WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Overcast skies and a light drizzle provide the scenery for Saturday’s afternoon’s 3:30 p.m. kickoff at BB&T Field between the Maryland football team and Wake Forest. With a win, the Terrapins can secure bowl eligibility for the first time in the Randy Edsall era and welcome No. 3 Clemson next weekend at 6-1.
No surprises on the travel roster. Injured players Dexter McDougle (shoulder), Alex Twine (labrum), Matt Robinson (rotator cuff) and Jeremiah Johnson (toe) all came down to coach from the sidelines and help provide some normalcy. Eight true freshmen traveled, down two from the Florida State trip; long-snapper Joe Marchese didn’t come, and wide receiver DeAndre Lane incurred a concussion this week. Otherwise, the standard crew flew into Tobacco Road on Friday night.
Keep an eye on true freshman Will Likely. Last week against Virginia, the Terrapins moved Likely inside on nickel packages, bringing Alvin hill off the bench and onto the boundary. With the injuries to Twine and Robinson at strong-side linebacker, and given Wake Forest’s preference for three-wideout sets, Maryland could rely heavily on nickel this week. That means Likely matches up against senior Michael Campanaro, the ACC’s leading receiver.
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