RB Jacquille Veii Potentially A Lethal Weapon For Maryland Terrapins’ Offense
The Maryland Terrapins are going to be desperately searching for an offensive weapon to complement the skill and explosiveness of wide receiver Stefon Diggs and the rest of the crew out wide this season. One guy who is popping up early in fall camp as a potential candidate is sophomore running back Jacquille Veii, who could be joining the party just in time to compete with a Big 10 conference full of great talent at the position.
Veii has impressed through the first few days of fall camp, showing he’s an excellent one-two punch at 5-foot-9, 187 pounds. He has good power for a back his size and has the speed to take it the distance. Working behind an experienced offensive line that returns a lot of pop from a season ago will also help propel Veii into the role of a play-maker in the backfield.
Carries won’t just be handed out this season; Maryland returns Brandon Ross, who rushed for 776 yards last season, and quarterback C.J. Brown, who also went over the 700-yard mark in 2013. Brown’s development as a passer is going to be critical this season, but his legs are very useful within Maryland’s offense.
Wes Brown, who missed 2013 after a one-year university suspension, rushed for 382 yards in 2012 and figures to be a much improved running back for Maryland’s offense.
Veii’s 2013 numbers of 39 carries for 146 yards put him further down the list at fifth in terms of production, but he’s making a name for himself this fall at practice. Once Maryland is able to put on all the pads, it will hopefully become apparent whether or not Veii really is competing for significant playing time. These first days of camp, when teams aren’t permitted to be fully padded, can be deceiving.
Veii is displaying his versatility and could be climbing up Maryland’s depth chart before the season kicks off Aug. 30 against James Madison.