Through two games, the Maryland football team ranks among the nation's best in a number of categories. As the Terps regroup during their bye week this weekend, let's take a look at some of the best numbers.
The Human First Down
- After a breakout season in 2016, Ty Johnson has picked up right where he left off with 257 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just 17 carries! That's a ridiculous average of 15.1 yards per carry which would lead the country if he had enough carries to qualify for the category.
- Oh by the way, Johnson's 124 yards against Towson came on just five carries. FIVE CARRIES. His 24.8 yards per carry in the game would have been impressive if he hadn't totaled 204 yards on only seven carries (29.1 yds/c) against Purdue last season.
- Johnson is now averaging 9.3 yards/carry during his career on 162 total carries.
- Johnson has broken the 100-yard barrier in both games, which gives him four consecutive 100-yard rushing games dating back to last season. Johnson is just the fourth Maryland player in history to rush for 100 yards in four consecutive games, joining Steve Atkins (1978), Charlie Wysocki (1980) and Bruce Perry (2001).
- Speaking of 100-yard games, Johnson now has seven career 100-yard rushing games, which is tied for seventh in Maryland history with Louis Carter (1972-74).
We Want Some Moore
- Junior wideout D.J. Moore was praised for his incredible work ethic during the offseason and it has shown so far this season, as he has racked up 230 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 14 catches.
- Moore's three touchdown grabs rank sixth nationally, and he leads the Big Ten with four total touchdowns with the addition of his magnificent 21-yard rush against Towson.
- His seven catches against Towson and Texas were both career-highs.
Clean and Effective
- With the week one ACL injury to Tyrrell Pigrome, true freshman quarterback Kasim Hill has impressed in his first two appearances. The young signal caller has completed 16-of-19 passes (84.2 pct) without committing a turnover.
- Hill opened his career completing his first 11 attempts, including all three passes in a pressure-packed fourth quarter debut at Texas.
- He then followed that up with a 13-for-16 performance in his first career start against Towson.
- Hill's completion percentage of 81.3% was the seventh-best in a single-game for a Maryland quarterback EVER. Did we mention it was his first collegiate start?
- The offensive line has been tremendous for the Terps, allowing just three sacks through two games while leading a rushing unit that leads the Big Ten with 315 yards/g.
- A season removed from ranking 99th in the country in rush defense, Maryland's defensive unit has shown immense improvement as the Terps have yet to allow an opponent to break 100 rushing yards as a team.
- Despite the loss of senior Jesse Aniebonam, the Terps' defensive front-seven is among their most experience unit. The grouping includes starting seniors: Cavon Walker, Chandler Burkett, Kingsley Opara, Jermaine Carter, Jr., Shane Cockerille and Jalen Brooks.
- Senior linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr., has long been the leader of the Terrapin defense and the two-time All-Big Ten honoree is off to another great season in 2017.
- Carter has always been a tackling force, but his disruptiveness in the backfield has been apparent. The veteran currently ranks second in the Big Ten with 1.8 tackles/g and third in the Big Ten with 1.25 sacks/g.
- Carter currently leads the Terps with 15 tackles overall through two games.
- The Terrapin secondary has already totaled three interceptions through two games, with JC Jackson, Antoine Brooks, Jr. and Darnell Savage, Jr. each notching a pick. For comparison's sake, Maryland totaled only five interceptions all of last season.
- Maryland's +1.5 turnover margin ranks 16th nationally and second in the Big Ten Conference.