Three Issues for the Week
These three issues could dominate the week in College Park:
1) Da’Rel Scott’s health: Ideally, Maryland would probably like to play Scott as little as possible or not at all Saturday to ensure he will be 100 percent for the following week’s game at Clemson. But there are no guarantees for this Maryland team. The Terrapins need to beat a struggling Eastern Michigan team, and having Scott available would make that task significantly easier. Ralph Friedgen may not update the status of Scott --- who has a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder --- until Thursday, or he may simply say he is a game-time decision.
2) Shakeup at kicker: Friedgen knows he has to do something at the kicker position to get more production. Obi Egekeze has missed all five of his field-goal attempts this season, including the 27-yarder he steered wide left Saturday. Friedgen wanted to talk to Egekeze and his staff before he decided what to do this week. Contenders for the job include Nick Wallace and Mike Barbour, but Friedgen has not decided whether he will make it an open competition this week.
3) One word: Maturity. Will a team of 31 seniors show some maturity entering the season’s least dangerous game? The 35-27 victory against Cal provided a significant confident boost, but players need to move on and put away Eastern Michigan early on Saturday. Chances are, the consistently inconsistent Terps will win another game they are supposed to lose and lose another game they are supposed to win before this season is over. But all that should happen in conference play. The lessons of Murfreesboro should be fresh and should resonate through the week.
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