2013 Maryland football's 10 things to know: Forget last year ever happened

Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

No team should have to go through what Maryland went through last year from an injuries standpoint. But through the travails, a ridiculously young Terrapins squad gave reason for hope. Can the 2013 team break through, or are Randy Edsall's Terps still a year away? For more on the Terps, visit Testudo Times.

Confused? Check out the glossary here.

1. A clean karmic slate

As Iowa fans (running backs), as Missouri fans (offensive line), etc., we can complain about our teams' bad injury luck. And to be sure, injuries, either of the "that's the one guy we couldn't afford to lose" variety or sheer volume of losses (especially to one position unit), derail the hopes of quite a few college football teams in a given year.

It's one of the maddening parts of the projections process, really: You know that no matter how many ways you find to make your numbers as accurate as humanly possible, a certain number of teams in a given year are going to get knee-capped.

That said, for all the fanbases complaining about how roster damage screwed their teams last year ... only Maryland was starting a true freshman linebacker at quarterback last year. Maryland wins first prize. Let's recap the carnage for posterity. It was amazing.

  • Danny O'Brien, once the conference's freshman of the year, transferred to Wisconsin in the offseason.
  • Assumed starter C.J. Brown tore his ACL in mid-August.
  • Freshman Perry Hills tore his ACL in mid-October.
  • Sophomore Devin Burns injured his foot in the same game and was lost for the season.
  • Freshman Caleb Rowe tore his ACL the next week.
  • Freshman linebacker Shawn Petty then had his redshirt torn off for the ninth game of the year against Georgia Tech. His backup was a freshman tight end.

Combined with injuries in other areas and a wealth of transfers -- head coach Randy Edsall didn't really make many friends in his first 12 months in College Park -- Maryland was incredibly, ridiculously young last season. And the evidence is clear in the players listed below. There are three sophomore quarterbacks with experience. The three leading returning running backs are sophomores. The three leading returning receivers are sophomores. Four of the six offensive linemen with starting experience are either sophomores or juniors. The top four returning defensive linemen are either sophomores or juniors. The top four returning linebackers are juniors. The top three returning safeties are either sophomores or juniors. It's staggering.

Through this lens, one fact becomes rather incredible: Maryland actually improved in 2012.

2. They improved

Granted, the improvement was slight (from 92nd in the F/+ rankings to 86th). And granted, that the Terrapins improved might say more about the awful 2011 team than it does the 2012 team. But with (almost literally) no quarterback and freshmen and sophomores as far as the eye could see, Maryland improved dramatically on defense and doubled its win total, from two in 2011 to four in 2012.

The timing is still a little bit off. The defense that improved so much last year could suffer with the loss of a few key seniors. But despite the on-field product, Edsall has recruited at a top-50 level, he has a bona fide star in receiver Stefon Diggs (and he may have found Diggs a partner this year), and a team that is infinitely more experienced overall in 2013 will be even more experienced in 2014. Somehow, the future is actually rather bright for a team that has won four or fewer games in three of the last four seasons.

2012 Schedule & Results

Record: 4-8 | Adj. Record: 3-9 | Final F/+ Rk: 86
Date Opponent Score W-L Adj. Score Adj. W-L
1-Sep William & Mary 7-6 W 13.1 - 21.1 L
8-Sep at Temple 36-27 W 17.3 - 21.2 L
15-Sep Connecticut 21-24 L 19.3 - 23.9 L
22-Sep at West Virginia 21-31 L 21.5 - 20.0 W
6-Oct Wake Forest 19-14 W 10.2 - 20.7 L
13-Oct at Virginia 27-20 W 16.3 - 23.6 L
20-Oct N.C. State 18-20 L 31.2 - 22.8 W
27-Oct at Boston College 17-20 L 16.9 - 23.5 L
3-Nov Georgia Tech 13-33 L 19.1 - 36.3 L
10-Nov at Clemson 10-45 L 11.3 - 28.5 L
17-Nov Florida State 14-41 L 23.4 - 27.0 L
24-Nov at North Carolina 38-45 L 32.2 - 31.1 W
Category Offense Rk Defense Rk
Points Per Game 20.1 109 27.2 56
Adj. Points Per Game 19.3 120 25.0 38

3. But on the bright side, the offense never had a chance anyway

If you're going to suffer two decades' worth of quarterback injuries, you might as well do it when your offense is going to stink regardless. And if you're going to suffer a decent amount of turnovers luck, you might as well do it when your team hasn't yet put the pieces together.

