After an impressive 30-24 season opener over West Virginia, Maryland football is starting to gain more national attention. In the latest AP poll released Tuesday, the Terps received six votes after receiving none in the preseason poll.
Maryland was one of eight Big Ten teams to rank or receive votes in the latest poll: No. 3 in Ohio State, No. 10 in Iowa, No. 11 in Penn State, and No. 19 from Wisconsin were ranked while Michigan received 52 votes, followed by Indiana with 37 and Michigan State with eight.
Two full-fledged players in Maryland’s victory on Saturday were the junior quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa and second wide receiver Rakim jarrett. Tagivailoa was excellent, completing 26 of 36 passes for 332 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Jarrett finished with six receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown. He also converted a 3rd and 3rd pivot with a four-yard run that allowed Maryland to continue to beat the clock throughout the stretch.
“I think overall his decision making was relevant,” head coach Michael Locksley said of Tagovailoa. “He handed the ball to the right people, the good majority of the time. Our goal is to build on the game he had last week. “
Jarrett and Tagovailoa connected on a 60-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, which extended Maryland’s lead to 30-21 and dealt a knockout blow to the Mountaineer. For their efforts, both players received nominations for national honors.
“With the things that Coach Enos teaches us and that Coach Locksley teaches us, we are always confident to do it all,” Tagovailoa said after beating West Virginia. “We believe that whatever the game plan, we are confident that we will execute it.”
Tagovailoa was one of eight quarterbacks selected as the Manning Award Star of the Week. Jarrett was one of six FBS players named to the honor roll for the Paul Hornung Award, awarded at the end of the season to the most versatile player in college football.
His versatility was in the spotlight on Saturday as an offensive coordinator Dan Enos used it throughout training in various ways. The explosive wideout took a throw out of the backfield and returned a pair of kicks to the special teams.
They will look to replicate that productivity and build consistency against Howard on Saturday night at Maryland Stadium.
“I would say consistency, you see good training here and then we come out three and we come out for two or three practices,” Jarrett said of the offensive improvements the team can make in the future. “I would say consistency and discipline.