COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland footbal team opens its 2014 season and its inaugural season as a member of the Big Ten Conference with a 3:42 p.m. kickoff against James Madison Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Maryland has won four straight season openers and nine of its last 10. The Terps lone loss during that span came at 12th-ranked California to open the 2009 season.
In addition, Maryland has won 10 straight season openers at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium including a 23-15 victory over James Madison on Sept. 5, 1998. The Terps last lost a home opener against Ohio on Sept. 6, 1997.
Saturday's game will be broadcast live on BTN.com and streamed live on BTN2Go at 3:30 p.m. Visit BTN.com to find the game in your local area. Joe Beninati (pbp), Scott McBrien (color) and Frank Hanrahan (sideline) will call the action. The game can also be heard on the Maryland Sports Radio Network with Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Steve Suter (sideline) on the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio channel 135, XM Radio channel and SiriusXM channel 196.
Maryland leads 2-0
Home: 2-0 / Away: 0-0
First Meeting: Sept. 5, 1998 / Home / W, 23-15
Last Meeting: Sept. 12, 2009 / Home / W, 38-35 (ot)
Most points scored vs. James Madison:
Overall & Home: 38 (38-35 win in overtime on Sept. 12, 2009)
Most points given up vs. James Madison:
Overall & Home: 35 (38-35 win in overtime on Sept. 12, 2009)
Number of Shutouts:
Maryland: 0 James Madison: 0
Largest Margin of Victory:
(8) 23-15 on Sept. 5, 1998
Breakin' Down Brown
Quarterback C.J. Brown returns under center for his final year in College Park with 3,084 yards passing and 1,162 yards rushing for his career. Last season, Brown became the first Maryland quarterback to throw for 2,000 or more yards (2,242) and rush for 500 or more yards (576) in a single season. His 576 yards rushing set a Maryland single-season record for a QB. For his career, Brown has seven 100-yard rushing games, which is the second-highest active total in the Big Ten behind Ohio State’s Braxton Miller (14), and holds five of Maryland’s top -10 rushing performances for a quarterback in school history.
- Brown’s seven 100-yard rushing games not only is the second-highest active total in the Big Ten behind the Buckeye’s Braxton Miller, but it is tied for fifth all-time in program history with Louis Carter (1972-74). LaMont Jordan (1997-2000) holds the Terrapin career record with 18 100-yard rushing games.
- In addition, his seven 100-yard yard rushing performances are the highest total among the 105 members of the 2014 Maryland roster. Running back Brandon Ross is second on the team with four career 100-yard rushing games.
- Brown rushed for 100-yards or more in four games last season, which tied for the eighth-highest single-season total in school history. Steve Atkins (1978) and Charlie Wysocki (1980) hold the school record with eight 100-yard rushing performances.
- Brown became the first quarterback in Maryland history to pass for 200 or more yards and rush for 100 or more yards in four or more games in 2013.
- Last season, Brown averaged 13.51 yards per pass completion. His average was the 24th highest nationally and third highest in the Big Ten.
On The Offense
ROSS LEADS DEEP RB UNIT
Running back Brandon Ross is back after leading the Terps in rushing the past two seasons. Including Ross, Maryland returns its top five rushers from a season ago. The junior from Newark, Del., carried the ball a team-high 166 times for 776 yards and four scores in 2013. Ross, who is second on the team with four 100-yard career rushing performances, closed the season with a strong performance against Marshall in the Military Bowl rushing for 116 yards.
- Ross ranks 21st in school history averaging 4.65 yards per carry over his first two seasons.
- He is 34 rushing yards shy of becoming the 27th member of the 1,200-yard club.
- Ross is 98 yards shy of moving into 25th on the career rushing list.
DIGGS RETURNS TO CLIMB THE CHARTS
After a record-breaking freshman campaign, wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ sophomore season was cut short at Wake Forest when he suffered a leg injury. Through seven games, Diggs averaged 17.3 yards per reception, which ranked in the top-30 nationally.
- Diggs is 12 receptions shy of becoming just the 13th player in school history to record 100 receptions.
- His 1,435 career receiving yards ranks 12th in school history and he is 118 yards shy of moving into the top10.
- For his career, Diggs is averaging 16.31 yards per reception, which ranks 16th in school history.
CONABOY ANCHORS O-LINE
Maryland returns four of its five starters along the offensive line from 2013. The group has combined for 76 career appearances and helped Maryland pass for over 3,000 yards last season for the first time since 1994. Senior center Sal Conaboy is the veteran among the group having appeared in 27 career games with 22 starts, the most on the offensive side of the ball. Conaboy, a Rimington Trophy Watch List member, started all 13 games at center last season and has started 14 consecutive games the longest active streak on the team.
On The Defense/Special Teams
GET TO THE QUARTERBACK
Senior Andre Monroe anchors one end and is Maryland’s active leader in sacks. The product from Upper Marlboro, Md., has 14.5 career sacks after totaling a team-best 9.5 last season, which tied for 21st nationally.
- Monroe’s 14.5 sacks ranks just outside Maryland’s career charts. He is a half sack shy of tying for 13th all-time on the career list.
- With 9.5 sacks in 2013, Monroe posted the best single-season sack total in school history since Kris Jenkins posted 10.0 sacks in 2000.
- His 24.5 career tackles for loss ranks 16th in school history.
BACK TO RECEIVE THE KICK
Sophomore William Likely became the biggest return threat on the team and excelled in the role last season. After Stefon Diggs was sidelined for the year, Likely averaged 12.8 yards per punt return, which ranked 17th nationally, and 26.0 yards per kick return, which ranked 23rd nationally. His 729 kickoff return yards last season was the fourth-highest single-season total in school history.
- Last season, Likely totaled 729 kickoff return yards, the four-best total in school history, besting Diggs by 16 yards.
- After Diggs averaged 28.52 yards per kick return as a freshman, Likely averaged 26.04 yards per return last season, the sixth-best mark in school history.
- Likely averaged 12.81 yards per punt return in 2013 breaking Diggs’ freshman record of 10.05.
Junior kicker Brad Craddock enjoyed a career year in 2013. A Lou Groza Watch List member, Craddock converted 21-of-25 field goals (84.0%), which was the 28th-best conversion rate in the country. His 1.62 field goal per game average tied for the eighth-highest nationally.
Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for Saturday's game against James Madison are quarterback C.J. Brown (offense), linebacker L.A. Goree (defense), and kicker Brad Craddock (special teams).
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