Even without the quarterback situation, Maryland's offense was going to feature far too many freshmen and sophomores to have much of a ceiling. And one can almost find encouragement in the fact that, even as quarterbacks were falling left and right, the Terps' offense improved over the second half of the year. Granted, it went from amazingly bad to just bad, but that's still improvement.

Adj. Points Per Game (first 6 games): Opponent 21.8, Maryland 16.3 (minus-5.5)
Adj. Points Per Game (last 6 games): Opponent 28.2, Maryland 22.4 (minus-5.8)

In all, Maryland actually came within sniffing distance of bowl eligibility. While three of their wins were by a touchdown or less, four of their losses were, too. A bowl game would have been an incredible reward for a team that persevered with a 10-man offense, but winning four games and simply fielding a team (and almost winning at North Carolina in the finale) was enough of a sign that, through everything, Maryland might have begun to point in the right direction.

Offense

Category Yards/
Game Rk
S&P+ Rk Success
Rt. Rk
PPP+ Rk
OVERALL 123 123 124 121
RUSHING 115 122 122 123
PASSING 104 117 118 114
Standard Downs 122 122 120
Passing Downs 123 120 123
Redzone 121 121 112
Q1 Rk 124 1st Down Rk 121
Q2 Rk 117 2nd Down Rk 114
Q3 Rk 117 3rd Down Rk 96
Q4 Rk 34

4. Let's just not even look at these stats

We learned almost nothing about what the Maryland offense is supposed to be last year. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley prepared in the 2012 offseason for life with a quality run-pass threat at quarterback in Brown. Hills tried to run but wasn't very good at it. Rowe showed potential as a passer with decent mobility, but his stay wasn't long. And Devin Burns was run-first and run-second but his stay was even shorter. And for the final month of the season, Maryland basically attempted to avoid passing whenever possible.

In all, looking at the stats above without knowing any of the context, you might actually react with, "Damn, it's like they had a linebacker playing quarterback or something." So let's just move on.

With Brown once again the presumptive starter (KNOCK ON WOOD), here's what we know about the Maryland offense at this point:

A. There will be zone reads. Locksley has long been a fan of the run, and most of the QBs on the roster are indeed potential dual-threat guys. At least, they were with healthy knees. And despite Wes Brown's yearlong suspension following a summer arrest, the backfield is still a bit interesting, primarily because of the presence of sophomore Brandon Ross, who showed quality explosiveness at times last season. If the line improves at all -- not a given -- the run game could bounce back nicely, if only by default.

B. Maryland might have the best pair of receivers in the conference. They will also need some touches, through either jet sweeps, quick passes, or play-action.

Quarterback

Note: players in bold below are 2013 returnees. Players in italics are questionable with injury/suspension.

Player Ht, Wt 2013
Year
Rivals Comp Att Yards Comp
Rate
TD INT Sacks Sack Rate Yards/
Att.
Perry Hills 6'2, 215 So. *** (5.5) 97 169 1,336 57.4% 8 7 24 12.4% 6.0
C.J. Brown (2011) 6'3, 210 Sr. *** (5.6) 82 166 842 49.4% 7 6 8 4.6% 4.5
Shawn Petty 6'1, 235 So. ** (5.3) 39 84 500 46.4% 6 2 12 12.5% 4.1
Caleb Rowe 6'3, 210 So. *** (5.6) 25 44 290 56.8% 2 3 1 2.2% 6.3
Devin Burns


3 4 47 75.0% 0 0 2 33.3% 5.3
Ricardo Young 6'0, 195 Jr. *** (5.5)








Shane Cockerille 6'2, 205 Fr. *** (5.7)








