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Terps outlook 2015: 3 things that must go right, 3 things that could go wrong

THREE THINGS THAT MUST GO RIGHT...

1) The bulked up lines holds in Big Ten Conference play: Coach Randy Edsall has said multiple times this offseason that one of his biggest takeaways from the first year in the Big Ten was that it's a "lineman league." So the Terps, both on offense and defense, spent the offseason trying to get bigger, stronger and faster to compete with the foes they'll face in October and beyond in order to be better in the run game.

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2) Playmakers on the outside emerge for Perry Hills: Wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long are gone, which clears the way for Levern Jacobs, Taivon Jacobs, Malcolm Culmer, Amba Etta-Tawo, or D.J. Moore to step up and fill the void. In the past, quarterback Perry Hills has shown a knack for getting the ball to his best athletes on the outside.

3) Kicker Brad Craddock follows up his 2014 performance: Craddock was nearly perfect for the Terps last season and was a big reason why they were able to snatch victories at Penn State and Michigan. With a little uncertainty on offense, Craddock is another weapon for the Terps to use to put points on the board and keep games close.

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THREE THINGS THAT COULD GO WRONG...

1) Perry Hills can't hang on to the starting job and quarterback becomes a revolving door: Hills worked hard in the offseason and during preseason camp to win the job with the goal of holding it for the season. But if he's ineffective or suffers an injury, it could open the door for Caleb Rowe or Daxx Garman and quarterback controversy in College Park.

2) The transition to defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski's 4-3 isn't smooth: By all accounts, the Terps have taken to their new defensive scheme well, but there might be some kinks to work out once actual gameplay starts. Maryland was gashed at times last season and is hoping to avoid a repeat of that this fall.

3) Maryland can't compete with the Big Ten's elite (again): Last season, the Terps suffered blowout losses at the hands of eventual national champion Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Maryland is looking to prove that it can compete with some of the nation's top programs, and the first place to start is hanging with some of the big dogs.

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