5 Richmond players who could pose a threat

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Sep 20, 2014; Richmond, VA, USA; New Hampshire Wildcats quarterback Sean Goldrich (5) throws the ball as Richmond Spiders linebacker Omar Howard (46) chases in the first half at Robins Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

 No. 4 Omar Howard

Richmond’s front seven lost quite a few key pieces from last year’s squad. Linebacker Omar Howard started 10 games in 2014 and was the team’s second leading tackler with 92 tackles (37 solo). He also registered 6.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, one interception, one pass breakup, three quarteback hurries and one forced fumble. Howard has the ability to get after the quarterback and wreak havoc in the opposing team’s backfield. His three sacks were second on the team, only to cornerback Eric Wright. Howard was part of a defense that ranked third in the CAA versus the run.

The Terps are a team that didn’t exactly excel in the running game last season. After all, quarterback C.J. Brown lead the team in rushing and Brandon Ross and Wes Brown had their fair share of struggles. Howard is going to have to play exceptionally well for the Spiders to slow down Maryland’s offensive attack.