Maryland's Running Game Questions
I was wondering what everyone thought of the running game against Clemson. Take away one play, Darrius Heyward-Bey’s 76-yard reverse, and Maryland only gained 47 yards on the ground. Then consider that backup quarterback Josh Portis gained 10 yards on two carries. Maryland’s running backs --- Da’Rel Scott, Davin Meggett and Cory Jackson – had a total of 39 yards on 25 carries. And Maryland still won the game.
Coach Ralph Friedgen had issues with the run blocking for much of the game. Regarding Scott, the sophomore usually is able to use his blazing speed to run around the defense. But going east to west wasn’t accomplishing much for Scott in the first half. At halftime, Friedgen told Scott that Clemson’s defense was too fast to try to run around and that he needed to go north and south more.
“It took a while to get a feel for the defense,” said Scott, who had 39 net rushing yards on 23 carries.
Before the start of the third quarter, Scott patted Friedgen on the backside, telling the coach he was ready and that he would run more straight ahead. Scott wound up scoring the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
All this just made me think how fortunate Maryland was to win the game. Anyone concerned how the running game looked, or is it bound to improve against Virginia?
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