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.
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