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Terps don pads for first time in summer camp Friday

Posted on 10 August 2013 by WNST Staff

For the first time this season, the Maryland football team donned full pads and took to the turf at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium for its fifth preseason practice on Friday.

Under hot and humid conditions, head coach Randy Edsall and his staff continued their preparation for the Terps’ season opener against Florida International at Byrd Stadium on Aug. 31 at 12:30 p.m. The team began practice with individual work and unit drills, before moving into team drills and a scrimmage during the two-hour session.

“I thought we got some good things done,” said Edsall. “Today the offense kind of got the better of the defense a little bit. It’s still early in camp with all the installation going in on both sides of the ball. But the guys are really working hard, that’s the thing I’m pleased about it.

“The execution has gotten better each day. The first five days we throw everything at them. After today we will start to go back and go over things. They’ve had a lot thrown at them. I thought they’ve handled it pretty well.”

Freshman running back Jacquille Veii turned in one of the more impressive highlights from practice. With the offense three yards from a score, Veii took the handoff and went skyward clearing the offensive line and sailing into the endzone. The impressive display of athleticism continued a week-long trend for Veii.

“Jacquille is having a really good camp,” said Edsall. “He’s doing extremely well. I’ve been very impressed with him, and his ability to run the ball. He’s done a pretty good job from understanding and executing all the things he’s got to execute. It will be interesting to see as we get a little bit more into some of the pass game stuff in terms of protections and all those things, but he’s a very talented runner.”

As the installation of the offense continues, so does the progression of quarterback C.J. Brown who looks very comfortable so far in camp.

“The thing I’ve been pleased with is I haven’t seen any ill effects from him from the standpoint of running, cutting, or him not feeling comfortable with his knee,” said Edsall. “And again what has to happen just like with any quarterbacks or receivers, they need some time to develop some togetherness, some timing, and that’s starting to come along with each practice. He’s moving really well.”

-Maryland-

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Edsall pleased with Brown in first practice since injury

Posted on 05 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

On tight end Andrew Isaacs’ injury:

“He’s fine. I don’t think there are any issues there. There were a couple guys I was worried about coming out today. I wasn’t sure how much [Stephen] Grommer would do, but he did quite a bit. We’ll get Daniel [Adams], Silvano [Altimirano] and Bradley [Johnson], the guys who had surgery this summer, worked into things. They were doing individuals today, so hopefully we can get them into the team periods when the doctors will allow us.”

 

On place kicking:

“It was very inconsistent. Brad [Craddock] started off really well and all of a sudden he got into a rut. There’s guys there that have legs and they have the ability, now it’s that focus and concentration and doing the same thing all the time.  Brad’s the guy, but we’ll continue to kick them quite a bit, we’ll chart it all, and however it plays out we’ll run the numbers, and whoever you get a good feel from a confidence standpoint [plays].”

 

On defensive back Will Likely:

“I’ve liked Will since he got here. He’s got some innate ability that you can’t coach; instincts and knowledge of the game. I think Will’s going to be a good one for us. He’s in that mix to be a contributor this year.”

 

On quarterback C.J. Brown:

“You could tell that he felt comfortable doing the things that he had to do. He didn’t do any team work during the spring. I’m sure he’s got more confidence after today. The timing and things like that will be much better the next time we come out.”

 

On the quarterbacks coming off injury:

“I thought they moved well. We’ll see how they are in the morning, see if there’s any soreness. I thought they all moved well and didn’t show any ill effects in terms of limping or favoring the leg. We’ll find out a little more in the morning after getting off the leg. But I don’t anticipate any issues.”

 

On quarterback C.J. Brown throwing the ball:

“I thought he did well. I thought all the guys kind of had their moments, typical first day. The little things today were just in terms of getting out and rolling and throwing it on time, trying to get it to the right shoulder. All that stuff will come. I thought he threw the ball well. For the most part they threw the ball well, they may not have hit all the reads, but I thought the velocity and all those things were good today.”

 

On the wide receivers Deon Long and Stefon Diggs:

“You can see Deon is a talent as well. To be able to have a weapon that is only going to enhance us and it’s going to make people play a little bit more straight. If they want to go and turn their coverage to Stefon, you have a guy opposite of him that can really do damage and if they want to roll to him then you’ve got Stefon. We’ve got some guys. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.”

 

On Taivon Jacobs, Zach Dancel and DeAndre Lane’s injuries:

“Taivon’s still coming off the knee and we knew that coming in. Zach ended up having a hamstring, but that happened last week. He was working out and that happened during the week that they were home. DeAndre tweaked his hamstring a little bit. But I saw some things out of him I really liked. He tweaked that, so he’ll probably be on the shelf for a couple days. But Taivon, again, I’m not sure exactly when he’ll be back. He’s got to get a little bit stronger, but he’s made really good progress in the six weeks that he was here in the summertime.”

