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Driesell honored at halftime of Maryland win

Posted on 23 February 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland athletics department welcomed back legendary basketball coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell on Saturday as the Terps hosted the Clemson Tigers.

Driesell, who became Maryland’s head coach in 1969, coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons. During his tenure, he won 348 games, including 28 over Duke and North Carolina.

Prior to his arrival, the Terrapins had won only one Atlantic Coast Conference title and made just one NCAA Tournament appearance. Under Driesell’s leadership, the Terrapins won another ACC title and made the NCAA Tournament eight times, inclduing two Elite 8 appearances.

During halftime of Saturday’s game versus Clemson, Driesell was honored at center court and received a standing ovation from the raucous crowd.

“It’s a pleasure to be back here,” said Driesell. “I coached here for 17 years and I always love coming back to UMD. It’s such an honor to be recognized, but it’s also a great honor for my teams and my players.”

Driesell, who coached at Davidson prior to coming to Maryland and went on to stints at James Madison and Georgia State, compiled a 786-394 record in his 40-plus years as a head coach. He was the originator of “Midnight Madness” to open practice at the beginning of the season in 1971.

He is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame.

In addition to Saturday’s halftime ceremony, Maryland will dedicate and unveil a bronze bas-relief of the storied coach on April 16, 2013.

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Maryland hopes to bounce back Saturday against Clemson

Posted on 22 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (18-8, 6-7 ACC) vs. Clemson (13-12, 5-8 ACC)
Saturday, February 23, 2013 • Noon ET

Game #27 • Home Game #18 • College Park, Md. • Comcast Center
TV: ESPN2 – Carter Blackburn (Play-by-Play) & Jay Williams (Analyst)
Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst) & Walt Williams (Sidelines)

Storyline

• Maryland plays its penultimate home game of the 2012-13 season when it takes on Clemson Saturday at noon. After playing the Tigers, the Terps play three of their last four on the road, with the home finale coming on March 6 vs. North Carolina. 

• Legendary coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell will be honored at halftime of Saturday’s game. Driesell became Maryland’s head coach for the 1969-70 season, when the Terrapins had won only one Atlantic Coast Conference title and had made just once NCAA Tournament appearance. In his 17 seasons at Maryland, Driesell compiled a 348-159 record, won one ACC title and led the Terps to eight NCAA Tournament appearances. 

• Maryland is 18-8 and 6-7 in the ACC after a 69-58 setback at Boston College on Tuesday. Logan Aronhalt poured in a season-high 26 points – the most by a Terp this season – but was the only Maryland player to reach double figures. The Terps led 33-26 at halftime and 50-49 with 5:14 to play, but the Eagles used a 12-0 run over the next 3:19 to take control. 

• The Terps have been at their best inside Comcast Center, where they own a 15-2 record which includes an upset over then second-ranked Duke last Saturday. In home games, Maryland has shot 50.7 percent from the field while holding opponents to a .366 mark, and the Terps have outscored opponents by an average margin of 14.2 points at home. 

• Maryland had a streak of seven straight games shooting at least 40 percent snapped at Boston College, when it hit just 35.7 percent. Still, the Terps rank third in the conference in field goal percentage at .471, behind just NC State (.497) and Duke (.472). Maryland also ranks first in the league and eighth nationally in field goal percentage defense, having held opponents to a .373 mark this season.

Driesell to be Honored

• The University of Maryland athletics department will dedicate a bronze bas-relief of Charles “Lefty” Driesell in a ceremony at Comcast Center on April 16, 2013. He is also being honored during halftime of Saturday’s game. Driesell, who coached at Davidson prior to coming to Maryland and went on to stints at James Madison and Georgia State, compiled a 786-394 record in his 40-plus years as a head coach. He was the originator of “Midnight Madness” to open practice at the beginning of the season in 1971. He is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame. Maryland-Clemson Series History

• The Terps own the upper hand in the all-time series with Clemson, leading 89-49 since the series began in 1938. Maryland is 52-11 at home vs. the Tigers, including a 5-2 mark at Comcast Center.

