Maryland has no shortage of experience returning at the wide receiver position. They return their top five receivers from last year including junior Torrey Smith (6-1, 200) and senior Adrian Cannon (6-2, 204). Torrey Smith finished sixth nationally in all-purpose yards and was named preseason All ACC for wide receivers and kick returners. Smith led Maryland in receptions, receiving yards, touchdowns (61-824-5) and kick returns with 51 for 1,309 yards last year. The coaches have worked with Smith on running sharper routes and catching the ball more cleanly and over the offseason, Smith studied film of Larry Fitzgerald. He should be an improved receiver this season even though some of his statistics might not be as impressive. He also has a chance to break his own record for the third straight year for kick return yardage in a season.
The good news for the Terps is that if defenses key on Torrey too much, Adrian Cannon should be a solid number two receiver. He has size, strength, and a great work ethic. With his size, he has NFL potential but he needs to be more consistent. The Terps will have junior Ronnie Tyler in the slot and he has a knack for making insanely difficult catches over the middle.
However, during the spring game, no receiver was as impressive as junior Quintin McCree. The Terps also have depth with Tony Logan, LaQuan Williams, Kerry Boykins, and Kevin Dorsey. James Franklin, the offensive coordinator, likes having the receivers do multiple things. Last year, six Terps receivers had at least one rush and downfield blocking as a receiver has always been an emphasis for the Terps.
As for the tight end position, sophomore Devonte Campbell is the heir apparent, and people say he is the most athletic player at the position since Vernon Davis of the 49ers was roaming around Byrd Stadium. However, as a sophomore, Campbell is still a work in progress. Junior Lansford Watson will have a role when the Terps line up in the two tight-end set. The other tight ends include sophomore Matt Furstenburg and red-shirt freshman Dave Stinebaugh.
So the Terps have skilled receivers but it will come down to the quarterback getting them the ball. If the quarterback can get them the ball, I think the Terps offense will be solid. Torrey Smith will still be his amazing self, and I expect a big year from Ronnie Tyler.
I am thinking a BSR outing at M and T- Terps versus the Navy Seals. Zach- you gotta make it happen!
Who all is going to the MD/Navy game?
I'll be there.
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