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Maryland plays final road game of season Sunday at Clemson

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland (15-13, 7-8 ACC) at Clemson (17-10, 8-7 ACC)

Maryland embarks on its final regular season road trip of the season as it faces Clemson in a matchup with ACC Tournament seeding implications Sunday at 1 p.m. in Littlejohn Coliseum. Head coach Mark Turgeon is 3-0 against Clemson during his three-year tenure at Maryland, and the Terps have won four straight in the series.

Watch: ACCN – Wes Durham (Play-by-Play), Bobby Cremins (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst); Sirius 119/XM 191

Storylines:

• The Terps are a formidable 90-49 in an all-time series against Clemson that dates back to 1938, despite losing 26-of-60 games in South Carolina. Maryland is 84-41 against the Tigers since the inception of the ACC in 1953-54.

• Trailing No. 4 Syracuse 51-39 with less than six minutes to play, Maryland came within one shot of a major upset at Comcast Center last Monday. Sophomore Seth Allen’s game-winning 3-point bid clanked off the backboard as time expired.

• Seth Allen carried the Terrapins offensively against the Orange, notching six of the Terrapins’ 14 field goals in the game. Allen scored 22 points on 6-of-9 shooting from beyond-the-arc, including five straight points with less than three minutes remaining.

• Junior Dez Wells scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half to provide the Terps a much-needed boost alongside Allen against Syracuse. Wells has been spectacular in the second half of conference games, averaging 10.8 points on 55 percent shooting.

• Maryland is 7-1 in conference games when scoring 70 points or more, last doing so against Wake Forest. The Terps are also 12-2 this season when leading at the half.

Terps Fall Short Against No. 4 Syracuse
Sophomore Seth Allen scored 22 points and connected on six 3-point attempts as a late Maryland rally fell short against No. 4 Syracuse, 57-55, on Monday night.
Maryland trailed 51-39 with 5:45 left and staged a furious comeback with a 15-6 run behind the play of Allen and junior Dez Wells (15 points). After Nick Faust missed a go-ahead layup with seven seconds left, the Terps sent Trevor Cooney to the line. The Orange hit 1-of-2 to take a 57-55 lead, and head coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout. Allen took the inbounds pass and went coast-to-coast, shooting a 3-pointer that clanked off the backboard as time expired.
Freshman guard Tyler Ennis led Syracuse with 20 points and senior C.J. Fair, a native of Baltimore, Md., added 17 points.

Scouting Clemson
Clemson (17-10, 8-7 ACC) has lost four of its last six games since opening the season 6-3 in conference play. The Tigers most recently lost on the road to Wake Forest, 62-57, due in large part to a 13-2 Demon Deacon run in the second half. Damarcus Harrison led all scorers with 15 points.
Clemson has one of the best defenses in the nation, ranking second in the country in points against (56.2/g). The Tigers are last in the ACC in assists (10.2/g) and 14th in scoring offense (62.3/g).
K.J. McDaniels leads Clemson in a number of categories, including points (16.8/g) and rebounds (6.9/g). He also leads the ACC in blocks (2.78/g), while teammate Landry Nnoko is sixth in the category(1.62/g)

Big Ten Announces 2014-15 Home/Away Opponents
Maryland’s home and away opponents for its inaugural men’s basketball season in the Big Ten Conference were announced Friday, Feb. 28.
The Terps have home dates against five teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2013: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Maryland will also host Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers.
Maryland will play five home-and-home series, featuring Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. It will also face Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue on the road.

Last Time
Nick Faust scored a season-high 18 points to lead Maryland past Clemson in the teams’ last meeting on Feb. 23, 2013.
Then freshmen Jake Layman and Shaquille Cleare combined for 22 points in the effort, while Devin Booker led Clemson with 16 points.
Maryland led 35-32 at the half, before pulling away in the second half on 11 second half points from Faust.

Clemson: A Series History
Maryland has generally had the upper-hand against Clemson in a series that dates back to 1938, leading 90-49.
The Terrapins won the inaugural ACC meeting between the teams by a sizable 81-41 margin on Dec. 4, 1953 at Clemson. Gene Shue and Bob Everett each had 18 points to lead the Terps.
Terrell Stoglin scored 27 points to lead Maryland to a 64-62 victory in its last visit to Littlejohn Coliseum. The Terps led 53-39 with eight minutes to go, before the Tigers went on a 19-6 run to close the gap.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 25 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MISL-Baltimore Blast @ Pennsylvania Roar (Sunday 4:05pm from Reading, PA live on YouTube); Women’s College Basketball: Virginia Tech @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Bryan Vera (Saturday 9:45pm from San Antonio live on HBO)

10. David Koechner (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Eddie Griffin (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Thor: The Dark World“, “Gravity” and “Nebraska” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Non-Stop” out in theaters (Friday); Canton Irish Stroll (Saturday 1pm Canton Square)

I find David Koechner to be a humorous individual.

