Finally, a real game week is upon us. Maryland's training camp is officially over, and the season begins in a week.
Actually, it felt like game week had already begun. That's because the Terps began preparing early for Navy. If there's one team you'd like to do extra homework on, it's Navy and its triple-option offense.
As I wrote last week, the Terps practiced without a ball last week to simulate Navy's offense at full speed. The Terps say they got better at wrapping up everybody -- the quarterback,. the wing man and anybody else (Bill the Goat?) who might take a pitch from Ricky Dobbs. Nevertheless, scout quarterback Devin Burns -- the stand-in for Dobbs -- said he broke some long practice runs against Maryland's defense.
Did it seem like a long football offseason? It sure did to Maryland coaches, who have been haunted by "2-10."
The thing about college football is that you pretty quickly have the opportunity to reinvent yourselves.
Most need of reinvention, of course, is the offensive line. This was a problem long in the making -- going back to linemen like Zach Marshall and Evan Eastburn from the 2005 and 2006 recruiting classes who didn't stay at Maryland. It was painful at times to watch Maryland's overmatched offensive line last season. Many guys -- owing partly to injury issues and lack of depth -- were inserted into games before they were ready.
I expect the line to be improved. But how much? The answer to that will largely tell the tale of Maryland's season.