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Farrand totals 23 tackles for Terps in loss

Posted on 27 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland vs. No. 9 Clemson

No. 9 Clemson 40, Maryland 27

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Kicking It Off: Maryland falls to 5-3 on the season and 1-3 in the ACC following a 40-27 defeat to ninth-ranked Clemson. The Tigers improved to 7-1 and 4-2 in the ACC with the victory. The Tigers now lead the all-time series 34-26-2 and have won four straight in the series.

 

Big Play: Quarterback Caleb Rowe’s 71-yard touchdown completion to wide receiver Levern Jacobs is Maryland’s longest scoring play of the season and a career-long reception for the wide out. It is the second consecutive week Rowe hooked up with Jacobs for a touchdown over 50 yards. Last week at Wake Forest, Rowe found Jacobs over the middle for a 56-yard catch-and-run for a score.

 

Steady Craddock: Place kicker Brad Craddock entered today’s contest averaging 1.86 field goals per game. Craddock connected on two 41-yard field goals and is now 15-for-18 this season and has only one miss from under 50 yards. Craddock’s 15 made field goals are the 20th-highest single-season total in school history and his .833 field goal percentage currently ranks fourth for a single season.

 

Career Day for Levern: Wide receiver Levern Jacobs caught a career-high eight passes for a personal-best 158 yards. Jacobs’ 158 receiving yards is the second-highest single-game total this season. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs had 179 yards against Old Dominion onSept. 7.

 

Redzone D: Entering today’s game, Maryland’s defense had surrendered 15 touchdowns on 24 redzone opportunities, a 62.5 percent conversion rate, which was the second-best in the ACC trailing only Miami (53.8). Against the Tigers, Maryland held Clemson to three touchdowns on seven redzone opportunities including holding the Tigers three field goals on four redzone trips in the first half.

 

In on the Play: Linebacker Cole Farrand totaled a career-high 13 tackles in the first half and finished with 23 total tackles. Since the 1998 season, no Maryland player has totaled more with Joe Vellano being the last Maryland player to total 20 or more tackles in a game. He had 20 at Georgia Tech on Oct. 8, 2011.

 

Three Takeaways: After totaling 13 takeaways in the first four games of the season, the Terrapin defense added three turnovers to the total on Saturday. Maryland forced and recovered two fumbles and intercepted Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd once. Linebacker Matt Robinson recovered and forced a fumble, defensive lineman Darius Kilgo recovered another. Defensive back Isaac Goins picked off Boyd in the fourth quarter marking his second career interception. The Terps have seven fumble recoveries and nine interceptions this season.

 

Offensive Notes: Running back Albert Reid averaged 4.7 yards per carry finishing with a career-best 70 yards on 15 carries … wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo caught his first career touchdown pass and totaling three catches for 26 yards … wide receiver Nigel King had a career-high five receptions for a personal-best 76 yards and a touchdown, his second of the season.

 

Defensive Notes: Linebacker Abner Logan finished second on the team with a personal-best 15 tackles, seven solo … defensive backIsaac Goins tied a career high with nine tackles and added two pass breakups and one interception … linebacker Marcus Whitfieldincreased his team-leading sack total to 7.5 with one sack on Saturday and finished with a career-high seven tackles … linebackersYannick Ngakoue and Shawn Petty both recorded their first career sacks.

 

– Maryland –

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Maryland welcomes Clemson to College Park for Homecoming Saturday

Posted on 25 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team welcomes ninth-ranked Clemson to College Park on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium as the Terps celebrate homecoming and look to earn their second conference victory of the season. Maryland is coming off a 34-10 loss in Winston-Salem to Wake Forest.

LIVE Coverage on the ESPN & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. Mike Patrick (pbp), Ed Cunningham (color) and Jeannine Edwards (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 85 and XM Radio Channel 85, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• The Terps totaled 383 yards of total offense against the Demon Deacons, but were undone by three turnovers that turned into 14 Wake Forest points. Quarterback Caleb Rowe entered in the second half and threw for 207 yards and a touchdown. The scoring strike was a 56-yard, catch-and-run to wide receiver Levern Jacobs to cap a two-play, 73-yard drive that lasted 36 seconds, the offenses’ fastest scoring drive of the season. It was Maryland’s second-longest scoring play of the season and Jacobs’ first career touchdown reception.

