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Maryland visits Florida State Saturday in Top 25 showdown

Posted on 04 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Coming off its first bye week of the season, the Maryland football team opens its Atlantic Coast Conference slate in Tallahassee against the eighth-ranked Florida State Seminoles Saturday from Doak S. Campbell Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 12:01 p.m. The Terps are riding a four-game winning streak and are off to their best start since the 2001 season when they won their first seven games en route to the ACC Championship. On Sunday, Maryland debuted in the The Associated Press Top 25 Poll at No. 25 making its first first appearance in the rankings since finishing 23rd in the final poll of the 2010 season.

LIVE Coverage on the ESPN & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN at noon. Dave Pasch (pbp). Brian Griese (color) and Tom Luginbill (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 91 and XM Radio Channel 91, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• Maryland’s defense stifled the Mountaineers at a rain-soaked M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Terps held WVU’s offense to 175 total yards, the lowest output by a West Virginia team since the Terps held WVU to 156 total yards in a 34-7 victory in College Park on Sept. 20, 2003. It is the second time this season Maryland has held an opponent under 200 yards of total offense (FIU, 8/31; 171 yards) and the first time the Terps held an opponent scoreless since beating Wake Forest, 26-0, on Oct. 18, 2008. In the win, Maryland forced six West Virginia turnovers, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions, the most created by the Terps since turning Georgia Tech over six times in a 20-17 overtime win in Atlanta on Oct. 11, 2001.

• With starting defensive backs Jeremiah Johnson and Dexter McDougle sidelined due to injury, defensive back A.J. Hendy turned in a superb performance with an interception and two fumble recoveries to earn the defensive game ball. Hendy’s interception put the Terps up 14-0 after the junior returned it 28 yards for the second Maryland touchdown of the game. Hendy’s interception was the second of his career with both being returned for touchdowns. The Bowie, Md., native picked off his first career pass against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011, an interception he returned 32 yards for a score. For his efforts, Hendy became the first Maryland player to be named The Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week. He also garnered ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors, and was named Jim Thorpe Honorable Mention Defensive Back of the Week and College Football Performance Honorable Mention Defensive Back of the Week.

• The Terps tallied two sacks against the Mountaineers to increase their season total to 17, which is tied for the lead in all of FBS. Defensive linemen Roman Braglio and Darius Kilgo each recorded a sack, while linebacker L.A. Goree led the team with nine tackles, five solo, including one tackle for loss. On the day, Maryland finished with eight tackles for loss led by Kilgo’s two. Adding to the Terps’ turnover total, defensive back Sean Davis and linebacker Matt Robinson each recovered a fumble, and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil intercepted his first career pass.

• Despite being held to under 500 yards of total offense for the first time this season, quarterback C.J. Brown and the Maryland offense continued to run up the point total. The Terps have totaled 30 or more points in four consecutive games for the first time since the 2002 season. Brown threw for 210 yards (17-of-26) and passed for a touchdown and ran for another. Brown connected with tight end Dave Stinebaugh for the opening score of the game marking Stinebaugh’s first career touchdown reception. Wide receiver Deon Long led the Terps with six catches for 98 yards and running back Brandon Ross rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown.

• Place kicker Brad Craddock connected on all three of his field goal attempts against WVU including a season-long 50 yarder. Craddock, who was named College Football Performance National Placekicker of the Week, leads the ACC with 10 made FGs and is averaging a conference-best 2.5 field goals a game. His lone miss this season came from 52 yards at Connecticut (9/14), which would have tied his career long.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland’s 37-0 shutout victory over West Virginia is the Terps’ first shutout since blanking Wake Forest, 26-0, on Oct. 18, 2008, and is the first time the Terps shutout the Mountaineers since defeating them 33-0 in 1999. Of Maryland’s 22 victories over the Mountaineers, the Terps have held WVU scoreless in five of the contests.

• The Terps stifled the WVU offense holding the Mountaineers to 175 total yards marking the second time in four games the Maryland defense has held its opponent under 200 yards of total offense. In its season opener, Maryland held FIU to 171 total yards (8/31) and now has two of the top-25 defensive performances in terms of yardage. The 171-yard output by the Panthers is the 20th-lowest total nationally amongst FBS schools, while the 175 yards by WVU is the 25th lowest.

• Additionally, after holding West Virginia to 175 yards of total offense, Maryland has now recorded two of the top-10 defensive performances in school history since the 2000 season. FIU’s 171 total yards in the team’s season opener (8/31) is the seventh-lowest total since 2000, while WVU’s 175 total yards is the eighth-lowest total.

• A stout passing defense has keyed the early season success for the Terps. Maryland has held two of their opponents below 100 yards passing this season with the performance against WVU ranking as one of the best in the country. The Terps held West Virginia to 62 passing yards, which is the 19th fewest allowed, and opened the season by holding FIU (Aug. 31) to 80 yards passing.

• The defense has been extremely successfully in getting off the field and getting the ball in the offense’s hands. Maryland ranks ninth nationally in third-down defense holding opponents to a 25.4 percent success rate and has forced 26 three-and-outs. Maryland is averaging 6.5 three-and-outs per game, which is tied for seventh nationally and has forced the opposing offense off the field in three plays or less in 45.6 percent of its defensive possessions, which is the 11th-highest percentage nationally.

