Terps need to make most of Hill and his receivers

Maryland-Florida State matchup

October 25, 2001|By Christian Ewell

Maryland passing game vs. Florida State pass defense

Facing one of the best defenses in the Atlantic Coast Conference against the run, Maryland's passing game needs to shine. It has done that this year, but only in fits and starts.

Still, Terrapins quarterback Shaun Hill has averaged 315.7 yards of total offense in the past three games after being held to barely half that in the first four. Guilian Gary and Jafar Williams have been his principal receiving targets, though he's been finding Bruce Perry and tight ends Matt Murphy and Jeff Dugan more often.

Maryland's line -- accustomed to blocking mostly for the run entering this year -- has shown improvement at pass protection, and Florida State hasn't done much to put heat on any quarterback this season.

Senior free safety Chris Hope leads the Seminoles' secondary, and sophomore Stanford Samuels has been effective at left corner, breaking up seven passes this year for a team that's allowed fewer than 200 yards passing per game.

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