This “team speed” the coaches have been talking about as a new trait the Maryland defense has can’t match up to elite FBS speed.
Jamarr Robinson has a lot of skills – a rocket arm, very quick – but he’s a very poor decision maker. Reminds me of a smaller Jamarcus Russell.
The Terps have no depth on the O-Line. After Justin Gilbert went down with an injury, Pete DeSouza came in and looked clueless. Gave up at least two sacks in limited playing time.
The coaches really need to evaluate what they’re doing. This was one of the most mismanaged games I have ever seen from a coaching perspective. Not only did the team look completely unprepared and lacking any sort of direction on offense, but the playcalling from coach Franklin was just really, really bad. One play sticks out – a 3rd and 2 near WVU’s 40. This was a situation where the Terps knew they would be going for it on fourth, and they elected to pass the ball instead of running. When you face third and short and you’re going for it on fourth, you try and pound it with Scott or Meggett. Every time.
That said, the team showed a lot of resilience and pride. After falling down 28-0, most teams, at any level, would simply give up. The Terps played hard (especially on defense) and brought the game to within two touchdowns.
Travis Baltz is really good.
So is Torrey Smith.
The defense in general looked solid. The line didn’t play too well, and Wujciak was spotty, but Moten, Tate, and Perez had great games. Chism absolutely blew it at corner, but he was facing nearly impossible assignments.