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Sunday, November 2, 2014
Posted on November 2, 2014 at 03:42 PM.


Terps Win Big Game in Baltimore

Wearing brand-new Under Armour uniforms and playing in front of a big crowd at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD, the Maryland Terrapins beat the West Virginia Mountaineers by a score of 27-14. It wasn't the prettiest game for either team, but was very well-fought. The Terps used their running game to move the ball offensively, totaling 208 yards on the ground. RB Brandon Ross had his best game of the season, rushing 22 times for 115 yards. QB C.J. Brown continued his ground dominance, rushing for for 65 yards and 2 more touchdowns. He is still yet to throw a touchdown pass since the first week of the season, but is doing more than enough on the ground to make up for that.

The Terrapins (3-1, 0-0) begin conference play in two weeks as they play the #17 Florida State Seminoles (3-1, 1-1) in Tallahassee, FL. Through the first 5 weeks of the season, the Terps boast the 2nd-best rush defense in the country. It will be fully tested against FSU.

West Virginia Mountaineers at Maryland Terrapins
Sep 21, 20131ST2ND3RD4THOTSCORE
West Virginia Mountaineers (2-1, 0-1)7007-14
Maryland Terrapins (2-1, 0-0)010170-27
Team Stats Comparison
WVUMD
Total Offense315340
Rushing Yards52208
Passing Yards263132
First Downs1821
Punt Return Yards2828
Kick Return Yards14277
Total Yards485445
Turnovers31
3rd Down Converstion3-13 (23%)8-16 (50%)
4th Down Conversion2-4 (50%)1-1 (100%)
2-Point Conversion0-0 (0%)0-0 (0%)
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals4-1-0 (25%)5-2-2 (80%)
Penalties1-50-0
Posession Time13:4826:12
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGWVUMD
7:19(WVU) Mario Alford, 26 yd pass from Ford Childress (Josh Lambert kick)70
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGWVUMD
5:14(MD) C.J. Brown, 1 yd run (Brad Craddock kick)77
0:37(MD) Brad Craddock, 32 yd FG710
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGWVUMD
9:49(MD) Jeremiah Johnson, returned interception 25 yds (Brad Craddock kick)717
6:01(MD) Brad Craddock, 34 yd FG720
1:01(MD) C.J. Brown, 14 yd run (Brad Craddock kick)727
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGWVUMD
7:00(WVU) Ford Childress, 10 yd run (Josh Lambert kick)1427
West Virginia Mountaineers
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
Ford Childress33/4926312
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
Charles Sims13594.50
Ford Childress6-13-2.11
Wendell Smallwood263.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Daikiel Shorts10818.10
K.J. Myers10707.00
Ivan McCartney5326.40
Mario Alford45914.71
Charles Sims2115.50
Kevin White2105.00
BLOCKINGPANCAKESACK
Russell Haughton-James10
Curtis Feight02
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
Brodrick Jenkins90.000
Darwin Cook80.000
Doug Rigg70.000
Dozie Ezemma60.000
Jared Barber50.010
Ishmael Banks50.000
Christian Brown40.000
Will Clarke40.000
Kyle Rose40.000
Isaiah Bruce31.000
Darryl Worley31.000
Karl Joseph30.000
Travis Bell20.000
K.J. Dillon20.000
REST OF TEAM20.000
KICKINGFGXPPTSLONG
Josh Lambert0/12/22-
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGIN20
Nick O'Toole311036.60
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Mario Alford511623.20
Wendell Smallwood12626.00
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Jordan Thompson3289.30
Maryland Terrapins
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
C.J. Brown20/2611601
Caleb Rowe1/11600
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
Brandon Ross221155.20
C.J. Brown16654.02
Albert Reid6213.50
Stefon Diggs177.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Stefon Diggs7567.90
Dave Stinebaugh540.80
Brandon Ross33210.60
Deon Long22311.50
Nigel King2189.00
Amba Etta-Tawo144.00
Levern Jacobs1-5-5.00
BLOCKINGPANCAKESACK
Mike Madaras10
Sal Conaboy01
Ryan Doyle01
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
Cole Farrand151.000
L.A. Goree60.000
Marcus Whitfield50.000
Isaac Goins40.000
Sean Davis30.000
Alex Twine30.000
Jeremiah Johnson20.011
Quinton Jefferson22.000
Matt Robinson20.010
Amba Etta-Tawo20.000
Dexter McDougle20.000
Roman Braglio10.000
Undray Clark10.000
Stefon Diggs10.000
REST OF TEAM50.000
KICKINGFGXPPTSLONG
Brad Craddock2/33/3935
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGIN20
Nathan Renfro311036.60
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Stefon Diggs25125.50
William Likely12626.00
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Stefon Diggs3289.30
Friday, October 31, 2014
Posted on October 31, 2014 at 05:41 PM.


