Maryland’s snap counts in Saturday’s win vs. Towson

Maryland was able to dive deep into their bench in Saturday’s 38-6 win over Towson, playing 76 different players on both sides of the ball.

Of course, that was made possible after Maryland’s offense found the endzone on three of its first four drives of the game as head coach Mike Locksley turned to backup Billy Edwards Jr. in the closing minutes of the third quarter, while the offensive line rotated players even mid-series in a move even Locksley admitted “was a little weird for me.”

“But it goes back to we’ve got what we think are nine guys that can play winning football for us. We’re trying to figure out the best five and so we’re mixing and matching,” Locksley added.

Locksley cited the added development opportunities that provided heading into the rest of the 2023 slate.

“We played a lot of players and as you guys know, for me, that’s huge because for us to develop our team, with the way the game of football is, we’re going to need them all. And to be able to play a lot of players in game one, really will help our team as we build our depth.”

Per PFF, we take a look at how snap counts were distributed among the Terps in the win vs. Towson:

Quarterback

Taulia Tagovailoa: 59

Billy Edwards Jr.: 21

Cam Edge: 7

Maryland was able to turn to Edwards Jr. late in the third then Edge in the closing minutes of the game with the Terps establishing an early lead. Edwards finished 2-of-7 for five yards, nearly finding the endzone on a three-yard touchdown pass to freshman tight end Rico Walker before an ineligible receiver downfield call brought the play back. Edge finished 2-for-3 for 18 yards.

Running Back

Roman Hemby: 36

Antwain Littleton: 27

Colby McDonald: 11

Nolan Ray: 7

Eli Mason: 6

Second-year RB Ramon Brown was among the group of players ruled out on Saturday, while the rushing attack struggled to find consistency. Hemby finished the day averaging nearly five yards per carry and was the lone running back to find the endzone, thanks to a nine-yard run for the game’s final touchdown. Hemby finished with a team-high 58 yards, while the rest of the room averaged just over 3.5 yards per carry.

Wide Receiver/Tight End 

WR Tai Felton: 42

WR Jeshaun Jones: 41

TE Corey Dyches: 39

WR Octavian Smith: 36

WR Kaden Prather: 36

TE Rico Walker: 31

WR Tyrese Chambers: 27

TE Preston Howard: 25

WR Shaleak Knotts: 19

WR Leon Haughton: 16

TE Dylan Wade: 14

WR Braden Wisloski: 7

WR Robert Smith: 7

WR Ryan Manning: 5

TE AJ Szymanski: 3

Nine different players caught at least one pass on Saturday with eight of them coming from either the receivers or tight ends. Dyches recorded his second career 100-yard receiving game, finishing with 108 yards and a touchdown on six catches, while Jeshaun Jones punched in 57 yards and a touchdown on five catches. Kaden Prather also hauled in his first career touchdown as a Terp, reeling in a 13-yard catch in the redzone. Walker nearly had his first career touchdown as he finished with one catch for two yards.

Offensive Line

IOL Amelio Moran: 67

LT DJ Glaze: 62

IOL Corey Bullock: 62

RT Conor Fagan: 62

C Mike Purcell: 39

C Aric Harris: 27

RT Kevin Kalonji: 24

IOL Tamarus Walker: 23

IOL Kyle Long: 23

IOL Marcus Dumervil: 18

IOL Khris Love: 11

LT Ja’Kavion Nonar: 11

IOL Billy Molloy: 7

Maryland wasn’t shy at all about rotating linemen, as Locksley mentioned above. That meant guys like Corey Bullock found himself playing multiple positions as both left guard at center, while Mike Purcell and Aric Harris alternated reps at center through the first half. Marcus Dumervil, Kevin Kalonji and Tamarus Walker also get their first reps as the unit continued rotations deep into the second half.

Defensive Line 

Jordan Phillips: 28

Tommy Akingbesote: 25

Quashon Fuller: 25

Daniel Owens: 21

Lavon Johnson: 20

Taizse Johnson: 18

Dillan Fontus: 16

Isaac Bunyun: 16

Tre Colbert: 13

Tommy Akingbesote led the unit with four tackles as the unit rotated its near-entire room in Saturday’s win. Phillips and Fuller both finished with one tackle while Colbert recorded one tackle.

Linebackers

Ruben Hyppolite: 21

Riyad Wilmot: 20

Caleb Wheatland: 19

Jaishawn Barham: 19

Fa’Najae Gotay: 18

Kellan Wyatt: 17

Mike Harris: 15

Donnell Brown: 15

Gereme Spraggins: 14

Christian Teague: 14

Daniel Wingate: 12

Sean Greeley: 11

Kobi Thomas: 8

Dylan Gooden: 7

DJ Samuels: 4

David DeGuzman: 1

Ian Maloney: 1

Maryland opened the game with Kellan Wyatt, Jaishawn Barham and Ruben Hyppolite as the starters while Wyatt found himself as both outside linebacker and lined up along the edge in Saturday’s win. Caleb Wheatland and Fa’Najae Gotay found the field midway through the first quarter as the next tandem up, while the second half gave fans their first glimpses into Mike Harris and Donnell Brown.

Secondary

SAF Beau Brade: 42

SAF Dante Trader: 33

CB Tarheeb Still: 33

CB Glen Miller: 32

SAF Alex Moore: 31

CB Ja’Quan Sheppard: 30

CB Corey Coley: 21

CB Kevis Thomas: 19

SAF Rex Fleming: 18

CB Chantz Harley: 17

SAF Tamarcus Cooley: 16

CB Perry Fisher: 16

CB Lionell Whitaker: 12

SAF Lavain Scruggs: 8

CB Mykel Morman: 1

The expected starters led the way as Beau Brade finished with a team-high six tackles in the win, while true freshman safety Alex Moore was on the field for the bulk of the second half in his first career appearance. Tamarcus Cooley, a January enrollee, also filled in along the backline while Fisher and Thomas got extended run in the win.

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