Also, I might like this t-shirt, you.

9. Eagles (Saturday 8pm Verizon Center); Robin Thicke (Thursday 8pm Patriot Center), Avett Brothers/Old Crow Medicine Show (Friday 8pm Patriot Center); Young The Giant (Tuesday 9pm Rams Head Live), ZZ Ward (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Nelly’s Echo (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Los Lobos (Friday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Flogging Molly (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Shaggy (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Brett Dennen (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), St. Vincent (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Talib Kweli (Sunday 9pm Howard Theatre); Band of Horses (Thursday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre), Josh Ritter (Friday & Saturday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Beck “Morning Phase” and The Fray “Helios” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I wish I could tell you I’d be in Fairfax Friday night. I fully support this tour.

Not familiar with OCMS? You probably know more about them than you think.

Couple of good shows in Charm City this week as well.

ZZ Ward is just so marvelous.

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The 15-7-0 thinks Calvin Johnson is probably worth screaming about

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The 15-7-0 thinks Calvin Johnson is probably worth screaming about

Posted on 28 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

Oh and candy corn. Actually this week…mostly candy corn.

15 Positive Observations…

1. I assume what Dez Bryant was yelling on the sidelines was something along the lines of “HEY COACH! YOU KNOW THOSE GUYS WHO SAY THAT WHEN YOU FACE THE LIONS YOU SHOULD LET CALVIN JOHNSON GET HIS BUT DON’T LET ANYONE ELSE BEAT YOU? THOSE GUYS ARE IDIOTS!”

Pretty much just simple lip-reading.

Dez would like to remind you why he’s yelling.

Megatron posted the second greatest receiving (yards) day in NFL history. No one even as much as blinked at any of it.

Matt Stafford’s fake spike is obviously the highlight of his entire life.

2. If there’s one person in the world you’re happy for right now it’s Navy kicker Nick Sloan. If there’s a second, it’s…umm….I don’t know, the guy who helped Naya Rivera pick out her sexy Carmen Sandiego Halloween costume?

You’ll remember Sloan missed an extra point in 2OT a week ago as the Midshipmen lost to Toledo. The result was different against Pitt Saturday.

If the Mids won, that means we get to enjoy something.

Oh and about that costume.

Yeah that works.

3. Ohio State would like you to go ahead and move on to your next question, please.

The Buckeyes demolished Penn State 63-14. They admitted after the game that they’re simply trying to keep up with their own Marching Band.

Elsewhere in the B1G, Michigan State really dug deep in their bag of tricks.

4. The Kansas City Chiefs are still undefeated. It’s probably about time that when we talk about them, we don’t use that same inflection on the term “undefeated” that we use when we describe Northern Illinois.

The more significant news from this game? JASON CAMPBELL DID SOMETHING!

5. No, Patriots fans were NOT booing their team at halftime. Of course not. Yeah, they were actually saying “YOOOUUUUUU…..guys are probably going to put together a dominant second half and easily beat the Dolphins.” Sometimes you just don’t hear all of that.

In fairness, Pats fans could have no idea their team had practiced the new sport of “synchronized intercepting”.

They should however have known their quarterback…

Despite the fact that the QB’s hand looked like this…

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Farrand totals 23 tackles for Terps in loss

Posted on 27 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland vs. No. 9 Clemson

No. 9 Clemson 40, Maryland 27

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

– Maryland –

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Maryland welcomes Clemson to College Park for Homecoming Saturday

Posted on 25 October 2013 by WNST Staff

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

LIVE Coverage on the ESPN & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. Mike Patrick (pbp), Ed Cunningham (color) and Jeannine Edwards (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 85 and XM Radio Channel 85, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Quick Hitters From Wake Forest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Maryland Gameday Notes

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

Flag Bearers: Running back Albert Reid will carry the American flag, and defensive linemane Andre Monroe will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Clemson game are running back Kenneth Goins, Jr. (offense), defensive lineman Darius Kilgo (defense), and linebacker Abner Logan (special teams).


