Best Maryland Offensive Player
QB Kasim Hill, Soph.
Arguably the biggest early recruit of the DJ Durkin era, the 6-2, 232-pounder was considered a gamechanger, and he was. He stepped into the opener against Texas after Tyrell Pigrome went down, hit all three of his passes, ran for a score, and came away with the win.
He connected on 18-of-21 throws on the year for 230 yards and two scores before getting knocked out with a torn ACL. Back and ready to roll, he’s still mobile, he’s still got a strong, accurate arm, and he’s still on the verge of being the team’s leader and star as long as he’s in one piece.
2. RB Ty Johnson, Sr.
3. WR Taivon Jacobs, Sr.
4. RB Lorenzo Harrison, Jr.
5. QB Tyrell Pigrome, Jr.
Best Maryland Defensive Player
S Antoine Brooks, Jr.
A guided missile of a hitter no matter where he plays, he’s an NFL safety spending one more year in college. The 5-11, 210-pounder is a very smart, intimidating force, coming up with 77 tackles with a sack, two picks and 9.5 tackles for loss, highlighted by his 13 stops against Ohio State. A terrific high school quarterback, his calling was at safety. After a year as a special teamer, he broke up with his big season, and now he’ll be one of the nation’s top hybrid playmakers.
2. LB Tre Watson, Sr.
3. DE Byron Cowart, Jr.
4. S Darnell Savage, Sr.
5. DT Adam McLean, Jr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
WR Taivon Jacobs, Sr.
DJ Moore was the receiving corps at times. Despite the spotty quarterback play, he caught 80 passes for over 1,000 yards and eight scores. Now that he’s off to the NFL, the team needs a main man. Jacobs was second on the team, catching 47 balls for 553 yards and five scores as the No. 2 option, but now it’s up to him to be the leader and star – or, at least the devastating deep threat.
The 5-11, 170-pounder isn’t the receiver Moore is, but he’s blazing fast with track star wheels. As long as he’s stretching the field and keeping the chains moving, the rest of the experienced receiving pieces will fill in.
Key Game To The Maryland Season
Texas, September 1
It’ll be a big national thing when the two teams meed for the second year in a row to start the season. And now, Maryland has to prove it’s for real all over again.
Last season’s 51-41 Terp win seemed like the start of something big. But quarterback injuries ended all of that early on … Take Two. Do it again in the fifth meeting between the two – by the way, including the 1978 Peach Bowl, the Longhorns won the previous three meetings by a combined score of 102-0 – then it really will be Game On as a season-starter with Bowling Green, Temple and Minnesota up next.
2017 Maryland Fun Stats
– 2nd Quarter Scoring: Opponents 163 – Maryland 71
– Sacks: Opponents 33 for 153 yards – Maryland 16 for 85 yards
– Time of Possession: Opponents 32:44 – Maryland 27:16