Terps Lose Heartbreaker in East Hartford

Despite a valiant comeback effort led by QB C.J. Brown, the Maryland Terrapins fell in the waning seconds to the Connecticut Huskies by a score of 34-33. After being down 24-6 at one point, the Terps were able to fight all the way back to be up 33-27 on the Huskies. But with 7 seconds left on the clock, Connecticut QB Chandler Whitmer found WR Deshon Foxx for a 42-yard touchdown score that proved to be the nail in the coffin for Maryland.

C.J. Brown had a huge day for the Terps with his legs, rushing 17 times for 158 yards and 3 touchdowns. One of those touchdowns came on an impressive 75-yard run, showcasing his speed. He was serviceable through the air, completing 16 of his 28 pass attempts for 179 yards. He threw one key interception in the game, the other coming on the final play of the game. Brown hasn't thrown a touchdown pass since the team's season opener, something that is frustrating him a bit. He'll look to get back on track in his next game.

The Terps (2-1, 0-0) head back home this weekend to face West Virginia (2-1, 0-1) in nearby Baltimore, Maryland. The game will be played at the home of the Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium. Maryland will be unveiling brand new uniforms for this game at the Under Armour headquarters on the Inner Harbor.

Maryland Terrapins at Connecticut Huskies
Sep 14, 20141ST2ND3RD4THOTSCORE
Maryland Terrapins (2-0, 0-0)3101010-33
Connecticut Huskies (1-0, 0-0)101437-34
Team Stats Comparison
MDCONN
Total Offense450498
Rushing Yards271125
Passing Yards179373
First Downs2220
Punt Return Yards270
Kick Return Yards135183
Total Yards612681
Turnovers20
3rd Down Converstion6-13 (46%)11-19 (57%)
4th Down Conversion0-0 (0%)1-1 (100%)
2-Point Conversion0-0 (0%)0-0 (0%)
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals5-2-3 (100%)2-1-1 (100%)
Penalties3-152-10
Posession Time22:5017:10
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGMDCONN
8:37(CONN) Chad Christen, 49 yd FG03
5:07(MD) Brad Craddock, 43 yd FG33
3:30(CONN) Geremy Davis, 43 yd pass from Chandler Whitmer (Chad Christen kick)310
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGMDCONN
9:33(CONN) Geremy Davis, 37 yd pass from Chandler Whitmer (Chad Christen kick)317
5:55(MD) Brad Craddock, 24 yd FG617
2:16(CONN) Lyle McCombs, 1 yd run (Chad Christen kick)624
0:41(MD) C.J. Brown, 8 yd run (Brad Craddock kick)1324
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGMDCONN
5:02(CONN) Chad Christen, 24 yd FG1327
4:51(MD) C.J. Brown, 75 yd run (Brad Craddock kick)2027
1:03(MD) Brad Craddock, 26 yd FG2327
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGMDCONN
7:49(MD) C.J. Brown, 0 yd run (Brad Craddock kick)3027
0:37(MD) Brad Craddock, 45 yd FG3327
0:07(CONN) Deshon Foxx, 42 yd pass from Chandler Whitmer (Chad Christen kick)3334
Maryland Terrapins
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
C.J. Brown16/2817902
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
Brandon Ross19834.30
C.J. Brown171589.23
Albert Reid5204.00
Kenneth Goins, Jr.4102.50
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Stefon Diggs77811.10
Deon Long44511.20
Brandon Ross33511.60
Levern Jacobs11515.00
Dave Stinebaugh166.00
BLOCKINGPANCAKESACK
Michael Dunn10
Ryan Doyle01
Brandon Ross01
