Depth chart has several players going both ways
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.