Opposing coaches rave about Maryland’s receiving corps, an amalgamation of speed and size ranging from the dynamic Stefon Diggs in the slot to team-leading receiver Marcus Leak on the outside.
But what about Kevin Dorsey and tight end Matt Furstenburg? The senior leaders have been relatively absent through the Terps’s first three games, with a combined six catches for 59 yards and one touchdown.
Not to worry, Coach Randy Edsall says. Their statistics can be attributed to mere circumstance. Opposing defenses have keyed on Dorsey, who led Maryland with 573 yards on 45 receptions and three touchdowns last season, and Furstenburg, who was fourth with 31 catches for 348 yards. Diggs and Leak have been the beneficiaries.
Yards haven’t exactly been at a premium either for a unit that ranks 119th out of 120 nationally in total offense. But in his limited opportunities, Dorsey had two key third-down catches late in each of Maryland’s wins against William & Mary and Temple.
“There’s only so many touches in a game, and what the defense is doing will dictate where the ball goes,” Edsall said. “I think any time a wide receiver is out there and doesn’t catch the ball, it can get kind of frustrating for him. Kevin sees the big picture, and understands the big picture.
“We have plays that are called that go to him, and sometimes they do a good job of covering him, and sometimes we might not execute as well as we should have. Kevin knows and I know that he’s going to have some big days for us before the year’s over.”
Furstenburg, meanwhile, caught quarterback Perry Hills’s first collegiate touchdown on a 22-yard over-the-shoulder grab in Philadelphia two weeks ago. But he was held without a reception in Maryland’s 24-21 loss to Connecticut, while Dorsey only caught a bubble screen on the final drive that was blown up for a four-yard loss.
“We’ve thrown a number of balls to each guy,” Edsall said. “Whether different combinations of not being accurate or pass protection breaking down, or different things, I think with what we have in terms of our passing game, it’s probably going to be a situation where we can spread the ball around a little bit, and we’re fortunate to have guys who can make catches and do things. A lot will dictate on how people play us in terms of where the ball will go to.”