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Terps college football preview magazine roundup: Phil Steele

The calendar says it’s June, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start thinking about college football, especially with all the preview magazines starting to grace newsstands. So let’s take a look at what the mags are saying about the Terrapins. Maryland and Miami kick off in a mere 84 days.

TODAY: Phil Steele.

PRICE: $8.95 (with the amount of information packed into this behemoth, it’s worth every penny).

COVER STARS: Virginia Tech WR Jarrett Boykin, West Virginia QB Geno Smith, Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham, Penn State LB Michael Mauti.

MARYLAND’S RANKING IN PHIL STEELE’S POWER POLL (basically, Steele’s 2011 preseason computer ranking): 59.

MARYLAND PREDICTED FINISH: Fifth in the ACC Atlantic Division behind Florida State, Clemson, North Carolina State and Boston College. “The middle of the ACC Atlantic is very close but I had to pick one of the teams for #5,” Steele writes.

MARYLAND PREDICTED BOWL GAME: None. Not even the Military Bowl.

MARYLAND OPPONENTS IN PHIL STEELE’S TOP 25: Florida State (No. 10), Notre Dame (No. 6).

MARYLAND OPPONENTS IN PHIL STEELE’S TOP 52: Miami (No. 31), West Virginia (No. 33), Clemson (No. 37), North Carolina State (No. 40).

MARYLAND RECRUITING RANKING: No. 9 in ACC, No. 52 nationally.

MARYLAND ALL-ACC PLAYERS: LB Kenny Tate, PR Tony Logan on first team (Tate listed as a safety); QB Danny O’Brien, DL Joe Vellano, LB Demetrius Hartsfield on second team; DT A.J. Francis on third team; RB Davin Meggett, CB Cam Chism on fourth team.

MARYLAND ACC UNIT RANKINGS: QB No. 2, RB No. 11, RECs No. 9, OL No. 8, DL No. 6, LB No. 6, DB No. 7, special teams No. 6.

PHIL STEELE’S SPECIALIZED RANKINGS: Maryland ranks 51st nationally in OL starts returning and 100th in percentage of lettermen returning, 72nd nationally in percentage of yards returning, 57th nationally in percentage of tackles returning and 61st nationally in combined experience.

STEELE SAYS: “TY [this year, in Steele-speak] there are a lot of factors pointing downward” and “Maryland is capable of getting back to the post season but won’t match last year’s 9 win total.”

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.


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