2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 102
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 83
The glory days of the Maryland Terrapins are over. After an embarrassing two win season in 2009, the Terps have a new quarterback and a lot of holes to fill. Head coach Ralph Friedgen will likely be on his way out, as 2010 does not look very bright.
Jamarr Robinson will be stepping in as the new starting quarterback for Maryland. He played ok in limited appearances last season, especially with his legs. Using his 4.5 second 40 yard speed, he rushed for 129 yards against Virginia Tech. His main receiving target will be junior Torrey Smith. Smith caught 61 passes for 824 yards and will once again be the focal point of the passing game. Adrian Cannon and Ronnie Tyler provide decent depth at the position. Da’Rel Scott will start at tailback after gaining 448 yards rushing in an injury shortened season. In 2008, Scott was named first team All-ACC after rushing for 1,133 yards so he has the talent to get the job done. The offensive line was poor last year, and after the loss of Bruce Campbell should be worse. Look for the line to again rank as the worst in the ACC.
Three starters are gone from both the defensive line and secondary. However, the defensive tackles A.J. Francis and Joe Vellano, should be strong up the middle. Francis was an ACC Freshman All American in 2009. The linebackers return all three starters and are the strength of the team. Middle linebacker Alex Wujciak was 8th in the nation with 131 tackles last year and is on the Nagurski and Lott trophy lists watch. Adrian Moten led the team in sacks and Demetrius Hartsfield was on the All-ACC freshman team.
While there are some bright spots, Maryland’s chances as a contender are slim in 2010. The team is rebuilding and has some quality talent, so look for the Terps to be back in the mix in a couple of years.
Maryland’s odds to win the ACC: + 6000
College Teams: Maryland Terrapins
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