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Edsall expects Rowe to learn from struggles in loss at BC

Posted on 27 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Postgame Quotes

Boston College 20, Maryland 17

Head Coach Randy Eds.

On lost opportunities to win the game:

“We had our opportunities to win and we couldn’t make a play when we needed to make a play here at the end. It’s very disappointing, but again, it’s one of those things that our kids played hard, competed, put themselves in a position to win the game and then couldn’t come up with the one play that we needed to make. We had opportunities, offensively, defensively and on special teams.”

On the defense’s play:

“Our defense played great the whole game and really kept us in the game until we got going offensively. [BC] doesn’t have a third-down conversion the whole game, until that last drive. We blew a coverage there at the end, which was unfortunate. Offensively, we didn’t take advantage of the field position that we had throughout the game.”

On freshman QB Caleb Rowe:

“I thought Caleb did a good job. I thought he competed. You can see the inexperience a little bit. A couple of times, he could have hung in the pocket a little bit more. Two of the picks he had, he was trying to do too much. Take a sack on the first one. On the second one, just run out of bounds, in terms of where we were. And he’ll get better for this and he’ll learn from it.”

On the loss:

“I feel for the kids, I really do. I wanted them to win so badly because they are doing all the things that we are asking them to do and playing their hearts out. We’ve got to get them to play a little bit smarter. When they got in some of these situations, they need to believe even more in themselves. That is what is so frustrating and disheartening for me. We’re just not getting those wins for these kids in terms of the effort that we are getting from them.”

On BC’s game-winning drive:

“We had some pressure in there. We had one that opened wide open and [Darin Drakeford] was just a hair second late getting there. We were getting good pressure. We just needed to make one more play and we were just unable to do it.”

 

Senior Defensive Lineman Joe Vellano

On the play of the defense:

“We were running just some base stuff and we were able to get a few sacks but they had a few crossing routes that mixed up our coverage a little bit.  It’s tough for me to tell with the coverage because my back is to the play.”

On the play of freshman quarterback Caleb Rowe:

“In practice watching him, he made all the throws. He did a great job coming in and getting the offense going, getting some first downs, and putting some points on the board.  He did a really good job overall.”

On how frustrating the final drive is after playing so well all game:

“We were rushing hard every play and he [Rettig] made some plays but we can’t let them come down the field like that with such a long field ahead of them. Obviously it’s a tough one to handle.”

On how difficult the loss is given their schedule in November:

“We have some guys down but a bunch of guys need to step up. We just have to keep making plays and not wait until the second half to do so.  We have to come out with better energy in the beginning of games and give them tougher field position then they had.”

 

Freshman quarterback Caleb Rowe

On making his first career start:

“It was very exhilarating and we were finally able to get some things going in the second half.  Overall it was fun but you would have liked to have gotten a win.

On getting on rhythm in the third quarter:

“I felt pretty calm at the beginning of the game, I think it was just a matter of things opening up for us in the third quarter. That’s just how football goes, things began to click for us.”

On what it was like preparing this week:

“I’m always trying to get myself ready but it was fun to be “the guy” this week. There were a lot more reps so I’m a little more sore than usual, the guys were behind me the whole time.”

On the final drive:

“I felt calm on the last drive. I know we had to get a field goal with one timeout left but #47 [Rositano] made a good play on the ball.”

On much he learned from this game?

“I have learned so much. Each interception really can teach you a lot and with the film study, I’m looking forward to learning a lot more. Right before halftime I shouldn’t have tried to force that ball, also I need to try and stay in the pocket more. My offensive line was blocking great, I just need to stay in there longer.”

 

Postgame Notes

 

Kicking Off: Maryland fell to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Boston College improved to 2-6 and 1-4 in the league … the Eagles lead the all-time series 7-3 with a 3-1 advantage in Chestnut Hill … Maryland’s defense held its opponent to under 100 rushing yards for the fifth time this season.

D-Line Steps Up: Maryland’s defensive line combined for 3.5 sacks and 6.0 tackles for loss, while helping hold Boston College to 8 net rushing yards. Joe Vellano, who leads the ACC in TFLs, had 3.0 including 1.5 sacks. A.J. Francis had 2.0 TFLs and 1.0 sack, while Darius Kilgo had 1.0 sack.

