Previewing The Enemy: Maryland Terrapins
As mentioned before, all momentum gained after Maryland’s surprising road victory against then No. 23 Texas was halted after the Terrapins lost two starting quarterbacks — Kasim Hill and Tyrell Pigrome — in a matter of weeks early on in the season. In their place stepped sophomore Max Bortenschlager, a former young reserve pressed into action a season ago as a freshman after the Terrapins lost four quarterbacks to a season-ending injury. Maryland has had awful luck at the position; Bortenschlager has 10 touchdowns and five interceptions on the season, but possesses a dysmal 51 percent completion percentage on a total of 197 passes thrown. The athleticism in Maryland’s backfield will have to propel the team on Saturday — as it’s done all season.
That athleticism comes from star running back Ty Johnson.
— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) November 11, 2017
Johnson’s been a force his entire career, and he’ll be counted on this Saturday. Johnson has 805 yards and five touchdowns on the season while averaging 6.2 yards per carry — an impressive feat considering he actually has one less carry than backup Lorenzo Harrison, who has 562 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
On the receiving end, junior D.J. Moore plays the Stefon Diggs role in Maryland’s offense. Despite the mediocre play at the quarterback position, Moore could actually surpass 1,000 yards on the season with a decent game against the Nittany Lions. He’s compiled 933 yards and eight touchdowns on the season, and should see himself surpass the mark. Behind him is Taivon Jacobs with 43 grabs for 520 yards and five touchdowns — but that’s where the production seemingly ends. Behind the duo, the Terps don’t have a player with more than 10 receptions, meaning it’ll be a search for production against a talented Penn State secondary.