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
Cole Farrand110.000
Sean Davis80.000
L.A. Goree60.000
Anthony Nixon60.000
Keith Bowers40.000
Dexter McDougle40.000
William Likely30.000
Matt Robinson30.000
Marcus Whitfield30.000
Roman Braglio20.000
Nate Clarke20.000
P.J. Gallo20.000
Levern Jacobs20.000
Jeremiah Johnson20.000
REST OF TEAM40.000
KICKINGFGXPPTSLONG
Brad Craddock4/43/31546
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGIN20
Nathan Renfro28844.01
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Stefon Diggs413533.70
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Stefon Diggs3279.00
Connecticut Huskies
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
Chandler Whitmer24/4037330
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
Lyle McCombs20663.31
Max DeLorenzo13453.40
Martin Hyppolite11010.00
Matt Walsh144.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Lyle McCombs6427.00
Geremy Davis512324.62
Sean McQuillan44010.00
Deshon Foxx28140.51
Kamal Abrams23819.00
Spencer Parker22110.50
Matt Walsh2126.00
Dhameer Bradley11616.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
Yawin Smallwood150.000
Ty'Meer Brown80.010
Jhavon Williams71.010
Shamar Stephen60.000
Jesse Joseph51.000
Ryan Donohue50.000
Obi Melifonwu40.000
Byron Jones30.000
David Stevenson30.000
Julian Campenni20.000
Taylor Mack20.000
Jefferson Ashiru10.000
Wilbert Lee10.000
E.J. Norris10.000
REST OF TEAM20.000
KICKINGFGXPPTSLONG
Chad Christen2/24/41049
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGIN20
Cole Wagner522144.21
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Deshon Foxx715922.70
Kamal Abrams12424.00
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Posted on October 30, 2014 at 06:59 PM.


Sean Davis Intercepts Two Passes, Terps Win Big

After a close call at home last week against Florida International, the Maryland Terrapins showed their fans that they have nothing to worry about, as they dominated Old Dominion at home in College Park this afternoon. The Monarchs' Air Raid passing attack was no match for Brian Stewart's dime defense, which the Terps stayed in for the entire game. Starting strong safety Sean Davis intercepted two of QB Taylor Heinicke's passes on the day, while backup strong safety A.J. Hendy recorded the other pick.

QB C.J. Brown had a dynamite day offensively, both through the air and on the ground. He completed 19 of his 25 pass attempts for 223 yards, and ran for 92 yards and 3 touchdowns. RB Brandon Ross also ran for 55 yards and 2 scores. The Maryland ground attack led them to this victory, as they amassed 240 rushing yards on the day. Backup slot receiver Levern Jacobs had a great day, catching 7 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. Stefon Diggs also caught 7 passes for 57 yards. Backup QB Caleb Rowe played two series towards the end of the game, and was a perfect 4-for-4 for 57 yards and a touchdown. He also ran 4 times for 18 yards.

The Terps (2-0, 0-0) head on the road for the first time this season to face UConn (1-0, 0-0) on Saturday afternoon. It will be an emotional trip for Maryland head coach Randy Edsall, who will be taking the trip to Rentschler Field for the first time since leaving the Huskies to come to College Park before the 2011 season.

