COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland’s tight ends caught a total of six passes last season for 41 yards.
Andrew Isaacs is still recovering from the serious injury he suffered against Syracuse last season. Derrick Hayward caught two of those six passes last season.
And P.J. Gallo has a post-graduation job lined up at Goldman Sachs, but doesn’t look like the answer to the production drought at the position.
But there is another who came into the fold late for Maryland who could hold the key to the future at tight end -- former North Carolina signee Avery Edwards.
Edwards comes to Maryland as an immediately eligible player after initially signing with North Carolina. In June 2014 he was charged with felony larceny after allegedly stealing $50,000 worth of jewelry. The charge was later dismissed. He spent at year at IMG Academy (Fla.) and now comes to College Park.
The 6-5, 232-pound true freshman caught two passes for 12 yards against Richmond in the team’s season-opening win and Maryland head coach Randy Edsall applauded him, along with a number of other freshmen who saw action.
“We have certain things that he can do in the packages that we have, but he’s a big target, he picks things up,” Edsall said. “For a quarterback to throw the ball to him, there’s a big frame there.
“He’s been able to pick things up pretty well.”
With such size and versatility, along with the fact that quarterback Perry Hills would be helped by as many weapons as possible at his disposal, Edwards could see more balls thrown his way if he continues to progress.
“I want to be the go-to guy at tight end,” Edwards said on Tuesday. “Whether it’s blocking or receiving, I want to be able to do it all.
“For me, in high school, I always stretched the field, got in the middle like that, just a matchup nightmare,” he said.
“Especially for a linebacker if I could block him, give him a little fake and run a route. I think that just really puts a strain on the defense when they’re trying to scout us and so hopefully that will be good for our team.”