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Terps DC Stewart says CB Likely “special player”

Posted on 11 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

On the offensive balance so far this season:

“That’s the one thing we strive for offensively is to be able to, not necessarily be 50-50 run pass, but to be able to execute both well.  During the course of the games, what we do is predicated on what the defense gives us. The first game, they did some things to take away our running backs so our quarterback had some big plays. Our play-action stuff has been good. In the second game, they forced the running backs to make plays and we were fortunate that our rushing attack got going.”

 

On his advice to running back Brandon Ross going into the Old Dominion game:

“We’re a zone team and what we call our power type runs, where there’s one cut and you have to get downhill, we thought that in the first game Brandon was taking too long to get to the hole. We just stressed, make a read, stick a foot in the ground and attack the line of scrimmage. I thought he did a better job of that in week two.”

 

On running back Albert Reid:

“As we’ve said before, we’ve got two guys that we know for sure have the ability. We look at Albert as a starter from the standpoint of 1A and 1B. He’s a kid that works hard and has great vision. I was glad to see him get in the end zone for his first Terp touchdown. He did a great job of making a guy miss in space and that’s what you see out of Albert. That’s what you get day in and day out. That’s how he put himself in position to help us offensively.”

 

On the differences between running backs Albert Reid and Brandon Ross:

“Albert’s probably a little more powerful. Brandon has the ability to hit the home run. He has the long speed you like. But they are a lot more similar than they are different.”

 

On how the team blocking has improved:

“It’s definitely something we’ve talked about. With what we do on offense, perimeter blocking is as important as our offensive line protecting our quarterback because when you’re working to get the ball out in space to your playmakers, it entails guys out on the perimeter making blocks at the point of attack. Last week, we got better with our perimeter blocking. Our backs did a good job in protection and our receivers were covering up a lot better than they did in the first game.”

 

On Connecticut’s defense:

“We’ve got one game to evaluate them off of and we used last year’s game even though they’ve got a new coordinator. What we saw against Towson was a pressure defense that played a lot of man coverage. It’s similar to what they did last year against us. They play a lot of man, disguise their coverages, and like to get the eighth guy in the box. The eighth guy in the box means our zone read game has got to be on point with our reads to eliminate the extra guy and then we’ve also got to when out on the perimeter in man-to-man coverage.”

 

On the offensive line’s motivation after surrendering six sacks to Connecticut last season:

“I don’t think they are necessarily motivated by what happened last year. I think they are motivated at getting better like each and every position on our team needs to do. I thought they made strides from week one to week two. Their landmarks were a lot better. They played with a lot more leverage up front. They were executing and not making a lot of mistakes. From that standpoint, we got a lot better. With that being said, a lot of positions on our offense need to continue to get better and we still have so much more room for improvement from a fundamental and technical standpoint.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

On the thought process that went into the game plan against Old Dominion:

“Against spread teams, I think you’ve got to have the fastest guys on the field. That was my thought process and Randy’s [Edsall] thought process the whole time. We were going to put the fastest guys on the field.”

 

On the depth of the defense allowing him to run the dime:

“That was the key actually; the depth. We had the depth to stay in dime and substitute. That was the problem we had last year. If we were going to run a package like that, we couldn’t stay in it throughout the game because we had to fluctuate in and out because of the depth.”

 

On the players that were removed from the lineup because of the scheme:

“That’s a testament to those guys, to the big guys and Cole Farrand. If you’re a true team player, and you understand our package and what we’re trying to do and you see where you fit and where you don’t fit. They understood and did a good job of practicing hard and helping and noticing things on the sidelines that were happening during the game.”

 

On defensive back Jeremiah Johnson’s role:

“He still does the same things that he did when he was out there. He’s at all the meetings. He conducts voluntary meetings with some of the young guys to make sure they’re on point and know what’s going on. He’s done a great job. He’s just a great kid. We miss his play, but we want him out there helping.”

 

On defensive backs William Likely and Isaac Goins stepping in for Jeremiah Johnson:

“Jeremiah got hurt early in the first game so Isaac played most of the game and so did Will. The way coach Edsall structures practices, it’s hard for us not to see what guys can do. It’s an easy evaluation process, so when those guys get out there, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what those guys can do.”

