Spring 2011 - Key
What's happening this spring season? Several Scout
publishers provide their insider info on the key
questions that matter to the real world of college
football. Scroll down for the links to all the
Q: How are things at Maryland going to be different under Randy Edsall? Is he going to try to run the ball like he did at Connecticut, or will there be a passing game?
From Sam Spiegelman, TurtleSportsReport.com … After a decade under Ralph Friedgen's tutelage, the Randy Edsall-led Terrapins will be based off of their defensive premise. Edsall has already began the process of moving defensive stars, most notably moving All-Atlantic Coast Conference safety Kenny Tate to linebacker. The moves being made will help the players play to their strengths while building upon a defense that ranked top 40 in the nation in points allowed and made its name for holding opponents down in the red zone.
Offensively, the Terrapins will be without NFL-bound wide-out Torrey Smith and Adrian Cannon, as well as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach James Franklin. Certainly the pressure will be on redshirt sophomore quarterback Danny O'Brien to build upon an ACC Rookie of the Year campaign as he looks to utilize the next generation of Maryland receivers -- Ronnie Tyler and Kevin Dorsey, who demonstrated their potential last season.
But in an Edsall offense, O'Brien can comfortably lean on the ground attack, which returns leading rusher Davin Meggett and goal line threat D.J. Adams. Both running backs should help Maryland make due with the loss of senior Da'Rel Scott, as their contrasting styles and increased roles in the offense should generate a dynamic one-two punch.
The biggest thing to look for this spring will be how O'Brien develops in his second season at the helm of the offense and his first full year starting. O'Brien was more than comfortable throwing to the likes of Smith to create the big play, but with an infusion of youth expected to replace him on the roster it will be curious to see whether O'Brien can develop chemistry with Tyler and Dorsey. Whether O'Brien continues to progress or hits a sophomore slump will determine just how far the Terrapins will go in a wide-open ACC in 2011.
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- Have The Ugly Bowl Losses Affected Arizona?
- Is Michigan's Brady Hoke Starting From Scratch?
- Is QB Jordan Wynn Ready To Run The Utah Attack?
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California's Next Superstar?
Florida State's E.J. Manuel Ready?