Running Back

Player Pos. Ht, Wt 2013
Year
Rivals Rushes Yards Yards/
Carry
Hlt Yds/
Carry
TD Adj.
POE
Wes Brown RB 6'0, 210 So. **** (5.8) 90 382 4.2 3.3 2 -6.0
Brandon Ross RB 5'10, 210 So. ** (5.3) 85 390 4.6 5.7 1 -3.5
Justus Pickett RB 69 142 2.1 2.7 3 -21.6
Perry Hills QB 6'2, 215 So. *** (5.5) 46 157 3.4 1.7 3 -5.6
Shawn Petty QB 6'1, 235 So. ** (5.3) 46 118 2.6 1.8 1 -10.9
Albert Reid RB 5'9, 205 So. *** (5.6) 36 92 2.6 3.2 0 -11.1
Stefon Diggs WR 6'0, 195 So. ***** (6.1) 20 114 5.7 4.1 0 +2.8
Devin Burns QB 12 85 7.1 6.4 1 +2.2
Caleb Rowe QB 6'3, 210 So. *** (5.6) 10 42 4.2 2.1 0 -1.2
Joe Riddle RB 6'0, 200 RSFr. ** (5.4)





Receiving Corps

Player Pos. Ht, Wt 2013
Year
Rivals Targets Catches Yards Catch Rate Yds/
Target
Target
Rate
%SD Real Yds/
Target
RYPR
Stefon Diggs WR 6'0, 195 So. ***** (6.1) 80 54 848 67.5% 10.6 28.7% 57.5% 10.6 97.6
Deon Long
(2011 New Mexico)
WR 6'0, 190 Jr. ***** (6.1) 74 47 809 63.5% 10.9 22.1% 63.5% N/A N/A
Kevin Dorsey WR 53 18 311 34.0% 5.9 19.0% 45.3% 5.8 35.8
Matt Furstenburg TE 38 16 206 42.1% 5.4 13.6% 50.0% 5.6 23.7
Marcus Leak WR 30 23 393 76.7% 13.1 10.8% 53.3% 13.4 45.2
Justus Pickett RB 20 19 138 95.0% 6.9 7.2% 35.0% 6.4 15.9
Nigel King WR 6'3, 210 So. *** (5.7) 18 9 125 50.0% 6.9 6.5% 55.6% 7.0 14.4
Levern Jacobs WR 5'11, 185 So. *** (5.5) 9 7 50 77.8% 5.6 3.2% 44.4% 5.3 5.8
Tyrek Cheeseboro WR 5'11, 195 So. *** (5.7)








Dave Stinebaugh TE 6'3, 250 Sr. *** (5.6)








Malcolm Culmer WR 5'11, 190 So. ** (5.4)








Daniel Adams WR 6'2, 215 So. *** (5.7)








Amba Etta WR 6'1, 190 RSFr. *** (5.5)








P.J. Gallo TE 6'2, 250 RSFr. *** (5.5)








Andrew Isaacs TE 6'3, 230 Fr. **** (5.8)








Taivon Jacobs WR 5'11, 165 Fr. *** (5.7)








5. Stumbling into the league's best 1-2 punch

It seems like a match made in heaven, really. First, you've got Stefon Diggs, the blue-chipper who stayed close to home and, in spite of all the general awfulness around him, thrived as a true freshman.

With Marcus Leak also lost with injury, the second-most targets went to Kevin Dorsey and his brutal 34 percent catch rate. Tight end Matt Furstenburg contributed 42 percent. In all, the Maryland quarterback carcasses combined to complete 50 percent of their passes to players not named Stefon Diggs … and Diggs still managed a 68 percent catch rate and averaged a robust 15.7 yards per catch. (He threw in 114 rushing yards to boot and may have been the best quarterback on the roster in November; only, sacrificing him to the angry quarterback-hating gods would have been an awful idea, and Edsall wisely chose against it.) Considering the degree of difficulty, Diggs very well may have been one of the two or three most impressive receivers in the country last year. With a healthy quarterback (and only one of them), there's no telling what he might be able to accomplish. And with a five-star junior lining up opposite him, the sky's the limit.

If there's one thing Deon Long knows, it's how to thrive on an awful offense. Locksley's New Mexico teams were horrendous, but Long still produced in 2011; his 10.9 yards per target even topped Diggs' 10.6 last year. (As a frame of reference, anything over 9.0, really, is quite good. Diggs and Long are both former five-star recruits, and they both have yet to play with a healthy, solid supporting cast. If the backfield is solid, these two guys could be amazing.

(We'll just end the receivers conversation there, as Maryland might not actually have a third one. If healthy, Diggs and Long could combine for something ridiculous, like two-thirds of Maryland's targets. And that might be a great thing. If they stay healthy. If they stay healthy. If they stay healthy.)

(Okay, fine, Nigel King might be worth watching as the No. 3 guy. But Diggs and Long are still going to combine for a ridiculous target rate.)

