Assorted news, notes, quotes and observations from Maryland’s 13th spring practice.
>> Quarterback C.J. Brown has been granted a medical hardship waiver and a sixth-year of eligibility, coach Randy Edsall confirmed Tuesday.
Brown, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL, will be in his fifth year this coming season and – if he finishes out his sixth year – will be the Terps’ quarterback during their first season in the Big Ten.
“I was hoping for it, and I knew that we had a really good opportunity for it based on what the criteria is for it,” Edsall said. “We were in meetings and I went back to my office before I came out here and saw the email from our compliance [office] that they had gotten word from the NCAA that he was granted a sixth year. Now all he’s got to do is stay eligible and we’ll be OK. That’s really good news. I feel good for him. I’m glad that we’ve got that taken care of now so that’s behind us and we won’t have to worry about it.”
>> Edsall also reaffirmed Brown’s status as the Terps’ starting quarterback, putting an end to speculation that Ricardo Young would challenge him for the job.
“C.J. is our starter,” Edsall said. “That’s the way we’re going into camp.”
>> Brown and Caleb Rowe are continuing to progress from their torn ACLs. Both quarterbacks got extended work in passing drills and 7-on-7s but still did not participate in live, team drills. Perry Hills, meanwhile, is a bit farther behind and was relegated to conditioning drills for the majority of practice.
>> A.J. Hendy and Sean Davis, who are listed as co-starters at safety on the spring depth chart, both had a solid practice Tuesday. Each player recorded an interception during 7-on-7s, and Hendy deflected two more passes.
“That’s been real good competition,” Edsall said. “Both of them have had their moments this spring. That’s not something that will be decided until fall camp is over I’m sure. The good thing is both of them have skills and abilities that they’re going to be able to help us … It probably won’t be definitive until we get to game week.”
>> Nigel King made the play of the day when he leaped over cornerback Isaac Goins to make a one-handed catch on the sideline. With his arms extended out of bounds, King made sure to tap his feet inbounds to complete the catch. King also added a touchdown catch during goal line drills.
>> Albert Reid has shown a penchant for competition during spring practice, and that continued Tuesday. The feisty running back got in a few altercations with different players during the two-hour session.
>> Both of Maryland’s kickers – Brad Craddock and Brendan Magistro – were perfect during field goals at the end of practice. Craddock went 5-for-5 from distances ranging from 20-50 yards; Magistro was 4-for-4 from 20-40 yards. Look for more on Craddock later in the week.
>> Long snapper Christian Carpenter tore his ACL in practice last week. As for the Terps’ other injuries, tight end Dave Stinebaugh (ankle) and offensive lineman Evan Mulrooney (hip) have been progressing but may still be held out of the spring game.
“If he’s not 100 percent for Friday night, I’m not going to scrimmage him,” Edsall said when asked about Stinebaugh. “I don’t need him for Friday night. I need him for the season.”
>> Edsall also recently suffered a knee injury. After getting his knee rolled into during a punt return drill, Edsall was sporting a knee brace Tuesday and has been receiving regular treatment.
“I got taken out in a punt return drill,” Edsall said. “I thought I was far enough back and I wasn’t. Albert Reid was making a block and pushed Abner Logan into my side. Abner started turning, and I got caught and couldn’t move. My leg was there, and he went right into the bottom of my leg.”
>> The Terps have one more practice before Friday’s spring game, which will be held at 7 p.m. inside Byrd Stadium. The game is free and open to the public.
>> Maryland will hold a media availability with its assistant coaches tomorrow at 1 p.m. Look for more from that tomorrow.
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