Maryland-Clemson Series History

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

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

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


Media Information

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

-Maryland-

 

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Maryland QB Brown, RB Ross, TE Stinebaugh will miss Clemson game

Posted on 24 October 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Clemson

Position

Name

Injury

Status

DB Milan Collins Ankle Out for the season
LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil Upper Body Out for the season
WR Stefon Diggs Leg Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney Knee Out for the season
WR Deon Long Leg Out for the season
DB Dexter McDougle Shoulder Out for the season
DL Mike Minter Knee Out for the season
DL Kingsley Opara Shoulder Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker Knee Out for the season
OL Silvano Altamirano Back Out
OB C.J. Brown Trunk Out
LS Christian Carpenter Knee Out
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro Head Out
LB L.A. Goree Back Out
K Adam Greene Quad Out
DB Jeremiah Johnson Toe Out
OL Nick Klemm Foot Out
WR DeAndre Lane Head Out
DB Anthony Nixon Toe Out
RB Brandon Ross Shoulder Out
TE Dave Stinebaugh Knee Out
DL Zeke Riser Ankle Probable
LB Matt Robinson Shoulder Probable
LB Alex Twine Shoulder Probable

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Terps OC Locksley noncommittal about QB status for Clemson Saturday

Posted on 23 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

On preparation at the quarterback position:

“As I told the quarterbacks, we need to be better than how we played on Saturday. Those guys all prepare as if they are going to be starters and I think that’s the mentality that you have to have especially at the quarterback position because you never know. We have lived that life before so they all have to prepare. Whether it’s Caleb Rowe, whether it’s Ricardo Young, whether it’s Perry Hills, any of those guys are what we call ‘green lighted to play’ will always have to prepare as if they are one or two plays away from being in the ball game.”
On quarterback Caleb Rowe’s performance on Saturday:

“I think he did okay. Obviously, when you don’t win it’s hard to say anyone did well. I’m sure he’ll be the first to tell you we made a lot of mistakes at the quarterback position. We left some plays on the field and had opportunities to score points; we came up short especially in the red-zone area. There were three or four different opportunities that if you go back and watch the tape there are guys that are open that we need to get the ball to. So as a coach, I want to get those things cleaned up and give us a chance.”

On Clemson’s defense:

“They are talented on defense. They are really high in the nation in a lot of areas that we aren’t really good at right now. Third down defense, they are one of the top teams. They lead the nation in sacks, tackles for loss, they are up there and all those different categories. So for us, we have got to find a way to get going on offense. We have opportunities where we move the ball and then the turnover bug has really kicked in for us offensively, which for me is very disappointing. We need to pride ourselves on not beating ourselves. That’s why for me from the quarterback standpoint we aren’t as sharp as we need to be, and that’s all of us, starting with me down. We need to find a way to right that ship first, with taking care of the football, not beating ourselves and obviously our execution needs to be better.”

 

On if there is an added emphasis on ball control this week to counteract Clemson’s offense:

“We are going to do whatever it takes to win a ball game, so for us it starts with execution. People throw around the words ball control, for us that means executing, sustaining some drives and that means we have to better on third downs. That means you have to execute well on first and second to get some manageable situations. So we are going to focus on taking care of the football, not turning it over, and not putting our defense in bad field position situations like we did last week.”
On wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo:

“Being a young guy, obviously he has great length. We like to have a guy 6-foot-3 out there on the edge and he’s on the backside playing “X”. He’s on the backside of the 3-by-1 sets that we get into and because of his length and size, and he’s a guy that has above average speed, he can quietly get up on you with his speed. He catches everything and he’s a physical blocker at the point of attack.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

On slowing down Clemson’s offense:

“Get off the field on third downs and be good on the early downs. That’s what’s been hurting us recently, we just have to be better on third downs.”
On the defense’s lack of production on third downs recently:

“Right now we’re just snake bitten in some areas. They pick up the pressure; we don’t cover the guy here. It’s just a lot of different reasons.”
On the decrease in turnovers in recent weeks:

“I think it’s everything. For one, some of the teams that we’re playing are pretty dynamic offensively. Two, we aren’t putting any pressure on them as far as third downs, getting off the field and that’s where we got a lot of the pressure as well as our interceptions. So I think we just need to get better on third down and force them to throw the ball deep a little more and do some things, and then attack the ball in the air and get closer to the quarterback.”
On getting back on the practice field following a loss from a coaching standpoint:

“When you don’t get off the field on third downs and you aren’t as good on the run or some element of the game that you want to be, you can’t wait to get on the practice field to get those corrections done and then get onto the opponent and then look at those things corrected.”

