, Maryland (PressExposure) April 29, 2009 -- The University of Maryland Terrapins finished with an 8-5 overall record and 4-4 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. They started off strong, winning 4 out of the first 5 games, the only loss coming against Middle Tennessee State, and never really looked back. Granted, the Terrapins didn't finished ranked and only went to the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Id, but they beat Nevada 42-35. All in all it was a pretty good year for Coach Ralph Friedgen and his team. Coach Friedgen has done a good job at Maryland and Terrapin fans are thankful to him, they also have a sense of relief now knowing that James Franklin, the Offensive Coordinator, has been named to replace Friedgen when he decides to retire.
Franklin has been named in the top 25 the last two years for recruiting, and this year landed at 26. One aspect Maryland needs to work on, and is heart breaking for fans as well, is keeping the in state talent in the state and signing them. More often than not, Maryland stars are seen signing with rivals like Penn State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Illinois, and this year they again failed to sign most in state talent. They did however, land an excellent class headlined with Cornerback Travis Hawkins and Offensive Lineman Peter White. Hawkins was an early commitment who later talked about taking visits to other schools which made a lot of fans nervous, but with the Maryland secondary the way it is he would most likely get early playing time and he decided to stay. White decided at the last minute to attend Maryland instead of Miami or Tennessee and was joined at the late stage by Nick Klemm, who de-committed from Boston College after the much-publicized coaching change there.
Maryland signed 24 players, and with them losing 30 seniors to graduation, many positions are open which any young player would love, giving them the shot at being four year starters. The Terrapins do have some stars returning, though, such as quarterback Chris Turner, who after Jordan Steffy graduated and Josh Portis transferred now sits as the only quarterback with experience, and All-ACC running back Da'Rel Scott and the ACC's all-time record-holder in kickoff return yards for a single season, Torrey Smith.
Other top recruits for Maryland are running back Caleb Porzel from Salisbury, Md, Linebacker Avery Murray from Florence, SC, defensive end De'Onte Arnett from Capitol Heights, Md and running back D.J. Adams from Norcross, Ga. Porzel has 4.3 40 yard dash and though he will have a tough time beating out Scott, he will be deadly when he gets playing time and adds so much depth to Maryland's backfield. Murray and Arnett will get a lot of time to impress the coaches, as they arrived to campus early and can make the spring practices. Also, injuries and graduation have left their positions wide open. Adams picked Maryland over LSU, Notre Dame, and Clemson and although the backfield is already very deep and talented, he has a chance to be an impact. Maryland should be able to have a great season this year.