Keihn Talks Defensive Adjustments, Moving On To Minnesota

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland's defense struggled against Penn State, but has a golden opportunity against the Gophers.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. --  Through the first four games of the season, the Maryland Terrapins were actually holding their opponents in check. Granted that the level of play came against teams that Maryland probably should've beaten anyway, the defense looked impressive nonetheless.

D.J. Durkin and Co. received a reality check last Saturday when Penn State running back Saquon Barkley ran for 202 yards and a touchdown. 

"He's one of those runners that you can't give an edge to do what he'll do, because he will make you pay," defensive end Melvin Keihn said during Wednesday's press conference. 

Not only was it the Terps first loss of the season, but it was the first time that Andy Buh's defense looked completely overwhelmed. Game planning for Barkley was a given, as he's quietly become one of the most dangerous backs in the country. But quarterback Trace McSorley's 88 rushing yards and a touchdown is something the Terps wish they could get back.

"One thing that the coaches talked about in the Penn State game is that we honestly didn't do what we needed to do," Keihn said.

With a favorable home matchup against an underwhelming Minnesota team, it could be the perfect opportunity to get back on track. Starting quarterback Mitch Leidner will be inactive Saturday after suffering a concussion, leaving the Gophers in the hands of walk-on QB Conor Rhoda

Watch Melvin Keihn entire interview during Wednesday's press conference. 

 


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