Welcome to the Big Ten, Terrapins

Maryland is joining the Big Ten, which means it’s one more team to get to know and love (or hate, I suppose). This morning, the Big Ten blog featured some great content on the Terrapins' move to the conference, so you can find plenty of great information on the team as a whole in the following links.

But, considering the Wolverines will be facing off against the Terrapins on the field for the next six consecutive seasons, it seemed important to look at it from a Michigan-centric viewpoint as well. So, here’s your Terrapin-Wolverine breakdown.

Maryland coach: Randy Edsall

Last season’s record: 7-6, 3-5 ACC

Biggest win: at Virginia Tech, 27-24. The win made the Terrapins bowl eligible and came a week after the Hokies had upset then-No. 11 Miami. Maryland’s strongest moments came early in the game as it jumped out to a 21-7 lead before allowing Virginia Tech to come back by scoring three unanswered passing touchdowns. However, in OT quarterback C.J. Brown -- who threw for 135 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 122 yards -- added a rushing touchdown to give the Terrapins the win.

Worst loss: home vs. Syracuse, 20-3. Maryland just couldn’t find a way to get in the end zone. The Terps scored just three points on 292 total yards and Syracuse was giving them yardage over and over again, tallying 115 penalty yards. Maryland averaged just 2.3 yards per rush and were 5-of-17 on third down conversions. Brown threw for 211 yards but no touchdowns and two interceptions.

When the Wolverines will face them:

  • 2014: Nov. 22 at home

  • 2015: Oct. 3 at Maryland

  • 2016: Nov. 5 at home

  • 2017: Nov. 11 at Maryland

  • 2018: Oct. 6 at home

  • 2019: Nov. 2 at Maryland

Distance between the schools: 522 miles

A terrapin: A small, freshwater turtle. The first known use of the word was in 1613. It named the state reptile of Maryland in 1994 (yes, a state reptile exists -- Michigan’s is the painted turtle).

Michigan-Maryland connections:

  • The Wolverines have two players on their roster from the state of Maryland, defensive back Blake Countess and defensive tackle Henry Poggi. None of the players on Maryland’s roster went to school with Countess, however, Poggi attended Gilman High School with Maryland quarterback Shane Cockerille and running back Kenneth Goins Jr.

  • Two members of the 2014 recruiting class hail from Maryland as well. Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) teammates Freddy Canteen and Brandon Watson both held offers from the Terrapins but chose the Wolverines.

  • The Terrapins signed 17 players in their 2014 class. Of those 17 signees, the Wolverines offered just two: offensive tackle Damian Prince and wide receiver Juwann Winfree. Prince was the No. 3 OT and Winfree was the No. 39 ATH in the 2014 class. Prince was the No. 26 player overall. The only player the Wolverines signed who was ranked higher than Prince was cornerback Jabrill Peppers.

  • Edsall was the head coach of the Connecticut team that the Wolverines faced in the kickoff of the 2010 season. The Wolverines won 30-10 and quarterback Denard Robinson accounted for 383 yards.

  • Maryland offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Locksley coached at Illinois from 2005-08 (2005: offensive coordinator/tight ends, 2006-08: offensive coordinator/quarterbacks). Maryland offensive line coach Greg Studrawa was a graduate assistant offensive line coach at Ohio State during the 1997 season. Special teams coordinator and running back coach Andre Powell played at Indiana from 1986-87 and was a student assistant (1988) and graduate assistant (1989).

  • Moving across sports, it should be mentioned that former Michigan basketball forward Evan Smotrycz transferred to Maryland following the 2010-11 season. At that point the Terrapins weren’t actually in the Big Ten yet. Maryland’s Board of Regents officially accepted the conference invitation on Nov. 20, 2012, four months after Smotrycz enrolled.