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Edsall and his Terrapins have been one of this year's biggest surprises.
Week 6 Matchup: at No. 8 Florida State (4-0), Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET
Many didn’t expect Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall’s tenure with the program to last much longer.
Throughout his first two years with Maryland, the team compiled a lousy 6-18 record. So, it didn’t come as a surprise when CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd had Edsall at a 3.5 rating (on the bubble, feeling pressure) during his preseason Coach Hot Seat Ratings.
Then again, what else would you expect when you have to start a linebacker at quarterback?
However, this season has been an entirely different story.
The Terrapins have now won four-straight games for the first time since 2006. Furthermore, you’d have to go back to 2001 for the last time the team started 4-0.
Along the way, Maryland’s defense has proven to be no joke, ranking No. 3 in scoring defense (10.3 PPGA), No. 6 in total defense (263.8 YPGA), No. 13 against the run (98.5 YPGA) and No. 14 against the pass (165.3 YPGA). The unit also ranks No. 9 in third-down defense, limiting opponents to a conversion rate of just 25.4 percent.
The Terrapins offense isn’t too far behind.
Quarterback C.J. Brown has been a large reason for the success. While the season has been outstanding through the air (1,043 YDS, 7 TD), he’s been even more impressive on the ground (283 YDS, 6 TD).
Running backs Brandon Ross (332 YDS, 2 TD) and Albert Reid (116 YDS, 1 TD) have helped as well.
It’s amazing how quickly Edsall has turned around this program. He has given his team the belief that it can win any game on any given day.
That will all be put to the test when Maryland travels to face the undefeated, No. 8-ranked Seminoles on Saturday.