• The Terps have won three straight in the series. Last year, Maryland won 64-62 at Clemson.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 16 February 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: NBA-Toronto Raptors @ Washington Wizards (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Denver Nuggets @ Washington Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Houston Rockets @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Toronto Raptors (Monday 7pm from Toronto live on Comcast SportsNet); Soccer: MISL Milwaukee Wave @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm 1st Mariner Arena), Team USA U-20 vs. Costa Rica (Friday 6:30pm from Puebla, Mexico live on Fox Soccer Channel); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Lamont Peterson vs. Kendall Holt (Friday 5pm DC Armory); ShoBox: Art Hovhannisyan vs. Alejandro Perez (Friday 11pm from Cabazon, CA live on Showtime), Cornelius Bundrage vs. Ishe Smith (Saturday 9pm from Detroit live on Showtime); Vyacheslav Glazkov vs. Malik Scott (Saturday 10:30pm from Huntington, NY live on NBC Sports Network); Women’s College Basketball: Duke @ Maryland (Sunday 3pm from Comcast Center live on ESPN2); Tennis: ATP Tour U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships (Saturday 1pm & 4pm Sunday 4pm live on Tennis Channel)

10. Shinedown/P.O.D./Three Days Grace (Tuesday 7pm 1st Mariner Arena); Dirty Heads/Shiny Toy Guns (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Wale (Thursday 9pm Rams Head Live); Imagine Dragons (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Matisyahu (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Matchbox Twenty (Monday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Shinedown is that band you’ve always liked but never fully admitted to it…

I could listen to Wale’s first full record on repeat for like a week straight.

Imagine Dragons not only does one of your favorite songs but also MY favorite song from Madden 13…

I will sign up for ANY amount of more Robert Randolph.

9. Joel McHale (Sunday 7:30pm Towson Center); Eddie Griffin (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); “Argo” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “Snitch” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore Winter Wine Celebration (Friday-Monday); “The Gathering” (Saturday 3pm The Castle at Keswick Hampden)

I saw Joel McHale after Preakness a few years ago. He was LEGITIMATELY funny. Also there’s this.

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Maryland to honor Driesell with bronze relief

Posted on 12 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Former coach will have bronze bas-relief dedicated at Comcast Center

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland athletics department will dedicate a bronze bas-relief of legendary basketball coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell in Comcast Center on April 16, 2013, director of athletics Kevin Anderson announced Tuesday.

Driesell became Maryland’s head coach for the 1969-70 season with a promise for new excitement and to turn things around. Prior to his arrival, the Terrapins had won only one Atlantic Coast Conference title and made just once NCAA Tournament appearance.

In his 17 seasons at Maryland, Driesell compiled a 348-159 record, won one ACC title and led the Terps to eight NCAA Tournament appearances.

In addition to the bas-relief that will be unveiled on April 16, Driesell will be honored at Maryland’s home game vs. Clemson on Saturday, Feb. 23 at noon.

“Lefty is a legendary coach and we are happy to recognize him on this special day,” said Anderson. “It will be exciting for our longtime fans to celebrate Lefty’s return to the university and we look forward to the dedication of his Bas-relief in April.”

“Lefty did a great job establishing a tradition for Maryland basketball,” said men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon. “I know our alumni, former players, and our team is excited to have Lefty back on campus. It will be a great day for everyone involved with Maryland basketball.”

Driesell, who coached at Davidson prior to coming to Maryland and went on to stints at James Madison and Georgia State, compiled a 786-394 record in his 40-plus years as a head coach. He was the originator of “Midnight Madness” to open practice at the beginning of the season in 1971.

He is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame, and is a nominee for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Maryland football to host Syracuse for first time since 1991

Posted on 11 January 2013 by WNST Staff

ACC Announces 2013 Conference Football Opponents

Terps to play host to Boston College, Clemson, Syracuse and Virginia

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference on Friday announced the football conference opponents and sites for the 2013 season, incorporating new members Pittsburgh and Syracuse into the 14-team league.

