The aspirations of the Maryland Terrapins football team rests on the shoulders of two key players. Quarterback Caleb Rowe and running back Wes brown will aim to maintain the high level of play achieved during the 2014 season, and must be 100% healthy in order to do so. Both of the aforementioned players will, however, be forced to miss spring practices due to injuries. The status of Rowe comes as no surprise to any followers of the program, because Rowe is in the midst of a return from ACL surgery repaired in mid-October. Despite the injury, Rowe is the heavy favorite to earn the starting gig and should be a major part of the Terrapin offense.
On the other hand, Brown’s career renaissance will hopefully continue into the 2015 season after racking up a career high 356 yards rushing and six touchdowns. Off the field issues had limited Brown’s effectiveness on the field, but now he will be forced to overcome a different type of obstacle to regain the starting role.
Maryland has never been recognized as the traditional football power, however, a strong 2014 campaign put the Terrapins higher on the map. Still, head coach Randy Edsall will need both Rowe and Brown at full strength if they have any shot of repeating their success.
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