On defensive back Zach Dancel:

“He wants to be good. And when players want to be good they do the little things. They look at extra tape try to look at themselves and then when they see some little idiosyncrasies they are man enough to ask the coach, ‘Hey, I see that I do this, how can I stop doing something like that?’ And that’s what he does. He is very conscientious about things like that, especially watching himself on tape, and now the preparation period, when watching the other teams on tape he is conscientious with that, he’s right in there with the other guys. He just brings a very mature approach to the game.”
On linebacker Abner Logan:

“When you redshirt and you don’t actually get in the game, you don’t know the speed. There are a lot of things you don’t know until you get out there and I just think that’s he’s done a good job. I think Coach Dudzinski has done a good job with him in just the way he goes through the teaching progression so he can pick things up easy and understand what we’re doing. Between Coach Dudzinski tutoring as well as him maturing he’s just done a good job getting to the point he is now.”

 

– Maryland –

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Edsall won’t commit to starting quarterback for Clemson game Saturday

Posted on 22 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

“Homecoming this week against the No. 9 team in the country in Clemson, who’s a very good football team, has outstanding players in all three phases. It’s going to be nice to have some of our all-time greats come back and celebrate the weekend with us so I think that’s neat and good to get them back on campus and be a part of what they did when they were here and we’re looking forward to getting better this week, going out today, working on the things that we need to do to improve ourselves as a team and looking forward to it.”

 

On the status of the starting quarterback position:

“What I have to do as a head coach, our doctors and trainers will clear guys to be able to play in the games, but then I think it’s my duty and it’s my obligation to watch all of our players perform in practice, perform in games, using my eyesight to see how they’re performing and if they’re not performing up to the standards due to health-related issues, I think I owe to those young men to say that I’m not sure you can end up doing the things you’re capable of doing on the field. Then what I have to do is put somebody else in there so I don’t further risk a young man to injury even though that he’s cleared, but even knowing what that young man can do and then what I see him doing on the field. I think that’s part of my responsibility as a head coach. So, as you see the or situation [on the depth chart] that is because of health related issues and what we will do is both guys are cleared and I’ll take a look this week as we practice and to see where we’re at and then at the end of the week, as we go into the game, we’ll make a decision to who will be the guy that will go. But it’s not performance related, it was health related and I just feel as though the doctors and the trainers do a great job and they’ll never clear somebody to go out and perform and play if they’re not capable of playing, but I think there’s another part of that which is the coach. Like I said, I think it’s my responsibility to watch guys, see how they move, see how they’re doing things during the week or in the game based on if something happens and I feel like if they could put themselves in jeopardy, then I think I owe it to those young men and I owe it to our program to have somebody else go in and play.”

 

On studying Clemson based off of the Florida State game:

“No, we watch all the films and we break them all down, we take a look at what they do. We have every game of them from this year, and we break them all down and take a look at them and see if there are things that we can find that we can take advantage of, so we just don’t really concentrate on one game.”

 

On dealing with numerous injuries at the same position:

“All I can say is that it’s football. This sport is pretty much 100 percent guaranteed that you’re going to get hurt playing this game. I don’t think there’s anyone that has gone through his career without getting hurt. It’s unfortunate that we’ve had the injuries that we have, but there’s nothing that we can do about it. I think that our guys will step up and do a good job. I think Amba [Etta-Tawo] will get an opportunity now. And I know that he’s excited about that. He’s disappointed that it happened the way it happened. But he’s excited about his opportunity. I think Levern Jacobs will now get more reps. I think he’s really done some good things already this year. So now he’s got a chance to get on the field a lot more. [DeAndre] Lane, Malcolm [Culmer], Nigel [King], [Abner] Logan and some other guys will get a chance to play. The one thing that we won’t do is burning a redshirt that hasn’t played. That wouldn’t be fair to the young man. Everybody has got to step their game up. We’ve got to deal with it.”

 

On Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd:

“They are a very dynamic offense. When you take a look at Tajh Boyd, his numbers speak for himself. He has [close to] 2,000 yards throwing, 16 touchdowns, and a 63 percent completion rate. He’s got an outstanding running back, Roderick McDowell. He’s has a bunch of really good receivers like, Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant and Adam Humphries. They are three really good receivers that they spread the ball to. They really try to up-tempo you and play fast. They do a lot of different things where you have to be very sharp, alert and cognizant with where they move people around. They don’t put all of the receivers in the same place and try to create mismatches. So what you’ve got to do is be very sound and solid. We can’t let them see the same things happen in a row. This is an offense that is very dynamic at 487 yards a game. This is why you come out and play here; to go out and meet the challenges that lie ahead.