• With a string of strong defensive performances to open the season, Maryland is the third-ranked scoring defense in the country holding opponents to 10.3 points per game. That mark is the lowest average for a Maryland defense through four games since the 1980 season when the Terps held their first four opponents to an average of 9.3 points per game (Villianova, 3; Vanderbilt, 6; West Virginia, 11; North Carolina, 17).

• With six takeaways against West Virginia, the Terps increased their season total to 13, which is tied for fifth nationally with four other schools and their eight interceptions are tied for eighth. Maryland has at least two takeaways in every game this season and dating back to last year has recorded at least one takeaway in nine straight games. The six takeaways against the Mountaineers marks the most since the Terps recovered three fumbles and intercepted three passes against Georgia Tech on Oct. 11, 2001.

• Defensive back A.J. Hendy’s 28-yard interception return for a touchdown against West Virginia was Maryland’s second non-offensive touchdown in as many games. The last time Maryland scored a non-offensive touchdown in consecutive games came in 2010. Tony Logan returned a punt for a touchdown against FIU on Sept. 25, and added another punt return for a touchdown the following week against Duke (Oct. 2).

• Hendy and fellow defensive back Dexter McDougle have each returned an interception for a touchdown this season. Since 2009, the Terps have 19 non-offensive touchdowns, that total is the most in the ACC.

• With 37 points against the Mountaineers, the Terps have scored 30 or more points in all four contests this season. The last time the Terps scored 30 or points in four or more consecutive games came in 2002. Maryland topped 30 points in six consecutive games starting with Eastern Michigan (45, 9/21/02) and ending at North Carolina (59, 11/2/02). Maryland is averaging 39.8 points per game placing the Terps in a tie for the 28th-highest scoring offense in the country.

• Quarterback C.J. Brown and the Maryland offense has been attacking defenses down the field. The Terps are averaging 15.3 yards per completion, the 10th-highest total in the country, and Brown is averaging 15.8, best in the ACC and seventh nationally. The 15.3 yards per completion is the highest average for a Maryland offense since 1980.

• Brown’s primary threat downfield has been wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Diggs is averaging a league-high 22.2 yards per catch and for his career is averaging 17.3 yards per reception, the third-highest average among active players in the ACC with a minimum of 30 receptions. In addition, his 22.2 yards per catch average is the fourth highest nationally among receivers with 15 or more catches.

• With 236 yards of total offense against WVU, Brown passed Al Neville (2,734) for 22nd all-time for total offensive yards in a career in Maryland history with 2,754 yards. Brown leads the ACC with 331.5 yards of total offense per game and ranks 12th 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 wide receiver Taivon Jacobs (offense), linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. (defense), and long snapper Joe Marchese (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive lineman Keith Bowers will carry the American flag, and running back Kenneth Goins will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

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 Florida State game are running back Brandon Ross (offense), defensive back Anthony Nixon (defense), and linebacker Matt Robinson (special teams).


Maryland-Florida State Series History

• Saturday will mark Maryland’s 24th all-time meeting between Maryland and Florida State. The Terrapins trail the all-time series with Seminoles, 2-21, and are 0-11 at Doak S. Campbell Stadium.

• Florida State has won six straight in the series including its defeat of the Terps, 41-14, in College Park last season.

•.Maryland’s last victory over the Seminoles came in 2006. The Terps defeated FSU, 27-24, at Byrd Stadium.

 

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Terps record first shutout since 2008 in win

Posted on 21 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Kicking It Off: The Terps improved to 4-0 on the season with a 37-0 win over West Virginia. The Mountaineers fell to 2-2. The 37-point margin of victory for Maryland is the second largest for the Terps in the series. The Terps defeated WVU by 47 points (54-7) on Nov. 24, 1951.

Shutout: Maryland’s 37-0 win over WVU is its first shutout since the Terps held Wake Forest scoreless on Oct. 18, 2008. Maryland won the game 26-0. It is Maryland’s first shutout of the Mountaineers since defeating West Virginia 33-0 on Sept. 18, 1999.

Stiff Defense: Maryland held West Virginia to 175 yards of total offense. It is the second time this season Maryland has held an opponent under 200 yards of total offense. The Terrapin defense held FIU to 171 yards in the season opener (Aug. 31).

Homecoming: Tight end Dave Stinebaugh, a native of Baltimore, got the Terps on the board first. The senior adjusted to a tipped C.J. Brown pass and hauled it in for his first career touchdown reception to put Maryland up 7-0 in the first quarter. The six-yard touchdown reception capped a three-play, 24-yard drive that began after West Virginia muffed a punt.

Big Totals: Through four weeks this season, Maryland has totaled 30 or more points in all four games. The last time the Terps scored 30 or points in four or more consecutive games came in 2002. Maryland topped 30 points in six consecutive games starting with Eastern Michigan (45, 9/21/02) and ending at North Carolina (59, 11/2/02).

Hendy to the House: Defensive back A.J. Hendy put Maryland up 14-0 a minute later. The junior jumped a Ford Childress pass and returned the interception 28 yards for a touchdown. It was Hendy’s second career interception, both of which have been returned for scores. Hendy notched his first career pick against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011, returning an interception 32 yards for six points.

