I think the key for Maryland on Saturday will be the running game – stopping Temple’s and getting the Terps’ going.
Matt Brown, the Owls’ senior tailback (he is from Baltimore but attended the Peddie School and Milford Academy) had 145 yards on 19 carries in a win against Villanova last week. Brown also had four punt returns for 84 yards.
"He's quick, he's shfity, he's fast, he's tough," Maryland coach Randy Edsall said today.
The Owls had 301 rushing yards in their 41-10 victory.
Last season, Temple beat the Terps, 38-7, and Bernard Pierce (now a Raven) scored a school-record five touchdowns.
“The biggest thing we’ve got to do is go up there and stop the run,” Edsall said.
Edsall recently watched video of last season’s game, in which the Terps were dominated along both lines. It was a low point of Maryland’s season.
“I wasn’t put in a very good mood after watching it,” the coach said.
On offense, the Terps struggled to run the ball early against William & Mary with first-year tailback Albert Reid. Justus Pickett, the sophomore, had more success. Pickett had 11 carries for 45 yards and scored the game’s only touchdown. But Maryland will need to run the ball better against Temple. Edsall has already named Pickett the starter.
Offensive linemen often redshirt. It’s a position that players often need to grow into – literally.
But Maryland offensive tackle Mike Madaras was among the true freshmen who got into the William & Mary game.
There appears to be a few reasons why Madaras played immediately:
*He could become very good, and the Terps need the help.
*Edsall is trying to create offensive-line depth. It’s a unit that lost 2011 starters Max Garcia and R.J. Dill, who both transferred.
Maryland still has no clear backup quarterback behind Perry Hills. Edsall said today it's still between freshman Caleb Rowe and sophomore Devin Burns, the former receiver.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun