Posts Tagged ‘Danny O’Brien

03
Dec
10

Maryland Athletic Director Speaks on Bowl Situation

By Ben Linton

Here is the video from the new Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson’s speech about the football team’s bowl situation. Anderson first congradulated the Terps for its 8-4 season, in which Ralph Friedgen and Danny O’Brien were awarded by the ACC as Coach and Rookie of the Year. He also stated that Maryland will not know it’s bowl destination until Sunday.

Maryland also had other players be awarded by the ACC for their achievements this season. Wide Receiver Torrey Smith, Punt Returner Tony Logan, Linebacker Alex Wujciak, and Safety Kenny Tate all received first team all-ACC Honors this season. Smith led the Terps in receiving with 65 receptions for 1,065, while posting school records this year in touchdown receptions (12) and all-purpose yardage (5,183). Logan led the ACC in punt returns with and 18.8 yard average, which is also good for third in the FBS. He returned two punts for touchdowns this season as a Junior. Tate and Wujciak led the defense in averaging 22.3 points against per game, ranking 6th in the ACC, and improvement from last year’s 11th place finish.

Defensive Lineman Joe Vellano was named to second-team all ACC, while offensive Lineman Paul Pinegar was granted an Honorable-Mention Selection. Check back on Sunday when Maryland finds out their bowl destination.

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28
Sep
10

Terps Use Big Plays to Defeat FIU

By Ben Linton

The Maryland Terrapins used a variety of big plays in order to avoid an upset bid from the Florida International Golden Panthers last Saturday at Byrd Stadium. Maryland was down once and tied three times with FIU, but broke away in the fourth quarter. It was the first start and possible beginning of the Danny O’Brien era at Maryland, the first redshirt freshman to start since 1999. O’Brien finished with 250 yards passing on 18/27 attempts for two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Maryland scored four touchdowns of over 50 yards in the game, the best being an electric 85-yard punt return by Toney Logan in the second quarter. Da’Rel Scott broke free for a 56 yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put the Terps up 21-14 before halftime, and Torey Smith scored on a 68-yard pass from O’Brien in the third. The clincher came with four minutes left in the 4th quarter when FIU broke within seven points, but Davin Meggett would go 76 yards on the next offensive play to seal the game at 42-28.

Maryland did exactly what they were supposed to, and avoided an early season upset that has plagued them in recent years. It wasn’t pretty at times but the Terps are 3-1 heading into the ACC season with confidence. Maryland will begin conference play with a home game against 1-3 Duke next week, who is reeling from a 14 point home loss to Army.

13
Sep
10

Terps Annihilate Morgan State

By Ben Linton

On a weekend where many ACC teams lost (Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Miami) the Maryland Terrapins took care of business and put themselves in position to be recognized in the ACC by demolishing Morgan State 62-3. The Terps improve to 2-0 on the season, matching the win total of last year, and record their first winning streak since 2008.

It was a total domination from start to finish, as Maryland scored on their first three drives and scored 45 points in the first half. Jamarr Robinson started for the Terps and went 6 for 14 for 70 yards and 2 touchdown passes, and ran for 36 yards as well. He was replaced by Danny O’Brien in the second quarter, who threw for 79 yards and 3 touchdowns to continue the rout.

Going into the game, Maryland needed to establish some sort of passing game before the big match up at West Virginia next weekend. Robinson played solid, but O’Brien showed a lot of promise and is probably the better passer of the two. This may have stirred up a QB controversy, and Maryland may implement a two quarterback system next week (which I am not in favor of.) Regardless of who starts next weekend, they better be prepared for a tough West Virginia team that Maryland has not defeated since 2003.

If Maryland can go into Morgantown and come out on top, they immediately will become a favorite in the ACC. In a league that has disappointed this far into the college football season, Maryland has a perfect opportunity to sneak into the conference race. A lot will be discovered about this Maryland team next weekend against their rivals from the Big East. Kickoff is at 12:00 pm and will be broadcasted on ESPNU




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