Well in advance of August preseason practice, Maryland released its working depth chart. The highlights:
*As expected, C.J. Brown is the starting quarterback even though the fifth-year junior missed spring practice while rehabbing from a torn ACL. Brown is expected to be a full participant in preseason. Perry Hills, who is also recovering from a knee injury, tops the backups followed by Ricardo Young and Caleb Rowe. Young, who joined the program as a notable transfer, served as the starting quarterback during the spring sessions yet did not beat out three players coming off injury.
*No surprise, but Stefon Diggs and JUCO transfer Deon Long are the starting receivers. What is a surprise is junior Marcus Leak (broken toe) slotted at the bottom of the receiver depth chart. Last season Leak finished second on the team with 23 receptions for 393 yards and two touchdowns before suffering a season-ending injury in October.
*Defensive lineman Justin Anderson left the team, according to reports. That leaves sophomore Quinton Jefferson as starter at end opposite Keith Bowers.
*The expected battle at safety rolls on seeing as sophomore Sean Davis and junior A.J. Hendy are listed as co-starters.
*Three of the top four offensive tackles are underclassmen. Maryland coach Randy Edsall said this week his biggest concern is finding more depth along the offensive line.
*Brandon Ross, who led the Terps in rushing last season, is ahead of fellow sophomores Wes Brown and Albert Reid. On 85 carries Ross rushed for 390 yards (4.6 ypc), eight more than Brown.
For the full depth chart, click here.