UVa vs. Maryland Scouting Report: Maryland Defense

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DE Jeremy Navarre has started 28 of the last 30 games for the Terps.

The Terrapins have been fairly solid on the defensive side of the ball for most of the season. The Terps come into the weekend ranked 43rd nationally in total defense (345.17 ypg), including the 30th-ranked pass defense (198.33 ypg). In their victory over 10th ranked Rutgers, the Terps held the nations 9th best offense to 392 total yards. The Scarlet Knights came into the game averaging 525.0 ypg.


Maryland was without its top playmaker in the win over Georgia Tech, as junior linebacker Erin Henderson sat out with a knee injury. Junior LB Dave Philistin, a first-year starter, picked up the slack vs. the Yellow Jackets with a career-high 21 tackles. He is second on the team with 53 stops.


Tackles Dre Moore and Carlos Feliciano lead the rush defense, which is allowing 146.8 yards per game, and held Heisman candidate Ray Rice to 97 yards Junior cornerback Kevin Barnes is tied for fourth in the league in interceptions (0.50 pg). He has three of the team’s seven picks.

Statistics

  • In their first two games of the year, the Terps held back-to-back opponents below 200 yards of total offense for the first time since 2003.
  • Maryland has had at least one defensive player drafted into the NFL in each of the last 11 seasons, and 17 defensive players overall in that time span, including cornerback Josh Wilson last season. Of the Terps’ defenders selected, 11 have gone in the first three rounds, including first round picks Chad Scott (1997) and Shawne Merriman (2005).
  • The Terps allowed 4.6 yards per carry last season, their worst categorical performance in six seasons. That number has improved some this season to 4.3 yards per game. Three teams have rushed for over 175 yards this season against UM. Maryland is 1-2 in those games.
  • UM has given up over 392 yards
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