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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 Terps limited Nittany Lions running backs to 65 yards on 29 carries. And with the game on the line and...