The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Maryland Terrapins.
No. 50: Maryland Terrapins
Spring Practice Starts: March 5
Spring Game: April 14
Maryland Terrapins Spring Status
Yes, there’s reason to be excited about Maryland football coming off a 4-8 season with an offense that did absolutely nothing over the finishing kick.
The great recruiting classes under D.J. Durkin should start to shine through – or contribute a little more – and the overall athleticism and talent is getting better.
But it all comes down to the quarterback situation. As long as there’s a decent, healthy option – after losing four starters throughout last year – the Terps will be better.
The receiving corps needs work, but all five starters are back on the offensive line, and the running backs are strong.
The defensive front that was so inconsistent needs a total overhaul, and losing JC Jackson from the secondary hurts, but again, the youth movement might just be what’s needed after a rough year.
It’s going to be an interesting spring with the top two quarterback options – Kasim Hill and Tyrrell Pigrome – both limited-to-out as they get over their respective knee injuries, but as long as the defense finds the right parts, it’ll be a good offseason.
Maryland Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Wide receiver. The quarterback situation will have to wait until the fall when everyone is back. By then, the Terps need to have their receiving corps figured out after losing DJ Moore, Taivon Jacobs and Jacquille Veii – particularly Moore. Taivon Jacobs will be the No. 1 guy, but who else will rise up and take spots?
DJ Turner has upside, and Utah State transfer Rayshad Lewis will have the spotlight on to add more to a corps that was all about Moore at times last season.
Maryland Biggest Issue
Third downs. Maryland couldn’t stop them on one side, and couldn’t get them on the other. The Terps were dead last in the Big Ten in third down conversions, hitting just 28.6% of their tries, while the defense was torched allowing offenses to convert almost 50% of the time.
Better quarterback play and more of a pass rush will fix this. The hiring of new offensive coordinator Matt Canada will help on one side of the ball, but it’ll take the offseason to find new pass rushers on the other side.
Maryland Biggest Positive
Running backs. No one respected anything the backup quarterbacks could do and loaded up against the run. Even so, the 1-2 punch of Lorenzo Harrison and Ty Johnson was okay, combining for close to 1,500 yards with Johnson averaging over six yards per pop.
The O line should be fine, so if a quarterback can help the cause just a little bit with a few midrange completions, the running backs should shine.
Really, Why Are The Maryland Terrapins Ranked Here?
No, really. Do the Terps have a quarterback? Hill and Pigrome are still trying to come back from major injuries, and while Max Bortenschlager is okay, there’s no one else behind him.
This is still a team that was good enough to beat Texas to start last year and started out the year 3-1 before the wheels came off – thanks to the quarterback injuries. Until the position is settled and solid, along with all the replacements on the defensive side, wait until fall camp.