 

On what he expects from Connecticut’s offense:

“It looks like a mix of both Cincinnati as well as last year’s UConn. I’m expecting some downhill runs as well as some perimeter runs. They ran some perimeter runs against Towson. Some spread with passes to the tight end, not like the spread we faced against ODU.”

 

On defensive back William Likely:

“I always thought he was a special player. It’s like when you’ve got Stefon Diggs. Did you expect him to do the things he did? You kind of did. With Will, he’s doing a great job and I think he’s a special player.”

 

On linebacker Alex Twine:

“Alex is doing a great job. The depth that we have at the linebacker position is tremendous and that being the case, he’s a guy that can play outside for us and inside. He’s started outside for us before. He’s doing a great job. The guy in front of him, Matt Robinson, is doing a great job. He just had to make sure he’s always ready.”

 

On linebacker Matt Robinson:

“I’m excited to have him. From him playing in the back end and now in the front, he knows what’s going on in our meeting room and he can relay that to the other guys in his meeting room. It makes it exciting because then our communication is real clean on the field.”

 

On how Robinson helped in the dime package:

“That’s what really made it work. You’ve got a guy that is a hybrid type guy; a DB/linebacker. He has size enough to help us in the run, but has enough quickness and speed to be back there in the pass [coverage] and do some things. It helped us tremendously.”

 

On defensive lineman Darius Kilgo:

“He’s doing a good job putting his hands on people and playing blocks and understanding the defense. The maturation of everyone understanding the defense is what’s helping them play better on defense.”

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Edsall expects negative reaction in return to UConn Saturday

Posted on 10 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — As much as Maryland coach Randy Edsall would like to pretend otherwise, the matchup between the Terrapins and Connecticut this Saturday isn’t just another game.

It couldn’t be, given Edsall’s 12-year tenure as the Connecticut head coach before he abruptly left to take the job at Maryland after the 2010 season.

Edsall got his first head coaching job at Connecticut in 1999. He took the program from the Football Championship Subdivision level to the Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the Big East.

He was the school’s all-time leader in wins (74) and games coached (144).

Although UConn beat Maryland last year at Byrd Stadium, this will be Edsall’s first trip back to East Hartford’s Renscheler Field. His list of priorities begins with helping the Terrapins improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2001.

“I have a lot of great memories of Rentchler Field and coaching there and a lot of good game splayed there and good fan support,” Edsall said Tuesday. “But you’ve got to put that behind you because the attention and the focus need to be on preparing this week and playing the best game we can in a hostile environment.”

Maryland will be playing its first road game of the season after two lopsided victories at home against Florida International (43-10) and Old Dominion (47-10). The Terrapins can expect to be surrounded by a home crowd more energetic than usual because of the circumstances surrounding Edsall’s departure.

Edsall coached the Huskies in their 48-20 loss to Oklahoma in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl. Afterward, he flew to Maryland for a job interview rather than returning home with his team. Many of the players learned of his departure through the news media. Edsall wasn’t able to meet with all the players personally to explain his decision, but did talk to most of the players on a conference call.

Edsall said last year that he regretted how he handled the situation. He expects he’ll hear plenty about it while on the Maryland sideline during the game.

“Anytime you go on the road, they’re going to boo you and they’re not gonna like you,” Edsall said. “I wouldn’t expect anything different. I’m sure there will be some people — maybe my golf buddies — that might cheer for us.”

Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni expects Edsall to receive a mixed reaction upon his return.

“Some people probably really appreciated the years and the work that Randy put in here,” Pasqualoni said. “I’m sure that there’s that population out there. There are other people that are probably still a little upset in the way things sorted out in the end.”

UConn senior defensive end Jesse Joseph expects the Huskies (1-1) to use Edsall’s return as motivation.

“There’s some guys on the team who feel like, because it’s Edsall, we need to come out as high as we can, more focused more violent than ever before,” Joseph said. “And that could be a good thing.  We could always use that. Some people do use that. I could use that, and that’s something that you’ll definitely see on the field.”

Maryland’s players have been made aware of what to expect from the crowd. But they have their own reasons for wanting to win, and it’s got nothing to do with their head coach.