Rowe Makes Start: Caleb Rowe made his first career start at quarterback and became the sixth true freshman to start on either offense or defense this season. 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.

4th-Down Conversions: Maryland converted two fourth downs en route to its first scoring drive. On 4th-and-7, Rowe hits Kevin Dorsey for a 26-yard gain that got the Terps to the BC 6-yard line. Four plays later, on 4th-and-goal from the 1, Rowe hit Nigel King in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.

Diggs Cracks Two Lists: With four games to play, Stefon Diggs has already cracked the top 20 on the Maryland single-season receiving yards list. Diggs had 152 yards on 11 catches against Boston College, bringing his season total to 670 which ranks 16th. That’s second all-time among freshmen, trailing only Darrius Heyward-Bey’s 694 in 2006. Diggs also moved into the top 20 on Maryland’s single-season all-purpose yards list. The freshman has 1,354 this year, which ranks 11th. That’s also second among freshmen, trailing only Torrey Smith’s 1,425 in 2008.

More Diggs: Diggs set career highs in receptions (11) and receiving yards (152). It was his third 100-yard receiving game this season and he leads the team with four receiving touchdowns. Diggs is the first Terp with at least 10 receptions in a game since Torrey Smith had 14 against NC State on Nov. 27, 2010.

Defensive Notes: Maryland held Boston College to 8 net rushing yards on 27 attempts, while totaling five sacks and 10 tackles for loss … Cole Farrand had a team-high seven tackles … the Terps forced six 3-and-outs, including three straight during one stretch in the second half … defensive backs Dexter McDougle and Anthony Nixon each had six solo tackles.

Tidbits: Maryland possessed the ball for 33:27 compared to 26:33 for Boston College … the Terps were just 5 of 18 on 3rd-down conversions, while holding Boston College to 3 of 13 … Nathan Renfro averaged 40.8 yards on eight punts and put two inside the 20.

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Maryland hopes to overcome injuries Saturday at BC

Posted on 26 October 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After a heartbreaking 20-18 loss at home to NC State last week, the Maryland football team will look to rebound and move one win closer to bowl eligibility when it takes on Boston College this Saturday. The Terps and Eagles will be meeting for just the 10th time in a series in which Boston College has held the upper hand. Boston College has won six of the nine meetings and five of seven since joining the ACC in 2005.

First-and-10

• In the loss to NC State, Maryland overcame a season-ending injury to quarterback Perry Hills and was in position to win in the game’s final seconds, while totaling a season-high 462 yards of total offense. Backup quarterback Devin Burns ably directed the spread-option attack in the second half, rushing for 50 yards and a touchdown and completing three of four passes for 47 yards. Burns’ mobility helped create lanes for freshman Wes Brown, who ran for a season-high 121 yards, with 97 coming in the second half. Heading into preseason camp, Burns was set to play wide receiver; only after C.J. Brown’s season-ending injury during camp did Burns switch to quarterback.

• On top of Burns’ performance, true freshman quarterback Caleb Rowe entered the game with 0:32 left to direct Maryland’s 2-minute offense. Rowe moved the Terrapins 61 yards in three plays, sandwiching passes of 17 and 33 yards with an 11-yard run. That set up a 33-yard field goal attempt that would have won the game, but freshman Brad Craddock’s attempt clanged off the left upright. Rowe became the 13th true freshman to play for Maryland this season, which is tied for the sixth most in the FBS (see list, page 3).

• Maryland’s defense continues to rank as one of the nation’s best. The Terps rank 11th nationally in total defense (288.4 ypg), sixth in rushing defense (87.6 ypg) and tied for 29th in passing defense (200.9 ypg). NC State totaled just 40 rushing yards on 26 attempts (1.5 yards per carry) and became the fourth Maryland opponent this season to fail to gain 100 yards on the ground. Maryland has an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield. Those three have played a big role in holding opponents to an average of just 2.53 yards per rush, which ranks fifth nationally. Adding to Maryland’s strength up front are senior linebackers Kenneth Tate andDarin Drakeford. Tate, who made his season debut at West Virginia after missing the previous 11 games due to a knee injury, has 18 tackles and four pass breakups in four games back. Drakeford, meanwhile, has constantly been in the opponents backfield; his 6.0 sacks are tied for third in the ACC, and his 8.0 tackles for loss are tied for seventh.

