Terps and Wake Forest: Tale of Two Defenses
Fans will get a glimpse of two very different defenses Saturday at Byrd Stadium. Wake Forest’s defense, as Matt Rennie mentioned, is a strength. The Demon Deacons rank first nationally in pass efficiency defense and sixth nationally in pass defense. Maryland’s defense has been inconsistent or poor all season. The Terps rank 95th nationally in pass defense.
This means it is essential for Maryland to find its running game against Wake Forest. And that means that the offensive line, which has been the biggest disappointment during the first half of the season, needs to play like everyone expected it to before the season. Maryland will need a big game from running back Da’Rel Scott, as well.
As for Maryland’s pass defense, cornerback Nolan Carroll should make his return against Wake Forest. But who is really expecting a dramatic improvement in the defense? It has been torched by schools big and small.
Other national statistics that stood out: Wake Forest is seventh nationally in turnover margin and 110th nationally in rushing offense.
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