• Jacobs led all receivers with a career-best 78 yards. Redshirt freshman Amba Etta-Tawo pulled in a personal-best six catches for a career-high 69 yards. The Terps’ top-two receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, finished with 67 yards receiving and 43 yards receiving, respectively, but suffered season-ending leg injuries in the process.

• Playing without seven regular defensive contributors on Saturday, the Terrapin defense continued to be stout against the run and held Wake Forest to 47 yards rushing, the second-lowest total by an opponent this season, and recorded seven tackles for loss. The Terps are averaging 7.7 TFL per game, which ranks 15th nationally.

• Linebacker Marcus Whitfield led the Terps with one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. On the season, Whitfield has 6.5 sacks, which ranks fourth in the ACC, and as a team, Maryland has totaled 19 sacks, the fifth-highest total in the league. With 1.5 TFL, Whitfield now has 9.5 on the season for 89 yards. The 89 yards lost is the sixth-highest for a single-season in school history. Randy White holds the school record with 122 yards lost on 24 TFL in 1974.

• Defensive back William Likely finished with a team-best eight tackles and broke up one pass. Likely now has three pass breakups on the season and is tied with defensive back A.J. Hendy for second on the team with three passes defensed. Defensive back Sean Davis added seven tackles, while linebacker Cole Farrand had five tackles, all of which were solo. The Terps were playing without leading tackler linebacker L.A. Goree. The junior has totaled a team-best 46 tackles and has four TFL, including one sack.

• Place kicker Brad Craddock continues to be a bright spot for the Terps. Despite missing his first field goal under 50 yards, Craddock added to his season total with a kick from 23 yards out. The sophomore now has an ACC-leading 13 field goals this season and ranks second with a 1.86 field goals per game average. He is 13-for-16 on the season to rank sixth in the conference with a 81.2 percent conversion rate. Craddock has made at least one field goal in seven of the last eight games dating back to last season.

• Likely continues to pose a threat returning kickoffs for the Terps. On Saturday, the freshman averaged 30 yards on two returns and is now averaging 28.8 yards per kickoff return. Combined with Diggs’ 111 kickoff return yards, the Terps totaled 171 yards on kickoffs, the second-highest single-game total in the ACC in 2013.

• Likely ranks second in the ACC and 14th nationally averaging 28.8 yards per return. His yards per return average ranks ahead of Diggs (28.52), who set a Maryland single-season record for freshman in 2012 and placed second all-time. Likely’s season long kick return is 45 yards, which he set against Connecticut (Sept. 14) and ranks as the sixth-longest return in the ACC this season.


Quick Hitters From Wake Forest

• On Saturday, Maryland started a season-high 14 underclassmen (11 sophomores, two redshirt freshmen and one freshman). Since 1999, that total is tied for the most by a Maryland team. Last season, the Terps started 14 underclassmen at North Carolina (Nov. 24, 2012) and against Wake Forest (Oct. 6, 2012).

• Seven different Terps recorded a tackle for a loss on Saturday led by linebacker Marcus Whitfield with 1.5. As a team, Maryland finished with seven TFL to increase its season total to 54 and is averaging 7.7 per game, which ranks 15th nationally.

• Maryland’s 7.7 TFL average is the highest for a Terrapin defense since 2001. That season, the Terps averaged 9.2 per game.

• For the season, Whitfield has a team-best 9.5 TFL, which is tied for fourth in the ACC, for 89 yards, which is the sixth-highest single-season total in school history and is the most since Mark Duda totaled 94 TFL yards in 1982.

• Whitfield also added to his season total in sacks. By dropping quarterback Tanner Price for a loss of 22 yards, Whitfield increased his season mark to 6.5 sacks, the fourth-best total in the ACC. Whitfield is 1.5 sacks shy of cracking the top-15 all-time for a single season at Maryland.

