Morgan State Key to Terps' Agenda

Why a win versus the Bears could affect where Maryland finishes at the end of the season.

Goals were a touchy subject around the Maryland football team this pre-season. But the subject has come alive once again as the team prepares for their first ever matchup against in-state opponent Morgan State.

Head coach Ralph Friedgen has cemented a “one game at a time” mentality into the minds of his players. But what happens when so much hinges on a single game?

“The goal we have is to focus on the next game, and this is the next game,” Friedgen said about the upcoming matchup against Morgan State.

And while Friedgen has insisted that defeating the Bears will be no easy task, he can still understand that a victory would have major implications for his team going forward. Going 2-0 is one feat, but it’s just one of many goals that loom even larger.

“The second goal is to win a minimum of seven games. This [game against Morgan State] counts,” Friedgen said.

The latter goals, you may ask – winning the ACC, becoming ACC champions, participating in a bowl game and finishing the season ranked in the Top 25 – lofty expectations for a team that just broke a seven-game winning streak.

“Out of the six goals we have, four are impacted by this game,” Friedgen made clear among all of his teams’ goals, adding “this [game] counts” afterwards.

And more often than not, Friedgen demonstrated the confidence he has in his team. Following their gripping finish in Baltimore against the Midshipmen, where safety Kenny State stuffed the Navy quarterback on the one-yard line with the game in the balance, the head coach believes that maybe others are catching on to just how good the Terps can be.

“I think playing on national TV – already two guys got recognized. I think that made an impression, a good impression. People saw how hard we played against a very good football team,” said Friedgen, adding in that he considers that Navy a 10-win football team.

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