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Maryland Football: 2017 Terrapins Preview and Prediction

Ty Johnson, Maryland Football

Ty Johnson, Maryland Football

Maryland went to a bowl game in head coach DJ Durkin’s first season, but can the Terrapins take that next step this fall? Six starters return on both sides of the ball, including some offensive weapons and defensive playmakers, but the talent is either lacking or unproven at other key positions, namely quarterback. Maryland is heading in the right direction under Durkin, but still lags behind the top teams in a loaded Big Ten East.

Previewing Maryland Football’s Offense for 2017

Quarterback Caleb Henderson looks tailor-made to step in and run Maryland’s warp-speed attack. He’s big and strong and has the ability to run, and he has a couple of years under his belt in a similar system at North Carolina. Sophomore Max Bortenschlager looked good in the spring, and the position looks deep for a program that has had troubles here in the past.

Running back is in even better shape with Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison returning. Johnson set a school record with 9.1 yards per rush and had over 1,000 yards, and Harrison’s 7.2-yard average was the best ever for a Maryland freshman. They’ll operate behind an offensive line that has three starters returning and experience at the other two spots. The right side is intact with tackle Damian Prince and guard Terrance Davis, both emerging stars. Steady center Brendan Moore also returns, and there are inklings that left tackle Derwin Gray is due to bust out.

D.J. Moore headlines a speedy and versatile receiving corps. He has scored nine touchdowns in two years. Taivon Jacobs, back from a knee injury, can stretch the field, and prodigal Jacquille Veii, who transferred back to Maryland after a year at Towson, should be a star in the slot.

Previewing Maryland Football’s Defense for 2017

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