“We’re rolling right now and we just want to keep it going,” linebacker Matt Robinson said. “We’ve just got to go out there and do what we’ve been doing.”

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Towson picks up Top 5 ranking after win over UConn

Posted on 02 September 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS EARN NUMBER FIVE NATIONAL RANKING

Towson Ranked Higher Than Ever Before In Sports Network Poll

PHILADELPHIIA, Pa. – After an impressive 33-18 victory over the University of Connecticut in their season opener, the Towson University football team is ranked fifth in the nation in the weekly FCS poll announced by The Sports Network on Monday.

For the Tigers, this marks their highest FCS national ranking ever. Their previous highest ranking was seventh nationally in the 2012 pre-season poll.  Prior to the win at UConn, the Tigers were ranked 11th in the FCS pre-season poll.

Towson has been ranked among the Top 25 for 27 consecutive weeks. The Tigers broke into the Top 25 on Sept. 26, 2011 and have been ranked among the Top 25 ever since.

The Tigers were one of eight FCS schools that defeated FBS programs during the first week of the college football season.

North Dakota State, which rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to post a 24-21 win over Kansas State, collected 145 of the 152 first-place votes to remain a definitive No. 1. The Bison were ahead of Eastern Washington, which collected the other seven first-place votes and moved up two spots to No. 2 following its 49-46 victory over Oregon State.

Also earning Top 10 spots were No. 5 Towson and No. 9 Northern Iowa, which posted its fifth all-time win over Iowa State, 28-20, to rise eight spots, the poll high.

That was only half the FCS-FBS story, though. Defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Eastern Illinois moved up seven spots to No. 14 after its 40-19 win over San Diego State. McNeese State, which was unranked in the preseason, moved up to No. 18 after it hammered South Florida, 53-21, scoring 31 points in the second quarter.

Samford, which beat transitioning FBS member Georgia State, 31-21, and Southern Utah, which slipped past South Alabama, 22-21, on a game-ending field goal, sat just outside the Top 25 following their big wins.

After Towson, the rest of the Top 10 consisted of No. 6 South Dakota State (1-0); No. 7 Central Arkansas (1-0); No. 8 Villanova (0-1), which fell to Boston College, 24-14; No. 9 Northern Iowa; and No. 10 Georgia Southern (1-0).

New Hampshire, which was idle over the weekend and will debut at Central Michigan on Saturday, was ranked 11th ahead of No. 12 Cal Poly (1-0). Up next was No. 13 Montana, which posted a 30-6 win over fellow perennial power Appalachian State in one of the more anticipated games of Week 1.

After Eastern Illinois were No. 15 Richmond (1-0), No. 16 Wofford (0-1), No. 17 Stony Brook (0-0), McNeese State, No. 19 Illinois State (0-1) and No. 20 James Madison (1-0).

The poll was rounded out by No. 21 Appalachian State (1-0), No. 22 Northern Arizona (0-1), No. 23 Lehigh (0-0), No. 24 Coastal Carolina (1-0) and No. 25 Bethune-Cookman (1-0).

Towson is one of six Colonial Athletic Association teams that are ranked in the FCS Top 25.

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, September 7 when they visit Holy Cross at 1:00 p.m.

FCS Rankings                           Record                    Points                    Last Week

