The Military Bowl, containing none of the service academies, takes place Wednesday night as Maryland faces East Carolina. All the rumors swirling around Maryland currently must be put on hold while a final game is to be played under Ralph Friedgen’s regime. East Carolina is finishing its first season under the supervision of Ruffin McNeill (ironically, McNeill’s previous stint in Texas Tech was under Mike Leach and this game may prove to be the precursor to Leach becoming the newest Terps’ coach). Maryland is looking to move in a new direction, while East Carolina is hoping to end its season with a winning note adding to its 6-6 record.

3 Keys from the scouts
1. An offensive defense. East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill built his reputation on turning around defensive units. He has yet to do as much for the Pirates. The team’s defense ranks 118th overall in the nation. They cannot stop the run. They cannot stop the pass. It’s pretty simple cause and effect. Maryland may not have one of the nation’s top units offensively, but they can move the football and have scored over 38 points five times this season.

2. Receiving attention. Two of the nation’s top wide receiver prospects will be on display, as they attempt to one-up each other. Maryland’s Torrey Smith is a hot name among draft circles currently, and the junior leads his team with 1045 yards receiving, at 16.1 yards per catch, and 12 touchdowns. East Carolina’s Dwayne Harris has tallied similar yardage numbers, but he has achieved his accomplishment while catching the football 93 times to date. He has added 10 touchdowns. Both talents are focal points of each team’s offenses, as well as, the opposition’s defensive gameplans.

3. Passing interest. Aside from Harris’ talents, East Carolina loves to throw the football all over the field. The Pirates rank seventh in passing yardage per game. Quarterback, Dominique Davis has already posted 3699 yards passing. Maryland’s defense is better than East Carolina’s, but the Terps have still surrendered 217.5 yards per game through the air. They do present real talent in the secondary with safties Kenny Tate and Atwine Perez providing a major presence along the backline.

Bold Predictions: Since this is the military bowl, let us compare a similar opponent for each team, Navy. Maryland boasted a thrilling 17-14  win over the Midshipmen to open the season. East Carolina was pummeled by the Middies, 76-35. Navy ran all over the Pirates. Maryland has one of the most talented pairs of running backs in the country. Despite the uncertainty in Terp land, talent overcomes stability.
Maryland 24, East Carolina 14.


Round Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
1-2 Torrey Smith WR 82 4Jr Explosive, game breaking receiver with home-run hitting speed. Terrific prospect. Will enter the draft.
3-4 Kenny Tate S 6 3Jr King sized safety with a decent upside. Better against the run but flashes skill in coverage. Expected to enter the draft/
4th Adrian Moten OLB 1 5Sr Athletic linebacker who shows potential on the weak side.
4-5 Demetrius Hartsfield OLB 9 3So Developing prospect that could turn into an early pick in the future.
5-6 Da’Rel Scott RB 23 5Sr Strong, straight ahead ball carrier who picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Lacks the speed and agility to turn the corner. Also loses a lot of momentum when he must change direction. Cannot create yardage or elude defenders.
5th Will Yeatman TE 88 5Sr Large strong, tight end who began his career at Notre Dame.
6th Davin Meggett RB 8 3Jr Elusive ball handler who creates yardage while running hard on the inside.
FA Lamar Young G 70 4Jr
FA Cameron Chism CB 22 3Jr
FA Alex Wujciak ILB 33 5Sr Hard working linebacker who plays with a good degree of suddenness. Diagnoses the action, chases around the field and works very hard. Lacks next level speed but does enough to be used on the inside of a 34 defense.
FA Adrian Cannon WR 7 5Sr
FA Derek Drummond DE 44 4Jr
FA Antwine Perez S 2 5Sr
FA Lansford Watson TE 80 4Jr

East Carolina

Round Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
3-4 Dwayne Harris WR 17 5Sr Strong possession wide out with reliable hands. Well thought of in scouting circles.
4th Darryl Freeney WR 81 4Jr Solid pass catcher who displays outstanding focus and reliable hands.
FA Willie Smith T 69 5Sr Fundamentally sound lineman that shows ability in pass protection.
FA Travis Simmons CB 13 5Sr Potential zone cover corner.
FA David Scott G 66 5Sr
FA Dekota Marshall CB 23 5Sr
FA Kevin Gidrey TE 45 5Sr
FA Cory Dowless G 75 4Sr
FA Jonathan Williams RB 2 4Sr

Game Preview: Brent Sobleski

Prospect Preview:  Tony Pauline