Maryland at Boston College: 5 Big Questions with Terrapin Station

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Every so often, it becomes necessary and proper for Soaring to Glory to seek the help of others in the blogosphere. Today, 5 Big Questions will be answered by Michael, lead editor of Terrapin Station, Fansided’s Maryland blog. Michael gave us the opposition perspective heading into Saturday’s Maryland-BC game in Massachusetts.

5. Maryland enters this game at 4-3, clearly better than at the last BC/UMD meeting. What would you say is the single biggest improvement the Terps have made from 2011 to 2012?

TS: The single biggest improvement (and perhaps the only one that matters) is that our defense is now much, much better. The Terrapins have a senior-laden unit, with four of last year’s leading tacklers (Hartsfield, Vellano, Drakeford, Franklin) returning to become anchors in their final season. Hartsfield is an absolute menace on the field, and he is involved in almost every play, making it hard for defenses to breath. The transition to a 3-4 defense with Brian Stewart has been seamless and has made Hartsfield, [A.J.] Francis, and Vellano one of the best pass rushes in the NCAA.

Other than that? Confidence.