2018 MARYLAND TERRAPINS FOOTBALL PREVIEW
HEAD COACH: DJ Durkin (10 – 15)
CAREER RECORD: 11 – 15
OFFENSIVE COORDINATORS: Chris Beatty, Matt Canada
DEFENSIVE COORDINATORS: Jimmy Brumbaugh, Andy Buh
STADIUM: Maryland Stadium (51, 802)
September 1 Texas at Landover, Maryland
September 8 at Bowling Green
September 15 Temple
September 22 Minnesota
October 6 at Michigan
October 13 Rutgers
October 20 at Iowa
October 27 Illinois
November 3 Michigan State
November 10 at Indiana
November 17 Ohio State
November 24 at Penn State
Texas 51 – 41
Towson 63 – 17
Central Florida 10 – 38
Minnesota 31 – 24
Ohio State 14 – 62
Northwestern 21 – 37
Wisconsin 13 – 38
Indiana 42 – 39
Rutgers 24 – 31
Michigan 10 – 35
Michigan State 7 – 17
Penn State 3 – 66
2017 TEAM OFFENSIVE STATS
TOTAL OFFENSE: 323.3
2017 TEAM DEFENSIVE STATS
TOTAL DEFENSE: 419.4
FIVE YEAR WINNING TREND
2013: 7 – 6
2014: 7 – 6
2015: 3 – 9
2016: 6 – 7
2017: 4 – 8
RETURNING STARTERS OFFENSE: 7
RETURNING STARTERS DEFENSE: 4
PASSING: Max Bortenschlager, 121 – 233 –1,313-10TD – 5INT
RUSHING: Ty Johnson, 137 – 875 – 5TD
RECEIVING: Taivon Jacobs, 47 – 553 –5TD
TACKLES: Antoine Brooks, Jr. 77
SACKS: Keiron Howard, 2.0
INTERCEPTIONS: Darnell Savage, Jr. 3
2018 TOP 10 RECRUITS
Jaelyn Duncan, OT Baltimore, Maryland
Austin Fontaine, DT Hyattsville, Maryland
Darryl Jones, WR Virginia Beach, Virginia
Ken Montgomery, CB Tampa, Florida
Evan Gregory, OG Hyattsville, Maryland
TJ Bradley, OT Leesburg, Virginia
Byron Cowart, DE Seffner, Florida
Tyler Baylor, DE Olney, Maryland
Chigoziem Okonkwo, TE Powder Springs, Georgia
Jalen Alexander, DT Chesapeake, Virginia
Maryland will be implementing a brand-new Pro – style offense in 2018. The good news is they will have healthy quarterbacks to run the offense. They got off to a great start in 2017 after beating Texas on the road and winning two out, of their next three games including their Big Ten opener at Minnesota. But, then they slipped to 4 – 8 and 2 – 7 in the Big Ten following the loss of two signal callers after week three.
Kasim Hill is a prototype pro passer and appears to have the inside track to be the starter against Texas on September 1. Hill tore his ACL in game three and missed the rest of the 2017 season Tyrell Pigrome returns and is a better runner than passer.
The running game is strong with Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison who accounted for 1,497 rushing yards in 2017. They will operate behind a veteran offensive line that returns all five starters, including all Big 10 tackle Derwin Gray. This could be Maryland’s deepest line in several seasons.
Losing receiver DJ Moore won’t be easy, but Taivon Jacobs is a playmaker who will help fill the void. Maryland has a lot of young receivers and running backs who will catch on quickly. Tight end Avery Edwards is back as is fullback Tayon Fleet – Davis, both are expected to have expanded roles in the new offense.
In order for Maryland to be a bowl team this season, they must play better on defense. They allowed a conference – worst 37.1 points per game in 2017. The unit remains relatively unproven going into this season and there is no possible way they can outscore all of their opponents.