• The Terps held Wake Forest to 47 yards rushing. It is the third time this season Maryland has held an opponent under 100 yards rushing (FIU, 91; UConn, 25). The Terps rank second in the ACC and 27th nationally against the run (123.7 ypg).

• With one pass broken up at Wake Forest, freshman William Likely leads the team with three on the season. Likely is tied with defensive back A.J. Hendy for for second on the team with three passes defended, a total that is tied for 18th in the ACC.

• Wide receiver Stefon Diggs totaled 178 all-purpose yards against Wake Forest. Diggs finished with 111 kick return yards and 67 yards receiving. For his career, Diggs has 2,808 all-purpose yards ranking him 15th all-time in school history and fifth among active players in the ACC.

• This season, Diggs averaged 16.58 all-purpose yards per play, the 18th-best single-season average in school history.

• Diggs and wide receiver Deon Long averaged 8.38 yards per catch (8 rec., 67 yards) and 10.75 yards per catch (4 rec., 43 yards), respectively, against Wake Forest. Among active receivers in the ACC with a minimum of 30 career receptions, Diggs ranks fifth averaging 16.3 yards per catch, while Long ranks ninth averaging 15.3 yards per catch.

• The Terps and Florida State (3) are the only two schools in the conference with two or more receivers among the top-10 in active career leaders in yards per reception.


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), defensive lineman Malik Jones (defense), and running back Carl Buchholz (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Running back Albert Reid will carry the American flag, and defensive linemane Andre Monroe 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 Clemson game are running back Kenneth Goins, Jr. (offense), defensive lineman Darius Kilgo (defense), and linebacker Abner Logan (special teams).


Maryland-Clemson Series History

• Saturday’s matchup between the Terps and Tigers is the 62nd all-time meeting between the two schools. Clemson leads the all-time series 33-26-2 with the Tigers winning the last three meetings.

• The Terps have won 12 of the 27 matchups at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium with its last victory coming in 2009. The Tigers won 56-45 in 2011, the last game in College Park.

• Maryland is 4-6 in its last 10 games against Clemson. The Tigers won last season’s meeting in Death Valley, 45-10.


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.

-Maryland-

 

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Ross has big day for Terps in win

Posted on 13 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland vs. Virginia

Maryland 27, Virginia 26

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Maryland hopes to bounce back Saturday against Virginia

Posted on 11 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team returns to College Park for its ACC home opener on Saturday as the Terps play host to Virginia for 78th time in school history, the most among any opponent all-time. Kickoff is set for 3:32 p.m. from Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The Terps suffered their first loss of the season in Tallahassee on Saturday falling 63-0 to the sixth-ranked Florida State Seminoles. Despite the loss, Maryland’s four wins through five games marks the team’s best start since 2010 when the Terps also opened the season 4-1. That year, Maryland finished 9-4 and earned a spot in the Military Bowl.

LIVE Coverage on the 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 135 and XM Radio Channel 191, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• On Saturday, quarterback Caleb Rowe filled in admirably after starter C.J. Brown departed in the second quarter with a concussion. Rowe completed nine of his 17 pass attempts for 119 yards. The sophomore averaged 17.0 yards per completion and found wide receiver Nigel King for his long completion of the afternoon, a 26 yarder. Prior to his injury, Brown completed 6-of-14 passes for 82 yards including a 39-yard completion to wide receiver Deon Long. Brown, Rowe and the Maryland offense continued a season trend of attacking defenses downfield. Maryland’s average completion went for 13.4 yards and on the season the Terps are averaging 14.98 yards per completion, the 12th-highest total nationally.

• Long was the Terps’ top target against the Seminoles. The junior-college transfer hauled in three passes for a team-high 77 yards and was targeted multiple times down the field. Long was among eight different Terrapin receivers to catch a pass on Saturday. King and running back Brandon Ross each caught three passes for 46 and 17 yards, respectively. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who is averaging 21.2 yards per catch this season, caught two passes for 24 yards. Amongst receivers with 20 or more receptions, Diggs’ yards per catch average ranks fourth nationally and is on pace to set a sophomore season record (19.17 ypc) for Maryland and currently ranks as the second-highest single-season average all-time.

