The Washington Times - October 1, 2011, 11:04AM

A few things to look for as Maryland faces Towson this afternoon …

1. Danny O’Brien will throw multiple touchdown passes. After enduring diminishing returns in coordinator Gary Crowton‘s system, O’Brien will bounce back and at least double his touchdown pass total on the season.


2. Multiple Maryland running backs will handle double-digit carries. Davin Meggett will probably be one of them, but D.J. Adams and Justus Pickett (if not both) will have a chance to carry the ball 10 times or more against the Tigers.

3. Maryland will start three freshmen on defense for the first time since the 2000 season finale. Assuming the Terps stick with the depth chart, this will happen. Defensive end Keith Bowers and linebacker Lorne Goree have already started for Maryland; safety Titus Till is scheduled to join them with Matt Robinson out with a season-ending shoulder surgery.

4. Towson will have at least three players rush for 40 yards. The name of the game for the Tigers is balance in its rushing attack. Five Towson players are averaging at least 30 yards a game. Bank on some decent production on the ground against the depleted Maryland defense.

5. Maryland will even its record at 2-2. Any win will work fine for Maryland today, regardless of how it’s earned. Expect the Terps to have about 20 tough minutes somewhere in the game; otherwise their size and speed will be enough of a difference to turn back the Tigers.

—- Patrick Stevens