It is the second consecutive week the Terrapin defense has returned an interception for a touchdown. At Connecticut last week, defensive back Dexter McDougle returned an interception 49 yards for a score.

Plenty of Leg: Place kicker Brad Craddock connected on his eighth field goal of the season to put Maryland up 17-0. Craddock tied his career long by drilling a 52 yarder early in the second quarter. The sophomore also converted a 52-yard field goal against Wake Forest on Oct. 6, 2012. On the season, Craddock is 10-for-11 on field goals and entered the contest ranked third in the ACC in scoring averaging 11.3 points per game.

Craddock also connected on field goals from 30 and 36 yards to tie his single-game career-high of three. He hit three fields last Saturday at Connecticut.

Defensive Notes: Maryland forced West Virginia into six turnovers (4 FF, 2 INT). That is the most turnovers created by the Terps since Maryland turned Georgia Tech over six times on Oct. 11, 2001 … Maryland forced three Yellow Jacket fumbles and three interceptions … defensive back A.J. Hendy finished with an interception, which was returned for a 28-yard touchdown, and recovered two fumbles … linebacker L.A. Goree led the Terps with nine tackles, five solo … defensive lineman Roman Braglio had one sack and defensive lineman Darius Kilgo added one as well.

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Terps look for 4-0 start Saturday against WVU in Baltimore

Posted on 20 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The University of Maryland football team renews its border rivalry with West Virginia at 3:32 p.m. on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The Terps are coming off of a 32-21 victory at Connecticut behind 501 yards of total offense. With the win, the Terps improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001. That year, Maryland won its first seven games of the season en route to a 10-2 record, an ACC championship and a spot in the Orange Bowl.

LIVE Coverage on ESPNU & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m. Anish Shroff (pbp) and Kelly Stouffer (color) 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 117 and XM Radio Channel 202, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• The University of Maryland football team renews its boarder rivalry with West Virginia at 3:32 p.m. on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The Terps are coming off of a 32-21 victory at Connecticut behind 501 yards of total offense. With the win, the Terps improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001. That year, Maryland won its first seven games of the season en route to a 10-2 record, an ACC championship and a spot in the Orange Bowl. In the Terps’ three wins, the offense has totaled over 500 yards each time becoming one of only three schools in the nation to eclipse 500 yards of total offense in as many games. Defensively, the Terps applied constant pressure to UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer. Maryland sacked Whitmer six times and forced him to throw two interceptions, while holding the Huskies to 25 yards rushing. The six sacks by the Terrapin defense are the most since totaling six against Virginia on Oct. 1, 2005.

• The usual suspects played a major role in the Terps’ offensive performance at UConn as Maryland showed good balance with 277 yards passing and 224 yards rushing. Quarterback C.J. Brown continues to be a dynamic run-pass threat. Brown threw for 277 yards on 15-of-28 passing and one touchdown, and rushed for a season-high 122 yards and one score. The 399 yards accounted for by Brown is tied for the 19th-highest single-game total in the nation this season and is the most by a Maryland player since Danny O’Brien accounted for 408 total yards against NC State on Nov. 27, 2010. For the second consecutive game, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who ranks 13th nationally in all-purpose yards (176.67), went over 100 yards receiving finishing with five catches for 110 yards and one touchdown. On the score, Diggs took a bubble screen from Brown, and with blocking in front, worked his way into the end zone from 21 yards out. Diggs has at least one receiving touchdown in five of his last seven games played dating back to last season. Wide receivers Levern Jacobs and Deon Long finished with 60 and 39 yards receiving, respectively. One of Jacobs’ two receptions was a career-high 48-yard sprint down the right sideline to set up a Brad Craddock field goal just before halftime.

• Maryland’s 3-4 defensive scheme consistently applied pressure on Connecticut quarterback Chandler Whitmer totaling a season-high six sacks, forcing two interceptions and holding the Huskies to 25 yards rushing. Through three games, the Terps are holding opponents to 96.7 rushing yards per game, which ranks third in the ACC and is tied for 14th nationally. Despite three Maryland turnovers, including two in the third quarter, the defense held the Huskies to just three points off of those turnovers. Linebacker Marcus Whitfield, who leads the nation with 5.5 sacks, led the team with a career-high three sacks. Whitfield’s final sack led to a safety as the senior applied pressure off the right side causing an intentional grounding call against Whitmer in the end zone. Whitfield was joined by linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, who also had a career high with 2.5 sacks. Senior defensive back Dexter McDougle had both of the Terrapin interceptions, returing one for his second career touchdown weaving his way through the Huskies offense for a 49-yard score. McDougle’s effort earned him Athlon Sports ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors and ACC Defensive Back of the Week. Linebacker Cole Farrand led the team in tackles with a personal-best 12.

• Special teams played an important part in the Maryland win. For the first time this season, defensive back William Likely was the focal point of the return game. Likely had three kick returns for 110 yards including a long of 45 yards. Place kicker Brad Craddock made 3-of-4 field goal attempts including a season-long 40-yard attempt. On the season, the sophomore has made 7-of-8 fieldgoal attempts. Punter Nathan Renfro averaged 43.4 yards per attempt on Saturday including two punts downed inside the 20-yard line.