• Maryland’s 7.4 tackles for loss per game are tied for 17th in the FBS and its 2.9 sacks per game are also tied for 17th. Vellano leads the ACC and is tied for 14th nationally with 1.64 tackles for loss per game. Linebacker Cole Farrand is third on the team with 6.0 TFLs.

• 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 went on to catch four passes for 89 yards. Over the last four games he’s averaging 92.0 receiving yards per game, while his 166.0 all-purpose yards per game this season rank second in the ACC and 11th nationally. Additionally, Diggs leads the conference in kickoff return average (28.4 yards) and ranks fifth in punt return average (10.3 yards), while his 19.0 yards per catch are tied for third. Diggs had a stretch of three straight weeks in which he earned ACC weekly honors (Rookie of the Week – WVU, Wake Forest; Specialst of the Week – Virginia).

• Marcus Leak has also turned into one of Maryland’s most reliable players on offense. The sophomore is second on the team in both receptions (23) and receiving yards (393) and against NC State caught four passes for a career-high 94 yards.

Quick Hitters

• Maryland’s close game against NC State is one of a number of close calls in recent history. In the last 13 contests, 11 have been decided by 10 points or fewer. Aside from a 37-0 Maryland win in 2007, the 11 games since 2000 have been decided by an average of 6.0 points. The Terps have played in close games all of the 2012 season; their average margin of victory is 5.5, and their average margin of defeat is 5.0.

• Stefon Diggs earned ACC Player of the Week honors in three straight games from Sept. 22 to Oct. 13. Diggs won Rookie of the Week for his play against West Virginia (9/22) and Wake Forest (10/6) and Specialist of the Week against Virginia (10/13). A Terp captured Linebacker of the Week honors in two straight games when Demetrius Hartsfield earned Linebacker of the Week for his play against Wake Forest, and Darin Drakeford received the award against Virginia.

• Diggs ranks seventh in the conference and first among freshmen with 73.4 receiving yards per game. Diggs, who has 27 catches for 514 yards, is just outside the top 25 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).

• Thirteen players have made their first career starts at some point this season. In the season opener against William & Mary, quarterback Perry Hills, running back Albert Reid, safety Sean Davis, defensive back Jeremiah Johnson, linebacker Cole Farrand, nose tackle Darius Kilgo and offensive lineman Nick Klemm debuted. Against Connecticut, wide receiver Stefon Diggs made his first career start; defensive back Isaac Goins and running back Brandon Ross made their starting debuts at West Virginia. Defensive back Anthony Nixon and offensive linemen Mike Madaras and Andrew Zeller made their first starts vs. Wake Forest.

• Fourteen players saw their first career action for Maryland against William & Mary, and 23 players have seen their first career action for Maryland at some point this season (13 true freshmen, seven redshirt freshmen, two juniors, one senior).

• The Terps are holding opponents to 2.53 yards per carry, which ranks fifth nationally. Of the opponents’ 242 rushing attempts this season, 165 (68.2%) 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).

• Demetrius Hartsfield leads the team with 64 tackles and is just outside Maryland’s top 15 with 324 in his career. He needs seven stops to pass Kevin Walker for 15th on Maryland’s career tackles chart (see list page 3).

• The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In seven games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 31:28 to 28:32 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-Boston College Series History

• Maryland and Boston College will face off for the 10th time Saturday. The Eagles own a 6-3 edge in the all-time series, including a 2-1 advantage in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

• Last season, Boston College won 28-17 in College Park behind 243 rushing yards from Rolandan Finch. The Eagles have won three of the past four in the series. The Terps snapped a BC three-game winning streak in the series with a 42-35 victory over the eighth-ranked Eagles in 2007. Maryland won 24-21 in its last trip to BC, in 2010.

• Prior to 2007, Maryland’s only win in the series came in 1985 when the Terps beat the Eagles 31-13 in Foxboro, Mass.