LB Jesse Aniebonam returns after breaking a bone in his foot against Texas in the season opener. His return is as important as having healthy quarterbacks. Transfer Byron Cowart is on the other side, and there are several big bodies looking for playing time in between them. Adam McLean appears to have the inside track at nose tackle with Mbi Tanyi returning at defensive tackle.
All – Conference linebacker Jermaine Carter, Junior is gone. But Illinois grant transfer Tre Watson made coaches take notice in the spring with his outstanding play. Outside linebacker Isaiah Davis returns after starting nine games in 2017.
The secondary is headlined by Antoine Brooks and Darnell Savage. Maryland was last in the conference in points allowed and 13th in total defense. Brooks is a former linebacker who was named honorable mention as a nickel back last season. Florida State transfer Marcus Lewis and Tino Ellis will man the corners.
Mike Shinsky came out of the spring with the kicking job. Incoming freshman Joseph Petrino will challenge him this fall. Punter Wade Lees averaged 39.2 yards per punt and appears to have that position locked up heading into the season opener. Javon Leake and Anthony McFarland will both make the difference on returns for new special teams coach Matt Barnes.
Injuries crippled have this team after their first four games. Now that there healthy and a top 30 recruiting class, Maryland appears poised to make a run at a winning record and a potential bowl game. This season will give Maryland fans an idea of just how much they have closed the gap between this program and the teams at the top of the conference. The new offense and an improved defense could have opponents paying attention to the Terrapins.
PROJECTED RECORD: 6 – 6, 4 – 5 Big Ten
COACH DJ DURKIN COMMENTS AT MEDIA DAYS
THE MODERATOR: We’re joined by Maryland head coach DJ Durkin.
DJ DURKIN: Good to be here this morning, good to see everyone. Marks the start of a new season. Great day. Appreciate you being here.
I’d like for us to talk about the upcoming season, just take a moment to share some thoughts on Jordan McNair and what he meant to our program, the type of teammate he was.
Obviously the loss of Jordan has been a tremendously difficult thing for your entire program to deal with this summer.
Jordan was a special member of our team. He had a unique way about him that was infectious to his teammates. He was loved by everyone. And we have a team that’s all working through the grieving process together.
That’s been our focus with our guys, is to come together, be there for one another, both as student-athletes as well as the staff and coaches and everyone involved. He had such tremendous impact on so many lives. So everyone is working through and dealing with that.
Jordan’s family are some of the finest people, starting with his mom and dad, Tanya and Marty. If our world had half the strength and character they have, it would be a much better place. And we spent some time with his family, that’s just the start, with all — you know, grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, so many wonderful people that we’ve gotten to know and spent time with.
Our hearts continue to be with them. They will not be forgotten. They will always be part of our program, Jordan and his family will always be part of what we do.
We’ve assigned a player committee to head that up and make sure that there’s always a presence. We’re a team playing for Jordan this year. So there will be some things we’ll announce in the coming days as we get into the season of what exactly we’re going to do and how we’re going to handle that.
But, again, I think it’s important that it’s our players’ decision to do that, and we’re going to allow them to take that on.
I’m proud of our team and how they’ve responded. And like I said, it’s still a team going through a grieving process. You have 105 guys with different personalities and background and all dealing with it in a different way.
I’m proud how they’ve come together and worked. I think these past couple of weeks we’ve had some really good time together. I think it’s been helpful to be together. Our workouts have gone well, and so we’re excited about that.
I’m proud of our team and really excited about our team going this year. I think we have a really good football team. I really do.
We have a good mix of veteran leadership, guys with experience that we’re counting on that have played a lot for us and done some really good things, as well as I feel we’ve recruited very well. And we have some really good young talent. And it’s going to help us on the field and provide a lot of depth.
So I like the spot we’re in with that. And I think when you spend some time with the three young men we brought with us today — Derwin Gray and Darnell Savage and Taivon Jacobs — you’ll see more of what I’m talking about, three great leaders in our program, guys that we’re certainly counting on that play a lot of football for us and at a very high level.
