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Banged up Terps try again to get bowl eligible Saturday at Va Tech

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team hits the road for the fourth time this season and first time in close to a month when the Terps travel to Blacksburg, Va., to take on Virginia Tech at 12:30 p.m. Saturday from Lane Stadium. It will mark the 31st all-time meeting between the Terps and Hokies in a series that began in 1919, but will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2009. The all-time series is tied 15-15 with Virginia Tech having won the last five meetings including a 36-9 win over Maryland in College Park in 2009.

LIVE Coverage on ACC Network & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the ACC Network at 12:30 p.m. Click here to check local listings. Tim Brant (pbp), Dave Archer (color) and Rachel Baribeau (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 136 and XM Radio Channel 191, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• After missing the Clemson game due to injury, quarterback C.J. Brown returned as the Terps starter against Syracuse on Saturday. Brown completed career-high 21 passes for 211 yards. Maryland has passed for over 200 yards in all nine games this season and has eclipsed the mark in 10 straight games dating back to last season. That is the longest streak of 200-yard passing games in program history since the Terps did it in 11 straight games between the 1993 and 1994 seasons beginning with a 351-yard passing day at Georgia Tech on Oct. 9, 1993, and concluding with a 208-yard passing day at Clemson on Oct. 1, 1994.

• Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo served as Brown’s downfield threat against the Orange. Etta-Tawo finished with a career-best six catches for a career-high 109 yards receiving, including a career-long 26-yard reception midway through the fourth quarter. It is the fifth time this season a Maryland receiver has gone over 100 yards and Etta-Tawo is the fourth Maryland receiver to eclipse the mark. It marks the second time in three seasons the Terps have hit these totals. Maryland had five 100-yard receiving games from four different wide receivers during the 2011 season.

• Etta-Tawo’s 109-yard day is the second straight game a Terrapin receiver has gone over 100 yards. Wide receiverLevern Jacobs had a personal-best 158 yards receiving against Clemson (Oct. 26). Etta-Tawo averaged 17.5 yards per reception continuing the Terps’ trend of attacking defenses down the field. Despite averaging 10.0 yards per completion on Saturday against Syracuse, the Terps still rank fourth in the ACC and 12th nationally averaging 14.31 yards per catch. That average is the fourth highest in school history since 1980.

• The Terrapin defense did a good job of minimizing the impact of four offensive turnovers holding the Orange to just six points off of the four giveaways. This season, Maryland has surrendered only 63 points on 23 giveaways for an average of 2.74 points per giveaway. The number drops to 2.57 points per giveaway over the last four games as Maryland has held Virginia, Wake Forest, Clemson and Syracuse to a combined 36 points on 14 turnovers.

• In addition to its ability to minimize the impact of turnovers, the Maryland defense has done a good job of keeping its opponents out of the end zone inside the 20-yard line. On Saturday, the Terps held the Orange to one touchdown on three redzone opportunities. This season, the Terps have given up 33 redzone scores with only 19 of them resutling in a touchdown (57.6%), a mark which is the best in the conference.

• Defensive back Sean Davis led the Terps with 11 tackles against Syracuse. It is Davis’ second double-digit tackle game in the last five contests (12 at Florida State, Oct. 5). Davis has 65 total stops this season, which ranks second on the team, and he leads the squad with 39 solo tackles. Redshirt freshman linebacker Abner Logan, making his third career start, recorded his second straight double-digit tackle performance with 10 against the Orange.

• The Terps picked off Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt once on Saturday to increase their season interception total to 10. Freshman defensive back William Likely picked up his first career interception when he dove in front of Hunt’s intended receiver midway through the second quarter. Likely is second on the team with four passes defensed this season. Senior DB Isaac Goins leads the Terps with six passes defended, four of which have come during ACC play.


Quick Hitters From Syracuse

• Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo became the fourth Maryland player this season to go over 100 yards receiving. The redshirt freshman wideout finished with career highs in receptions (6) and yards (109).

• Etta-Tawo’s 109-yard receiving performance marks the fifth time a Terrapin receiver has eclipsed 100 yards joiningStefon Diggs (179, Old Dominion; 110, Connecticut), Levern Jacobs (158, Clemson) and Deon Long (110, FIU).

• The Terps have totaled 200 or more yards passing in every game this season and have thrown for over 200 yards in 10 straight games dating back to last season.

• That is the longest streak of 200-yard passing games in program history since the Terps did it in 11 straight games between the 1993 and 1994 seasons beginning with a 351-yard passing day at Georgia Tech on Oct. 9, 1993, and concluding with a 208-yard passing day at Clemson on Oct. 1, 1994.

• With 211 yards through the air, Maryland now has 2,462 passing yards and is averaging 273.6 yards per game. The Terps are on pace for 3,283 yards passing this season, which would be the most since the 1993 season when Maryland passed for a school record 3,823 yards.

• Overall, the Terps are averaging 415.6 yards of total offense. That mark is the highest per game average since 2003 when the Terps averaged 421.7 yards per game.

•.Despite averaging 10.0 yards per completion on Saturday against Syracuse, the Terps still rank fourth in the ACC and 12th nationally averaging 14.31 yards per catch. That average is the fourth highest in school history since 1980.

• Maryland held Syracuse to one touchdown on three redzone opportunities. The Terps lead the ACC in holding opponents to field goals inside the redzone. Maryland has held opponents to 19 touchdowns on 33 opportunities in the redzone.

• Linebacker Marcus Whitfield was one of four Terrapin defenders to record a tackle for loss. Whitfield now has 12.5 TFL on the season, which is tied for fourth in the ACC. His 12.5 TFL has cost opponents 96 yards, which is the fourth most in a single season in school history. He is five yards shy of tying Martin Van Horn for third.

