Maryland football is now 2-0, and the Terps looked as strong as anyone could have expected in Friday’s 41-14 win over Florida International.
Maryland looked strong in nearly all aspects of the game. Here’s what stood out to us, for better, worse and everything in between.
WR D.J. Moore. The sophomore wideout had his breakout game Friday, racking up 147 receiving yards, more than half of Maryland’s team total. Two of his six catches resulted in touchdowns of 45 and 40 yards. Oh, and he also tossed a successful 21-yard pass to...
QB Perry Hills. He did pretty much every thing an offensive player does in this game. He completed 13 of 18 passes for 210 yards and three scores; that’s good for a stout 225.2 passer rating. He even threw a good deep ball, hitting Moore on a 45-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He exited the game as Maryland’s leading rusher with 52 yards on eight carries (that total was later surpassed), and probably threw too many blocks after handoffs. He was the Terps’ third-leading receiver, courtesy of Moore in the first quarter. And he did all of this with zero turnovers.
RB Lorenzo Harrison. After leading the Terps with 67 rushing yards against Howard, the slippery true freshman burst onto the scene with a 40-yard touchdown run on his first touch.
Harrison finished the night with six carries and 54 yards, second on the team behind Trey Edmunds. Harrison was the forgotten man in a crowded Terps backfield throughout fall camp, but he’s quickly made a name for himself. It’ll be interesting to see how well his shiftiness translates when Maryland plays, like, a good team.
CB JC Jackson. He’s back on the field, and for the most part, the transfer in his Maryland debut lived up to the hype that surrounded him during camp. He was noticeably beaten in coverage only once, and he committed one penalty, but for the most part he locked down FIU receivers. It’s great that his academic issues are out of the way, allowing him to ease back into game action.
CB Will Likely. We still haven’t been able to seen Likely break a big return on a punt this year, which is a real shame because he’s one of the best in the nation at doing that. Both Howard and FIU were pretty consistently punting the ball short enough to prompt fair catches. Likely also wasn’t a factor on offense, with his lone catch going for a five-yard loss. He did record a sack, two tackles for loss and five tackles overall, but we’ve known for years that he’s can get the job done on defense.
Maryland rush defense. The front seven didn’t look all that great in the first half, when FIU recorded 148 yards on the ground and averaged 6.4 yards per carry. Alex Gardner’s 55-yard burst in the second quarter was a lot of that, and he scored untouched from four yards out on the very next play. The Terps will certainly see more dangerous running backs and bigger offensive lines this year, so there’s reason to be concerned.