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2014 Maryland Recruiting Class Analysis
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Posted Feb 6, 2014


Maryland Terrapins 2014 ... Head Coach: Randy Edsall


Maryland Terrapins

2014 Schedule
8/30 James Madison
9/6 at USF
9/13 West Virginia
9/20 at Syracuse
9/27 at Indiana
10/4 Ohio State
10/11 OPEN DATE
10/18 Iowa
10/25 at Wisconsin
11/1 at Penn State
11/8 OPEN DATE
11/15 Michigan State
11/22 at Michigan
11/29 Rutgers

2013 Record: 7-6
8/31 FIU W 43-10
9/7 Old Dominion W 47-10
9/14 at Connecticut W 32-21
9/21 West Virginia W 37-0
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 at Florida State L 63-0
10/12 Virginia W 27-26
10/19 at Wake Forest L 34-10
10/26 Clemson L 40-27
11/2 OPEN DATE
11/9 Syracuse L 20-3
11/16 at Virginia Tech W 27-24 OT
11/23 Boston Coll L 29-26
11/30 at NC State W 41-21
Military Bowl
12/27 Marshall L 31-20


Maryland | The 2014 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2014: With the move into the Big Ten, the Terps have to be a lot sharper when it comes to being on the right side of the turnover margin after finishing 102nd in the nation. The team is loaded with experience, but it’s not going to be good enough to not make mistakes and not keep the chains moving, converting a pathetic 32% of third down chances. Offensive consistency will be the biggest key after struggling to find something that worked effectively game-in-and-game-out.

The 2014 Class Is Heavy On ... The lines. It might be a new Big Ten and a new era, but it’s still a league that survives on the lines and Maryland has to keep stocking them up. JUCO transfer Larry Mazyck is a massive 6-7, 350-pound lineman who might be able to push for the open right guard spot but could someday be a whale of a defensive tackle if the coaching staff wanted to get creative. The rest of the defensive front gets a boost with end Jesse Aniebonam and tackle David Shaw two good options. Offensively, keep an eye on WR Juwann Winfree, a 6-2, 180-pound No. 1 target.

2013 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 45. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. It was a mediocre class, and then Randy Edsall was able to sign star middle linebacker Yannick Ngakoue out of D.C. and get receiver Taivon Jacobs. The skill spots got the most help over the last few classes, and now it's time to build up the infrastructure so they can all do their thing. Offensive tackle Derwin Gray is a phenomenal get from the D.C. area with all the tools and the potential to become an anchor for the Terp line. Moise Larose and Jajuan Delaney aren't bad options for down the road after a few years in the weight room, while JUCO transfer Silvano Altamirano is for now to provide depth at guard. Watch out for JUCO transfer Deon Long to become an instant factor, while tight end Andrew Isaacs should be a part of the passing game early on.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 50. That Class Was Heavy On ... The running backs. The defense will end up getting the most help with a ton of great linebackers coming in, but head coach Randy Edsall wants to run the ball, run the ball, run the ball. His ground attack is what made him such a success at UConn, and his first job in his first full recruiting cycle is to beef up the talent in the backfield.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 56. That Class Was Heavy On ... Receivers. Apparently, Randy Edsall is going to start throwing the ball more in College Park than he did at UConn. He brought in four new targets with decent speed and impressive size with Jeremiah Hendy and Nigel King the future of the air show. His offensive line class is small, but excellent with some good guard prospect and a nice center in Evan Mulrooney. Picking up corners Makinton Dorleant and Michael Williams was a plus, and end Quinton Jefferson should be a terror.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 49. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defense. Wasn't Ralph Friedgen supposed to be a lame duck head coach? This class certainly didn't reflect that with several very good, very promising prospects to provide both instant help and a foundation for the future. Tyler Smith was the key to the offensive class as the quarterback to be groomed for down the road, and Sean Conaboy is a promising guard who should be a steady starter in a few years. The defense was the key starting with linebacker Javarie Johnson, a lightning fast playmaker who'll be all over the field the second he gets a chance. 13 good defensive players signed on, and they need to be factors early.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 28. That Class Was Heavy On ... linebackers. Maryland continues to stockpile the type of versatile linebackers that eventually move on to play on Sundays. Seven, in fact, are packing their bags for College Park, even though there’s no urgency for any to play right away. From New Jersey to South Carolina, Ralph Friedgen swept down the Eastern seaboard searching for athletic defenders who can play with range. It’s obviously early in the process, but Lorne Goree appears to be the best of a deep bunch.