 

Maryland will host ACC opponents Boston College, Clemson, Syracuse and Virginia at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in 2013. The Terps will play at Florida State, NC State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

 

The complete 2013 ACC Football Schedule, including specific dates, is expected to be announced in early February.

 

The Terrapins’ non-conference schedule features home games vs. FIU (Sat. Aug. 31) and Old Dominion (Sat. Sept. 7), a trip to Connecticut (Sat. Sept. 14), and a showdown with West Virginia on Sept. 21 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

 

Maryland Football 2013 Schedule

 

Date              Opponent            Home/Away/Neutral

Aug. 31          FIU                      Home

Sept. 7          Old Dominion       Home

Sept. 14         Connecticut          Away

Sept. 21         West Virginia        Neutral (M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore)

 

Conference Schedule (Dates to be announced in early February)

Home: Boston College, Clemson, Syracuse, Virginia

Away: Florida State, NC State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

 

- Terps -

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Maryland tries to pull stunner Saturday at Clemson

Posted on 09 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland returns to the road this Saturday to take on No. 10 Clemson in what could set up to be the first of back-to-back games against top-10 opponents. After taking on the Tigers, Maryland will play host to No. 8 Florida State before finishing off the regular season at North Carolina. The series with Clemson has been split evenly since 2000, with each team having won six games, though the Tigers own a 32-26-2 all-time lead.

First-and-10

• The Terps have been unlucky this season in the injury department, with eight players – all of them potential starters – having been lost to season-ending injuries. The latest is senior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield, who tore his ACL during the Georgia Tech game. One of four team captains, Hartsfield is Maryland’s leading tackler and ranks 10th among active players in career tackles with 338. That also ranks 15th in school history.

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

• True freshman Shawn Petty took the reins at QB against Georgia Tech. Petty starred on both sides of the ball and was an All-Met selection at Eleanor Roosevelt HS in Greenbelt, Md. As a quarterback, he threw for 1,300 yards and 15 TDs, and ran for 550 yards and 10 TDs. After a slow start against the Yellow Jackets, Petty responded with an efficient second half. He was 8 of 12 for 114 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the final two quarters. Maryland is one of seven schools to have started three different players at quarterback this season (also Southern Miss – 4; and Colorado State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tulane and Utah – 3).

• Despite allowing a season-high 401 yards of total offense to Georgia Tech, the Terps rank highly in a number of categories. Maryland is 11th nationally in total defense (301.7 ypg), 18th in rushing defense (110.1 ypg) and 20th in passing defense (191.6 ypg). Until facing the high powered, triple-option attack of Georgia Tech, Maryland had held its last two opponents under 50 rushing yards: NC State totaled just 40 yards on 26 attempts (1.5 yards per carry) and Boston College had just 8 yards on 27 attempts (0.3 yards per carry).

• Maryland has an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebackers Kenneth Tate and Darin Drakeford. Those four have played a big role in holding opponents to an average of just 3.05 yards per rush, which is tied for ninth nationally. Maryland’s 7.1 tackles for loss per game are tied for 24th in the FBS and its 2.78 sacks per game are tied for 16th. Vellano leads the ACC and is tied for 16th nationally with 1.56 tackles for loss per game. Cole Farrand has also provided solid play, with his 55 tackles ranking second on the team behind the injured Hartsfield.

• Offensively and on special teams, wide receiver Stefon Diggs continues to be Maryland’s most dynamic playmaker. Against Virginia, the freshman returned the game’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and vs. BC he had a career-high 11 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with a pair of touchdown catches against Georgia Tech and over the last six games he’s averaging 95.8 receiving yards per game. His 174.9 all-purpose yards per game this season rank second in the ACC and seventh nationally. Diggs has earned ACC weekly honors four times this season: he received Rookie of the Week honors against West Virginia, Wake Forest and Boston College; and Specialist of the Week honors against Virginia. He already ranks sixth on Maryland’s single-season all-purpose yards list and 11th on the single-season receiving yards list.


