The Legacy of the Senior Class
Before the season, and in this very venue, I predicted an 8-4 season for Maryland. Some were more pessimistic, few were more optimistic. All the Terps need to do to get to 8-4 is beat a team with a backup quarterback (easier said than done).
But because of the path Maryland has taken to reach seven or eight wins, many fans don’t seem to feel this team has reached expectations. It is because of the wild swings in performance from week to week, the inconsistent play, uneven efforts and two losses, maybe three, that will rank among the worst of Ralph Friedgen’s eight-year tenure. It feels like something has been amiss because of Friedgen’s talk about failing to reach or read players and his repeated mention of a generation gap separating the coach from players.
My question is: Regardless of whether this team finishes with nine wins after a bowl or seven, is the legacy of this 30-man senior class already cemented? Will the seniors be remembered, regardless of what happens over the next month, as a bunch of players on an erratic team that could not give a complete effort on a week-to-week basis? Is there any way to salvage their rep at this point?
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