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Reports: Maryland assistant Spinelli departs for Boston College

Posted on 13 April 2014 by WNST Staff

A week of rumors have apparently come to fruition this weekend, as CBS Sports reports that University of Maryland basketball assistant coach Scott Spinelli has accepted an offer to join new coach Jim Christian’s staff at Boston College.

The move was expected throughout the week.

Spinelli has been part of Turgeon’s staff in all three years since his arrival in College Park-the Massachusetts native had previously worked under Turgeon at Texas A&M and Wichita State.

The Washington Post reported Spinelli received a “pretty solid raise” to join the Eagles’ staff. Additionally, Spinelli and Christian are both former Boston University basketball players and the former Maryland assistant has heavily recruited the New England area, including bringing Wrentham native Jake Layman to College Park.

This is the second assistant coach Turgeon has lost in the past year, Dalonte Hill resigned from the school following a third DUI arrest last fall. Only Bino Ranson remains from the original staff Maryland’s top man put together-Ranson was a holdover from Gary Williams’ last staff.

Dustin Clark was promoted from Director of Basketball Operations to an assistant coach after Hill’s resignation. Maryland great Juan Dixon was added to the staff as an assistant to Turgeon as well.

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Maryland opens ACC play Thursday night at Boston College

Posted on 11 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland opens ACC play for the final time in its history Thursday as it takes on Boston College at 7:00 pm in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The game is scheduled to air live on ESPNU.

Watch: ESPNU – Tom Hart (PxP), Len Elmore (Analyst)

Storylines

• The Terrapins are 8-9 all-time against Boston College, winning two of the last three meetings in the series. Maryland is 33-27 all-time in ACC openers, but has lost 16-of-26 ACC openers that were on the road. Tonight marks Maryland’s fourth time meeting the Eagles in an ACC opener, garnering a 1-3 record (0-1 at BC).

• After a sluggish start at the Verizon Center, Maryland battled back from a 14-point second half deficit Sunday at the BB&T Classic before George Washington’s Maurice Creek hit a game-winning jump shot with 0.6 seconds remaining to sink the Terps, 77-75.

• The Terps’ full court press stifled George Washington’s offense over the last four minutes of the contest, as the Colonials committed eight turnovers in the final 4:11. GW managed just one shot during that time span – the game-winner with 0.6 to play.

• Freshman Roddy Peters was highly effective down the stretch against GW, garnering six of his career-high 11 points and two steals in the final 4:06. He leads the team with 30 assists (3.3/g), while averaging just 19.7 minutes of action.

Last Time Out
Maryland lost its second consecutive game last Sunday as it fell to local foe George Washington at the Verizon Center in a thriller. Trailing by 12 points at halftime and by as many as 14 in the second half, the Terrapins rallied to tie the game with 1:07 left with a stifling full court press.
The Colonials regained the lead after Maurice Creek knocked down a pair of free throws, but Maryland freshmanRoddy Peters tied the game at 75 with a pair of clutch free throws at the other end with eight seconds remaining.
GW inbounded the ball to Creek in the backcourt, who then sank a step-back jumper from 17 feet with 0.6 seconds left for the win. Nick Faust was able to toss a half-court prayer, but the shot fell short as time expired.

Scouting Boston College
Boston College returns home after falling at Purdue, 88-67, on Dec. 4 and at USC, 78-62, last Sunday. The Eagles are currently 3-6 on the season.
The Eagles have two of the best shooters in the ACC, between Olivier Hanlan (19.2 points/g – 6th ACC) and Ryan Anderson (18.0 points/g – 9th ACC). Anderson also leads Boston College in rebounds (6.4/g).
Despite its poor record, Boston College ranks first in the nation in free throw percentage (80.8). Hanlan and Anderson are a combined 113-for-138 (.819) from the charity stripe.
Sophomore Joe Rohan led the Eagles in their most recent game against USC, tallying 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds. USC used an 11-3 run to take a 43-35 lead with 17:20 left, and BC failed to cut its deficit to one possession for the rest of the game.

Dramatic Comeback Falls Short
Maryland’s thrilling comeback against George Washington was ignited by a stingy full court press that the Colonials had no answer for. George Washington managed just one shot in the final 4:18 seconds, as it committed eight turnovers on its final 12 possessions. Unfortunately for the Terps, the lone Colonial shot in the time span happened to be Maurice Creek’s game-winner.
Nick Faust and Roddy Peters had a field day defensively during the press, combining for four steals. Peters also had six of his career-high 11 points during the run.