Old Dominion Monarchs at Maryland Terrapins
Sep 7, 20131ST2ND3RD4THOTSCORE
Old Dominion Monarchs (0-1, 0-0)0700-7
Maryland Terrapins (1-0, 0-0)1314714-48
Team Stats Comparison
ODMD
Total Offense262520
Rushing Yards87240
Passing Yards175280
First Downs1228
Punt Return Yards052
Kick Return Yards14394
Total Yards405666
Turnovers31
3rd Down Converstion4-11 (36%)9-12 (75%)
4th Down Conversion0-0 (0%)0-0 (0%)
2-Point Conversion0-0 (0%)0-0 (0%)
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals1-0-0 (0%)7-6-0 (85%)
Penalties1-52-10
Posession Time12:4727:13
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGODMD
8:44(MD) Brandon Ross, 8 yd run (Brad Craddock kick)07
6:03(MD) Brad Craddock, 39 yd FG010
1:42(MD) Brad Craddock, 39 yd FG013
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGODMD
5:55(MD) Brandon Ross, 1 yd run (Brad Craddock kick)020
4:03(OD) Keshawn Henderson, 39 yd pass from Taylor Heinicke (Jarod Brown kick)720
0:09(MD) C.J. Brown, 0 yd run (Brad Craddock kick)727
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGODMD
7:26(MD) C.J. Brown, 15 yd run (Brad Craddock kick)734
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGODMD
9:02(MD) C.J. Brown, 16 yd run (Brad Craddock kick)741
5:03(MD) Levern Jacobs, 13 yd pass from Caleb Rowe (Brad Craddock kick)748
Old Dominion Monarchs
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
Taylor Heinicke18/2817513
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
Colby Goodwyn9475.20
Taylor Heinicke9232.50
Gerard Johnson6172.80
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Larry Pinkard56913.80
Gerard Shillow3124.00
Gerard Johnson362.00
Antonio Vaughan2189.00
Kirk Spellman2178.50
Keyshawn Henderson13939.01
Blair Roberts11919.00
Colby Goodwyn1-5-5.00
BLOCKINGPANCAKESACK
David Born10
Colby Goodwyn01
Connor Mewbourne01
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
Caleb Taylor130.000
Andre Simmons100.000
Fellonte Misher90.000
D.J. Simon70.000
Eriq Lewis60.000
Reggie Owens50.010
Aaron Evans50.000
Nate Barnes41.000
Andrew Everett41.000
Larry Alston III10.000
Brandon Bacchus10.000
Dominique Guinn-Bailey10.000
Gerard Johnson10.000
Malique Johnson10.000
REST OF TEAM70.000
KICKINGFGXPPTSLONG
Jarod Brown0/11/11-
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGIN20
Ricky Segers621035.00
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Colby Goodwyn612220.30
Aaron Evans12121.00
Maryland Terrapins
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
C.J. Brown19/2522301
Caleb Rowe4/45710
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
C.J. Brown17925.43
Brandon Ross13554.22
Albert Reid9444.80
Jacquille Veii6162.60
Caleb Rowe4184.50
Stefon Diggs2115.50
Levern Jacobs144.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Levern Jacobs78311.81
Stefon Diggs7578.10
Deon Long33913.00
Nigel King2157.50
Dave Stinebaugh273.50
Brandon Ross15555.00
Amba Etta-Tawo12424.00
BLOCKINGPANCAKESACK
Silvano Altamirano20
De'Onte Arnett20
Sal Conaboy10
Amba Etta-Tawo10
REST OF TEAM32
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
A.J. Hendy61.000
Sean Davis50.020
William Likely50.000
Matt Robinson50.000
Isaac Goins40.010
Marcus Whitfield40.000
Alex Twine30.000
Roman Braglio21.000
Dexter McDougle20.000
Anthony Nixon20.000
Tony Perry20.000
Ty Tucker20.000
Undray Clark10.000
Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil10.000
REST OF TEAM30.000
KICKINGFGXPPTSLONG
Brad Craddock2/36/61239
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Stefon Diggs29447.00
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Stefon Diggs44711.70
William Likely155.00
Posted on October 30, 2014 at 03:54 PM.


