Football Opener; Jerami Grant Watch

9/2/2011 8:36:00 AM The football season is upon us and the Terps have themselves a showcase game at Byrd Stadium on Labor Day night.  The Miami Hurricanes come to town to play in front of nationally televised audience (ESPN). 

The University has done a good job of selling tickets and there is a good chance the game will be a sellout.  That's no small feat during a holiday weekend in a market where the Terps compete against two NFL franchises.

Regardless, the Terps MUST win this game.  Miami will be without 8 of their best players due to a widely publicized suspension.  Among the missing are two key cogs from the defensive line as well as starting QB, Jacory Harris.

The Terps competed well against Miami last year in South Florida and I expect the Terps to come out without any fear. 

Now the Terps have lost some "oomph" from last year's defense, so much of the pressure will rest on Danny O'Brien's shoulders.  He's the reigning Rookie of the Year in the ACC and the owner of an impressive 22 TD against 4 INT freshman campaign.

The Terps will succeed and fail with O'Brien.  Personally, I love the kid.  I think he's capable to leading Maryland to one of its most successful seasons in years. The Terps will put up tons of points.  If the defense comes through, it could be a special season.

Beating Miami is essential.  At the end of the season, the computers won't be able to account for Miami's short-handedness.  The computers will simply measure that Maryland beat Miami.  That's it.  It's time to see what Randy Edsall has built.  A win here and the Terps could be headed for something special.

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Now, the other story brewing this weekend is the recruitment of Jerami Grant.  He's reportedly narrowed his choice down to two schools: Rutgers and MD.  Turgeon and his staff have done a remarkable job getting MD back in the mix. 

It's hard to believe that Rutgers is even meriting consideration; but there is an AAU connection there and that has kept them in the game. 

Grant is a DeMatha kid and it goes without saying that Maryland desperately needs to rebuild it's ties with the local prep powerhouse.  Landing Grant would be a great start. 

Expect an announcement from Grant early next week after completes his Rutgers and Maryland visit (during the Miami game).

Another recruit, the sublime Amile Jefferson will also be visiting during the Miami game.  Jefferson would be a dream get for the Terps.  The super-smooth small forward would look wonderful next to Shaq Cleare next season.  He's got the potential to deliver 15-20 ppg as a freshman and he'll make the Terps an instant Top 20 team.  When was the last time, the Terps were in the Top 20?

Nevermind.  Let's focus on the football season.  It should be a helluva of a ride. 

In Danny We Trust!


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