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

Posted on 20 September 2013 by WNST Staff

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

LIVE Coverage on ESPNU & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m. Anish Shroff (pbp) and Kelly Stouffer (color) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 117 and XM Radio Channel 202, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

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

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

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

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


Quick Hitters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Terp Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are Derrick Hayward (offense), defensive lineman Chandler Burkett (defense), and linebacker Jalen Brooks (special teams).

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

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the West Virginia game are tight end Dave Stinebaugh (offense), linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (defense), and defensive back William Likely (special teams).


Maryland-West Virginia Series History

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

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

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


Parking Information

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

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

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

 

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Terps improve to 3-0 for first time since 2001

Posted on 15 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Posted on 13 September 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

First-and-10

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

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

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

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


Quick Hitters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Terp Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are wide receiver Taivon Jacobs (offense), defensive lineman Malik Jones (defense), and Elvis Dennah (special teams).

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


Maryland-Connecticut Series History

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


Media Information

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

 

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Terps expect hungry UConn team coming off bye, Towson loss

Posted on 10 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Linebacker Matt Robinson

On his versatility:

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

On this game week being any different:

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

Quarterback C.J. Brown

On the offense through two games:

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

On what it will take to defeat Connecticut:

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

Linebacker Yannick Ngakoue

On the defense’s expectations for Connecticut:

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

On preparing for Connecticut’s offense:

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

On being the first road game of the season:

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

Defensive Back Dexter McDougle

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

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

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

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

On the expected reception by the Connecticut fans:

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

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Maryland looks for 2-0 start Saturday against ODU

Posted on 07 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The University of Maryland football team looks to build upon a season-opening 43-10 victory over FIU when it welcomes Old Dominion to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium Saturday at 4 p.m. The Terps turned in an impressive offensive performance racking up 576 total yards, 325 yards through the air and 251 yards on the ground. The defense was equally as impressive holding the Panthers to 171 total yards including only 80 passing yards.

LIVE Coverage on the ESPNews & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPNews at 4 p.m. Beth Mowins (pbp) and Joey Galloway (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 SiriusXM Radio Channel 136, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• A dominant offensive performance in the first half put the game out of reach and enabled the Terps to earn the win. Quarterback C.J. Brown led the effort with 281 yards passing and 105 yards rushing and five scores (three passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns) in three quarters of action. Nine different Terrapin receivers caught a pass on Saturday with Deon Long hauling in nine passes for 110 yards and one touchdown in his Maryland debut. Stefon Diggs had five catches 98 yards and one score, a 66-yard pass from Brown tying his career long.

• Defensively, linebacker L.A. Goree totaled a team-high 10 tackles, four solo. Dating back to last season, Goree has led or tied for the team high in tackles in four straight games. The junior linebacker totaled a career-best 14 tackles in the 2012 season finale at North Carolina (11/24/12). Defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson and linebackers Cole Farrand and Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil each had seven tackles. The Terps tallied five sacks on the day led by linebacker Marcus Whitfield, who had a career-best 1.5 sacks. Cornerback Dexter McDougle, who played in his 25th consecutive game on Saturday, picked off FIU quarterback E.J. Hilliard in the third quarter for his fourth career interception.

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

• The Terps are tasked with replacing six starters on defense from a unit that ranked in the top-25 nationally under defensive coordinator Brian Stewart’s tutelage, but returns several playmakers particularly in the secondary. McDougle will pair with Jeremiah Johnson to form an experienced duo. McDougle and Johnson have 38 starts combined. They will be joined by safety Anthony Nixon, who played in all 12 games last season and started five. McDougle led the team in solo tackles (58), tied for third in pass breakups (5) and tallied three tackles for a loss. Meanwhile, Johnson led the squad with eight pass breakups, while Nixon finsihed with 41 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception. The Terps also welcome back Farrand and Goree at line backer along with defensive lineman Darius Kilgo. Farrand tied for the team lead with 78 tackles and recorded 6.0 TFL. After appearing in five of the first nine games, Goree, a honorable mention freshman All-American in 2011, started the final three contests and tied or led the team in tackles each game. Kilgo started 11 of 12 games and finished with 40 tackles, 5.0 TFL and 1.5 sacks.


Quick Hitters

• Four players made their first career starts for the Terps on Saturday against FIU: offensive linemen Ryan Doyle and Michael Dunn, wide receiver Deon Long and defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson.

• In addition to the four first-time starters, 14 players saw their first action against FIU. Of the 53 players that saw playing time on Saturday, 28 were underclassmen including five true freshmen.

• Maryland has 32 underclassmen on its two-deep (including specialists). That total is tied for the second-most among FBS schools (as of 9/2) (Virginia – 34, Colorado State – 32, South Carolina – 32, Temple – 32).