• Through the first four games of the season defensively, the Terps averaged 4.25 sacks per game and led the nation with 17 total sacks. On Saturday, the Terps added to that total as defensive lineman Andre Monroe recorded one sack against the Seminoles raising his season total to 3.5. Maryland now has three players with 3.0 sacks or more on the season. Linebacker Marcus Whitfield leads the group with 5.5 sacks. After Monroe’s 3.5, fellow linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil has 3.0. In addition to his sack of Florida State quarterback, Jameis Winston, Monroe was a consistent presence in the Seminoles’ backfield totaling a game-high three tackles for loss, increasing his season total to six. The Terps still rank as one of the nation’s top 25 defenses. Maryland is surrendering 333.8 yards per game, which ranks fifth in the ACC and 22nd nationally.

• Defensive backs Sean Davis and Anthony Nixon were the team’s top tacklers on Saturday. Davis finished with a career-best 12, nine of which were solo, while Nixon had a career-high 10 tackles. Linebacker Matt Robinson had seven solo tackles and one pass breakup. Robinson and linebacker L.A. Goree lead the Terps with 31 tackles on the season. Robinson has a team-best 21 solo tackles.

• Folliowing in the footsteps of Diggs from last season, defensive back William Likely has proven to be a dynamic threat on kickoffs for the Terps. Likely fielded four kicks for 73 yards on Saturday with the Seminoles choosing to kick away from the freshman on several occasions. Likely is averaging 28.6 yards per return, which ranks second in the ACC and 19th nationally. Likely’s average is threatening the Maryland record books. His 28.6 average currently ranks second for a single season all-time and would break Diggs’s freshman record of 28.52 yards per return.


Quick Hitters

• Despite being held scoreless at Florida State on Saturday, the Terps’ offense is still on pace to rank as one of the best in school history. The unit has totaled 2,228 yards of total offense through five games and scored 159 points. Since the 2000 season, no Maryland team has totaled more offensive yards through five contests and its point total is tied for the second most during that span. The 2001 Terrapins scored 173 points in five games and the 2010 team scored 159 as well.

• With a sack against Florida State, defensive lineman Andre Monroe increased his season total to 3.5 and raised Maryland’s total to 18. Maryland is tied for third in the ACC in sacks, fourth nationally, and is the only team in the ACC and one of three teams in the country with three players with three or more sacks (Louisville, USC). Linebacker Marcus Whitfield is third in the ACC and tied for seventh nationally with 5.5, and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil has 3.0.

• In addition to its ability to get after the quarterback, Maryland’s defense has totaled 39 tackles for loss averaging 7.8 per game, which is tied for fourth in the ACC and tied for 13th nationally. The Terps recorded four TFL for 17 yards on Saturday led by Monroe’s three for 15 yards. Whitfield leads the team with 6.5. E.J. Henderson holds the school record with 28 during the 2001 season.

• Maryland still ranks as one of the best teams in the country in third-down defense ranking 19th nationally holding opponents to a 34.7 percent success rate and has forced 28 three-and-outs. The Terps are averaging 5.6 three-and-outs per game, which is tied for 15th nationally and has forced the opposing offense off the field in three plays or less in 40.0 percent of its defensive possessions, which is tied for the 16th-highest percentage nationally.

• Quarterbacks C.J. Brown and Caleb Rowe combined to complete 15 passes for an average of 13.4 yards per completion on Saturday. On the season, the Terps are averaging 14.98 yards per completion, which ranks fifth in the ACC and 12th nationally. Brown ranks fifth in the conference and ninth nationally averaging 15.63 yards per completion, which is on pace to set a school record.

• Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been the Terps’ primary downfield threat. Diggs is tied with Pittsburgh’s Devin Street averaging a league-high 21.2 yards per catch and for his career is averaging 17.2 yards per reception, the second-highest average among active players in the ACC with a minimum of 30 receptions. In addition, his 21.2 yards per catch average is tied for the fourth highest nationally among receivers with 20 or more catches.

• With 236 yards of total offense against West Virginia (9/21), Brown passed Al Neville (2,734) for 22nd all-time for total offensive yards in a career in Maryland history. Brown currently has 2,839 yards of total offense in his career and trails Scott Zolak (2,875) by 36 yards for 21st all-time. Brown ranks third in the ACC with 282.2 yards of total offense per game.

• On Saturday, the Terrapin quarterbacks spread the ball to eight different receivers, the second-highest total of the season. Against FIU (8/31), nine different receivers caught a pass. The Terps are averaging seven different pass-catching targets per game with wide receiver Deon Long averaging a team-best 4.8 receptions per game.

• Through five games Maryland’s special teams have been solid, particularly on kickoffs. The Terps are averaging 24.31 yards per return, the second best average in the ACC and 27th nationally. On coverage, the Terps rank fourth in the ACC and 23rd nationally giving up 18.54 yards per return.

• Defensive back William Likely has been the team’s standout kick returner so far this season. After wide receiver Stefon Diggs set a school record for a freshman averaging 28.52 yards per return in 2012, the second-best single-season average in school history, Likely is averaging 28.6 yards per return. His average ranks second in the ACC and 19th nationally.

• The Terps have made their mark in the first half so far this season. Maryland has outscored its first four opponents 114-44 in the opening two quarters. The Terps have been particularly strong in the second quarter outscoring five opponents, 70-24.

• Through five games, Maryland is one of the least penalized teams in the country. The Terps are averaging 3.60 penalties a game, a mark that is tied for eighth nationally. Its 18 total penalties have cost Maryland 158 yards, an average of 31.6 yards per game, an average that is the ninth lowest 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 offensive lineman G.T. Harraka (offense), linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. (defense), and defensive back Michael Washington (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Running back Albert Reid will carry the American flag, and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil 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 Virginia game are offensive lineman Sal Conaboy (offense), linebacker L.A. Goree (defense), and defensive back Zach Dancel (special teams).


Maryland-Virginia Series History

• Saturday’s meeting between Maryland and Virginia is the 78th all-time meeting between the two schools, the most of any Terrapin opponent, with the first meeting coming in 1919. The Terps lead the all-time series 43-32-2, and are 20-13-2 at home against the Cavaliers.

• Maryland has won two of the last three meetings between the border rivals including last year’s matchup in Charlottesville, 27-20.

• The Cavs have won the past three meetings in College Park with the Terps last win coming in 2005, a 45-33 victory.

 

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Edsall says Hills out of running for backup QB job

Posted on 20 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

On the No. 2 quarterback position on the depth chart:

“Right now, we’re in a situation where it’s still an “or” situation.  Nobody really separated themselves. It’s really Caleb [Rowe] and Ricardo [Young]. Perry’s [Hills] probably down. I think Perry’s still coming back a little bit from that knee injury. That’s where we are, but anything can change. I’m waiting for somebody to step up.  If not, we’ll just make a week-to-week decision or situation-to-situation decision.”

 

On the right tackle position:

Once we get into game week and we have to put out a two-deep we will, but we looked like we’ve got some guys who can settle in there. We had Mike Madaras at left [tackle], De’Onte Arnett at left guard, Sal [Conaboy] at center, Mike Dunn at right guard and Ryan Doyle at right tackle. That’s pretty much how I think that will be; we just hope not to get any injuries.”

 

On positional changes:

“Just Derrick [Hayward], that’s it. That’s a concern for me right now. I’ve got to make sure we keep them healthy as we get to the game because offensively we’re banged up a little bit. Too many guys with some bumps, bruises and nicks and hopefully we get some of those guys back next week as we get into preparation for Florida International. I think we’re pretty good on defense in terms of where we are from an injury standpoint. It is concerning to me from an offensive standpoint, where we’re a little bit thin, but like I said I think we’ll be getting some of those guys back real shortly. We’ll get them back and that will make us a little healthier and stronger.”

