2012 Maryland Terrapins Football Preview
2011 Record: 2-10 (1-7 ACC)
Head Coach: Randy Edsall, second season (2-10 at Maryland) (72-73 overall)
Projected Returning Starters: 17
Spring Game: April 21st (Defense 67 Offense 53)
Notes: From 2001 to 2003, the Terrapins put together double digit win seasons each year, resulting in no worse than second place finishes in the ACC. Those were Coach Ralph Friedgen’s first three seasons in College Park. Since then, he had no double digit win seasons, and failed to make bowl games in three of the next seven years. In 2009, coming off a 8-5 season, the Terps designated then-offensive coordinator James Franklin as the next head coach. In 2009, the program bottomed out with two wins, with many calling for Friedgen’s immediate replacement. Despite the struggles on the field, the Terps put together one of Friedgen’s best seasons since 2003, posting nine wins in 2010, including a 5-3 mark in ACC play. Coach Franklin left for the head-coaching job at Vanderbilt following the conclusion of the regular season. Connecticut coach Randy Edsall agreed to terms with Maryland, becoming the next head coach. Again, Maryland struggled last season, going 2-10, including an embarrassing loss to Boston College.
BVTSB Take: Maryland was 1-2 in games decided by a touchdown or less in 2011. Following the Georgia Tech game, which was a five-point loss, Maryland’s average margin of defeat was 17.8 points per game. Clearly, the Terps have a long ways to go, to improve. But this team is much more experienced than last years, especially on the offensive line. C Sal Conaboy, RG Josh Cary, and LG Pete White are returning starters. RT Mike Madaras is a true freshman, projected to start, but LT Justin Gilbert is a senior who played in six games last season, starting three at RG. Quarterback Danny O’Brien has transferred from Maryland – his numbers weren’t great last season, throwing for 1648 yards and 7 touchdowns but 10 interceptions. C.J. Brown is the expected starter. The junior quarterback threw for over 840 yards last season, 7 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in 10 games, four of which he played significant time. The Terps biggest loss is likely running back Davin Meggett, who was drafted by the NFL’s Houston Texans. Meggett rushed for 896 yards and five touchdowns last season, although dual threat quarterback C.J. Brown put up pretty good rushing numbers. True freshman Wes Brown projects to be the starter with Justus Pickett (274 rushing yards and 1 touchdown) backing him up. Wide receivers Kerry Boykins and Kevin Dorsey are expected to start, as two combined for 1003 yards receiving and three touchdown catches. Quintin McCree has graduated (485 yards receiving and one touchdown catch). Along with Boykins and Dorsey, true freshman Stefon Diggs is expected to start at the wide receiver position. Mike Locksley returns to the Maryland area to serve as offensive coordinator – he does a great job recruiting the DC area and his time in New Mexico should not affect that. Brian Stewart replaces Todd Bradford as defensive coordinator. Last year, Maryland beat Towson in non-conference play, but lost to West Virginia, Temple, and Notre Dame. This year, they play William & Mary, Temple, Connecticut, and West Virginia. West Virginia will be tough, but Maryland could very well be 3-1 heading into conference play. The schedule is very much backloaded, as the Terps open with Wake Forest, at Virginia, NC State, and at Boston College. The last four games are Georgia Tech, at Clemson, Florida State, and at North Carolina. If Maryland is going to make their second bowl in three years, they will likely need six wins by the end of October. Its another year of struggles in College Park, but this team is much improved.
2012 Early Projection: 4-8
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