August 27, 2007|By HEATHER A. DINICH

Coach: Ralph Friedgen, (seventh season, 50-24)

Last year: 9-4 (three-way tie for second in Atlantic Division)

Conference: Football Bowl Subdivision / Atlantic Coast Conference / Atlantic Division

Radio: 105.7 FM, 1300 AM

Stadium: Byrd Stadium (51,500)

Tickets: 800-IMA-TERP or www.umterps.com

Parking: $10 per car, per game in cash lots only (except West Virginia); Terrapin Club members who purchase season tickets are eligible for football parking benefits.

Offense: Multiple. Defense: 3-4

Top returning players: RB Lance Ball, RB Keon Lattimore, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR Danny Oquendo, WR Isaiah Williams, RG Andrew Crummey, C Edwin Williams, DE Jeremy Navarre, LB Erin Henderson, TE Joey Haynos, TE Dan Gronkowski, DT Dre Moore, CB Isaiah Gardner, SS Christian Varner.

Top newcomers: OT Bruce Campbell, P Travis Baltz; WR Quinton McCree, LB Adrian Moten; WR LaQuan Williams; RB Morgan Green; FB Haroon Brown.

Strengths: Offensive experience could alleviate some pressure for the new starting quarterback, as the top two running backs and tight ends and top three receivers return.

Weaknesses: The Terps enter the season with an unproven quarterback and lack depth on the offensive line.

Strongest opponent: West Virginia (Sept. 13, 7:45 p.m.). The Mountaineers, who return speedy quarterback Pat White and running back Steve Slaton, are perhaps one of the top teams in the country. They return 15 starters from a team that jumped out to a 28-0, first-quarter lead against the Terps in Morgantown last year before winning 45-24.

Key game: at Wake Forest, Sept. 22. The Demon Deacons knocked the Terps out of contention for playing in the ACC championship game last season and went on to win the ACC title. This game opens conference play for Maryland and could help determine the direction of the Terps' season.

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