• With four TFL against Syracuse, Maryland is averaging 7.4 TFL per game, which ranks third in the ACC and is 15th nationally. The team’s average is the highest for a Terrapin defense since 2001. That season, the Terps averaged 9.2 per game.


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 wide receiver Tehuti Miles (offense), linebacker Clarence Murphy (defense), and wide receiver Regis Whittington (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive lineman Zeke Riser will carry the American flag, and running back Brandon Ross, 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 Virginia Tech game are running back Albert Reid (offense), linebacker Cole Farrand (defense), and running back Kenneth Goins, Jr. (special teams).


Maryland-Virginia Tech Series History

• Saturday will mark the 31st all-time meeting between the Terps and Hokies in a series that began in 1919, but will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2009.

• The all-time series is tied 15-15 with Virginia Tech having won the last five meetings including a 36-9 win over Maryland in College Park in 2009.

• Maryland’s last win over VT came in 1990 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, a 20-13 Terps victory. Maryland’s last win in Blacksburg came in 1949. But Saturday’s matchup is only the fourth game at Lane Stadium between the two teams since then.

 

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Maryland QB Brown, RB Ross, TE Stinebaugh will miss Clemson game

Posted on 24 October 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Clemson

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
OL Silvano Altamirano Back Out
OB C.J. Brown Trunk Out
LS Christian Carpenter Knee Out
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro Head Out
LB L.A. Goree Back Out
K Adam Greene Quad Out
DB Jeremiah Johnson Toe Out
OL Nick Klemm Foot Out
WR DeAndre Lane Head Out
DB Anthony Nixon Toe Out
RB Brandon Ross Shoulder Out
TE Dave Stinebaugh Knee Out
DL Zeke Riser Ankle Probable
LB Matt Robinson Shoulder Probable
LB Alex Twine Shoulder Probable

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Ross has big day for Terps in win

Posted on 13 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland vs. Virginia

Maryland 27, Virginia 26

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Kicking It Off: Maryland improved to 5-1 on the season and 1-1 in the ACC with a 27-26 victory over Virginia. The Cavaliers dropped to 2-4 and 0-2 in the conference. Maryland is now 44-32-2 all-time against Virginia and 21-13-2 at home. It is the Terps first home victory over the Cavaliers since 2005.

 

One Man Drive: The Terps went ahead 7-6 on one-yard plunge into the end zone by running back Brandon Ross at the end of the first quarter capping a four-play, 74-yard drive with Ross accounting for all of it. Two plays prior to the touchdown, Ross took a screen pass from quarterback Caleb Rowe and raced 77 yards to the Virginia two-yard line. It was the longest non-scoring reception since Scott Milanovich hit Jermaine Lewis for 78 yards at North Carolina on Sept. 11, 1993, and Maryland’s longest reception of the season. The touchdown was Ross’ third of the season and fourth of his career.

 

All-Purpose Running Back: Of Maryland’s 468 yards of total offense, Brandon Ross accounted for career-best 169. The sophomore running back finished with 88 yards on the ground and a personal-best 81 yards receiving. Following a one-yard score in the first quarter, Ross picked up his second touchdown of game on a toss sweep to the left from seven yards out midway through the second quarter marking the first time in his career he has scored two or more rushing touchdowns in a game. Ross is also the first Maryland running back to score two or more rushing touchdowns this season.

 

Rowe Under Center: Making his first start of the season, quarterback Caleb Rowe threw for a career-high 332 yards and completed 18-of-34 passes and one touchdown. With the Terps’ trailing 26-20 in the fourth quarter, Rowe moved Maryland down the field on a six-play, 69-yard drive and found tight end Dave Stinebaugh in the end zone for a 12-yard score putting Maryland up for good. In the first quarter, Rowe hooked up with a Brandon Ross on a season-long 77-yard screen pass late in the first quarter to set up Maryland’s first touchdown. Rowe’s previous career best was 240 passing yards at Boston College on Oct. 27, 2012.

 

Top Targets: Wide receivers Deon Long and Stefon Diggs both finished just shy of 100 yards receiving. Long led all targets with 98 yards on four catches, while Diggs totaled 96 yards on six catches. Diggs has gone over 90 yards receiving in four of the Terps’ six games this season, while Long has gone over 90 yards receiving in three of six games.

 

Offensive Notes: Tight end Dave Stinebaugh’s lone reception of 12 yards resulted in the go-ahead touchdown with 5:14 remaining in the game … running back Albert Reid rushed for 41 yards on three carries including a career-long 38 yard run … place kicker Brad Craddock connected on both of his field goal attempts (36 yards, 32 yards) and is 12-of-14 on the season.

 

Defensive Notes: Linebacker L.A. Goree totaled a career and team-high 15 tackles, nine solo, and a tackle for loss … Goree’s previous high was 14 coming at North Carolina last season (11/24/12) … after recording a personal-best 10 tackles last week at Florida State, defensive back Anthony Nixon topped it with 12 tackles, nine solo, and a tackle for loss … defensive back Isaac Goins finished with a personal-best nine tackles and had one pass breakup … of the Terps’ eight tackles for loss, linebacker Marcus Whitfield led the way with 1.5 … defensive back A.J. Hendy totaled a career-high two pass breakups.

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Edsall returns to Connecticut Saturday as Terps look to start 3-0

Posted on 13 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The University of Maryland football team hits the road for the first time this season when it travels to Rentschler Field to take on Connecticut at 7:34 p.m. Saturday. For the second consecutive game, the Terrapin offense racked up over 575 yards of total offense in a 47-10 victory over Old Dominion. The Terps finished with 587 total yards of offense, 312 on the ground and 275 through the air. It is the first time since at least the 1982 season that Maryland has produced over 500 yards of offense in back-to-back games to open the season.

