It’s 14-7 over in Blacksburg, and despite a complete lack of Maryland offense outside of one late drive, they’re up in this one. It should be noted that football has three facets: offense, defense, and special teams. If you win two out of three, you usually can win a game. Maryland has so far. That being said, let’s get started…
- Will Likely does a whole lot of things on the football field, but one aspect where he hasn’t shined too much is on special teams. Until today, of course, where he returned a Hokies punt for 63 yards and a touchdown. Likely was due for one, given how special he can be with the ball in open space, and Maryland blocked admirably downfield to afford him that opportunity.
Having him on this team has been huge for so many reasons, and were he not only 5’7, he’d be considered one of those marquee five-star recruits that Maryland so often seeks. He’s a game changer wherever he is on the field, and at the very least the Terps should look forward to three more years of him in their uniform.
- Welcome back C.J. Brown? The junior QB is looking for his first career ACC win, and things had not gone too well for him and the offense to start the first half. Granted, Maryland isn’t going to win any awards for offensive line play, but outside of a solid 20 yard run, the offense under Brown did not look too great. Turnovers, loss of yardage, and misfires were abound for the majority of the first half. Perhaps the lowest point was his interception in the second quarter, where Malcolm Culmer ran into the referee and the ball sailed right into a defender’s hands.
Still, towards the end Brown started to look considerably more potent. Brown had a nice 15 yard scamper on good field position with about a minute left in the first half, followed up by a quarterback sneak to put Maryland up 14-7. It was the first signs of life this offense has had in six quarters of football. If he can avoid turnovers the Hokies may end up having a lot more trouble containing an offense that was, at one point, very dangerous.
- Cole Farrand, Maryland’s leading tackler, went out with a shoulder injury and headed back to the locker room. If he doesn’t return, that might be something this defense struggles with. Alex Twine came in and played very well, but it remains to be seen if he can keep that up.
- Randy Edsall loves the term bugaboo. He’s used it at least four times this season.