Quick Hitters

• With 501 yards of total offense against Connecticut, Maryland has recorded over 500 yards of total offense in all three games this season. Since the 1983 season, no other Maryland team has eclipsed the 500-yard mark in three or more consecutive games

• Additionally, Maryland is one of only three teams nationally who have played three games this season to have totaled 500 or more yards of total offense in every contest joining Oregon and California.

• Maryland has had a player rush for over 100 yards and a player with over 100 yards receiving in all three games. Dating back to the 1987 season, no other Terrapins have accomplished the feat in three consecutive games. Quarterback C.J. Brown rushed for 105 yards, while wide receiver Deon Long had 110 yards receiving in the season opener against FIU. Against ODU, running back Brandon Ross totaled 149 rushing yards and wide receiver Stefon Diggs had 179 receiving yards. On Saturday, Brown had 122 yards rushing and Diggs totaled 110 yards receiving.

• When linebacker Marcus Whitfield forced an intentional grounding call in the end zone on UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer, the Terps tallied their second safety in as many games. The last time the Terps had two or more safeties in a season came in 1985. Maryland scored a safety against Penn State on Sept. 7 and one against Duke on Oct. 26.

• Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has 16 catches for 387 yards to lead the team and is averaging 24.2 yards per catch. His per catch average is the fourth highest nationally among receivers with 10 or more receptions and his 129.0 receiving yards per game average leads the ACC and ranks sixth nationally.

• As part of Maryland’s six-sack barrage at UConn, linebacker Marcus Whitfield recorded a career-high three, tied with five other players nationally for the most in a single-game this season. In addition, his 5.5 sacks on the year lead the nation. Shawne Merriman had three sacks against North Carolina on Nov. 2, 2002, and was the last Terp to reach that total. Whitfield was named ACC Linebacker of the Week for his effort.

• Led by Whitfield, the six sacks totaled by the Maryland defense are the most in a single-game for the Terps since recording the same number on Oct. 1, 2005, against Virginia.

• Senior quarterback C.J. Brown accounted for 399 yards of total offense on Saturday (277 pass/122 rush). That mark is tied for the 19th-highest single-game total this season.

• Defensive back Dexter McDougle had a career-high two interceptions returning one 49 yards for his second career touchdown. He is the first Maryland player to return an INT for a touchdown since A.J. Hendy returned one 32 yards against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011. His two picks increased his season total to three, which is tied for the most in the nation.

• McDougle’s 49-yard interception return for a touchdown is the first non-offensive touchdown for Maryland this season. Since 2009, the Terps have 18 non-offensive touchdowns, that total is the most in the ACC.

• Head coach Randy Edsall awarded game balls for the win over Connecticut. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs received the award for the offense, defensive back Dexter McDougle on defense, and place kicker Brad Craddock for special teams.


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 Derrick Hayward (offense), defensive lineman Chandler Burkett (defense), and linebacker Jalen Brooks (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive back Anthony Nixon will carry the American Flag, and wide receiver Stefon Diggs will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

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 West Virginia game are tight end Dave Stinebaugh (offense), linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (defense), and defensive back William Likely (special teams).


Maryland-West Virginia Series History

• The Terps and Mountaineers will meet for the 49th time on Saturday, but it’s only the second time Maryland and WVU have met at a neutral site. The previous meeting was at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., for the 2003 Gator Bowl, a game won by the Terps 41-7.

• Maryland trails the all-time series with WVU, 21-26-2, and the Mountaineers have won seven straight meetings with the Terps.

• The Terps’ last win over the Mountaineers during the regular season also came in 2003 as Maryland defeated WVU, 34-7, in College Park (9/20).


Parking Information

• Plan to arrive early to avoid heavy stadium traffic and the evening rush hour traffic. Stadium parking lots will open at 10:30 AM, and stadium gates will open at 1:30 PM.

• Follow the suggested transportation routes below for the parking lot you have been assigned to.

• Pre-plan your route. For more information, visit baltimoreravens.com.

 

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Terps excited for rivalry battle in NFL stadium Saturday

Posted on 18 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Quarterback C.J. Brown

On the Maryland-West Virginia rivalry:

“It’s another big game for us; we get to go play in an NFL stadium against another good team. In the past, it’s been a pretty big rivalry, but from my point of view it’s just another game; we’re just going to look at it as an opportunity to go 4-0 and get another win closer to a bowl game.”

On what they have to do to beat West Virginia:

“We have to play our game. I think they’re a good team, they’re going to come out and make plays, and they’re going to be a force. We’ve played them well the past couple years that I’ve been here. We have to go in there and execute, come out and play our game and not have the turnovers we had last game; execute and put touchdowns on the board”

On the West Virginia defense:

“There aren’t too many concerns, but they are going to pressure.  We just have to go out and have a good week of practice, execute what we have to do and go out there on Saturday and play well.”

Offensive lineman Sal Conaboy

On the offensive line’s chemistry:

“There are a lot of personalities in that unit and I think that plays a big part in it. Some guys are a little quieter, but some guys really are outgoing and really like to communicate a lot so I think that is good for us to have. Off the field too, we really click very well.”

On his mindset this season:

“I’ve been trying to work on all aspects of being a leader. I think that helps me to be able to go out there and have to communicate and to just get everyone on the same page. I don’t think I’m changing anything, just trying to develop a little more.”