LIVE Coverage on the ESPN3 & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN3 at 7:30 p.m. Bob Picozzi (pbp), K.C. Keeler (color) and John Brickley (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 136 and XM Radio Channel 190, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• The University of Maryland football team hits the road for the first time this season when it travels to Rentschler Field to take on Connecticut at 7:34 p.m. Saturday. For the second consecutive game, the Terrapin offense racked up over 575 yards of total offense in a 47-10 victory over Old Dominion. The Terps finished with 587 total yards of offense, 312 on the ground and 275 through the air. It is the first time since at least the 1982 season that Maryland has produced over 500 yards of offense in back-to-back games to open the season. The defense was equally as impressive holding the Monarchs to their lowest point total since football was reinstated at the university in 2009, and held quarterback Taylor Heinicke, the 2012 Walter Payton Award winner, to a career low as a starter, 166 yards passing. Also, it marked the first time a defense had held him below 200 yards passing as a starter.

• After quarterback C.J. Brown and wide receiver Deon Long starred in the season-opening win over FIU, the Maryland offense showcased some of its other playmakers in its victory over the Monarchs. Running back Brandon Ross eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the third time in his career with a career-high 149-yard performance on Saturday. The sophomore averaged 8.3 yards per carry and finished with one touchdown. On the flanks, wide receiver Stefon Diggs turned in a career performance with a personal-best 179 yards receiving on six catches, including a 41-yard catch and run down the right sideline for a touchdown earning him ACC Reciever of the Week honors. Running backs Albert Reid and Jacquille Veii also got into the act on the ground. Reid tallied his first career touchdown on a career-long 26-yard run and finished with 56 yards, while Veii had 10 carries for 55 yards. Under center, Brown went 14-of-22 for 275 yards and two scores and added two more touchdowns on the ground. Brown is averaging 345.5 yards of total offense per game, tops in the ACC.

• The Terps employed a defensive scheme that emphasized pressure and speed in order to control Heinicke and an Old Dominion offense that averaged 45.2 points per game in 2012 and scored 38 in its season opener at East Carolina. Of the Monarchs first four possessions, Maryland’s defense intercepted Heinicke three times and finished the game with four sacks. On Old Dominion’s opening possession, defensive back Isaac Goins intercepted Heinicke setting up a Brad Craddock field goal. On the Monarchs third possession, defensive back Sean Davis picked off an errant pass down the middle of the field and returned it 21 yards to set up Maryland’s first touchdown of the afternoon, a five-yard run by Brown. A minute and a half into the second quarter, linebacker Yannick Ngakoue pulled in his first career interception. With defensive back Dexter McDougle’s interception against FIU, the Terps have four interceptions on the season, which ties its total from 2012. Defensive pressure helped create the three turnovers. Defensive lineman Andre Monroe recorded two sacks, with linebackers L.A. Goree and Marcus Whitfield with one each. Defensive back William Likely made his first career start and had a team-high 11 tackles, nine solo, and earned Athlon Sports ACC Freshman of the Week honors. Linebacker Matt Robinson had six solo tackles including two tackles for loss to lead the team. On the season, the Terps rank 15th nationally in scoring defense and rank third in the conference.

• After two impressive performances, the Maryland offense and defense are both highly ranked nationally. The Terrapin offense is avergaing 45 points a game, which is tied for 24th nationally with Clemson, and is averaging 581.5 yards of total offense, good for 12th nationally. Defensively, the Terps are conceeding just 253.0 yards per contest, which is tied for the 16th nationally, and are tied for 15th in scoring defense having allowed just 10 points in each of their two games.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland’s offense has totaled 576 and 587 yards in the first two contests, respectively. It marks the first time since at least the 1982 season that the Terps have opened the season with back-to-back 500-yard performances.

• The high-octane offense netted 43 points in the season opener against FIU and 47 against Old Dominion. It is the first time in program history the Terps have eclipsed the 40-point plateau in consecutive games to begin the season.

• The 47 points scored by the Terps against the Monarchs is the most points scored by the Terrapins since totaling 51 against East Carolina in the Military Bowl on Dec. 29, 2010.

• The Terps have made their mark in the first half so far this season. Maryland has outscored its first two opponents 71-13 in the opening two quarters.The Terps have been particularly strong in the second quarter outscoring FIU and ODU, 41-7.

• Leading the attack, quarterback C.J. Brown is averaging 345.5 yards of total offense, a number that leads the ACC and ranks 13th nationally through two games.

• Additionally, Brown has completed 34-of-45 pass attempts for five touchdowns and no interceptions leading to a passer efficiency rating of 216.0, which ranks third in the country.

• Wide receiver Stefon Diggs had a career-high 179 yards receiving against ODU to earn ACC Receiver of the Week honors. Combined with Deon Long’s 110 yards against FIU, it is the first time since Oct. 22, 2011, the Terps have had two consecutive games with receivers totaling 100 yards or more. Quintin McCree had 177 at Florida State (10/22). The week prior against Clemson (10/15), Matt Furstenburg had 104.

• With his career-high performance on Saturday, Diggs ranks sixth nationally in all-purpose yardage. The sophomore is averaging 192.5 yards per game and leads the ACC. Diggs also ranks second in the conference in reception yards per game (138.5) and is averaging 25.2 yards per catch.

• Diggs continues to climb Maryland’s all-time record book. With 179 receiving yards on Saturday, Diggs moved up to 21st all-time with 1,125 career yards and now has 2,281 all-purpose yards, which ranks 24th all-time.

• After being held to 30 rushing yards in the opener, running back Brandon Ross rushed for a career-best 149 yards and one score. Ross was one yard short of becoming the first Maryland player to rush for 150 yards since C.J. Brownran for 162 at Clemson (10/15/11). The sophomore has rushed for 100 or more yards in three of the last five games dating back to last season.

