3. Ground & Pound is Calling Card
Sep 5, 2015; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins running back Brandon Ross (45) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Richmond Spiders at Byrd Stadium. Maryland won 50-21. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Coming into the season, everyone knew that the running game was the strength of Maryland’s offense, but it may be even better than we originally thought. The Terps racked up 341 yards on the ground, behind their trio of backs.
Senior Brandon Ross led the way, rushing for a career-high 150 yards and a touchdown on just 18 carries. Ross appears to be a different back this season, making sharper cuts and running with more emphasis than ever before.
Wes Brown also appears to be a much improved player. He carried the ball 13 times for 74 yards and a score. Whenever Brown touched the ball, he ran with authority and never went down on first contact. He is a powerful runner who is capable of making big plays in open space as well.
The aforementioned Johnson was impressive as well. The way he ran the ball, the freshman is likely to get many more opportunities this season.
Maryland will have to rely on the ground game often over the course of the season, especially if they aren’t going to get consistent production from the quarterback position.