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The truth for Maryland: It's all about the youth

By Ryan Broadwater

Maryland’s football game against Morgan State on Saturday showed the fans a few new things. First, there was the 60+ point victory, something which had not been seen around College Park for 35 years.  Second, the defense held Morgan State to just 85 yards, a Friedgen era best. Lastly, it was all about the freshmen. That’s right, freshmen! Let’s take a look at how these young guys played and really dominated the game.

I know not all them were true freshmen, but the redshirt (RS) freshmen still do not have much game experience and are relatively green. We’ll start with back-up RS freshman quarterback Danny O’Brien, who put on a stellar performance. O’Brien’s only previous experience was a one-play fumble against Navy. Looking to redeem himself he threw three touchdowns in four passes and finished 5-10 for 79 yards on the night. Not too shabby. Another stat leader was RS freshman running back D.J. Adams who rushed 11 times for 70 yards and scored two TDs. He led all running backs in rushing yards and TDs for the game.

The real surprises were the true freshmen playing on defense. Freshman linebacker David Mackall and freshman safety Matt Robinson logged some playing time against Navy, but in their second game both tied for the team lead in tackles. Mackall and Robinson both had seven tackles and Robinson even forced a fumble. The new guy joining the freshman party was defensive back-hybrid Desmond Kearse (cousin of NFL Pro Bowler Jevon Kearse). Kearse, who is a skinny, but freakishly athletic player, had a tackle for a loss and a crazy pass break-up on a screen play. Overall, a solid outing for all three and a good game for them to get their feet wet.

With all these good freshmen fortunes there had to be a downside. Third stringRS freshman QB C.J. Brown’s first play of his college career was a designed run that went for 12 yards. What wasn’t designed was the outcome, a broken collarbone and a seat on the bench for about two months. Morgan State was not the most imposing football team, but Maryland needed this kind of game to gain some swagger for the trip to Morgantown this weekend. We will see how much playing time these freshmen will get against the Mountaineers, but at least they have a few college plays under their belts.

By Box Seats blogger  |  September 13, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories:  Ryan Broadwater , Terps  | Tags: Ryan Broadwater, Terps  
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