Freshman WR Juwann Winfree on Terps' latest depth chart, other notes

September 15, 2014|By Matt Zenitz | Baltimore Sun Media Group

One of the top-rated members of Maryland’s past recruiting class could see some playing time when the Terps play Syracuse on Saturday.

Freshman wide receiver Juwann Winfree had some standout moments during preseason practice and has progressed to the point that he was listed on the two-deep when Maryland released its updated depth chart Monday.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Winfree, who was ranked as a four-star prospect, was named the Terps’ offensive scout team player of the week last week.

“He’s gotten better,” coach Randy Edsall said of Winfree last week. “He’s really progressing. He’s made some catches out there and done things with the scout team. I like what he’s doing, and we’ve had him sit in on all of the meetings that wide receivers have gone through, so that is beneficial to him so he can still learn the system and continue to see what [wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell] is teaching each week from a game plan standpoint.”

Winfree replaces sophomore Amba Etta-Tawo as the top backup behind Deon Long at the Terps’ top outside wide receiver spot.

Etta-Tawo and redshirt sophomore Malcolm Culmer are now listed as co-backups to Marcus Leak at Maryland’s other outside receiver spot.

The only other notable change to the depth chart is guard Evan Mulrooney being listed on the two-deep for the first time since contracting a viral infection just before the start of preseason practice that sidelined him until last week.

Mulrooney returned to practice last Thursday. He is listed as a backup to Silvano Altamirano at left guard.

“He’ll still have to continue to get acclimated because he missed all that time,” Edsall said, “but he’s a smart kid. He’ll catch up.”

Brandon Ross is still listed as the Terps’ starting running back, although Albert Reid started against West Virginia in Saturday's loss.

Veii has big game

For the last month, Jacquille Veii has been trying to acclimate to wide receiver after being moved from running back following the first of preseason practice.

That won’t happen overnight. But Veii saw playing time on offense during each of Maryland’s first two games and made his first big play at his new position against West Virginia.

Veii caught a 26-yard touchdown late in the second quarter to cut the Terps’ deficit to 28-20, beating a West Virginia cornerback on a 50-50 ball to bring in the touchdown catch.

Veii also recovered a fumble on special teams later in the game after West Virginia’s returner muffed a punt.

Game time set

Maryland’s game against Indiana next week will start at 1:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

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