Boston Connections
The trip to Chestnut Hill will be a homecoming of sorts for redshirt junior Evan Smotrycz and sophomore Jake Layman, who both hail from Massachusetts. Smotrycz (Reading) is from just north of Boston, while Layman (Wrentham) grew up south of Boston.
Assistant coach Scott Spinelli also has ties in the area, having grown up in Leominster.

Terps Raise Money for Cancer Awareness
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted its inaugural “Terps Got Talent Student-Athlete Talent Show” on Tuesday evening to benefit the American Cancer Society. The show featured 17 performances and raised more than $3,100.
Freshman Damonte Dodd represented the men’s basketball team, displaying his drumming skills to the crowd.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 10 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Delaware State @ Maryland (Saturday 7pm Comcast Center); Golf: PGA Tour Franklin Templeton Shootout (Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday 4pm Sunday 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Naples, FL); Boxing: Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana (Saturday 8pm from San Antonio live on Showtime); High School Football: Baltimore Touchdown Club Senior All-Star Game (Saturday 1pm Archbishop Spalding)

10. John Mayer (Saturday 7pm Baltimore Arena); Robin Thicke/Fall Out Boy/Paramore/Miley Cyrus (Monday 7pm Verizon Center); Jimmy Eat World/Diamond Youth (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), All That Remains/Asking Alexandria (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live), Lupe Fiasco (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Twenty-One Pilots/The 1975/MS MR/NONONO (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Mint Condition (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Rick Springfield (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Marshall Tucker Band (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Wilson Phillips (Friday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Sara Bereilles/Gavin DeGraw (Wednesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Steve Winwood/Cris Jacobs (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Gary Allan (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Ginuwine (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), Ja Rule (Saturday 11:30pm Howard Theatre); The Hives (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Pietasters (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Ms. Lauryn Hill (Sunday 6pm 9:30 Club); Mannheim Steamroller (Thursday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Straight No Chaser (Thursday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Backstreet Boys (Friday 6:30pm SECU Arena); Childish Gambino “Because the Internet” and Neil Young “Live at The Cellar Down” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

My most embarrassing admission of 2013? I saw John Mayer the first time he ever played the Arena. My second most embarrassing admission? I kinda enjoy the song he did with his girlfriend.

I had a friend who used to have a Jimmy Eat World beanie. I tried to steal it from him 100 times.

This song will end up in my Top 10 of 2013.

It is NEVER embarrassing to be caught singing along to this.

9. Andrew Dice Clay (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Gilbert Gottfried (Thursday 8pm Magooby’s Joke House);  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “Saving Mr. Banks” out in theaters (Friday); “Despicable Me 2″ and “Fast & Furious 6″ available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

And instead I’ll encourage you to watch Kay & Peele attempt to break the record for impressions in one minute.

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The 15-7-0 hopes no one volunteered the Houston Texans as tribute

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The 15-7-0 hopes no one volunteered the Houston Texans as tribute

Posted on 25 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick. This isn’t where we do Ravens stuff. You can find plenty of that…like…everywhere else on the site.

Did you know that you were exactly like a Major League Baseball GM? It’s true. For example: how many good baseball players have you acquired this offseason?

Same as Dan Duquette.

15 Positive Observations…

1. The singular purpose of Number 1 in this week’s 15-7-0 is to get to the part of Monday afternoon’s show where Ryan Chell as to pronounce the name “Seyi Ajirotutu” and then put my feet up, light a cigar and just plain enjoy being alive.

To celebrate the big win, Philip Rivers wore the lovely gift he received from Stan Marsh’s grandfather.

Here’s…I have no freaking idea what this is. NONE.

2. Navy QB Keenan Reynolds had seven touchdowns Friday night. CJ Spiller has one touchdown in 2013. It’s cool though, because I totally picked Reynolds as the second overall pick in my fantasy football draft. What’s that? I picked Spiller there? Oh I just quit.

Just when you thought Navy motivational videos couldn’t get any better.

Three weeks to go, but here’s this.

3. Towson will face the winner of Sacred Heart/Fordham in the second round of the FCS playoffs December 7th. I’m sorry, major college football fans. I probably should’ve started this post by explaining that “playoffs” are what is used by every other sport or at every other level to determine a champion. But hey! You guys are getting one soon too! Kinda.