Defense Shines in Season-Opening Win

It may not have been the prettiest game to watch, but the Terps used their defense to win their first game of the 2013 season on Saturday afternoon against the Florida International Golden Panthers. The offense was a bit shaky all game long, but QB C.J. Brown eventually found his rhythm, tossing 3 touchdown passes on the day. The running game got going in the second half, with Brandon Ross averaging 4.8 yards per carry. WR Stefon Diggs showed why he is considered one of the best receivers in the country, catching 6 passes for 105 yards including a 66-yard touchdown grab on a vertical route in the second quarter.

Defensive coordinator Brian Stewart has to be happy with the way his defense played down the stretch. While they allowed QB Jake Medlock to throw for over 300 yards on them, they shut down the Golden Panthers' running game, and came up with a number of clutch series in the second half. They only allowed 3 points in the second half, 0 in the fourth quarter.

The Terps (1-0, 0-0) stay home next week to face the Old Dominion Monarchs (0-1, 0-0). The game will kickoff at 3:00 PM ET.

Florida International Golden Panthers at Maryland Terrapins
Aug 31, 20131ST2ND3RD4THOTSCORE
Florida International Golden Panthers (0-0, 0-0)31430-20
Maryland Terrapins (0-0, 0-0)31473-27
Team Stats Comparison
FIUMD
Total Offense408360
Rushing Yards78151
Passing Yards330209
First Downs2118
Punt Return Yards1439
Kick Return Yards38119
Total Yards460518
Turnovers21
3rd Down Converstion7-16 (43%)5-13 (38%)
4th Down Conversion0-1 (0%)0-0 (0%)
2-Point Conversion0-0 (0%)0-0 (0%)
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals4-2-2 (100%)5-2-2 (80%)
Penalties5-350-0
Posession Time18:1221:48
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGFIUMD
6:18(FIU) Sergio Sroka, 35 yd FG30
0:38(MD) Brad Craddock, 38 yd FG33
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGFIUMD
4:58(FIU) Lamarq Caldwell, 6 yd run (Sergio Sroka kick)103
3:57(MD) Stefon Diggs, 66 yd pass from C.J. Brown (Brad Craddock kick)1010
1:44(MD) Nigel King, 15 yd pass from C.J. Brown (Brad Craddock kick)1017
0:46(FIU) Dominique Rhymes, 4 yd pass from Jake Medlock (Sergio Sroka kick)1717
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGFIUMD
7:13(MD) P.J. Gallo, 2 yd pass from C.J. Brown (Brad Craddock kick)1724
2:09(FIU) Sergio Sroka, 25 yd FG2024
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGFIUMD
0:29(MD) Brad Craddock, 34 yd FG2027
Florida International Golden Panthers
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
Jake Medlock29/4333012
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
Shane Coleman15191.20
Jake Medlock6325.30
Lamarq Caldwell6233.81
Alfonso Randolph144.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Ya'Keem Griner79413.40
T.J. Lowder6589.60
Shane Coleman6579.50
Dominique Rhymes55210.41
De'Andre Jasper46716.70
Fred Porter122.00
BLOCKINGPANCAKESACK
Donald Senat10
Aaron Nielsen02
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
Markeith Russell102.000
Xavier Hines70.000
Sam Miller60.010
Justin Halley60.000
DeMarkus Perkins50.000
Davidson Colimon41.000
Michael Wakefield40.000
Greg Hickman30.000
Wilkenson Myrtil30.000
Giovanni Francois20.000
Jordan Gibbs20.000
Josh Glanton20.000
Lamarq Caldwell10.000
Isame Faciane10.000
REST OF TEAM70.000
KICKINGFGXPPTSLONG
Sergio Sroka2/22/2835
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGIN20
Chris Ayers517334.60
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
De'Andre Jasper11919.00
Sam Miller11919.00
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Sam Miller11414.00
Maryland Terrapins
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
C.J. Brown18/2920931
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
Brandon Ross17834.80
C.J. Brown11353.10
Albert Reid7354.90
Stefon Diggs1-2-2.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Stefon Diggs610517.51
Dave Stinebaugh4338.20
Albert Reid3175.60
Deon Long23115.50
Nigel King11515.01
Levern Jacobs166.00
P.J. Gallo122.01
BLOCKINGPANCAKESACK
De'Onte Arnett11
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
Marcus Whitfield140.000
Cole Farrand60.010
Sean Davis50.000
Matt Robinson50.000
Keith Bowers40.000
L.A. Goree40.000
Dexter McDougle40.000
Jeremiah Johnson30.010
Anthony Nixon30.000
Quinton Jefferson22.000
Roman Braglio20.000
Isaac Goins20.000
A.J. Hendy10.000
Darius Kilgo10.000
REST OF TEAM20.000
KICKINGFGXPPTSLONG
Brad Craddock2/33/3938
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGIN20
Nathan Renfro520541.03
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
William Likely36321.00
Stefon Diggs25628.00
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Stefon Diggs5397.80
Posted on October 30, 2014 at 01:42 AM.
Randy Edsall Releases First Depth Chart