On playing at M&T Bank Stadium:

“I think everyone is a little excited about that. Actually, my first game (Navy, 9/6/10) was there. I’m excited to go back there to play. With that game, I just remember the whole time it was exciting, from the time we ran out of the tunnel to the very last snap.”

Linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil

On possibly tying last year’s win total with victory against West Virginia:

“It’s definitely going to be huge, you know we haven’t been 3-0 since 2001, so this is a big thing for us. We are just going to take it week-by-week and that’s all we can do”

On what the West Virginia-Maryland rivalry means:

“It’s going to be my first West Virginia game so I don’t really know too much about it. All I’ve heard is ‘The Battle of the Border’. Last year, when I traveled myself to the game, it got a little heated on the field. It’s going to be a big game, especially at M&T Bank Stadium. It’s just going to be a big game for a whole bunch of guys”

On if the attitude of the team has been different so far this week:

“Just overall excitement to get another win and to just prove to other people and prove to this conference that we’re really trying to do some good things this year.  We just go out every day with the mentality to get better.”

Tight End Dave Stinebaugh

On the rivalry with West Virginia:

“It’s definitely a good rivalry; we’ve played them on and off the past couple years and it’s always good especially when a lot of the guys around here know someone from West Virginia. So it’s always a good thing for them, right across the border.”

On missed opportunities for the offense at Connecticut:

“We definitely left some opportunities out there, it’s definitely something we’re not happy about, but its things we can fix. We pride ourselves on offense as going out there and fixing the little things and trying to get this thing running on all cylinders; be the best we can be.”

Linebacker Marcus Whitfield

On his improved pass rush this season:

“I worked out over the offseason with the team, went through the drills, had a great offseason. Definitely liked working with the team on the defensive scheme. I feel like in my position I know all of what goes on all around me; when coaches put me in a position to make a play I make the play.”

On the reception for the team around campus

“People are out there noticing us more; it feels good to have support from the fans. They definitely turn out to the games to come out to support us. It just feels good to be out there doing what we do best.”

-Maryland-

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Terps improve to 3-0 for first time since 2001

Posted on 15 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Kicking It Off: Maryland improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001 with a 32-21 win over Connecticut, while the Huskies fell to 0-2. The Terps are now 2-1 all-time against UConn. The Terps totaled 501 yards of total offense. It is the third time in as many games this season that the Terps have eclipsed the 500-yard mark.

 

Brown Races for No. 10: Quarterback C.J. Brown kept the ball on a zone-read and raced up the middle for a 41-yard touchdown to tie the game at seven early in the second quarter. For Brown, it is his fifth rushing touchdown of the season tying his season high from 2011 and marks his 10th career rushing touchdown.

 

Brown on the Ground: Quarterback C.J. Brown finished with 122 rushing yards, the seventh-highest total in school history. Brown now has five career 100-yard games and has five of the top 12 rushing performances by a quarterback in school history. Brown went for 105 yards in the season opener against FIU.

 

Run/Pass Threat: With 277 yards through the air and 122 yards on the ground, quarterback C.J. Brown threw for over 275 yards and rushed for over 100 for the second time this season. Prior to this season, the last time a Maryland quarterback accomplished that feat was Shawn Hill against Duke on Oct. 20, 2011 (323 passing, 105 rushing). Against FIU, Brown passed for 281 and rushed for 105.

 

Diggs Over 100: For the third straight game, wide receiver Stefon Diggs went over 100 yards receiving. The sophomore finished with 110 yards on five catches. Diggs now has five career 100-yard receiving games. The sophomore scored his third touchdown of the season in the third quarter and now has recorded a receiving touchdown in five of his past seven games dating back to last season.

 

Meet at the Quarterback: Linebacker Marcus Whitfield tallied two first-half sacks. Whitfield’s two sacks are a career best. It is the second time this season a Terrapin has tallied two or more sacks in a game. Defensive lineman Andre Monroe had two sacks against Old Dominion one week ago.

 

Lock Down: Defensive back Dexter McDougle finished with a personal-best two interceptions. His second interception he returned for 49 yards for a touchdown becoming the first Terp to return an interception for a touchdown since A.J. Hendy took one back 32 yards against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011. As a team, it was the Terps sixth interception of the season topping last season’s total of four.

 

Defensive Notes: The Terps turned the ball over four times, but only allowed Connecticut to score three points off of those four turnovers … linebacker Cole Farrand totaled a career-high 11 tackles to lead the Terps … in addition to Whitfield’s two sacks, linebacker Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil tallied a personal-best 2.5 sacks … defensive back Dexter McDougle had a team-high seven solo tackles.

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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 expect hungry UConn team coming off bye, Towson loss

Posted on 10 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Linebacker Matt Robinson

On his versatility:

“It’s been a change, but I think I’ve adapted pretty well. I’ve always had a good grasp on the defense so just moving down into the box wasn’t that hard to adjust to, just the physical nature and how fast it comes.”

On this game week being any different:

“Just approaching it as another game on the schedule; first opportunity a lot of us have had to be 3-0 as Terps.  We’re just really focused on that. It doesn’t really matter who the opponent is, just going up there to get a win.”

