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Maryland-Bowling Green: 5 things you need to know

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Maryland-Bowling Green: 5 things you need to know

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland faces Bowling Green in the program’s second game of the season.

Here are 5 things you need to know to get you ready for kickoff at noon on Saturday.

1) Prepare for the spread

Like teams including West Virginia and Old Dominion last season, Bowling Green will roll out a high-powered, fast-paced spread offense on Saturday at Byrd Stadium.

Conditioning, communication, and secondary play will all be key. The positive for Maryland, though, is that the unit most put under pressure in the spread -- that secondary -- is probably the team’s strongest defensive unit.

Cornerback Will Likely has no problem being on an island. Fellow cornerback Sean Davis has great size and length. Safeties Anthony Nixon and A.J. Hendy are both veterans.

More from defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski here.

2) Second go for Perry Hills

Hills’ first start in three years brought mixed results. He missed a lot of targets and started 0-of-4 with an interception, but also hit his stride later and converted at a high clip on third down.

Now we’ll see what a second start brings. He’ll have the opportunity to lean on the running game (more on that below) and should have better timing with his wide receivers in game two.

The fear should be if Bowling Green stacks the box to stop the run. Can he step up and make the throws he needs to make when they dare him to beat them?

MORE TERPS: CAPTAINS, UNIFORMS, NOTES VS. BOWLING GREEN

3) Can’t afford just field goals

Of Maryland’s first five drives against Richmond, the Terrapins reached the red zone four times. They came away with three field goals and a touchdown. That can’t happen against the fast-paced, point-scoring spread offense of Bowling Green.

Part of it will fall on Hills to make throws. Part of it will be on the wide receivers to get open. Part of it will be for the offensive line to get enough push to make a difference in the running game.

Read more on that here.

4) Thunder & Lightning & The Freshman

Bowling Green surrendered 399 yards on the ground to Tennessee last week. Yes, 399. On the ground alone.

That means good things for Brandon Ross (Lightning), Wes Brown (Thunder), and Ty Johnson (The Freshman) as they try to supplement what Hills does in the air. If Hills is unable to find his groove, like what happened against Richmond, expect Edsall & Co. to lean on the running game.

But as Brown reminded the media on Wednesday, "Just because I'm Thunder don't mean I'm slow."

5) Second game in a crucial stretch

The road to six wins for Maryland hinges in part on these first three games. Maryland has to take advantage of opening the season with three home games against non-Power 5 (including one non-FBS) opponents.

If they can come out of this 3-0, then they can begin to worry about the toss-up games against teams like Penn State and Michigan down the line.

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.