COLLEGE PARK -- As part of a two-part plan to attack Maryland’s offensive woes, there is not just a change at the quarterback position, but also at wide receiver.
Both sophomore Taivon Jacobs and true freshman D.J. Moore have been elevated to starting roles in advance of Saturday’s game against South Florida.
The sophomore was not available to the media for comment on Tuesday but his brother, fellow Maryland wideout Levern Jacobs, was.
“I think that’s a great opportunity for him to step into that starting role and that’s a great chance for him to show what he can do,” he said.
“I think [wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley] have been doing a great job of rotating the receivers throughout the game to keep us fresh, so I mean even though he’s in the starting role, everybody’s still going to get a chance to play. That’s great for him.”
The problem for Maryland through two games has not been a lack of talent at the wide receiver position. It has been mostly a matter of perfecting then depth chart, then getting the ball through the air and into the hands of those talented players, which junior Perry Hills was unable to do on a consistent basis.
With Caleb Rowe now in as the starter, along with the shuffling at wide receiver, the hope is that there is a spark on the offensive side of the ball.
If there’s something that the newly minted starter, the younger Jacobs, lacks, it’s not confidence.
“I feel great. My father has a saying: You look good, you feel good, you play good and that’s kind of what I live by,” he said at the team’s media day before the start of the season.
“I feel good. Hopefully I look good and … hopefully I do good.”