Maryland vs. Morgan State
Friday, September 10, 2010; 7:33 PM
When, where: 6 p.m. at Byrd Stadium, College Park.
Internet: Televised on ESPN3.com.
Radio: WWXT (92.7 FM), WWXX (94.3 FM), WJZ (105.7 FM, 1300 AM), WFMD (930 AM), WTEM (980 AM).
Maryland will be tested mentally and physically because of the short week. The defense was on the field for 82 plays against Navy in a physical game that left many players exhausted. In an attempt to help players recover faster, Coach Ralph Friedgen divided the defense into three groups and had players rotate in and out of hot showers and chilled ice baths earlier this week before stretching. Equally a concern is players' mind-sets. Will complacency set in after an important - yet fortunate - win over Navy?
Igniting the passing attack
Hard to believe that Navy passed for 62 more yards than Maryland. Maryland's Torrey Smith caught one pass for six yards. Adrian Cannon caught one pass for five yards. And that was it. Maryland's coaches have talked throughout training camp about being two-deep at wide receiver and how running back Da'Rel Scott is also running better routes. Starting quarterback Jamarr Robinson needs to find his rhythm and find success in the air against a division I-AA opponent before the schedule toughens. The offensive line is improved and won't be as much of a scapegoat this season.
A complete game on defense
Two ways to look at how the defense played against Navy: It allowed 485 yards. It also stopped Navy on five of its seven red zone opportunities, a remarkable job. Players found a way to close out an opponent after finding ways to lose games last season. Turning in a complete game with the same energy level is the next step for the defense. Safety Kenny Tate, linebacker Adrian Moten and defensive tackle Joe Vellano played particularly well against Navy. Morgan State did not score a touchdown in its 14-7 victory over Division II Bowie State. It reached the red zone four times but settled for four field goals to go with a safety.