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Edsall: How one RB has 'separated himself' in training camp


Edsall: How one RB has 'separated himself' in training camp

Watch Edsall's full comments on Ross in the video player above, which will begin momentarily.

Brandon Ross is, in a way, the last man standing in Maryland's backfield -- or at least the man who has continued to stand over the past three seasons in College Park, now heading into his fourth as an active player.

As Wes Brown was suspended (before now returning) and Albert Reid and Jacquille Veii transferred, with others heading out as well, Ross has endured and now appears to be the leader to get the bulk of the carries for Maryland in 2015.

"Brandon's had a very good camp," head coach Randy Edsall said Saturday in College Park. "He's kind of separated himself with the way he's performed."

That strong camp continued Saturday with 80 yards on eight carries during Maryland's intrasquad scrimmage at Byrd Stadium.

"The good thing is what you saw out of Brandon today, those are the things he's been doing all camp," Edsall said. "And that was the thing that I was very, very pleased about today -- that he carried over what he did for the first two weeks until today.

"He's been running very decisive, making great decisions."


Ross is coming off a season in which he rushed for 417 yards, which was close to half of his yardage output the year prior in 2013. But wasn't really Ross' production that dwindled in 2014. It was more his usage.

His averaged stayed nearly the same (4.8 in 2014 vs. 4.7 in 2013) but he carried the ball far less (86 in 2014 vs. 166 in 2013).

Those carries, instead, went to quarterback C.J. Brown and the aforementioned Wes Brown, who has been battling with Ross in practice this preseason.

But with the former sixth-year quarterback Brown now graduated, his replacement -- whether that be Daxx Garman, Caleb Rowe, or Perry Hills -- almost certainly will not be utilized in the running game as much as Brown was last season.

That means there could be carries left on the table and many for Ross to absorb if possible. So long as his ball security issues have resolved themselves, perhaps he can improve on the 2013 season in which he rushed for nearly 800 yards.

Would it be welcome? For context, Maryland has not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Da'Rel Scott in 2008.

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

Maryland basketball had two players drafted in one night for the second time in three years Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets picked Justin Jackson with the No. 43 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Jackson was subsequently traded to the Orlando Magic as part of a deal that brought the No. 41 overall pick, Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt, to Denver.

After his freshman season, in which he averaged 10.5 points and six rebounds a game while shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, Jackson declared for the draft without an agent, but elected to return to Maryland for his sophomore season. But he'd play just 11 games before being shutdown for the year with a torn labrum. His draft stock was hurt, but obviously not totally erased.

He had surgery in January and ended up being the first Terp to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft back in March. Though Jackson's recovery kept him out of the NBA Combine, teams were still intrigued by what they'd seen from him in the past to be willing to take a flyer.

A 6-foot-7 forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Jackson has the skill to play anywhere between the two or the four in the NBA, and the length to guard all kinds of players.

With Kevin Huerter headed to the last-place Atlanta Hawks, Maryland basketball's two draftees are slated to join last season's two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.

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NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter was drafted No. 19 overall Thursday night by the Atlanta Hawks.

He's the Terps' highest draft pick since the Phoenix Suns drafted Alex Len fifth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Huerter played two seasons with Maryland, averaging 12 points, five rebounds and three assists as a Terp. He's best known for his knockdown shooting ability, as he knocked down 46.6 percent of his shots from the field, including 39.4 percent of his three-point shots. During his sophomore season, he was better than 50 percent from the field and better than 40 percent from deep.

Back in April, when Huerter first declared for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, it was widely assumed he was just testing the waters to get feedback from NBA scouts and would return to school for his junior season. But an outstanding performance at the NBA Combine saw his hardly existent draft stock skyrocket. Almost overnight, Huerter's name was popping up in the first round of mock drafts, and now what seemed like a no-brainer decision to return to school wasn't so clear.

On May 30, he announced that he would leave his name in the 2018 NBA Draft and hire an agent. He recently had surgery on a torn ligament in his hand, but is expected to miss only two months and make a full recovery by the time the 2018 NBA season starts.

With the Atlanta Hawks, Huerter should pick up right where he left off shooting in college, but can also provide high basketball IQ and sneaky athleticism. He and Trae Young join Dennis Schröder and Kent Bazemore who finished last in the Eastern Conference last season.