COLLEGE PARK – University of Maryland Interim Head Coach Mike Locksley knew the challenges that were ahead of him after being thrust into a role he hasn’t experienced since his last tenure as the head coach for New Mexico from 2009 to 2011. Despite boasting 10 years of coaching experience, Locksley only managed to lead […]
COLLEGE PARK – University of Maryland Interim Head Coach Mike Locksley knew the challenges that were ahead of him after being thrust into a role he hasn’t experienced since his last tenure as the head coach for New Mexico from 2009 to 2011. Despite boasting 10 years of coaching experience, Locksley only managed to lead the Lobos to two regular season wins and was replaced four games into the 2011 campaign.
With a fresh new start as Maryland’s temporary leader, he is still searching for his first win of the season after losing a heartbreaker against Penn State, 31-30, and most recently falling to No. 10 Iowa on the road, 31-15.
Fortunately for Maryland, defensive back and return specialist Will Likely has been one of the lone bright spots as a consistent offensive threat this season. Likely was recently named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after he racked up 220 return yards, which included a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Iowa in the fourth quarter.
University of Maryland running back Brandon Ross could not find any success against the Hawkeyes. As the Terps’ leading rusher this season, Ross only managed 35 yards on the ground. Without a strong rushing attack, Maryland’s offense will surely sputter in the long run without a legitimate passing game unless changes are made.
“If you look at our execution, we’re 1-of-10 on third down. We’re not executing in the passing game,” Locksley said.
Maryland’s quarterback carousel keeps spinning out of control. Perry Hills has been more effective as a rusher than a thrower. Hills only completed 11-of-22 passing attempts for 74 yards and a touchdown against the Hawkeyes. Between Hills, Daxx Garman, and Caleb Rowe, the Terps’ signal callers have combined for a touchdown-to-turnover ratio of 12 to 23.
“We’re in obvious passing situations and our quarterback has to be able to execute the game plan,” Locksley said. “Right now, we’re not doing very well in the drop-back passing game where people know we have to throw the ball.”
Maryland looks forward to putting its two-game losing streak under Locksley in the rear view as the Terps gear up to take on perennial powerhouse Wisconsin (7-2) on Nov. 7. Wisconsin is coming off of a 48-10 shellacking to Rutgers and is in second place in the Big Ten Conference. If Maryland wants to retain their current head coach for another season, it will need to have other players step up in order to pull out a victory against the third ranked defense in the NCAA.