2010 Terps Football Preview

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In two days time, the Maryland Terrapins will have the opportunity to erase the disaster that was the 2009 season.  At 2-10, the Terps reached a new low.  The head coach, Ralph Friedgen, had his legacy questioned.  The coach-in-waiting, James Franklin, looked less like an offensive genius and more like a guy who was merely a serviceable recruiter.

A 12 team ACC can expect 6 or 7 teams to make a bowl game.  Does Maryland have an opportunity to be one them?  Sure.  Do they have a chance to be in a bowl that doesn't have a clunky brand in front of it like "Meineke Car Care" or "Emerald Nuts"?  Not really.

Of course, the Terps could have a dream season.  It's impossible to know how the intangibles will ultimately effect the outcomes of their games.  However, all signs point to a middling season.

The Fridge will breaking in a new QB, Jamarr Robinson.  Robinson appeared in 4 games last year and he looked like a world beater against Florida State last year (20 for 27 anyone?).  Jamarr will have a top wideout to target in Torrey Smith and tailback Da'Rel Scott appears 100% healthy for the first time in two years.

All that sounds great, but an offense is only as effective as the offensive line is at pass protection and run blocking.  The O-line loses two starters, including NFL Combine superstar Bruce Campbell; but the Fridge seems pleased with this year's squad (whatever that means).  Ultimately, I think the Terps will be effective at moving the ball.

Defensively, the Terps are replacing three starters from a front four that wasn't very good in the first place.  Ouch.  The linebacking corps should be fine with Alex Wucjiak anchoring the defense.  The secondary is thin, but boasts some talented players like Cameron Chism and Kenny Tate.

Football is a game that is won and lost in the trenches and it appears that unfortunately that is where the Terps are the weakest.  Cause for concern?  Yes.  Should we not bother to watch?  Of course not.

Here's how I see it playing out.

9/6 Navy: W - Is there a more ridiculous and forced name for a rivalry than the "Crab Bowl"?  These teams have played only 13 teams since 1900 and once since 1964.  The most memorable thing that happened in the history of this rivalry was in '64 game when Terp linebacker Jerry Fishman, who's name sounds like it belongs to a Jewish grandfather rather than a linebacker, gave the entire Navy alumni section THE FINGER during the game.  Stay classy, Maryland.  The Terps will be lucky to win this one because Navy can pound the ball and our defensive front is weak, but I won't pick against us here.

9/11 Morgan State: W - If we lose this game, the Fridge should be fired immediately.

9/18 at West Virginia: L - We don't win in Morgantown even when we are good.

9/25 Florida International: W - We will finally beat a Florida school!

10/2 Duke: W - Fuck Duke.

10/16 at Clemson: L -  Why does Clemson play in Death Valley?  Clemson is the most under-achieving program in the country.  They should rename the stadium, Minor Head Cold Valley.

10/23 at Boston College: L - We'll probably win a road game this year; but I just don't see this one.

10/30 Wake Forest: W - Back to earth for the Demon Deacons.

11/6 at Miami: L - We have no chance.

11/13 at Virginia: W - This program does not scare me and never has.

11/20 Florida State: L - We're at home, so there's a chance.  If we are going to pick off a contender, this is it.

11/27 N.C. State: W - Winning season here we come! Fans will rush the field as the Humanitarian Bowl bid is sealed.  Have I mentioned how stupid the college football postseason is?

There it is folks.  A 7-5 season and a return to winning. After last season, I think we'd all be thrilled with these results.
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Author: Jeremy | 9/4/2010 7:42:11 AM | Tags: football, terrapins, season preview |

Terp Heartbreaker, Lucious, Charged With DUI

Michigan State Spartan, Korie Lucious, has been charged with DUI.  I will never forget how this kid plunged a dagger into my heart 4 1/2 months ago.  There is a part of me that will always despise this kid for beating the Terps, but I would never wish him ill.  I hope this is nothing more than a youthful indiscretion and not a larger problem.My gue [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 8/31/2010 6:21:33 PM | Tags: korie lucious |

Media Day Wrap-Up

It was my first time at one of these things, so it was a pretty cool experience. Ralph had his typical press conference, but it lasted for a good half hour this time around, then they brought every single non-freshman player out for an interview session that lasted an hour. I was able to talk to Alex Wujciak, Jamarr Robinson, Torrey Smith, Da'Rel S [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 8/12/2010 2:40:07 PM |

Terp Media Day

Sup Soupers. Just wanted to let you all know I'll be at Terps media day all day today from noon (the Friedgen press conference) to 6:30 (the end of the first practice). I'll be tweeting @ethanrothstein if you guys want to follow along, despite the collective mild disinterest in football. I'll writeup some highlights later in the week for you guys t [...] Read More »

Author: Ethan | 8/10/2010 8:11:34 AM |

The Outlook for Football Season: Part Three

As AAU season keeps our optimism glands working at full capacity (Bino Ranson better earn his paycheck, Nick Faust-style) for basketball, our subconscious football thoughts are keeping our pessimism glands occupied. Also, we have glands for everything.As promised, I'm going to do a list of all the relevant non-stars as the third part of this series [...] Read More »

Author: Ethan | 8/6/2010 12:27:10 PM |

Eric Hayes To Play In Spain and Other News

Eric updated his Facebook page today and told the world that he would be headed to Spain.  I couldn't be happier for the kid.  He's going to one of the better professional leagues in Europe.  It's a league that has birthed a few NBA stars: Pau, Rudy Fernandez, and currently, the world's best point guard prospect plays there:  Ricky Rubio.  Hayes wi [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 8/4/2010 5:37:06 PM | Tags: eric hayes, illinois, coaches vs cancer, greivis vasquez, rap |

Gary Williams Is Giddy

Now that Debbie Yow has gone; all of that unspoken animosity has apparently bubbled to the surface.  Apparently, Gary Williams can't contain his excitement that Yow has left.  Jeff Goodman on FoxSports.com reports that "Yow's departure has added 5-years to Williams' career".Yeesh.  I knew it was bad; but I didn't know it was THAT bad.  My guess is [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 7/27/2010 11:47:20 AM | Tags: debbie yow, gary williams |

The Outlook for Football Season: Part Two

After the relentless optimism of Part One, the indefinitely long series returns with an analysis of the incoming recruits. I'll only break down the recruits that have chances of playing this year. Guys like Tyrek Cheeseboro, Matt Robinson or Ian Evans aren't going to see any love because their shirts are so red they're being attacked by bulls. Luck [...] Read More »

Author: Ethan | 6/29/2010 11:33:25 AM | Tags: football, recruiting, titus till, david mackall, freshmen |

New AD Search Committee Named

The University named its search committee to find our new AD.  All the usual suspects are there except for one glaring omission: Linda M. Clement, Chair Vice President for Student Affairs Sasho Cirovski Head Coach, Men’s Soccer Leonard J. Elmore, Esq. CEO, iHoops Brenda S. Frese Head Coach, Women’s Basketball Edwin F. Gregory President, [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/29/2010 12:00:00 AM |

From Caracas to Memphis by way of College Park: Greivis Vasquez

There is not much to add other than a hearty congratulations to the reigning ACC Player of the Year, Greivis Vasquez.  Memphis fans (do they exist?) will grow to love the General just as we have.My passion for the NBA has waned over the years, but I will always root for Greivis. Always. [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/24/2010 7:14:06 PM | Tags: nba draft, greivis vasquez |
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