Big debut for Long

Redshirt junior Deon Long, a transfer from Iowa Western Community College, made his first game with the Terps count.

Long, originally from Washington, D.C., had nine catches for 110 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s win. Coaches view him as a complement to Diggs, the team’s star.

“C.J. and I have had chemistry since the first 7-on-7,” Long said. “During the summer on Saturday nights, sometimes we would come out here and turn on the lights on the field and get work in.”

Long, who missed much of training camp with an unspecified back injury, said Saturday that he broke three bones in his lower back.

Not as young as others

The Terps, who have only four senior starters, are a young team — but they're not as young as the Golden Panthers.

Sixty-eight percent of Florida International’s players are underclassmen, one of the highest percentages in the nation, according to a survey by college football analyst Phil Steele.

The Golden Panthers are young in other ways, too. It’s their first year in Conference USA and their first season under coach Ron Turner. Only one starter on offense and four starters on defense returned this season.

Nearly two-thirds of Maryland’s roster is comprised of underclassmen, making the Terps the 13th youngest team from a Bowl Championship Series conference, according to Steele.

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