Sort of quietly, Taylor Watson will be back in the picture at fullback for Maryland this week.
Actually, that's not entirely fair. Watson, based on the times I've talked to him over the last few years, doesn't seem like someone who does many things all that quietly (or without a grin, for that matter).
That's to be expected of a fullback, a position that requires a different personality than most to thrive. Watson looked like he would be Maryland's starter this year, until an ACL tear in March shelved him for more than five months.
Watson is expected to make his season debut in Saturday at No. 21 West Virginia, and running backs coach John Donovan he'll provide a different look for the Terrapins.
"[Tuesday] was really the first practice," Donovan said. "He went through the rotation and he looks quicker than what we're used to at that position. That's the one thing that stands out. He's definitely got some athletic ability where he looks quicker than any of the other guys we have. A little more athletic or whatever. We haven't really talked about that as much, but I would say it's safe to say he's probably going to get some playing time."
That doesn't mean Haroon Brown will fall off the map. The affable junior isn't coming off a particularly strong game against Morgan State. Still, that's arguably the first time coaches have had reason to question Brown's consistency, which was always the knock against him in the past.
"He needs to play the way he did in the first game," Donovan said. "Up to that, he's been great. Spring ball through camp, he maybe had a little glitch here or there, but I thought he played unbelievable in the Navy game and I thought he didn't play as well last week, for whatever reason. He needs to play the way he's capable of playing this week because we're going to need everybody this week."