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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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Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.


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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time.