By Jeff Barker
The Baltimore Sun
6:32 PM EDT, August 30, 2013
Site: Byrd Stadium
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Broadcast: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM
Series: Maryland leads, 3-0
Last meeting: Maryland def. FIU, 42-28, on Sept. 25, 2010, in College Park
Maryland offense vs. FIU defense: Maryland, which struggled to pass the ball last season after starting quarterback C.J. Brown's season-ending knee injury, will look to establish a balanced offense with Brown back. Brown will be handing the ball to tailback Brandon Ross, who surpassed 100 rushing yards in two of last season's final three games. This marks the first test for Maryland's reconfigured offensive line, which features new starters Michael Dunn and Ryan Doyle. Panthers have a new head coach in Ron Turner. They lost all three linebackers and their free safety from last season.
FIU offense vs. Maryland defense: Maryland expects Turner to run a variation of the West Coast offense. FIU's offensive personnel is largely new. The team is replacing its running backs and entire offensive line, but quarterback Jake Medlock (13 touchdown passes last year) has 11 career starts. Maryland's defense has experienced cornerbacks in Dexter McDougle and Jeremiah Johnson, but their top pass rushers from 2012 have departed. No current Terp surpassed 1.5 sacks in 2012.
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