Quick Hitters

• The combination of a talented 2012 recruiting class and a number of injuries has led Maryland to play 15 true freshmen this season. That’s tied for the third most in the FBS, behind only Texas and TCU who have each played 16.

• Perry Hills, Caleb Rowe and Shawn Petty have all started at QB this season. It’s been nearly 30 years since Maryland last started three quarterbacks in one season. The last time was 1973, when Ben Kinard started six games, Bob Avellini started three games and Al Neville started two games.

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

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

• Diggs ranks sixth in the conference and first among freshmen with 80.1 receiving yards per game. Diggs, who has 43 catches for 721 yards, already ranks 11th on Maryland’s single-season receiving yards list (see list page 6).

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

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

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

• Fourteen players saw their first career action for Maryland against William & Mary, and 26 players have seen their first career action for Maryland at some point this season (15 true freshmen, eight redshirt freshmen, two juniors, one senior).

• The Terps are holding opponents to 3.05 yards per carry, which is tied for ninth nationally. Of the opponents’ 325 rushing attempts this season, 204 (69.1%) have been for three yards or less (28 of 41 vs. William & Mary; 28 of 39 vs. Temple; 25 of 40 vs. Connecticut; 20 of 25 vs. West Virginia; 21 of 29 vs. Wake Forest; 25 of 42 vs. Virginia; 18 of 26 vs. NC State; 21 of 27 vs. Boston College; 18 of 56 vs. Georgia Tech).

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

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

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


Maryland-Clemson Series History

• Saturday’s game will mark the 61st meeting between the Terrapins and Tigers. The two teams met for the first time in 1952, and have played every year since, with Clemson owning a 32-26-2 edge in the all-time series. Maryland is 13-17 vs. Clemson in games played at Clemson. The Terps have won two of the last three on the road, though the Tigers won the 2010 and 2011 meetings. The series since 2000 has been split, with each team having won six games.

• Last season, Clemson overcame an 18-point second half deficit to rally for a 56-45 win which was the highest scoring game in the series history. C.J. Brown ran for 162 yards and threw for 177 with three touchdowns. Matt Furstenburg had 104 receiving yards and two TDs.

• The 31-7 loss by Maryland in 2010 was the largest margin in the series since 1996 when the Tigers knocked off Maryland, 35-3.

• Clemson won 30-17 in 2007 at College Park, but the Terps rallied for a 20-17 win over the 20th-ranked Tigers the next season in Death Valley. Chris Turner threw a TD pass and Da’Rel Scott scored the go-ahead touchdown. Clemson QB Cullen Harper was stopped short on fourth-and-1 by Alex Wujciak with 5:36 remaining.

• Six years ago, Maryland won 13-12 at No. 19 Clemson after Dan Ennis nailed a 31-yard field goal as time expired.

 

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Diggs, Brown join list of Terps missing Clemson game

Posted on 08 November 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

at Clemson

Position

Name

Injury

Status

WR Kerry Boykins Hip Out for the season
QB C.J. Brown Knee Out for the season
QB Devin Burns Foot Out for the season
PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip Out for the season
LB Demetrius Hartsfield Knee Out for the season
QB Perry Hills Knee Out for the season
WR Marcus Leak Toe Out for the season
DL Andre Monroe Knee Out for the season
QB Caleb Rowe Knee Out for the season
RB Wes Brown Ankle Out
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro Concussion Out
WR Stefon Diggs Ankle Out
DL Joe Vellano Ankle Questionable
DL Justin Anderson Ankle Probable
DB Undray Clark Thigh Probable
WR Kevin Dorsey Knee Probable
LB Cole Farrand Wrist Probable
DL A.J. Francis Shoulder Probable
OL Bennett Fulper Toe Probable
OL Justin Gilbert Knee Probable
OL Nick Klemm Knee Probable
QB Shawn Petty Shoulder Probable
DB Matt Robinson Hip Probable
TE Ryan Schlothauer Knee Probable
TE David Stinebaugh Back Probable
LB Kenneth Tate Knee Probable

