Confession time. I did not get to see this game. I had a family commitment that kept me away from the TV on Saturday, but I followed as closely as I could on my phone. I’m glad I did because it could be the highlight of the 2012 season….or maybe not.
There is no use going over what happened two days ago because if you don’t know by now, you probably don’t care, but I will say it feels great to be 2-0. I hate to get sucked in by a win over Temple and William & Mary, but now I am starting to believe we can beat UConn and go into Morgantown 3-0.
That being said, there is still a lot of room for improvement. The Terps increased their turnover total for the year to 8, and incredibly enough, all 8 turnovers have been committed by freshman. You live by the younglings, you die by the younglings. But despite still going 2-0 when committing 4 turnovers a game, this is an alarming statistic. Hopefully every Maryland rookie who touches the ball on offense is currently walking around College Park with a football taped to their hand as I write.
Turnovers aside, it is nice to see that the offense can in fact move the ball. Especially when Maryland needed to move the ball the most, like in the 4th quarter staring down another NC State/Clemson like collapse, they came through. Cut back on turnovers and maybe the offense isn’t going to be as bad as we pictured it.
As for the Freshman, I think it is no longer a question of how soon and how good Stefon Diggs is going to be, because it is starting to look like the answer is really good and now! I can see the offense incorporating him into the system a lot sooner than expected, and this is indeed exciting news for the Terrapins, hopefully we have several more years of watching him do his thing in College Park.
And speaking of players emerging, Marcus Leak is clearly becoming a #1 option at receiver.
Overall, I know it is only Temple and William & Mary, but the 2011 team may have gone 0-2 during this stretch, and most certainly 1-1. When Maryland was good on Saturday, they were good, but when they were bad…well they were bad. The point of the “Well Duh” last sentence is that with a young and talented team you are going to have stretches of great football, and not so great football. When you are young and not talented, well it’s just bad. So here’s to watching these kids grow up.
The focus now shifts to UConn where if Randy Edsall can beat his old kids, the Terps will find themselves halfway to a bowl game by the middle of September. Then who knows. Beat Wake and BC, then find one more win somewhere else, and this team could be bowling. And any December game, ANYWHERE in the country, could mean the sun is finally starting to rise on the darkest period in Maryland Football since the turn of the century.
Regardless, call me interested, something I haven’t been since a certain kitchen appliance roamed the sidelines.