Terrance West has 30TD’s. THIRTY. Do the Ravens have 30TD’s?

4. Oh, so Cam Newton rallied his team from down late in the second half to improve to 8-3? That’s supposed to get me to buy into him? I’ll buy into him when he beats the Bears. The ’86 Bears. Until then he’s just like every other freakishly athletic former Heisman Trophy winning specimen who has defeated the 49ers and Patriots in the last month. Dime a dozen.

Acting like LeBron James will probably be a great way to win over fans though.

5. The Steelers will come into the Thanksgiving night showdown in Baltimore winners of five of their last seven. It reminds me of a popular limerick my grandfather taught me growing up. It went like this. Ahem. “Screw the Steelers”. Wait, did I say it was a limerick? I meant “a drunken yell”. I get them confused so often.

No one will put this into words any better than Mike Polk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6NJVFlHOIY

Also, Billy Cundiff did something familiar.

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Kicker Craddock continues strong season in Maryland loss

Posted on 24 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland vs. Boston College

Boston College 29, Maryland 26

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Kicking It Off: Maryland fell to 6-5 and 2-4 in the ACC with a 29-26 loss to Boston College following a game-winning field goal from 52 yards. The Eagles improved to 7-4 and 4-3 in the conference. Maryland is now 3-8 all-time against BC and are 1-5 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

 

Terps for Two: Following a 74-yard touchdown for BC, linebacker Marcus Whitfield blocked the extra point and it was returned 98 yards by defensive back Anthony Nixon. It marked the first PAT blocked by the Terps since A.J. Francis got one against Georgia Tech on Nov. 3, 2012.

 

Quick Strike: Following a fumble recovery, Maryland’s ninth of the season, at the Boston College one-yard line, the Terps scored one play later when running back Albert Reid went over the top for his second touchdown of the season. It is the Terps’ 14th rushing touchdown of the season.

 

It’s Good: Place kicker Brad Craddock converted his 17th field goal of the season when he hit from 43 yards midway through the first quarter to tie the game, 3-3. Craddock’s 17th field goal is the most in a single season since Dan Ennis had 17 in 2005, and it is tied for the sixth-highest single-season total in school history. Craddock entered Saturday’s game averaging 1.60 field goals per game, the second-best average in the ACC.

 

Stingy Defense: After holding Virginia Tech to 4-for-16 (25%) on third downs, the Maryland defense held Boston College to 5-for-14 (36%). The Terps entered the contest ranked sixth in the ACC holding opponents to 33.3 percent on third downs.

 

Take a Shot: Quarterback C.J. Brown hit wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo on a 33-yard pass for a touchdown to put the Terps ahead 17-10 in the third quarter. It was Maryland’s fifth-longest passing touchdown of the season and a career-long reception for Etta-Tawo. It was Brown’s ninth touchdown pass of the season and the 16th of his career, which is tied for 17th in school history.

 

Offensive Notes: Brown completed 19 passes for 178 yards and one touchdown … also added a score on the ground, his ninth of the season and 14th rushing touchdown of his career, which is tied for the 19th-highest total in program history … running back Brandon Ross led the team with 44 yards on the ground … Etta-Tawo had a game-high 57 yards receiving on four receptions.

 

Defensive Notes: Defensive back Sean Davis recorded one interception, the second of his career … linebacker Alex Twine had a season high 10 tackles, which led the team … linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Marcus Whitfield each finished with a 0.5 sack and Whitfield also added a fumble recovery.

 

– Maryland –

 

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Maryland faces Boston College in final ACC home game Saturday

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team looks for its second-consecutive win when it plays host to Boston College on Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Maryland will celebrate Senior Day and will honor its 16 departing seniors prior to kickoff at 3:33 p.m.

The Terps are looking to break a two-game losing streak to the Eagles. The Terps trail the all-time series 3-7 and are 1-4 at home against BC in a series that began in 1985. Maryland’s last win came in 2010, a 24-21 victory in Chestnut Hill, and its last win at home came in 2007, 42-35.

