Terps RB Brandon Ross has bounced back from early fumbling issues

  • Brandon Ross is forced out of bounds by Antonio Allen of the Indiana Hoosiers.
Brandon Ross is forced out of bounds by Antonio Allen of the Indiana… (Michael Hickey / Getty Images )
October 01, 2014|By Matt Zenitz | Baltimore Sun Media Group

COLLEGE PARK — In two straight games, Maryland running back Brandon Ross has taken a short screen pass, maneuvered through traffic and outrun the defense for a long touchdown down the left sideline.

Ross fumbled three times during the Terps’ first two games and has shared playing time in recent weeks.

But the 5-foot-10, 205-pound junior has made some big plays when called upon.

Ross, who ran for 776 yards last year, had five catches for 50 yards against West Virginia on Sept. 13. He then took a screen pass 90 yards for a touchdown vs. Syracuse on Sept. 20 and turned a screen into a 36-yard touchdown against Indiana last week.

Ross also picked up 61 yards on six carries vs. Indiana, including 22 yards on a third-and-17 late in the first quarter to extend a drive and help set up Maryland’s first touchdown.

“Brandon, just like anybody else, sometimes when things don't go the way they should, you have to sit down and reflect and focus a little bit more and concentrate a little bit more,” Terps coach Randy Edsall said. “We know he has the ability. It's good to have competition. He's playing well. He's making things happen.

“He can still play better. But we're pleased with what he's doing, and hopefully he can continue to play at the high level that he's been playing at. He's practicing well, so it wouldn't surprise me that he would keep playing at that level.”

Ross also has not fumbled since being pulled following two first half fumbles against South Florida on Sept. 6.

“As far as the fumbles early in the season, it was just a matter of realizing and focusing on what’s most important, and that’s taking care of the ball,” Ross said. “I hadn’t done a good job of that in the beginning, and I cost my team a little bit. So that was just something I had to work on in practice.”

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