Offensive Line

Category Adj.
Line Yds
Std.
Downs
LY/carry
Pass.
Downs
LY/carry
Opp.
Rate
Power
Success
Rate
Stuff
Rate
Adj.
Sack Rate
Std.
Downs
Sack Rt.
Pass.
Downs
Sack Rt.
Team 79.8 2.18 2.41 34.4% 59.3% 27.5% 43.8 12.8% 10.3%
Rank 122 121 118 109 102 123 124 124 108
Player Pos. Ht, Wt 2013
Year
Rivals Career Starts/Honors/Notes
Bennett Fulper LG 31 career starts
Justin Gilbert RT 18 career starts
Josh Cary LG 12 career starts
De'Onte Arnett LG 6'4, 295 Sr. **** (5.9) 11 career starts
Mike Madaras LT 6'5, 295 So. *** (5.7) 8 career starts
Sal Conaboy C 6'3, 290 Jr. *** (5.7) 8 career starts
Evan Mulrooney C 6'4, 295 Jr. ** (5.4) 6 career starts
Nick Klemm RT 6'5, 305 Sr. ** (5.2) 4 career starts
Andrew Zeller RG 6'4, 300 So. *** (5.5) 2 career starts
Ryan Doyle LT 6'4, 300 So. *** (5.5)
Silvano Altamirano LG 6'2, 290 Jr. ** (5.4)
Jake Wheeler RT 6'7, 300 Jr. ** (5.4)
Maurice Shelton RG 6'3, 290 RSFr. NR
Michael Dunn RT 6'5, 295 RSFr. NR

6. The line must improve

Will it?

We probably didn't actually learn much about the Maryland line in 2012. On runs, it was blocking for freshmen and one-legged quarterbacks. On passes, it was blocking for linebackers. The Alabama line would have struggled to produce meaningful numbers with this set of skill position players last year.

Still ... the line stats above are really terrible. Awful. And some of that has to have been on the line, one that must now replace its three most experienced starters. Former four-star signee De'Onte Arnett and some sophomores and juniors will certainly see improved stats just because of the players around them; but despite the excitement about players like Diggs and Long, the line could derail any hopes for major progress.

Defense

Category Yards/
Game Rk
S&P+ Rk Success
Rt. Rk
PPP+ Rk
OVERALL 21 31 32 28
RUSHING 27 39 37 41
PASSING 30 31 33 30
Standard Downs 20 30 17
Passing Downs 54 35 59
Redzone 66 58 79
Q1 Rk 47 1st Down Rk 26
Q2 Rk 32 2nd Down Rk 49
Q3 Rk 78 3rd Down Rk 61
Q4 Rk 30

Defensive Line

Category Adj.
Line Yds
Std.
Downs
LY/carry
Pass.
Downs
LY/carry
Opp.
Rate
Power
Success
Rate
Stuff
Rate
Adj.
Sack Rate
Std.
Downs
Sack Rt.
Pass.
Downs
Sack Rt.
Team 101.6 2.53 3.13 35.2% 74.3% 19.4% 124.1 6.1% 8.2%
Rank 52 15 51 22 103 63 29 23 36
Name Pos Ht, Wt 2013
Year
Rivals GP Tackles % of Team TFL Sacks Int PBU FF FR
Joe Vellano DE 12 44.0 6.7% 14 6 1 0 1 1
A.J. Francis DE 12 33.0 5.0% 9 4 0 5 0 3
Darius Kilgo NT 6'3, 310 Jr. *** (5.5) 12 31.5 4.8% 5 1.5 0 1 1 1
Andre Monroe (2011) DE 5'11, 280 Jr. ** (5.4) 9 12.5 1.6% 7.5 5 0 0 0 0
Quinton Jefferson DE 6'3, 275 So. *** (5.5) 10 9.5 1.4% 0.5 0 0 0 1 2
Keith Bowers DE 6'1, 275 Jr. *** (5.5) 9 8.0 1.2% 2 1 0 1 0 0
Justin Anderson DL 6 4.5 0.7% 1 0 0 0 0 0
Nate Clarke NT 6'3, 300 So. **** (5.8)
Alex Walker NT 5'11, 290 Jr. *** (5.6)
Roman Braglio DE 6'2, 260 RSFr. *** (5.6)
Ty Tucker DE 6'2, 265 RSFr. ** (5.3)






7. Poor timing

A switch to Brian Stewart's attacking 3-4 defense paid off instantly for a Maryland defense that had quite a bit of experience in the front seven. Injuries slowed the progress down (of course they did), as did the simple fact that the D knew it was going to get no help from the O, but in players like Joe Vellano (one of the more under-appreciated players in the country), Darius Kligo, Darin Drakeford and Kenny Tate, Maryland had some personnel perfectly suited for new positions in a 3-4 structure.

