It is sort of an odd week, just trying to add to the sample size to accurately vet what sort of team Maryland is.
After last week, the suspicions about the offensive and defensive lines are confirmed, and it’s clear the Terps aren’t ready to play a top-15 team on the road.
But beyond that, how much is really known?
Probably not a whole lot.
Anyway, here are some things that came out of Ralph Friedgen‘s media session yesterday:
* Kenny Tate will return punts this week. Although Friedgen continues to talk up Tony Logan, if Tate pops a return for a score (which would be Maryland’s first since New Year’s Day 2004) all bets could be off there.
* Sophomore tackle Tyler Bowen is expected to play, which could turn out to be vital with Bruce Campbell (turf toe/right foot) out at least this week.
* Ralph indicated the Terps have dodged the flu bug for now.
* The goal at running back: Start Da’Rel Scott, play Davin Meggett and perhaps get a look at Gary Douglas.
* Look for receivers to be floated in and out more frequently this week, too. That would mean more LaQuan Williams, more Emani Lee-Odai, more Quintin McCree and more Kevin Dorsey, among others.
* On the defensive front, Zach Kerr and Isaiah Ross seem like good bets to play more. In Ross’ case, that would mean “play at all.” Friedgen also wondered about finding some time for freshman Justin Anderson eventually, though that’s the first time his name has come up.
* Friedgen said cornerback Dexter McDougle indicated he’d like to hold his redshirt, though it might not be possible with one injury at the position. Right now, McDougle is probably the No. 6 corner.
—- Patrick Stevens