This group can get after the quarterback
One area that Maryland has excelled in over the past few seasons is getting to the quarterback.
In 2017, it appears to be no different.
In two games, Maryland ranks second in the Big Ten with nine sacks. The only team with more is Michigan (10).
The Terps finished third in the conference with 37 in 2016.
Maryland did lose Roman Braglio and Azubuike Ukandu to graduation following last season. In addition, Jesse Aniebonam suffered a fractured ankle, which will likely sideline him for the rest of the 2017 campaign.
Last Saturday’s contest marked the first without Aniebonam and it went pretty well. The Terps recorded four sacks including 1.5 from tight end turned defensive lineman Andrew Isaacs.
Linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. currently leads the team with 3.5 sacks on the year. There are also six players that have recorded at least one sack.
Maryland’s front seven has really been impressive so far. If they continue to get this kind of pressure on opposing quarterbacks, it’s hard not to imagine a bowl game in the team’s future.