Quarterback C.J. Brown

On the offense through two games:

“We’re going out and executing, that’s the biggest thing. We’re all on the same page, we’re just going out and doing what we do in practice. Go out there have fun, put the ball in playmakers’ hands and guys are going out and making plays. The biggest thing is we’re not shooting ourselves in the foot, we’re not going out and turning the ball over or having a lot of penalties.”

On what it will take to defeat Connecticut:

“They just had a bye week so we don’t have too much film on them this year. They have a new defensive coordinator.  They showed a lot of man coverage so it’ll be interesting to see how they play against us.  If they want those matchups on the outside, maybe they do, maybe they don’t.  We just gotta go in there and play our game.”

Linebacker Yannick Ngakoue

On the defense’s expectations for Connecticut:

“I’m expecting it to be a pretty good game because they just lost to Towson so I know they’re going to play with a chip on their shoulder.  Basically, I expect it to be a dogfight and it’s going to be a pretty good game.”

On preparing for Connecticut’s offense:

“We have to prepare this week, all day on and off the field; watching film, studying the tendencies.  Also, we got to practice hard, practice how you play.”

On being the first road game of the season:

“It’s going to be pretty fun because it’s my first road game of my college football career.  So it’ll be pretty fun like bonding; flying on the plane with my teammates so it should be a pretty good experience.”

Defensive Back Dexter McDougle

On how the secondary performed against Old Dominion with defensive back Jeremiah Johnson in the lineup:

“I think we stepped up to the challenge. We knew ODU was going to pass the ball and they did, but we prepared all week, we were ready even if JJ couldn’t play.  Before the game, I knew Isaac [Goins] was going to make some plays, you know he had an interception and Will [Likely] is always going to make plays.  So I think we played pretty well, but there is always room to improve.”

On the confidence level with defensive backs Isaac Goins and William Likely in the lineup:

“I’m real confident; I know those guys put the work in.  They want to be good, they want to be great.  DBs just feel like this is our year, we want to step up and do whatever we got to do and that’s what we’ve been doing.”

On the expected reception by the Connecticut fans:

“Since he was the coach there a couple years ago, you know they are probably just going to ‘boo’ us, but we expect that.  We’ll let the fans do what they got to do and we’ll do what we got to do.”

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Maryland QB Brown prepared for “big test” against ODU

Posted on 03 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Quarterback C.J. Brown

On the parity of FCS and FBS games during opening weekend:

“Every game you need to go into it like anybody can win. You need to go play your heart out every play and every game. We are not going to take this game lightly. They are a great team and they had an excellent season last year. They played well last week against a good ECU (East Carolina) team so they are going to come in here and try to knock us off their list and we are not taking it lightly. We are going out every day and preparing at practice.”

Thoughts on starting the season on a high note:

“Especially to come out in the first game after everything we’ve been through and just go out and execute. That was the biggest thing. We had a great offseason through the winter and the summer and even fall camp and to get the results we got as a team was really exciting.”

Thoughts on his performance against FIU:

“I was pleased with my performance. There were some reads that I need to make better. We had a couple miscommunications and just awareness of the clock and things like that. But it’s one game. We went out and played well and did what we had to do to win. We have a big test coming up this week.”

Tight End Dave Stinebaugh

On quarterback C.J. Brown’s performance against FIU:

“He definitely puts in the work off the field. I’m not surprised to see him come out and play the way he did. I’m just excited that he came out after such a dramatic way to end his season last year and put on a show.  He looked good.”

On Old Dominion:

“They are a tough team. We watched some game film. They work hard and they run hard so it’s going to be a tough challenge. We are looking forward to it.”

On the offensive plan for ODU:

“Same thing we did this past weekend. We need to compete and we need to finish. It wasn’t a perfect game last weekend and we need to build off of that, fine tune some things and I think we should be alright. All we can do is control what we can control. We are going to run the ball, throw the ball and show some balance and try to be efficient in what we do.”

Linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil

On Old Dominion’s offense:

“Their offense is going to try to spread us out. They have a great quarterback, great o-line, great receivers, so we’re just going to have to bring our A-game. Everybody’s going to have to stay busy. We’re just going to have to play pass defense. That’s basically rely on what we do best and that’s rushing the passer, getting pressure on their quarterback and forcing them to make tough decisions.”

On the team getting confidence after Saturday’s win:

“It was definitely important. Confidence is a big thing when it comes to football. I feel like us winning this first game and having a lot of freshmen play, that boosts their confidence too. When they come in the game, their confidence is up, so they can get the job done too.”

On how he feels the defense played Saturday:

“We were very proud. We did our jobs. The only points they had, we gave up as a defense. We’re going to correct that in film. Typical first game stuff and we have to correct stuff like that. Very proud of our defense and how we played. I think we played lights out and we have the capability to do the same thing against Old Dominion.”

Wide Receiver Nigel King

On blocking more than receiving this past weekend:

“I know the time will come. We have possibly [13] more games. It’s just the first game and that’s the least of my worries right now. I just tried to focus on my blocking. That’s one of my biggest things I want to work on. I was just happy Deon [Long] and Stefon [Diggs] could do what they do and live up to all the hype they were coming in to coming into the season. It was fine with me as long as we won.”

On getting the first game under their belts:

“I feel like we worked really hard throughout this camp. It was good to get out there against someone different. We were just going against our guys for the spring, the summer and then fall camp. Now we actually know what potential we have.”