Maryland head coach Randy Edsall has released the team's first depth chart for the 2013 season in advance of their season opening game on Saturday afternoon against Florida International at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. There are a few items of note:

- Caleb Rowe has beaten Ricardo Young for the backup quarterback job
- Kenneth Goins, Jr. has beaten Tyler Cierski for the starting fullback job
- Michael Dunn has beaten Andrew Zeller for the starting right guard job
- Ryan Doyle has beaten Nick Klemm for the starting right tackle job
- William Likely will backup Stefon Diggs at both return specialist jobs

Maryland Terrapins Depth Chart - 2013
Regular Offense
STARTER2ND3RD4TH
WRStefon DiggsNigel KingLevern JacobsDeAndre Lane
TEDave StinebaughP.J. GalloAndrew Isaacs
LTMike MadarasJake Wheeler
LGDe'Onte ArnettSilvano AltamiranoG.T. Harraka
CSal ConaboyEvan Mulrooney
RGMichael DunnAndrew Zeller
RTRyan DoyleNick Klemm
WRDeon LongAmba Etta-Tawo
QBC.J. BrownCaleb RoweRicardo Young
FBKenneth Goins, Jr.Tyler Cierski
HBBrandon RossAlbert ReidJacquille Veii
Base 3-4 Defense
STARTER2ND3RD4TH
LDEQuinton JeffersonRoman BraglioTy Tucker
NTDarius KilgoNate ClarkeAlex WalkerAzubuike Ukandu
RDEKeith BowersAndre Monroe
LOLBMarcus WhitfieldYannik Cudjoe-VirgilYannick Ngakoue
LILBCole FarrandShawn PettyBradley Johnson
RILBL.A. GoreeAbner Logan
ROLBMatt RobinsonAlex TwineAvery Thompson
CBDexter McDougleWilliam Likely
SSSean DavisA.J. Hendy
FSAnthony NixonUndray ClarkZach Dancel
CBJeremiah JohnsonIsaac GoinsAlvin Hill
Special Teams
STARTER2ND3RD4TH
KBrad Craddock
PNathan Renfro
HCaleb Rowe
PRStefon DiggsWilliam Likely
KRStefon DiggsWilliam Likely
LSP.J. Gallo
Posted on October 30, 2014 at 01:31 AM.


