Richt: Josh Jackson, Terrapins To Give Big 10 'Run For Their Money'

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September 13, 2019 - 1:09 pm
Maryland Terrapins quarterback Josh Jackson (17) throws during the second half against the Syracuse Orange at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

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The Maryland Terrapins could be a force to be reckoned with. 

Led by quarterback Josh Jackson, Maryland is staking its claim to be one of the next top team's in the Big 10 Conference. The Terrapins erupted for nearly 80 points in their home opener and followed up the dominant outing by with a 43-point win over then-No. 21 Syracuse Orange. Before the Terps travel to face Temple on Saturday, ACC Network analyst Mark Richt joined "Taz & The Moose" to discuss his impression of the Terrapins' offense.

"I like them. They've got Josh Jackson, the transfer from Virginia Tech, who two years ago threw for 3,000 yards and ran for a bunch of yards," Richt said. "He's really a talented guy. But he's got Anthony McFarland and a kid named [Javon] Leake, two running backs that are dynamic. He's got some receivers that real - they beat Howard 79-0 in the first game and you're like, "Well, it's Howard" but then they score 63 against Syracuse."

Richt expects the No. 21 Terrapins to contend with the conference's powerhouses such as Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State. The former Georgia and Miami head coach believes Maryland could pose as a surprising threat in the Big 10. The Terps' true test begins next weekend when they host No. 13 Penn State in a game that has already reached a record number of student requests. 

"It's going to be interesting. I think they'll challenge in the league in the Big 10 that's really tough," Richt said. "They've got a bunch of monsters in there but I think they're going to give people a run for their money."

Maryland finished 5-7 last year before interim head coach Matt Canada was relieved of his duties. The team has twice reached seven wins in a season since 2011 and immensely struggled with its conference opponents. They're 19-48 in conference play since their last season where they were awarded with a bowl win — Military Bowl in 2011. That was also the last season the Terps finished the year inside the AP's Top 25. 

Jackson's thrown for 541 yards this season, fourth among Big 10 quarterbacks. His seven touchdowns trails Purdue's Elijah Sindelar (8), while three running backs land inside the top ten of the Big 10's rushing leaders — Jake Funk (173), Tayon Fleet-Davis (146) and Leake (130).

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