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The Terps Prepare for Texas This Saturday at FedEx Field

August 28, 2018 - 6:04 pm

By Gabrielle DiPaula

Matt Canada came into College Park with quite the resume.  His past included: offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, NC State, Pittsburgh, and LSU.  Now as Maryland’s interim head coach, he has a substantial amount on his plate with DJ Durkin on administrative leave and the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair weighing on the team.

The Terps hope to overcome the unrelenting gossip before the season opener against No. 23 University of Texas.  Last year, they defeated the Longhorns 51-41 in the season opener in Austin.  Canada stated that the team is “as ready as they can be,” when asked if the team is focused on Texas with the passing of Jordan and the ongoing investigation.

Matt Canada’s first head coaching gig hasn’t shifted his attention much, “I’ve talked to a couple guys who call plays and head coaches, certainly not in this situation, and trying to map out a schedule, but the main focus for me is to make sure I still do the job that I am supposed to do, which is to be an offensive coordinator.”  Canada also commented on how this is not an opportunity for him to show his worth as a head a coach and at the end of the day “it is about Jordan [McNair>.”   

Maryland has not announced their starting quarterback for Saturday’s game and Canada has no intention of tipping his hand even though he knows who will be under center.  The projected starter is redshirt freshman Kasim Hill, but junior quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome started for Maryland last year against Texas with 175 passing yards and 9 out of 12 completions.  Pigrome suffered a torn ACL in the second half and was out for the rest of the season.  Hill suffered the same injury just two games later against Central Florida.  Junior Max Bortenschlager stepped up while the other quarterbacks were out for the season as he made eight starts and passed for 1,313 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The University of Maryland is dedicating its season to McNair and will honor him by wearing his number “79” on the back of their helmets.  There will also be a moment of silence on Saturday in honor of their teammate.

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