LIVE Coverage on Comcast SportsNet & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast locally on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic at 3:30 p.m. Ron Thulin (pbp), Ovie Mughelli (color) and Elizabeth Moreau (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Kevin Sheehan (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 92 and XM Radio Channel 190, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

Senior Day

Saturday will mark the final home game for 16 Maryland seniors. Senior Day activities will be held to honor: De’Onte Arnett, Carl Buchholz, Tejiri Erhie, Isaac Goins, G.T. Harraka, Bradley Johnson, Nick Klemm, Dexter McDougle, Greg Parcher, Tony Perry, Zeke Riser, Will Rosenblum, Dave Stinebaugh, Alex Walker, Marcus Whitfield and Regis Whittington.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early to take part in honoring these student-athletes.


Honoring Maryland’s Proud Past

The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative poster honoring Maryland’s 61 years in the ACC courtesy of Pepsi. Members of the 1953 National Championship Team will be back for a special on-field recognition along with other moments in Maryland Football ACC History will also be highlighted throughout the game to honor our Proud Past.

First-and-10

• The Maryland football team looks for its second-consecutive win when it plays host to Boston College on Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium as the Terps will celebrate Senior Day. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:33 p.m. The Terps are looking to break a two-game losing streak to the Eagles. The Terps trail the all-time series 3-7 and are 1-4 at home against BC in a series that began in 1985. Maryland’s last win came in 2010, a 24-21 victory in Chestnut Hill, and its last win at home came in 2007, 42-35.

• Maryland snapped a five-game losing streak against Virginia Tech with a 27-24 overtime victory in Blacksburg on Saturday. It is Maryland’s first win in Blacksburg since 1949. The overtime victory is the Terps’ first since defeating James Madison, 38-35, on Sept. 12, 2009, and improved the Terps’ OT record to 5-3. The Terps and Hokies were the 24th overtime game played this season amongst FBS teams.

• Quarterback C.J. Brown served as the offensive catalyst on Saturday. Brown tied a season high with 122 yards rushing on a career-high 23 carries with two touchdowns including the 3-yard game winner in overtime. The senior signal caller also completed 12 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown, a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Nigel King. Brown‘s 122 yards on the ground is tied for the seventh-highest rushing total by a Terrapin quarterback in school history. He now holds seven of the top-10 rushing performances by a Maryland QB in school history. It marked his sixth career 100-yard rushing game and third this season. His six 100-yard rushing performances are the most among active quarterbacks in the ACC.

• .On the defensive side of the ball, the Terrapins racked up a season-high seven sacks and 11 TFL against the Hokies. It is the most sacks by a Maryland defensive unit since totaling eight at West Virginia on Oct. 5, 2002. In addition, the Terps now have 30 sacks on the season which is already the most by a Maryland defense since 2003, when the Terps finished with 35. Defensive lineman Andre Monroe led the charge with a career-best 3.0 sacks and 3.5 TFL. Monroe is tied for ninth in the ACC with 6.5 sacks and he has recorded 11.5 career sacks in 19 games. His final sack of the contest came in overtime and helped the Terps hold the Hokies to a field goal.

• .Monroe was one of five Terps to register a sack on Saturday. Defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson finished with a career-high 2.0 sacks, while defensive back Isaac Goins picked up his first career sack. Linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Marcus Whitfield each had a 0.5 sack.

• The Maryland defense entered Saturday’s contest ranked seventh in the ACC in opponent third-down conversion. The Terps had held opposing offenses to 34.3 percent on third downs. Maryland held VT to 4-of-16 on third downs (25%) including seven three-and-outs, well above its season average of 4.67 per game. Holding the Hokies to 25 percent on third down was the Terps third-best performance of the season. Maryland held West Virginia to 2-for-12 (16.7%) on third down and Syracuse to 3-for-14 (21.4%). Maryland currently ranks sixth in the ACC and is tied for 18th nationally holding opponents to 33.3 percent on third down.

• Defensive back William Likely earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors after scoring his first career touchdown on a 63-yard punt return midway through the second quarter. Likely became the first Terrapin to return a punt since Tony Logan took one back 84 yards against Duke on Oct. 2, 2010. It was also Maryland’s longest punt return since Logan’s 84-yard score against the Blue Devils. Likely is averaging 13.8 yards per punt return, which is currently the fifth-best average in a single season in school history. Additionally, his average would break a Maryland freshman record currently held by Orlando Strozier (10.46, 1993).


Brown on the Ground

• Quarterback C.J. Brown tied a season high with 122 yards rushing on a career-high 23 carries and two touchdowns in Saturday’s win at Virginia Tech.