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Maryland opens season Saturday against Florida International

Posted on 30 August 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The University of Maryland football team kicks off the 2013 season against Florida International Saturday at 12:30 p.m. inside Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The Terrapins, under the direction of third-year head coach Randy Edsall, are opening football season No. 121. Saturday’s game will be broadcasted live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic locally, as well as being broadcasted on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network.

LIVE Coverage on the Comcast SportsNet
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic locally at 12:30 p.m. Wes Dunham (pbp), Brian Stann (color) and Jenn Hildreth (sidelines) 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.

First-and-10

• Entering preseason camp, Maryland welcomed back 37 letterwinners from the 2012 season including 18 on offense and six starters. Sophomore wide receiver Stefon Diggs, a second-team All-ACC selection as a specialist last season, leads a talented receiving corp that includes returning starter Nigel King and junior-college transfer Deon Long. Diggs’ 848 receiving yards were the third-most by an ACC rookie all-time and his 1,896 all-purpose yards are the sixth-highest total among active players in the conference. Long posted impressive numbers at Iowa Western leading the NJCAA in receptions (100), recieving yards (1,625), and touchdowns (25) en route to first team All-American honors. Running backs Albert Reid and Brandon Ross return in the backfield. Ross led the Terps in rushing with 390 yards (4.6 avg.) last season and topped 100 yards in two of the last three games including a career-best 141-yard performance at North Carolina to close the season.

• On the other side of the ball, the Terps will be tasked with replacing six starters on defense from a unit that ranked in the top-25 nationally under defensive coordinator Brian Stewart’s tutelage, but returns several playmakers particularly in the secondary. Senior defensive back Dexter McDougle will pair with Jeremiah Johnson to form an experienced duo. McDougle and Johnson have 36 starts combined. They will be joined by safety Anthony Nixon, who played in all 12 games last season and started five. McDougle led the team in solo tackles (58), tied for third in pass breakups (5) and tallied three tackles for a loss. Meanwhile, Johnson led the squad with eight pass breakups, while Nixon finsihed with 41 tackles, three pass breakips and an interception. The Terps will also welcome back linebackers Cole Farrand and L.A. Goree along with defensive lineman Darius Kilgo. Farrand tied for the team lead with 78 tackles and recorded 6.0 TFL. After appearing in five of the first nine games, Goree, a honorable mention freshman All-American in 2011, started the final three contests and tied or led the team in tackles each game, including a career-high 14 against North Carolina in the season finale. Kilgo started 11 of 12 games and finished with 40 tackles, 5.0 TFL and 1.5 sacks.

• After tearing his ACL in fall camp prior to the start of the 2012 season, quarterback C.J. Brown is back under center for the Terps. Brown had a breakout season in 2011, setting a Maryland single-season rushing yards record (574) for a quarterback and throwing for 842 yards in 10 games (five starts). Brown holds three of the top 10 rushing performances by a quarterback in Maryland history and set the record with 162 yards against Clemson (10/15/11). Brown spent last season learning offensive coordinator Mike Locksley’s offensive system and his ability to run and make plays with his arm should suit Locksley’s pro-style/spread offense well.

• After turning to several unproven players last season, the Terps return all of their special teams performers for 2013. Sophomore Brad Craddock will handle the place-kicking amd kickoff duties, and Nathan Renfro will handle the punting duties. Stefon Diggs was a constant threat in the return game last season, returning two kickoffs for touchdowns and averaging 10 yards per punt return.


Quick Hitters

• Brandon Ross peaked in the final third of the season last year eclipsing 100 yards rushing in two of the Terps’ final three games. Against Clemson on Nov. 10, Ross hit 100 yards on 16 carries marking just the 14th time in school history that a freshman rushed for 100 yards in a game. Two weeks later, Ross ran for 141 yards at North Carolina, including a season-long 71-yard run. The 141-yard performance was the most rushing yards by a Maryland running back since Da’Rel Scott rushed for 200 yards against East Carolina in the 2010 Military Bowl (12/29/10).

• The Maryland defense will have to replace six starters from a unit that finished the season ranked 21st nationally and third in the ACC. It returns five starters along with several other players with starting experience. Though they aren’t listed as returning starters, LB Matt Robinson, LB Alex Twine, LB L.A. Goree, LB Bradley Johnson, DB Sean Davis, DB Isaac Goins, DB A.J. Hendy, DL Andre Monroe, DL Keith Bowers and LB Marcus Whitfield have all started in their career.

• The Terps should benefit from consistentcy in the coaching staff this fall. With offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, defensive coordinator Brian Stewart and special teams coordinator Andre Powell, Maryland is one of just 18 FBS programs to retain its entire coaching staff from last season.

• Maryland’s two-deep includes 32 underclassmen (freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores, and sophomores) and features 11 sophomore starters.

•Seven of the top 13 tacklers from 2012 are back this season, including linebacker Cole Farrand, who had 78 stops tying for the team lead, and defensive back Dexter McDougle, who had a team-high 58 solo tackles.


