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Georgia Tech Football Schedule 2011: Maryland Begins New Era Under Randy Edsall

Randy Edsall steps in as coach of the Terrapins replacing Ralph Friedgen after Maryland finished 9-4 which was its best season in five years. Edsall led Connecticut from FCS Football to prominence and a Big East Championship during his time there. Maryland presents a completely different challenge and Edsall's old school approach to Football might just be able to get the job done.  

A Closer Look At The Terrapins
Coach: Randy Edsall
Last Season: 9-4, 5-3 ACC Atlantic
Returning Starters: 14 (seven offensive, seven defensive)
Key Players: QB Danny O'Brien, LB Kenny Tate, LB Demetrius Hartsfield

Edsall and his staff inherit last season's ACC Rookie of the Year in quarterback Danny O'Brien who threw for over 2400 yards and 22 touchdowns as a true freshman. The wide receiver position is an area of concern as both top receivers are gone from last year's squad. The running back job falls to senior Davin Meggett who rushed for over 700 yards last season in a part time role. 

The coaching staff also inherits an experienced defensive unit particularly in their front seven. Defensive tackles A.J. Francis and Joe Vellano give the Terps a strong anchor up front for a fast linebacking corps. Former safety Kenny Tate is making the move to linebacker this season but the rest of the secondary is underrated. 

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.