Nov 22, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Maryland Terrapins defensive back William Likely (4) blocks a pass to Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Amara Darboh (82) but is called for interference in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
In 2014, Maryland marched into the Big House as one of the newest members of the Big Ten and beat Michigan 23-16.
In the 2014 season, the Terrapins were stacked with veteran players on both sides of the football. The 2014 Maryland football team is the complete opposite of the 2015 version. However, the same goes for Michigan. With Jim Harbaugh at the helm and Jake Rudock leading the offense, this is not Brady Hoke’s Michigan team, and Big Blue is slowly regaining its prominance in the Big Ten.
When these teams played in front of 100,000 people last season, quarterback C.J. Brown and defensive end Andre Monroe made the Big House their stage. Brown scored his 54th career touchdown, and Monroe dominated against the Wolverines offensive line.
But this season, Brown and Monroe are gone, and are sorely missed on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
However, all is not lost from Maryland’s win against Michigan. The always dynamic Will Likely, consistent Brad Craddock, and durable running back Wes Brown still remain with the team, all whom made key plays against Michigan a season ago. The last time these teams faced one another, Likely, Craddock, and Brown were key factors in the win. Likely had an interception, Craddock went 3-3 on field goals, and Brown scored a touchdown.
While Maryland fans are yearning for an impressive win, these players have proved they can get the job done against Big Blue. As a “blackout” will fall on College Park Saturday evening, hopefully the Terps will find a way to beat Michigan, just as they did a season before.