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Maryland Football, 2008: The Exit Interview

Happy New Year, everyone. Prisbell is going to be in the air for most of the day today, so he asked me to stoke the football fires a bit. Yesterday's Humanitarian Bowl was a crazy way to end a crazy season. Like most of the season, yesterday's game might not have drawn your attention unless you were a diehard Terps fan (or a media member covering the team), but like the rest of the season, thanks to some ridiculous twists and turns, the game was pretty compelling if you did tune in. Consider the following:


  • at least five plays of 30 or more yards in the first quarter alone, includng a 99-yard kickoff return;

  • a ball falling off the tee as it was about to be kicked off;

  • a blue field;

  • something called a "pistol" offense;

  • an MVP who didn't play the first two and a half quarters.
  • This was an appropriate conclusion to a season in which Maryland beat more ranked teams than anyone outside of the national title game participants, yet had a losing record against everyone else during the regular season. The Terps might be better next season or they might be worse, but they'll be hard-pressed to be weirder.

    Anyway, I know a lot of folks will be cutting out of work early today (if you made it in at all), so here are a few polls on some of the biggest issues of the offseason. Vote and discuss and Eric will be back in 2009.

By Matthew Rennie  |  December 31, 2008; 9:45 AM ET
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Comments

RE: "Like most of the season, yesterday's game might not have drawn your attention unless you were a diehard Terps fan"

For the love of God please no more Rennie on the Terps blog!!!!!!!

Posted by: Barno1 | December 31, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Rennie, your comments are beyond painful to read dude. It's worse than scratching a chalkboard with your fingernails. One would think that by now you'd have found SOMETHING intelligent to say about the Terps, but it never happens! What's it gonna cost for you not to comment on anything related to the Terps on this blog ever again? I will pay you!

Posted by: Barno1 | December 31, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Matthew, thanks for picking up the slack from Eric and for the exit polls. Have a happy New Year and happy New Year to all the insider participants.

Posted by: erniegogo | December 31, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for your work on Terrapin Insider this football season! I have enjoyed your observations and your polling questions. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Regards,

Posted by: Terptwin | December 31, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

10 bucks says the past 2 comments were written by Rennie.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 31, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

The TERPS in 2008 had 30 seniors - and were a mixture of inconsistency and mediocrity.
For 2009, Maryland has a good QB - Napoleon Dynamite - whom the head coach doesn't like. I hope I'm wrong, but, while the football schedule will have more than a few weak opponents, I don't see how the 2009 TERPS can equal their current record.

Posted by: lmiller328 | December 31, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Here's a couple reasons why next season should be entertaining:
1. No QB controversy. Turner has to be the man. Unless, of course, Portis steps up his passing game in practice.
2. A loaded backfield. The Terps are returning Scott (yesterday's "secret weapon"), Megett, and Morgan Green, who had a great coming-out party scoring that long TD and rushing for 80+ yards. If we don't have the top rushing attack next year in the ACC (next to Georgia Tech), then we don't seserve to win.
3. Receivers. I hope Heyward-Bey will stay one more year, if only to improve his game. While he has the skills, he needs to get better at getting open. There were a couple of games where he was a non-factor.
At least we ended the year with a win. Happy New Year, everybody!

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 31, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

still baffled that anyone thinks hey-bey could come out this year. he wasn't even the best receiver on the team. most of his big plays were screens or reverses... there were 3 or 4 games in which he was a complete non-factor. he has good speed and seems a good guy, but he isn't even a 2nd round pick at this point.

Posted by: mcmelton | December 31, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Rennie, I'm not sure who you think your audience is, but, uh.... You're writing on a Terps blog, dude. Do you really think there are any casual readers?

I agree with the Heyward-Bey comments. The guy is clearly talented, but obviously needs to polish his route-running. It also seems like all the NFL talk has gone to his head, and acts like he single-handedly wins the game when he catches a short pass for a first down with no yardage after contact. He's not the best WR on the team and won't be next year either. I have also thought all season that there is something fishy going on behind the scenes. I dunno if he's suffering from a secret injury or if he's in the Fridge's infamous doghouse, but I think there's something more to the whole thing.

Our offense should be nasty next year. Turner is a good QB--good arm, decent accuracy, intelligent, and he can take a hell of a hit (anyone else see him get crushed throwing a block after the pick he threw? he did what he had to do). But if the OL can't give him more protection than he's got in the last three games, we better have a good back-up(s) because it's only a matter of time (knock on wood). Robinson is a question-mark since we haven't seen him, but it also looks like we're bringing in some talented recruits at QB.

We're also going to be stacked at RB and WR, even if Heyward-Bey leaves.

Something I think the coaches need to focus on is hand work--there were a lot of dropped passes and dropped potential interceptions in the last few games.

Posted by: jrchris | January 2, 2009 5:00 AM | Report abuse

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