2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 55 Maryland Terrapins
The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Maryland Terrapins
No. 56: Maryland Terrapins
Maryland Terrapins Prespring Status
It might have been an ugly second half of the season, losing five of the last six games, with most in brutal fashion, but at least the Terps got to a bowl game in D.J. Durkin’s first year – even if they lost to Boston College. After a whopper of a recruiting season, and with Durkin suddenly making Maryland a hot program, the needle is pointing up after years of struggling, especially since joining the Big Ten. No one’s talking about taking the East quite yet, but there are plenty of reasons to be fired up.
Only six starters are back offensively, but that’s where the new recruiting class comes in, bringing aboard a whole slew of talented prospects who’ll get thrown to the wolves right away. Eight starters are back on defense, but it needs to be far more consistent, far tougher up front, and far luckier – it needs help from an offense that hit the skids in November.
Maryland Terrapins Biggest Issue
Quarterback. Perry Hills got banged up and struggled, Caleb Rowe was ineffective, and Tyrrell Pigrome was okay in his limited time. Rowe and Hills are gone, and now it’ll be a fight all offseason for the starting gig, with Pigrome the likely No. 1 in spring ball, transfer Caleb Henderson getting a shot, and star recruit Kasim Hill the one everyone will want to see get a shot right away. No matter who gets the gig, the Terps need a whole lot more from a passing game that averaged just 178 yards per game. Fortunately …
Maryland Terrapins Biggest Positive
The rest of the backfield should be solid. Ty Johnson is a 1,004-yard rusher – averaging over nine yards per carry – and Lorenzo Harrison is back, too. If Pigrome gets the starting quarterback job, the ground game should be deadly at times if the line comes through. The receiving corps needs a bit of an overhaul, though. D.J. Moore is back after leading the team with 637 yards and six scores – it’ll be an open casting call around him.
Really, Why Are The Maryland Terrapins Ranked Here?
The Terps managed to get to six wins by beating the weak and the sad on the slate – UCF is the only win over a team that went bowling – but that’s part of the game. They should be better, more talented, and stronger overall thanks to Durkin’s recruiting classes, but it’ll still take a little while for the young guys to start to make a big impact. Give it another year, but 2017 should be another good step forward.