In preseason practices that have been open to the media, senior holdover Nick Ferrara has shown the strongest leg, but he is not on the depth chart the Terps released on Monday. Ferrara had hip surgery after last season. Coach Randy Edsall has not said much about what has held Ferrara back this preseason.
This leaves placement duties to Brad Craddock, a true freshman from Australia who has never played a down of American football. He learned punting by playing Australian rules football and learned kicking in camps. He also could do the punting Saturday against William & Mary. He is listed alongside redshirt freshman Nathan Renfro.
The Terps will count on another true freshman to field punts and kicks. Stefon Diggs (Good Counsel) is listed No. 1 at both duties, no surprise considering his pair of return touchdowns in a scrimmage nine days ago. Diggs also is listed second at the ‘A’ wideout position behind Kerry Boykins.
Another true freshman, Sean Davis (Maret), has won the strong safety job with Matt Robinson (shoulder) and A.J. Hendy (ankle) out of the lineup.
There were few other surprises. Sophomore Cole Farrand has won the inside linebacker job over of sophomore L.A. Goree, who started seven games a year ago. Sophomore Marcus Leak is listed as the starter at the ‘Z’ wideout. Redshirt freshman back Brandon Ross will start at tailback ahead of Justus Pickett. None of the talented true freshmen backs – Albert Reid (Friendship Collegiate), Wes Brown (Good Counsel), or Joe Riddle (Linganore) – is listed on the depth chart, though true freshman Kenneth Goins (Gilman) is listed alongside Jeff Hernandez as the backup fullback behind sophomore Tyler Cierski.
At quarterback, sophomore Devin Burns, just two weeks after shifting from wideout, is listed as co-backup along with true freshman Caleb Rowe. Burns arrived at Maryland as a quarterback before being shifted to receiver by Edsall.