Tiger Talk: University of Maryland preview

Game 2: Towson Tigers at Maryland Terrapins (-36)

When: 12:00 PM EDT

Where: Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium

Series: Maryland leads the all time series 1-0

When the Tigers run onto the field this Saturday at Maryland Stadium, they’ll do so as 36 point underdogs.

But don’t bother telling them that; especially Coach Rob Ambrose.

Following Wednesday afternoon’s practice, Ambrose reiterated the point he made following Towson’s victory over Morgan State, that as many great players as Maryland has, only 11 can be in on any one play.

While Coach Ambrose and the team remain optimistic, Towson has its work cut out for them.

Not only has Maryland never lost to an FCS Team, they are coming off their greatest game in seven seasons following a shlacking of the Texas Longhorns in Austin last weekend.

Maryland will be without quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome for the remainder of the season after it was revealed he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during the third quarter against Texas.

The Terrapins now turn to Kasim Hill, a freshman pro-style quarterback from Washington, D.C. who completed all three of his passes after replacing Pigrome last Saturday.

Hill represents a tough challenge for the Towson defense as he is more likely than Pigrome to leave the pocket and take off if a play breaks down than Pigrome was.

Towson cornerback Monty Fenner isn’t worried though, and likens facing Hill to last weekend’s matchup against Morgan State quarterback Elijah Staley.

“We didn’t expect what we’d know from Morgan’s quarterback…all we see on paper is 6’6″, 250 pounds, not what can this kid do.”

Fenner continued, “[Hill] is able to get out [of the pocket] more, but at the moment I feel like our defense is playing a lot faster than before.

Towson’s home opener drew just over 6,500 fans last weekend.

Maryland’s opener tomorrow is expected to draw over 50,000, but again the powers that be in Baltimore County aren’t worried.

They’ve been here before.

Last season the Tigers opened up on the road against South Florida at Raymond James Stadium (home of the Tampa Bay Buccanneers).

In 2014, they played in Morgantown against West Virginia, and in 2012 the Tigers competed well against LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

But all the confidence in the world won’t do much good if Towson’s offense performs as poorly as it did against Morgan State, only eclipsing 100 yards of offense on the final drive of the game.

In the two teams only previous meeting, a 28-3 Maryland win, Towson outgained the Terrapins by 43 yards, ran nine more plays and had one more first down than Maryland, reminding everyone games are won and lost in the trenches, not on paper.

Blue Ring Sports will have live team coverage from College Park tomorrow afternoon.

Game Notes:

Towson: Quarterback Morgan Mahalak was under the weather on Wednesday afternoon and missed practice. Coach Ambrose fully expects him to start on Saturday, However if Mahalak is unable to go, Ryan Stover would make his first career start.

Maryland: The Terrapins were 4-2 at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium last season and have won their last 11 home openers. Their last home opening loss in College Park came against No. 25 Clemson in 2005.

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