The Maryland Terrapins will be making the move to the Big Ten this fall and looking to make an immediate impact. The program struggled in 2013 thanks to a rash of injuries that robbed the team of many of their best players. Even with a healthy roster in 2014, however, the team will need to see some major improvement from key contributors like quarterback C.J. Brown. For the Terrapins to find success this fall, they need to see positive strides from Brown under center.
There is plenty to like about the fifth-year senior’s game. Last season, Brown showed the ability to be a dual-threat quarterback, accounting for 2,818 total yards of offense and 25 touchdowns against just seven interceptions in 11 games. He ranked second on the team in carries (140), third in yards per carry (4.1), and his 12 rushing touchdowns were twice as many as the rest of the team combined. He is a dynamic playmaker with a nose for finding the endzone.
But Brown has some areas that could use some work, especially in the passing game. He was able to complete just 58.9 percent of his passes last season, which would have ranked him No. 8 in the Big Ten last season. He must be more accurate with his passes in 2014 for the Terps to make headway in their new conference home. He should be helped by having arguably the best receiver tandem in the conference with Stefon Diggs and Deon Long.
There is enough talent around Brown for him to put up big numbers this season. To do that, he will have to make strides as a quarterback while maintaining his playmaking ability with his legs. If he can make those strides, watch for Maryland to be a dangerous team in the Big Ten in 2014.