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Day 2 of the position breakdown leads us to one of Maryland’s strongest units, the running back position. As the team went through a laundry list of quarterbacks last year and the passing game struggled, the running game led the way for the offense. While the Terps were 4-4 in games in which the team rushed for over 100 yards, Maryland lost every game in which it failed to reach the century mark.
Lorenzo Harrison III and Ty Johnson are back, and that’s good news for the Terps, as the duo combined for almost 1500 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Johnson, who led the team with 875 yards and five touchdowns, was named a candidate for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back.
An interesting storyline to follow for the running game revolves around how new offensive coordinator Matt Canada incorporates Anthony McFarland into the rotation. McFarland, a 4-star recruit from DeMatha Catholic High School, started last season recovering from an injury but saw no game action, redshirting the season. However, he is just a year removed from being one of the most heavily recruited backs in the nation and the Terps should find a way to incorporate his skillset on the field.
Returning players like Leake, Ogwuegbu, Fleet-Davis and Funk will likely see most of their playing time contributing on special teams, though Funk has a knack for finding the end zone, recording seven touchdowns in limited action.