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Tracking the Terps
News and notes on Maryland football, basketball and other sports
Terps focused on slowing down Rutgers standout WR Leonte Carroo

Leonte Carroo's breakout game came during Rutgers' first game of last season, a 52-51 overtime defeat at the hands of Fresno State.

Star quarterback Derek Carr was the catalyst for Fresno State, throwing for 456 yards and five touchdowns. But Carroo was the primary difference-maker for Rutgers, as the then-sophomore wide receiver exploited the Bulldogs’ defense for touchdowns of 69, 13 and 30 yards on his way to finishing with five catches for 135 yards and three touchdowns.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Carroo has further established himself as a playmaker for the Scarlet Knights this season and is one of the focal points for Maryland’s defense heading into Saturday’s game in College Park.

“Man, he’s pretty good,” Terps defensive coordinator Brian Stewart said. “I think their receiver crew is a solid crew. Carroo played [high school] ball with [Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova], so I’m sure they got a chance to hook up a lot in high school and talk about how they want to do things. That’s his...

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With new approach, Terps' Jake Wheeler finds new role at left tackle

The process has been gradual for Maryland left tackle Jake Wheeler, the growth from a 235-pound freshman in 2010 into a 315-pound redshirt senior capable of holding up physically against Big Ten defensive linemen.

Wheeler’s rise from little-used backup to the Terps’ starting left tackle also can be attributed to a change in approach.

Teammates said Wheeler plays and practices with a nastiness and mean streak that he didn’t have in previous years, a new attitude that led to Terps coach Randy Edsall putting him into the starting lineup ahead of last week's game against Michigan.

“Being the last year, I decided to not really care about who liked me and who didn’t like me and just going out there and getting after it,” said Wheeler, a 6-foot-7 native of Hollywood, Fla. “And if I had to start a fight or two, I would just to get things going, get the emotion high in practice especially.”

Aided by Wheeler, the Terps ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns in their 23-16 win over Michigan after...

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Ken Pomeroy high on Terps, had them at No. 26 before CBE Classic

Picking the top college basketball teams in the nation each week is an inexact science – sort of like predicting the weather.

Which makes Ken Pomeroy the perfect candidate to be one of the rising gurus in the business of college basketball analytics and rankings.

A former meteorologist for the National Weather Service, Pomeroy has been using various data to figure out the heirarchy in college hoops for more than a decade.

Maryland fans might be interested that Pomeroy’s popular website, kenpom.com, had the Terps ranked right outside the top 25 going into the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City.

The unranked Terps were at No. 26 in Pomeroy’s ratings, one spot behind the Cyclones, who were ranked 13th in the AP and USA Today polls. (After knocking off Iowa State, there's a good chance the Terps return to those Top 25 polls next week.)

Pomeroy said that his ratings, especially early in the season, are based on a team’s history and tendencies over a two to five-year period while a...

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Maryland showed it was a different team with its two wins in Kansas City

Back in May, before they stepped on the Maryland campus for summer workouts, I took a leap of faith regarding the five freshmen and one senior transfer who were joining Mark Turgeon’s teetering basketball program.

In this very space, I wrote how they were going to be better than the five players who had over the course of the previous month announced they were leaving the Terps with remaining eligibility.

Talk about an early return on your investment.

The excitement about Maryland’s victories over Arizona State and No. 13 Iowa State in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City is not simply about the present for Turgeon’s program.

It's more about the future.

Since the newcomers had yet to arrive in College Park, my feelings in the spring were based largely on the players who had left. Though his gut told him otherwise, their departure had made Turgeon second-guess, at least publicly, the way he was doing things at Maryland.

In retrospect, he was not doing things any differently than...

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Terps kicker Brad Craddock named finalist for Lou Groza Award

Maryland junior kicker Brad Craddock has been named a finalist for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented annually to the top kicker in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

The Australia native has converted all 17 of his field-goal attempts and is the only kicker in the FBS yet to miss a field goal.

After making just 10 of his 16 field-goal attempts as a freshman in 2012, Craddock was successful on 84 percent of his kicks (21 of 25) as a sophomore last year and has converted 23 straight attempts dating back to last season.

Craddock hit a Maryland-record 57-yard field goal against Ohio State on Oct. 4, which stands as the second-longest field goal in the FBS this season. Craddock also lifted the Terps to a 20-19 win over Penn State on Nov. 1 with a go-ahead, 43-yard field goal during the final minute of the fourth quarter.

Craddock is Maryland's first-ever finalist for the Lou Groza Award. The other two finalists are Florida State’s Roberto Aguayo, who won the award last year...

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Looking at some noteworthy Terps football stats

Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown swept to his left, finding open running room on his way to a go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter of the Terps' 23-16 win over Michigan.

The touchdown was the 54th Brown has been responsible for during his Maryland career, moving him into first place on the Terps' all-time list, past former Maryland quarterback Scott Milanovich.

Brown also accounted for 252 yards of total offense Saturday, which elevated him into second place on the Terps’ all-time list for total offense during a career.

Brown (6,596 yards) needs 515 yards during Maryland’s final two games to supplant Milanovich in first place.

Here are some other noteworthy Terps numbers following Saturday’s win:

** Senior defensive end Andre Monroe recorded a sack Saturday, which gave him 24 for his career and tied him with former Maryland standout Mike Corvino for first place on the school's all-time list. Monroe is also second in the Big Ten with 9.5 sacks.

** Terps cornerback Will Likely...

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