Terps plugging a receiver Leak

Terps plugging a receiver Leak
October 28, 2011, 7:53 pm
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comThe combination of injuries and coach Randy Edsall shaking up the preconceived notion ofMaryland's depth chart has injected plenty of youth into the lineup this season.Last week a fresh-faced wide receiver joined the mix, a starter no less. The revolving door at receiver continues this week with Boston College coming to town, as injured starter Kevin Dorsey will miss a second straight game. It also means another opportunity for Marcus Leak to impress, a bar the 6-foot-0 target easily surpassed last week. The first true freshman wide receiver to start for Maryland in six seasons, Leak hauled in a team-high eight receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown against the Seminoles.Marcus responded well to the starting role. He made some really big catches Terps quarterback Danny OBrien. Hes very physical. Not a big talker at all but he brings it on Saturday.The passing game, absent early against Florida State, flourished after OBrien replaced C.J. Brown following the starter taking a blow to the helmet. Quintin McCree, one of only seniors listed as starter on the latest depth chart, had a career day with nine receptions for 177 yards against the Seminoles and Leak capped the scoring with a 15-yard touchdown.I was proud of him for fighting on that last drive, OBrien said. I told the guys this is a pride drive, lets put one in for pride and not give up. He didnt and made a great catch in the end zone.Dorsey received only limited action against Clemson after apparently suffering an injury, one that Maryland officials have not revealed, and was ruled out last week. The Forestville native has 29 receptions for 361 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Leak is one of six freshmen projected to start on Saturday against the Eagles. "We have a lot of people who are getting experience, Edsall said, taking the half-glass full path.Playing a half-dozen kids, not to mention using other freshman off the bench and on special teams, adds a roller coaster element. Finding a level of stability would go a ways to improve the ACCs ninth ranked passing game, scoring offense and total offense. "I like our scheme and what we are doing. It is only going to get better. The biggest thing is just finding the consistency, Edsall said, When you look at the Miami, Clemson and the second half of the West Virginia game you can see progress. Is it as much progress that I wanted to see so far? No, there has been too much inconsistency."With three seniors among the Terps top wide receiver options, there will be playing time available next season. Leak can stake a claim for that future opportunity if he can prove with his current shot that he brings the effort and production on a weekly basis.Offensive defensesThis matchup pits the two lowest-ranked defenses in the ACC, though the areas of weakness differ. The Terps issues form around stopping opposing ground games and limiting third-down success. Last in the conference against the run, allowing 242 rushing yards per game, Maryland has surrendered at least 218 yards during the current three-game losing streak. Clearly there is the injury factor; the Terps have started seven different defensive lineups in seven games this season. Of course being unable to get off the field allows offenses to run more plays.Foes are generating 55.7 percent of their third down opportunities against the Terps."It's really tough to pinpoint something, but I think it's more or less getting teams off track on first down to set up third and long, defensive tackle Joe Vellano said. If you give teams third and short, you're setting yourself up for some tough third downs to stop.There have been stretches of stout defense, though not always from the start.Last week Florida State raced out to a 17-0 lead and two weeks prior Georgia Tech boasted a 21-3 lead.I don't like how we have started games. I think we have started them a little bit slow, Edsall said.Despite a physical run defense, the Eagles hardly stingy pass coverage weighs down the overall product. Boston College's defense islastoverall and ranks 12th in the ACC when it comes to stopping the passing game as teams are torching the secondary to the tune of 315 passing yards per game.One player that provides the Eagles with credibility despite their place in the standings is All-American linebacker Luke Kuechley, who leads the ACC with a whopping 18 tackles per game. Kuechley recorded 19 tackles against Virginia Tech, the 29th consecutive game the All-American linebacker racked up 10 or more tackles."You can't look at their record and say they're not a good team, because they have arguably the best linebacker in the country, Luke Kuechly, and he's going to bring it every week."Injury UpdateDuring his Thursday teleconference, Edsall said Kenny Tate would undergo surgery on Friday and not attend Saturdays game. The senior linebacker missed the previous three games and surgery sidelines him for the remainder of the season. Defensive end Andre Monroe and wide receiverpunt returner Tony Logan are both listed as questionable. Along with Dorsey, offensive lineman Justin Gilbert and defensive back Jeremiah Johnson have also been officially ruled out for this week.What you need to know...The Combatants: Maryland (2-5, 1-2 ACC) vs. Boston College (1-6, 0-4)When: Saturday, 3:00 p.m. at Byrd StadiumHistory: Boston College leads the series 5-3. Last season Danny OBrien threw three touchdown passes in Marylands 24-21 at Chestnut Hill.Coaches: Randy Edsall, 1st year at Maryland; Frank Spaziani, 3rd year at Boston CollegePlayers to watch, Maryland: Danny OBrien, QB, So.; C.J. Brown, QB, So.; Davin Meggett, RB, Sr.; Joe Vellano, DT, So.; David Mackall, DE, So.Players to watch, Boston College: Chase Rettig, QB, So.; Andre Williams, RB, So.; Colin Lamond, WR, Jr.; Luke Kuechly, LB, Jr. Notes... The two sides have split the last four contests, all decided by seven points or lessLike Maryland, Boston College has undergone a youth movement. On the Eagles 44-man, two-deep depth chart, 15 are freshmen including five starters