• The Eagles have won five of the seven meetings since Boston College joined the ACC. Maryland fell 31-16 in College Park in 2005, and 38-16 at Boston College in 2006. The Eagles also upended the Terps, 28-21, in 2008 in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

 

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Maryland OC Locksley won’t rule out using both Burns, Rowe

Posted on 24 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Quotes from Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and defensive coordinator Brian Stewart

Mike Locksley

 

On Perry Hills being out for the season and his replacement:

“Well for us it’s the next man mentality. We have some guys ready to play, I’m not going to get into a lot of specifics with scheme and what we’re doing. You know, we have to get somebody ready to play Saturday, and we’re doing all the things necessary in practice to determine who, how much, and what we’re going to do as the week progresses.”

 

On if using both quarterbacks is an option:

“Well obviously the goal is trying to figure out if one of those guys, or both of those guys are capable. We need to kind of get through the week to figure out whether we play both or whether we play one. We were able to go yesterday, and today’s a huge day for us. This is where we get a better understanding of day two of the installation and working on all the different things to figure out what they can and cannot get accomplished.”

 

On the success historically playing multiple quarterbacks in a game compared to one:

“From a historical standpoint I can only speak on the experience I’ve had playing two. The answer to that is we’re going to do whatever it takes to get a win. We’re not playing two, or we’re playing one just for the sake of it. We’re going to play the guys or guy that gives us the best chance to win. We’re going to spend this week putting together some game plans and getting these guys out on the field and see what they can execute. Then making some decisions at the end of the week that will obviously affect our ability to get a win on Saturday.”

 

On if going through a similar scenario losing C.J. Brown helps cope with losing Hills:

“It never gets easy, I know that. But I can tell you the way Randy [Edsall] has developed the mentality of this team, the whole next-man mentality, whether it’s the quarterback position, the offensive line, or any position on this team, if a guy goes down, no need to fret or worry as coaches. We have to get the next guy ready, or next guys depending on the situation. Our team has developed that personality, and as coaches whoever the guy is we have to put together a plan that we can execute against Boston College offensively to put points on the board and win a ball game.”

 

On what he likes about Caleb Rowe:

“Obviously he has a skill set where he throws the ball very accurately, and a lot of people try and say he can’t do certain things. Well he’s as athletic as Perry, I think he’s a mixture of both Devin and Perry. So, that’s a benefit for us, because whoever the guy is he’ll still be able to do some of the same things that gave us an opportunity to move the ball. Now what we have to do is find a way to put points on the board when we need them.”

 

On how the emergency quarterbacks are looking:

“A lot has been thrown at them. We’ve been very fortunate that we have Coach [C.J.] Brown and Coach [Ricardo] Young helping out getting quarterbacks ready to play. Then, trying to teach guys who’ve played the position you only have so much time, and that’s where guys like C.J. Brown and Ricardo Young have been great assets for us. They’re both smart guys. I think having [Brian] McMahon being on the offensive side of the ball a lot of the pre-snap stuff is easier on him because he’s taking signals, our tight ends take signals from the sideline. I’ve been pleased with both their efforts trying to learn the things we’re going to ask them to do if they’re called upon in an emergency.”

 

On how involved C.J. Brown has been since recovering from his injury:

“We’ve kept him involved, that’s the way Randy likes to do things. Obviously he has some rehab things and some things he had to attend to immediately coming out of the surgeries. But as quickly he’s been able to get off the crutches from a safety standpoint, he’s been out there. Taking coin tosses, on the sideline, on the headsets, so it’s been invaluable having a guy like him, and even Ricardo [Young] spends a ton of time around here studying it. They’ve both been really helpful with the development of the young quarterbacks. It’s just great to have those guys involved.”

 

Brian Stewart

 

On the play of Darin Drakeford this season:

“He’s just been doing a great job. I mentioned before those positions have always done a pretty good job. I mentioned DeMarcus Ware and Shaun Phillips when we were in San Diego. That guy has to be a guy who has some pass-rush ability, has to be tough because he’s going to be chipped by backs. Drakeford’s personality fits that perfectly, he’s done a great job.”

