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Tracking the Terps
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Looking back at recent matchups between Maryland and Rutgers

Seven of the nine previous games between Maryland and Rutgers were played years before Terps coach Randy Edsall was even born, with only two of those meetings coming since 1942.

Here is a look back at those two most recent matchups:

Sept. 26, 2009 in College Park: Rutgers 34, Maryland 13

While Rutgers quarterback Domenic Natale finished just 4 of 12 for 42 yards, the Scarlet Knights forced five Maryland turnovers and got 147 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries from running back Joe Martinek.

Scarlet Knights defensive end George Johnson recovered a fumble by Terps quarterback Chris Turner in the end zone to give Rutgers a 17-13 late in the third quarter.

The Scarlet Knights then added a field goal and two Martinek touchdown runs during the fourth quarter — one of 29 yards and one of 61 yards.

While Turner threw for 271 yards, he was just 21 of 38 and had only one touchdown pass to go along with three interceptions and the costly lost fumble.

Rutgers also limited Terps running backs...

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Maryland will have to deal with Rutgers' 'Kemoko Dragon'

Pictures show Kemoko Turay skying high, his waist parallel to other players’ helmets as he ascended and extended to block a field-goal attempt by Penn State kicker Sam Ficken.

Nicknamed the “Kemoko Dragon” by his teammates, Rutgers’ 6-foot-6, 235-pound redshirt freshman defensive end has been using his rare combination of size and athleticism to make plays like that throughout the season, something Maryland coaches are well aware of heading into Saturday’s matchup with the Scarlet Knights in College Park.

Turay leads Rutgers with 7.5 sacks and has three blocked kicks, including the one against Penn State on Sept. 13.

“They do a good job schematically,” Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley said. “I know at one point in the year they were one of the leading sack teams in the country. … And he’s one of the top pass rushers. He’s got short-area quickness. He’s really long, which gives him the ability to keep offensive linemen off of him and create space needed to make rush moves....

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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,, 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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