Un­der­manned op­po­nent able to over­whelm

Is one of the friendli­est guys in the NFL — un­less you try to tackle him Mis­take-prone Terps rolled by in­jury-de­pleted Boil­ers

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - COMMENTARY - By Childs Walker By Don Markus

Talk to Mark In­gram II dur­ing the week and you would never guess that un­der­neath the ready smile and soft-spo­ken re­flec­tions on fam­ily and team, he’s nur­tur­ing a mon­ster who’ll burst forth Sun­day morn­ing. The NFL is full of men who charm you Wed­nes­day and flip a switch to be­come pur­vey­ors of vi­o­lence for a few hours ev­ery week­end. But that con­trast is as pro­nounced in In­gram as any player on the Ravens.

“I’m just kind of calm, down to earth, [I] like to laugh,” he said, chat­ting re­cently out­side the Ravens locker room in a gray sweat­shirt that read “Heis­man” across the chest.

“On Sun­day, I’m a dif­fer­ent per­son — an­gry and do­ing ev­ery­thing I can to help us win. I think that’s kind of an ac­cu­rate de­scrip­tion.”

In one guise, he’s a travel buff who de­lighted in show­ing off pic­tures of his hon­ey­moon to the

Mal­dives. In the other, he’s a hu­man jack­ham­mer who low­ered his shoul­der to flat­ten a Miami

Dol­phins de­fender as he ram­bled 49 yards

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. — Mary­land came to Pur­due’s Ross-Ade Sta­dium on Sat­ur­day for the first time since join­ing the Big Ten in 2014, try­ing to win its sec­ond straight road game against an un­der­manned op­po­nent and re­gain some mo­men­tum from early in the sea­son..

Slightly fa­vored and con­fi­dent that red­shirt ju­nior quar­ter­back Tyrrell Pi­grome was ready to as­sume a start­ing role for in­jured grad­u­ate trans­fer Josh Jack­son, the Terps stum­bled badly, los­ing to the Boil­er­mak­ers 40-14 be­fore an an­nounced home­com­ing crowd of 52,296.

The loss was the third in four games af­ter a 2-0 start that briefly put the Terps in the Top 25. Given how dec­i­mated the Boil­er­mak­ers were by in­juries — more than a dozen play­ers, in­clud­ing quar­ter­back Eli­jah Sin­de­lar and All-Amer­ica wide re­ceiver/ re­turner Ron­dale Moore, were out — it was huge op­por­tu­nity missed in pur­suit of bowl el­i­gi­bil­ity.

“Ob­vi­ously road wins are tough,” firstyear Mary­land coach Mike Lock­sley said. “You’ve got to give Pur­due credit; they did a bet­ter job than us to­day with their ex­e­cu­tion. Like I told our team, [I’m] not

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