 

On the play of Joe Vellano and his tackling ability:

“I don’t know about wrapping up, but we practice tackling every day, every chance we get. Tackling is more attitude than anything. It’s 90 percent want-to and 10 percent technique. I think Joe brings that ‘I want to get to that guy and I want to tackle somebody’ attitude and I think that’s where he stands out.”

 

On the play of Jeremiah Johnson;

“I think J.J.’s play has been consistent, and he’s continued to play consistent. There’s times when things happen, but his demeanor is a perfect corner’s demeanor. It’s a fluke, it won’t happen to me again, and he goes after it as aggressive as he did the first time. He’s a kid that improves every game, because he takes notes, he looks at himself on tape, he looks at himself at practice, and he takes feedback and criticism well. It’s not easy when someone tells you you’re doing something wrong or you just got beat. You’re already feeling sorry for yourself, but he doesn’t come in with that attitude. He comes in with the ‘OK coach what could I have done here?’ And then you tell him and that’s what he tries to do.”

 

On the challenges Boston College’s offense presents:

“Their quarterback Chase Rettig, there’s a couple plays where you see him just stand there in the pocket and throw the ball 60 yards. He can throw it outside the numbers, he can throw it down the field, he has an extremely strong arm, the receivers do a great job running downfield and getting underneath the ball. I think [Johnathan] Colemen’s height is a problem for us, because we’re about six inches shorter than him. [Alex] Amidon does a good job of running routes and getting to the ball. So, those guys especially with that quarterback, present a problem just because of the big play potential.”

 

On if Kenneth Tate is back to 100 percent:

“I don’t know if at this point in the season if anybody is 100 percent, let alone Kenny. But I think he’s done a great job of understanding what we need him to do and executing what we need him to do. One-hundred percent? I think that’s something he would need to answer, but I just think he’s doing what we’re asking him to do and he’s doing it at a level that we can be successful with.”

 

- Terps -

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Edsall says no QB decision made between Rowe, Burns

Posted on 23 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening statement:

“We’re going to head back out to practice today and get ready for Boston College. We’re going to see a Boston College team that’s playing very hard, competing, but just coming up a little bit short. They have an outstanding quarterback in Chase Rettig and Alex Amadin is a very good receiver. You also throw in Andre Williams the running back and a big offensive line and they present you with some problems on that side of the ball.

“When you look at the defense, they have an outstanding linebacker corps in Kevin Pierre-Louis, Nick Clancy and Steele Divitto. They are active up front and a team you know is going to play hard and give you some things you maybe haven’t seen before. We have a tremendous challenge again to go on the road and play another ACC team and our guys are really looking forward to it and looking forward to getting back out to practice.”

 

On quarterbacks Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe:

“I think when you have a chance to see the two young men go out and perform….you saw Devin on Saturday and what he did in terms of his feet and his running ability, I think it kind of speaks for itself.  Then we see Caleb come in and scramble out of the pocket and make some of the throws he did. They are both excellent quarterbacks. They are both guys I trust, our guys trust and our players trust to be able to do the job and do it effectively. We’ll put a plan together knowing either one of those guys could go in the game and play at any given time. We’ll find out on Saturday what that plan is going to be.”

 

On if he’s had a quarterback situation like this in the past and how he handled it:

“I have been through this before. I had a [defensive back] that we had to get ready to play quarterback in Darius Butler when I was at Connecticut. So, no, this isn’t new territory for me. We will take Shawn Petty and Brian McMahon practicing at quarterback to get a third guy. You feel bad for the guys that get hurt, but injuries are something that you can’t control. So you always have to have a plan for the ‘what ifs.’ You work with what you have to go out and win the in the game. I’m not panicked, upset, or frustrated. You just roll with the punches and go out to get yourself ready for a win.”

 

On if he would have preferred to redshirt Rowe:

“Ideally, yes I would have liked to redshirt him. We had made the decision to go with Devin as number two and Caleb at number three. I told him he had to be ready and be prepared because he hasn’t gotten many reps. In practice he would just do the 2-minute drill and 7-on-7 with the defense. But he has been in the meetings and taking notes. I think it was so impressive that he went in and preformed the way he did with such minimal reps. Ideally, we would have wanted to redshirt him but we weren’t afforded that luxury.”

