Edsall shifts speedster QB to WR to compensate for losses

Edsall shifts speedster QB to WR to compensate for losses
September 2, 2014, 5:00 pm
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COLLEGE PARK -- In an attempt to compensate for the loss of redshirt freshman wide receiver Taivon Jacobs, who will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a knee injury and will miss the remainder of the season, head coach Randy Edsall has made a change.

True freshman Will Ulmer, who was recruited to Maryland as a three-star quarterback from St. John’s (D.C.), will shift to wide receiver to allow for more depth at the unit that has been hit with defections, suspensions, and injuries over the past month.

“He was all for it. He feels that will be his best position going forward,” Edsall told the media on Tuesday. “It was a very good conversation and one that was on his mind even before I mentioned it to him as well.”

Edsall had made it a point in training camp to say that Ulmer would play quarterback as long as the freshman wanted to, but that the option to move to wide receiver would always ben on the table.

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Ulmer has been buried on the quarterback depth chart since the start of training camp, behind C.J. Brown, Caleb Rowe, Perry Hills, and Shane Cockerille.

He threw a touchdown pass in the team’s intrasquad scrimmage this preseason, but also struggled in some capacities as a dropback passer.

“Will is very fast. He’s smooth and can get in and out of cuts,” Edsall said. “He’s got to learn to do some of those things but, again, it’s one of those things that you evaluate.

“You know, like I said, I give Will credit because it was on his mind and he sits there and he evaluates things and looks at things. You know, he’s thinking, ok, where maybe can I get on the field the quickest to help the team?” 

Ulmer and fellow freshman Juwann Winfree will serve as reinforcements in the absence of Jacobs, his suspended brother Levern Jacobs, and the departed Nigel King, who has transferred to Kansas.

Maryland travels to Tampa, Fla., on Saturday to face South Florida.