Depth chart has sev­eral play­ers go­ing both ways

Baltimore Sun - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Don Markus don.markus@balt­ twit­­sprof56

The first two-deep ros­ter re­leased Mon­day by DJ Durkin did not re­veal many big sur­prises, yet showed that the new Mary­land foot­ball coach plans on us­ing more than just Will Likely on both sides of the ball when the Terps open the sea­son Sat­ur­day.

The team’s most ver­sa­tile player last sea­son, Likely is listed as a co-starter at wide re­ceiver along with De­An­dre Lane (Ca­tonsville) and as a starter at nickel cor­ner­back.

Likely gained 93 yards on 11 car­ries last sea­son, caught five passes for17 yards and av­er­aged 17.7 yards on 23 punt re­turns and 22.5 yards on 35 kick re­turns. He scored twice on punt re­turns, and once on a kick re­turn. True fresh­men Jake Funk and Tino El­lis are also listed on of­fense and de­fense.

Funk is listed as the sec­ond-team safety along with Josh Woods (McDonogh) and Sat­ur­day, noon TV: Big Ten Net­work Ra­dio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM third-team run­ning back, while El­lis is D.J. Moore’s po­ten­tial backup at wide re­ceiver, along with Jahrvis Daven­port, and Alvin Hill’s backup at cor­ner­back. Other notes about the depth chart: Sopho­more Ty John­son, who av­er­aged more than 7 yards a carry as a change-of­pace run­ning back last sea­son, has ap­par­ently won the start­ing job ahead of Vir­ginia Tech grad­u­ate trans­fer Trey Ed­munds and se­nior Ken­neth Goins (Gil­man). That could change af­ter Wes Brown re­turns from a three-game sus­pen­sion to start the sea­son.

Mike Minter, whose rise from in­jured fresh­man walk-on to a starter last sea­son was cut short af­ter three games by a labrum in­jury, has re­claimed his spot at left guard. The 6-3, 305-pound red­shirt se­nior is listed ahead of JaJuan Dulaney and Quarvez Boul­ware.

Quar­ter­backs Caleb Rowe and Gage Shaf­fer didn’t make the two-deep or, for their po­si­tion, three-deep. True fresh­men Tyrrell Pi­grome and Max Borten­schlager are listed as co-No. 2s be­hind ex­pected starter Perry Hills.

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