 

On what he tells his players during a week like this:

“I’m going to tell them today when we meet that we believe in anyone that we put in the game. We believe in them and trust in them and know that they can do the job to help get a win. They just need to go in and execute the plan we have for them to the best of their ability. Everybody has to rally around those guys and support them and also do their own jobs as well. We tell them not to let their teammates down. Be prepared and know what you’re doing.”

 

On what he can expect from Shawn Petty and Brian McMahon at quarterback:

“We’ll find out as we go out to practice today. We want to get them to understand as much as they can so they can go out and manage the offense. Brian at least being on offense, kind of knows it. Shawn it will be a little bit different because he was a defensive guy, so he has to learn some terminology. But both guys will be able to throw and run the ball, I’m sure. It’s like riding a bike. They didn’t forget how to run or throw the ball by not having played quarterback for the past few months.”

 

On when he expects to make a decision about who will start as quarterback:

“We’ll have a really good idea by the end of the day on Thursday after seeing three days of practice. Am I going to say anything at the end of the day Thursday? That’s too far in advance to know that. But we could come out and say something on Thursday or wait until game time.”

 

On what earned Wes Brown the starting job and if it was in part due to Devin Burns being at quarterback:

“I think that we have seen Wes perform really well in the game without Devin in other situations. Coming off that injury; Saturday’s game, it just allowed us to get him some more work. When you’re running the read-zone, defense has to make a decision. One of the decisions is who are they going let run the ball. You got to make sure to take the quarterback away or the running back away. That’s something where the quarterback has to do a good job of reading. Sometimes it’s going to open up where the running back or the quarterback will benefit, based on the defense. Wes can have that kind of production with Devin or without Devin.”

 

On if some of the gloom of all the injuries has been mitigated by the fact they’re two wins away from bowl eligibility:

“There’s no gloom around here. If you see our kids, they’re not down in the dumps. It‘s like the old mule that fell into the well without water in it, and the farmer doesn’t know how to get the mule out of there, so he figures that he will just cover the old mule up. So what happens is, he start’s throwing dirt down there, and the mule ends up just shaking it off and stepping up. And before you know it, there’s enough dirt and he’s at the top and just comes out of it. That’s how I look at it. We are just trying to get win number five. The third win in the ACC and the fifth win overall. I just told our guys that everything we want is still ahead of us. That’s what we have to have our focus on and prepare for to keep it that way.”

 

On designing the game plan for Saturday:

“I don’t think that we’ll do anything differently. We’ve been doing the same things with Perry, Devin, and Caleb all through the preseason. There are things that you will do with each guy based on his specific skill sets.”

 

On Caleb Rowe’s ability to run:

“I think Caleb is a more than adequate runner. He is by no means as fast as Devin. But he has good running ability and we have seen him execute our offense during the preseason and we know he can do all of the things we would ask him to within our offense.”

 

On what kind of player Devin Burns is:

“He is a kid that loves to play the game. He is somebody who has a smile on his face all of the time and is a tremendous competitor. He has a quick release, is athletic enough to make plays with his feet, can read defenses well, and is someone who our players respect. When you can come in and do what Devin did and also what Caleb did in the second half coming off the bench, I have a tremendous amount of respect for each one of those guys. Both of them were very poised and I was very impressed.”

 

On if he’ll design the playbook to keep the quarterbacks healthy:

“We have to do the things that need to be done in order to give our team the best chance to win games, using the guys that we have. You cannot sit there and try to worry about people getting hurt if you run a specific play. We will do the best we can to utilize their skills and get other guys ready to go just in case.”

 

On how Brad Craddock has handled the last few days:

“We went out and did a little bit of PAT and field goal work on Sunday. We as coaches just have to do a better job to make sure that he has the same leg swing every time. We have to keep working with his technique and his fundamentals. He has the leg and he has the right attitude. I was a little mad at myself because I wish I had taken the opportunity to talk to him before he went out there [to attempt the field goal at the end of Saturday’s game]. We just have to keep working with him and showing him on tape why he missed the ones that he missed and ensuring that he has the right leg swing every time. Brad will be fine.”