 

On his impression of offensive lineman Ryan Doyle:

“It gives us a chance to get Ryan in there and see what he can do and try to hopefully get him some confidence and get him some more reps. Hopefully we don’t have the injury, but at least we do get him that work. You look at these things and what it does, it’s unfortunate some of those things happen, but it also opens up some opportunities for other people. So we get a chance to see them and then if they do have to play, [we know] what they’re good at and what we can highlight with them.”

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Few surprises in updated Maryland football depth chart

Posted on 23 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Coach Randy Edsall and University of Maryland football released their post-Spring depth chart Tuesday. Here’s a look at how positional battles stand going into the summer.

OFFENSE
WR 6 Deon Long 6-1 180 Jr.-TR
84 Amba Etta 6-2 190 Fr.-RS
80 Daniel Adams 6-3 205 So.-RS
85 James Bowman 6-0 190 Sr.-SQ
12 Marcus Leak 6-0 205 Jr.-2V

T 77 Mike Madaras 6-5 290 So.-1V
55 Ryan Doyle 6-4 300 So.-SQ

G 70 De’Onte Arnett 6-4 290 Sr.-2V
68 Silvano Altamirano 6-2 290 Jr.-TR

C 65 Sal Conaboy 6-4 290 Jr.-2V
50 Evan Mulrooney 6-5 290 So.-1V
60 Stephen Grommer 6-5 290 So.-SQ

G 66 Andrew Zeller 6-6 295 So.-1V
69 Gary Harraka 6-5 310 Jr.-SQ
79 Maurice Shelton 6-3 290 Fr.-RS

T 74 Nick Klemm 6-5 300 Sr.-3V
76 Michael Dunn 6-5 290 Fr.-RS
or 61 Jake Wheeler 6-7 300 Jr.-1V

TE 86 Dave Stinebaugh 6-4 250 Sr.-2V
88 P.J. Gallo 6-3 245 Fr.-RS
87 Brian McMahon 6-4 240 Fr.-RS

QB 16 C.J. Brown 6-3 210 Sr.-1V
11 Perry Hills 6-3 205 So.-1V
or 7 Caleb Rowe 6-2 195 So.-1V
or 9 Ricardo Young 6-1 180 Jr.-TR
6 Dustin Dailey 6-1 193 So.-RS

TB 45 Brandon Ross 5-10 205 So.-1V
or 4 Wes Brown 6-1 210 So.-1V
or 5 Albert Reid 5-10 200 So.-1V
29 Joe Riddle 6-0 191 Fr.-RS

FB 49 Tyler Cierski 6-0 262 Jr.-2V
30 Kenneth Goins, Jr. 5-10 228 Fr.-RS

WR 1 Stefon Diggs 6-1 185 So.-1V
8 Levern Jacobs 5-11 180 So.-1V
24 Regis Whittington 5-11 205 Sr.-SQ

WR 3 Nigel King 6-3 210 So.-1V
83 Malcolm Culmer 6-0 180 So.-SQ
10 Tyrek Cheeseboro 6-0 190 Fr.-RS
24 T.J. Ehrie 6-3 210 Sr.-TR

DEFENSE
DE 99 Quinton Jefferson 6-4 270 So.-1V
90 Roman Braglio 6-3 250 Fr.-RS
78 Ty Tucker 6-2 260 Fr.-RS

NT 97 Darius Kilgo 6-3 300 Jr..-1V
71 Nate Clarke 6-3 310 So.-SQ
or 73 Alex Walker 6-0 295 Jr.-SQ
96 Azubuike Ukandu 6-2 290 Fr.-RS

DE 91 Keith Bowers 6-1 270 Jr.-2V
93 Andre Monroe 6-0 280 Jr.-1V
63 Joe Rosenblatt 6-2 280 Fr.-TR

OLB 40 Matt Robinson 6-4 230 Jr.-3V
35 Alex Twine 6-0 230 Jr.-2V
37 Avery Thompson 6-3 215 So.-1V

ILB 47 Cole Farrand 6-3 245 Jr.-2V
58 Bradley Johnson 6-1 240 Sr.-2V
31 Shawn Petty 6-2 235 So.-1V

ILB 53 L.A Goree 6-2 240 Jr.-2V
46 Abner Logan 6-1 235 Fr.-RS
42 Brock Dean 6-0 210 Fr.-RS

