By: Jack Rothenberg
The Maryland Terrapins welcomed back football fans into Capital One Field for the first time since 2019 on Saturday afternoon for the annual spring game. The team, divided into Red vs. White, didn’t have much scoring in a 12-10 victory for White, but there was a lot to take away from the matchup.
Senior kicker Joseph Petrino was busy all game attempting five field goals and making four, including the game-winning kick early in the fourth quarter. Petrino has always been consistent, and he seems to be kicking his best in his final season.
Junior quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa had an up and down sophomore campaign last season, and although he didn’t record a touchdown in the scrimmage Tagovailoa has built a stellar connection with his receiving core. And senior wide receiver Dontay Demus Jr. has emerged as Tagovailoa’s top target. Demus had eight catches for 98 yards on Saturday.
While the offense came up short many times in the red zone, it reflects how much better the defensive appears to be. Senior defensive back Jordan Mosley took home the Stefon Diggs Most Valuable Player award, and will be a key leader for this upcoming season.
The running back room is also coming into form with sophomore running back Isaiah Jacobs who had seven carries for 70 yards. Jacob’s explosiveness will serve the Terps well in the Fall. Senior running back Tayon Fleet-Davis had the play of the day with a one-handed snag on a screen pass.
One point of concern for this Maryland team is the offensive line. The White team had five penalties for 53 yards and four were holding. Tagovailoa has the talent to lead this team, but it all starts up front with protection.
As spring practice continues, Maryland has flaws just like any other team. The real question is will they be able to improve them before their first matchup with West Virginia on Sept. 4. Only time will tell.
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