Q: After the team proved they could win without playing a great all-around game, what was your biggest takeaway from the game?
Q: There wasn't a clear-cut player of the game this week, who was your player of the game?
BD - I'm taking Marcus Whitfield. We can argue whether the pressure forced the interceptions or the great coverage allowed Whitfield to get to the QB all day. That said, Whitfield had 3.0 sacks on the night and was a force coming around the edge. I was tempted to go with Dexter or C.J. again, despite the interception (how dare he), but Whitfield's night gets the edge.
Q: The great start to the season for Maryland took a hit this week when we found out that Dexter McDougle would be out for the rest of the year, what is your panic level on a scale of 1-10 over this injury?
DT - Right now, probably a 4, but I think we have to wait and see how and what we do against WVU. There is just no depth behind the remaining corners so that is what's most concerning to me. Should another corner just twist an ankle, we could be in trouble.
BD - I'm at a seven right now, but regardless of how they perform this weekend, it is likely to rise. Florida State and Jameis Winston terrified me before the loss of McDougle, now... color me worried.
AK - I'm at an eight, with a serious chance to get up to 10 if Will Likely and Isaac Goins don't each play effective cornerback this season. McDougle was easily the most talented member of Maryland's secondary and one of the best corners in the conference. Coupled with the Jeremiah Johnson injury, his absence should have all of us on DEFCON 2.
MG - My panic level is about a six right now. I'm definitely concerned and it's a big blow to the defense, but I'm not full-out pushing the panic button just yet. Saturday should prove to be a good measuring stick.
TC - I'm at about a five right now. I have a lot of trust in Stewart to dial up confusion and in our linebackers and line to pressure opposing qbs. Of course, if WVU handles the rush and we see Likely and Goins get torched, then it's full out, "DANGER WILL ROBINSON!" time.