The Terrapin Ten: Post Ohio State

Scott Greene, Publisher
Terrapin Sports Report
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Maryland kept things somewhat close in the first quarter, thanks to a Ty Johnson 100-yard kickoff return, but it got ugly after that. The Buckeyes would score 41 straight points, en route to a 62-14 win over the Terps in Columbus.

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Ty Johnson was the Terps' lone bright spot on offense, rushing for just 57 yards.

On defense, Antoine Brooks led the Terps with 13 tackles, while Josh Woods also finished with double-digit tackles.

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Post Ohio State Terrapin Ten

Rank

Name

Why?

1.

Ty Johnson

Johnson was one of the only bright spots in an otherwise ugly game, rushing for 57 yards on 12 carries against the Buckeyes. But it was his 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that moves him back into the top spot. Johnson is now fourth in the nation in all-purpose yards. Last Week: 2

2.

D.J. Moore

With quarterback Max Bortenschlager seemingly running for his life, the passing game was nearly non-existent against the Buckeyes. Moore finished with just two catches for 11 yards and did not get a chance to return a punt. Hard to blame the junior wideout for his lack of production, but he drops a spot nonetheless. Last Week: 1

3.

Antonie Brooks

Brooks led the Terps in tackles with 13 against the Buckeyes, including a TFL. While Brooks' importance on defense has been evident throughout the season, this week his numbers really backed up that fact. He moves up a spot for his effort. Last Week: 4

4.

Jermaine Carter Jr.

Carter Jr. struggled against the Buckeyes, finishing with just 5 tackles and a pass deflection. This is likely due in part to the fact they faced a very good Ohio St. offense and partly due to the fact fellow starting LB Shane Cockerille did not play. Last Week: 3

5.

Josh Woods

After dropping out of the rankings last week due to some untimely penalties, Woods skyrockets up to the No. 5 spot this week after recording 11 tackles and a forced fumble against the Buckeyes. Woods did have his first INT of the season at Minny and probably should have had another at Ohio State. So there's room to improve. Last Week: NR

6.

JC Jackson

Jackson is holding steady at the No. 6 spot after recording 5 tackles, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery last Saturday inside the Horseshoe. He continues to look more and more comfortable every week out. Last Week: 6

7.

Derwin Gray

Gray drops a couple of spots after an awful showing across the board by the offensive line. Ohio State finished with 6 sacks and had Bortenschlager running for his life most of the game. The Buckeyes defensive front regularly blew the Terps off the line and caused major disruption in the run game as well. Last Week: 5

8.

Tino Ellis

Ellis has been right on the cusp of making this list for a few weeks now. After recording 8 tackles and a pass breakup against the Buckeyes, he makes his first appearance. After converting from WR a year ago, Ellis continues to improve each week out as a cover corner under the tutelage of Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. Last Week: NR

9.

Javon Leake

Ok, so maybe Leake's entire body of work doesn't deserve this ranking, but after a 20-yard TD run against the Buckeyes, Leake has now rushed for 98 yards on six carries this season with a pair of touchdowns. He's also working into special teams more and had a 28-yard kickoff return against the Buckeyes. The future is bright for this Terp. Last Week: NR

10.

Taivon Jacobs

Jacobs grabs the last spot after hauling in just one catch for 5 yards against the Buckeyes. His numbers on the season are still respectable, but he's in danger of falling out of the rankings as the Terps need to find a steady No. 2 receiver behind D.J. Moore. Last Week: 7

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