1.  North Dakota State               1-0                           3793                       1

2. Eastern Washington              1-0                           3564                       4

3. Montana State                      1-0                           3319                        2

4. Sam Houston State               1-0                           3267                       3

5. TOWSON                               1-0                           2874                      11

6. South Dakota State               1-0                           2744                      6

7. Central Arkansas                  1-0                           2557                      7

8. Villanova                             0-1                           2470                      5

9. Northern Iowa                      1-0                           2357                       17

10. Georgia Southern                  1-0                           2191                        9

11.  New Hampshire                    0-0                          2112                        10

12  Cal Poly                               1-0                           1857                       14

13.  Montana                              1-0                           1842                       20

14.  Eastern Illinois                    1-0                           1717                         21

15.  Richmond                            1-0                           1690                        15

16.  Wofford                               0-1                           1527                       8

17.  Stony Brook                         0-0                          1235                       16

18.  McNeese State                    1-0                           1213                        NR

19.  Illinois State                        0-1                           1164                        13

20.  James Madison                   1-0                           1147                        19

21.  Appalachian State               0-1                           841                        12

22.  Northern Arizona                0-1                           583                       18

23.  Lehigh                                0-0                          557                       22

24.  Coastal Carolina                 1-0                           484                       25

25.  Bethune-Cookman              1-0                           420                       23

Others receiving votes: Eastern Kentucky 374, Youngstown State 338, Samford 226, Delaware 179, UT Martin 108, Southern Utah 106, Southern Illinois 89, William & Mary 71, Wagner 51, Penn 42, Southeastern Louisiana 41, Colgate 34, Chattanooga 27, Jacksonville State 21, South Dakota 19, Tennessee State 19, Sacramento State 15, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 14, Indiana State 14, Harvard 13, Gardner-Webb 10, The Citadel 10, Albany 9, Tennessee Tech 8, Liberty 7, Weber State 5, Western Illinois 5, Northwestern State 5, Duquesne 5, South Carolina State 4, Prairie View A&M 3, Charleston Southern 2, Florida A&M 1

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Maryland hoops opener tip-off time announced

Posted on 26 July 2013 by WNST Staff

The University of Maryland’s game against the University of Connecticut on Nov. 8, 2013, in Brooklyn will tip-off at 6:30 p.m. ET and be aired on ESPN2, Barclays Center announced Friday.

 

Maryland will be playing in Barclays Center for the second straight season. Last year, the Terrapins fell to then-No. 3 Kentucky, 72-69, in the season opener for both teams.

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Loyola to host Newtown youth players

Posted on 09 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Men’s Lacrosse To Host Newtown (Conn.) Youth Lacrosse Players

 

BALTIMORE – The Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse program will host nearly 50 players and family members from Newtown (Conn.) Youth Lacrosse on Saturday, April 13, when the Greyhounds host the University of Denver in their regular-season home finale at 1 p.m. at the Ridley Athletic Complex.

On January 3, Loyola freshman long-stick midfielder Jason Crane led a group of 14 Loyola men’s lacrosse players to the Connecticut town that was touched by tragedy just one month prior when a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School killed 26 people.

Loyola players put on a youth lacrosse clinic in Newtown that was attended by over 100 young players. The team has stayed in communication with those players, and many will be making the trip with their families to Baltimore for Saturday’s game.

The players and families from Newtown will receive a tour of the Ridley Athletic Complex and be on the field with the teams prior to faceoff Saturday. After the game they will get to participate in a “throw-around” with Loyola players on the field and attend a postgame reception with Loyola players and their families. In addition to the game-day experience, Visit Baltimore!, the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Under Armour and other local businesses have come together to provide the group with several exciting activities while they are in town.

Tickets to Saturday’s game, which will feature two ECAC Lacrosse League teams ranked in the top-five nationally, are available at www.loyolagreyhounds.com/tickets.

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Maryland to open 2013 season against UConn in Brooklyn

Posted on 02 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Terps and Huskies to play in Barclays on Nov. 8, 2013

BROOKLYN – The University of Maryland men’s basketball team will face the University of Connecticut in its 2013-14 season opener on Nov. 8 in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

It will be the first meeting between the schools since March 24, 2002, when the Terrapins defeated the Huskies 90-82 in the NCAA East Regional on the way to their first national championship. UConn holds a 3-2 edge all-time in the series.

“We’re looking forward to returning to Barclays Center to play a quality opponent in Connecticut,” said head coach Mark Turgeon. “This will be a great experience for our players and fans.”

“It was a great experience to play at a first-class facility like Barclays Center last season,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “We’re looking forward to returning and taking on a great opponent in front of an energetic and enthusiastic crowd.”

The Terrapins played Kentucky in the opener last season in front of a sold out Barclays Center crowd. Last month, Maryland signed a multi-year agreement to continue play at Barclays Center.

Entering Tuesday night’s NIT semifinal vs. Iowa, Maryland (25-12) has matched its most wins in a season since also winning 25 games in 2006-07. Connecticut went 20-10 in 2012-13, the first season under coach Kevin Ollie.

