Maryland Minute 9.6.12: Terps Receive Some Defensive Line Reinforcements

September 1, 2012; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall prior to their game against the William & Mary Tribe at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

Terps' Keith Bowers, Isaiah Ross expected to return Saturday
That's some critical defensive line depth, and it should turn Maryland's line back into one of their big strengths. With Temple trying to run the ball into the ground, those reinforcements could quite easily be critical.

While I expect no changes immediately, the presence of Bowers will potentially allow A.J. Francis to move back inside and create a more experienced, more natural front three. Right away, though, it'll let the Terrapins spell any three members of the line to make sure everyone's constantly fresh. Again, with Temple controlling the ball and Maryland's stop-start offense, this is big.

More on injuries, pride uniforms
Matt Robinson and Nick Ferrara were hopeful to play but won't make the trip. That's not terrible news, though; it sounds like they should be ready for UConn, which is a huge game for Maryland.

Oh, and apparently the full-on Pride unis will make an appearance sometime this year, but it's unknown for which game. Nailed on to be Florida State at home, right?

Terps searching for a feature running back - Terrapins Insider
We've all been assuming that Maryland would go by-committee with their running backs, mainly just taking the hot hand. But Edsall says he wants "one guy who's kind of the main guy," with the others spelling him. That's probably good news for Justus Pickett, who surely was just given a chance to become the full-time starter for good.

Young Maryland offense looking to improve - Dinich
Hills seems calm and confident, which is a good thing, and the staff sounds like they're placing a lot of faith in him. Good sign, I guess.

Five questions with Temple DC Chuck Heater - Terrapins Insider
A lot of coachspeak, but he does mention something I've been considering one of Maryland's big advantages at the moment: how unknown they are. It's hell for a defense to prepare for an offense when they still really have no idea what it'll bring.

IMS: Terps target Dion Wiley reviews College Park visit - The Sun
Most of it's boilerplate, but the 2014 guard is already saying Maryland's sticking out to him. With all the other options in '14 and an uncertain number of scholarships, I wouldn't think the staff would push for an early commitment, but it's nice to have someone so far up the list already.

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