To follow up on the previous post about Max Garcia, it's getting easier to figure out which freshmen might actually play this year for Maryland.
Some true freshmen are simply arriving at deep positions. Others need time to physically mature.
But a few either have the talent, the opportunity or both to jump right in.
Here are the best bets after a week and a half of camp.
1. LB David Mackall
The safest pick of any freshman to see the field even before camp, Mackall's chances of playing increased significantly this week when Ben Pooler was likely lost for the season with an ACL tear. The Baltimore product arrived in the spring, and he was already expected to be of use as a third-down pass rusher. Now, there's a decent chance he could step in at middle linebacker if Alex Wujciak ever got hurt.
2a. S Matt Robinson
2b. S Titus Till
Defensive coordinator Don Brown loves using a bunch of defensive backs. There are only four scholarship safeties who were in the program last year. Ergo, Robinson and Till could be on the field in a hurry, either by design or because of an injury. Both are big, physical safeties who happen to be local products. If they do wind up playing, don't be shocked if they also help with special teams. Injuries to tight ends and linebackers could place a premium on finding guys to help with those units as well.
4. FB Rahsaan Moore
With Taylor Watson probably out for the first week or two of the season, Maryland could use a backup for Haroon Brown. That backup could be Moore, who stood out in the first week of camp as a versatile backfield option. Maryland could also stick with walk-ons Louis Berman and Paul Lariviere as Brown's top reserves until Watson comes back.
5. DE Ian Evans
Coach Ralph Friedgen has talked about getting the South Jersey product a look at Anchor, a position Justin Anderson has all but sewn up. The Terps seem to have numbers at both end positions, so Evans could yet redshirt. But of the four freshman defensive linemen to arrive this summer, he's the one who has stood out so far.
6. T Max Garcia
This could wind up as a question of whether he's needed or not. The preference with offensive linemen is almost always to redshirt them, but if there are injuries at tackle, Maryland might not have much of a choice but to play Garcia. For now, he's receiving some work with the second team.