If you’ve listened to Maryland Coach Randy Edsall once this offseason, you’ve probably heard the phrase “very multiple,” a vague description of Maryland’s new offense that reveals precisely nothing. It’s also a good way to describe Maryland’s literal new look because of the numerous Under Armour-designed jersey and helmet combinations from which the Terrapins can choose.
Come Monday night’s season opener against Miami, exactly what the uniforms and offense will look like remains shrouded in secrecy. These two elements are expected to help give this program a makeover in style and substance.
On Thursday, when a reporter asked whether there are more wrinkles to the offense than what media members have been able to ascertain during just a handful of open preseason practices, Edsall offered a small grin and said: “I really didn’t want to show everything when you guys were there. Yeah, I think there are things that people will see that maybe they’ll say, ‘Whoa.’ Hopefully all good.”
Throughout preseason camp, players have talked, merely in general terms, about an unrelenting up-tempo offense that will tap the talents of a cerebral quarterback and deep stable of wide receivers, and leave 11 defensive players gasping for breath. Oregon East, some say.
What is more concrete is that Maryland will resemble Oregon in its wardrobe, a bevy of bold, unorthodox apparel-company designed uniforms in their dressing room. The four Maryland captains — linebacker Kenny Tate, offensive lineman Andrew Gonnella, defensive lineman Joe Vellano and running back Davin Meggett — are deciding which uniforms the Terrapins will wear Labor Day night; Edsall is sworn to secrecy (a shock).
Edsall said in an ESPN interview that he personally likes the all-black uniform look, but that has no bearing on how the captains vote. Anticipation is building. Even Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban referenced “new unis” when he dissected the game on Saturday’s “ESPN College GameDay.”
Starting Monday, Maryland will be “very multiple” in more ways than one.
UPDATE ON TICKETS: In a teleconference with reporters on Saturday afternoon, Edsall said only 200 to 300 tickets remain for the Miami game.