Adrian Cannon put up some impressive numbers in the loss to ACC foe Wake Forest on Saturday night. While he only had 4 receptions for 48 yards, his presence was felt when quarterback Chris Turner looked for the endzone. Turner hooked up with Cannon for two scores in the air. The junior is quickly making a statement as the number two receiver on the Terrapins squad behind the likes of Torrey Smith. As the season progresses, we at TSR only look to see Adrian Cannon display bigger numbers and maybe even be a deciding factor in a win for the Terps.
Turner Quietly Succeeding
Chris Turner was 24/44 with 307 yards, 3 touchdowns, and an interception in the Terrapins' loss to Wake Forest. Although the Maryland coaching staff would like to see some improvement when it comes to completion percentage, Chris Turner is finally showing that senior leadership that he needed to have last season. Not only was Turner good in the air, but he also had 27 rushing yards-which lead the team. One has to wonder how good these Terps could be if the offense rallied around their quarterback a little more.
Smith at It Again
Torrey Smith did it all for the Terps on Saturday night. He had 10 receptions for 70 yards and one touchdown. In addition to this, he piled up 197 kick return yards including one long 85-yard sprint. Torrey Smith seems to be the only thing that the Terps have gotten right this year so far. This sophomore is on his way to All-ACC status he could potentially even be an All-American. Keep your eyes peeled on this guy; he is an exciting spectacle for Maryland fans.
Special Teams Steps Up
Aside from the Torrey Smith show on Saturday night in the loss to Wake Forest, the Maryland special teams unit stepped up. In light of the absence of All-ACC punter Travis Baltz, freshmen kicker Nick Ferrara took care of the punting. On four punts, he averaged 38 yards including his long of 45 yards. At his normal position of place-kicker, Ferrara took care of business on all PAT's and one impressive 50-yard field goal. There isn't any doubt that this young, New York native already has NFL scouts eyeing him up.
'Look at That Little Meggett Run!'
No, we aren't talking about former NFL-great Dave Meggett. Instead, we will keep it in the family and go with Davin Meggett, the sophomore Maryland running back that continuously keeps his head down and runs through any defender that gets in his way. Although the young back doesn't get the amount of carries that produce normal high numbers, he racked up his second touchdown in as many weeks on Saturday vs. Wake. This was his third on the year, and it looks as though Meggett may have found a comfort zone in short-yardage situations. Maryland needs a hard-nosed runner that can scrape out an extra two or three yards and they may have found one in the likes of Davin Meggett.
The Low Five
Running Game? What Running Game?
With the absence of ACC stud runner Da'Rel Scott (who is reportedly likely to be done for the season after suffering a broken wrist in the win against Clemson) it seems that the Terrapins are in a situation of running back by committee. The Terps as a team put up only 62 yards rushing against Wake. What makes that stat look even worse is that over one third of those yards were accumulated by quarterback Chris Turner. Even though the Terps have been hit with a staggering blow to their running game, players like Davin Meggett need to not only get the short yardage scores, but also need to bust out a few game-changing rushes and accumulate the yards needed to have a balanced attack on offense.
This isn't as much of a 'low five' as it is an out-of-control unfortunate situation for the Terps. With injuries to the running game as well as key defensive positions and a talented punter, the Terrapins are doing what they can to keep pace with the best of the best in the ACC. Injuries are known to cast a dark cloud over teams; especially when they plague key players. The Terps need to find a way to succeed with what they have or they are going to be in for a long, disappointing season.
Punt-Return Yardage Or Lack Thereof
With injuries and an inconsistent offensive attack plaguing the Terps this season, they have to find other ways to win. Torrey Smith has taken care of the kick returns with little problem, but punt-returner Tony Logan had a little more difficulty being the spark that Maryland needed. On two punt-returns, Logan failed to register a single yard. In fact, his efforts put him in the negative yards column. Now, the blame can't be solely placed on one player. The fact is, Maryland needs to get their punt-returning on the same level as their kick-returning if they want to get into good field position to score. Otherwise, they are placing a big burden on their offense.
Defense Lets Us Down Again
The Terp's run defense looked like it needed a break in Saturday night's loss. The defense allowed 156 yards rushing as well as two touchdowns on the ground. In addition to this, the Terp's gave up four scores in the air to the likes of three different receivers for Wake. Maryland let the Demon Deacons run the table each time the ball was in their hands. The defense needs to step it up if they ever want to succeed in this league.
Maryland shows a lot of poise when they are at home, but against Wake Forest, something was missing. The fact that the Terps were used to being home and then suddenly finding themselves playing in front of a crowd clad with black and gold may have made them feel a bit uneasy. This young Terrapin squad needs to be able to play under any conditions. So far in their two road-game appearances, things don't look promising. Maryland looks to bounce back at home this weekend against another ACC team-Virginia.