Tickets for Maryland vs. Connecticut will go on sale soon and will be available through Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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Defending national champs Loyola hold lacrosse clinic for Newtown

Posted on 03 January 2013 by WNST Staff

NEWTOWN, Conn. – Fourteen members of the 2012 NCAA Champion Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team took time from their holiday break today to travel to Newtown, Conn., to lead a lacrosse clinic for youth in the town that was forever changed last month by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The trip, which was student-athlete organized, was the idea of freshman Jason Crane (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake-AA High School).

Players departed Maryland on Thursday morning and picked up teammates on the trip to Connecticut. Others who live in the New England region met the team in Newtown.

Crane reached out to Jim Wallace, the Coach Training Coordinator for the Newtown Lacrosse Association, and Wallace invited the Greyhounds to lead today’s clinic.

“Obviously, we knew the town was hurting, and I found Jim’s e-mail address, and I asked if there was anything we could do,” Crane said. “He said it would be great if we could do the clinic and talk to the kids.

“When we got here today, Jim talked to us for a while, and he told us how many of (the clinic’s) kids were in the school at the time of the shooting. He said the town has been very quiet, and there is a lot of sadness. The kids are dealing with things that no elementary or middle school kid should have to deal with. He talked about how our presence helps the kids out in ways that we can’t even imagine.”

Today’s clinic drew more than 100 Newtown youth players, ranging from third through eighth grades, despite the fact that Crane and the Greyhound put their plans together in less than a week.

“As soon as I got (Crane’s) e-mail, I texted him and said I was in,” junior Brian Schultz said. “It has been a moving experience. We are trying to do anything we can just to raise spirits a little bit. In Maryland, you can’t really gauge what it’s been like here, but we’ve heard some really intense stories from Jim and others.”

At the clinic, the Greyhounds taught lacrosse skills and team play, as well as interacted with the kids on the field.

“Hopefully, we can influence them positively,” Crane said.

Loyola opens its season on Saturday, February 16, at the University of Delaware, and the Greyhounds open their home schedule on Saturday, February 23, with a NCAA Championship Game rematch against the University of Maryland.

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Towson announces 2013 football schedule

Posted on 22 December 2012 by WNST Staff

TWO-TIME CAA CHAMPS TO PLAY STRONG 12-GAME SCHEDULE IN 2013

Tigers To Face 12-Game Schedule For Only The Fourth Time In School History

TOWSON, Md. – After winning back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association championships, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will play a very strong 12-game schedule next season.

This marks only the fourth time in program history that the Tigers have been able to schedule 12 regular season games. The NCAA permits schools to schedule a 12th regular season game where there is a 14th Saturday between the first permissible playing date and the final permissible playing date. Towson also played 12 games in 2003, 2005 and 2008.

Due to the extra Saturday, the Tigers will play four non-conference games in addition to their eight-game CAA schedule. Towson will play five home games at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium and seven contests on the road,

For the fifth time in the last six seasons, Towson will face an NCAA FBS opponent in its season opener. On Thursday, August 29, the Tigers will open the season against the University of Connecticut in a game that will be played at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.

UConn will be the seventh NCAA FBS opponent that Towson has played since 2008. The Tigers have also played Navy (2008), Northwestern (2009), Indiana (2010), Maryland (2011), Kent State (2012) and Louisiana State (2012). In 2012, the Tigers played Kent State and LSU, two NCAA FBS opponents who finished the regular season ranked in the Top 25.

After the season opener, the Tigers will visit former Patriot League rival Holy Cross on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Towson, which averaged nearly 8,700 fans per home game in 2012, opens its home schedule on Saturday, Sept. 14 by hosting Delaware State University. A week later, on Saturday, Sept. 21, the Tigers travel to Durham, N.C. to face North Carolina Central.

On Sept. 28, the Tigers travel to Stony Brook, a newcomer to the CAA, to face the Seawolves. Stony Brook is coming off a season in which the Seawolves earned an NCAA FCS at-large berth and posted a 10-3 record.

In October, Towson plays back-to-back home games against New Hampshire (Oct. 5) and Villanova (Oct. 12). Towson, UNH and Villanova are three of the four teams that shared the 2012 CAA championship.

On Oct. 19, the Tigers travel to Albany to face the Great Danes. Albany is another newcomer to the CAA.