• The Maryland defense held Old Dominion to 10 points, its lowest offensive output since football returned to the university in 2009.

• 2012 Walter Payton Award winner Taylor Heinicke was held to a career-low 166 passing yards by the Maryland defense.


Terp 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 wide receiver Taivon Jacobs (offense), defensive lineman Malik Jones (defense), and Elvis Dennah (special teams).

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Connecticut game are quarterback C.J. Brown (offense), linebacker Matt Robinson (defense), and defensive back Sean Davis (special teams).


Maryland-Connecticut Series History

• Saturday will be Maryland’s third all-time meeting with UConn after going 70 years between the first meeting in 1942 and the second meeting last season. The Terps won the first ever meeting in 1942 in College Park, 34-0. Last season, the Huskies defeated the Terps at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, 24-21. Saturday will be Maryland’s first trip to UConn.


Media Information

• Terps on the Web: For up-to-date game stories, statistics, schedules and results, and other Maryland athletic department information, please log-on to www.umterps.com on the Internet.

 

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Terps OC Locksley says starter Ross, backup Reid will both get “meaningful reps”

Posted on 28 August 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

 

On the backup quarterback job:

“It’s been kind of one of those things that’s been day-to-day.  You would love to come and say that someone’s just the clear-cut guy. Coming out of camp, I’d say they’ve both had their moment… that’s Ricardo and Caleb. It’s something we’d like to try to figure out sooner rather than later. We’d like someone to step up and maybe take ownership of it and we’ve haven’t gotten that. We’ve gotten some inconsistent play out of both those guys and they both do certain things well. Until one of them shows the consistency necessary to be the No. 2 guy, we’ll have to go with both those guys and use them in a fashion that utilizes their skill sets.”

 

On if quarterback Perry Hills is 100 percent recovered from his ACL injury:

“I’m not the medical staff, but I saw Perry at 100 percent last year and it’s safe to say that I don’t think he’s back to where he was at the point prior to his injury.”

 

On if he’s concerned about the backup quarterback spot:

“No, we’ve got to get C.J. [Brown] ready to play. Caleb’s [Rowe] played in some games. Obviously, Ricardo [Young] hasn’t played in a meaningful game at the college level, but he’s a veteran guy who’s been in a few different systems. We’ve got a guy like Perry who started six games for us. I’m not that concerned over whom that guy is, I’m concerned we haven’t had a guy separate himself. Any one of those guys is capable of going out there if something were to happen to C.J., but we want to put the best guy out there and right now we don’t know who that guy is if something were to happen to C.J.”

 

On Brandon Ross being named the No 1 running back:

“Brandon’s a guy who last year was the No. 1 guy prior to being injured. I do foresee him and Albert [Reid] taking meaningful reps. In this day and age, having just one guy be the tailback is not the norm, but I think Brandon has made some plays for us. Graded out, we also feel like we have a 1B in Albert who can go out there. I think Brandon will be the first guy you see run out there with the one offense, but I’m sure you’ll see a lot of Albert Reid as well.”

 

On how running Brandon Ross has progressed:

“The big thing with Brandon is that there’s a lot more of a comfort level in the system. I think last year he was a guy that made a lot of mistakes and even though the abilities were there, you didn’t know if he’d be in the right place. I think now the consistency of the same offensive system two years in a row, he has a grasp of it and it’s kind of taken away the thought process that went on last year. Now he’s just out reacting. I think that can be said for all the guys. Being in the same system two years in a row, there is a familiarity and a comfort level. You’re seeing some of these guys play faster.”

 

On fullback Kenneth Goins:

“Well, we need him. Obviously with the situation at fullback with [Tyler] Cierski being out, we do like to utilize the fullback in our system. We feel like Kenny has done some things. He’s a multi-purpose type guy who gives us the ability as a runner, as a blocker and as a pass catcher. We’re going to need him to step in and play big with Tyler being out.”

 

On how the new personnel affects the play calling:

“I’ve been of the opinion that you do what your personnel allows you to do. We’re going to put the five best skill players on the field outside of our offensive line and try to find ways to get the guys that have shown us they have playmaking abilities. Last year, I had to call plays based on the personnel and I’ll do the same thing this year.

 

“You find out each year. Last year, we had three veteran tight ends, guys that had played a lot of football, and we had personnel grouping that took advantage of having that. This year, we’ll see once we start on Saturday where we are, but we feel pretty confident and comfortable we’ll put our best personal groupings on the field and then continue to find ways to call plays to get the playmakers the football.”

 

On how teams will game plan for wide receiver Stefon Diggs:

“I would say most defensive coordinators want to try to make you, as we like to say, left handed. They’re going to figure out who your strengths are and try to defend against those. I think one of the beauties of this year is we feel we’ve got a bit more balance to where we have some other skill players. Not that we didn’t have those guys last year, but we have an influx of talent that allows us to spray the football around and still get that same type of playmaking ability that we got out of Stefon last year.

 

On having the same coaching staff as last season:

“I think continuity is the key to any successful program. Across the board, if you look at all the great teams, teams that have been successful year in and year out, it usually starts with the continuity of the head coach being in place. I know for us on the offensive side of the ball, not having to come in and teach my system to the coaches and then have them go out and teach it to their players. Now there is a familiarity with how I call things, how the system works, and it made it a little easier from an install standpoint. As far as gelling, we’re all professionals. I’ve got some experienced guys in the room. Some guys that have coached football at the top levels and it’s great to have different resources to reach out and lean on when you game plan. Each guy has some ownership in what we do.”

 

On the coaching staff being in close quarters during preseason camp:

“I wouldn’t say get sick of each other. There are some times where we get moody and you need your personal space. We work it out through. It’s a great group and they all get on well.”

