The Maryland football team held its annual spring football game Saturday afternoon under a cloudless sky where the White team defeated the Red team, 31-3.
While the score may seem lopsided, the end result was the last thing that mattered in today’s scrimmage for the Terps.
The first-team offense was in white and they saw a majority of the snaps today while the second team offense and defense suited up in red.
The first quarter was slow and uneventful, with four of the first five drives ending in punts. The lone scoring play came when sophomore place-kicker Paul Inzerillo made a field goal to give the White team a 3-0 lead.
The second quarter saw much more action, including two Jake Funk rushing touchdowns off jet sweeps to make it 17-0.
Maryland has a new offensive coordinator this year in Matt Canada and there were noticeable changes from last year’s offense. Canada called outside runs and jet sweeps very frequently today and you can expect to see that a whole lot more from a Maryland team that loves to run the ball.
“I love what we are doing offensively,” Maryland head coach DJ Durkin said. “I think it gives us a great chance to be successful. I think our guys have adapted and learned it.”
“Coach Canada does a great job with molding his offense to the personnel, so we are very well off at running back,” Funk said. “We have a lot of guys that can make plays.”
Junior quarterback Max Bortenschlager took a majority of the snaps for the White team, while freshman Tyler DeSue led the Red team with Kasim Hill and Tyrrell Pigrome still out with torn ACLs. Sophomore Legend Brumbaugh took over for Bortenschlager in the fourth quarter but couldn’t get anything going for the White team while leading the offense.
Both Hill and Pigrome were suited up for today’s scrimmage but neither saw the field and they have been limited in practice so far this spring.
“Our plan all along has been by the end of May to have them at full strength and have the full summer to get things ready,” Durkin said.
Bortenschlager looked strong today, orchestrating three touchdown drives in today’s scrimmage. He connected twice with junior wide receiver DJ Turner on back-to-back drives to get the Terps in the red zone and eventually allow Funk to score his two touchdowns.
While Bortenschlager looked strong, DeSue struggled all day. He was missing receivers and getting “sacked” and a pick-six when Florida State transfer Marcus Lewis intercepted his pass and took it 46 yards to the house.
Auburn transfer Byron Cowart was wreaking havoc all day against the White team on the defensive line. Cowart was constantly in the backfield and would have recorded a couple sacks if he was allowed to.
“They [Cowart and Lewis] have been consistent all spring and they have performed that way all of spring,” Durkin said. “They’re definitely going to be big contributors for us.”
Sophomore running back Javon Leake started the second half off with a 29-yard touchdown run right up the middle to make it 31-3 in favor of the White team. Leake finished the day with 47 yards on five carries.
While Ty Johnson did not see the end zone today, he still managed 50 yards on 10 carries in the scrimmage. The same goes for redshirt freshman Anthony McFarland, who had 46 yards on eight carries, including a 39-yard run down the sideline, in his first live action as a Terp.
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