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Jeremiah Johnson

With improved health, Terps defense shows it's better than advertised

In the back of one of the Maryland football team's meeting rooms is a wall-length board that lists the Terps' depth chart, recruiting targets and players unavailable for their next game because of injury.

The defense's depth chart has been shuffled on a near-weekly basis because of various short- and long-term injuries to key players.

But Saturday's 20-19 win at Penn State showed the type of defense the Terps believe they can have when it's at or near full strength.

Maryland (6-3) had four sacks, numerous other pressures and forced three turnovers. The