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Maryland DC Stewart thinks Goree ready to step up in Hartsfield absence

Posted on 07 November 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Quotes

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

On how backup quarterback Shawn Petty has been progressing:

“I think he’ll continue to get better with each practice. As we talked about last week he’s only two or three months removed from being a quarterback. He’s done it his whole life so he has some natural quarterback mechanic things that he does. But for us, we’re still trying to figure out and make sure we go in and do the things he’s capable of getting executed. That’s always the important part. It starts with doing what your quarterback is capable of doing. We’ve tried to do that with each guy that’s been back there and we’ll continue to do that with Shawn.”

 

On how he thought Shawn performed in his first game:

“For his first start and his first game, I commend him for his effort. It takes a lot of a true freshman to go out there under limited practice time and take in the game plan to try and win the game. Obviously we didn’t get that accomplished and there were a lot of mistakes made, not just by Shawn. The big thing that we’ve talked about with our quarterbacks is protecting the football. We didn’t feel like he did that very well and that was something we wanted to come out of that game, if at all anything, limited turnovers. We knew with that team and a limited offense we would be limited with the amount of opportunities we would get. I thought the first half he played like a freshman like a lot of the other freshmen who have started this year have done for us at all positions. I thought he got better as the game went along and in the second half I thought the game kind of slowed down. I think he’ll continue to get better not just with his performance, but as we’ve seen him under fire we have a better understanding of the things we can get executed in game situations.”

 

On Shawn playing in front of a loud environment at Clemson:

“Well again, we have to do what we can to prepare him for that situation. That’s where Randy [Edsall] comes into play and the things we do in practice and how we go about practicing. All we can do is simulate it, he’s a freshman it’s his first opportunity to play in an environment like that, and that’s where sometimes youth serves you well. You really don’t know and it’s not a big deal whereas a guy that’s played in that situation has some preconceived thoughts of how it may be. So, we’ll prepare him for that situation it’s a great venue to play ball in. We have to give him a plan to go out and execute and I think the better he can execute the better it’ll be on him down there in Death Valley.”

 

On the play of Brandon Ross last week:

“That’s what we feel Brandon is capable of doing. It’s just a matter of getting some consistency out of him. Out of all of our runners the consistency up front of putting a hat on a hat. I think our offensive line took some steps forward last week being on the right people and making sure we’re covering guys up giving him a chance. I also think having a guy like Shawn being a runner also helps open up some of the inside run game stuff for our backs.”

 

 

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

 

On losing Demetrius Hartsfield:

“Losing Demetrius, unfortunately for him you don’t want something like that to happen to a kid in his senior year so late in the season. But, we just have to keep on going. You have to prepare like you always have the opportunity to play and I think that’s what L.A [Goree] has done for us. He’s done a great job at practice this week, but again I feel sorry and my heart goes out to Demetrius, because you just hate for that to happen to him.”

 

On if this situation is similar to when the team was facing West Virginia:

“There are so many different variables in this situation than West Virginia. Every game presents its own good and bad, so I couldn’t even approach it that same way.”

 

On how you prevent the defense from getting overwhelmed on the road:

“You just have to stick to your basics, stick to your fundamentals. I truly feel our vision, what we want to do defensively, and who we want to be defensively, we still have an opportunity to control that vision. I think to do that, you just stick to what you’re doing, stick to what your base defense is, and everybody does that. That’s what the coaches preach, and that’s what I preach.”

 

On what happened vs. Georgia Tech:

“You know I don’t if you can say what went wrong, it’s just we didn’t make any plays. I think they got us unsettled, I think that both of those things as a coordinator are up to me to get us to be settled in and get things right. I shoulder the responsibility for that.”

