Randy Edsall May Have Turned The Corner

By Travis Patterson
Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

It’s safe to say that the Randy Edsall era has gotten off to a disappointing start at Maryland. This is Edsall’s third full season in College Park, and his record only reads 8-18 with a 3-13 record against ACC opponents. This is the same man who built the Connecticut program up from nothing and made it a contender in the former Big East conference. In his final season at Connecticut, Edsall led the Huskies to a Big East championship and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl, where they got pounded by Landry Jones and Oklahoma. That was in 2010, the same year Ralph Friedgen led Maryland to a 9-4 record while claiming ACC Coach of the Year honors as well. Despite all of that, Maryland parted ways with Friedgen and picked up one of the hottest coaching names in College Football at the time, Randy Edsall.

Edsall’s record at Maryland is not indicative of how well of a coach he is, because each year his teams have dealt with injuries at nearly every position. For example, Edsall was forced to play a linebacker at the quarterback position last year, due to the decimation of his depth chart. This season looks promising for the Terps, however, as they have finally settled on a quarterback who, for now, is healthy and putting up big numbers. C.J. Brown has marveled in his first two games, and has breathed new life into this program. In Maryland’s Week 1 victory over Florida International, Brown passed for 281 yards and three touchdowns, while running for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He did not stop there, as he impressed again in Week 2 against Old Dominion with 275 pass yards and two touchdowns while also running for 30 yards and two more scores.

Maryland won both of those games, in large part to Brown, who is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. Two years ago, Brown was named the starter mid-way through the yea,r and had a brilliant game against the then undefeated Clemson Tigers, but then got injured later in the year.  He sat out all of last season with an injury, but he seems to be back at full strength now.  The best part of Brown’s game is his ability to run the read option to perfection in a number of different formations. Brown is the clear-cut leader of this offense, but he also has an emerging star at wide receiver in Stefon Diggs.  iggs is extremely talented, and if he was on a team with national notoriety, then he would be receiving all kinds of praise for his stellar play. Last week, Diggs hauled in six passes for 179 yards and a touchdown in helping his team to a 47-10 win.

Edsall finally has the pieces he needs to compete on a consistent level, and Maryland’s upcoming game this weekend will draw some national attention, because Edsall is traveling to play his old team in Connecticut. This is a game that Maryland should win before taking on rival West Virginia; however, we might not really know what Maryland has until they play Florida State in the beginning of October. All of the hot-seat talk surrounding Edsall should begin to subside a little bit, because, at least so far, he has been able to produce with healthy players this season. The schedule gets tougher as the season goes on, so an injury to a key player like Brown or Diggs could ruin the season. I believe this team will win their next two games, giving them a 4-0 record going into their ACC opener in Tallahassee. A possible 4-0 start would go a long way for Maryland in terms of making it back to a bowl game this year, which I think they ultimately will.

You can grab Maryland vs. UConn football tickets here for Edsall’s return to Connecticut this week.

Travis Patterson, Writer for the ACC on Rantsports.com.  Follow on Twitter @tpat20, https://twitter.com/tpat20

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