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The sample size is small and the circumstances surrounding the start of coach Mike Locksley’s second season at the helm are far from ideal But Maryland’s football shortcomings were fully visible on Saturday night and revealed in its 43-3 season opener, leaving ample room for improvement on all fronts

There were defensive gaps in the secondary, giving Northwestern quarterback Peyton Ramsey several open targets A lack of containment allowed Northwestern to roam the field with relative ease The Terrapins’ running game – so often his lifeline last season – only managed 64 yards

Most notable of all, however, was the quarterback’s play, which overshadowed those other issues on the pitch due to the hope that Taulia Tagovailoa brought with him on his transfer from Alabama this offseason

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Second-year potential is often praised, and Saturday’s result doesn’t change that.But the potential didn’t materialize in instant impact on Saturday night, not with the interceptions and knockdowns throughout his debut signaling how far Tagovailoa has to travel before he – and the offense with him – seems in control

« None of us, coaches included, played a good game or had a good game, » said Locksley « As a quarterback, of course, he takes the weight of the critics, especially when you return it But again, these are things … we can fix « 

Maryland has long been defined by volatile quarterback playSince 2016, six different players have started games at the post Last year’s starters – Josh Jackson and Tyrrell Pigrome – are both gone, Jackson is retiring from the season and Pigrome transferred to western Kentucky

Tagovailoa – along with his replacement, former four-star prospect Lance LeGendre – offered a ray of light on the position Tagovailoa is another former four-star rookie, and although the family does not guarantee talent, his brother is Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa

Her debut didn’t go the way the Terrapins had expected, however, with Taulia Tagovailoa finishing 14-for-25 with 94 yards and three interceptions.

“These are things I can learn from,” Tagovailoa said, before saying he was “100%” sure that he could take this performance and improve it in the future.

Tagovailoa started 6-for-7, looking sharp in Maryland’s first practice as he led the offense towards a basket But when he took the field the next time around, Tagovailoa passed wide receiver Rakim Jarrett for his first interception

On the ride that followed, Tagovailoa threw in a double deep cover and missed Dontay Demus Instead, his pass fell into the hands of North West safety JR Pace These mistakes – plus a muffled kickoff before half-time – built a 30-3 hole before the break

After those wandering passes, Tagovailoa looked out of place for the rest of the first half He missed a wide open Demus on a deployment and knocked down Brian Cobbs for what would have been a first down

And while he showed some improvement with his short passing game in the second half – especially when aiming for Jeshaun Jones – Tagovailoa forced a deep ball in double cover to start the fourth quarter for his third interception.

« After the first pick you know that was a mistake » said Tagovailoa « We try to shake it up After that it was me And I take full ownership of it We just need to improve »

The 5-foot-11 gunslinger stood with his hands on his helmet after his last gift, looking out onto the field where Wildcats defensemen were celebrating with the ball in their arms

Then he returned to the sideline, heard his coach’s advice, and left for the next set Locksley said Tagovailoa wouldn’t have to look over his shoulder at LeGendre, choosing to give a long leash to a young player

That was certainly true during Maryland’s season opener, with three interceptions playing a key role in a drubbing But that’s a small sample size and just the start of the career des Terrapins de Tagovailoa Nothing is set in stone yet

« This is still his first college career start, » said Locksley « And so he made some mistakes, threw the ball in double cover Maybe he threw the ball on the court in a short situation where we would like him to do a higher pitching percentage and make a better decision there But for the most part I thought he wasn’t showing any signs of discomfort « 

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