• It marked Brown’s sixth career 100-yard rushing performance, which is tops among active quarterbacks in the ACC. In addition, the total is tied for the seventh-best rushing performance by a Maryland quarterback in school history. The senior signal-caller holds seven of those performances with three coming this season.

• His six career 100-yard rushing games are tied for sixth all-time at Maryland. He is one shy of tying Louis Carter (1972-74) for fifth all-time.

• Brown’s 23 carries is the most for a Terrapin quarterback since Jamarr Robinson carried the ball 24 times against Virginia Tech on Nov. 14, 2009.

• Brown now has 13 career rushing touchdowns, which is tied with Scott McBrien (2002-03), Chris Downs (2001-02) and Jack Scarbath (1950-52) for 20th in Maryland history. His eight rushing TDs this season is tied for the 20th-highest single-season total in school history.


Career Day for Monroe

• Defensive lineman Andre Monroe finished with a career-best three sacks against the Hokies to increase his season total to 6.5, which is tied for ninth in the ACC.

• Monroe has 11.5 sacks in 19 career games, which ties him for fifth nationally in total sacks per game among active players.

• Paired with linebacker Marcus Whitfield (8.0 sacks), Maryland is the only team in the ACC with two players that rank in the top 10 in sacks in the conference.


Meet at the Quarterback

• Maryland’s defense racked up a season-high seven sacks against the Hokies. That total is the most by a Maryland defense since the unit had eight at West Virginia on Oct. 5, 2002.

• The mark also is tied for the second most in an ACC game this season and is tied for the 10th most nationally.

• The unit’s 30 sacks on the season is tied for the third-highest mark in the conference and is tied for the 12th most in the nation.

• Maryland’s season total is already the most by a Terrapin defense since 2003 (35) and with a 3.00 sack per game averge the unit is on pace to total 36 sacks. That would be the most in a season since 2002 (38).


Likely to the House

• Defensive back William Likely scored his first career touchdown in Blacksburg when he returned a punt 63 yards for Maryland’s opening score.

• It marked Maryland’s first punt return for a touchdown since Tony Logan returned one 84 yards against Duke on Oct. 2, 2010.

• It was Maryland’s first special teams touchdown of the season and the first since Stefon Diggs returned a kickoff 99 yards at North Carolina last season (Nov. 24).

• The touchdown is Maryland’s third non-offensive touchdown, which is tied for fifth in the conference. Defensive backs A.J. Hendy and Dexter McDougle each returned an interception for a TD this season. Hendy scored against West Virginia (Sept. 21) and McDougle scored at UConn (Sept. 14).

• Likely totaled all of Maryland’s 106 punt return yards on Saturday. It is the third-highest punt return total for a team in an ACC game this season and it is tied for the 16th-best individual performance nationally.

• The freshman is averaging 13.8 yards per punt return, which is fourth in the ACC and 12th among FBS schools. As a kick returner, Likely is averaging 25.5 yards per return, the fifth-best average in the ACC and 29th nationally.


Maryland Gameday Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are quarterback Dustin Dailey (offense), defensive back Tony Perry (defense), and defensive back Elvis Dennah (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive lineman Zeke Riser will carry the American flag, and tight end Dave Stinebaugh will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadership council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Boston College game are running back Albert Reid (offense), defensive lineman Keith Bowers (defense), and running back Kenneth Goins, Jr. (special teams).


Maryland-Boston College Series History

• Maryland and Boston College meet for the 11th time on Saturday in a series that began in 1985. The Eagles lead the all-time series, 7-3.

• BC has won the past two meetings and four of the last five. The Eagles won last season’s meeting in Chestnut Hill, 20-17.

• The Terps have fallen to the Eagles the last two games in College Park (2009, 2011). Maryland’s last win at home over the Eagles came in 2007, 42-35.

 

 

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Converted QB Young joins list of Terps receivers missing Saturday’s game

Posted on 21 November 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Boston College

Position

Name

Injury

Status

DB Milan Collins Ankle Out for the season
LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil Upper Body Out for the season
WR Stefon Diggs Leg Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney Knee Out for the season
WR Deon Long Leg Out for the season
DB Dexter McDougle Shoulder Out for the season
DL Mike Minter Knee Out for the season
DL Kingsley Opara Shoulder Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker Knee Out for the season
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro Head Out
LB Cole Farrand Shoulder Out
WR DeAndre Lane Hamstring Out
DB Jeremiah Johnson Toe Out
LS Greg Parcher Abdomen Out
OL Maurice Shelton Knee Out
WR Ricardo Young Head Out
TE Dave Stinebaugh Knee Probable
LB Alex Twine Shoulder Probable