 

On the two freshmen tight ends:

“Obviously, one of those guys has been with us from start to finish with the install and the other was a guy we moved over midway through camp, Derrick Heyward. I think they both have some talent. Obviously, Andrew [Isaacs] is a bit bigger and comes in more physically ready to go out and help us, but I think Derrick Heyward has a tremendous upside as an athletic, long, tall athlete. He catches the ball well, runs really well. I think they both have bright futures.”

 

On his confidence level with the offensive line:

“We’re going to put the best five guys out there on the football field. I’ve got confidence in [assistant coach – offensive line] Tom Brattan that he’s going to find a way to put a unit out there that’ll be able to execute the plan that we put in place. I think those guys have worked well together. We feel like we’ve gotten some continuity where we’ve had the same five guys, but it’s still a work in progress. I like the way it’s coming along up front.”

 

On whether they made an attempt to get more athletic on the offensive line:

“You always want to be athletic up front in most offenses. I don’t know a lot of guys nowadays that don’t want the big guys that are athletic. Moving Michael Dunn inside definitely increases our athleticism. To have a guy that has a tackle skill set play guard allows us to do some things from a movement standpoint. We feel like his move to guard was predicated on trying to get the best five and putting them on the field. Tom [Brattan] and Coach Edsall have done a great job of figuring that out and moving the pieces to try to give us a chance to go out and win.”

 

On making sure wide receiver Stefon Diggs doesn’t press:

“I think that’s always the coaching point with your playmakers is that you’ve got to allow the game to come to you. Don’t try to do too much and take what they give you. He’s just got a special knack for making big plays out of little things. That’s a natural given talent that he has and as a play caller, it’s great to have a guy who can take a base play, make a few guys miss, and take it the distance. You don’t want to under coach it or over coach it, but I think there’s something that you take from a guy like Stefon is ‘Hey, let’s make sure that we’re making the routine play and not hurting the team by trying to do too much. Let’s take what the defense gives you and if you have the opportunity to make that play better, then do it.’”

 

On the biggest surprise from preseason camp:

“It’s so hard for me to say that right now just because I’m in game mode from the standpoint of game planning, but I think there’s a number of guys. Michael Dunn, a former walk-on, who’s probably going to start his first game as a guard. Obviously, he’s done some things well. I’ve been happy and pleased with the way C.J.’s [Brown] progressed. Having Nigel [King] step up and the Deon’s [Long] of the world come together, it’s too hard to say which one guy has been the biggest surprise, but I’m pleased with the way it’s coming along. We still have a lot of work to do up front. We have a lot of inexperienced players on the offensive side of the ball that we’ve got to use every minute up until game time to get ready to play.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

 

On FIU’s offense:

“The west coast offense is the quick passing game. They want to get four to five yards every time on first down so you’re on schedule… second and five, third and short, that’s what we see… some two-back stuff. That’s what we hear. We haven’t seen them or any of those things so we just got to go with what [head coach] Ron Turner has done in the past.”

 

On the difficulty of preparing for a team with a new offense coordinator:

“You kind of go by on what he’s done in the past. That’s what we’ve been doing. So we looked at some stuff that he did when he was with Tampa Bay [Buccaneers] last year as well as what the [Indianapolis] Colts did. Then we look at when he was the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears and then [University of ] Illinois. Kind of put that stuff together, and come up with the best stuff you see a lot of.”

 

On the rotation along the defensive line:

“You start three, so you like to be able to rotate at least two other guys. We just have to see. This week has been a big week for us just to practice the rotation, and practice the game plan, so game day will be exciting for us too to answer that question.”

 

On if any players have been surprises:

“I think everybody has really lived up to their potential and has played fast and played hard. That being said no surprises, guys have done what we pretty much expected and asked them to do.”

 

On Matt Robinson’s position switch to linebacker:

“I think he’s comfortable, you know he’s a smart player. We haven’t played a game yet, in practice he’s been playing well, but I’d like to see him live. He’s tough; he’s more physical than you’d like to think. He loves the game of football and he’s smart.”

 

On this year’s front seven compared to last season:

“I really couldn’t answer that. I know last year we had A.J. [Francis] who played big, then we had Joe Vellano who was an All-American, and then we had the linebackers who all had experience. So this year, it’ll be a little different. We do have two inside guys, with Cole [Farrand] and L.A. [Goree] that have experience, but as far as the edges and everyone else it will be a wait and see. I’m excited about it, but it will be a wait and see.”

 

On continuity within the defensive system:

“I think it helps us one, because were in the same scheme so they understand how we want to play the blocks what we want to do and from another standpoint that there’s no surprises. We’ve got a pretty good idea of how guys are going to handle game stuff.”

 

On importance of communication between position coaches:

“I think that’s where we made the biggest improvement. I think what happens when you first implement a new system if it’s not something your familiar with you still try to keep bits and pieces of things that you’ve done. I think of what they’ve done a great job of is saying ‘Hey, let’s go and get into the system, buy into the system, buy into the system so that we can coach fast and adjust staff and now be able to talk about the system and how we can improve the system by doing what we do and not what they’ve done in the past.’”

 

On defensive backs facing wide receiver Stefon Diggs in practice:

“It’s good and bad. He could hurt your ego. Diggs keeps the competitive edge going. He’s an extreme competitor. The other thing is he knows when to use that change in speed. I think that he does a great job of using change in speed, not just changing speed running down the field but coming across, slowing down, speeding up, knowing when to accelerate and use his breaks.”

 

On position battles throughout preseason camp:

“The starters have been set. The battles were strong and true, but the starters have been set. The guys who now are backups, Alex [Walker] as well as [A.J.] Hendy, they understand. They were disappointed, but they do a great job of how they’ve handled it, still pushing and playing hard and playing fast.”

