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Terps vs. Rutgers: Five Reasons to Feel Good

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Before each game we’ll give Five Reasons to Be Concerned, Five Reasons to Feel Good, and The Absolutely 100% Guaranteed Prediction.* We gave you the bad stuff. Now here’s the good stuff.

1. Rutgers Is Bad Too
The Scarlet Knights are 2-1 but the wins are a rout of Howard and an 8-point win against Florida International. The loss was 47-15 embarrassment at home against Cincinnati.

2. Torrey Smith
The WR and kick returner is a STAR. Last week he had five catches for 165 yards and two TDs. If they double him a deep receiving corps gets more opportunities. If they try man coverage he could have another huge day.

3. Turner Loves Rutgers
His career really started in the 2007 game at Rutgers. RU was ranked #10 at the time, Chris Turner came in for an injured Jordan Steffy and led the Terps to the 27-17 upset. Since then he has started 23 of 24 games for Maryland.

4. History 201: The Meaning of 1-2
Under Ralph Friedgen, the Terps have started 1-2 three times before this year. In ’05 they struggled to a 5-6 record. But in ’03 they rallied to go 10-3 and destroy West Virginia 41-7 in the Gator Bowl. In ’02 they finished 11-3 and beat Tennessee 30-3 in the Peach Bowl. I’m not saying that they’ll win 10 games this year, I’m just saying that Friedgen knows how to turn it around.

5. The Rutgers QB
When the season started fifth-year senior Dominic Natale was the QB, but after a horrible first half against Cincinnati he was replaced by true freshman Tom Savage. Savage played well against Howard and Florida International but was hurt late in the FIU game and is questionable for the Maryland game.

* Guarantee not valid in Piscataway or anywhere else

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Terps vs. the Turk (pt. 1)

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Here’s a roundup of Maryland players battling to make NFL rosters.

Miami Dolphins

TE Joey Haynos
ILB William Kershaw

There are mixed reports out of Miami. Some think neither has done enough, while others are slightly more optimistic.

Breakdown: Haynos seems safe. Kershaw is firmly on the bubble but will probably make the squad too.

Cincinnati Bengals
RG Andrew Crummey

Believe it or not, there’s not a lot of information out there about the guard battle for the Bengals. Things don’t look great for Crummey who was signed by Cincy off of the Redskins practice squad last fall. Crummey is currently listed third on the Bengals depth chart at right guard, and the signing of first-round pick Andre Smith eats up another OL roster spot. He has gotten some snaps at center as the team deals with injuries and his best shot is making the team as a guard/center.

Breakdown: There are only so many spots and he will probably be caught in a numbers game. If he doesn’t make the squad, here’s hoping he signs with another team in a nice, warm place like San Diego.

Indianapolis Colts
RB Lance Ball
OG Jaimie Thomas

Ball has had a solid preseason and many think he’s in good shape for the final RB spot. Thomas is in an extremely tight battle on the O-line. The official depth chart doesn’t paint a pretty picture for either player, but this projected 53-man roster has them both making the cut.

Breakdown: They should both be getting time in the final preseason game. I’ll be stunned if Ball isn’t on the opening day roster. Thomas is borderline and could go either way.

Jacksonville Jaguars
DE Jeremy Navarre
P Adam Podlesh

The Jags haven’t posted an official depth chart yet, I mean it’s only August 31. Navarre is fighting an uphill battle, undrafted free agent rookies rarely make an NFL roster. Podlesh is going to be the punter.

Breakdown: One out of two for the Terps

Dallas Cowboys
RB Keon Lattimore

He has been very impressive in the preseason but with Marion Barber, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice on the roster his only shot is if another back gets injured. Coaches have told him to use this as an opportunity to show what he can do to the other 31 teams, and he has.

Breakdown: He won’t make the Cowboys but should be signed quickly by another team.

Philadelphia Eagles
LB Moise Fokou

A seventh-round pick, Fokou was a long shot to make the team. But he’s had a strong camp, played well on special teams, and moved from OLB to the middle. All of that impressed coaches and there has even been talk that he could earn a starting spot. Omar Gaither officially got that job on Monday, but not without a fight.

Breakdown: Fokou will be an Eagle when the season starts.

Come back for part two tomorrow.

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