Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Midseason report: Maryland
By ESPN.com staff
Record: 2-3, 1-1 ACC
The excitement began and ended with the unveiling of the Terps’ new “Maryland Pride” uniforms in the season opener against Miami.
It’s been downhill since then.
First-year coach Randy Edsall put Maryland on the map in Game 1 with a 32-24 win over Miami, and at the time, it was literally a new look for Maryland. New coach, new schemes, and a new, bold uniform combination that took the Twitter world by storm. The uniforms got more ink than the game itself, and Maryland hasn’t received as much publicity since. The Terps have lost three of their last four games, including what was arguably the worst loss in the ACC, a 38-7 loss to Temple in College Park. Most recently, in the road loss to Georgia Tech, Edsall opened up the door for a quarterback competition when he benched 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year in favor for his backup, C.J. Brown. The passing game struggled under both of them, and Edsall’s overall record against ranked opponents dropped to 2-17.
Not exactly a resume builder for a coach who was hired to make Maryland a consistent contender in the top 25.
Meanwhile, former coach Ralph Friedgen, who was fired after being named the ACC’s Coach of the Year and winning nine games, flippantly said he burned his Maryland diploma. His wife, Gloria, made a surprise visit and brought the players snacks.
It’s been a rough transition under Edsall, and the bumpy road looks to continue this weekend against league-leading Clemson.
Offensive MVP: RB Davin Meggett: He is fifth in the ACC in rushing with 413 yards on 83 carries. He has two rushing touchdowns and is averaging 82.6 yards per game. He is in 12th place on the school's career rushing yards list.
Defensive MVP: DT Joe Vellano: He racked up a career-high 20 tackles, including 14 solo and a tackle for loss against an undefeated Georgia Tech team. Vellano became just the fifth defensive player in the nation to post 20 or more tackles, though he is the only lineman in the FBS to register more than 15 stops in a game in 2011. He's tied for the lead in the ACC with two recovered fumbles, and he has 38 tackles.