Maryland junior, Darnell Savage, Jr. (4) blocks a pass to Indiana redshirt senior Luke Timian (25). Sarah Sopher/The Left Bench

Maryland Position Breakdown: Secondary

Day 1: Quarterbacks Position Breakdown

Day 2: Running backs Position Breakdown

Day 3: Wide receivers Position Breakdown

Day 4: Tight ends Position Breakdown

Day 5: Offensive Line Position Breakdown | Defensive Line Breakdown

Day 6: Linebackers Position Breakdown


Returning Players:
RaVon Davis (Sr.), Darnell Savage, Jr. (Sr.), Antoine Brooks, Jr. (Jr.), Tino Ellis (Jr.), Qwuantrezz Knight (Jr.), Antwaine Richardson (Jr.), Fofie Bazzie (R-Fr.), Kenny Bennett (R-Fr.), Deon Jones (R-Fr.),

Incoming Freshmen: Vincent Flythe, Freddie Montgomery, Ken Montgomery, Raymond Boone

Transfers: Marcus Lewis (R-Jr., Florida State), Rayshad Lewis (R-So., Utah State) [Lewis is listed as defensive back and wide receiver on team website]

While Maryland’s defense had two starters in the secondary last season that could play their way onto an NFL roster this summer (cornerback JC Jackson with the New England Patriots and safety Josh Woods with Chicago Bears), the Terps’ secondary struggled as a whole. The unit ranked third-worst in the Big Ten, giving up an average of 228.6 passing yards and a conference-high 23 passing touchdowns.

The good news for the Terps is that they have a fairly experienced group returning to College Park this fall. After starting six games last season, cornerback Tino Ellis likely has one side of the defense locked down as a starter. Former four-star recruit Marcus Lewis is back in the DMV after transferring from Florida State, and he will probably start opposite of Ellis. Antoine Brooks Jr., who started 11 games as a nickelback, is entrenched at that spot heading into his junior season.

At safety, Darnell Savage Jr. and Antwaine Richardson are seniors and juniors, respectively, and have the most experience heading into preseason practice. Savage started all 12 games at safety last season and was tied for the team-high in interceptions with three. Richardson only started three games last year, finishing with 22 tackles.

Another high-profile transfer to keep an eye on is Rayshad Lewis. Lewis, the son of NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, transferred to the program after one year at Utah State. While he’s listed as a wide receiver and defensive back on the team site, the younger Lewis primarily played on offense at Utah State, making seven starts and finishing second on the team with 40 receptions and 476 receiving yards.