Military Bowl scouting report: Maryland vs. East Carolina

December 28, 2010

East Carolina (6-6, 5-3 Conference USA) vs. Maryland (8-4, 5-3 ACC)

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Site: RFK Stadium in Washington

TV: ESPN. Maryland alumnus Pam Ward will be joined in the booth by former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell (analyst) with Quint Kessenich (former Johns Hopkins lacrosse goalkeeper) on the sidelines.

Radio: 105.7 FM, 1300 AM

Series: The teams have never met

Line: Maryland by 7½.

Maryland offense vs. East Carolina defense: The big storyline is the Maryland farewell for coach Ralph Friedgen, many of his assistants and 16 seniors. But the football storyline is East Carolina's defense. It ranks last in the FBS, surrendering 479 yards per game. The defense has been particularly suspect against the rush. Maryland is coming off a victory over North Carolina State in which ACC Rookie of the Year Danny O'Brien threw four touchdown passes to Torrey Smith, who seems likely to give up his final season of eligibility (he has already graduated) and head to the NFL.

Maryland defense vs. East Carolina offense: Maryland will be wary of quarterback Dominique Davis and the spread offense. The Boston College transfer made his first career start against the Terps in 2008 and led a 28-21 Boston College victory. This season, Davis is sixth in the nation in total offense (320 yards per game). His favorite target, Dwayne Harris, is seventh nationally with 7.75 receptions per game. Coach Ruffin McNeil and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley formerly worked under Mike Leach at Texas Tech.

Jeff Barker

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