Terps need to establish their identity as a run-heavy offense

Andy Kwong

The Terrapins have lost five games in a row, in what has been a tough season so far. Head coach Mike Locksley has tried to create a balanced offense, envisioning a solid passing and running attack. Unfortunately for him, the inconsistencies at the quarterback position are sinking the Terps into a deeper hole.

Terps' starting quarterback Josh Jackson has been inaccurate, completing less than 50 percent of his passes. Despite this team have a quality player in junior wide receiver Dontay Demus, he is the only reliable pass-catcher for the Terps. This is a big reason why Locksley must establish a run-first and run-heavy offense.

Their top running back right now is Javon Leake, who is second on the team in carries (84), first in rushing yards (636), and is in a tie for first in rushing touchdowns (seven). Anthony McFarland Jr and Tayon Fleet-Davis are quality running backs as well, combining for 710 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. They have break-away speed and tremendous upside yet Locksley gives up on their run offense too early. 

This team must start all games with a strong run game before implementing their pass play designs. Josh Jackson has been the most unreliable player on this team but it would be more beneficial for him if more screen plays were called. There are too many three-and-outs, where Jackson holds on to the ball longer than he should. Jackson is no Tua Tagovailoa or Jalen Hurts. It is time to stop making him into something he is not. Let the running backs help him and help themselves. Establish the run, create momentum, and make these running backs the focal point of this team.