Maryland: Countdown to Kickoff 2013



The Terrapins return 70 percent of their offensive and defensive two-deep from the end of last season … Maryland will be a more experienced team this fall after a 2012 season in which 15 true freshmen saw action … WR Stefon Diggs looks to build upon a 2012 freshman season in which he amassed 848 receiving yards … Diggs' total was the most by a freshman in school history and the third-most by an ACC rookie … Six bowl teams from last season appear on the Terps' 2013 schedule, including ACC opponents Florida State (Discover Orange Bowl), Clemson (Chick-Fil-A Bowl), Syracuse (New Era Pinstripe Bowl), Virginia Tech (Russell Athletic Bowl) and NC State (Music City Bowl) … QB C.J. Brown, coming off a knee injury that forced him to miss the 2012 season, boasts three of the top eight rushing performances by a quarterback in Maryland school history … Senior defensive back Dexter McDougle enters the 2013 season as the leader of the defensive unit with 24 consecutive career starts and 137 career tackles.

Numbers & Notes

4 - The number of quarterbacks Maryland lost to injury in 2012, beginning with C.J. Brown suffering a season-ending injury in pre-season camp, followed by freshmen Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe and WR-convert Devin Burns getting hurt during the season. Brown, Hills and Rowe are back this fall, with Brown heading into the season as the starter.

8th - Maryland WR Stefon Diggs averaged 172.36 all-purpose yards per game in 2012, ranking 8th nationally. It was best mark by an ACC freshman and included two kickoff returns for touchdowns of 99 and 100 yards.

120.4 - The number of yards Maryland improved in total defense from 2011 to 2012. The Terrapin stop troops finished dead last in the ACC in 2011, allowing 457.2 yards per game. In 2012, Maryland defenders allowed 336.8 yards per game and ranked 3rd in the conference and 21st nationally, an improvement of 120.4 yards per game, the fifth best amount of improvement in ACC history.

848 - The number of pass receiving yards for Maryland WR Stefon Diggs in 2012. The yardage total, coming on a team-high 54 receptions, is the 3rd-best total in league history for a freshman. Diggs was named a 3rd-team All-America by Phil Steele in his 2013 preseason publication.

2012 In Review
Normally, a 4-8 season is not anything to write home about, but Maryland’s second season under head coach Randy Edsall was anything but normal or disappointing as the Terrapins showed significant improvement from the forgettable 2011 campaign...Maryland lost three games by a total of just eight points and dropped five by 10 or fewer points against a schedule which included three Top 10 opponents...Still, Edsall had Maryland in good shape for post-season play at midseason with a 4-2 record before the Terps’ quarterback position became the Bermuda Triangle...Maryland, which lost projected starter C.J. Brown in pre-season camp, and played the first half of the year with true freshman QB Perry Hills as its starter, then saw Hills and the final two QBs on its roster--WR convert Devin Burns and true freshman Caleb Rowe--go down with season-ending injuries...The Terps finished the year with LB Shawn Petty, a high school signal caller, as their starting quarterback and despite the efforts of true freshman WR Stefon Diggs and a stout defense, dropped their final six games...Diggs enjoyed a spectacular debut finishing 8th nationally and setting an ACC freshman record averaging 172.4 all-purpose yards per game...His 848 receiving yards were the 3rd-best mark by an ACC rookie and his 54 receptions were 6th-best...He was a first-team Freshman All-America and earned 2nd-team All-ACC honors...DE Joe Vellano, who keyed a unit which improved 87 spots to 21st nationally in total defense, was a first-team All-ACC choice, with LB Demetrius Hartsfield  earning 2nd-team honors...DE A.J. Francis and LBs Kenneth Tate and Darin Drakeford were Honorable Mention All-ACC.

Who’s Gone
The Terps lose 11 starters among their 21 lettermen lost including 6 important starters on defense in Vellano, Hartsfield, Francis, Tate, Drakeford and S Eric Franklin....The losses are lighter on offense, but Maryland will still be without WRs Kevin Dorsey and Marcus Leak, TE Matt Furstenburg, T Justin Gilbert and G Bennett Fulper.

2013 Preview
The outlook for Maryland in its final season in the Atlantic Coast Conference is potentially a bright one, but the Terrapins will have to settle on a starting quarterback and rebuild a  defense which lost a lot of playmakers...The silver lining of Maryland’s injury bug is that a lot of young players received valuable experience...Brown, who enters the fall as the starter, was limited in spring drills and may still get competition in the fall from Hills and Rowe, who missed spring drills with their injuries, as well as transfer QB Ricardo Young...Whomever is behind center will benefit from an improved offensive line that returns three starters in T Mike Madaras, G De’Onte Arnett and C Sal Conaboy...Sophomore G Andrew Zeller and senior T Nick Klemm ended spring as the other starters with Sophomore C Evan Mulrooney, junior college transfer G Silvano Altamirano and Ts Ryan Doyle and Michael Dunn in reserve... Brown and company should also have more weapons to utilize as Diggs heads a receiving corps which includes highly-touted JUCO transfer WR Deon Long, much-improved WR Nigel King,  redshirt freshman Amba Etta and sophomores Tyrek Cheeseboro and Daniel Adams...Sophomores Brandon Ross, Wes Brown and Albert Reid are back at tailback, with David Stinebaugh handling the TE chores...Defensively, NT Darius Kilgo anchors the front line with Quinton Jefferson, Keith Bowers, Andre Monroe and Roman Braglio at the DE spots... With three starters at LB gone to graduation, and leading returning tackler LB Cole Farrand not available until the end of spring practice, there is uncertainty but L.A. Goree emerged from as a starter inside while Marcus Whitfield and and safety convert Matt Robinson handle the outside posts ....Both starting CBs return to stabilize the secondary in senior Dexter McDougle and junior Jeremiah Johnson with Isaac Goins, true freshman William Likely and sophomore Alvin Hill competing for playing time...Junior A.J. Hendy and  sophomore Sean Davis will vie for one safety spot in the fall with sophomores Anthony Nixon, who started 5 games a year ago, and Zach Dancel at the other.