Five Questions for Terps-EMU Game
Good morning, everyone. The last morning of the last game of the non-conference season. After today, everything gets ratcheted up, including Terrapins Insider. I’ll be off to College Park in a couple hours, and here is how the day will unfold: I will provide a first word on running back Da’Rel Scott’s availability as soon as I hear. I will then offer commentary and analysis throughout the game. And, of course, afterward, I will offer 10 things I learned from the game and have reaction throughout the night and into Sunday morning.
For now, here are five key questions before kickoff:
1) Can Davin Meggett carry the load?
If Scott is either limited or sidelined because of the left shoulder injury, Meggett will be the man of the hour. Only a true freshman, Meggett has shown elusiveness and glimpses of potential during the first three games. But we’ll see if he can handle the featured back role or whether Morgan Green will also carry the ball a number of times. Or maybe Scott is fine and runs for 200 yards.
2) Will Chris Turner bring it against an inferior opponent?
He’s a gamer, we know that. He played extremely well against Boston College last season. He played extremely well against Cal last week. But here is a lackluster opponent that has not had a winning season since 1995. Does Turner play to the level of his competition? Keep an eye on EMU’s defense, particularly on third down. Coach Ralph Friedgen said the Eagles use a “radar” defense on third down, which Maryland has been preparing for.
3) Does the defense hold strong throughout the fourth quarter?
The first 53 minutes of the Cal game were great for the defense. The last seven? Not so much. QB Kevin Riley threw for 239 yards, and the Golden Bears made a game of it. Part of it was fatigue. Part of it was that the linebackers failed to cover routes that they had covered successfully earlier in the game. Finishing strong will matter today.
4) Will a Maryland kicker – any Maryland kicker – make a field goal?
The first field goal attempt will be a very important one for Obi Egekeze, who has missed all five of his attempts this season. If he makes it, the slump could be ancient history. If he misses, it could mean, hello, Nick Wallace. Getting some confidence in a kicker – any kicker – before next week’s game at Clemson is a priority.
5) Will this game offer any intrigue beyond the continuous EMU punting melodrama?
If it does, fans may wonder whether Maryland is ready for the start of ACC season. EMU has been blown out by the two Division I-A teams it has played this season. If the Terps struggle again, questions about focus will quickly be raised. If the Terps romp, the game will be quickly forgotten and the buildup for Clemson will begin. Oh, I can’t wait to see the left-footed punter kick.
Anyone else have any questions on their mind? How about predictions? I said 38-13!
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