There are a lot of question marks coming into 2010, but LB and RB’s aren’t any of them. In fact if I was as confident in our LB Corp and RB’s as I was every other aspect of the football team, I think we’d be looking at a 10 win season. But alas football doesn’t work that way. Especially in college. For example last season, by the time we got Chris Turner good and experienced as a senior QB, the Offensive line was terrible.
But in 2010, I’m expecting a great deal from the Running Backs. I am hoping they will be able to pound the ball, allow us longer possessions (and a longer breather for the Defense) and give Jamarr Robinson enough space to work with, afterall the run games sets up the pass, or is it the other way around? We’ll stick with this version of the saying for now.
Leading the RB’s is Senior Da’Rel Scott. Scott looks to come back healthy to finish out his career in College Park. Let’s hope that he can, when on the field last year Scott averaged 5 yards a carry, so we know he can do it. He just needs to avoid the injuries, but if he does get banged up, we do have some depth. Also returning is Junior Davin Meggett. Regardless of how healthy Scott is, Meggett’s touches will not be limited, he led the team in rushing TD’s last year with 6. Not a ton of TD’s but considering we scored 13 on the ground as a team, and that makes up half our production.
Continuing on down the depth chart is Sophomore Gary Douglas. Douglas, like Scott had great success with the ball in his hand. He averaged over 5.1 yards per game in 2009. Douglas was limited to just 16 carries, but made the most of his chances. He is currently 3rd on the depth chart which will give him plenty of opportunities to show that his yards per carry wasn’t just a few lucky breaks. Fourth on the depth chart, and also the youngest of our top 4 backs is DJ Adams. Adams is just a pup as this Freshman is looking to make his mark on the record books for the first time in 2010. The buzz has been strong around him, and it gives us Terps fans hope that the Running Back position will continue to be strong in the coming years.
As bright as the RB’s future appears to be, there is plenty to improve on from 2009. For example, Maryland was out rushed by over 500 yards by their opponents, who also outscored them with 20 TD’s on the ground to our previously mentioned 13. Another key will be the Terps ability to hang on to the ball. Maryland had 14 fumbles lost to our opponents 8. As you can see there is plenty of room to improve the ground game in 2010. I think we have the personel in place to do it. Let’s just hope everyone stays healthy and builds off their previous success.
Don’t forget coming up next week is 9/02/10 day, or better recognized as 90210 Day! I don’t know what this site has in store to mark this momentous occasion, but we’ll have to think of something. So start growing your sideburns now, and for those of us who can, work on the Brandon-esque hockey puck like hair.