2005 Preview: Maryland

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2004 RECORD: 5-6 overall, 3-5 ACC (T-8th).

HEAD COACH: Ralph Friedgen, 36-14 overall in four seasons at Maryland.

KEY ADDITIONS: DE Melvin Alaeze, OT Jared Gaither, TB Morgan Green, DE Jared Harrell, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, CB-S Jamari McCollough, CB Anthony Wiseman.

KEY LOSSES: DE Shawne Merriman, C Kyle Schmitt, OT Lou Lombardo, CB Domonique Foxworth, WR Steve Suter.

OFFENSE: To say Maryland's offense struggled last year would be an understatement. The Terps scored just five touchdowns over their last seven games. The question to be answered is whether the starting quarterback is going to be junior Sam Hollenbach or sophomore Jordan Steffy. Neither performed very well last season, so regardless of who starts, production has got to be better than last year. All indications are points are going to be at a premium once again, especially with tailback Josh Allen sitting out this year due to knee surgery. The line is the strength of the offense.

DEFENSE: Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson is without question the leader on defense. Linebacker William Kershaw is also a stud. It is a solid defense, but it will likely have to spend so much time on the field because of a poor offense that it will be prone to getting tired late, which doomed Maryland last year. The secondary lost every starter but one, as did the defensive front. There's no doubt the linebacking corps will have to carry the load, especially early in the year.

BY THE NUMBERS: 8.0 – Number of points Maryland averaged over its last seven games last season.

WHAT TO WATCH: The play at quarterback. If Steffy or Hollenbach perform at the same level of last year, it will be another losing season for the Terps.

PREDICTION: 4-7 overall, 2-6 ACC (5th in Atlantic).

LB D'Qwell Jackson and LB William Kershaw

Head coach Ralph Friedgen

TE Vernon Davis

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