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COLLEGE PARK, Md. There’s a mystery going on at the Gossett Football Team House, and only Randy Edsall knows the solution.
Or does he?
With the suspensions last week of Maryland’s No. 2 and 3 wide receivers, Quintin McCree and Ronnie Tyler, Tony Logan, Marcus Leak and Kerry Boykins have climbed the depth chart for Saturday’s game against Temple.
But Edsall hinted that it might not look that way come game time.
“I’ve got a plan in my mind, and I just hope that I see what I need to see from [McCree and Tyler] in terms what I think the plan should be. I hope they show no cause for me to deter from what I have in my mind,” Edsall said during Tuesday’s weekly press conference.
“So far, so good,” he added.
McCree and Tyler were suspended for violating team rules on Sept. 15. Tyler was charged with second-degree assault, according to reports. McCree was not arrested, but Edsall said that both players failed “to conduct themselves in the proper manner academically, athletically and socially.” No timetable had been established for the suspensions.
In their absence, junior Kevin Dorsey hauled in a career-high nine passes. Boykins and Logan each had four receptions, and combined for 102 yards.
“The more that those guys play, the better they’ll get, the more they’ll settle in, the more comfortable they’ll be. I thought all them really made good strides with the amount of playing time that they got, and now we expect them to be better this week,” Edsall said.
Edsall commended Leak, a freshman, for picking up the playbook so quickly and impressing the coaching staff.
He also made a point of distinguishing Logan. Last year’s ACC selection at punt returner, Logan has just one career catch prior to Saturday. But Edsall said acclaimed return man also has the ability to be an asset on offense.
“He might of thought himself of more of a return guy before. I knew that if he needed to go in and get an opportunity to play than he would do well ... He’s got the ability to make plays.”
The loss of McCree and Tyler, though, proved costly against a West Virginia secondary that dared quarterback Danny O’Brien to beat them. O’Brien matched a career-high with three interceptions, just the second time he has ever he’s reached that mark.
O’Brien said some of the turnovers could have been attributed to miscommunication, which is what you’d expect with a new cast of wideouts.
But only Edsall knows what’s to come from that secret plan of his.
Updated Sept. 22 with Correction: The earlier version of the story stated Tyler assaulted a police officer. There is no report verifying that.