 

On the freshmen linebackers:

“They’re doing a good job. Just four months ago they were going to the prom. They’re doing a good job learning exactly what we’re doing, how were doing it. It’s just going to be time. I think that the more they learn and the faster they learn, the closer they’ll get to more playing time. I believe they will play this season just because of their athleticism.”

 

On defensive back Jeremiah Johnson:

“We start to get into playing spread teams. We got Old Dominion next week, we have West Virginia. So you start playing those spread teams, it’s good to have a fourth corner that you can put on. So now you can play man all the way across the board, two safeties, and he gives us the ability to do that. J.J. (Jeremiah Johnson) eats, breathes football. Everything is serious to him from school to football. Everything is important to him. I wouldn’t be surprised if I turned around and he was in the defensive back room looking at some film.”

 

 

– Maryland –

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Edsall says Terps equally confident in RB’s Ross, Reid after Brown suspension

Posted on 05 August 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

“I am glad to see everybody here. I am really anxious to get started later this evening to kick off the 2013 season.  The guys came back in good shape. I thought we had a very productive summer in all aspects. We should be in good shape as we head out to practice today.

 

“We are good on the injury front. There are a couple guys that will be limited as we start practice, but they should be good here in the next couple days. I am looking forward to it.”

 

On Brandon Ross’ improvement:

“I think the big thing with Brandon is that he’s just more experienced now. He’s got playing time under his belt. He understands the offense better, knows blocking schemes better. I think it’s the experience that he gained from a year ago and the added strength that he has through training that’s going to help him tremendously as we go into this year.”

 

On the competition between Brandon Ross and Albert Reid

“Both of those guys, we have a tremendous amount of confidence in. They did a lot of work. You love Albert. Albert works his tail off, does everything that you ask him to do, tremendous competitor, tremendous pride, great leadership. It’ll be interesting to watch those guys out there competing against each other and pushing each other.”

 

On Stefon Diggs’ improvement:

“Stefon is a special athlete. He has tremendous abilities and talent. The thing that separates him is that he’s a tremendous competitor. He’s a worker. He thinks that every time he touches the ball, he can take it the distance. The thing that I’ve seen out of Stefon is that he wants to get better with all the little things about playing the position. From a special teams standpoint, he’s got the ability to make plays any time he touches the ball, and he just needs to do a better job making decisions as a punt returner… He’s gotten bigger and stronger.”

 

On Stefon Diggs’ leadership role:

“We put him into a leadership position this summer and it’s something that he’s really embraced. I don’t think he’s ever been in that position before. That’s kind of the next step for him, because you never worry about what he’s going to do on the field, but now I think those leadership things are going to take him to another level.”

 

On being the last year in the ACC:

“We’re in the ACC this year and it’s the schedule we have to play. Our focus and our attention isn’t anything different than what it would have been from the two previous years. Our goal is to win our division, get to Charlotte and get to a BCS game. We’re not focused on anything other than trying to prepare ourselves to give us the best opportunity to win. Anything that we do outside of that is a distraction and doesn’t put us in a position to attain the goals we want to attain as a team. I don’t worry about how other people are going to react. The fans are going to boo you regardless when you go on the road. That’s only natural. As far as anything else goes, we’re focused on playing to the best of our abilities. We have a chance to be a very good football team.

 

On the freshmen:

“I’m anxious to see the incoming guys. It’s going to be how quickly do they learn, how quickly can they process and execute all of the things they’re going to have thrown at them in a short period of time. There’s a group of probably 10 of them we’re going to take a long hard look at to see if any of them can make an impact from a special teams stand point this year, and then if they can do that, are there some special situations offensively or defensively that they could fulfill a role in that regard.”

 

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

 

On where C.J. Brown has made strides:

“I think obviously the mechanics and the things we have focused on from the time I got here. It’s just the fundamentals and mechanics of football.”

 

On Stefon Diggs last season:

“He was able to handle the pressure that comes with so much fanfare and was able to live up to those expectations somewhat. Obviously, we didn’t win a bunch of games so the individual part gets kind of lost. I was really impressed with the way he competed every game.”

 

On challenges facing the offensive line:

“I think the big thing is being in the same system two years in a row. Obviously, throwing some young players into the fire last year, those guys are going to be better. They did the things in the offseason to get stronger, bigger, and that’s the one position you don’t like to play young guys because you just can’t match up with the physical-ness that happens in the trenches.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

 

On Zeke Riser:

“The fact that he graduated already and still wants to play and then chose a place to play where he’s familiar, it tells you a little about his personality there.”

 

On Dexter McDougle’s progress:

“I think the best way to see it is what Dex has started to do this spring is make sure he’s always ready to go. I think that he’s a great talent, has good hands, and is a good blitzer. I thought his focus wasn’t always there and I thought this spring he did a good job focusing. If he keeps that focus, he’s going to be a pretty good corner.”

 

Senior Quarterback C.J. Brown

 

On reflecting on the 2012 season:

“It was good to be able to step back from the game and kind of see things from a different angle, a different perspective, and have a better appreciation for the game as well as developing more knowledge of the offense.”

 

On being fully healthy:

“I’m excited. I’m really excited to be back here with the guys and just to get back on the field to compete and do what I came here to do, play football.”

 

On expectations for Stefon Diggs:

“Sky is the limit. He’s a tremendous athlete. He’s still young. He’s trying to perfect his craft. He’s one of those guys where you throw him a six-yard hitch and he can take it 80.”

 

Sophomore Wide Receiver Stefon Diggs

 

On last year:

“I didn’t put my team in the best position to win. I feel like I helped them, but we didn’t win games so I didn’t really help that much. It’s all about winning. People want to see you win. This year, we have no choice, we’re going to win.”

 

On summer workout:

“I’ve been lifting a lot; basically, just training with my quarterbacks Ricardo Young, C.J. Brown, and my receivers, just training a lot. Really just trying to get bigger and get ready for training camp.”