 

On wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ development as a leader:

“I think he’s really stepping up more as a leader. That’s the one thing I challenged him with is that he needs to be more of a leader, not only by example, but also being vocal. I think he understand what his role is and what he needs to do. He is stepping up and doing it, and he’s getting better at it each and every day. It’s good to see that development take place.”

 

On the right guard position:

“My whole thing with the offensive line has always been, let me find my five best guys and find the guys that I felt that the group was the best with what we have. Andrew’s [Zeller] got some things that he knows he’s got to work on. Right now, he’d be our third guard. I just like the way that Michael Dunn has been playing. When you sit there and assess and evaluate your talent and you see that you might have say three tackles that you feel really good about then what you have to is, or at least what I do is, look at your guard situation and say is one of those tackles better than one of the guards you have. We put Michael in there and watched him and liked what we saw and then had him get out in the scrimmage and I thought he did well. We just feel like that puts our five best guys out there. We’re a little thin there so we’re going to have some guys back up both sides probably.”

 

On kicker Brad Craddock’s development:

“He’s been like a tease to us a little bit. He comes out here and one day he’s not as you’d like and then he comes out the next day and hits everything, and it’s like, that wasn’t the same guy as the day before. That’s the thing; I’m trying to figure out what to do to make him more consistent. He’s got the leg, just like Adam [Greene]. Adam’s been the same way. They have the tools and now what we’ve got to do is figure out if we’ve got to do something from a mental standpoint and that’s something we’re working out every single day. I know they’ve got the ability, we’ve just got to do whatever we can to help them be consistent.”

 

On quarterback C.J. Brown’s camp:

“I think C.J.’s had a very good camp. I think he’s throwing the best ball that he has since I’ve been here. He’s worked extremely hard at it. He’s doing a good job from a leadership standpoint. He’s moving well and showing no ill effects [from his injury].”

 

On linebacker L.A. Goree’s camp:

“I think L.A. has gotten better. I think he’s playing with more confidence now than what he did before. I think he understands the system and what his job is and he’s going out and executing.”

 

On defensive back Will Likely’s ability as a cornerback:

“Yeah, or we wouldn’t have recruited him. Will’s a competitor; Will plays bigger than his size. That’s where you really appreciate guys like Will because I think he understands what his strengths and what his weaknesses are and so he always tries to put himself in a position of strength. He’s got as much football savvy that I’ve been around as a freshman maybe ever. I just like the way he competes and how he understands everything and how he works. If we told him he had to guard a 6’10’’ guy, he’d find a way to guard him. He’d find a way to do what he had to do and that’s the thing that I think makes him so successful. For a young guy, he plays with an extreme amount of confidence, which sometimes is hard to find.”

 

On the position battle at safety between A.J. Hendy and Sean Davis:

“Right now, we have Sean with the No. 1’s, but that one was as close as you can probably get. That’s what we told the kids. It was close. Sean knows that he’s got to perform each day. A.J. has practiced very hard, he has before too. Yesterday is always a tough day because when make these decisions and when you sit down and talk to the players… They bust their butts and they give a lot of effort. This is a hard game. There’s a lot that goes into it and when you sit down and tell them the other guy’s going to be starting, they’re disappointed and down a little bit. You tell them, now the competitors got to come out because they’re one play away. As I told A.J., you’re a starter on this football team. He’s starting for us on dime and special teams. We had to get these guys to understand how important special teams are because I think we’ve got enough talent to be pretty special on special teams. Our punters and kickers have got to do their jobs, but that’s what you want. You want that ongoing competition because the guy who is starter knows that during the season I’ve got to go out and perform well because if I start to make mistakes there are other guys who can step in. It helps to keep that focus and intensity going in practice.”

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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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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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The 15-7-0 has boarded up windows and filled the tub with water

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The 15-7-0 has boarded up windows and filled the tub with water

Posted on 29 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

As always, this week’s 15-7-0 is brought to you by Roofing By Elite. Visit them at roofingbyelite.com. We make 15 observations about football that are ELITE, 7 that are “not so ELITE” and one “zero” who deserves to sleep on the roof from outside of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens game analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

Here we go.

