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Will Maryland Have a Losing Record Next Season?

Excitement will build as we approach the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho, on Dec. 30. I know folks in Reno are already fired up, and good for them. I’m fired up about the matchup and will have occasional blog posts over the next two weeks, even though access is very limited and the holiday season is upon us. But let me turn our attention to next year. I don’t need to go position by position to show everyone that Maryland will be rebuilding next season. Everyone knows that. Losing 30 seniors and perhaps a wide receiver, well, that’s a significant loss. This was Maryland’s best chance to win the ACC title and the Terps are headed to Boise instead, but that’s another story.

As for next season, the Terps return Chris Turner, Davin Meggett and Da’Rel Scott. That’s a good start. What’s a realistic expectation for next year’s team? A road game against California will be challenging, to say the least. A home game against Rutgers will be difficult. Middle Tennessee also comes to town looking for two in a row over the Terps. MTSU was the youngest team in the country this year (tied with Alabama for fewest seniors). Personally, I see no better than a 6-6- record. NC State should be better. Duke isn’t even a sure victory anymore. Missing a bowl game appears like a distinct possibility. What’s everyone else think on this Tuesday afternoon?

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 16, 2008; 10:38 AM ET
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I disagree. Other than Cal and FSU, Maryland's toughest games are at home, Rugters was overrated 2 years ago and are not as good now, Wake loses a lot of talent and I see some of the younger talent at the skill positions on both sides of the ball blossoming.

Posted by: virtueandvice | December 16, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

just call me "little mary sunshine," but i think that the Terps will garner at least 7 wins. i think, given the troubles the coaches had reaching this team at times over the year, losing all of the seniors may actually be a good thing.

next year's team may make more youngster mistakes, but should be more coachable and less likely to resemble potato pancakes just in time for big games. plus, Chris Thomas should be less erratic and more in control in the pocket. with Josh Portis back there as well, they could do some wildcatting.

who knows for sure, but this year was a squandered opportunity and i look forward to waving buh-bye to it.

Posted by: mdrockjock | December 16, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

mdrockjock: "Chris Thomas"??? Its TURNER. Makes me wonder just how much you really know about this team.

Posted by: TerpGrad | December 16, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I think the Terps will be better next year. They have 8 starters on defense (end of year starters) coming back, plus more depth on the line with the redshirt freshmen.

On offense they lose 3 starters on the line and a TE, but how much worse could the line be next year plus I think Watson will be an upgrade at TE. Losing DHB will hurt but luckily the terps have a lot of talent at WR. Another year under the new offensive system should help, at least we hope.

There shouldn't be any question on starting qb's next year, so Turner will get all of the 1st team reps in spring and fall; for the first time in his career! And as you said we get back Meggett and Scott, so things could be better next year. Now it is up to the coaches to get the most out of the players, and this year Ralph and Co. fell short.

Posted by: myrtlebeachterp | December 16, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Maryland will finish with a 2-10 record - good for last place in the ACC.

I am glad that Maryland stopped recruiting Tavon Austin.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | December 16, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Jelani Jenkins announced for Florida today !

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | December 16, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Not one player from Maryland - on the Associated Press - All America team - all recruits should steer away from Maryland.

Posted by: hclark1 | December 16, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Five hundred sounds about right. Thanks for bringing it to our attention so some of your loyal readers can get a head start on their' 'Pull The Plug On The Fridge' campaign.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 16, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

1. I say 7 wins. With the main offensive guys like Turner, Portis, Scott, Megett, and the receivers, they should be a little better, provided they get some blocking.

2. rated MD 26th in the nation in recruiting with Travis Hawkins and Deonte Barnett coming aboard. Not great but good.

3. hclark1: Terps downed UNC in football, win soccer national championship over the weekend, beat UNC THREE times...

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 16, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I'm just a perpetual optimist as a D.C. area sports fan, every next year is going to be "the year" (Redskins, Orioles, Terps, etc.). But I'm REALLY excited about next year for the Terps. Here's why...

(1) Quarterback: Turner is coming back and will be a solid QB. On top of that, we're bringing in two QB recruits with very solid resumes (CJ Brown and Danny O'Brien).

(2) Defensive play-calling. Chris Cosh is gone, and with him hopefully the hemorrhaging conservative D. Gary Blackney came out of retirement this past season and took a step down to take over DBs at UCF. I think its a distinct possibility we could get him to return as our DC. If not, Seamonson could even be the man.

(3) Skill positions: We will most likely lose Heyward-Bey to the draft, but that's not set in stone just yet. He had a good but far from great year, he may want another season to refine his routes and build his hype. Also we're bringing back two huge ground weapons with Da'Rel Scott and Davin Meggett. I don't know what the deal is with Morgan Green, though, sounds like he was malingering this past season?? Also, Cosh recruited Caleb Porzel, but from what I heard he also talked with Friedgen and some of the other coaches and is keen on staying close to home. On top of Hey-Bey we're losing Oquendo, but Torrey Smith and Emani-Odai both looked really sharp in the last few games at WR. Four-star recruit Kevin Dorsey should be coming off redshirt status.

(4) Secondary: Kevin Barnes might be the most painful loss alongside Heyward-Bey and LB Moise Fokou, but we missed him most of this season anyway. I think that really hurt our defensive backfield this season. But, we're getting Travis Hawkins, potentially he might not redshirt.

(5) Tight-end: We lose Gronkowski, but he looked asleep or hungover with how many balls he dropped at BC. We'll have a four-star recruit, Matt Furstenburg, coming off redshirt status in that position.

(6) Free safety: Four-star recruit Kenny Tate coming off redshirt status.

Once again, I think the huge question marks are going to be the offensive line and the defense, particularly the run defense.

Also, just FYI, Charlie Taaffe got fired from the CFL Montreal Alouettes this year....

HOWEVER... We do have a hard schedule next year. I can forsee JMU being an upset defeat for us, even though their stud QB losses eligibility next year...

Posted by: jrchris | December 17, 2008 4:08 AM | Report abuse

HClark1... How many UNC players made any All-American list? That's right. ZERO. And how many did they put on the All-ACC team? Two fewer than the Terps.

Shouldn't you be trolling a blog for Duke or some other second-rate team that considers you a rival?

Posted by: jrchris | December 17, 2008 4:33 AM | Report abuse

this is a classic case of addition by subtraction with the 30 seniors leaving cp after the bowl game.

Posted by: toddwhite2004 | December 17, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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