There are just a couple hours before the Maryland Terrapins square off against the Navy Midshipman to kick-off their 2010 football seasons. Today’s game is not the feature game; it is still a nice lead-in for tonight’s Boise State-Virginia Tech game in Landover, Maryland.
The teams renew their instate rivalry for the first time since 2005. Dubbed as the Crab Bowl, Maryland was stole the last installment with a heroic forth down touchdown catch from Lance Ball. Today marks only the second time Navy and Maryland have faced each other in the last 44 years.
The Maryland Terrapins are hoping to rebound in 2010 after coming off the worst record under head coach Ralph Friedgen, in which the Terps went 2-10.
The beloved coach who was going to lead the Terps until he was ready to leave has found himself on the hot seat. The seat did cool down for Friedgen after Maryland AD, Debbie Yow left for North Carolina State.
Yow had been aligning Friedgen’s firing for quite some time; with Yow out of the picture, Maryland might benefit greatly from the un-needed rift.
The Terrapins are led by star running back Da’Rel Scott. The senior running back had his junior year cut short after suffering a broken wrist early in the 2009 season. Maryland will need Scott to return to his 2008 form, where Scott rushed for 1,133 yards and eight touchdown runs.
Maryland’s success this season will hinge around Robinson, as Ralph Friedgen has not had an established quarterback since Sam Hallenbach.
Jamarr Robinson will be getting the start behind center today for the Terps. The six foot junior out of Charlotte, North Carolina will make his third career start. Robinson saw limited time in 2009, but after an injury sidelined Maryland quarterback Chris Turner, Robinson got the nod.
Robinson is a mobile quarterback, in his first career start, Robinson ran for 129 yards against Virginia Tech. The performance was the third best from a Maryland Quarterback.
The Navy Midshipman are led by senior quarterback Ricky Dobbs. In 2009, Dobbs scored 32 total touchdowns, 26 rushing. Dobbs paced the Midshipman rushing attack by running for 1,031 yards.
The Midshipman feature one of the most balanced running attacks in the country. Senior fullback, Vince Murray will return to the backfield for the Midshipman. Murray ran for 971 yards last year and combined for 2,000 yards between himself and Dobbs.
Maryland’s defense will have its work cut out in shutting down the Midshipman’s triple option. The Terrapins showed last year that their defense was unable to hold down fast paced rushing attacks. In 2009, thirteen of the 41 touchdowns surrendered by the Terps resulted from plays of 30 yards or more.
All hopes of a Maryland win rely around its ability to shut down Navy’s triple option, in which Navy utilizes the full back dive and a power option between the quarterback and split back.
The Maryland Terrapins will not survive the day if they surrender the 31 points that their defense averaged last year.
Also, for the first time, the winner of the 2010 Crab Bowl will be presented with the inaugural Crab Bowl Trophy. Navy leads the series 14-6.