 

On working with C.J. Brown:

“I’m looking forward to it a lot. He’s back in full speed. He’s not in treatment anymore. We’re real versatile on offense.”

 

Junior Linebacker Cole Farrand

 

On stepping up after losing starters in the front seven:

“We’re going to be as good as last year if not better. A lot of people say we lost a lot of starters, but they’ve learned from last year and learned from the guys before them. I think L.A. Goree is an upcoming star. He’ll do great this season. I have high hopes from Quinton Jefferson and Darius Kilgo. They’re both great defensive linemen. We’ve got Andre Monroe and Keith Bowers. I think we’ll have a solid defense.”

 

On Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil:

“He’s definitely a sight on the football field. He looks like a big monster out there. He’s huge. He can get it done all around the field.”

 

On how the leadership council has affected the team:

“The attitude of the team has definitely changed. People are holding each other accountable. It’s benefiting the whole team.”

 

Senior Defensive Back Dexter McDougle

 

On the advantage of having continuity on the coaching staff:

“Seeing a new system every year is kind of hard. When you’re under one system for a year you learn and understand what’s going on more. We’re all on the same page. There’s a lot of excitement.”

 

On what makes the defense successful:

“It’s accountability and knowing that your brothers are out there. He is working for you and you want to do the best for him. If you do that, plays are going to be made.”

 

On head coach Randy Edsall:

“You want to have everyone on the same page. If not, the chemistry is going to be down. Everyone’s ready to play this season. We believe in coach Edsall, we believe in what he wants from us, and we know that it’s proven to work.”

 

Junior Linebacker Matt Robinson

 

On the position change:

“I am moving from strong safety to outside linebacker.  I am pretty familiar with it because I have been playing behind it for the last two years.  I just had to get a little bigger and get used to playing in the box.  That is going to be a little bit of an adjustment.  I have blitzed in the past and feel like I will not have too much trouble adjusting to it.”

 

On this team’s defense replicating last year’s standard:

“I think we have always had a great defensive program. Defense is something we look forward to. That has always been our strong suit. Defense has pretty much carried us the last couple years. I think we have always wanted to continue that and be a dominant defense. That is how our mentality has always been. We are a great defense.”

 

On preseason expectations:

“I want to make myself a better player. I am moving to a new position so I am trying to get accustomed to that. I think once I put the pads on I will start getting use to the physicality as a linebacker. I am trying to make some plays and hoping I get a feel for things.”

 

On all the team’s injuries last season:

“It was just a fluke that happened. We have to look forward to this year with everyone back. We are looking forward to having a great season and hopefully winning an ACC championship.”

 

On defensive keys this season:

“Running to the ball and pursuit. Coach always talks about ball disruption. Getting turnovers is going to be a key for us. We need to get the offense the ball as much as possible and stop the run. Our main objective is to stop the run.”

 

On being excited to be back from summer:

“I think everyone was tired of the summer workouts. Everyone wants to get back to play football and be together. We are a close knit group.”

 

On being healthy:

“It feels great staying healthy. I feel great and look forward to helping contribute to this team. I hope I can continue to stay healthy.”

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Edsall impressed with Terps’ effort in Spring Game

Posted on 12 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Opening Statement:

“I thought it was really good tonight. I was very impressed with the effort and intensity and the hitting that took place. The kids really came out and got after it. I was impressed with the people that were out here. What a great night and the weather cooperated. I couldn’t be more pleased with what has taken place in the 15 days we had during the spring. It culminated tonight with a good effort from everyone out here.”

On the running game:

“I limited what the defense could do. It was still good to see [from] them. That is what we have seen out of Brandon [Ross] and Albert [Reid] all spring along with how they run. The one thing we have to be able to do is run the ball efficiently. When we do that it opens up the passing game. With the skill guys we have at wide receiver it will make us more productive and a chance to get big plays. They ran the way they have been running all spring.”

On Stefon Diggs:

“He is better this spring. He is more focused, not to say that he wasn’t before. He really wants to be better. He doesn’t want to stay the same, he doesn’t want to regress. He really understands the effort that has to go into being a good player. He was selected as one of the ten leaders on the team. I have created a leadership council; we aren’t going to have team captains this year. We will select game captains week by week. I had the coaches recommend a guy from their position who they felt could be a leader of their group and the team.”

“Stefon was the guy at wide receiver, Albert [Reid] at running back, C.J. [Brown] was the quarterback, Dave Stinebaugh the tight end, Sal Conaboy the offensive lineman, Darius Kilgo on the defensive line, Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil at outside linebacker, Cole Farrand is the inside backer, J.J. [Jeremiah Johnson] at the secondary, and Greg Parcher the long snapper. We let them know that. I think Stefon is making sure he can do everything he can to live up to the role he now has as part of that leadership council.”

On the quarterback play:

“With Ricardo [Young] the big thing I thought he did tonight was be inconsistent. We have to get more consistent. Dustin Dailey is a guy who got better this spring. [Shawn] Petty was a guy who they were able to but plays in with trick plays. That is something they did; it won’t be in our arsenal for the season. That was for the fans.”

On who stood out:

“There were some guys who made individual plays out there. J.J. [Jeremiah Johnson] made the pick; Zach [Dancel] made the pick. Some guys had sacks. We will have to take a look at film and evaluate the entire fifteen days. We will end up creating a depth chart out of those fifteen days and it will be something that we put together heading into the fall. We will then put in the newcomers, many of who were here today which is great to see, they have been working hard and lifting. Overall, I am pleased with what we did and got accomplished. We have some big things ahead of us for this summer.”

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Ross, Reid, Diggs shine in Maryland Spring Game

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Ross, Reid, Diggs shine in Maryland Spring Game

Posted on 12 April 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Running backs Brandon Ross, Albert Reid and wide receiver Stefon Diggs were the standouts Friday night as the Red and White teams played to a 13-13 tie before 8,200 fans at Byrd Stadium.