 

On the players saying they just want to forget about a game like Georgia Tech:

“I believe to get on to the next game, you have get rid of the last game. We always talk about that. Whether it’s a win or a loss, you have to flush that last game and start preparing for the next game and gave your full focus on that next game.”

 

On what L.A Goree brings to the table:

“L.A Goree is a tough kid and a tough player. He’s a downhill, mean son of a gun that’s just good. The thing is we have to remember is he’s young. Last year I think he was thrust into playing and he wasn’t a starter in the beginning of the season. It’s the same thing this year, and I think he’s done a good job of preparing. I’m excited to see how he’s going to do Saturday.”

 

– Terps –

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Edsall doesn’t think turf, conditioning to blame for Terps’ many injuries

Posted on 06 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Quotes from Head Coach Randy Edsall


Opening statement:

“Well we’ve got a tremendous challenge in front of us this weekend, going down and playing Clemson, a top 10 team that is playing extremely well. Offensively they are a very talented football team. Tajh Boyd is playing extremely well, just throwing the deep ball well and making good decisions. He also pulls the ball down and runs hit. He’s got good speed and he’s surrounded by some tremendous wide receivers. DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins, and then also Brandon Ford at tight end. Then when you put in there Andre Ellington at running back, he’s got a lot of weapons to work with, and their offensive line has come along and is playing really well.

“Defensively, we are going to face a defense that is tremendously athletic, has very, very good speed, outstanding linebackers, they’ve got an improving defensive front with some young guys that are just getting better. So to go down there in that environment, we are going to have to have a really good week of practice and preparation. I know our guys are looking forward to it and look forward to going down there and competing against Clemson this weekend.”

 

On the number of ACL injuries they’ve had:

“We’ve kind of looked at some things, and we don’t have any more ACLs [injuries] this year than what we had a year ago. I think the biggest misconception is it has happened in one position. I think that’s the problem. It has happened at quarterback. Because when you look at it, take C.J.’s [Brown]. C.J. was just running, and a lot of times, ACLs are non-contact injuries. We were talking today, [wide receivers coach] Lee Hull tore his ACL and he was just running when he was playing. And then you take a look at Perry [Hills], and he got hit from a block in the back. He had 300 pounds coming on him when his leg was planted and that’s unfortunate. Caleb [Rowe], he was just running. He was running out of bounds and then you know, he does get hit, he tears his ACL. And then [Demetrius Hartsfield] gets an ACL taken on a block and a guy gets into him.

“So, you know, I hear all of this stuff about strength and conditioning and turf, all of these things, and it’s unfortunate that these injuries happen, but that happens in the game of football. And I think that’s a lot of it. But [strength & conditioning coach] Drew [Wilson] is doing a great job in the weight room with our guys, but there is nothing that you can do to strengthen the ACL. The ACL is in a position where there is nothing you can do. We’re constantly, every year, wherever I’ve been, we’re always researching ways to try to do thinks so you can prevent, as much as you can, injuries. And we’re always on top of the curve in terms of finding out what people are doing. But some years you are a little bit luckier than others. And that’s really what it’s all about. We’ll just keep working at it. And Andre Monroe, his wasn’t an ACL, he had a knee injury. It is unfortunate, but I think a lot of it has been just because we had three quarterbacks that have ACLs, and its unheard of to lose not only three but four quarterbacks in a year, so I think it has just brought a bit more light.

 

On who has had surgery and who might be back for spring ball:

“That’s too early to tell in terms of who will be back for spring ball. C.J. has had his surgery. Perry had his this past Friday and that was successful. He was here today and they are pleased with what they have seen already in terms of how he came out of the surgery. Looks like Caleb will have his next Friday. And then Demetrius, we have to wait and see. He started to swell up the day after, and swelled up a little bit more today, so we will just have to see when that will be. I think his might be the following week. Or depending on how things go, they might do both Caleb and Demetrius next Friday. Devin [Burns] had surgery but his was a Lisfranc. And Marcus Leak already had his surgery. They had those over a week ago, and now they are in the process of doing the things that the trainers need them to do. I don’t think some of the rehab things have started yet because of the type of injury that they had but they will be starting as soon as the trainers know they can do those sort of things.”

