Injured Terps not running smoothly

The Baltimore Sun

College Park -- As he has done throughout his coaching career, Maryland running backs coach Phil Zacharias has continued to give his players tests Fridays about the weekly game plan. He has still been giving them notes and breaking down film.

Their routines haven't changed.

Boston College @Maryland Tonight, 8, chs. 2, 7, 105.7 FM, 1300 AM Line: Boston College by 6 1/2

Tonight's Maryland game

Matchup -- No. 8 Boston College (8-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Maryland (4-5, 1-4)

Time -- 8 p.m.

Site -- Byrd Stadium, College Park

TV -- Chs. 2, 7

Radio -- 105.7 FM, 1300 AM

Line -- Boston College by 6 1/2

Series -- Boston College leads 3-1

Last meeting -- Boston College won, 38-16, on Nov. 18, 2006, in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Maryland offense vs. Boston College defense -- Maryland QB Chris Turner said he felt more competition in practice this week from displaced starter Jordan Steffy, who hasn't played since suffering a concussion Sept. 29 at Rutgers. This could be Steffy's best chance at getting in his first game time since he was injured, but regardless of who is in at quarterback, Maryland will be facing the nation's leader in rushing defense at 58 yards allowed per game. The Eagles are also tied for third in the nation with 18 interceptions. S Jamie Silva is BC's leading tackler (54 solos, 28 assists) and is tied for seventh in the nation with five interceptions. Of the 119 teams in the Bowl Subdivision, the only other team in the country that has thrown fewer than Maryland's three touchdown passes this season is Georgia Tech, with two.

Maryland defense vs. Boston College offense -- The Terps will need their best pass rush of the season while covering the Eagles' much improved receivers. Heisman Trophy hopeful QB Matt Ryan has completed 243 of 409 passes for 2,848 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He has four targets who average more than 40 receiving yards, including senior RB Andre Callender, who leads the team in rushing with 73.1 yards per game. Both of Maryland's starting cornerbacks - Kevin Barnes and Isaiah Gardner - have been playing with injured shoulders. The Terps rank 11th in the conference in opponent third-down conversions, allowing first downs 38.8 percent of the time. LB Erin Henderson, who leads the league with 12.4 tackles per game, has spent more time receiving treatment on his injured back this week than he has practicing. Henderson said he expects to play today.


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