Maryland media day notes: players' names to appear on some jerseys

Stefon Diggs will get chance as kick returner

August 06, 2012|By Jeff Barker | The Baltimore Sun

Maryland opened its football training camp today. Here are some highlights from Media Day:

** Maryland says it will have players' names on the backs of at least some of its jerseys. That represents a change from last season. The school displayed red and white jerseys today at the Gossett Football Team House. Those jerseys will include players' names. But keep in mind that the team -- which has more uniform combinations that fashion models have shoes -- may wear other jerseys that may not include individuals' names.

Defensive lineman Joe Vellano said having players' names on jerseys is probably a bigger deal to their parents than it is to the team.

** Coach Randy Edsall said he won't play it conservative with quarterback  C.J. Brown's running this season. Brown, who likes to take off around end occasionally, is the only quarterback on the roster with any playing experience for the Terps. But the stakes are too high for Maryland to restrain its athletic quarterback. "We've got to do whatever we have to do to win," Edsall said. "We can't sit there and play cautiously and be afraid."

** Coming off a 2-10 record in his first Maryland season, Edsall spoke of how things feel different this season. The suggestion was that his vision is beginning to manifest itself. "Coming into the [team] meeting last night, it was a lot different. You could feel it in the air," the coach said.

** Top recruit Stefon Diggs wasn't listed as a kick returner on today's depth chart. But Diggs, who will wear No. 1, said he's been told he'll have an opportunity to prove himself as a kick returner and receiver during camp. He's listed fourth at one of the wide receiver spots, but don't read too much into this.

"All the freshmen are at the bottom of the depth chart," Edsall said. The coach said he didn't want any "undue pressure" placed on the first-year players.

At the same time, Edsall said the freshmen will have as good a chance as any player to compete for playing time.

My take: there is no way Maryland will keep Diggs off the field. Check back to the site for my story on Diggs -- and how Maryland may use him -- which will appear in tomorrow's paper.

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