Maryland Football is officially preparing for the 2012 season. Media day was yesterday, and camp starts in earnest today. For fans the chance to move on from last seasons disaster should be a welcoming site. However, the season ended, but the drama did not as the fall out from Randy Edsall’s first season continued in the form of transfers. Many of them, some quite significant. What is left is a pretty young squad, with not a lot of experience, and to be really honest, not much depth (see quarterback). It really doesn’t leave a warm and fuzzy feeling heading into this season, but can it really be that bad again?
This however, will be the last time I will mention last year. It is time to move on. Who knows what this season will bring. Recruiting has been off to a solid start thanks in large part to the addition of Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley. In addition to Locks, new defensive coordinator Brian Stewart joins the staff as a part of the offseason overhaul. So if for no other reason than the fact that the schemes will be totally different, there is a reason to have some hope. A sliver I suppose.
The big news out of media day, was (no big surprise here) uniform related. It wouldn’t be a Maryland event, if there wasn’t some sort of news about the uniforms. They unveiled some new combinations with a white helmet seen here. Personally, I think it is really bad, but it doesn’t really matter what I think. What is important is what those athletically gifted 17-22 year olds think, and if thats what they think looks good, great. It just means I am getting really old, really fast.
Finally on to some important news. Defensive End, Ian Evans has left the team. While he was listed fourth on the depth chart, he did get some playing time last season. He stated personal reasons for leaving, but I always find it odd that someone waits until the start of camp to roll out. In other camp related news, Justin Anderson was one of three players who did not participate in practices due to the fact that he could not complete the conditioning test. No word on how long Anderson will be delayed getting started, but it isn’t something you want to hear about someone seriously pushing for a starting spot at defensive end.
The team practiced with shorts and helmets last night. Not much to report from the session other than the fact that Edsall mentioned Kenny Tate looking pretty good. We should get a little more to report after todays session with full pads.
For better or worse the season is creeping up quickly. If there is any worthy news to report coming out of camp, we will be sure to pass it along.