The football seasons at
When the Terps take the field at Byrd Stadium against
When the Midshipmen play Florida Atlantic a few hours later at Navy-Marine Corps
Heather Dinich, who covered the Terps for The Baltimore Sun and now writes about the
"It's kind of ironic that we're talking Maryland and Navy since Maryland's facing Navy's old coach, Paul Johnson," Dinich said Friday. "You're going to see a game that looks like two academy teams playing. I think that you're going to see Maryland throw it less than Georgia Tech does. The other thing is that Paul Johnson has a quarterback situation on his hands and Navy's quarterback might be the best of the three [starting]."
Before this seemingly unprecedented string of injuries started in College Park, the Terps appeared on the verge of going from a 2-10 disaster in
"The thing that's amazing to me that even with Perry Hills, I think Maryland could have gotten to a bowl game this year," Dinich said. "I've never seen anything like what's happened to Maryland. I'm going to Maryland's game specifically to watch a freshman linebacker play quarterback. It's one of the most interesting things happening in the ACC."
If Petty can figure out a way to get the ball to freshman star receiver Stefon Diggs on every play — or at least three of every four — maybe Maryland can turn this season into a three-win improvement. If the Terps could somehow beat Georgia Tech and manage a win from the last three games — which seems unlikely with
After hearing Edsall call the Terps unlucky earlier this week, Dinich said she "wrote a
Edsall seems as unflappable as he was a year ago, but this time it looks like he's providing stability rather than contributing to the chaos.
"This is only, what the third or fourth time we've been through it this season?" Edsall said earlier this week, showing a rare sense of humor. "Our guys know how to handle it. We know that Shawn is the guy, so everybody has to rally around him. It's not all on Shawn. Shawn's just one part of this team, and I think that's what happens with this team concept, that team mentality, those are the things that help you get through the obstacles that you have to overcome."
It's an interesting contrast to what happened last year, when Edsall seemed to waffle between
It's also interesting to look at how
The first four games with Miller at quarterback, during which he committed 10 of the team's 12 turnovers, made the Midshipmen look more like the teams of Charlie Weatherbie and George Chaump rather than Niumatalolo and Johnson. It's quite a coincidence that Miller's best game of the season came right before he left with a
In a month, he has quickly become Wally Pipp with shoulder pads, unlikely ever to see more than mop-up duty unless Reynolds gets hurt. That has happened often in the triple-option, which hasn't had a quarterback play an entire season since Lamar Owens in 2005. As long as he stays healthy, Reynolds not only has turned around the season, but he also has suddenly made Navy's future seem as bright as it did when Dobbs was the quarterback.
With a victory Saturday against Florida Atlantic — a 12-year-old program started by former
After playing at least five at the position this season, here's hoping that Edsall has to play only one next season.
At this point, he might even take two or three.