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Game balls: Which Terps are taking home the hardware after beating the Bulls?

Maryland barely came out of Tampa with a win, largely in part to the efforts by these three players.

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A reminder: these are Testudo Times' awards for the game, not Randy Edsall's.

Offensive Game Ball: Marcus Leak

With questions surfacing about the depth of the receiving corps after Taivon Jacobs was ruled out, Marcus Leak pulled off a great performance. Although C.J. Brown once again struggled through the air, he managed to find Leak three times for 79 yards including two touchdowns. If Brown and Leak can continue to mesh and feed off of each other, then the Terps will be one of the toughest teams aerially in the nation.

Defensive Game Ball: Andre Monroe

The 5'11'', 282 pound senior was a beast plugging the holes and cutting off all lanes for freshman sensation Marlon Mack. Mack entered the game as the nation's leading runner, putting up 275 yards in his first game against Western Carolina but was thwarted by the defensive line led by Monroe. Mack only inched his way to 73 yards on 22 carries, while Monroe recorded eight tackles, including 1.5 for loss and a sack that sent USF's Steven Bench nine yards in the opposite direction. After a disappointing week one with just five assisted tackles and no pressure in the backfield, Monroe made up for it in Tampa.

Special Teams Game Ball: Avery Thompson

The special teams unit as a whole impressed on Saturday, blocking a punt, making the only attempted field goal, and setting up the offense with solid field position from long returns. Down by three points with just over 12 minutes remaining in the game, Thompson pounced on a punt blocked by Kenneth Goins and landed on it in the end zone to capture the lead from the Bulls. Goins deserves the credit for making the game-changing play, but Thompson was in the right place at the right time and will always claim the winning score. Maryland and South Florida matched turnover with turnover in what many have tagged it as a sloppy game, but Maryland came out with a victory because of the special teams.