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Could be sunny in South Beach for Terps

By Ryan Broadwater

This past week has been a little stormy in Miami. It may not have been a “Hurricane” but more like a tropical depression. It all started last Saturday when Miami starting quarterback Jacory Harris went down with a concussion. The “U” was already hurting at that position because backup A.J. Highsmith was already out with a wrist injury. Then on Wednesday Miami’s starting running back, Damien Berry, was ruled out because of a lower extremity injury. The Canes' situation is far less precarious at running back than it is at quarterback. Here are a few things the Terps need to look out for and some things to take advantage of.

Watch Out:

  • Miami’s backup RBs - Lamar Miller has 252 yards (on 5.5 yards a carry), Mike James has 5.9 yards per rush (and 243 yards total) and veteran Greg Cooper -- despite coming off ACL surgery and only having a few carries this season -- adds depth and experience. All three have a bulldozer to run behind in 6-8, 330-pound freshman Seantrel Henderson.
  • Athletic Defense – From top to bottom Miami has one of the fastest/strongest defenses in the country. Even though they go hot and cold more than your sink, they have been asked by their teammates on offense and the coaches to support the true freshman QB.
  • Leonard Hankerson – Nine receiving TDs already this year. He's also probably one of the first elite receivers Maryland has played this year. The Terps secondary better beware.

Keys to Victory:

  • Blitzing a young QB – Stephen Morris will be getting the first start of his career. Don Brown’s defense is great at disguising the blitz and forcing a rookie QB to make mistakes. It’s the third straight week Maryland has faced a freshman QB. Let’s hope the results keep turning in their favor.
  • Short passes/Screens – Miami’s DBs are aggressive and fast. The best way for the Terps to neutralize them is with some short tosses to their play-makers (Torrey Smith) and let them get that YAC (yards after catch).
  • D.J. Adams – The Fridge indicated that Adams will have an increased roll in the offense as the season goes on and rightfully so. The running back is a hardnosed downhill runner who is a budding star and a better fit in the Terps run game than Da’Rel Scott. This game is also sort of a homecoming for D.J. because he has a lot of family in the Miami area. Let him put on a show!

This game is going to be a close one, for sure. Miami has a lot of motivation to win and stay in the ACC race. It is also their homecoming game. All week I’ve been hearing the Terp players like their game plan, so I’m interested to see what it entails.  Let’s Go Terps and get a quality win against the “U”.

By Ryan Broadwater  | November 5, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
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