OLB 41 Marcus Whitfi eld 6-3 240 Sr.-2V
51 Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil 6-3 240 Jr.-RS
98 Clarence Murphy 6-2 245 Jr.-SQ

CB 25 Dexter McDougle 5-11 195 Sr.-3V
27 Alvin Hill 5-11 190 So.-1V
10 Tony Perry 5-9 170 Sr.-SQ

S 21 Sean Davis 6-1 185 So.-1V
or 19 A.J. Hendy 6-1 200 Jr.-2V

S 20 Anthony Nixon 6-1 205 So.-1V
22 Zach Dancel 6-0 195 So.-RS
26 Undray Clark 5-10 190 So.-SQ
39 Rashid Conteh 5-11 190 Jr.-SQ

CB 14 Jeremiah Johnson 6-0 190 Jr.-2V
17 Isaac Goins 6-0 185 Sr.-1V
4 William Likely 5-9 165 Fr.-HS

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK 15 Brad Craddock 6-1 180 So.-1V
12 Brendan Magistro 5-9 170 So.-1V

P 18 Nathan Renfro 6-1 205 So.-1V
29 Michael Tart 6-3 185 Jr.-SQ

LS 59 Greg Parcher 6-4 185 Sr.-1V
59 Christian Carpenter 5-11 215 Fr.-RS

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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 hosts Red/White Spring Game Friday night

Posted on 12 April 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland football coordinators Mike Locksley and Brian Stewart are looking forward to going against one another in Friday’s Red-White game after a productive spring season.

Locksley’s offense and Stewart’s defense will be on display as the culmination of spring workouts is put to the test at 7 p.m.

The coordinators are both in their second season with the Terps, and each has enjoyed the continuity of their systems.

“There’s definitely a natural ease in that the terminology, the plays, the techniques, we’re going through all of it,” said Locksley. “This is the third time it’s been installed for some of these guys — we put it in last spring, we did it again in the fall and now we’re doing it again in the spring. There’s definitely a familiarity with it.”

For the offense, the return of key players this season has been a huge sigh of relief. After a season of quarterback injuries,C.J. Brown received his sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA Tuesday, and although he won’t play Friday, he’s the expected starter going into the fall.

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who averaged 77.1 receiving yards per game last season, is expected to make a bigger contribution, and Deon Long and Nigel King are expected to join Diggs on the return team. Locksley also expects the tight ends to pick up their production after the quarterback inconsistency last season.

“Our most experienced position last year was tight end and with the quarterback situation, if anyone felt the brunt of it, it was the tight ends in terms of their production,” said Locksley.”

Although the defense will miss the production of a number of playmakers, including defensive linemen A.J. Francis and Joe Vellano, Stewart and the defensive coaches are excited to turn a new page moving forward.

“Everyone is increasing their confidence on defense,” said defensive line coach Greg Gattuso. “I used to ask a question and they’d pause long enough for Joe or A.J. to answer. I think they were overshadowed, and I think I’m seeing these guys blossom.”

Stewart is looking for more out of the defense this season, especially with the experience of the secondary.

“Last year they were in a learning process so we had to tone everything down and make sure they knew what to do,” said Stewart. “Now with it being the second year in the defense, now they’re playing fast and we’re trying to do what we’re supposed to do at a high level.”

The Red-White Spring game is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. and parking and admission are free of charge. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will air a one-hour show highlighted by extensive coverage of the spring game, including interviews and features. The show debuts Saturday, April 13, a 5 p.m., with encores Saturday at 10:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.

 

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Maryland QB Brown gets extra year of eligibility

Posted on 10 April 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After C.J. Brown tore his ACL just prior to the start of the 2012 season, he hoped he would have a chance to make up the lost time.

Brown and the Maryland football team got a speedy answer after the NCAA approved his medical hardship waiver just two weeks after submitting the paperwork. Brown now has two remaining seasons of eligibility.

“It’s exciting,” said Brown. “I didn’t think I’d be hearing back this early since we just finished the paperwork. It’s a good sign.”

Brown has competed in individual and 7-on-7 drills this spring in a limited capacity. He expects to be 100 percent when practice begins in August, but for now, head coach Randy Edsall is more than happy with his progress.

“I think he’s made tremendous progress from the first day he came out and did 7-on-7,” said Edsall. “He was very tentative and he wasn’t driving off that back leg. You could see today, it was like night and day from the first day he did 7-on-7 to now. He’s got that confidence back and you can see that he’s been studying and working and he does things that you want out of a quarterback.”

