Monday, December 09, 2013 8:57 AM
Published on: Friday, October 04, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
For the first time in the Randy Edsall era, the Maryland football program has earned an Associated Press Top 25 national ranking.
The Terps made their debut at No. 25 this week after four consecutive wins to start the 2013 campaign.
Maryland begins play in the Atlantic Coast Conference this weekend with a Saturday showdown on the road against unbeaten league rival Florida State.
The Terps have not beaten Florida State since 2006 but seek to capture the program’s first-ever road win at Doak S. Campbell Stadium.
“They’re a fast and physical team,” Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown said. “(They’re) very successful this year, so it will be a good challenge for us. They lost a lot of guys upfront on the defensive line to the NFL. They rotate a lot of bodies, they have a lot of experience in the secondary and at the linebacker level, so it’ll be a good challenge for us.”
The Florida State offense boasts a talented quarterback in redshirt freshman Jameis Winston. The Alabama native has twice been named the ACC’s Rookie of the Week. Winston, a 6-foot-4, 228-pounder, has tossed 12 touchdown passes and run for two scores in four games this season.
“He is a very good football player and someone who you are concerned with when you have to go up against him on defense,” said Maryland head coach Randy Edsall. “He’s a guy that has the ability to throw the ball and has the ability to do something with his feet. When you get that type of quarterback, it makes the job very difficult for the defense.”
Brown has guided Maryland to its best start since the 2001 campaign and looks forward to the tussle in Tallahassee against the Seminoles.
“It’s still the next game, but we are 4-0, they are 4-0, it’s a nationally televised game,” Brown said. “It doesn’t get any better than that. This is what you play for, to go out there and prove yourself; this will be a good test for us.”