“The ELITE 15″…

1. I will admit I couldn’t have possibly seen the season changing so drastically for Navy over the last month.

Navy crushed East Carolina, meaning that the same Mids team that was 1-3 at the end of September is now 5-3 at the end of October. Unreal. We could watch the highlights of the thrashing (which are awesome), or we could watch the even more awesome weekly Navy motivational video.

You won’t regret this decision.

2. Do you play for the New England Patriots? I’ll just go ahead and assume you scored like 70 fantasy points Sunday.

Do you really not love Rob Gronkowski? Even after “The Changing of the Guard”…

AND “Spike the Mic”?

It sounds to me like you’re just a square.

(I will admit that “The Wiggle” didn’t do all that much for me. I’ll assume he was trying to honor his friends from the late, great LMFAO.)

Also, the St. Louis Rams went along for the trip to London. I’m sure it was nice.

3. Ryan Chell picked up Titus Young in fantasy football last week. He doesn’t do much right, but he deserves a nod for that.

Good for him. I also picked up Ryan Broyles in all of my leagues, who was a nice pickup too. Sadly I left Ryan Broyles on my bench in every league and also lost in every league.

But it wasn’t because Marshawn Lynch didn’t try to help me…

4. Dear Notre Dame, we’re sorry. Love, the many Notre Dame haters much like me.

There’s so much to take in from this one. For example, I feel like Lee Corso and the dude from Kings of Leon shooting guns are the EXACT reason why SB Nation started making GIF’s…

Also from Gameday, Deadspin’s favorite sign was this one…

They at least admitted to the underrated nature of this one.

Oh. And then there was the game, where Notre Dame held on (and piled on) to stun the Sooners on the road. Manti Te’o helped finish it off with a late interception, both making a Heisman Trophy statement and reminding us all why WE BADLY WANT HIM TO PLAY FOR THE BALTIMORE RAVENS NEXT YEAR…

Need more? Ask Landry Jones…

5. Oregon beat the tar out of some DIII school Colorado.

The Ducks absolutely CRUSHED the Buffaloes, who I can only assume avoided relegation to the UFL because the league folded. At one point I thought De’Anthony Thomas was going to be flagged for “unsportsmanlike conduct” because this was just absolutely unfair…

Elsewhere in the Pac-12, I’m pretty sure Marquis Lee and I didn’t think this was going to happen…

So did Matt Barkley come back to school because he always wondered what it would be like to play in the Las Vegas Bowl?

Fans in Tucson seemed to be pretty excited about the whole thing…

(#6-10 on Page 2…)

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Maryland loses QB Rowe for season to torn ACL

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Maryland loses QB Rowe for season to torn ACL

Posted on 28 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Caleb Rowe out for the Season

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall on Sunday announced that starting quarterback Caleb Rowe has suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the season.

Rowe, a freshman who started his first game of season, suffered the injury during Saturday’s game against Boston College.

“I feel awful for Caleb. I know how excited he was to get his opportunity to be the quarterback of this team,” Edsall said. “Caleb has a bright future ahead of him and we will do everything we can to support him through the rehab process.”

Rowe made his collegiate debut, coming off the bench in the fourth quarter against NC State to lead the Terrapins on a three-play 61-yard drive. On the drive he completed both of his passes for 50 yards and had an 11-yard run.

In his first start, Rowe went 23 of 42 for 240 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He became the first Maryland QB with 40 pass attempts in a game since C.J. Brown vs. Wake Forest on Nov. 19, 2011.

Rowe was just the fourth true freshman quarterback, and second during the 2012 season, to start for Maryland in school history. He also became the sixth true freshmen to start on either offense or defense for the Terrapins this season.

(Note: Freshman LB Shawn Petty is likely to become Maryland’s starting QB moving forward. Petty played both positions at Eleanor Roosevelt High School.)

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