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Terps wrap up spring ball with strong ground game

One thing Maryland doesn't have a shortage of this season is running backs, and Terps fans were introduced to the rookie of the bunch in Saturday's scrimmage, as D.J. Adams scored two touchdowns and likely earned himself some playing time this fall.

"That's about how [Adams] has been playing all spring," coach Ralph Friedgen said, according to the team's scrimmage report. "He's very tough. He's going to get the extra yard, he's going to run north and south. He's going to be a very good goal-line runner for us. Right now, that's his niche on our team, maybe short yardage. I'm very pleased with Davin Meggett, I'm very pleased with Da'Rel Scott. I think they're much improved. I think Scott's running a lot lower, I think Meggett's running a lot faster, so they're going to be a good combination. I thought Gary Douglas did a good job also today. He's a little ahead of D.J. on pass pick-ups and what not. But I was pleased with him also. "

One major key to Maryland's reversal of its 2009 2-10 record is how much improvement the offensive line shows, and Friedgen said he liked what he saw from the group this spring. With Scott, a 1,000-yard rusher in 2008, healthy, Maryland's running game could help take some pressure off of first-year starting quarterback Jamarr Robinson. His ability to run, though, will also add an extra dimension to Maryland's offense that was lacking with Chris Turner. There is enough talent on the roster for Maryland to show significant improvement this fall, but there's still a lot of work to do before the Terps are considered a contender for the Atlantic Division.