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 defensive back Tony Perry (offense), defensive lineman Chandler Burkett (defense), and defensive back Rashid Contee (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Offensive lineman De’Onte Arnett will carry the American Flag, and defensive back Dexter McDougle will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

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 FIU game are running back Albert Reid (offense), linebacker L.A. Goree (defense), and defensive back Jeremiah Johnson (special teams).


Maryland-Florida International Series History

• The Terrapins and Panthers have met three times previously in school history, with the Terps emerging victorious in all three matchups. Maryland won the first-ever game between the two teams in 2006, 14-10 in College Park. In 2007, Maryland won the return meeting in Miami, 26-10. The last meeting came in College Park on Sept. 25, 2010, a 42-28 Maryland win.


Closed Captioning

Closed captioning of the game announcements will be available through an internet website that will be available on game day. The website can be accessed via any smart phone device or tablet device. A tablet device may be made available on a first come first serve basis for those wishing to utilize one during the game.

To receive the captioning website information contact 301-314-7126 in advance or upon arrival request the information at any Fan Assistance location. To check out a tablet device to be used for captioning proceed to the Stroller Check-Out located on the South side of Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, adjacent to Gate H.

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Edsall says no separation in race to backup QB Brown

Posted on 14 August 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

On the competition for the second quarterback spot:

“I want to see Ricardo [Young], Perry [Hills], and Caleb [Rowe] because I have no idea right now who our number two QB is because no one has really separated themselves. So I thought it would be a good day today to get those guys involved with the first unit and evaluate them because within the next day or two we have to move forward. I’ve got to make a decision on who the number two is so I can get him all the reps that we got to get him to be prepared to play in a game so that’s why I did what I did today. C.J. [Brown], I know what he can do, but I have to find out who the number two guy is and get this thing widdled down and get that guy ready to play and get the third guy some work because we just can’t give five guys work moving forward.”

 

On if any of the quarterbacks separated themselves today:

“I don’t think anybody separated themselves today. I wasn’t real impressed with things today. I think there were a couple things that they did well, but then there were mistakes that they make that you don’t think they should make. Again, it’s not just off of today. We scrimmaged the other day and have that for another evaluation and have really every day that were out here practicing. It’s not just what you see taking place on the field, but it’s also how are they managing the huddle. Are they getting the things translated from the sideline to the field, and getting the plays off and all those sort of things. There’s a lot that goes into it. But this gave us another pretty good evaluation to evaluate those three guys.”

 

On the offensive line:

“I think they’ve made progress. Not enough consistency yet. But I think there’s been a lot of progress made from the first day and I feel as though we’ve got the guys in the right position. We got Mike Dunn, back up left tackle, and have Ryan Doyle over there with Nick Klemm. I think that’s going to be a battle to see which one of those two guys will be a starter by the [Aug.] 31. Ryan Doyle, I thought he has improved and been playing a lot better this preseason then he showed before. He moved to right tackle and Dunn’s at left. Again, I think that were solid with [Mike] Madaras at left, [De’Onte] Arnett at left guard, Sal [Conaboy] at center, [Andrew] Zeller at right guard, and then I think we’re going to continue to evaluate that right tackle spot with Ryan Doyle and Nick Klemm.”

 

On what is driving the competition at right tackle:

“I think it’s probably more of a product of what Ryan’s [Doyle] doing. I think he’s doing better than he did before and again the other thing too is sometimes people open the door for you as well. I think it’s probably a combination, but I think it’s more of what Ryan’s doing than anything [Nick Klemm is doing].”

 

On Ryan Doyle’s improvement:

“I think he’s got a little bit more confident. He’s doing the things we’re asking him to do from a technique standpoint and I thought that was the thing that was really holding him back before. He’s a try-hard guy and he’s got ability, but I think that he’s gotten better at the techniques and fundamentals of that position and that’s allowed him to be better.”

 

On A.J. Hendy getting reps with the first team defense:

“They’re switching. A.J. and Sean [Davis] are still switching, so nobody has established themselves as the starter there yet. We still have that competition going from A.J. and Sean, it just so happened that today was A.J.’s day to work with the ones. Again, that’s something that we’ll continue to evaluate. We know both of them are going to have to play for us in the different packages that we use. That one will probably go down to game week, and we’ll see if someone separates themselves. We still have a couple more scrimmages where we can evaluate those guys”

 

On Anthony Nixon:

“Anthony’s doing good. He’s coming along. You can see that having a year under his belt he’s more confident, more talkative and a better communicator. The thing with Anthony is that he’s a smart kid. He really understands the defense and what’s expected out of him.”

 

On Amba Etta:

“I thought that he started off pretty well and then we got the pads on and he had to get adjusted to those a little bit, but I think he’ll be steady and be solid for us. He’s just going to continue to get better. He’s a long strider. He can catch the ball in a lot of different areas, but the thing is his ability to go up and get the ball and his ability to run certain routes.”

 

On Will Likely.

“Will’s very competitive. Will plays with a ton of confidence and everyday he’s out here working to get better. When you look at corner, we’ve got five guys who can play. We’ll just have to see how it continues to play out and where we might be able to fit him in, but he’s a very good football player.”

 

On who has surprised him the most:

“Probably Jacquille Veii [has surprised the most]. I think he’s probably made the biggest impression on me out here. I just hope he continues it. Right now he’s the No. 3 tailback, and you’re going to have to have three that are ready to play.”

 

– Maryland –

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