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Marshall 31, Maryland 20
Basically … Rakeem Cato threw three touchdowns passes with two eight-yarders to Gator Hoskins with the first coming late in the first quarter and the other to put the game away with under four minutes to play in the fourth. The two teams went back and forth, with C.J. Brown throwing two touchdown passes for the Terps including a 29-yarder to Levern Jacobs in the first and a two-yarder to Dave Stinebaugh in the fourth, but two key drives stalled and brown was picked off by A.J. Leggett to all but snuff out any final chances.

- Marshall QB Rakeem Cato completed 28-of-44 passes for 337 yards and three scores, and he ran seven times for 15 yards.
- Marshall TE Gator Hoskins caught six passes for 104 yards and two scores.
- Marshall DE Alex Bazzie made seven tackles with a sack and four tackles for loss.
- Maryland DT Andre Monroe made ten tackles with a sack, a quarterback hurry and three tackles for loss.
- Maryland SS Sean Davis made ten tackles
- Maryland QB C.J. Brown completed 14-of-24 passes for 197 yards and two scores.
- Maryland RB Brandon Ross ran 20 times for 116 yards

Maryland 41, at NC State 21
Basically … Maryland roared out to a 34-7 lead on 34 straight points with C.J. Brown finding Nigel King on a 53-yard touchdown pass and running for scores from 49,, two and three yards out. NC State got two Brandon Mitchell touchdown passes and a short scoring run, but Brown added a 27-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to stay well ahead.
- Maryland QB C.J. Brown completed 13-of-25 passes for 259 yards and two scores, and he ran 15 times for 138 yards and three scores.
- NC State QB Brandon Mitchell completed 21-of-31 passes for 200 yards and two scores, and ran 30 times for 72 yards and a score.
- Maryland WR Amba Etta-Tawo caught four passes for 101 yards
- NC State WR Shadrach Thornton ran 18 times for 96 yards

Boston College 29, at Maryland 26
Basically … Nate Freese connected on a 52-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to give Boston College the win in a wild fourth quarter. Down 24-13 after Maryland’s C.J. Brown ran for a three-yard touchdown in the fourth, the Eagles roared back with a 72-yard Andre Williams touchdown run and Alex Amidon scored on a 74-yard pass play, but as the Eagles appeared ready to take a three point lead with just over five minutes to go, Anthony Nixon returned a blocked extra point for two points to tie it. Freese also hit field goals from 22 and 19 yards away, and Williams ran for a six-yard score.
- Boston College RB Andre Williams ran 32 times for 263 yards and two touchdowns.
- Maryland QB C.J. Brown completed 19-of-31 passes for 178 yards and a score, and he ran 12 times for 22 yards and a touchdown.
- Boston College outgained Maryland 374 yards to 278, but turned it over three times to Maryland’s one.
- Boston College QB Chase Rettig completed 6-of-14 passes for 120 yards and a score with a pick.

at Maryland 27, Virginia Tech 24 OT
Basically … In overtime, Virginia Tech got a 31-yard Eric Kristensen field goal, but Maryland answered with a C.J. Brown three-yard touchdown run for the win. The Terps took a 21-7 lead in the third quarter on a 16-yard Brown pass to Nigel King, after Brown ran for a one-yard score in the second quarter and William Likely returned a punt 63 yards for a score, but the Hokies roared back with 14 points in the second half with Logan Thomas throwing two short touchdown passes to tie it up, but the offense couldn’t generate anything on its two final first half drives.
- Maryland RB C.J. Brown completed 12-of-25 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown with a pick, and he ran 23 times for a team-leading 122 yards and two touchdowns.
- Virginia Tech ran 38 times for 54 yards. Maryland ran for 184 yards.
- Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas completed 19-of-31 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns.
- Hokie K Eric Kristensen, in place of the dismissed Cody Journell, missed a 34-yard field goal.

Syracuse 20, at Maryland 3
Basically … Jerome Smith ran for scores from one and 21 yards out and Ryan Norton hit two field goals as Syracuse rumbled past a mistake-prone Maryland. The Terps turned it over four times and only managed a 23-yard Brad Craddock field goal in the third quarter.
- Syracuse RB Jerome Smith ran 28 times for 118 yards and two scores.
- Maryland WR Amba Etta-Tawo caught six passes for 109 yards.
- Syracuse QB Terrel Hunt completed 15-of 24 passes for 140 yards with a pick, and he ran seven times for 67 yards.
- Syracuse committed 12 penalties for 115 yards, and Maryland committed two for ten yards. The Terps turned it over four times to Syracuse’s two.