• Maryland allowed FIU to gain just 171 yards of total offense. That’s the best total defensive performance since surrendering 115 to Wake Forest on Oct. 30, 2010.

• In addition, the Terps held the Panthers to just 91 yards rushing and 80 yards passing. The last time Maryland held its opponent under 100 yards in both categories came against Morgan State on Sept. 11, 2010. The Terps held the Bears to 37 yards rushing and 48 yards passing.

• The Terrapin defense held FIU to 2.3 yards per rushing attempt. Of the Panthers 15 rushing attempts in the first half, 11 of them went for three yards or less.

• The Terrapin offense racked up 576 total yards on Saturday. It marked the first time Maryland had eclipsed 500 total yards of offense since it posted 524 at North Carolina on Nov. 12, 2005.

• Of the 43 points scored by Maryland on Saturday, 40 came in the first half. It is the most points scored in the opening half since the Terps scored 45 against Morgan State on Sept. 11, 2010.

• On Saturday, Maryland scored on its first four possessions with two field goals and two touchdowns. The last time the feat was accomplished came against Wake Forest on Oct. 30, 2010.

• Quarterback C.J. Brown completed 87 percent of his passes against FIU (20-for-23). With a minimum of 20 attempts, that mark is a single-season program record.

• In addition, with Caleb Rowe going 5-for-6, Maryland quarterbacks completed 86.2 percent of their passes, the best performance in team history. The previous record was 83.3 percent at NC State on Nov. 4, 1995.

• Brown threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two accounting for five touchdowns against FIU. That total is the most by a Terrapin since Scott McBrien accounted for six touchdowns against North Carolina on Nov. 1, 2003.

• Wide receiver Deon Long caught nine passes for 110 yards including a 27-yard touchdown pass from Brown. Long is the first Maryland receiver to top 100 yards since Stefon Diggs went for 152 at Boston College on Oct. 27 of last season.

• Linebacker L.A. Goree finished with a team-high 10 tackles on Saturday. Dating back to last season, Goree has at least tied for the team lead in tackles in four straight games.


Terp Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are quarterback Shane Cockerille (offense), linebacker Avery Thompson (defense), and tight end Eric Roca (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive ineman Alex Walker will carry the American Flag, and long snapper Greg Parcher 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 Old Dominion game are offensive lineman Sal Conaboy (offense), defensive back Dexter McDougle (defense), and linebacker Alex Twine (special teams).


Maryland-Old Dominion Series History

• Saturday marks the first all-time meeting between Maryland and Old Dominion.

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Maryland QB Brown prepared for “big test” against ODU

Posted on 03 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Quarterback C.J. Brown

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

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

Thoughts on starting the season on a high note:

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

Thoughts on his performance against FIU:

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

Tight End Dave Stinebaugh

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

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

On Old Dominion:

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

On the offensive plan for ODU:

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

Linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil

On Old Dominion’s offense:

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

On the team getting confidence after Saturday’s win:

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

On how he feels the defense played Saturday:

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

Wide Receiver Nigel King

On blocking more than receiving this past weekend:

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

On getting the first game under their belts:

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

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Maryland opens season Saturday against Florida International

Posted on 30 August 2013 by WNST Staff

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

LIVE Coverage on the Comcast SportsNet
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic locally at 12:30 p.m. Wes Dunham (pbp), Brian Stann (color) and Jenn Hildreth (sidelines) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call.

First-and-10

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

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

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

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


Quick Hitters

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

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

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

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

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


Terp Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are defensive back Tony Perry (offense), defensive lineman Chandler Burkett (defense), and defensive back Rashid Contee (special teams).

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

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the FIU game are running back Albert Reid (offense), linebacker L.A. Goree (defense), and defensive back Jeremiah Johnson (special teams).


Maryland-Florida International Series History

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


Closed Captioning

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

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

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Edsall says no separation in race to backup QB Brown

Posted on 14 August 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

On the competition for the second quarterback spot:

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

 

On if any of the quarterbacks separated themselves today:

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

 

On the offensive line:

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

 

On what is driving the competition at right tackle:

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

 

On Ryan Doyle’s improvement:

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

 

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

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

 

On Anthony Nixon:

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

 

On Amba Etta:

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

 

On Will Likely.

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

 

On who has surprised him the most:

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

 

– Maryland –

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Terps don pads for first time in summer camp Friday

Posted on 10 August 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Maryland-

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Edsall says WR Long “week to week” with back injury

Posted on 09 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

On current injuries:

“Deon [Long] hurt his back. We’re still evaluating him. He’ll be week-to-week. Joe Riddle got hit in the head. He’s day-to-day. [Tyler] Cierski has a calf strain so he’s day-to-day. I believe that’s it. Other guys are working back into things. Those are the three we have right now.”