 

On being 4-2 and then having so many injuries and the affect of the mood of the team:

“I’m fine. Again, I have been through things like this before. And again, I think what gets you through all of this is the fact that you have a philosophy and you build the team concept and guys understand that there is going to be adversity that strikes during the season. Probably didn’t expect this much adversity to strike. But again, it’s all in terms of how you approach adversity. And we have the mindset here that we can only control what we can control. When somebody goes down, everybody has to rally that much more around each other, and everybody has to do a little bit more themselves and go out and work a little bit harder and encourage the other guys.

“That’s really what you have to do. You have to stay close and you have to stay together. I think that’s probably been the truest measure for this group, you can see that they are a team. They are not individuals. They believe in themselves and they believe in each other. They want each other to do well, and it’s like it’s a test. I told them when we lost Caleb, ‘This is just a test. The good lord is just testing us to see how strong we are and how much we have as a team. And are we going to stick together?’ Those are the kind of messages that I send and I tell our team about. That nobody, regardless of what happens, can pull us apart, or have us deviate from what we want to accomplish.

“All we are going to do is go out and give our best effort each and every day and do the best we can, and that’s all anybody can ask of us. And that’s what I’ve been most impressed with. They haven’t batted an eye. There’s nobody walking around this building feeling sorry for themselves, nobody saying ‘What if,’ or ‘If this didn’t happen.’ They’re just saying, ‘Okay, what do we have to do today to get better? What do we have to do to win?’ It’s like our mantra: all in, all games, all season. Everybody has taken heed to that.”

 

On what he’s better able to do with Shawn Petty in practice this week:

“We’ll find out as we continue to go through practice the next three days. We have an idea on what we want to be able to do with Shawn and the rest of the guys on offense. We’ll go out today, tomorrow, and Thursday and practice that and perfect it, and then head down to Clemson and go play them.”

 

On how Demetrius Hartsfield’s spirits are:

“I feel bad for any of the guys that get injured. I have seen the work they have put in to get themselves out on the field and to play a game that they truly love and then have it taken away. But that is part of the way that the game is played; there are no guarantees. Yesterday, when we got the news back from the MRI, he [Demetrius Hartsfield] asked what he needed to do to get back and to get better and get healthy. Demetrius is a guy who is very even-keeled. He is not a guy who shows a ton of emotion, so he was not sitting there feeling sorry for himself. I know he is disappointed, and was playing really well. L.A [Goree] needs to step up and fill the role that Demetrius was playing on the field, but we still have a void when it comes to the leadership that Demetrius provided. We need someone to take that role over and be a leader. From a spirit standpoint, he is disappointed but he is handling it the best way he can. He understands that he needs to move on and focus on having surgery and working hard to get himself another opportunity to play football down the road.”

 

On how the injuries will affect future recruiting:

“I think that because of some of these injuries we have the opportunity to play some guys, maybe a little earlier than we would have liked to, but it helps our teams because it gives them experience. I do not think it is going to affect our program negatively in any way, because everyone is brought here because we think they can play and they can contribute. Some guys may have had their number called a little earlier than others, so now some of the guys that got hurt have to be able to fight to get themselves healthy so they can get back and play. It is just one of those things where we get knocked down but we have to keep going forward.”

 

On the challenges of playing so many first year players:

“We have played 26 guys who are getting their first in-game experience. The challenge with young guys is that they will make more mistakes. The only way they will get experience is by playing. You can go over things in practice but the only way they will get better is by seeing things on the field at that speed. Everyone is going to get much better the more they play. By the time these guys are seniors, they are going to be so much better than they are right now. Experience and speed of the game are the toughest things for freshmen to come in and adapt to.”