Brown, known for being a running quarterback, has used the spring to work on the passing game. In practice yesterday, he completed 10 of 15 passes in 7-on-7 drills.

“Getting out here and taking the physical reps — I’ve been taking mental reps for so long, it feels good to get back out here and get my mind acclimated with my body,” said Brown. “That’s the biggest change. I’m mentally there; I’m seeing everything I need to see. I just need to get my body to go with my mind.”

Edsall intends on starting Brown going into the preseason and relies on him for leadership. Ricardo Young and Dustin Dailey have been taking snaps through the spring, but neither has played in a collegiate game before.

“C.J.’s been through it,” Edsall said. “He’s been around. Experience is your best teacher, and you can’t sacrifice experience. Being in the huddle, the maturity, everything else … when you have a guy who’s been around like C.J. and has the mind-set like he does, it’s comforting as a coach. You just watch the way the kid’s worked since it’s happened. You talk about someone who wants it real bad. He’s worked his tail off to get himself back.

The Terps only have Friday’s spring game left, and Brown hopes it’ll be the last time he has to sit out.

“I’ll be hanging out on the sideline, being a cheerleader,” he said. “One last time.”

 

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Edsall pleased to get “good news” about Brown eligibility

Posted on 09 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening statement:

“I’ve been pleased with what’s taken place out here for the 13 practices. I think we’re getting accomplished what we need to get accomplished. Are we where we want to be or need to be right now? No. Have we made strides from where we were when we started? Yeah, I think we’ve made big strides. Now what our guys have to do when we get done on Friday and start the offseason program, they’ve got to do strength and conditioning and also really get focused in on learning everything. They need to go watch all the practices and cut-ups and get better for when we come in on August 4 so that when we start practice on the 5th, we’re better than we finish here on Friday night.”

 

On linebacker Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil:

“He’s made an impression upon the coaches since he got here. He made an impression last year on the scout team and it’s carried over here to the spring practice. He’s a guy that’s going to figure in plans for us on defense in certain packages. He’s also made Marcus Whitfield a better player because Marcus knows he has to come out here and perform and work hard every day because he’s got a guy who’s out here breathing really heavily on the back of his neck. I’ve been very impressed with [Yannick]. The other thing with him, he brings a work ethic to the team that is infectious. It helps the other guys to know that. They see him out here and what he’s doing. It’s very easy to understand why because of the work that he’s put in and the time he spends watching film to make himself better.”

 

On defensive backs Sean Davis and A.J. Hendy:

“That’s been really good competition. Both of them have had their moments this spring. That’s not something that’s going to be decided until fall camp, for sure. The good thing is both of them have skills and abilities to be able to help us. Now it’s just a matter, as we continue to go. They’ve both made improvements but we’ll see how they compete, how they do over the summer and what they’ll do when they get back here in August. It probably won’t be definitive until we get to games.”

 

On placekicker Brad Craddock:

“It’s like today: he started off OK and then when he gets himself to where he kicks a little too fast and overkicks it, then he’s got problems. When you tell him. ‘Brad, relax. Nice and easy.’ And then he relaxes. That’s just something we’re going to have to continue to work on, continue to drill in his head to keep his line and kick it nice and easy. If he does that, he’s very good. It’s when he strays from that that he has his issues.”

 

On quarterback C.J. Brown’s eligibility:

“It’s really good news, and I feel good for him. I’m glad we got that taken care of now, and that’s something we don’t have to worry about. When I pulled him out of the meeting and told him, he was thrilled and excited about it.”

 

 

On Brown’s progress through spring:

“I think he’s made tremendous progress from the first day he came out and did 7-on-7. He was very tentative and he wasn’t driving off that back leg. You could see today, it was like night and day from the first day he did 7-on-7 to now. He’s got that confidence back and you can see that he’s been studying and working and he does things that you want out of a quarterback. I see improvement now, and what needs to happen is he just needs to get better. He’ll be able to do more as he improves.”

 

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Maryland QB Brown says rehab “ahead of schedule”

Posted on 25 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

“Well this will be the earliest that I have ever started spring, but for good reason. It allows us to start on Saturday; it allows us to take advantage of getting done April 12th and giving our players three weeks or so with the rest of the semester. Plus we get our summer program started sooner with the players. It also gives us the ability to take full advantage of the six-week spring evaluation period that we are allowed by NCAA standards. I think it will be good as well as we go: Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday and then our players leave for spring break for a week. We will get six practices in and then their bodies will heal up a little bit. We will come back and go Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and then Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. I think it is a good schedule, a good mix. We are really looking forward to getting started.