The game marked the end of spring practice for the Terrapins and coach Randy Edsall.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with what’s taken place for the 15 days that we had in spring, culminated tonight with a good effort from everyone that was out here,” Edsall said after the final whistle.

In 2012, the standouts on offense were two freshmen – Ross and Diggs – and that’s how it was in the 2013 spring game.

Ross (122 yards on 19 carries) and Diggs (eight catches for 159 yards and a score) accounted for the lion’s share of the White squad’s offense. The most memorable play of the night came when Diggs took a short pass to the right side, juked a defender and sprinted down the sideline for a 51-yard touchdown.

“He’s better this spring. He’s more focused,” Edsall said of Diggs. “He wants to be better. He doesn’t want to stay the same, he doesn’t want to regress. He understands the effort it takes to be a really good player.”

Reid ran for 135 yards and threw a touchdown pass for the Red team.

“That’s what we saw from Brandon and Albert all spring long in terms of how they run,” Edsall said. “The one thing we have to be able to do is run the ball effectively.”

Quarterbacks wore yellow jerseys and needed only to be touched to be downed, which explains in part why there were nine sacks.

Despite the lax rules, Edsall will wait until the Aug. 31 opener against Florida International to use starter C.J. Brown, who is still recovering from a torn ACL and saw light duty during spring practice.

Brown hurt his knee during summer practice last year. He was the first of four Maryland quarterbacks to sustain a season-ending injury, along with Perry Hills (knee), Devin Burns (foot) and Caleb Rowe (knee). That left Edsall no choice but to use converted linebacker Shawn Petty in the final four games.

Hills and Rowe, like Brown, are still working their way back into form.

Petty is currently listed on the depth chart as a second-team inside linebacker, although he was used for a few plays under center Friday night as part of a trick-play package devised by the White team. Ricardo Young took most of the snaps for the White team, completing 12 of 21 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown. Young, a junior, began his career at Virginia Tech and played for New Mexico in 2011 before transferring to Maryland.

Red team quarterback Dustin Dailey, a sophomore, went 8 for 17 for 81 yards and two interceptions. Sophomore Zach Dancel picked off a Dailey pass and took it to the Red 17-yard line with 6:37 left to set up a game-tying, 40-yard field by Brad Craddock.

On the game’s final play, Brendan Magistro of the Red team had a 22-yard field goal try blocked.

Ross gained 52 yards rushing in the first quarter and had 100 at the half. The only score before intermission was a 24-yard field goal by Craddock.

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Maryland creates Baltimore buzz with practice at Dunbar

Posted on 31 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening statement:

“Great weather; great day. It was good to have about 1,000 people here come out and watch. We’re very pleased, very happy. It gave us a chance to get out, and having people around for our first scrimmage of the spring – there were some good times and some bad times. We got a lot of situations covered, over 100 plays. We had some explosive plays offensively, which was good, but it wasn’t good from a defensive standpoint. The defense had their moments early on. It was good to see that we had guys that have the ability to make plays, and now we need to continue to work hard and get better.”

 

On the running backs:

“We’ve got some good competition there at running back. Brandon [Ross] is the starter right now, and Wes [Brown] isn’t out here right now, but Albert [Reid] is pushing. Brandon is a lot stronger out there this year. You don’t see him going down as easy as he did a year ago. That’s the thing that I’m starting to like, is we’re getting a lot more depth and competition at positions. When you have that, it makes it good because everybody has to work. We’re not anywhere near where we need to be from a depth standpoint, so we have competition at every position, but there’s competition [at running back]. Those guys know they have to work hard each and every day.”

 

On running back Brandon Ross:

“I think what happens with Brandon, is he’s one of those guys you can go inside, you can go outside with. That’s one of the things that we’re able to do and if he can stay healthy, that’s an added advantage. We have some guys who aren’t able to get to the outside; they’re more inside guys. When you have a guy like Brandon, who has the ability to run the sweep, stick his foot in the ground and get north or outrun people going to the sideline. Then what happens is he gets a crease up the middle with that burst or they get their hands on his leg, he can run through that. He can get you an extra five or 10 yards. I’ve just been pleased with Brandon’s focus because he’s better from a mental standpoint in the spring than what he was in the fall.”

 

On the offensive line:

“We’re making progress on the offensive line. I thought they did some better things today. The biggest issue we have is we’ve got to get them right technically with the technique and fundamentals. You can start to see it, and we’re not going to be where we want to be by the end of spring. This is going to be something they’re going to have to work on, on their own in the summer. We expect them when they come back for the fall to be better. I’ve been pleased with the progress. I’m not happy because we’re not where we want to be, but I can see some progress being made there.”

 

On defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson:

“We’ve got to get Quinton a little bit better. He kind of died a little bit at the end, but early on, he did make some plays. He’s another guy who’s worked hard and he’s gotten better. Now what he’s got to do is take the next step because we weren’t having any kind of rotation or anything today. Now we’ve got to get his conditioning a little bit better. Quinton has that ability to make plays, so that was good to see today.”

 

On playing at Dunbar High School:

“It was neat to see, when you look over and you see little kids, high school kids and their parents here. That was one of the things we wanted to do. We wanted to create more of a buzz about the University of Maryland football program here in Baltimore. There’s a lot of talented athletes here in the city and the county, and by coming up, we wanted to show our appreciation for them and who they are, and really get them to understand what Maryland pride is all about. When it comes time to continue to recruit players to come to Maryland, they’ll feel a little attachment and bond; that it’s something they grew up with. We’re all part of the state of Maryland and we all need to support each other, so it’s good for us to come up here and support the city of Baltimore and Dunbar High School.”

 

 

– Terps –

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