March 9, 2016
Ty Johnson will be the Terps’ starting running back.
The Maryland football team opens its season this Saturday against Howard, and the team has finally released its first depth chart under new head coach DJ Durkin.
Durkin announced on Wednesday that Perry Hills is the team’s starting quarterback, but has been coy for the most part about naming starters this preseason. There are some obvious ones here and some surprises.
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Caleb Rowe isn’t listed on the two-deep behind Hills at quarterback, but true freshmen Tyrrell Pigrome and Max Bortenschlager are.
With Wes Brown suspended for the first three games of the season, Ty Johnson is Maryland’s starting running back. The Terps will surely employ a rotation at the position, but Johnson, a sophomore, beat out graduate transfer Trey Edmunds and freshmen Lorenzo Harrison and Jake Funk.
The team’s offensive line shakes out like this: Michael Dunn at left tackle, Mike Minter at left guard, Brendan Moore at center, Maurice Shelton at right guard and Damian Prince at right tackle. True freshman Terrance Davis is listed on the two-deep behind Shelton at guard.
D.J. Moore and are listed as starting wide receivers, with DeAndre Lane and Will Likely listed in competition for the third spot. There’s a whole lot of other guys on the two-deep, and they’re all going to get time in an offense that moves as fast as Maryland’s will.
As expected, Jesse Aniebonam is starting at the BUCK, and Roman Braglio are starting at defensive end. Inside, Keiron Howard is an upset at starting tackle, getting the spot over David Shaw Azubuike Ukandu, and Kingsley Opara has the other starting tackle spot.
Jermaine Carter Jr. obviously has middle linebacker locked down, Jalen Brooks listed as the SAM and with Shane Cockerille and Brooks both listed at the WILL.
Denzel Conyers starting at safety is a bit of a surprise, as Josh Woods seemed to have the inside track on his spot, but the rest of the secondary turned out as we expected. Likely, JC Jackson and Alvin Hill are at corner and Darnell Savage Jr. is the team’s starting safety. Also of note: Tino Ellis and Jake Funk are both listed on the two-deep at defensive back.