Five Penn State football players to watch

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Oct 3, 2015; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin jogs on the field prior to the game against the Army Black Knights at Beaver Stadium. Penn State won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland is set to face one of their new Big Ten rivals in Baltimore on Saturday. Here’s our five Penn State football players to watch:

The Terrapins have had a dreadful season so far to say the least. After losing four of their first six contests, athletic director Kevin Anderson made a tough decision in firing coach Randy Edsall. With Edsall being shown the door, offensive coordinator Mike Locksley became the team’s interim coach. In Edsall’s final game, Maryland did leave everything on the field against No. 1 Ohio State, and certainly gave a stronger effort than the Nittany Lions did in Columbus this past weekend. There is nowhere to go but up for the Terps.

The Ohio State game saw another quarterback change for Maryland in the way of Perry Hills. For the second time this season, Hills got a chance to run the offense, and he fared a lot better this time. While he wasn’t incredibly mind-blowing through the air, Hills did managed to rush for a career-high 170 yards against the Buckeyes. When the play broke down, he didn’t show any hesitation to take off with the football. Couple that with an improving offensive line, and Maryland could be showing some tremendous improvement as the season goes on. It all starts Saturday in Baltimore in a hostile matchup with Penn State.