We’re excited about that, and I think it will be a great year for us. Questions?
Q. Recruiting classes, the last couple, at least, via national publications favorably reviewed what you’ve been able to do in that process, and that’s kind of been a big concern for Maryland going back several years now. How do you address recruiting in your geographic region, your outreach programs, your radius from which you recruit players? If you could define that for us a little bit and how you go about that?
DJ DURKIN: How we go about our recruiting process? For us, I know I’ve said this before, and I truly mean it, the area we’re in, I think we’re in the center of one of the best football talent areas in the country. I really feel that way.
I’ve probably said it too much because it seems a lot more people are coming to try and recruit guys and take them out of there. But it really is that.
Not just from a talent standpoint, I think from a coaching standpoint, the level of coaching in our area at the high school level is, I think, about as good as anywhere you’ll find. These are men who are recruited in seventh and eighth grade to what high school they’re going to go to.
There’s a lot of time, emphasis, money, put into this. And so in the end there’s a lot of talented guys and guys that are really prepared when they get to your campus. There’s not a big transition in a lot of circumstances to be able to play. A lot of these guys we brought in have played early for us.
Our formula is pretty easy. We’re going to continue to recruit in the DMV and through our radius of our campus like crazy and do everything we can to keep as many guys here with us and representing their hometown as we possibly can. And we will certainly branch out in different certain areas. I think we’ve done pretty well down South and brought some guys up that have really helped us and will continue to do that as well. But that will be supplementing what our primary area is.
Q. It’s well documented, all the quarterback situation you guys went through last year. Are you excited to hopefully go through a season where you keep guys upright? And are they looking forward to being able to go the route this season? And what do you want out of that position this year?
DJ DURKIN: It’s not a trick question, right, we are excited to go through the year, obviously keep guys healthy. That will be definitely good for us and the goal.
It’s like déjà vu. We’re going into training camp again with a quarterback competition, which is good in many ways. I think competition is good for all of us. It keeps you sharp and focused.
Three young men that we have competing as well as our freshman, Tyler DeSue, are all outstanding young men, really good football players. It will be really good competition. We’ll carry it into training camp, as we did last year, and at the appropriate time announce who the starter is, what the plan is moving forward.
I think the good thing is the guys we have we know we can win a lot of football games with. So it’s a good competition in that way. In the short amount of time that Pigrome and Kasim were able to play last year, they showed us, as well as anyone that watched or studied it, they’re tremendous football players and they’re tremendous leaders. Their teammates look at them that way.
So those two guys, as well as Max Bortenschlager, will continue to compete. Max played a lot of football for us last year. I know a lot fell on him, but that certainly wasn’t all on Max. And he’s another year older and great experience.
So we’re looking forward to that as a coaching staff. I think it’s — again, competition is a very good thing. Those guys feed off of each other very well. So they’ll work through training camp, and we’ll make a decision when the time is right.
Q. Coach, obviously your ties to the Michigan football program and the goals you have to kind of vault into that upper tier, if you will, of the East Division and what your plan and process is for that, but just your takeaways from learning under somebody like Jim Harbaugh, that whole experience and the structure it brings to what you do on a daily basis?
DJ DURKIN: Our program, real simple, our goal is to compete and win the Big Ten. Again, back to recruiting area and the people we’ve been able to bring into this program, we feel we’re doing it at the level we need to do to be able to accomplish that. And so that’s certainly every — every guy that puts on a helmet for us or wears a whistle or is part of our program has that goal in mind.
Probably not unique to our profession, but definitely true in our profession, as you go along and work with different coaches and really coach different guys, I think you learn some from both players and coaches year-round, each and every day. We all take different bits and pieces from people. It’s certainly part of what we do.
I’ve been very fortunate to be around a lot of, I feel, great, great men and great coaches. So a lot of what we do as a program is certainly things that we’ve learned and picked up along the way.