Maryland Enters Year Three of Randy Edsall Era

The summer has come to a close, and the time for college football has begun once again. For the Maryland Terrapins, there is a sense of hope around a program that has yet to experience a winning season under the leadership of third-year head coach Randy Edsall. Injuries have riddled the team for the past two seasons, culminating with the loss of every quarterback on their roster in 2012. Luckily, 2013 brings new hope and optimism to a school waiting for a winner.

After tearing his ACL before the 2012 season began, C.J. Brown will be the Terrapins' starting quarterback in 2013. He is an experienced young man, entering his fifth year in the Maryland program. He will be back for a sixth season in 2014 after earning a medical redshirt for his 2012 injury. Brown is a true dual-threat quarterback, and showed off his speed and elusiveness quite often during his 2011 campaign. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley has designed an offense that can take advantage of his running ability, so look for plenty of option plays this season.

College Park, MD is home to one of the most dynamic playmakers in the country: WR Stefon Diggs. In his true freshman season, he amassed over 1,900 all-purpose yards in the receiving, rushing, returning, and passing games. He caught 6 touchdown passes and returned 2 kickoffs for touchdowns. He did all of this while being thrown to by 4 different young quarterbacks, one of whom was a converted linebacker. Mike Locksley will look to get Diggs involved in a variety of ways in his offense, and Randy Edsall is looking for big things from him in the return game once again this season.

If there is a questionable position on this Maryland team, it is the offensive line. LG De'Onte Arnett is the only senior on the line, and RG Michael Dunn is a redshirt freshman. However, this unit does return 3 starters from last season: LT Mike Madaras, LG De'Onte Arnett, and C Sal Conaboy. As you can see, the experience is present on the left side of the line. Therefore, look for Mike Locksley to run to the left side more often than the inexperienced right side of RG Michael Dunn and RT Ryan Doyle.

Running the ball this season will be a two-headed attack of Brandon Ross and Albert Reid. Ross will be the team's starter, and is the more versatile of the two backs. Mike Locksley employs a very diverse running game, full of inside and outside zone runs, counter plays, and power plays. Brandon Ross has the speed to get to the edge of the defense, but also has the physicality to pound the ball between the tackles. Reid is more of a shifty runner who is excellent in space. He will be a solid option as a change-of-pace back for Mike Locksley this season.

Before they were hit with injuries last season, Maryland's defense was one of the best in the country. Led by defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, their run defense was absolutely stellar. However, Vellano and Francis have since made their way to the NFL, leaving some big shoes to fill for this season's team. Darius Kilgo returns at nose tackle, the lone returning starter on defensive coordinator Brian Stewart's defensive line. Quinton Jefferson and Keith Bowers will start at the defensive end spots. The linebackers also return just one starter from last season, MLB Cole Farrand. 5 of the team's starting front 7 from last season have since graduated. L.A. Goree will join Farrand at the other inside linebacker position, while Marcus Whitfield takes the strongside spot. Matt Robinson has moved from strong safety to weakside linebacker this season.

Brian Stewart runs an aggressive 3-4 scheme, one that he brought to College Park from his days in the NFL. It is a system that requires smart play on the defensive line, and versatile linebackers to play both the run and the pass. Stewart's system relies on pressure, often leaving defensive backs in one-on-one matchups with opposing wide receivers. Dexter McDougle leads what looks to be a very solid cornerback unit, with Jeremiah Johnson starting across from him. Isaac Goins will be the team's nickel-back, and Randy Edsall has been extremely impressed in true freshman William Likely in camp. He stands all of 5-foot-7, but plays like he is 6-foot-3. Hailing from Belle Glade, FL, Likely was able to enroll at the University of Maryland in the spring, giving him a leg up on the rest of his class.

College Park is ready for a winner, and this season has all the signs of being a promising one for the Terps. With an offense full of playmakers and a defense stocked with young talent, Randy Edsall has to be happy with the roster that he's assembled in just two years at the helm. Maryland opens its season at home in 2013, with a matchup against Florida International on August 30th.

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