Maryland vs. Richmond: Game Info, Live Stream, and More


Maryland is set to host Richmond on Saturday, so here’s all the information you need to know about the game and a primer of the action.

When we last saw the Terrapins, the team was being routed by Stanford in a 45-21 affair in the Foster Farms Bowl. Maryland enters this season with a very different roster than they had in 2014. Much like they have in previous seasons, Maryland will open the 2015 campaign against Richmond of college football’s FCS level.

There is a ton of turnover from last year’s team, including one of college football’s biggest game-changers in wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Diggs, who was selected in the 5th round of the NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, totaled 2,227 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns during his three seasons in College Park. His electric ability in the return game was also extremely valuable while he was a Terp. Diggs wasn’t the only Maryland wideout that departed from the program this past offseason as the likes of Deon Long (graduation), Marcus Leak (left program), and Juwann Winfree (suspended then left program). Simply put, the Terps lost 74.8 of their receiving yards from last year’s roster with all the departures.

As bad as all that may sound, Maryland does get 2013 leading receiver Levern Jacobs back from a year-long suspension. In the absence of Diggs and Long back in 2013, Jacobs led the Terps with 640 yards on 47 receptions and three touchdowns. The local product is listed at the top of the Marylan depth chart and should be the top option for quarterback Perry Hills this coming season.

That brings us to the most talked-about position battle of the offseason. Hills, Daxx Garman, and Caleb Rowe were each given an equal opportunity to stake their claim to the starting job. Ultimately, coach Randy Edsall elected to go with Hills to start the season opener. As a true freshman in 2012, Hills threw for 1,336 yards (57.4 completion percentage) and eight touchdowns in seven games as he was filling in for C.J. Brown, who was lost for the season. The Pennsylvania native did toss seven interceptions, but three of those came in the season opener against William & Mary (a 7-6 Maryland win). Hills’ best game came against West Virginia when he threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns.

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As for the opponent, Richmond possesses some obvious talent at the skill positions. This will certainly be interesting because the Terps are transitioning to a 4-3 defense under new defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski. Dudzinski’s defense will be tasked with slowing down two of the CAA’s most profilic receivers in Brian Brown and Reggie Diggs. The dynamic duo totaled 164 receptions for 2,246 yards and 11 touchdowns. The pair are complete opposite types of wideouts, as Brown is a deep threat while Diggs makes difficult catches in traffic and helps move the chains.

Of course, Maryland does have one of the better secondaries in the Big Ten with cornerbacks Sean Davis and Will Likely leading the way. It’ll be interesting to see how the Terps play Brown and Diggs in terms of defensive back package. It would appear that safeties A.J. Hendy and Anthony Nixon will have to be more involved in pass coverage, which would eliminate the ability to utilize the safety blitz. Of course, if the Terps take a big lead early, the safeties can afford to step up into the box.

With quite a few uncertainties on both sides of the football, this game could be very telling for Maryland. How will the new pieces get accustomed to the new defense? How will Perry Hills do in his first start in three years? Can the Terps establish the running game? These are all questions that could be answered on Saturday afternoon.

Location: College Park, Md.

Stadium: Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPNU

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Commentators: Ryan Ruocco & Mike Bellotti

Radio: Maryland Sports Radio Network

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