Unfortunately, Vellano, Drakeford, and Tate are all gone. Last year's defense with this year's offense could have made one hell of a combination -- one that could definitely have gotten Maryland to a bowl game -- but while the offense looks to take a step forward, the defense might give away those gains.

Linebackers

Name Pos Ht, Wt 2013
Year
Rivals GP Tackles % of Team TFL Sacks Int PBU FF FR
Cole Farrand ILB 6'3, 245 Jr. ** (5.4) 12 62.5 9.5% 6 0 0 3 3 1
Demetrius Hartsfield ILB 9 61.5 9.3% 7 3.5 1 2 0 2
L.A. Goree ILB 6'2, 240 Jr. *** (5.7) 8 39.5 6.0% 3 0 0 1 1 0
Darin Drakeford OLB 11 38.0 5.8% 9.5 6 0 2 2 0
Kenneth Tate OLB 9 33.5 5.1% 6.5 4 0 4 1 2
Matt Robinson OLB 6'3, 240 Jr. *** (5.5) 5 23.5 3.6% 1 0 1 1 1 0
Alex Twine OLB 6'0, 235 Jr. ** (5.4) 12 15.0 2.3% 2 0 0 1 0 0
Marcus Whitfield OLB 6'3, 250 Sr. *** (5.5) 12 8.5 1.3% 0.5 0.5 0 2 0 0
Bradley Johnson ILB 6'1, 240 Sr. *** (5.7) 7 4.0 0.6% 0 0 0 0 1 0
Avery Thompson OLB 6'2, 220 So. ** (5.3) 10 1.5 0.2% 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shawn Petty ILB 6'1, 235 So. ** (5.3)


Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil OLB 6'2, 250 Jr. NR

Abner Logan ILB 6'1, 235 RSFr. **** (5.8)

Brock Dean ILB 6'0, 220 RSFr. *** (5.5)

Yannick Ngakoue LB 6'3, 240 Fr. **** (5.9)






8. Rebuilding the pass rush

Now, this isn't an all-hope-is-lost situation. Kligo is back, and he'll get help from former four-star recruit Nate Clarke at nose. Andre Monroe returns and could provide a solid threat from the end position. And thanks in part to injuries, there are still seven linebackers with experience, including Cole Farrand, a solid run defender.

But recent recruiting will be tested; if interesting freshmen or redshirt freshmen like Roman Braglio, Abner Logan and Yannick Ngakoue can help Maryland continue to get pressure on the quarterback, then the rest of the front seven falls into place nicely. But only five Terps logged more than 1.5 sacks last year; all five are gone. They're starting from scratch in that regard.

Secondary

Name Pos Ht, Wt 2013
Year
Rivals GP Tackles % of Team TFL Sacks Int PBU FF FR
Dexter McDougie CB 5'10, 195 Sr. *** (5.6) 12 64.5 9.8% 3 0 0 5 0 0
Jeremiah Johnson CB 5'11, 190 Jr. *** (5.6) 12 37.5 5.7% 5 1.5 0 8 1 0
Eric Franklin S 12 37.0 5.6% 1 0 0 6 0 1
Anthony Nixon S 6'1, 205 So. *** (5.5) 12 33.5 5.1% 0 0 1 3 0 2
Sean Davis S 6'1, 190 So. *** (5.5) 12 10.5 1.6% 0 0 0 0 0 1
Isaac Goins CB 5'11, 190 Sr. ** (5.4) 9 9.5 1.4% 0 0 0 3 0 0
A.J. Hendy S 6'0, 205 Jr. *** (5.7) 8 3.5 0.5% 0 0 0 0 0 0
Makinton Dorleant CB 12 3.0 0.5% 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alvin Hill CB 5'11, 195 So. *** (5.5) 6 1.0 0.2% 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tony Perry CB 5'7, 170 Sr. NR 1 1.0 0.2% 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zach Dancel S 6'0, 195 So. ** (5.1)
Undray Clark S 5'9, 195 So. *** (5.6)
William Likely CB 5'7, 175 Fr. **** (5.8)

