COLLEGE PARK — Redshirt freshman running back D.J. Adams is being viewed by Maryland coaches as a goal-line back -- at least for now.
As preseason camp opened Tuesday, Adams was third on the depth chart behind Da'Rel Scott, a 1,000-yard rusher in 2008 who ran track this spring, and Davin Meggett.
Adams, 5 feet 10, 220 pounds, says being a goal-line specialist is fine with him -- anything that gets him onto the field after a season of watching and waiting.
"It was different because I've never done that before, so it was a great learning experience," Adams said of redshirting last season. "I learned a lot from the guys. I was able to travel, so I was able to get the game-time experience."
The freshman had an impressive spring, gaining 70yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns in the Red-White game.
Fulper ready to go
Last season, offensive lineman Bennett Fulper was one of just two true freshmen (along with Bruce Campbell) to start on the offensive line in the past four years.
Fulper's first year was cut short by season-ending shoulder surgery. Fulper said Tuesday that his shoulder has healed and he is ready for the season to begin.
"I feel like it's back to normal," Fulper said. "I think that doing spring ball helped me out a lot, and throughout the summer I lifted to get my strength back. It feels good."
Fulper started at left guard last season against Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 19. He injured his shoulder during the game against Virginia on Oct. 17 and had surgery in early November.
Not clearly divided
Coach Ralph Friedgen said Tuesday that he told his team, "Our first goal is to beat our first opponent," Navy.
After that, Friedgen said, he told players there has been very little separation among the six teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Atlantic Division.
He noted that Maryland beat Clemson last season and played other division opponents close, including a three-point loss at Florida State.
Friedgen says he wants his players to believe they can win.
Murray leaves team
Maryland linebacker Avery Murray has left the team for personal reasons. He was second on the depth chart at "mike" (middle) linebacker.
Other first-day no-shows who will miss training camp are running back Taylor Watson (knee) and defensive end De'Onte Arnett (cyst).
Friedgen said linebacker David Mackall (Edmondson) might be moved inside to strengthen the position in Murray's absence.
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