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There were no illusions about the youth of the tailbacks; the Terps’ top four contenders at that position owned 74 career carries entering the season.

All belonged to Justus Pickett, a sophomore who the staff trusted enough to handle carries in the fourth quarter of all three victories. Pickett, however, averages only 3 yards a carry. Of the three freshmen in the rotation, only Wes Brown (4.5 per carry) is better.

“Every running back back there is [a sophomore] or younger,” right tackle Justin Gilbert said. “We don’t have a Da’Rel Scott or a Davin Meggett back there that’s been running the ball for four years for us.”

Perhaps Maryland already has a future stalwart rusher on its roster. Nonetheless, there does not appear to be an immediate fix to the running game’s problems.

It hasn’t taken a severe toll on the Terps yet. That doesn’t mean that it won’t even as Edsall acknowledged his green offense probably won’t blossom overnight.

“Those are things that take some time,” Edsall said. “We need to keep working at it and get better at it. We need to be able to run the football because I want to be a physical team.”

Note: Kicker Nick Ferrara (hip) will miss the rest of the season and leave the program at season’s end rather than pursue a fifth year with the Terps.

Ferrara is on track to graduate in December and could transfer elsewhere and become immediately eligible next year if he’s healthy.

Ferrara ranks ninth in school history with 30 career field goals.

“He’s going to finish his schoolwork and then come December — he doesn’t know if he’s going to be able to continue to kick anyhow,” Edsall said. “What he’s going to do is explore his options. It was a mutual discussion. We’re going to do everything we can to get him graduated and he’ll move on from there.”