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Analyzing Maryland’s football schedule and the season ahead

Maryland Terrapins quarterback C.J. Brown returns after missing all of last season because of a torn ACL. (Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)
Maryland schedule
Date Opponent Time Notable
Today Fla. Int’l (CSN) 12:30 Golden Panthers have new coach in Ron Turner, lots of personnel turnover.
Sept. 7 Old Dominion (ESPNews) 4 Monarchs QB Taylor Heinicke won the Walter Payton Award as the FCS’s best player and broke several passing marks.
Sept. 14 at Connecticut (ESPNU) 7:30 Maryland Coach Randy Edsall returns to his former school. Huskies won in College Park last season.
Sept. 21 vs. West Virginia* TBD Mountaineers’ offense has several big holes to plug, but the defense can’t get much worse than last year’s.
Oct. 5 at Florida State TBD Expectations are high for redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston, the Seminoles’ replacement for EJ Manuel.
Oct. 12 Virginia TBD Cavaliers overhauled Mike London’s coaching staff. David Watford returns at QB.
Oct. 19 at Wake Forest TBD Deacons have plenty of returning experience, including dangerous wide receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill High).
Oct. 26 Clemson TBD With QB Tajh Boyd, the overwhelming preseason ACC player of the year, and WR Sammy Watkins, anything is possible for the Tigers.
Nov. 9 Syracuse TBD New coach Scott Shafer inherits an Orange team that returns just half its starters.
Nov. 16 at Virginia Tech TBD With its streak of 10-win seasons snapped after a 7-6 mark last year, the Hokies have plenty of questions on offense, chief among them at the skill positions.
Nov. 23 Boston College TBD The third of four first-year coaches on Maryland’s schedule, Steve Addazio lost to the Terps with Temple last season.
Nov. 30 at N.C. State TBD Wolfpack have a new coach in Dave Doeren and lost star cornerback David Amerson and quarterback Mike Glennon to the NFL.

*At M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore

Maryland story lines

1. Will the team remain healthy? As a team, Maryland actually tore fewer total ACLs during the 2012 season than in years past. The unwanted attention came because three quarterbacks suffered the same injury and a fourth was lost for the season with a Lisfranc ailment. But starting QB C.J. Brown is healed, and the Terrapins need him to stay fresh, especially with a bevy of playmakers that includes at least two all-ACC-caliber wide receivers. If Maryland can avoid the medical calamities of last season, the talent and experience are enough to help Coach Randy Edsall reach his first bowl game since coming to College Park.

2. Can the offensive line hold strong? After allowing an ACC-high 39 sacks last season, the offensive line has not appeared to strengthen. Granted, its preseason struggles could be a product of Maryland’s blitz-heavy defense, but two former backups recently earned starting jobs, an indication the Terps aren’t nearly as stable up front as they hoped to be entering August. Left tackle Mike Madaras, a sophomore who started eight games as a true freshman last season, will anchor the blind side, but it’s at right guard and right tackle where Maryland needs help the most.

3. How high can Diggs fly? Stefon Diggs’s 172.4 all-purpose yards per game last season were the most by a freshman in ACC history. He’s receiving dark-horse Heisman Trophy buzz and consistently gets lumped among the country’s most exciting players. By all accounts, the sophomore has become the face of Terps football. Defenses will game-plan around Diggs, who caught 54 passes for 848 yards and six touchdowns last season, in addition to returning two kickoffs for touchdowns and passing for another in the season finale. How he responds could pave the way for Maryland’s success — or lack thereof — this year.

— Alex Prewitt


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