Jarrett Ross DB 5'11, 190 Fr. *** (5.6)

Milan Collins DB 6'1, 195 Fr. *** (5.6)






Special Teams

Punter Ht, Wt 2013
Year
Punts Avg TB FC I20 FC/I20
Ratio
Nathan Renfro 6'1, 205 So. 75 39.7 5 17 15 42.7%
Brad Craddock 6'0, 180 So. 1 23.0 0 0 0 0.0%
Kicker Ht, Wt 2013
Year
Kickoffs Avg TB TB%
Brad Craddock 6'0, 180 So. 52 59.9 5 9.6%
Place-Kicker Ht, Wt 2013
Year
PAT FG
(0-39)
Pct FG
(40+)
Pct
Brad Craddock 6'0, 180 So. 23-25 6-10 60.0% 4-6 66.7%
Brendan Magistro 5'10, 180 So. 3-3 1-1 100.0% 0-0 N/A
Returner Pos. Ht, Wt 2013
Year
Returns Avg. TD
Stefon Diggs KR 6'0, 195 So. 25 28.5 2
Levern Jacobs KR 5'11, 185 So. 6 17.0 0
Brandon Ross KR 5'10, 210 So. 3 20.0 0
Stefon Diggs PR 6'0, 195 So. 22 10.0 0
Category Rk
Special Teams F/+ 61
Net Punting 119
Net Kickoffs 112
Touchback Pct 120
Field Goal Pct 86
Kick Returns Avg 24
Punt Returns Avg 60

9. A one-man special teams unit

Maryland was awful in punt coverage, awful in kickoff coverage, and below average in terms of field goal kicking. But the Terps ranked almost dead in the middle of FBS in Special Teams F/+ because of one guy: Stefon Diggs, who was decent as a punt returner and spectacular as a kick returner.

The punting and kicking could improve with experience (and with enough healthy bodies to actually put decent athletes on coverage units), but Diggs is still the one-man field position weapon. The 2013 season will be an interesting test of how much you can put on one 6'0, 195-pound frame. The addition of Deon Long will help, as will the sophomore running backs, but the more touches Diggs gets, in all aspects of the game, the better it is for Maryland ... right up until his body reaches its breaking point.

2013 Schedule & Projection Factors

2013 Schedule
Date Opponent Proj. Rk
31-Aug Florida International 101
7-Sep Old Dominion NR
14-Sep at Connecticut 53
21-Sep West Virginia 38
5-Oct at Florida State 19
12-Oct Virginia 71
19-Oct at Wake Forest 81
26-Oct Clemson 20
9-Nov Syracuse 54
16-Nov at Virginia Tech 23
23-Nov Boston College 69
30-Nov at N.C. State 61
Five-Year F/+ Rk 71
Two-Year Recruiting Rk 45
TO Margin/Adj. TO Margin* -10 / -3.5
TO Luck/Game -2.7
Approx. Ret. Starters (Off. / Def.) 12 (7, 5)
Yds/Pt Margin** +1.8

10. There are wins to be found

Let's pretend for a moment that the Maryland offense rebounds to around 60th in Off. F/+ this year, right around where it was in Ralph Friedgen's last season as head coach (2010). Diggs, Long, [Random Healthy QB], and company combine to overcome a shaky line and move the ball a bit.

And let's pretend that the three- and four-star newcomers to the defensive rotation are good enough to offset any major regression, and the Maryland defense also ranks right around 60th. Both of these assumptions are ambitious but not impossible.

A team ranked around 60th in the country could win around six to eight games against this schedule. And a team ranked around 70th or 80th could still manage five or six.

The Edsall era in College Park could not have gotten off to a worse start. The 2011 team saw a ton of transfers and a complete collapse on the field. The 2012 team saw some of the worst injury luck imaginable. But while there are still plenty of issues to be found, especially in the trenches, Edsall has put together an interesting, young two-deep, interesting enough that 6-8 wins is a realistic ambition and young enough that it will still be pretty young in 2014.

I'll conservatively set the bar at six wins for 2013, with the acknowledgement that injuries could quickly derail some thin units once again. But through all of last season's travails, Maryland showed some promise. And it could show more in 2013.

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