Three story lines for Maryland football training camp

Monday, August 9, 2010; 7:56 PM

Will the offensive line hold up?

The performance of the line will be the key to the season. Coach Ralph Friedgen is optimistic about the starters, but the second line is inexperienced. An injury-plagued, inexperienced line last season could not protect the quarterback or create holes for the running game. Three starters return, but three of five starters could be sophomores, so the Terrapins are still young.

Is there an open quarterback competition?

Junior Jamarr Robinson is expected to start the Sept. 6 opener against Navy. He is the only Maryland quarterback with experience from last season. And he performed well in seven games last season; he has also yet to throw an interception in 85 pass attempts. Maryland coaches feel good about the stable of quarterbacks in the program. Redshirt freshmen Danny O'Brien and C.J. Brown are two to watch.

Can the defense improve in year two under Don Brown?

Friedgen knows the defense has to do a better job stopping big plays and making big plays at the end of games. There is experience along the line, including Joe Vellano, who was the best overall performer in the spring. The linebackers, Friedgen feels, are the best at Maryland in years. There is potential at safety, but the Terrapins need improvement at cornerback.

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