Thursday, January 08, 2009

Bye, Bye Bey

Junior wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey will file paperwork for the NFL draft and will not return to Maryland next season. Heyward-Bey's draft stock may have suffered after a solid but under performing season where he caught 42 passes for 609 yards and 5 touchdowns. His per catch average was 14.5 yards and he was the third leading rusher on the team with 202 yards. Though he didn't finish near the top in any receiving category in ACC play Heyward-Bey did well for himself in regards to the Maryland record books. He finished 2nd all time in yards and 3rd in receptions and receiving touchdowns. Though Heyward-Bey was clearly the best wide receiver of the Ralph Friedgen era there seemed to be some unfulfilled promise in his abundant talent. He was also represented the University very well in his time at Maryland.

I think with young receivers like Ronnie Tyler, Torrey Smith and Adrian Cannon that Maryland should be fine even with seniors Danny Oquendo and TE Dan Gronkowski departing. That isn't even accounting for less know players like Tony Logan, Kevin Dorsey, Lansford Watson, Kerry Boykins or the injury plagued LaQuan Williams to show some improvement.

Quarterback Josh Portis flamed out this season after missing all of last season after cheating on an exam and getting suspended. He was only used in packages that almost always resulted in quarterback draws and was never seen again after fumbling against North Carolina. Portis only played in one of the last six games for the Terps and clearly seemed to be out of the picture going into next season. With senior Jordan Steffy and Portis leaving Jamarr Robinson is the likely backup going into 2009 with two freshmen quarterbacks showing up this fall.


FREDTERP said...

Esq what are your feelings on the new coordniator on the "D". FREDTERP

Esquire said...

Fred- I think it is a good hire. As with anything time will tell but I like the change in direction. I wasn't convinced that keeping Seamonson as the DC would have been the right move, and I don't mean that as a knock on Seasmonson. I think the entire defense just needs some fresh ideas and new attitude.