Towson also travels to Richmond on Oct. 26 to face the Spiders, who also tied for the 2012 CAA title.

On Nov. 2, Towson returns to Unitas Stadium to host long-time rival Delaware. After a bye week, the Tigers visit William & Mary on Nov. 16 to face the Tribe. The Tigers close out the regular season on Nov. 23 with a home game against James Madison. It will be the 25th meeting between the schools.

The Tigers, who have posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1999 and 2000, expect to have eight returning starters on offense and seven returning starters on defense.

A trio of All-CAA first team selections, running back Terrance West (Northwest H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and tacklesEric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) and Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Largo, Md.), return to the lead the Tiger offense, along with offensive center Doug Shaw (Loyola H.S./Woodbine, Md.), a second team All-CAA honoree.

The Tiger defense will be led by linebacker Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio), a second team All-CAA selection. Cornerbacks Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) and Tye Smith(Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.) also return. Love was a second team All-CAA selection while Smith earned third team honors.

Deposits are now being accepted for the 2013 Tiger football season.  Tickets can be ordered online at www.TowsonTigers.com or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 1-855-TU-TIGER.

The Tigers, who have a combined 16-7 record the last two seasons, have won back-to-back CAA titles by winning 13 of 16 CAA games over the last two years. In 2011, Towson had a 7-1 CAA record to win the title outright. Last season, the Tigers won their final four games in a row to finish with a 6-2 CAA mark that earned them a share of the championship.

2013 TOWSON UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Thu.        Aug. 29       at Connecticut                      East Hartford, Conn.

Sat.          Sept.   7       at Holy Cross                        Worcester, Mass.

SAT.       SEPT. 14    DELAWARE STATE          JOHNNY UNITAS® STADIUM

Sat.          Sept.  21     at North Carolina Central   Durham, N.C.

Sat.          Sept.  28     at Stony Brook *                   Stony Brook, N.Y.

SAT.       OCT.   5      NEW HAMPSHIRE *           JOHNNY UNITAS® STADIUM

SAT.       OCT.  12     VILLANOVA *                       JOHNNY UNITAS® STADIUM

Sat.          Oct.   19       at Albany *                             Albany, N.Y.

Sat.          Oct.  26        at Richmond *                       Richmond, Va.

SAT.       NOV.  2       DELAWARE *                      JOHNNY UNITAS® STADIUM              

Sat.          Nov.  16      at William & Mary *               Williamsburg, Va.

SAT.       NOV. 23      JAMES MADISON *            JOHNNY UNITAS® STADIUM

Sat.          Nov.  30      NCAA FCS Playoffs – 1st Round     TBD

Sat.          Dec.   7        NCAA FCS Playoffs – 2nd Round     TBD

Fri./Sat.   Dec.  13-14 NCAA FCS Playoffs – Quarterfinals      TBD

Fri./Sat.   Dec. 20-21  NCAA FCS Playoffs – Semifinals     TBD

Sat.          Jan.  4         NCAA FCS Championship Game

* Colonial Athletic Association games

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That was just about the last thing Randy Edsall needed…

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That was just about the last thing Randy Edsall needed…

Posted on 15 September 2012 by Glenn Clark

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — This one probably wouldn’t have been quite as bad had Maryland never seen the ball again.

If the Connecticut Huskies (2-1) had simply managed to run out the remaining 4:39 on the clock after Perry Hills pulled the Maryland Terrapins (2-1) within 24-21 thanks to a 10 yard TD run, this one might not have been quite as stinging.

Unfortunately for Terps head coach Randy Edsall Saturday, his first meeting with his former school did end with that same 24-21 score, but it didn’t end that way.

Instead UConn gave Maryland the ball right back with plenty of time (3:29 left), two timeouts and good field position (the Maryland 42) needing only a field goal to force overtime.

What happened in those final moments will cause greater consternation for Edsall than even a blowout loss may have.

Instead of marching down to tie things up-or perhaps finish off a victory which would allow Maryland to surpass their win total of a season ago and start thinking about the possibility of bowl eligibility, the Terrapins absolutely imploded.