Clemson 40, at Maryland 27
Basically … Clemson was a little sluggish out of the gate, but Chandler Catanzaro hit three of his four field goals in the first quarter, and Tajh Boyd ran for a touchdown and threw for another as the offense woke up late. Maryland got a 71-yard Levern Jacobs touchdown catch in the first quarter, and Caleb Rowe threw two more touchdown passes in the fourth, but two Clemson touchdowns in the fourth from Roderick McDowell put it away.
- Maryland came up with three takeaways and held firm time and again over the first three quarters, but it kept screwing up. There was no way the Terps were going to pull off the win with four turnovers, ten penalties, and misfires time after time on third down. Caleb Rowe hit the big play early, but he finished completing just 19-of-45 passes.
- The Terps are going to get that sixth win. They might be struggling over the last four games defensively, and the offense might be painfully inconsistent, so it’s time to get over the bowl hump – now. Syracuse will come into College Park rested, but Maryland needs this or else the pressure will be on with a trip to Virginia Tech to follow.

at Wake Forest 34, Maryland 10
Basically … Wake Forest opened up with the first ten points, and Tanner Price took control in the second quarter with a four-yard touchdown run and a four-yard scoring grab from WR Michael Campanaro for a 24-3 lead. A 56-yard Levern Jacobs touchdown catch helped give Maryland some life, but Price and Campanaro hooked up for a ten-yard score.
- Nose guard Nikita Whitlock owned the game. He controlled the line, getting after the Maryland backfield time and again to screw up the offense. Tanner Price might have been the star, completing 26-of-36 passes for 231 yards and a score with a rushing touchdown and a scoring grab, but the defense took over when it had to thanks to Whitlock’s pressure.
- Maryland needs to get C.J. Brown back on track. He completed 15-of-24 passes for 137 yards, but he threw two picks and put the team behind early. The running game didn’t go anywhere against the active Wake Forest defensive front with just 39 yards, with Brown getting dropped time and again.
- The last thing the Terps need is a wounded Clemson team up next. They’ll go bowling, needing just one more win, but the second half of the season could become a disaster unless the offensive line is night-and-day better than it was against the Demon Deacons. The backfield needs more time to work.
- This turned the season back around for Wake Forest for good. Beating NC State was a huge moment after the Clemson blowout, but getting by the Terps was huge with a road game at Miami coming up next. Now with four wins, there’s still a shot at a bowl game even with the Tigers and Florida State to face.

at Maryland 27, Virginia 26
Basically … Maryland’s Dave Stinebaugh caught a 12-yard touchdown pass with just over five minutes to play, but it took a 42-yard missed field goal from Virginia’s Alec Vozenilek in the final moments to survive. The Terps got two short touchdown runs from Brandon Ross in the first half, but could only managed two Brad Craddock field goals in the third before Virginia rallied with a six-yard Kevin Parks scoring run and a 26-yard Vozenilek field goal for a 26-20 lead before Maryland came up with its final scoring drive.
- Maryland came up with 468 yards, but it couldn’t seem to find any rhythm with three turnovers and too many third down misfires. With C.J. Brown out, Caleb Rowe did his part with 332 passing yards and a score, but he wasn’t accurate. Virginia loaded up to stop the run, and Rowe couldn’t always come up with the right pass when needed.
- Kevin Parks carried the Cavaliers. While he didn’t really break free on his 28 carries for 112 yards with a score, he set up the offense for manageable second and third down situations. The Cavaliers held on to the ball for almost 38 minutes, but deep drives finished off with field goals instead of touchdowns.
- It wasn’t pretty, but the Terps came back from the Florida State blasting and got a win to get to 5-1. Now it’s time to really focus and get by a dangerous road game against a rested Wake Forest before facing Clemson with a shot at making a big splash. They failed against the Seminoles, but playing well against the Tigers could make amends.
- The Cavaliers have been all over the map. They played, far, far better than they did against Ball State, and the offense worked better than it did against Pitt, but they couldn’t pull out a win despite 505 yards of offense and a balanced attack that kept things moving. With three straight home games coming up, and with Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech still to deal with, either they beat Duke next week, or the season is over.