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Terps DC Stewart says BC RB Williams gets stronger as game goes on

Posted on 20 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

On quarterback C.J. Brown’s health and the offense:

“Obviously, what we do on offense and what we ask of our quarterback, especially C.J., we try to build it around the skill set. Early on, he showed his ability to make plays both with his arms and his legs. There’s no doubt he’s been banged up since the West Virginia game and there’s no doubt that I agree with him that he’s as healthy as I saw him last week. Coming out of the bye week, he was just a little rusty, not having played a lot. But we put the challenge on him that he needed to go out and make big plays and he stepped up for us.”

 

On quarterback C.J. Brown’s chemistry with the wide receivers:

“It’s coming along. He’s thrown to all those guys through the course of the season and in practice. So that part of the chemistry is there, it’s just more of him being healthy and being able to get the reps.”

 

On if he had ever coached a 2,000-yard running back like Boston College’s Andre Williams:

“I was pretty close with LaMont Jordan in [1999], but that kid is a good running back, one of the better running backs in the nation.“

 

On facing former defensive coordinator Don Brown:

“I would say that we have a bunch of guys that have been here throughout the course of Don being here. Luckily, we faced them last year at UConn, so we’re pretty familiar with him. He does a great job defensively, and has been one of the top coordinators; I know he’s well respected in this building so, we’ll have our work cut out for us but we’re up to the challenge.”

 

On Boston College defensive coordinator Don Brown’s style:

“Well, he doesn’t have a conscience when he brings it, where he brings it, and how he brings it. For him, it’s very organized in his mind, but for an offense with new parts all over the place it’s a matter of trying to figure out where it’s coming from and getting it picked up in a running game and a passing game.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

On Boston College running back Andre Williams:

“He a big back; runs hard. Runs hard late in the game. He is very impressive. You don’t run for 1,010 yards and not be good. We just have to get all 11 guys, all 11 hats to the ball.”

 

On what he has seen on film from Boston College running back Andre Williams:

“He wears you out. If you look at tape, you see that the same guys tackling him early are the same guys missing and getting ran over late. He just gets stronger as the game goes on and you get tired hitting a big body.”

 

On the confidence amongst the players following the win at Virginia Tech:

“Any time you get a big win, especially when you get a big win against a team that you know some of the guys on the other team, you get excited. I still think that we still have to play and stay excited for the next game and that’s what they are; they are excited to have the opportunity to play against Boston College.”

 

On if he enjoyed the trip back to College Park following Saturday’s win:

“I was pretty excited. It was about time we get a good plane ride back. I was excited, as soon as I got comfortable in my seat I started thinking about Boston College. I looked up the score and tried to see what Williams did; he had a great day, one of his best days.”

 

On Boston College’s offense:

“I think Alex Amidon is a good receiver. He’s solid coming in and out of breaks, attacking the ball in the air. He’s getting wide open now because everybody is in the box trying to stop the run. Chase Rettig, I always thought that Chase was a good quarterback. We’re looking at a guy that had a different coordinator every year. So, that poor guy can’t get a system down, he’s doing a great job of adjusting to whoever is telling him what plays to run. I think he’s a great talent, has a good arm, does a good job escaping and he must be a smart kid because he’s gone through three coordinators and he’s still the starter.”

– Maryland –

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Former Terp Merriman to hold annual coat drive Saturday at BC game

Posted on 20 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – NFL All-Pro and former Maryland standout Shawne Merriman will hold his annual Coat Drive on Saturday, Nov. 23, prior to the Terps game against Boston College at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Over the past 11 years, Merriman and his Lights On Foundation have collected over 20,000 coats to benefit numerous communities in the DMV area. Collection will begin 90 minutes prior to the start of the game at the South Gate entrance of the stadium.

Merriman has partnered with the Maryland athletics department, University Relations and DOTS (Department of Transportation Services) and will be joined by Maryland student-athletes to collect gently-used coats, hats, scarves and other cold weather clothing at all entrances of Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

“We hope everyone coming out for the Terps last ACC home game can bring warm clothing to be donated and distributed to local shelters,” Merriman said. “This cause means a lot to me as I was the victim of two house fires as a child and was left homeless as a result. I am extremely grateful to the university and those that have helped to facilitate this coat drive over the years to further the Lights On Foundation mission.”

