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. Each individual analysis will be shorter, but the list will be more exhaustive than the previous ones. Let's get started.

Adrian Moten and Demetrius Hartsfield - Each of these guys are worthy of their own section, but considering they're a tag-team OLB blitzing force to be reckoned with, they belong together. Moten lead the team with six sacks last year, and Hartsfield, a freshman, pitched in 3.5 of his own in an injury-shortened season while playing the second half with a cast/club on his hand. While these two don't have the stat-stuffing and star power of colleague Alex Wujciak, they are just as important to the Terps' defense as the wild-haired ILB. They will spend their Saturdays in the fall attacking the quarterback relentlessly from the edge, and will be the keys to Don Brown's blitzing scheme.

Cameron Chism - The junior cornerback will return as the Terps' top non-linebacker defensive player. After leading the team in interceptions with four last year, he will be counted on to lock down his side of the field while safeties Kenny Tate and Antwine Perez come up to stuff the run. Chism may be the key to the Terps improving their pass defense, ranked dead last in the ACC last year. He should improve on his interception totals, and will be called upon to lead an inexperienced group of DBs after losing seniors Terrell Skinner, Anthony Wiseman and Jamari McCullough.

Adrian Cannon and Ronnie Tyler - Another double-barreled section, this time the remaining two skulls that complete our three-headed monster at wideout with Torrey Smith. Cannon possesses fantastic size (6-2, 204) and has the potential to breakout this year as an elite possession receiver. He compiled 44 receptions this year, and I expect that number to climb above 50 this season with Robinson's arm stretching the field and opening up the underneath slant routes and button hooks that Cannon has perfected in his previous three years. Tyler is a shifty slot receiver who occasionally loses focus on balls (he has a propensity for drops on easy passes), but is capable of making breathtaking catches. At 5-11 185, he has ideal size for a slot man and should be productive in his junior year.

Davin Meggett - This fan favorite might just be the antithesis of his famous father, Dave (a personal Jet hero of mine). While the elder Meggett was known for his quicks on returns, Davin is known for his ability to run between the tackles and punish defenders, kind of like Thomas Jones. He won't break many big runs, but he rarely is stopped for a loss. He's an even more key part of the backfield now that Caleb Porzel is officially out as a Terp. He'll be needed to spell Da'Rel (not an easy task, there are random capital letters and even an apostrophe!) and keep chains moving. One of the strongest players on the team (fourth highest strength index on the team), he'll be key to any ground success the Terps have this year.
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 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 |

The Outlook for Football Season: Part One

Since the summer is pretty much the worst time ever to be a college sports fan (though if you're a soccer fan, the past few weeks have been pretty sweet), it's time to start looking ahead to the fall, and of course, football season.I would discuss last year as a point of reference for this one, but any mention of that atrocity makes me vomit on my [...] Read More »

Author: Ethan | 6/23/2010 5:45:14 PM |

The Outlook for Football Season: Part One

Since the summer is pretty much the worst time ever to be a college sports fan (though if you're a soccer fan, the past few weeks have been pretty sweet), it's time to start looking ahead to the fall, and of course, football season.I would discuss last year as a point of reference [...] Read More »

Author: Ethan | 6/23/2010 12:35:04 PM |

Greivis Vasquez is starting to generate some NBA draft buzz

It's good to be back Soupers. After missing the second half of last semester due to academic reasons that can't be disclosed due to my status as an amateur, then traveling through Europe for a month, I have returned. I'll be around for the foreseeable future, entering my final year at Maryland.I'll pick up where I left off last time: basketball. Gr [...] Read More »

Author: Ethan | 6/21/2010 4:10:56 PM | Tags: greivis vasquez, basketball, nba draft |

Texas Staying Put; NCAA Landscape Stabilizes (for now)

Texas is staying put in the New Big 10 or the old Big 12 or whatever that are going to be called now.  That leaves the Pac-10 with 11 teams and looking for at least one more school.  The old Big 10 or new Big 12 could still be looking too; especially if Notre Dame comes calling.  We could still see a Big 16 that includes Notre Dame, Syracuse, Pitt, [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/14/2010 6:14:39 PM | Tags: conference realignment |
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