at Florida State 63, Maryland 0
Basically … Florida State flexed a little muscle thanks to five touchdown passes from Jameis Winston with two to Nick O’Leary and two more to Kelvin Benjamin. Maryland was stuffed all game long, hurt by an injury to quarterback C.J. Brown, but the offense didn’t produce when he was on the field. The Terps were outgained 614 yards to 234.
- If you didn’t believe in the Jameis Winston Heisman candidacy before, it’s all setting up perfectly for him now. As if the Boston College bomb for a score wasn’t a strong enough highlight, shedding Terp LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil and making a 12-yard touchdown pass late in the third only added to the résumé. After this performance – completing 23-of-32 passes for 393 yards and five scores – now there’s two weeks off to prepare and hype up the showdown with Clemson. Rock in that game, and it’s all his for the taking – at least until the battle with the Florida defense.
- Maryland lost starting quarterback C.J. Brown to an apparent chest injury. It’s not like the offense moved when he was in, but Caleb Rowe couldn’t get much going. Rowe completed 9-of-17 passes for 119 yards, while Brown hit just 6-of-14 passes for 82 yards.
- The Florida State running game was fine, but it got stopped a bit too often considering the blowout final score. Devonta Freeman ran for 63 yards, but he only averaged 3.7 yards per carry. Backup quarterback Jacob Coker ramped up the average with a 24-yard scoring dash, but the O line didn’t completely and totally dominate.
- With Virginia and Wake Forest up next, Maryland has to keep its focus. This might have been an embarrassing loss, and this might have killed the buzz, but the Terps might be two games away from bowl eligibility, 6-1, and a still-breathing chance to make some serious noise in the ACC title chase.

at Maryland 37, West Virginia 0
Basically … The Maryland defense forced six turnovers with A.J. Hendy taking one of the team’s two picks for a score, and Brad Craddock hit three second quarter field goals in an easy win. Dave Stinebaugh started out the scoring with a six-yard catch, and C.J. Brown and Brandon Ross added two short scoring runs.
- West Virginia was miserable, but Maryland helped make the O that way. The Mountaineers came up with just six first downs and 175 yards, and even when there were chances to make something happen, they screwed up.
- The Terp offense gave it up twice on fumbles, and it settled for field goals on deep drives in the second quarter, but this was a terrific blowout over a good-name team. Even so, it would’ve been nice if the running game could’ve worked a little better. West Virginia managed to stiffen against the run from time to time.
- Where’s the deep ball, West Virginia? The longest pass play was just 12 yards as Ford Childress completed 11-of-22 passes for just 62 yards with two picks.
- How’s this for a stat line for Maryland defensive back D.J. Hendy? No tackles, two recovered fumbles, one interception for a touchdown.

at Maryland 32, at Connecticut 21, Sept. 14
Basically … Maryland broke open a tight game in the third quarter with 12 straight points starting with a 49-yard interception return for a score from Dexter McDougle and a safety on an intentional grounding call. C.J. Brown ran for a 41-yard score and hit Stefon Diggs for a 12-yard touchdown. Connecticut got on the board first with a five-yard Lyle McCombs touchdown run, but only managed a field goal before Shakim Phillips caught a 75-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth.
- It wasn’t the prettiest performance, but Maryland keeps on winning and keeps on generating offense. The steadiness of starting quarterback C.J. Brown, and his 122 rushing yards, has meant almost everything; there’s a passing game this year. He’s getting off to a nice start.
- Connecticut bombed away with the passing game, with Chandler Whitmer throwing for 346 yards, but there were way too many mistakes. The pick six was a gamechanger, and there were a few too many misfires and errors when he tried to press. There’s potential for the passing game, but the offense needs to be more consistent.
- Yawin Smallwood continues to be a bright spot in a disastrous season. The UConn linebacker made 14 tackles and was decent in pass coverage, too.
- Maryland is finding defensive playmakers. Cole Farrand came up with 12 tackles, Dexter McDougle made two picks including the big play that broke the game open, and Marcus Whitfield and Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil combined for 5.5 sacks. The Terps might not be rock sold, but there are some nice pieces.

at Maryland 47, Old Dominion 10, Sept. 7
Basically … Old Dominion knotted Maryland at 3-3 midway through the first quarter, but that was the last time this game would be competitive. The Terrapins reeled off 44 unanswered points, once again taking their lead from QB C.J. Brown, who rushed and threw for a couple of touchdowns apiece.
- Brown to Stefon Diggs is on the verge of becoming one of the more dynamic pitch-and-catch combos in the ACC. However, it was the running of Brandon Ross and Albert Reid, who both averaged eight yards a carry, which really has the staff excited about the potential of the offense.
- Monarch Taylor Heinicke is no ordinary small-school quarterback. The junior has an NFL ceiling, yet the Maryland D picked him off three times, sacked him four times and kept him from accounting for a touchdown.

