Attention Grabber: Big Game For Mccree

Maryland Football

Receiver Scores Two Tds, Stars In Spring Contest

April 26, 2009|By Jeff Barker | Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com

COLLEGE PARK -The Red-White spring game offered Maryland football fans a chance to dream Saturday about what might unfold this fall and to begin - very tentatively - to answer questions about who might emerge to replace wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and other departed front-line players from last season.

The White team beat the Red team, 34-24, on a balmy afternoon at Byrd Stadium as receiver Quintin McCree, who will be a sophomore this coming season, starred despite enduring turf toe.

McCree, listed second on the depth chart at the "Z" receiver when spring practices began March 24, is among a number of receivers scrambling for playing time.

"At the wide receiver position, it seems like a different guy every week rises to the occasion," coach Ralph Friedgen said. "This week, it was Quintin McCree."

McCree, among the speediest of Maryland's receivers, had two first-half scoring receptions from Jamarr Robinson as the White team took a 21-10 lead in the game marking the end of spring practice.

Heyward-Bey decided to forgo his senior season and was selected seventh overall by the Oakland Raiders on Saturday in the NFL draft. Danny Oquendo, another starting receiver, graduated.

"Today was my day," said McCree, 6 feet 2, who was recruited from Hargrave Military Academy.

Receivers Torrey Smith, Ronnie Tyler and Emani Lee-Odai began the spring atop the depth chart. Each scored a touchdown in Maryland's 42-35, season-ending Humanitarian Bowl victory over Nevada. The Terps finished 8-5.

But Adrian Cannon, who has had an impressive spring, and Kerry Boykins are also expected to push for playing time along with Tony Logan, who can also return punts and kickoffs.

"My only concern at the wide-out is we've dropped some balls," Friedgen said. "But we've also made some pretty good catches, so it balances out."

Quarterback Chris Turner, who looked solid, said McCree took him by surprise.

"To have a breakout day like that, I can't say I saw that coming," the quarterback said.

Said Cannon: "What a lot of people didn't even know is he [McCree] played today with turf toe," a bruise where the big toe meets the foot.

Turner acknowledged that he is still looking for a possession receiver to replace Oquendo, who was one of the quarterback's favorites last season, particularly on third down. But there's plenty of speed.

Turner, who will be a senior, quarterbacked the Red team. Robinson, who moves up to the second team this season to replace Josh Portis, led the White team. Portis transferred to California University of Pennsylvania.

Notes: : Maryland was thrilled to see Heyward-Bey picked so high. "It's a great day for Maryland," Friedgen said. "Don't tell me you can't come to Maryland and reach your [NFL] goal." Said Turner: "It means the world to him [Heyward-Bey] and his family. I'm a Raider fan."

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