Expectations are rising in College Park.

After all, the Maryland Terrapins went 7-6 under head coach Mike Locksley in 2021 and won the Pinstripe Bowl over Virginia Tech. That was Maryland’s first bowl appearance since 2016 and first postseason win since 2010.

Furthermore, the Terrapins achieved their first winning season since 2014. That has Big Ten Network’s Rick Pizzo and Anthony Herron feeling optimistic (Via Inside MD Sports):

“Maryland intrigues Anthony and to be honest, Maryland intrigues me as well. (They have) 15 returning starters, including Taulia Tagovailoa under center, you have a loaded receiver room, you have a defense that returns a lot of experience (even) if they are not household names. This is a steam that went to a bowl game last year laid it on their opposition and a team that you and I, Anthony, are both very bullish on, mainly because if you look at the quarterback position and you look at Tagovailoa, he really had one bad quarter last year according to Mike Locksley,” Pizzo said.

“Was a quarter against Iowa. After that, he was statistically one of the best quarterbacks in the Big Ten.”

Tagovailoa completed 328 passes for 3,860 yards and 26 touchdowns to 11 interceptions last season. Entering 2022, Tagovailoa is hoping to have Jeshuan Jones and Dontay Demus back from injury, along with the addition of Florida transfer Jacob Copeland.

The Terps open against Buffalo on Sept. 3.