Mike Locksley, who went from being Maryland's offensive coordinator to its interim head coach for the past seven weeks after coach Randy Edsall was fired, interviewed for Edsall's old job Monday, a source familiar with the process said.
The dream of bowl eligibility for Maryland died a few weeks ago in a one-score loss to Wisconsin. So in the weeks since, the Terps have adopted the role of spoiler entering games against Michigan State, which is in the hunt for a College Football Playoff, and Indiana, which is trying to rally to reach bowl eligibility. Maryland fell short in both of those attempts, but the Terps will have another shot at ending another team's season for good Saturday against Rutgers.
During his standout high school career at Imhotep Charter in Philadelphia, Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore grew accustomed to playing into late November and into early December. The final game of his senior season last fall was on Thanksgiving. In his junior year, Imhotep Charter played two games in December. So with Maryland gearing up for its season finale at Rutgers on Saturday, Moore isn't in uncharted territory 11 games into his freshman season. But there is one thing that's new for Moore
The deluge of injuries that seemed to plague Maryland football in the past few years — namely the string of quarterback injuries and torn anterior cruciate ligaments in 2012 — has been staved off so far this season. But entering its final game at Rutgers on Saturday, the toll of a difficult Big Ten Conference schedule is starting to show. And though the Terps have almost the exact same depth chart for the Scarlet Knights as they did for this past weekend's game against Indiana, there
The Towson's football team defeated Rhode Island on Saturday to keep its faint playoff hopes alive. Moreover, it won without both its first- and second-string quarterbacks and three of its top receivers, who were among 11 Tigers suspended for one game for violating team rules in an off-campus incident Thursday night. Not among them was Darius Victor, Towson's workhorse running back who rushed for 189 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-21 victory over the hapless Rams at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Disappointment could be seen on Morgan State quarterback Moses Skillon's face. The senior had just played his final college football game, a 17-10 loss to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival Norfolk State at Hughes Stadium.
Ryan Doyle had numbers "popping up" in his head during Maryland's practices this week. The senior offensive lineman wasn't thinking about the numbers two or eight — the Terps' current win-loss record in a trying season — but he was ticking off the number of practices remaining in his career. On Monday, he had two more Tuesday practices left in his five-year career in College Park. Tuesday afternoon, that number was down to one. Entering Saturday's game against Indiana, he has one
Last Saturday's 31-17 setback at No. 7 Williams & Mary would seem to have been a crippling blow to the Tigers' bid for an at-large berth in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. But Towson, which is 4-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association, is still holding onto that hope and could further bolster its case with a victory over the visiting Rams, who are 1-6 in the conference.
The first drive of Maryland right tackle Damian Prince's career came in garbage time of the season-opening win over Richmond. The Terps had the eventual 50-21 win well in hand, and most of the starting skill position players were done for the day on the sideline. But Prince, the former five-star recruit who was a projected starter before getting hurt in preseason camp, was making his collegiate debut. A little past the midway point of the fourth quarter, Prince blocked down on the opposing
Mike Miller is the Indiana beat writer for The Herald-Times in Bloomington, Ind. Maryland hosts Indiana on Saturday in its senior day matchup at Byrd Stadium, and Mike took out some time to answer a few questions about what the expect when the Hoosiers and Terps square off.
Maryland will honor its seniors before their final game at Byrd Stadium against Indiana on Saturday, and while the pregame ceremony late that morning helps to close one chapter of the Terps' history, another remains blank with much to be filled in. With no bowl game to look forward to and only games against Indiana and Rutgers — the Terps, Hoosiers, and Scarlet Knights are a combined 1-18 in Big Ten Conference play this season — left on the schedule, the Terps have been looking to
The Morgan State football team isn't where it wants to be at this point in the season. However, Saturday might've marked a big step in that direction. The Bears found themselves in the second half, scoring on two long drives and posting a 21-7 win over Florida A&M in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore.
Under Armour wants to accompany its products with stories about the histories and traits of the athletes or teams they were created for. So it is that Bryce Harper's black Camaro, Stephen Curry's beloved sour candy and Cam Newton's favorite college football rivalry.
Wisconsin's suffocating defensive effort in the second half of the Badgers' 31-24 win over Maryland last weekend not only shut down any hopes of the Terps snapping their lengthy losing streak but also choked out any hopes of bowl eligibility. With two wins and three games left, Maryland can't reach the six-win threshold needed to reach the postseason. It's the first time since the injury-marred 2012 season that the Terps won't get to practice through late December and play in a bowl game as they
Through the first three-quarters of its schedule, Maryland has faced its share of dynamic aerial attacks. Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson threw for 491 yards in September. Penn State¿s Christian Hackenberg, a likely top pick in April¿s NFL draft, racked up 315 yards a few weeks ago. In mid-October, the Terps had to contend with Ohio State¿s two-pronged attack of J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones.
Joe Rexrode is the Michigan State beat writer for the Detroit Free Press. Maryland travels to face No. 13 Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., this weekend, so Joe was kind of enough to take the time to answer some questions about how the Spartans will rebound from a heartbreaker, what makes Connor Cook tick and what makes the front seven strong.
