Pointing to the return of quarterback C.J. Brown and the emergence of wide receiver Stefon Diggs, Ware said that “anything short of a bowl game will be a disappointment.”
Calling Diggs “one of the most underrated” players in the country, Ware added Maryland to a list that includes Missouri and Miami.
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Ware pointed to the fact that the Terps were 4-2 before a rash of season-ending injuries to Brown and freshmen quarterbacks Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe led to Maryland losing its last six games.
Ware said the addition of wide receiver Deon Long – though he referred to the junior college transfer as “Deon Ross” – would also help Maryland’s offense.
The defense was the big question mark, Ware said, but he thought Maryland could overcome the loss of Joe Vellano, Kenneth Tate and A.J. Francis to become a bowl team for the first time under Randy Edsall.