Kirk Herbstreit continued his Twitter antics on Sunday morning, dishing out his thoughts on the weekend’s games.
But the latest team that the ESPN analyst complimented on his Twitter account was a surprise to many college football fans.
Herbstreit applauded Maryland for their bounce back wins against Minnesota and Penn State that boosted the Terrapins to 2-1 early on in the Big Ten season. Specifically, the ESPN personality praised second-year head coach Mike Locksley and transfer quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa.
“My goodness has @TerpsFootball become a fun team to watch. Open the year with a demoralizing loss to Northwestern 43-3. Turn around and win back to back weeks vs Minnesota and yesterday blew Penn St out. Locks drawin up ball plays & Taulia Tagovailoa lettin it fly,” Herbstreit tweeted on Sunday morning.
My goodness has @TerpsFootball become a fun team to watch. Open the year with a demoralizing loss to Northwestern 43-3. Turn around and win back to back weeks vs Minnesota and yesterday blew Penn St out. Locks drawin up ball plays & Taulia Tagovailoa lettin it fly.
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 8, 2020
Locksley arrived to the Terps in 2019, inheriting a program that looked lost in a competitive Big Ten East. The team started last season by scoring 142 combined points in their first two games but finished 3-9.
Now in 2020, the Maryland play-caller has a talented young quarterback to run the offense. Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Miami Dolphins’ QB Tua, transferred to Maryland after losing the starting job at Alabama to Mac Jones.
Not everything started smoothly for the sophomore quarterback. Maryland got blown out 43-3 against Northwestern in Week 1 of the 2020 Big Ten season.
But Herbstreit and others took notice of the Terps adjustments over the last two weeks. Tagovailoa played far better in the team’s last two games, leading Maryland to two consecutive wins. Locksley and company outlasted Minnesota two weeks ago in a 45-44 overtime thriller before going on the road and stifling Penn State 35-19. Through three games at Maryland, Tagovailoa has thrown for 770 yards and scored eight total touchdowns.
The Terrapins look to make it three wins in a row next Saturday against Ohio State.