Maryland edges William & Mary 7-6 in season opener

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Whatever growth occurs on offense will come with most of the same guys who struggled to cobble 236 yards against a team from the former Division I-AA. Of the 12 scholarship players out for the opener because of injury, only two are offensive players who could return this season (tailback Brandon Ross and guard Josh Cary).

Reinforcements should eventually arrive for a defense that acquitted itself well in its first game in new coordinator Brian Stewart’s 3-4 system. It gave up a pair of field goals off turnovers, never allowed the Tribe to collect more than 39 yards on a possession and generally appeared vastly better than the sieve-like unit of a year ago.

Yes, it was against a William & Mary team coming off a 5-6 season. And yes, it was an opponent against whom Maryland would typically enjoy a massive scholarship advantage.

But it ended a whole lot better than nearly all of the Terps’ games from a year ago. For this particular afternoon it was plenty, no matter how tempting it was not to actually watch the proceedings.

“It’s basically a monkey-off-your-back feeling,” Hartsfield said. “You like that feeling of winning again. You just want to build upon that next week. We want to be 2-0.”

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