Maryland Football: Red/White scrimmage wraps up Terps spring


Maryland football wrapped up spring football with its annual Red/White scrimmage at Byrd Stadium on Saturday.

On a sunny yet breezy spring afternoon, Maryland football fans came out to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium to get a look at what’s to come this fall in College Park.

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The annual Red/White scrimmage allows players to compete for a steak and lobster dinner if their team is victorious while the losers are given franks and beans.

This season, fans will no longer see the familiar faces of wide receiver Stefon Diggs and quarterback C.J. Brown.

Both players helped put Maryland back on the map as a program and have paved the way for a B1G future which will feature the new Cole Field House facility as well as local players making the #DMVtoUMD move.

Instead of Diggs making big plays down the field it seems as though Marcus Leak will be the deep threat for the Terps in 2015.

In the spring rendition of the Red/White scrimmage, Leak hauled in three touchdown receptions in the first half and finished the day with 132 receiving yards.

"“I was just trying to make a play and I was fortunate to come down with it,” Leak said. “When your name is called you just want to make a play. I was fortunate enough to do so today.”"

Leak has the size and athleticism to be a big-time receiver for the Terps, but the question still remains about who will be slinging the ball down the field this fall.

The quarterback situation is still up in the air it seems, and it will probably come down to preseason camp until we see who Edsall will make his starter at least for the first game.

During the scrimmage, Caleb Rowe didn’t dress which gave Perry Hills and Shane Cockerille an opportunity to try and move up the quarterback depth chart.

Both guys seemed very inconsistent and it was seen by the fans and coaching staff. Head Coach, Randy Edsall made a few comments on that situation after the game.

"“Very inconsistent. I thought there were some things that they did well, then there were some things we had some open receivers that we missed on and some throws that we needed to make and we hung onto the ball a little too long. We have a lot of work to do with both of them, but I thought they made progress this spring. We just have to be more consistent and more exact with the things that we are doing.”"

Hills put up the stats during the game in part to having Leak to chuck the ball up to. He finished 12-24 with 212 yards, one interception and three touchdowns.

Each team had a few moments here and there; but neither squad was great, nor were they awful on offense or defense.

One highlight from the game was the Terps’ award-winning kicker, Brad Craddock, who booted a 50-yard field goal, something Maryland fans have gotten used to seeing after the kicker’s breakout season last year which saw records fall and earned him the Lou Groza Award for best college kicker.

Now that the basketball season has come to an end, all eyes in College Park have shifted to Maryland football with hopes of an even greater second season in the Big Ten.

So now we wait until September, when the Terps begin their 2015 season at home against Richmond.

Below are some highlights of yesterday’s Red/White scrimmage.

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