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Young Running Backs Stand Out in Scrimmage

After one scrimmage, Maryland’s defense is clearly ahead of the offense right now. When you look closer at the offense, the passing game is clearly ahead of the running game.

In terms of the running backs, Coach Ralph Friedgen likes what he is seeing out of true freshmen Caleb Porzel and D.J. Adams, both of whom had good performances in the scrimmage.

Porzel probably had the play of the scrimmage when he ran about 40 yards. In all, Porzel carried the ball five times for 48 yards and one touchdown. He left the game after suffering what Friedgen called a “mild MCL sprain.” Friedgen did not think Porzel would be out for more than a few days.

Porzel is quick but fumbled three times in three days heading into the scrimmage. “That’s not good,” Friedgen said.

Sophomore Davin Meggett had six carries for 17 yards. “Meggett ran better than what he had been running,” Friedgen said.

Adams had six carries for 24 yards in the scrimmage, and had such a good practice Friday that Friedgen said: “Can he be better than the top three we have? From what I saw today, he has a chance.”

Friedgen said Morgan Green has been having a good camp, and projected starter Da’Rel Scott has demonstrated improved blocking.

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 17, 2009; 10:16 AM ET
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running back by committee, especially without a drop-off in production, could be a plus. it would keep fresh legs in the game, keep defenses on their heels a bit, and give Turner a smidgen more time in the pocket.

Posted by: mdrockjock | August 17, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

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