 

On today’s practice:

“I thought we got some good things done. Today the offense kind of got the better of the defense a little bit. It’s still early in camp with all the installation going in on both sides of the ball. But the guys are really working hard, that’s the thing I’m pleased about it. The execution has gotten better each day. The first five days we throw everything at them. After today we will start to go back and go over things. They’ve had a lot thrown at them. I thought they’ve handled it pretty well.”

 

On Mike Madaras working his way back:

“We got the NCAA rules. He was out in here in no pads today. Tuesday he’ll be back in full pads. He’s stayed in good condition. Once we get him into helmet and shoulders pads, then we’ll put him into all the team drills and everything else. I think he’ll work back in really quickly.”

 

On C.J. Brown’s progression:

“The thing I’ve been pleased with is I haven’t seen any ill effects from him from the standpoint of running, cutting, or him not feeling comfortable with his knee. And again what has to happen just like with any quarterbacks or receivers, they need some time to develop some togetherness, some timing, and that’s starting to come along with each practice. He’s moving really well. He could always be better and he will be better, but again it’s just that process we have to go through with him getting that timing back with the receivers.”

 

On Shane Cockerille and his first week of camp:

“His head is spinning, typical freshman, just like most of them out there. Shane is talented, he’s got a good arm, smart, takes control of the huddle. With all the stuff we throw in, in five days, he’s doing the doggy paddle, trying to stay afloat.”

 

On the competition at quarterback:

“We’ve kind of switched the reps back and forth as we went this week between C.J., Ricardo, and Perry. We’ll have a better idea after we get through scrimmage tomorrow afternoon and as we get into next week. All three of them are competing, want to be the guy, and we’ll see how it all plays out based on their performance.”

 

On Quinton Jefferson’s development:

“He had a chance to play towards the end of the year last year, he’s developed more confidence and he’s gotten stronger. His body is different right now. But I think he gets its, he understands what you have to do in order to be successful at this level. It’s how hard you work on the field, and how hard you work in the weight room, it’s doing all the little things right. His maturity and confidence level has risen for him which is good to see. He’s in better condition this year than he was a year ago. I’ve been pleased with his progress, but he’s still got a lot of work to do to get to the level that his god given ability will allow.”

 

On freshmen Jacquille Veii and Jarrett Ross:

“Jacquille is having a really good camp. He’s doing extremely well. I’ve been very impressed with him, and his ability to run the ball. He’s done a pretty good job from understanding and executing all the things he’s got to execute. It will be interesting to see as we get a little bit more into some of the pass game stuff in terms of protections and all those things, but he’s a very talented runner. And Jarrett you see a guy out there who’s doing the things he’s supposed to do – very conscientious, good ball skills – somebody that works at it. We’ll see if he can break into the depth factor or if he could be a guy that could possibly help us on special teams or redshirt.”

 

On pulling the team aside during practice:

“All of our guys are very, very competitive. But when you’re in situations where were thudding and not taking guys to the ground and we had one there where Cheese (Tyrek Cheesboro) went deep and Isaac [Goins] got beat, was probably frustrated he got beat, then he went in and wasn’t in a position to really thud the guy up and took him down. I know injuries are part of this game and we’ve done a much better job this year than the two previous years. But we’ve got to take care of each other. When we’re thudding we don’t leave our feet, we don’t cut block on the offensive line, and we don’t take guys down. But when we go live, we’re cutting and doing everything. I just brought them together and tried to remind them let’s take care of each other and lets not do something foolish where someone could get hurt because someone got frustrated because they didn’t make a play or whatever.”

 

On the improvement of the kicking game from the first practice: 

We were inconsistent today. Down there in the red, and tight red when we had the opportunities for field goals, the extra points were good, but then when we went out there, it’s just a matter of getting them to come out here and all of a sudden there’s wind, a little sunny out, might be a young lady in a bikini over there or something. They get distracted too easily. They got to come out here and think there’s nothing here and they think that because the wind is blowing they have to compensate too much here. Brad’s [Craddock] just got to kick the ball. He’s got a good enough leg. We got to keep working between the ears. Nate’s [Renfro] has been consistent. Today, when we were just warming up, he had a couple bad ones, but again the same thing, ‘Oh the wind, come on guys your old enough now, let’s stop worrying about those things, still go put the ball through the upright.’”

 

On Andre Monroe:

“Andre’s competing in there with Roman [Braglio] and Zeke [Riser] to see who’s getting playing time there. He’s in better shape than he was. He’s getting a little bit better. He’s got to keep improving, but hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down because of the injury. He looks the best he’s looked in the three years that I’ve seen him.”

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