Times have not been easy in College Park since Randy Edsall left UCONN to become the Terp’s head coach. His program has only managed six wins in two seasons, which included four last year despite catastrophic injury issues that eventually saw freshman LB Shawn Petty start the last four games at QB after the first four QBs suffered season-ending injuries. However, the Terps enter this season with much promise and talent as they tackle their final season in the ACC.
Senior C.J. Brown will start the season at QB. Brown’s season last year ended before it started when he tore his ACL in preseason camp. Even with all the time that has passed since Brown last took a snap, he will have plenty of help surrounding him. Maryland possesses arguably the conference’s top receiving corp. The group is lead by one of the nation’s best receivers in Stefon Diggs. Diggs was electrifying as a freshman last year, displaying unbelievable quickness and play-making ability receiving, rushing, and returning the ball. In addition, five-star junior college transfer Deon Long and sophomore Nigel King are both very explosive and will give Brown even more of a security blanket at the receiver position. On defense, LB Cole Farrand returns to anchor a defense that was mostly solid a year ago. However, the trenches stand as the Terp’s biggest question. They must find a way to replace former All-American DE Joe Vellano and productive defensive linemen A.J. Francis. Regardless, this roster has some very talented players that could help Maryland make some noise in the Atlantic Division.
Maryland’s conference schedule features four road games, which include games at Florida State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and North Carolina State. Going into Doak Campell Stadium and Lane Stadium to face the Seminoles and the Hokies is a tall task that will be tough for Maryland to overcome. Besides those two contests, the Terps have a favorable schedule. They should win games with Boston College, Virginia, and Syracuse. However, the mighty Clemson Tigers visit College Park on October 26th, which could be an upset alert. The Tigers play a critical game against Florida State the week prior, so there could be a potential hangover against the Terps. If Maryland can pull off that victory, then this team can really make some legitimate noise and carry some momentum into their Big Ten journey.