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Evaluation Week: Grading the Offensive Players

First, let's review the evaluation of the coaches. Some 88 percent of pollsters gave Ralph Friedgen a grade of C or worse. Some 87 percent gave Chris Cosh a grade of D or worse. And some 88 percent gave James Franklin a grade of C or worse. I don’t believe in grading college athletes individually. So let’s grade the performance of the entire unit. Don’t consider the head coach or the coordinator for this one, just the performance of the players on the field. Have the players overall been better than you expected? Worse? About the same?

Here are some of my thoughts:

The offensive line was supposed to perhaps be the strongest in the ACC. Instead, it has been perhaps the biggest disappointment on Maryland’s team. A series of inconsistent performances. Shuffling personnel on the line has not done much to help … Chris Turner has improved since taking over the starting job against Middle Tennessee State. He has six touchdown passes and six interceptions and has completed 58.4 percent of his passes … Darrius Heyward-Bey is a big-play athlete, but he needs to get the ball. He has accepted blame for dropping balls against Clemson. He did not get open against Virginia. He has made only 12 catches in six games … Dan Gronkowski has 13 catches and 134 receiving yards … Danny Oquendo had four catches for 49 yards against Clemson … Running back Da’Rel Scott displayed his blazing speed during the season’s first three games, ranking fifth nationally in rushing yards. He has cooled off considerably the past two games … Morgan Green has been a non-factor; Davin Meggett has had his moments … Cory Jackson is often referred to as the leader on offense … But, overall, coaches say offensive leadership is lacking and is one of the bigger problems with the unit … Josh Portis was a One-Man Drive, going all 80 yards on the ground on one drive, but his plays have been otherwise somewhat predictable ... The offense left a lot to be desired against Delaware. It was two plays from being shutout against MTSU … It came alive against Cal and a subpar Eastern Michigan team … Turner made key third-down throws to keep drives alive against Clemson … And then there was the Virginia game.

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 8, 2008; 6:32 AM ET
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The line play has been really atrocious even in the wins. I would consider giving all other phases of the offense a grade of B but the line has been a d at best and that is why the offense has struggled.

Posted by: Lee | October 8, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Most of my observation were from the UVa game-which is not representative of the whole season.

I thought the line did a decent pass protection job at UVa. However, the receivers did not get open for big gains. On the other hand, the gain per rush was less than 4.0 yards, and the team only had three rushing first downs. This does not reflect a good o-line performance.

C seems a decent grade given the team's record. Very inconsistent offensive performances, to say the least.

Posted by: Ho Ho Ho | October 8, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

the offense isn't the issue. nearly all college offenses are inconsistent -- that is why you have to have a good D to win consistently. We have possibly the worst D-line in major college football. the only way to stop anyone is by sending the LB which leaves a thin DB corps exposed.

Posted by: mm | October 8, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

The offense had 2 good drives vs Clemson, 2 good plays vs MTSU, and nothign vs UVA. It might not be the #1 problem but it certainly isn't good.

Posted by: Lee | October 8, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I loved this result.

Virginia -- 31
Maryland -- 0 (zero - zip - zilch - nada)

Maryland's - Defensive and Offensive lines and Linebacking corp are the worst in College Football.

I have seen harder hitting teams in powder puff leagues.

Maryland's recruiting efforts are going to take a major hit with this result.


Wake Forest -- 34
Maryland -- 10

Maryland will finish with a 5-7 record.

I am happy that Maryland is no longer recruiting Tavon Austin.

Jelani Jenkins, Travis Hawkins and Isaac Holmes will be signing with the University of Florida.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: Gary | October 8, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

If not for Scott, Meggett, and Heyward-Bey, this whole unit would get an F

Posted by: Elwood | October 8, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

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