“We have had good winter workouts that have taken place over the last five weeks. Guys have really worked hard, both in the weight room and when we have done our conditioning on the field once a week. They are in good shape and now it is time to get better fundamentally and technique wise. Get them to understand that they have to do their job and their job only. Master everything that they can in terms of their job. It will be a situation where we will have some guys who won’t be playing or partaking in everything this spring. Starting offensively; C.J. [Brown] will do some individual drills to start out with. We will see how he progresses doing those. It could progress to him getting in and doing some seven-on-seven. We will start him out with some individual work and see how he goes from there. Caleb [Rowe] and Perry [Hills] they won’t be able to do anything this spring from a football standpoint. Wes Brown will be out for the spring. He had his shoulder done, but he also had his ankle taken care of on Friday. He had some surgery there. We will hopefully have a healthy Wes Brown. The ankle was from an injury that followed him here to Maryland from high school, but that went well. Levern Jacobs won’t be doing anything this spring. We might be able to get him where he can do some routes on air. We will find that out a little bit later this week. Marcus Leak won’t be doing anything. Marcus has some injuries, but Marcus has some academic things that he has to sure up and take care of.

“Defensively Andre Monroe will be doing some individual stuff during practice and we will progress him from there. I’m not sure he will get into any contact stuff or team work. Matt Robinson will be able to do noncontact work when he is out there. C.J. [Brown], Andre [Monroe], and Matt [Robinson] will be able to do things. Wes [Brown], Cole Farrand, Perry [Hills], Marcus Leak, and Caleb [Rowe] will be out. Levern [Jacobs] hopefully we will be able to do a little bit with him on routes on air. Just from a position standpoint I think the only thing that we have done since we have talked last was Matt Robinson will be an outside linebacker for us, moving from the safety position. Really he is more suited for that position plus getting our best 11 on the field that is something that we thought would be the best for us. Taking a look at Matt right now he is weighing 234. He will probably get to 240 as he continues to train. He has the ability to do that. Alex Twine will stay at SAM. We will have Alex, Avery [Thompson] and Matt there. We will have good competition; we will have good competition all over.”

 

On expectations from Ricardo Young:

“Ricardo is going to get a lot of work. It will be good for Ricardo because he had to sit out because of the transfer. It will be good for him to get all of these reps and get him working to see where he will be able to fit in for us in the fall. We won’t let him get hit. We only have two quarterbacks for the spring between Ricardo and Dustin Dailey. We will keep those guys off limits. I am anxious to see him go out there and get to work every day and see what he can do and how far he can progress.

“From what I have seen he is a very good athlete, he can throw the football. We will see how accurate he will be this spring but like I said in terms of being a guy who can be a duel threat, he has those capabilities and that talent to be able to do that. He can do all of the things that we want to do with our offense. The other added dimension that he gives you is if he is back there and he drops back throwing the ball and things break down, he has more than enough speed and athletic ability to make a play. He will be able to make plays with his feet and his arm.”

 

On taking spring practices on the road:

“One of the things that we want to do is grow our brand throughout the area and state. March 30th we will be going up to Dunbar High School in Baltimore and work out on their brand new facility and field up there. On April the 6th we are going to go out to Middletown High School in Frederick to work out there. I felt it was important for us to go out and reach out to the community, rather than have them come down here. Like I said, I want to grow our brand more in different areas of the state. We hope to move them around each year. This year we wanted to get up into Baltimore because of the fact that we are going to be playing West Virginia up at M&T [Bank] Stadium this year. I wanted to establish more of a presence in the western part of the state there in Frederick. People there and in Hagerstown and even from Pennsylvania can drive down to see us there. It is all about developing the brand in terms of Maryland Pride, and being out and in the community.”

 

On if C.J. Brown is ahead of schedule on his rehab:

“I would say that he is from the standpoint that he has worked extremely hard. The one thing that we aren’t going to do is rush him. We are going to do the things that we feel or the doctors tell us that he can do. I think he is. He has worked his tail off in terms of the rehab. Whatever we can get with him this spring in terms of the throwing, and different things will be a bonus. He is pretty much ahead of schedule.”

 

On the benefit of being in year two of the offensive and defensive systems:

“It is a really good thing. I expect from the day that we go out there that the players will know exactly what to do. They will be playing a little bit faster and they will know things. Anytime you can go in and have people coming back that are going to be familiar with what you are doing, it gives you a chance to get a lot better fundamentally and technique wise. But also put a couple of other things in that will take advantage of our skill set.”