During a run in which its won a Big Ten Conference-best 61 games since 2010, Michigan State has built a reputation around a hard-nosed, stingy defense. In the past four years, the Spartans have ranked at least seventh or better in yards allowed per game and 12th or better in points allowed per game. The unit has helped Michigan State win the Cotton Bowl and the Rose Bowl in the past two years.
When Maryland travels to East Lansing, Mich., this weekend to face Michigan State, the Terps know they're going to face a Spartans squad in an interesting predicament. Late Saturday night, Michigan State fell to Nebraska on a controversial call on a late touchdown pass, where the officials elected not to call a penalty that would have wiped out the result. The Cornhuskers beat the Spartans, 39-38. The loss was Michigan State's first of the season and knocked them all the way from No. 6 to No. 14
The Tigers are riding a three-game winning streak capped by last Saturday's 19-0 shutout of visiting Delaware. It marked the first time they had shut out an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision opponent since Nov. 2, 2002, when that squad blanked Monmouth, 20-0.
Maryland has already faced a laundry list of the nation¿s top defensive playmakers whose names are dotting mid-season watch lists for honors such as the Bednarik Award or the Lombardi Award. Ohio State¿s Joey Bosa bullied the Terps offensive line on Oct. 10, while Penn State¿s Carl Nassib did the same two weeks later. There was Iowa¿s Nate Meier and an assortment of talented Michigan linemen.
For the past decade and beyond, Wisconsin has made its mark in the Big Ten Conference and on the national landscape with a beefy offensive line and a stable of bruising running backs. Ron Dayne won the Heisman Trophy in the late 1990s. Montee Ball held the NCAA record for career touchdowns. Melvin Gordon had a 400-yard game last season. Stopping the Badgers has always started at the line of scrimmage.
Things have been quiet in College Park the past couple of weeks regarding the search for fired football coach Randy Edsall's successor. Athletic director Kevin Anderson, whose own legacy with the Terps will certainly be tied to this hire, has declined to discuss who he might be looking at since saying on the day of Edsall's firing that Maryland wanted a coach "to excite the fan base." Many names have surfaced in a variety of media outlets, a few that seem to have validity and others that appear
When interim coach Mike Locksley revamped the Maryland offense ahead of the team¿s matchup at No. 1 Ohio State in early October, he and the coaching staff elevated quarterback Perry Hills to the starting role and made the decision to run the scheme through Hills.
Three games under .500 with five to go with bowl eligibility slipping further away by the week, Maryland has firmly entrenched itself as the underdog for the rest of its season. There's been the blowout losses and a coaching change, now-rectified uncertainty at quarterback and injuries in the front seven. With the murderer's row of the Big Ten Conference's East division and two capable opponents in the West as crossover opponents, the wins down the stretch look hard to come by.
Marc Morehouse is the Iowa beat writer for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. With Maryland set to travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on No. 10 Iowa, he was kind enough to answer some questions about the matchup and the undefeated Hawkeyes, one of college football's most surprising stories.
After its move to the Big Ten Conference, Maryland gets the opportunity to play in some of the most venerable venues in college football: The Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich.; The Horseshoe in Columbus, Ohio; Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley. The massive crowds and history add another dimension to the contests.
The offense for the Towson football team has the defense to thank for Saturday night's 28-21 upset of No. 23 Villanova. Freshman inside linebacker Chris Tedder returned an interception 34 yards in the third quarter, and junior cornerback Romell Haley repeated the feat with an 86-yard return in the final period to help the Tigers win a key Colonial Athletic Association showdown at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson.
Jake Funk had been developing through his entire career at Damascus, putting up eye-catching numbers at running back as the Swarmin' Hornets racked up wins and marched through the playoffs, but the attention he was receiving from colleges didn't match the level he thought he was capable of playing. He hit the midway point of his senior season with an offer to play linebacker from Wisconsin, offers from the three service academies and offers from other low-level Football Bowl Subdivision schools,
The Tigers helped themselves enormously by outlasting Colonial Athletic Association foe Stony Brook, 21-14, a week ago. Not only did they collect their first win in the CAA this season and improve to 1-2 in the conference, but they also gave themselves an outside shot at the league championship and a potential spot in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The Bears' 20-10 loss at home to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival Hampton a week ago hurt on two levels. Dropping to 3-1 in the league, Morgan State was unable to take advantage of Bethune-Cookman falling, 24-14, at North Carolina A&T and sliding to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the MEAC.
Penn State¿s offense has scuffled through its first six games of the season. In the Big Ten Conference, the Nittany Lions rank 12th in scoring offense, 13th in total offense, ninth in rushing offense and 12th in passing offense. It hasn¿t been pretty in State College, Pa., and in the games in which Penn State has been able to pull away from its opponent, the defense has deserved a decent portion of the credit.
With a 3-3 overall record and a 1-3 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association, Towson is still playing for the present, which could include a berth in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.