at Maryland 43, Florida International 10
Basically … C.J. Brown was nearly perfect, completing 20-of-23 passes, with three touchdown passes and touchdown runs from 29 and 11 yards out. FIU kept it interesting in the second quarter, but Brown and the Terps blew it open with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Kenneth Goins and a 66-yard to Stefon Diggs as part of a run of 23 unanswered points.
- So that’s what it’s like to have a healthy quarterback who’s actually supposed to play quarterback. Maryland got a fantastic day out of Brown, and Caleb Rowe looked the part, too, completing 5-of-6 passes for 44 yards.
- Under Ron Turner, the FIU offense is supposed to start moving more crisply and efficiently. It went nowhere. E.J. Hilliard looked better than Justin Medlock, but nothing much worked other than the running of Lamrq Caldwell, who ran 21 times for 79 yards and a score.
- FIU didn’t generate any pressure and couldn’t bother the Terp quarterbacks. The defense has to be far more disruptive, but the offense didn’t exactly provide any help.
- 576 yards to 171. The FIU attack simply couldn’t move the chains, but the Maryland defense had a lot to do with that. The Golden Panthers came up with just nine first downs.

Spring Analysis

Why To Get Excited … the passing game has no choice but to be more potent in 2013. Injuries forced the Terps to employ a fifth-string quarterback last season, but everyone is on the mend, including likely starter C.J. Brown. Brown will delight in forming a bond with an up-and-coming receiving corps that includes Freshman All-American Stefon Diggs and JUCO All-American Deon Long.

Why To Be Grouchy … line play will cause many sleepless nights for Randy Edsall and the coaching staff. The O-line got routinely abused last season, while the D-line will be busy trying to replace standout ends Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis. If Maryland can’t perform a turnaround in the trenches, the end result in the standings might look eerily similar to last year.

The Number One Thing To Work On Is … remaining off the trainer’s table. Maryland really never had a chance last season, succumbing to a spate of injuries, especially at quarterback. A healthy Terrapins team won’t be required to stretch its depth or rip the redshirt off players who aren’t quite ready to excel at this level. Spring will be a success if the injury report is flush with white space.

Team Concerns For 2013: Healthy quarterback, healthy quarterback, healthy quarterback. The Terp season went into the tank after the O lost quarterback after quarterback in a disappointing season. Randy Edsall was known for cranking out great running games at UConn, but it hasn't started to work yet in Maryland because the line has been so awful. The punting game could use a little work, too, after sophomore-to-be Nathan Renfro struggled and didn't get any help from the coverage team.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. It was a mediocre class, and then Randy Edsall was able to sign star middle linebacker Yannick Ngakoue out of D.C. and get receiver Taivon Jacobs. The skill spots got the most help over the last few classes, and now it's time to build up the infrastructure so they can all do their thing. Offensive tackle Derwin Gray is a phenomenal get from the D.C. area with all the tools and the potential to become an anchor for the Terp line. Moise Larose and Jajuan Delaney aren't bad options for down the road after a few years in the weight room, while JUCO transfer Silvano Altamirano is for now to provide depth at guard. Watch out for JUCO transfer Deon Long to become an instant factor, while tight end Andrew Isaacs should be a part of the passing game early on.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 50. That Class Was Heavy On ... The running backs. The defense will end up getting the most help with a ton of great linebackers coming in, but head coach Randy Edsall wants to run the ball, run the ball, run the ball. His ground attack is what made him such a success at UConn, and his first job in his first full recruiting cycle is to beef up the talent in the backfield.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 56. That Class Was Heavy On ... Receivers. Apparently, Randy Edsall is going to start throwing the ball more in College Park than he did at UConn. He brought in four new targets with decent speed and impressive size with Jeremiah Hendy and Nigel King the future of the air show. His offensive line class is small, but excellent with some good guard prospect and a nice center in Evan Mulrooney. Picking up corners Makinton Dorleant and Michael Williams was a plus, and end Quinton Jefferson should be a terror.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 49. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defense. Wasn't Ralph Friedgen supposed to be a lame duck head coach? This class certainly didn't reflect that with several very good, very promising prospects to provide both instant help and a foundation for the future. Tyler Smith was the key to the offensive class as the quarterback to be groomed for down the road, and Sean Conaboy is a promising guard who should be a steady starter in a few years. The defense was the key starting with linebacker Javarie Johnson, a lightning fast playmaker who'll be all over the field the second he gets a chance. 13 good defensive players signed on, and they need to be factors early.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 28. That Class Was Heavy On ... linebackers. Maryland continues to stockpile the type of versatile linebackers that eventually move on to play on Sundays. Seven, in fact, are packing their bags for College Park, even though there’s no urgency for any to play right away. From New Jersey to South Carolina, Ralph Friedgen swept down the Eastern seaboard searching for athletic defenders who can play with range. It’s obviously early in the process, but Lorne Goree appears to be the best of a deep bunch.


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