Merriman enjoyed a distinguished career at the University of Maryland, where he was tabbed a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection after his junior season. He totaled 189 tackles, 22 sacks and 32.5 tackles for a loss in 39 career games with 17 starts. Originally selected in the first round (12th overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, Merriman was a three-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection with San Diego prior to joining the Buffalo Bills in 20101. In his eight NFL seasons, Merriman notched 45.5 sacks in 75 career games (59 starts).

A native of Washington, D.C., Merriman was honored as the Associated Press Maryland Defensive Player of the Year as a senior out of Frederick Douglas High School in Upper Marlboro.

Merriman’s Lights On Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for youth and to help the homeless. He donates time, money and other resources throughout the country by increasing opportunities for children to lead healthy and fulfilling lives through his foundation. By building corporate partnerships within the community, Merriman is able to provide financial assistance to projects focusing primarily on helping the homeless and children in need.

– Maryland –

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Edsall says stopping RB Williams key to beating Boston College

Posted on 19 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

Head Coach Randy Edsall

Opening Statement:

“There is no secret to what we’ve got to do this upcoming week against Boston College. We need to stop the run and Andre Williams, who is just an outstanding player. He’s got outstanding speed and is very powerful. He is in front of a big offensive line. They run the ball extremely well and use their play action game off the running game, so we got our hands full there. Also their defense brings a lot of different pressures and looks to you, so we just have to have a great week of preparation and focus. We need to concentrate to give ourselves an opportunity to win on Saturday.”

 

On Boston College running back Andre Williams:

“He’s carried it 43 times last week and he’s running strong at the end of the game as well as in the beginning. He’s a very good back and has got the ability to bend and run you over. You’re not going to wrap your arms around this guy. You’ve got to put your shoulder into him and run your feet. You need more than one person there. He’s very impressive on tape. He’s having a heck of a year and should be mentioned for all of the awards that are out there, in terms of All-American, Doak Walker, Heisman and all of the other things included.”

 

On play of the offensive line and defensive line against Virginia Tech:

“I thought the offensive line did a good job of helping us win and doing the things that we needed to do. I would expect that they would be a little bit better this week, as all five of them will be playing together again. There are things that we did well and other things that we need to work on and get better at. We will this week. I thought our defensive line really stepped it up. Anytime that you have seven sacks in a game, you’re doing pretty well. You are holding a team that has really been noted to run the ball and hold them to [54] yards rushing. I think they did a good job as well as the linebackers, the front seven. We’re going to need that kind of effort and intensity again this week. We have a stiffer challenge this week in terms of the run game.”

 

On quarterback C.J. Brown running effectively against Virginia Tech:

“I think that C.J. was the healthiest he’s been since the Florida State game and again, you talk about confidence, he had more confidence in his own ability to be able to run and do the things that he knows he’s capable of doing. I think that’s always a big part because the last stretch of games, when I talked to him he just felt like he couldn’t have that burst and couldn’t have that explosion that he normally has. If you don’t feel that then your confidence doesn’t allow you to do those things and I think it’s tough. He had that feeling back in his body, his legs and everything else. There were just some things that happened there early in the game that in terms of what they were doing, I went up to him early there, probably in the first quarter, and I said ‘Hey, don’t hesitate now to just take off with the ball when you go back there.’ Because they were playing man coverage and they were empty in the box and it was opening things up so being the smart guy that he is, he dropped back and he would see what was taking place and knew that he might take a quick look to his first read and if it wasn’t there, it opened up and went. I think that’s just a smart thing to do because if they’re going to give you that what’s the difference if you can throw it for five [yards] or if you can run it for 25 or whatever, your still gaining yardage. If you drive him out of that, then it creates other opportunities for everybody else. So it’s just doing the things, observing what people are doing and trying to take advantage of what they’re doing is what gives your team the best opportunity to win and C.J. did a great job with that.”

 

On the emotion of Senior Day:

“I think anytime its Senior Day it’s always a special day for those young men and really for the program, but especially for those young men for the last time to come out of the locker room and come out here and play at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium is very touching and everybody wants to do their part to send their seniors out victorious. It’s a bunch of guys that are good guys, that are hard workers, and guys that have given a lot to this program and to this university and we’re thankful for that. I really believe they’ll all be very successful in what they do and you’re proud of each and every one of them.”

 

– Maryland –

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