2 Lorenzo Harrison III RB 5-8 195 Jr. Hillcrest Heights, Md. (DeMatha Catholic HS)
3 Tyrrell Pigrome QB 5-11 196 RSo. Pinson, Ala. (Clay-Chalkville HS)
4 Darnell Savage, Jr. DB 5-10 191 Sr. Newark, Del. (Caravel Academy)
5 Anthony McFarland RB 5-8 208 RFr. Hyattsville, Md. (DeMaha Catholic HS)
6 Jesse Aniebonam DL 6-3 259 Sr. Silver Spring, Md. (Good Counsel HS)
6 Ty Johnson RB 5-10 208 Sr. Cumberland, Md. (Fort Hill HS)
9 Byron Cowart DL 6-4 270 Jr. Seffner, Fla. (Auburn) (Armwood)
9 Jahrvis Davenport WR 5-9 194 Sr. Tampa, Fla. (Robinson HS)
10 DJ Turner WR 5-9 200 Jr. Glenarden, Md. (DeMatha Catholic HS)
11 Fofie Bazzie DB 5-11 190 RFr. Silver Spring, Md. (Quince Orchard HS)
11 Kasim Hill QB 6-2 232 RFr. Washington, D.C. (St. John’s College)
12 Vincent Flythe DB 6-0 172 Fr. Washington, D.C. (Howard D. Woodson)
12 Taivon Jacobs WR 5-11 170 Sr. Camp Springs, Md. (Suitland HS)
13 Tyler DeSue QB 6-1 210 Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. (Bishop Sullivan Catholic)
14 Tahj Capehart WR 5-10 184 So. Virginia Beach, Va. (Bishop Sullivan Catholic)
14 Deon Jones DB 6-0 195 RFr. Oxon Hill, Md. (Potomac HS)
15 Legend Brumbaugh QB 6-3 215 So. Auburn, Ala. (Trinity Christian Academy)
15 Melvin Keihn DE 6-1 228 Sr. Towson, Md. (Virginia Tech) (Gilman)
16 Ayinde Eley LB 6-3 226 RFr. Silver Spring, Md. (Good Counsel)
17 Tino Ellis DB 6-1 193 Jr. Reisterstown, Md. (DeMatha Catholic HS)
17 Chigoziem Okonkwo TE 6-2 225 Fr. Powder Springs, Ga. (Hillgrove)
18 Max Bortenschlager QB 6-3 211 Jr. Fishers, Ind. (Cathedral HS)
18 Jordan Mosley LB 6-1 217 Fr. Havertown, Pa. (Haverford)
19 MJ Jarrell WR 6-1 183 RFr. Orlando, Fla. (Timber Creek HS)
19 Marcus Lewis DB 6-1 190 RJr. District Heights, Md. (Florida State) (Gonzaga)
20 Javon Leake RB 6-0 200 So. Greensboro, N.C. (Page HS)
20 Antwaine Richardson DB 6-0 192 Jr. Delray Beach, Fla. (Atlantic Community HS)
21 RaVon Davis DB 5-10 177 Sr. Fort Washington, Md. (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) (Friendly HS)
22 Isaiah Davis ILB 6-1 238 Jr. Temple Hills, Md. (St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes)
22 Jeshaun Jones WR 6-2 173 Fr. Fort Myers, Fla. (South Fort Myers)
24 Qwuantrezz Knight DB 6-0 197 Jr. Quincy, Fla. (East Gadsden HS)
25 Antoine Brooks, Jr. DB 5-11 210 Jr. Lanham, Md. (DuVal HS )
26 Kenny Bennett DB 6-2 201 RFr. Philadelphia, Pa. (Academy at Palumbo)
27 Bryce Brand DL 6-3 241 So. Detroit, Mich. (Clayton Valley Charter)
30 Durell Nchami LB 6-3 220 Fr. Burtonsville, Md. (Paint Branch)
31 Nnamdi Egbuaba LB 6-0 227 Sr. Baltimore, Md. (St. Frances Academy)
32 Matt Barber PK/P 6-0 200 Sr. Mechanicsburg, Pa. (Mechanicsburg Area HS)