 

On the offensive line:

“We have to get five guys up there on the offensive line. As we start on Saturday it will be Mike Madaras at left tackle, De’Onte [Arnett] at left guard, Sal [Conaboy] and Evan [Mulrooney] fighting it out at center, Andy [Andrew] Zeller at right guard, and Nick Kelmm at right tackle. What I want to do there is get at least eight. At center I think we are in pretty good shape there between Sal and Evan and Steve Grommer, who is getting better. Who can be the top three guards and the top three tackles? That is one of my concerns offensively.”

 

Quarterback C.J. Brown

On his rehab:

“I’ve pushed my body to the max, and I feel like I’m ahead of schedule because if I didn’t take this seriously, I could be behind a lot of guys. I’m really excited for where I’m at right now from where I’ve come. I’m just going day-by–day.”

 

On competing with Ricardo Young for starting position:

“There’s going to be competition everywhere. No one’s going to be handed over the job. You have to earn it. I’m going to do as much as I can to earn the job and he’s going to do as much as he can to earn the job. I know the coaches will give everyone a fair chance. Anytime you’re out there and can take all the reps, it’s going to help.”

 

On the offense:

“We look pretty good on paper. It’ll be exciting to see when we’re all out there and the damage that we can do because we’ve got some explosive guys on the field. It’ll be exciting to see how this offense takes off.”

 

Defensive Lineman Darius Kilo

On spring football:

“Coming back to spring, we know what we have to do. We’re not learning anything; we’re not changing anything differently. It should be simple and it should be easier to execute. I’m pretty excited.”

 

On his personal goals:

“I just want to be the best player I can be. I feel like I worked hard in the winter workouts and I feel like I can definitely be an impact player for the defense. I just want to be able to step up in that role.”

 

On returning the defensive system from last season:

“I’m definitely a lot more comfortable. Coming back for the second year with the same playbook is definitely an advantage. I feel comfortable with the plays and the system.”

 

Wide Receiver Deon Long

On starting practice:

“I’m just excited. I’m excited to get out there and start playing. I’m excited to be playing against some better competition and I’m just looking forward to proving myself.”

 

On his relationship with quarterback Ricardo Young:

“I wanted to play with him in junior college. We were never on the same team — we were rivals — but we were always good friends. I said, ‘Wherever you’re going, that’s where I’m going.’”

 

On what he learned from playing in junior college:

“Make it a team thing; don’t make it about you. Even though you might be a featured player, do everything you can to help the team and make everyone around you better.”

 

On Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley’s system:

“Playing in the offense at a less-fortunate team at New Mexico, we did a lot of explosive things. With the personnel we have here and the talent we have here, I think [Offensive Coordinator Mike] Locksley can go deep into the playbook and we can run it.”

 

Quarterback Ricardo Young

On spring football:

“I just want to use this spring to make my team a lot better. We’ve got a lot of young receivers, a lot of good receivers. I want to use this spring to take the time to get them acquainted – actually, to take the time and get myself back acquainted. I feel like I’m a veteran at this now. It should be a good showing from me and we’re just trying to get the team to where we’re going.”

 

On what he brings to the team:

“I want to bring a leadership role as a quarterback. I’m a guy that’s always going to be in the film room, always diligent in my work. I’m a guy that’s going to go out and try to get it done for you every day. I bring nothing less than 110 percent every day.”

 

On his relationship with the wide receivers:

“Me, Deon [Long], Stefon [Diggs], Nigel [King] — a lot of those guys that are veterans and have been in it, we have a great rapport. We go out there every single day, and I’m on them every day about being crisp in rotations and route running and sticking and stacking DBs. I’m just really on them about getting in the film room and staying on their course work, and really staying in the game every single day to show nothing less than 110 percent effort. We have a really great rapport. I think that’ll help us a lot when it comes to connecting on certain routes and certain things that we should be on point at.”

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Petty takes over at QB as Terps host Georgia Tech Saturday

Posted on 02 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland returns to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium for its second-to-last home game of the 2012 season when it plays host to Georgia Tech Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Terps are coming off a pair of close losses and have played in close games throughout the year. Maryland’s average margin of victory is 5.5 and its average margin of defeat is just 4.5. The series with Georgia Tech has also been close in recent history – five of the last seven games in the series have been decided by five points or less. Last year, the Yellow Jackets claimed a 21-16 victory in Atlanta.

First-and-10

• The Terps are in what seems to be uncharted territory at the quarterback position. Four Maryland QBs have suffered season-ending injuries this year: C.J. Brown was lost in August with a torn ACL; Perry Hills was lost in the NC State game with a torn ACL;Devin Burns was lost after replacing Hills in the NC State game with a Lisfranc (foot); and Caleb Rowe was lost for the year after suffering a torn ACL in the Boston College game. An inquiry among FBS media relations contacts turned up no results of any school having a similar injury situation at quarterback this season or in the past.