 

On honoring the consensus Al- Americans on Saturday:

“I think the big thing is when you take a look up there and you see those guys as consensus All-Americans, you see guys coming back; Dale Castro, who is a place kicker, and Gary Collins. I remember watching him on T.V. when we played with the Browns and he’s living up in Hershey, Pa., right now. It will be good to get him back up on campus, since I don’t think he’s been down for a while. E.J. Henderson is coming, who is one of the great all-time linebackers here and in college football. Also, he had a great pro career. J.D. Maarleveld came here from Norte Dame and did a great job. It’s always great to have Jack [Scarbath] around. He is local and is around here quite a bit. Of course to get Randy White to come back here on campus is special. When you take a look at what he has not only accomplished here, but also in the NFL,  I remember watching him when I was growing up and in high school and there wasn’t really anybody better than him at the position that he played.

“I wish we could have gotten them all back here, but due to some different situations and everything else, we couldn’t. But to get this number back here is really neat. This shows the history and the heritage of what we have here. Bringing those guys back and having the fans recognize them will mean a lot to them. It means a lot to me to be the head football coach because I think the history and tradition is something that is paramount when you talk about college football. One of the problems is that with this day and age, I am not sure how many of our current players might remember these guys playing or anything along those lines, but they don’t even know who Al Davis was when I said something the other day. It’s just neat. Anything that we can do to bring out former letterman and all-time greats back, we want to be able to do that. We want them to feel a part of what we’re doing and be connected to the hips at all times, because I think that’s the unique and special thing about college athletics.

 

– Maryland –

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 22 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Soccer-New Zealand @ Team USA Women (Sunday 6:30pm from San Francisco live on ussoccer.com), MLS: Houston Dynamo @ DC United (Sunday 1:30pm from RFK Stadium live on NBC); Golf: PGA Tour CIMB Classic (Wednesday-Saturday 11pm from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia live on Golf Channel), Champions Tour AT&T Championship (Friday-Sunday 3:30pm from San Antonio live on Golf Channel), Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship (Thursday-Sunday 12pm from Yang Mei, Taiwan on Golf Channel); Boxing: Bernard Hopkins vs. Karo Murat (Saturday 9pm from Atlantic City live on Showtime)

10. Pearl Jam (Sunday 7:30pm Baltimore Arena); Steve Aoki/Pharrell Williams (Friday 4pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); The Maine/Anberlin (Friday 7:30pm Rams Head Live); Ballyhoo! (Friday 9pm Baltimore Soundstage), Butch Walker (Monday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); War (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); George Clinton & The P Funk All-Stars (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); John Legend (Wednesday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Fiona Apple (Friday & Saturday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); The Blind Boys of Alabama (Thursday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Brett Dennen “Smoke & Mirrors” and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “It Feels Like Christmas Time” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Not to say the other things happening this week aren’t nice, but…Pearl Jam is playing in Charm City Sunday night. Here are four PJ songs to get you hyped. The first two come from our “Totally Tubular” official scorekeeper on “The Reality Check”, Bryan Powell.

The next two are from a guy who will only be seeing Pearl Jam for the fourth time in his life Sunday night. Me.

9. Baltimore Beer Week (Tuesday-Sunday events throughout Charm City); Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival (Saturday 3:30pm Creative Alliance); Anthony Jeselnik (Saturday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Jim Gaffigan (Thursday 8pm Cole Field House); Cheech & Chong (Thursday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Janeane Garofalo (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Jeff Ross (Sunday 7:30pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Tony Rock (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); The Conjuring“, “The Way, Way Back” and “The Internship” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” and “The Counselor” out in theaters (Friday)

I’m all in on Beer Week, but if no one brings me any of this (by far and away my favorite Pumpkin Beer), I’ll cancel Beer Week myself.

Oh hey look, here’s a random scene I found from the movie “The Counselor”. TOTALLY AT RANDOM!

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Maryland’s significant injury list continues to mount

Posted on 21 October 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Clemson

Position

Name

Injury

Status

DB Milan Collins Ankle Out for the season
LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil Upper Body Out for the season
WR Stefon Diggs Leg Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney Knee Out for the season
WR Deon Long Leg Out for the season
DB Dexter McDougle Shoulder Out for the season
DL Mike Minter Knee Out for the season
DL Kingsley Opara Shoulder Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker Knee Out for the season

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