Maryland Gameday Digest: Richmond

For the first time since its loss to Stanford in the Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 30, Maryland will take the field to face Richmond in its season opener at Byrd Stadium. The Terps are expected to have a new look after the graduation of some stars and stalwarts from the past few years, but expectations are not any lower as Maryland begins its second year in the Big Ten Conference.

Game 1: Richmond (0-0)


Location: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Kickoff: 12 p.m.

TV: ESPNU with Ryan Ruocco (play-by-play) and Mike Bellotti (analyst)

Radio: 101.9 FM, 980 AM with Johnny Holiday (play-by-play), Tim Strachan (anaylst) and Scott McBrien (sideline)

Forecast: 77 degress, 67 percent humidity, mostly cloudy

Team captains: Ryan Doyle (offense), Will Likely (defense) and Brad Craddock (special teams)

Honorary captains: Steve Atkins and Matt Furstenburg

Flag bearers: Quinton Jefferson (American) and Michael Dunn (Maryland)


Scout team players of the week: Zac Morton (offense), Milan Collins (defense) and Marcus Smith (special teams)

Uniforms: Maryland flag hand-painted helmet, red Maryland Pride 2.0 jersey, white pants

Last year: Maryland finished 7-6 for its second straight winning season under coach Randy Edsall. Richmond finished 9-5 and lost in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

Series: Maryland leads 12-5-1. The teams haven't met since 1977 in Richmond, Va. Maryland won, 27-24.

Fun fact: The Terps and Spiders first met in 1907. Richmond won that game, 11-5, a score that has never happened in the NFL, according to pro-football-reference.com.

Another fun fact: Maryland coach Randy Edsall and Richmond coach Danny Rocco both coached under current New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin from 1991-93.


Maryland players to watch: Running back Brandon Ross was impressive during the fall, while middle linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. is making his first career start. Quarterback Perry Hills is making his first start in almost three years.

Richmond players to watch: Quarterback Kyle Lauletta is making his first career start, but he's surrounded by playmakers in running back Seth Fisher and wide receivers Reggie Diggs and Brian Brown.

For updates: Follow Maryland football beat writer Daniel Gallen on Twitter at @danieljtgallen.

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