Season Report Card: Maryland
Maryland opened up conference play against the eventual national champion Florida State and lost 63-0, then followed it up with four more ACC losses, finishing 7-6 (3-5).
The Terps did show some promise after beating Virginia Tech by three in overtime in Blacksburg. Maryland had lost three games in a row coming into the contest, but simply moved the ball against a tough Hokies defense.
Look for coach Randy Edsall to continue to build this Maryland program and try to make a splash in the team’s first year in the Big Ten Conference next season.
The Maryland offense was led by senior quarterback C.J. Brown. He finished the season with 2,242 passing yards and also ran for 576 yards. Brown even led the team with 12 rushing touchdowns; he also threw for 13 scores. He was able to do all this in spite of losing one of the biggest playmakers in the country; the electrifying playmaker Stefon Diggs broke his fibula mid-way through the season against Wake Forest. But Brown could only do so much, with Maryland finishing 85th in the country in points per game (26.2). An Edsall-coached team is going to want to run the ball, so if this program is going to turn the corner, Maryland’s offense must be able to move the ball on the ground. The Terps were only able to rush for 148 yards per game, which finished 83rd in the FBS.
Like the Terps’ offense, the defense was very mediocre down the stretch. After the first four games of the season, Maryland gave up 32 points a contest. The defense was led by sophomore defensive back Sean Davis. Davis led the team in tackles (102), while also adding two interceptions and one fumble recovery. One of the bright spots for this unit was being able to get off the field on third down. The Terrapins only allowed the opposing team to move the sticks on third down 34 percent of the time. However, if teams were able to move past mid-field, Maryland couldn’t stop them from scoring -- it ranked 115th in the FBS in red zone defense.
Considering the injury to Diggs, Maryland had a season of what you would expect this team to have. The Terps didn’t have one player selected to the All-ACC first-, second-, or third-team in 2013. Maryland is obviously lacking playmakers and Edsall needs to find a solution fast as it heads to the Big Ten in July.