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Military Bowl open discussion thread

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Greetings from sunny, cloudless Annapolis, where the tailgate grills have been firing since 10 a.m. Inside Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, we’ve already heard three practice runs of national anthem and seen the massive American flag unfurled twice. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., the televised broadcast on ESPN and the radio broadcast on ESPN 980.

Some quick pregame notes are below. Preview the game here or check out all the Military Bowl stories here. Toss your in-game thoughts into the comment section, if you so desire. Thanks for reading, both today and throughout the football season. Enjoy the final Maryland football game of 2013 and the ACC era.

>> Stefon Diggs is off crutches and wearing a walking boot. Deon Long graduated to that status last week, as both continue on track to heal their broken legs.

>> Maryland currently ranks 10th nationally with three sacks per game, and its 36 are the most in program history since 2002 (37). Perhaps more impressively, the Terrapins haven’t had anyone record more than six sacks in a season since 2004. Both Marcus Whitfield (nine) and defensive lineman Andre Monroe (8.5) have eclipsed that mark. It’s also been 23 years since someone recorded double-digit sacks and 32 years since Maryland had multiple players with double-digit sacks, according to the program’s record book. Both marks are in play today.

>> Quarterback C.J. Brown (offense), Whitfield (defense) and cornerback Will Likely (special teams) are game captains for Maryland. Both Likely and Whitfield made the postseason awards list for Phil Steele; Likely was a second-team freshman all-American and second-team all-ACC kick returner, while Whitfield was third-team all-ACC.

>> The Terps will wear their “White Ops” uniforms, the same they wore against both Virginia Tech and Florida State this season, and at West Virginia last season. Marshall is wearing green jerseys with green pants.

>> On Christmas morning, several injured Maryland players — the team was practicing at the same time — went bowling at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Among them was long snapper Greg Parcher, who is part the “Thursdays Are For Bowling” crew I wrote about several weeks ago.



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