Preview 2018: Maryland Terrapins. Overdue For A Break

Preview 2018: Maryland Terrapins. Overdue For A Break

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Preview 2018: Maryland Terrapins. Overdue For A Break

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What You Need To Know About The Maryland Offense

– And here we go with the Matt Canada era. The new offensive coordinator has bounced around with seven jobs in the last eight seasons, last serving at LSU. Now it’s his job to kickstart the nation’s 119th-ranked offense that struggled on the offensive line, couldn’t control the clocks and fizzled way too often, scoring 14 points or fewer in six of the last ten games. But first ….

– The Terps need a healthy quarterback. The offense was rolling along just fine, but quarterbacks Kasim Hill and Tyrrell Pigrome each went down with season-ending knee injuries. In all, eight different Terps threw a pass – four quarterbacks – with just 1,940 yards on with 15 scores and eight picks on the year.

Hill tore his ACL in the third week of last year, which was just early enough to get time to heal and come back and be ready for the start of the season. Pigrome got hurt in the opener against Texas and he’ll be ready to go, too. but he’s not quite where Hill is.

All-star receiver and new Carolina Panther D.J. Moore is done, and now it’s up to Taivon Jacobs to rise up into the No. 1 role after making 47 grabs. The third-best receiver? Jahrvis Davenport with just 13 catches. Even without Moore, there’s a lot to like – the corps will be better with healthier quarterback play.

– For good or for bad, all five starters return on the offensive line. The Terps were second-to-last in the Big Ten in sacks allowed, and couldn’t push enough for the ground game. To be fair, defenses teed off against the run once the quarterbacks started to go down, but the front five has to be stronger.

Fortunately, Ty Johnson is back as the main back – running for 857 yards and five scores – and getting back Lorenzo Harrison, Jake Funk, and now – after missing last year with a leg injury – Anthony McFarland. The Terps have the backs, but again, they need the blocking.

Biggest Key To The Maryland Offense

The Terps have to figure out how to score, and that starts with longer and more sustained drives, and that starts with more third down conversions. On the plus side, they were great at keeping the ball, only turning it over 14 times.

However, they managed to convert a mere 29% of the time on third downs – only two teams were worse. Only once – vs. Minnesota – did they hit over 40%, and they were under 20% four times. Against Ohio State and Penn State, they were a combined 2-for-30.

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