32 Bruce Miller LB 6-0 244 Sr. Chester, Pa. (Dean College) (Delcastle Tech HS)
33 Tayon Fleet-Davis RB 5-11 231 So. Oxon Hill, Md. (Potomac HS)
33 Tré Watson LB 6-2 235 Sr. Tampa, Fla. (Illinois) (Tampa Catholic)
34 Jake Funk RB 5-11 202 Jr. Gaithersburg, Md. (Damascus HS)
36 Matt Oliveira LS 6-1 215 Sr. Watchung, N.J. (Saint Peter’s Prep)
37 Chris Jones WR 6-2 177 Sr. Baltimore, Md. (Iowa Western CC) (DeMatha Catholic HS)
38 Paul Inzerillo PK 5-8 175 So. Staten Island, N.Y. (Monsignor Farrell HS)
39 Steve Baca LB 6-2 220 Jr. Mt. Airy, Md. (South Carroll HS)
40 Ikechukwu Ogwuegbu RB 5-9 195 Jr. Hyattsville, Md. (Northwestern HS)
41 Mike Shinsky K 5-9 178 Jr. Towson, Md. (McDonogh School)
42 Nick Underwood LB 6-0 225 RJr. Lake Oswego, Ore. (Air Force/Riverside CC) (Lake Oswego)
45 Zack Roski TE 6-7 213 So. Laurel, Md. (St. Vincent Palotti HS)
46 Robert Schwob TE 6-6 211 So. Annapolis, Md. (Broadneck HS)
49 Antonio DiCerbo DL 6-1 234 So. Pasadena, Md. (Gilman HS)
50 Mbi Tanyi DL 6-1 296 Sr. Houston, Texas (George Bush HS)
52 Oluwaseun Oluwatimi DL 6-1 298 Jr. Upper Marlboro, Md. (DeMatha Catholic HS)
53 Brett Shepherd LB 6-4 230 Jr. Buford, Ga. (Collins Hill HS)
55 Derwin Gray OL 6-5 330 Sr. Washington, D.C. (Fork Union Military Academy) (Friendship Collegiate)
56 Cam Spence DL 6-3 315 RFr. Washington, D.C. (St. John’s College )
57 TJ Bradley OL 6-7 285 So. Leesburg, Va. (Lackawanna CC) (Tuscarora)
58 Damian Prince OL 6-3 315 Sr. Washington, D.C. (Bishop McNamara HS)
59 Keiron Howard DL 6-3 293 Jr. Fort Washington, Md. (Potomac HS)
63 Tyler Hamilton OL 6-1 298 So. Bowie, Md. (St. Vincent Palotti HS)
64 Brendan Moore OL 6-3 302 Sr. Austin, Texas (Westwood HS)
67 Tyran Hunt OL 6-7 300 RFr. Boykins, Va. (Southampton HS)
68 Ellis McKennie OL 6-3 305 Jr. McSherrytown, Pa. (McDonogh School)
70 Sean Christie OL 6-4 305 Sr. Medford, N.Y. (Patchogue-Medford HS)
72 Marcus Minor OL 6-4 294 So. Lanham, Md. (DeMatha Catholic HS)
73 Johnny Jordan OL 6-1 307 So. Leesburg, Va. (Gonzaga HS)
74 Brian Plummer OL 6-6 310 So. New Windsor, Md. (South Carroll HS)
75 Terrance Davis OL 6-3 308 Jr. Temple Hills, Md. (DeMatha Catholic HS)
76 Jack Wagman OL 6-5 285 So. Potomac, Md. (Winston Churchill HS)
79 Jordan McNair OL 6-4 325 RFr. Randallstown, Md. (McDonogh School)
80 Noah Barnes TE 6-4 225 So. Auburn, Ala. (Auburn HS)
81 Rayshad Lewis WR 5-10 165 RSo. Orlando, Fla. (Utah State) (Bishop Moore)
82 Avery Edwards TE 6-4 240 Sr. Raleigh, N.C. (Ravenscroft HS)
83 Carlos Carriere WR 6-4 180 RFr. Alpharetta, Ga. (Alpharetta HS)
85 Sean Nelson WR 6-0 181 RFr. Fairburn, Ga. (Langston Hughes HS)
