Maryland opens the 2014 campaign at home this weekend against James Madison.
Unlike past years, however, the Terrapins will be competing as a member of the Big Ten Conference instead of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“Well it’s good to be back in game week and have the opportunity to play a different opponent rather than play against yourselves,” Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said during his weekly press conference. “I’m looking forward to Saturday to see where we are as a team and I’m anxious to watch the guys go out and perform. I want to see what kind of team they can be in 2014.”
C.J. Brown returns at quarterback and Stefon Diggs figures to turn heads again this season. Diggs, a Good Counsel product, suffered a leg injury in midseason last year and was sidelined for the final six games.
Maryland has made waves with a receiving corps that could be the deepest and most experienced in the nation. In addition to Diggs, the group also includes Deon Long, Nigel King and Marcus Leak among others.
Meanwhile, James Madison boasts senior free safety Dean Marlowe who was named to the preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association team. The Queens, New York native earned second team All-CAA honors at safety and was named third team all-conference as a punt returner last season.
The Dukes were picked to finish eighth in the league’s preseason poll but did receive one first-place vote. Maryland should be an overwhelming favorite to win this game but are not taking their opponent lightly.
“They’re a talented team,” said Edsall. “I believe they have 10 transfers from FBS schools, seven on offense and three on defense. They have a quarterback [Vad Lee] who was a starter in the ACC. Again it’s a team that has talent. It’s a new coaching staff and that brings some uncertainty terms of what do you prepare for, who do you watch and where do you gather all your information.”