NCF Nation: Shawne Merriman

Roady's Humanitarian Bowl preview

December, 30, 2008
12/30/08
10:15
AM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

WHO TO WATCH: Senior linebacker Moise Fokou. He has a team-best five sacks and his pressure on Colin Kaepernick will be integral. The former walk-on leads the Terps with 11 tackles for loss. His five sacks are the most by a Maryland linebacker since Shawne Merriman had a team-best 8.5 in 2004.

WHAT TO WATCH: Maryland's defensive adjustments in the second half. The Terps will need the first half to figure out Nevada's unique offense, and they have been at their best in the second half this season. Maryland held ACC opponents to an average of 141 yards and 6.6 points in the second half this year, but will be without former defensive coordinator Chris Cosh, who was hired at Kansas State.

WHY TO WATCH: The Terps have won three of their past four bowl games and are the ACC's next chance at improving upon the league's 2-3 record.

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