 

On the Boston College offense and what makes quarterback Chase Rettig so special:

“Chase Rettig is what makes them go. He can move around in the pocket and he likes to move to throw the ball. BC has a big offensive line and they do a good job of pass protecting and they have good receivers to throw the ball to. They put up those numbers from an offensive standpoint because of those things.”

 

On what defensive back Jeremiah Johnson has done to play well:

“I think that J.J. has worked really hard to hone his craft. When you watch him play, he does a good job of preparing and studying. When he sees certain sets he knows what will be coming. He does a good job of watching receivers during the week and understanding their tendencies. He has a lot of confidence, and you have big pass breakups like he has had, those only build your confidence. J.J.’s skills have come from hard work and preparation, not only during the season, but also from his hard work during the summer.”

 

On if he has seen wide receiver Nigel King coming along recently:

“I see a guy who is getting more confidence. Nigel is a great guy, but was never sure of himself. Now you can start to see the confidence come out. He sat out a year, and I know that was not any fun for him. Now you can see him out there and he is enjoying himself and you can see his confidence building. As long as he can stay healthy and continue to work very hard he can be a very productive player for us.”

 

On the play of the offensive line last week:

“I thought we were a little bit better. We were nowhere near where we needed to be, but I thought the communication was a little bit better and I was not displeased with the way we played. I thought there was improvement, but we still have much more to do with that phase of our game.”

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Edsall names Hills Maryland starting QB

Posted on 22 August 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland football team moved closer to the end of preseason camp with a two-hour workout at the on-campus facility Tuesday afternoon.

The Terps will hold their final scrimmage of the preseason Wednesday afternoon, complete a short practice Thursday and then go through a two-a-day Friday before starting a normal game week.

Head coach Randy Edsall addressed the media following Tuesday’s workout and touched on a number of topics. Earlier Tuesday, Edsall named Perry Hills as the starting quarterback for the season opener against William & Mary on Sept. 1.

Hills, a true freshman, assumed first-team duties when junior C.J. Brown was injured last week. He will be backed up by another true freshman in Caleb Rowe, and sophomore Devin Burns will serve as the third-string signal-caller.

Edsall’s full comments are below.

On the team’s injuries:
“C.J. [Brown] is going to have surgery on Friday. So that’s going to happen Friday. Andre Monroe is going to be out for the year. He’ll have surgery on Thursday. Keith Bowers is probably out two to three weeks. [A.J.] Hendy will probably be three to four weeks with that ankle. Nick Ferrara is a day-to-day type situation. Kenny Tate is going to go visit with the doctors, he’s got an injury going right now. So he’ll see the doctors and we’ll know a little bit more on him. Of course you know Matt [Robinson] will be out for about two to three weeks more. Josh Cary [is out] about three weeks. Isaiah Ross, that’s an indefinite type thing, I’m not sure how long that’ll [be] – maybe more of a day-to-day type thing. And then Isaac Goins will be out three weeks with mono. So that’s kind of the update. Dustin Dailey is out with a high ankle sprain too.”

On what his thoughts are on the injuries:
“Just work the guys that are out there, that’s all we can do. Football is a game where you do have injuries and it’s something that you can’t control. It’s amazing because Andre Monroe was just running straight ahead, just running a sprint, and his knee kind of gave out and that was it. So a lot of the issues that we have haven’t even been contact-type situations.

“Even the ones that we might’ve had from a contact situation likeMatt Robinson, it wasn’t even violent or anything like that. But what it is, it’s just that hey, you want all those guys to get healthy as soon as they can but you just get the guys that are behind them ready to play. It’s that saying that we have, everybody is really one or two plays from playing and they have to make sure they’re mentally and physically prepared to step up and play at any time based on injuries.”

On how the injuries at defensive line shakes up the competition:
“If you went today you’ve got Joe [Vellano] at left end, you’ve got Darius [Kilgo] at the nose and then you’ve got A.J. [Francis] at the right end. Then you have Justin Anderson behind him and Alex Walker at the nose, and then you have Quinton Jefferson [at left end]. And then I took and moved Roman Bragliofrom the Will [linebacker] to the end because again I think this is something we’ve been talking about as a staff kind of since preseason started, and we just think now is the best time to move. Because that’s where we think he was going to end up, at end. We’ll make that move now, and again, maybe he’s a guy that can help us this year from a pass-rush standpoint when we get into certain packages.”

