of preseason practice Tuesday. The Terps remained in only helmets, and will get to put on shoulder pads for the first time this Wednesday.

The players spent a good portion of Tuesday’s practice doing individual position drills.

After drills, the team focused on the running game with 11-on-11 work. Head coach Randy Edsall and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley gave all three running backs in contention for the starting job—Wes Brown, Albert Reid, and Brandon Ross—plenty of work during this time.

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The Terps hit the field for the second day of training camp. (Courtesy of UMTerps.com)

Later during practice, Edsall brought the team together for two-minute drill work. The Terps’ offense struggled during this stretch of practice. The first team offense was able to get one first down off of the legs of quarterback C.J. Brown. However, that first down was all they were able to push across. Over the course of about six or seven plays during the drill, Brown was unable to successfully complete a single pass. The second team offense was unable to do any better than its first team counterparts. On the first play of the second team’s drive, quarterback Caleb Rowe’s pass was deflected and intercepted by the defense.

Following that interception, Edsall moved the ball down the field and had the team do red zone work. The offense fared much better this time around. Brown was able to hit sophomore tight end Andrew Isaacs and senior wide receiver Deon Long on consecutive plays to start the drive. Then Brown finished the drive off himself on the next play by running it in for the score.

Both the first and second team offense found some success during red zone portion of practice. However, the defense would once again get the best of the offense during more 11-on-11 work to finish practice.

The team will practice again Wednesday in the afternoon.

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