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Maryland Terrapins Football Preview: A look at the 2015 defense

The Maryland Terrapins may have surprised some with its ability to be competitive in the Big Ten and get to a bowl game. The secret to that came in the form of easily one of the top three secondaries in the conference.

However, 2015 is a new season and with it comes new challenges and new hopes. While the Terps may have gotten to six wins, the reality was its effort against the best the conference had to offer was…lacking (to put it nicely).

Part of that is on the defense, as it gave up 52 points to both Ohio State and Wisconsin and allowed Michigan State to put up 37 points. The only impressive feat came in a 20-19 win over Penn State, but given Penn State’s offensive struggles it could be debated as to if it was really the Terps D or PSU’s offense that made that number look good.

It all led to Maryland re-evaluating its scheme on the defensive side of the ball, and the Terps will employ a more standard 4-3 defense heading in to the 2015 season thanks to a shift to Keith Dudzinski as defensive coordinator.

With a year of experience and some changes to personnel on the defensive side of the ball, can the Terps turn things around in 2015? Let’s take a look at how Maryland will line up on that side of the ball.

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Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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