• Against Georgia Tech, true freshman Shawn Petty will take the reins at QB. Petty starred on both sides of the ball and was an All-Met selection at Eleanor Roosevelt HS in Greenbelt, Md. As a quarterback, he threw for 1300 yards and 15 TDs, and ran for 550 yards and 10 TDs. Fellow true freshman Brian McMahon, a tight end, will back up Petty. McMahon also played QB in high school. When Petty starts, Maryland will become one of seven schools to have started three different players at quarterback this season (also Southern Miss – 4; and Colorado State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tulane and Utah – 3).

• Despite the injuries and the fact that the Terps have relied on mostly young players – the 14 true freshmen Maryland has played are tied for the fifth most in the FBS – they are two wins away from bowl eligibility. That’s in large part due to a defense which has ranked among the nation’s best throughout the season.

• The Terps rank seventh nationally in total defense (289.3 ypg), fourth in rushing defense (77.6 ypg) and 40th in passing defense (211.6 ypg). Maryland has held its last two opponents under 50 rushing yards: NC State totaled just 40 yards on 26 attempts (1.5 yards per carry) and Boston College had just 8 yards on 27 attempts (0.3 yards per carry). Maryland has an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebackerDemetrius Hartsfield. Those three have played a big role in holding opponents to an average of just 2.31 yards per rush, which ranks third nationally behind Alabama and Stanford. Adding to Maryland’s strength up front are senior linebackersKenneth Tate and Darin Drakeford.

• Maryland’s 7.6 tackles for loss per game are tied for 10th in the FBS and its 3.0 sacks per game are tied for 12th. Vellano leads the ACC and is tied for ninth nationally with 1.75 tackles for loss per game. He was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after recording five tackles and 2.5 sacks, along with a forced fumble against Boston College. Drakeford, meanwhile, has 8.0 TFLs and Hartsfield has 7.0.

• Offensively and on special teams, wide receiver Stefon Diggs continues to be Maryland’s most dynamic playmaker. Against Virginia, the freshman returned the game’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and last week vs. BC he had a career-high 11 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown. Over the last five games he’s averaging 104.0 receiving yards per game, while his 169.3 all-purpose yards per game this season rank second in the ACC and ninth nationally. Diggs has earned ACC weekly honors four times this season: he received Rookie of the Week honors against West Virginia, Wake Forest and Boston College; and Specialist of the Week honors against Virginia.

Quick Hitters

• Maryland has lost seven players to season-ending injuries this year, four of which are quarterbacks. QB C.J. Brown (knee), QB Devin Burns (foot), QB Perry Hills (knee), PK/P Nick Ferrara (hip), WR Marcus Leak (toe), DL Andre Monroe (knee) and QB Caleb Rowe (knee) have all been lost for the year.

• Stefon Diggs has earned ACC Player of the Week honors four times this year. Diggs won Rookie of the Week for his play against West Virginia (9/22), Wake Forest (10/6) and Boston College (10/27), and Specialist of the Week against Virginia (10/13). Additionally, a defensive player has captured weekly honors in three of the past four weeks: Demetrius Hartsfieldearned Linebacker of the Week for his play against Wake Forest (10/6), and Darin Drakeford received the award against Virginia (10/13). Joe Vellano was named Defensive Lineman of the week for his play against Boston College (10/27).

• Diggs ranks fourth in the conference and first among freshmen with 83.2 receiving yards per game. Diggs, who has 38 catches for 666 yards, already ranks 16th on Maryland’s single-season receiving yards list (see list page 6).

• Diggs is the only Maryland freshman to record back-to-back 100-yard receiving games (vs. West Virginia and Wake Forest) since at least 1985, the earliest game-by-game statistics were recorded at the school.

• Maryland allowed Wake Forest to complete just 32.4 percent of its passes (13 of 38). That is the lowest percentage by an opponent with at least 30 passing attempts since Duke went 13 of 42 (30.9%) on Nov. 14, 1998.

• Joe Vellano’s father, Paul Vellano, was inducted into the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 5. The elder Vellano was a first team All-American in 1973, while Joe was a second team All-American in 2011. The father-son combo represent one of four known father-son All-America combos to attend the same FBS school (also Lee and Travis McGriff at Florida; Kevin and Drew Butler at Georgia; Archie and Eli Manning at Ole Miss).

• Fourteen players saw their first career action for Maryland against William & Mary, and 25 players have seen their first career action for Maryland at some point this season (14 true freshmen, eight redshirt freshmen, two juniors, one senior).

