Notable Additions: The best recruiting class to date for Coach Friedgen and the Terp staff. Top QB recruit, Jordan Steffy is likely to get a strong look come August, and represents the future of Terp football. Expect 6'3, 230 DL Trey Covington to make an immediate impact on the defensive line this fall.
Notable Subtractions: Gone is 2001 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, TB Bruce Perry. Perry finishes his career at Maryland with 2,494 yards rushing. Also missing is QB Scott McBrien who threw for 5,169 yards and 34 TDs in his two years as starter.
Notable Returnees: All-ACC CB Domonique Foxworth returns to build on his 8 interception careers total. The Terps will also benefit from experience at placekicker as All-ACC first teamer, Nick Novak returns to pursue his quest to become the ACC's all-time leading scorer.
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Defensive Overview: The defensive line that includes sophomores Conrad Bolston and Rob Armstrong will look to senior Kevin Eli for leadership this fall. Eli, who didn't start until mid-season in 2003, earned second team All-Conference honors. Perhaps Maryland's strength on defense lies in its linebacker corps. A breakout season from second-team all-ACC middle linebacker, D'Qwell Jackson is likely, and with the help from sack specialist, Shawne Merriman, the Terps are poised to bring toughness to the Terrapin defense. Domonique Foxworth is the only returning DB in the secondary so the Terps pass coverage may be a bit shaky in the early season.
Special Teams Overview: All-ACC kicker, Nick Novak and second team All-ACC punter, Adam Podlesh ensure the Terps will not have much to worry about in the special teams department as long as they can both stay healthy. Suter's ability to return punts for TDs make him one of the more dangerous special teams returners in the college football.
A post-season bowl is a virtual guarantee if... the Terrapins are able to find the right fit at quarterback this fall. In order to make a BCS bowl, the Terrapins are going to need to get some early help from TB Josh Allen in order to take the pressure off a young quarterback early in the season. In addition, the on-the-job training of the secondary could be a major factor in the Terps success this season. If the defensive line and linebacker corp is able to pressure the opposing quarterback, and keep the pressure off the young secondary, the Terps could be looking at a possible BCS bowl with a couple of key victories in mid-season.
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