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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?

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 25, 2008; 12:57 PM ET
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Is there any way to salvage their rep at this point?

By Eric Prisbell | November 25, 2008; 12:57 PM ET

Yes. Beat Boston College on saturday, go to the Gator bowl and beat another top 25 team to finish their careers with 8 straight against ranked teams. How many players in history can say they did that? Probably somewhere between zero and none.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 25, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Barno how many of those teams will be ranked at the end of the season. FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP44 | November 25, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

"Barno how many of those teams will be ranked at the end of the season."

What does that matter? How many undefeated teams were undefeated after the Super Bowl last year? Does that mean the Giants win was any less impressive? Winning the last two games would put the Terps back in the top 25 and that would be a succesful season. The Cal win still looks good, the Clemson win ok, the UNC win looks good, the BC win and Rutgers wins last year were solid. And beating BC at BC when MD has little to play for and BC is playing for a BCS shot is a big win. Any New Years day bowl win is a big win. I guess the real question is how much do any of these wins land on the shoulders of this senior class. Turner, DHB, Scott, Meggett...not seniors...

Posted by: Lee26 | November 25, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Lee26 - I agree with your comments. My answer to your question is this - to the extent that the seniors on both lines play up to the best of their abilities and control the line of scrimmage, that will be the extent to which it lands on the shoulders of the senior class.

Posted by: jrfisher57 | November 25, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

It'll be a mixed rep:

A great record against ranked opponents in their senior year, and 0-2 in games that would have clinched their spot in the ACC championship.

Winning on Saturday would help, a share of the Divisional championship would be nice.

Posted by: ckstevenson | November 25, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

8-4, 9-4, 8-5, 7-6 would a successful year any way you put it. They won some good games and were at the least entertaining(and frustrating!).

Posted by: aviscardo | November 25, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

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