Note: The story has been slightly edited to make a correction.
Returning Players: DJ Turner (Jr.), Jahrvis Davenport (Sr.), Jayden Comma (R-Fr.), Taivon Jacobs (Gr.), Tahj Capehart (So.) [Out for year – ACL tear], MJ Jarrell (R-Fr.), Carlos Carriere (R-Fr.), Chris Jones (Sr.), Sean Nelson (R-Fr.), Michael Cornwell (Sr.)
Former Maryland wide receiver DJ Moore broke out onto the national scene last season, recording 80 catches for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns. However, he would forgo his senior season and was later selected No. 24 overall by the Carolina Panthers in the 2018 NFL Draft.
While Moore looks to make his mark in the NFL, Maryland is left searching for answers in the passing game. In the 2017 season, Moore accounted for almost 60 percent of the receivers’ catches, yards and touchdowns. Taivon Jacobs is Moore’s likely replacement as the No. 1 receiver, lining up opposite of Moore last season and finishing second on the team with 47 catches, 553 yards and five touchdowns.
After Jacobs leaves little to be desired. The remaining returning wideouts combined for just 20 catches, 166 yards and zero touchdowns. The Terps can only hope that someone out of the pack proves to be a reliable option when defenses stack the box against the running game.
Another possibility is using Anthony McFarland as a pass catcher. During the spring game, Matt Canada placed the former DeMatha standout in the slot to receive jet sweeps and run routes, and this could be another way for McFarland to find his way onto the field.
Note: The story did not originally state that a returning player had suffered a season-ending injury. The correction has been made and the story has been updated.