86 Jayden Comma WR 6-2 208 RFr. Roswell, Ga. (Roswell HS)
87 Michael Cornwell WR 6-3 225 Sr. Columbia, Md. (McDonogh School)
88 Jalen Alexander DL 6-4 295 Fr. Chesapeake, Va. (Western Branch)
88 Wade Lees P 6-2 208 Jr. Melbourne, Australia (Box Hill Senior Secondary College)
89 Andrew Park TE 6-4 260 RFr. Fairfax Station, Va. (Lake Braddock HS)
90 B’Ahmad Miller DL 6-2 276 RFr. Newark, Del. (Dean College) (St. Frances Academy )
91 Adam McLean DL 6-2 305 Jr. Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard HS)
93 Oseh Saine DL 6-2 295 Jr. Worcester, Mass. (Lincoln HS/Worcester Academy)
95 Lawtez Rogers DL 6-4 274 RFr. Landover, Md. (Eleanor Roosevelt HS)
96 Brett Kulka DL 6-4 260 Sr. Edinboro, Pa. (General McLane HS)
97 Celso Rivera DL 6-1 350 Sr. Woodbridge, VA (Lackawanna CC) (Gar-Field)
98 Brandon Gaddy DL 6-2 311 RFr. Virginia Beach, Va. (Bishop Sullivan Catholic)
99 Breyon Gaddy DL 6-2 360 RFr. Virginia Beach, Va. (Bishop Sullivan Catholic)
MARYLAND FOOTBALL – 2018 COACHES
DJ Durkin – Head Coach 3 years
Andy Buh – Defensive Coordinator 3 years
Matt Canada – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 1st Year
Chris Beatty – Associate Head Coach/Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach 3 years
Jimmy Brumbaugh – Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach 2 years
Chuck Heater – Defensive Backs – Safeties 1st Year
Matt Barnes – Linebackers – Special Teams Coordinator 3 years
Aazaar Abdul-Rahim – Defensive Backs – Cornerbacks 3 years
Dave Bucar – Tight Ends Coach 1st Year
Bryan Stinespring – Offensive Line Coach 1st Year
Jafar Williams – Running Backs Coach 1st Year
Alex Garwig – Graduate Assistant 3 years
Desmond Morgan – Graduate Assistant 2 years
Kevin Glover – Director of Player Development 2 years
Drew Hampton – Head Equipment Manager 3 years
Paula Karamihas – Coordinator of Football Nutrition 1st Year
Dave Mencarini – Director of Player Personnel 2 years
Armani Reeves – Coordinator of Player Development 2 years
Rick Court – Assistant AD – Football Sports Performance 3 years
Marcus Berry – Director of Recruiting 3 years
Jason Baisden – Assistant Athletic Director – Football Operations and Equipment 6 years
Luke Noé – Assistant Director of Recruiting/Special Assistant to Head Coach 3 years
Dan Pallante – Senior Offensive Analyst 3 years
Brawley Evans – Senior Defensive Analyst 3 years
David Wilczewski – Director of Recruiting Operations 5 years
Charity Grady – Director of On-Campus Recruiting 2 years
Wes Robinson – Head Trainer 12 years
Annie Peppard – Executive Assistant 7 years
Tyler Hancock – Quality Control (Special Teams) 3 years