The upstart Maryland Terrapins enter the Horseshoe Saturday at 3-1 on the season after out-rowing the Gophers last weekend en route to a 31-24 victory.
The Terps are led by a rushing attack that is churning out an average of 233 yards per game, good enough for 24th nationally. As injuries have forced Maryland to start their third-string quarterback, expect more of a run-first approach on Saturday.
Maryland utilizes a spread offense with a fair amount of two-back formations and rely heavily on inside zone and wide receiver screens to move the chains. The Terrapins have struggled on third down, however, only converting 34% of their attempts on the season, which is 97th nationally.
Defensively, the Terrapins run a version of a 4-3 defensive front with a Buck linebacker, which is a hybrid between a linebacker and defensive end. The linebackers attack downhill to stop the run, but the defense surrenders an average of 248 passing yards per game, which places them 94th nationally.
In this week’s edition of No Huddle Breakdown, we take a closer look at some of the traits we can expect to see from the key contributors of the Maryland Terrapins.
Ty Johnson (#6)
Good all-around athlete who has good vision and breakaway speed. Is utilized out of the “Wildcat” as he shows good ability to read blocks before turning up field as a runner. Will be used in the passing game out of the backfield as well and shows a solid ability to be effective in pass blocking situations. Very good kick returner due to his aforementioned vision and running style.
D.J. Moore (#1)
Versatile athlete who shows very good speed and agility and will be moved all over the formation, including out of the backfield in two-back formations. Uses his hands well to create separation and continues to “hand fight” throughout his route without being knocked off his pattern. Has good hands and provides his quarterback a large catch radius. Is a threat returning punts as well.
Jermaine Carter Jr. (#1)
Good middle linebacker who is somewhat under the radar nationally. Shows good overall athletic ability with good speed, agility and change of direction. Plays best when attacking downhill, but displays the ability to gain depth when dropping into coverage quickly. Has very good instincts and pre-snap awareness to attack the appropriate gaps and consistently displays discipline to not fall for fakes and misdirection. While in pursuit, Jermaine is very good at avoiding blocks to make a play on the ball.
Antoine Brooks Jr. (#25)
Very physical defensive back who plays aggressive and can deliver a big it on the ball carrier. Shows good processing after the snap to read and diagnose a play, and uses his physical style of play to blow up wide receiver screens.
Max Bortenschlager (#18) QB – Third-string QB who struggles with accuracy on all levels. Will likely be asked to complete easy throws with a single read. Will hold the ball in the pocket and wait for confirmation for an open receiver. Can be a threat on the read option with an occasional keeper.
Lorenzo Harrison III (#2) RB – A shifty running back who runs with good power and pad level. Has tremendous change of direction and balance to create additional yards. Used in a platoon at the position, offers a good change of pace to Johnson.
Shane Cockerille (#18) LB – Converted quarterback and now second-leading tackler on the team. Tough kid who has a nose for the football.
Chandler Burkett (#92) DE – Athletic defensive end who has good length and range. Utilizes a very good bull rush and has the strength to extend his arms to disengage from blocks.