Mistake Free Football (Continued):
Again, it’s pretty self-explanatory. PLAY DISCIPLINED FOOTBALL. The Iowa offense, in comparison to ours, is pretty pedestrian. That being said, they’re also extremely sound and disciplined on that side of the ball. Committing unnecessary penalties and creating positive down-and-distance situations for the Iowa offense is a recipe for disaster. The terrapin defense playing penalty-free ball is the first step in really limiting the Iowa Hawkeye Offense.
Winning In the Trenches
It’s one of the biggest issues that’s faced Terrapin football since the program set foot in the rugged Big Ten East. Stopping the Iowa Hawkeye run game will be essential in terms of giving a vastly improved Terps pass rush down and distance opportunities to do damage. Lineman Mosiah Nasili-Kite has been a run-plugger to this point of the season for the terrapins, and he’ll need to be again on Friday night in order for this defense to create those aforementioned down and distance scenarios to capitalize on. Ruben Hyppolite II being back in the fold at linebacker is indeed timely, given some of the injury concerns at the position lately. If the terrapin defense can win at the point of attack on the defensive line, they’ll be able to generate genuine pressure on Iowa’s young line and Hawkeye QB, Spencer Petras.