Maryland Terrapins: The State of the Wide Receiver Position


Nov 29, 2014; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo (84) runs for a first half touchdown after his catch against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Maryland Terrapins have had quite the turnaround at the wide receiver position and it’s up in the air as to who will be the number one guy for the 2015 season. Just to recap, the Maryland Terrapins lost Marcus Leak and Jacquille Veii this offseason and those guys would have been the leaders for that position. Juwann Winfree, another wide receiver, was suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.

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Three guys down, what can the Terps do? Who can they turn to for leadership?

Well, the Terps currently have 10 wide receivers on the roster and among those 10: Amba Etta-Tawo, Levern Jacobs and DeAndre Lane look like guys who could lead the charge this season. I would say to be on the lookout for Freshmen D.J. Moore, Will Ulmer and sophomore Taivon Jacobs. The emergence of those three young guys will be key to a good offensive passing attack this season.

Plus, if the core group of receivers holds up in 2015 and the Terps can snag top targets Trevon Diggs and DeMatha Catholic’s Tino Ellis, they will have a good group coming into 2016 with the four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. under center one would think. Diggs and Ellis will be making their commitments July 4th and July 31st respectively.

The Maryland Terrapins will be fine despite the the three losses they suffered. They have been forced to have the next-man-up mentality and they’re in the perfect position to capitalize on it with the 2016 recruiting class. If the team has a down year in production in 2015, they will be able to recover. I think Maryland fans are really waiting for the Terps offense to explode after this upcoming season.

A good sophomore year in the Big 10 will be tough, but the Terps can get better. They were 4-4 in conference play last year. There’s always room for improvement and the Terps are on the right track.

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