Maryland Terrapins Preview
Well ‘Canes fans, it’s time to focus on Maryland. We’ve all had a couple of days to vent our frustrations, and almost all of our faithful readers and comment posters have valid points and concerns. Let’s try to put this ugliness behind us and focus on something we can be hopeful for: the future.
The Maryland Terrapins (6-2, 3-1 ACC Atlantic) visit our beloved Miami Hurricanes (5-3, 3-2 ACC Coastal) in an inter-division ACC matchup, to be aired on ESPNU @ noon Saturday. The road has been unkind to the Terps, as they just broke a three-year, 10-game road losing streak two weeks ago with a 24-21 win at Boston College. Also of note, Maryland has only beaten one team (Navy) with a winning record this season.
With that said, let’s take a closer look at Maryland statistically.
QB – Redshirt freshman Danny O’Brien (6’3, 215) has played in all eight games, starting five, and is coming off a four TD pass performance against Wake Forest. He’s 95-of-167 for 1148 yards with 13 TDs and three picks. That’s a 56.9% completion percentage. Also seeing time is junior Jamarr Robinson (6’0, 195). Robinson has started three games, appearing in six. He’s 24-of-47 for 325 yards, with four TDs and two INTs. Robinson is a threat to run, carrying the ball 34 times for 103 yards. O’Brien is a dropback QB and isn’t much of a threat to escape the pocket.
Maryland is seventh in the ACC in passing offense, averaging 210 yards per game.
RB – Da’Rel Scott (5’11, 200, Sr.) and Davin Meggett (5’9, 215, Jr.) share duties running the ball. Scott has started all eight games, rushing 75 times for 346 yards and three TDs. Meggett has 90 rushes for 487 yards and four TDs. He averages 5.4 yards per rush while Scott averages 4.6. D.J. Adams (5’10, 220 RS Fr.) has appeared in four games, having earned 29 rushes for 156 yards and three TDs.
WR/TE – There’s no secret that Torrey Smith (6’1, 200, Jr.) is the Terps main receiving threat. He’s hauled in 34 passes for 560 yards (16.5 yards per catch avg.), including seven TDs. He’s averaging 70 yards per game. Next up is Adrian Cannon (6’2, 204, Sr.) catching 22 for 189 and a lone score. Cannon is a possession receiver. Eight other Terps have caught between two and nine passes. RB Scott has received nine balls for 142 yards and punched in two TDs.
Tight end Matt Furstenburg has caught 10 throws for 166 yards and a TD.
OL – The Terps aren’t undersized, but they aren’t terribly big across the line. To a man, they almost average 300 pounds. As a unit, they’ve given up five sacks, tied for second with Miami. They are protecting the QB.
The Terps rank eighth in first downs with 73, rank ninth in total offense with 328 yards per game, and ranks fourth with 28.5 points per game in the ACC. They also convert 40.7% on third down, good enough for fifth in the conference.
DL – Joe Vellano (6’2, 285, So.) leads the team in sacks with five. He’s plays tackle. He’s also registered 41 stops. A.J. Francis (6’4, 295, So.) has 1.5 sacks and 31 total tackles. DE Drew Gloster (6’2, 255, Sr.) has 22 tackles.
Maryland is tied for third in the ACC for sacks with Miami and Boston College at 11.
LB – MLB Alex Wujciak (6’3, 245, Sr.) is a force in the middle. He’s accumulated 80 tackles, 3.5 TFL, six passes defended, and a forced fumble. He’s easily an All-ACC candidate. OLB Adrian Moten (6’2, 230, Sr.) has 54 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 11 passes defended, three INTs, and a forced fumble. OLB Demetrius Hartsfield (6’2, 235, So.) has 45 stops and an INT. He’s also recovered a fumble.
CB/S – Free safety Kenny Tate (6’4, 220, Jr.) is the Terps second leading tackler with 63. He’s also accumulated 5.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, and two INTs. He’s forced four fumbles. Strong safety Antwine Perez (6’1, 210, Sr.) has 33 stops and three picks. Corner Dexter McDougle (5’10, 200, RS Fr.) has started seven games and has 16 tackles and six passes defended. Fellow corner starter Cameron Chism (5’10, 190, Jr.) has 37 tackles and 14 passes defended.
Maryland is ranked seventh in ACC play in pass defense, giving up an average of 204.2 yards per game.
K/P – Travis Baltz is 7-9 on field goals, being 33-of-33 on extra point attempts. He also has 46 punts averaging 42.1 per attempt, with 15 downed inside the 20 and eight of 50+ yards.
K/P Returns – Smith has 15 kick returns for 280 yards, averaging 18.7 yards per return. Tony Logan has 24 punt returns for 510 yards with two TDs, averaging 21.2 yards per punt return.