By Sydney Fazio
Now that Maryland football failed to qualify for a bowl game in what was decidedly a disappointing season, what’s next for the Terrapins?
Maryland football’s season ended drastically different than it started—coach D.J. Durkin even said that first win against the University of Texas felt like eight years ago.
The Terps fell excruciatingly to the Nittany Lions 66-3 on senior day to end what was considered to be a season full of adversity and disappointment.
Disappointment wasn’t always the tone for the Terps, though. The season started with an electric shock to Maryland Stadium and its fans when Maryland defeated the ranked Texas Longhorns 51-41. The Terps were young, healthy, and ambitious with a talented recruiting class to capitalize on.
Just a short three weeks into the season, the Terrapins had lost their top two quarterbacks, sophomore Tyrrell Pigrome and freshman Kasim Hill, to season-ending knee injuries. They also lost their top linebacker, senior Jesse Aniebonam to a season-ending ankle injury during the Texas matchup.
So what’s next for Maryland football? Durkin said that this season would hopefully be a learning experience for his team moving forward.
Senior communications major, Joe Kerrigan, said Maryland’s good recruiting class is something to look forward to.
“With a good recruiting class coming in, I think we will improve a little bit on our performance next year,” Kerrigan said. “If we can stay healthy as a team, we will be able to outperform many teams in the Big Ten.”
Senior economics major, Kevin Haag, said Maryland needs to find an offensive identity moving forward.
“They really need to find an offensive identity and that starts with an established starting quarterback, which Maryland hasn’t been able to have due to injury.” Haag said.
According to Durkin, Pigrome and Hill will likely return from their ACL injuries to practice in August.
Senior finance major, Chris Norkus, said now that Maryland failed to qualify for a bowl game, they need to hone in on their young talent.
“They need to continue to build on their strong recruiting class and develop the young talent we have,” Norkus said.
Maryland currently has 21 hard commits in the recruiting class of 2018, per the Maryland 247Sports Composite. The recruiting class has a national rank of 17, and they’re ranked fourth in the Big Ten.