Five questions

College Football '05


September 01, 2005|By Heather A. Dinich

Can Derek Miller get the job done at left tackle in place of Stephon Heyer?

Heyer, a pro prospect and the Terps' most experienced starter on offense, tore an anterior cruciate ligament early in preseason camp. Coach Ralph Friedgen moved Miller, a tight end his entire college career, to left tackle for his senior year.

Can Maryland establish a reliable running game?

The Terps were without their top two fullbacks for the bulk of the summer, and senior Mario Merrills missed at least a week with a sprained ankle. Under first-year running backs coach John Donovan, a trio of tailbacks will try to improve upon last year's 119.5 rushing yards a game.

Can two walk-ons anchor the special teams?

Dan Ennis, who did not play football until he came to Maryland, will kick field goals and extra points, and sophomore Chris Roberts, a transfer from Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., will handle kickoffs. They replace Nick Novak, who was second in the ACC in field goals per game with 1.45.

Will the Terps make it to a bowl game?

There aren't any givens on the schedule. Key games include homecoming against Virginia, a nationally televised Thursday night game against Virginia Tech and a home contest with the ACC's newest member, Boston College. First, they have to get past Navy, a team coming off 10 wins.

Can quarterback Sam Hollenbach spark the Terps' stuttering offense?

Only Duke fared worse than Maryland in scoring offense, as the Terps averaged 17.7 points a game. Friedgen said Hollenbach was the "bright spot" at summer camp and has shown marked improvement since his only college start, in the 2004 season finale against Wake Forest.

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