First-year coach DJ Durkin knew his Maryland football team had plenty of room for improvement when going to play Florida International on Friday night, even if it didn't appear that way to many Terps fans after the team's season-opening win over Howard.
Amba Etta-Tawo had hit a rough patch in his junior year. The Maryland wide receiver had lost his starting job after a loss to Bowling Green in the second game of the season and had a two-game streak without a catch entering Saturday¿s matchup with Penn State.
Maryland interim coach Mike Locksley spent almost two weeks working to get his players to loosen up before Saturday¿s 31-30 loss to Penn State, in which he saw the fruits of his labor. With a matchup at No. 10 Iowa on deck this weekend, Locksley isn¿t worried about getting the Terps¿ mood and mindset to carry over.
The excitement was obvious in Caleb Rowe's voice as the quarterback broke down one of Maryland's newest receiving threats on the outside. Freshman D.J. Moore was elevated atop the depth chart at one of the Terps' receiving spots, and he's set to make his first career start against South Florida on Saturday. The Philadelphia native has already impressed, including with a 42-yard catch and run for a touchdown against Bowling Green last week when he almost lost his footing before jetting into the
At some point from the time he arrived at Maryland in summer 2012 to when he made his first career start in late October of that year, Caleb Rowe was labeled as a ¿gunslinger.¿ The term is a double-edged sword, one that conjures up images of free-flowing backyard football improvisation mixed with headache-inducing mistakes. Perhaps the greatest gunslinger of them all, Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre retired as the NFL¿s leader in both touchdown passes and interceptions.
There was a time in the offseason when Taivon Jacobs broke down. He had sat out his true freshman season in 2013 while recovering from a knee injury. And in the season opener in 2014, Jacobs suffered another knee injury on Maryland's second drive after making his first career start and missed another season. For four months, Jacobs said in August at Maryland's media day, he was in shock. Again, his college career would have to wait. And then one day he started crying.
There was a time in the offseason when Taivon Jacobs broke down. He had sat out his true freshman season in 2013 while recovering from a knee injury. And in the season opener in 2014, Jacobs suffered another knee injury on Maryland¿s second drive after making his first career start and missed another season. For four months, Jacobs said in August at Maryland¿s media day, he was in shock. Again, his college career would have to wait. And then one day he started crying.
Late in the fourth quarter of a game that featured a 55-minute weather delay at halftime, Maryland was eventually swept away in a 48-27 loss to Bowling Green before an announced 36,332 at Byrd Stadium.
In the face of uncertainty, Edsall remained calm and confident in his pass catchers. Despite the losses, Maryland still returns talent and experience, and Edsall is counting on competition and desire to help offset the departed