On moving A.J. Francis from nose to end:
“Oh yeah we moved him about a week ago, I think it was. We took him out there again, as we were evaluating, we thought our three best guys were Joe, A.J. and Darius. So they were both at nose so we moved A.J. out to the end because we thought he was a little bit more suited to be able to play end. So we did that.”

On when Andre Monroe was injured:
“It was about a week ago I think, or something. It’s crazy. We’re running the gassers that we always run, and he’s beating everybody, and running as fast that I’ve ever seen him run. He did one and then the next one he did, he goes and he plants and as soon as he starts back he just gets about to the opposite hash and his leg just gave out. His knee gave out. So he’s going to have surgery on Thursday.”

On naming Perry Hills as the starter:
“I met with all three guys this morning. Pretty much after the scrimmage and then practice yesterday, it’s clear that Perry is the number one guy, the starter. Caleb [Rowe] is number two and Devin [Burns] is number three. So I just wanted our team to really understand who they’re working with and get as many reps so they can all get comfortable, they have been comfortable. But just wanted to get that done today and like I said I had a chance to sit down with all of them this morning and talk to them and fill them in before we made any announcements. I just thought it was the right time and it clearly played out that way. Caleb knows that he’s one play away; Devin’s got to get prepared to play as well. But Perry has done a good job and we look forward to him leading our team starting now and when we get going on September 1.”

On why he named a starter 11 days in advance of the first game:
“Because I think it was clearly a situation where there’s been a decided guy that’s been ahead. So you get the guy that’s ahead and you go with that and you feel comfortable with it.”

On if running back Brandon Ross is nicked up:
“Yeah they’re nicked up a little bit but it shouldn’t be anything serious. Brandon should probably either be out there tomorrow or on Thursday. Then Albert, again just running I think he might’ve just tweaked his groin a little bit.”

On the punting competition:
“That’s still ongoing. I’m not sure when we’ll – that might go all the way to game time until we decide who the guys going to be. Let me say this, the competition is between Brad Craddock and Nate Renfro. [Nick] Ferrara is not going to be punting, he’s just going to focus on place-kicking, which is field goals and kickoffs. Those two guys are battling it out, and it’s a good competition. We’ll keep that going and like I said, if there’s something I really feel good about and I can say they’re that guy then we’ll name that when we get that figured out. So as soon as that decides itself out then we’ll decide, if it doesn’t it could be a game time decision.”

On if he’s elevated any walk-ons to scholarship:
“No not yet. We’re still in camp, we’re in camp until after tomorrow and if any of that would happen it would be sometime after that.”

On if he’s looking for any specific positions in the walk-on tryouts:
“Well we’re always looking for linemen, if we can find linemen. But really just anyone that we think can come out and aid us and help us. Wide receivers, defensive backs I think would be something we’re looking for but really any position. We always do that at that time of the year.”

On the command of Perry Hills:
“I think he’s done well. I’ve been very, very impressed with just how he’s handled himself. The poise and composure and command that he’s handling that first offense with, I mean here’s a guy that’s a freshman that’s telling those guys `Come on let’s go, get set, get down,’ and all those things. He’s been good at handling all the instillation that’s gone in. Like I said I’ve been very impressed with a kid that’s a true freshman to pick up all the things he’s picked up and then to go out and handle the huddle. He really hasn’t turned over the ball much, he’s accurate, I have not seen him get rattled. I think he’s one of those guys that just goes and prepares very well. He’s always sitting in that film room studying and trying to do exactly what [offensive coordinator] Mike [Locksley] wants him to do. So when you do that you give yourself the opportunity to be successful.”

On how ready freshman safety Sean Davis is:
“I think he’s done a good job. I think he’s picked things up. Of course there’s a lot more things he’s got to get better at and refine and all those things. But he’s a guy that goes hard, plays hard and the more reps he gets the better he’s going to be. But he’s the best guy and that’s who we have to go with and now what we have to do is get him ready.”

 

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Maryland QB Brown out for season with ACL injury

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Maryland QB Brown out for season with ACL injury

Posted on 15 August 2012 by WNST Staff


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