 

On what L.A Goree does well:

“L.A is a guy who is physical. He will come downhill and attack you. It was good to see him bounce back from his injury. He has experience from playing on special teams.”

 

On what he saw from Shawn Petty after watching the film:

“I wished he would have protected the ball a little bit more and we did not turn it over. I think he was a bit jittery to start the game, which is expected. I think he was more concerned about whether he was getting rushed than just letting the ball go. Once he got through the first half, I thought he settled in a little bit more. With the interception that he threw, he will know next time to put a little bit more air under it instead of just trying to fit the ball in there. In terms of executing, we did not have any delay of games or any illegal procedures. He did a good job of getting us in and out of the huddle and I thought he made some good reads. He missed some, but given the situation, with only seven practices I think he did a good job. We just need to get him better for this week, because with the speed and athleticism [of Clemson] the game isn’t going to get any slower.”

 

On comparisons between Sammy Watkins and Stefon Diggs:

“I think they are both very talented and explosive players. Sammy [Watkins] is a little bit bigger and thicker than Stefon [Diggs] but both of them have the ability to make plays in the return game and as receivers. I just hope Stefon makes more plays this week than Sammy makes against us.”

 

- Terps -

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 06 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Macao-Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le (Saturday 9am from Macao, China live on FUEL TV); Women’s College Basketball: Mount St. Mary’s @ Maryland (Friday 7pm Comcast Center), Maryland @ Loyola (Sunday 7pm Reitz Arena); Boxing: Gary Russell Jr. vs. Vyacheslav Gusev (Friday 10pm from Indio, CA live on Showtime), Abner Mares vs. Anselmo Moreno (Saturday 10pm from Los Angeles live on Showtime); Vanes Martirosyan vs. Erislandy Lara (Saturday 9:45pm from Las Vegas live on HBO); High School Football: MIAA A Conference Semifinals-Mount St. Joseph vs. Calvert Hall (Saturday 12pm Mustang Stadium), McDonogh vs. Gilman (Saturday 5pm Mustang Stadium)

10. Carrie Underwood/Hunter Hayes (Wednesday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); Chicago/Kansas (Saturday 7:30pm Patriot Center); Brandy (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Rock Harvest 2012 feat. Don Dokken (Saturday 1pm Recher Theatre); Mint Condition (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Ed Kowalczyk (Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head on Stage), Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group (Monday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Theory of a Deadman (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Yelawolf (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Social Distortion (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Motion City Soundtrack (Thursday 5pm 9:30 Club), Gary Clark Jr. (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Taking Back Sunday (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Chris Robinson Brotherhood (Tuesday 8pm State Theater), Victor Wooten Band (Friday 9pm State Theater); The Script (Wednesday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Great White (Friday 8pm House of Rock); Chick Corea (Saturday 8pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); ZZ Ward (Saturday 8pm Georgetown University)

I’ll go see Eddie K ANY DAY OF THE WEEK…

MIKE NESS MIKE NESS MIKE NESS MIKE NESS MIKE NESS MIKE NESS MIKE NESS MIKE NESS MIKE NESS…

I have to wait until Saturday to see GCJ (in Philly) because I’ll be in Brooklyn Friday night. It’s troubling because I’m not fully certain I can wait ANOTHER DAY.

I’ve put in a good bit of time with ZZ Ward recently. I could put in about six million hours more, too.

9. Doug Stanhope (Saturday 8:30pm Ottobar); Tommy Davidson (Saturday & Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Flip Orley (Wednesday-Sunday DC Improv); Adam Carolla (Thursday 8pm Warner Theater); Bill Engvall (Friday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam (Saturday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric); David Alan Grier (Sunday 7:30pm Kennedy Center); “The Muppet Christmas Carol” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday), “The Amazing Spider-Man” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “Skyfall” out in theaters (Friday)

Adam Carolla is funny EVERY FREAKING TIME.

The absolute best thing about The Amazing Spider-Man? Emma flipping Stone.

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