• The Terps are holding opponents to 2.31 yards per carry, which ranks third nationally. Of the opponents’ 269 rushing attempts this season, 186 (69.1%) have been for three yards or less (28 of 41 vs. William & Mary; 28 of 39 vs. Temple; 25 of 40 vs. Connecticut; 20 of 25 vs. West Virginia; 21 of 29 vs. Wake Forest; 25 of 42 vs. Virginia; 18 of 26 vs. NC State; 21 of 27 vs. Boston College).

• Demetrius Hartsfield leads the team with 69 tackles and is just outside Maryland’s top 15 with 329 in his career. He needs two stops to pass Kevin Walker for 15th on Maryland’s career tackles chart.

• The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In seven games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 31:43 to 28:17 for the opponent. That’s a major upgrade compared to 2011, when Maryland averaged just 25:16 a game to 34:44 for the opponent.

• Head coach Randy Edsall hands out game balls for each win. Most recently, Darin Drakeford received the defensive game ball and Stefon Diggs got the special teams game ball for the win over Virginia (see complete list, page 6).

• Against William & Mary, Perry Hills became the first true freshman starter at quarterback for Maryland since Latrez Harrison in 1999. He also became the first freshman to start a season opener since redshirt freshman Calvin McCall on Sept. 2, 1999, in a 6-0 win over Temple.

• Nine bowl teams from last year appear on Maryland’s 2012 schedule: Temple (Gildan New Mexico Bowl), West Virginia (Discover Orange Bowl), Wake Forest (Franklin American Mortgage Music City), Virginia (Chick-fil-A Bowl), NC State (Belk Bowl), Georgia Tech (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Clemson (Discover Orange Bowl), Florida State (Champs Sports Bowl) and UNC (AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl).


Maryland-Georgia Tech Series History

• Georgia Tech owns a 14-6 advantage in the all-time series, and has taken four of the last five from Maryland.

• The Yellow Jackets joined the ACC in 1983 and the teams first met in 1988. They played each other for 17 straight seasons (1988-04) before league expansion necessitated a rotating schedule.

• Five of the last seven games in the series have been decided by five points or less. Last year, the Yellow Jackets claimed a 21-16 victory in Atlanta. C.J. Brown rallied the Terps from a 21-3 halftime deficit with a 77-yard touchdown run and Davin Meggett cut the lead to five with a 1-yard TD run, but the Terps would get no closer.

• Maryland’s win in 2007, the last meeting between the teams in College Park, snapped a three-game Georgia Tech winning streak. In his first career start, Chris Turner threw for 255 yards, and Lance Ball ran for three touchdowns as Maryland held on for a 28-26 victory over Georgia Tech. Travis Bell sent a 52-yard field goal attempt wide right with 54 seconds remaining.

• Georgia Tech edged Maryland 27-23 in a 2006 thriller in Atlanta. The Terps had the ball at the Yellow
Jacket 7-yard line with only seconds remaining, but were stopped shy of the winning score.

• Maryland’s Lance Ball and Tech’s Tashard Choice had 116 and 138 rushing yards, respectively, in that game, as the two dueled it out on the ground. The Yellow Jackets’ Calvin Johnson had 133 yards receiving and Terrapin wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey had 111 to provide Maryland’s yards through the air.

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Terps WR Boykins out again Saturday, likely out for season

Posted on 01 November 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Georgia Tech

Position

Name

Injury

Status

QB C.J. Brown Knee Out for the season
QB Devin Burns Foot Out for the season
PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip Out for the season
QB Perry Hills Knee Out for the season
WR Marcus Leak Toe Out for the season
DL Andre Monroe Knee Out for the season
QB Caleb Rowe Knee Out for the season
WR Kerry Boykins Hip/Groin Out
OL Bennett Fulper Foot Questionable
DL Justin Anderson Ankle Probable
OL De’Onte Arnett Ankle Probable
RB Wes Brown Shoulder Probable
TE Devonte Campbell Knee Probable
OL Sal Conaboy Ankle Probable
DB Sean Davis Hip Probable
WR Kevin Dorsey Knee Probable
LB Cole Farrand Wrist Probable
DL A.J. Francis Shoulder Probable
OL Justin Gilbert Knee Probable
OL Nick Klemm Knee Probable
DB Matt Robinson Hip Probable
TE Ryan Schlothauer Knee Probable
TE David Stinebaugh Back Probable
LB Kenneth Tate Knee Probable
LB Alex Twine Neck Probable
DL Joe Vellano Foot Probable

Filed: 11/1/12

 

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