Maryland Spring Football Practice Preview: 3 Storylines To Watch

    Maryland spring football practice preview for 2017. The Terrapins hope to take another major step in its rebuilding process under second-year head coach D.J. Durkin.

    March 9, 2017

    Maryland spring football practice preview for 2017. The Terrapins hope to take another major step in its rebuilding process under second-year head coach D.J. Durkin.


    Maryland hired former Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin to be its head coach and program savior prior to last season, and he responded with a three-win turnaround and appearance in the Quick Lane Bowl. And that came despite injuries to arguably the Terrapins’ two best players in quarterback Perry Hills and defensive back Will Likely.

    Durkin and his staff won’t be able to make an excuses this coming season as Maryland looks to take another step toward becoming a legitimate contender in the rugged Big Ten East. The Terps are tip-toeing that direction after bringing in one of the most decorated recruiting classes in program history, but how soon those newcomers will be able to contribute significantly remains to be seen.

    For now, it’s up to the holdovers to help the Terps improve again. Maryland will get a significant test right off the bat, as it opens its season Sept. 2 on the road against Texas and new Longhorns coach Tom Herman.

    Here are three storylines to watch as Maryland’s spring football practice starts Sunday.

    Maryland Spring Football Practice Storylines

    1. Replacing Perry Hills

    Hills got off to a great start last season under the tutelage of offensive coordinator Walt Bell, then battled through multiple injuries. That gave freshmen Tyrrell Pigrome and Max Bortenschlager a chance to get some playing time under their belts. But they’re going to be up against North Carolina transfer Caleb Henderson when spring practice begins, and all three will have to fend off 4-star recruit Kasim Hill when Hill arrives in the fall.

    Simply, there’s no clear-cut favorite to win the starting quarterback job. Pigrome is a dual-threat and has the most experience playing at the collegiate level, which could give him a leg up. But don’t count out Hill, whom Durkin and Bell are very excited about.

    2. Protection

    Maryland’s offensive line is young, but it has plenty of potential. That development will need speeding up with a new quarterback and a running game that has the ability to be very dangerous with Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison. No seniors are projected to start, but junior tackle Damian Prince is a budding star and should have an NFL future. Sophomore guards Quarvez Boulware and Terrance Davis have a year of significant playing time under them and are poised to shine in even bigger roles this season.

    3. Keeping ’em local

    Durkin said when he took the Maryland job that he’d focus on recruiting top-tier high school talent, and he mostly lived up to his promise with his first full class. The Terps finished with a group of signees ranked in the top 20 nationally featuring nine of the 20 best players in the state. And they’ll get their chance to earn a spot and avoid a redshirt during the spring.

    Running back Cordarrian Richardson got the most hype after originally committing to Clemson before deciding on the Terps. There’s depth in the backfield, but Richardson just might be talented enough to play as a true freshman.

    Maryland’s spring football practice concludes April 22 with the Terps’ scrimmage.

    MORE: Big Ten Football Predictions, Storylines For 2017

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