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Prediction: 8-5

Head coach: Ralph Friedgen
2nd year: 10-2
Overview: Last season shocked the football world coming from out of nowhere to win the ACC title and while it's wrong to underestimate what head coach Ralph Friedgen can do, it's hard to imagine the Terps having the same magic two years in a row. While there seems to be little question that now has to be considered a big-time ACC player, it's a little troublesome for this year's team that so many key players have injury concerns.
2002 Schedule
*Predicted Wins in Bold
Aug. 31 -
Sept. 7 -
Sept. 14 -
Sept. 21 -
Sept. 28 - Wofford
Oct. 5 - at
Oct. 17 -
Oct. 26 - at Duke
Nov. 2 - at North Carolina
Nov. 9 - NC State
Nov. 16 - at
Nov. 23 - at Virginia
Nov. 30 -
From the loss of QB to a knee injury to star LB 's back to RB 's lingering problem with a stomach muscle, there are several things to worry about. The Terps still have enough talent to challenge anyone in the ACC and the schedule to remain a factor in the title race. Best Offensive Player: Junior RB . It was supposed to be a running back by committee situation for last season, then Perry took over the job and never let it go showing great quickness and an pass catching ability that few backs have. Best Defensive Player: Senior LB . If he can stay healthy all season, he's the odds on favorite to win the Butkus Award. He's got rare vision and ball hawking ability with 89 more tackles than any other Terp last year. Key player to a successful season: QBs and Orlando Evans. The plan was for to come in and be . One knee injury later, the Terps now hope McBrien and Evans can produce. The season will be a success if: The Terps finish second in the ACC. is way too strong to ask for another conference championship, but there's no reason for not to be in the hunt until the end. Key game: Sept. 14 vs. . Opening the ACC season at home against one of the top three teams in the nation will show exactly where it stands. An upset win will put the Terps into the top ten and give them the inside track for another ACC title. 2001 Fun Stats:
  • Time of possession: UM 31:43 ... Opponents 28:17
  • Sacks: UM 38 ... Opponents 18
  • Rushing yards: UM 2,428 ... Opponents 997.
  • Passing yards: Opponents 2,645 ... UM 2,409

    Final Thoughts: It's sort of impressive that Ralph Friedgen, known for his great passing attacks when he was at , came in and won with good defense and a great running attack. Until he gets the players in to fit his system and style, he'll continue to try to win with running the ball and controlling the clock while the defense needs to get the 34 turnovers they took forced last year. , and NC State all come to , but North Carolina, Virginia and will all be gunning for the Terps when they get them at home.

    Maryland Offense Preview | Maryland Defense Preview

    Ten Best Players
    1. LB , Sr.
    2. RB , Jr.
    3. P , Sr.
    4. OG , Sr.
    5. LB Leon Joe, Jr.
    6. CB , Jr.
    7. PK , Soph.
    8. FB , Jr.
    9. WR , Jr.
    10. CB Dom. Foxworth, Soph.

    2002 Recruits

    Star of the class
    Randy Earle LB/DE 6-3 229 Fr. North Massepequa, N.Y. (Farmingdale HS)
    A three-year starter and four-year varsity letterman who played rush end as well as fullback as a prep ... is the total package from an athletic standpoint ... clocked at 4.7 in the 40-yard dash ... 31-inch vertical jump, 370-lb. bench and 415 squat ... had 68 tackles, eight sacks, a safety, two fumble recoveries, an interception and six QB hurries as a senior despite being double-teamed all year ... posted 23 sacks in his three years as a starter ... a first team All-Nassau County selection in 2001 ... a SuperPrep All-American who was rated as the 16th-best linebacker in the nation and third-best player (overall) in the region ... an All-East region pick by PrepStar, who ranked him as the sixth-best defensive lineman in the region ... team went 10-1 in 2001 and won the Long Island Championships ... in his final three years, team won one Long Island and two Conference I championships ... also participated in basketball (power forward), lacrosse (midfield) and track & field ... was also recruited by , Miami (Fla.), , and ... high school coach was Buddy Krumenacker. Instant Impact Players
    Orlando Evans QB 6-0 190 Jr. Stockton, Calif. (Brookside Christian HS/CCSF)
    Reuben Haigler CB 6-0 179 Jr. New Cumberland, Pa. (Cedar Cliff HS/Lackawanna JC)
    Adam Podlesh P 5-10 185 Fr. Pittsford, N.Y. (Pittsford Suitland HS)

    Other 2002 Recruits
    Paschal Abiamiri WR 6-2 191 Fr. Randallstown, Md. (Mt. Saint Joseph HS)
    Josh Allen TB 5-11 194 Fr. Bladensburg, Md. (Eleanor Roosevelt HS)
    Chris Choice WR/CB 5-11 175 Fr. Suitland, Md. (Eleanor Roosevelt HS)
    Nathaniel Clayton OL 6-5 310 Fr. Baltimore, Md. (City College HS)
    Stephon Heyer OT 6-6 290 Fr. Lawrenceville, Ga. (Brookwood HS)
    Sam Hollenbach QB 6-5 215 Fr. Sellersville, Pa. (Pennridge HS)
    Reggie Holmes LB 6-1 234 Fr. Bowie, Md. (Bowie HS)
    John "J.P." Humber TB 5-11 196 Fr. Lakeland, Fla. (George Jenkins HS)
    William Kershaw LB 6-3 205 Fr. Raeford, N.C. (Hoke County HS)
    Dan Melendez WR 6-2 155 Fr. Lancaster, Pa. (J.P. McCaskey HS)
    Shawne Merriman LB 6-3 218 Fr. Upper Marlboro, Md. (Frederick Douglass HS)
    Dave Quaintance DT 6-5 266 Fr. Philadelphia, Pa. (Archbishop Ryan HS)
    Domonique Richmond ATH 6-0 183 Fr. Hagerstown, Md. (South Hagerstown HS)
    Brad Schell TE 6-5 220 Fr. Spencerville, Md. (Paint Branch HS)
    Joel Statham QB 6-1 185 Fr. Chatsworth, Ga. (Murray County HS)
    Jo Jo Walker WR/CB 5-10 165 Fr. Carrollton, (Creekview HS)
    S 5-11 180 Fr. Washington, D.C. (Dunbar HS)

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