It started out well enough. Freshman quarterback Perry Hills (who struggled to final numbers of 11-25, 122 yards, 1TD and 1INT) pushed the Terps just outside the edge of field goal range thanks to a 12 yard completion to WR Kerry Boykins. That was followed by a six yard run by freshman RB Wes Brown, leaving the Terps on UConn’s 37 yard line with roughly three minutes to play.

From the 37 yard line with 3:00 to play, the Terps would ultimately end up running 2:35 off the clock running six plays that would gain a total of -3 yards and end with a turnover on downs.

There was one positive mixed in (an 11 yard catch and run from Hills to WR Stefon Diggs good for a first down), but otherwise there were sacks, quarterback scrambles, WR drops and a bizarre 3rd and long call that resulted in a four yard loss after a completed pass.

There were no timeouts called until the Terps stared down the barrel of 4th and 18 with 25 seconds to play. The timeout allowed Maryland to set up a Hail Mary pass that went through the back of the endzone.

Edsall was asked about his decision to not use a timeout after the game.

“I didn’t think about taking a timeout there” the coach said. “That’s something that we haven’t been good at even in practice…that two minute situation. Sometimes guys just try to do too much. That’s where we as coaches just have to continually teach.”

He’s right to point out that Boykins exacerbated their troubles by dropping a ball along the sideline that would have left them with third and manageable instead of 3rd and long, but it doesn’t absolve Edsall (or Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley) of fault for the final drive.

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Maryland, UConn meet for “Edsall Bowl” Saturday

Posted on 14 September 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - After a momentum-building win at Temple last weekend, the Maryland football team returns home to face Connecticut in Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. It will be the first time head coach Randy Edsall coaches against his former school (the Terps will make a return trip to Connecticut in 2013) and just the second time in history the football programs have met, with the only other meeting coming in 1942, a 34-0 Maryland win.

First-and-10

• The youthful Terps showed improvement from week one to week two in dispatching of Temple 36-27. Maryland played 12 true freshmen in the season opener, the most for a Maryland team in at least 15 years, and seven players made their first career starts in the season opener. Quarterback Perry Hills received ACC Rookie of the Week honors for his play against the Owls.

• Defense has set the tone for a young but talented Maryland team in the first two games of the season. The Terps have been very tough against the run with an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield. Those three have played a big role in holding opponents to an average of just 1.95 yards per rush, which ranks 10th nationally. It’s also been a disruptive defense – Maryland’s seven sacks tie for 13th in the FBS and its 17 tackles for loss are tied for 20th. Overall, the Terps are allowing just 229.5 yards per game, which ranks ninth nationally.

• Maryland has also had a knack for forcing timely turnovers in the first two games. In the closing moments of the 7-6 win over William & Mary in week one, cornerback Jeremiah Johnson forced a fumble on a sack that Hartsfield recovered to seal the game. In week two vs. Temple, the defense forced fumbles on the Owls’ first two possessions of the game and Hartsfield again helped seal the win by intercepting a tipped pass with 2:05 remaining to preserve the 36-27 victory.

• The biggest area of improvement for the Terps from week one to week two came with the offense, which is being directed by Hills, a true freshman. Hills, who became the first freshman to start a season opener for Maryland since Calvin McCall in 1999, had an excellent outing against Temple. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native went 11 of 21 for 190 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown. He also made several momentum-changing plays on third down: he ran for an 11-yard TD on third-and-goal after fumbling the snap; he hit Marcus Leak for a 39-yard gain on third-and-17 in the third quarter; and finally, hooked up with Stefon Diggs down the sideline for 38 yards on a third-and-11 with under 4:00 left and Maryland clinging to a 29-27 lead. Hills was named ACC Rookie of the Week for his play against the Owls.

• Diggs has been Maryland’s most electric player with his contributions on offense and in the return game. The true freshman leads the team with 218 all-purpose yards, with 135 of those coming against Temple last week. He’s done it in a variety of ways, totaling 89 yards on receptions, 84 on punt returns, 25 on kickoff returns and 20 on rushes. Additionally, his 12.82 yards per touch ranks sixth in the nation among freshmen who are averaging at least 108 all-purpose yards per game.

• Justus Pickett has worked his way into the feature role at running back. After scoring what proved to be the game-winning touchdown in week one against William & Mary, Pickett saw his role increase in week two. He carried the ball a career-high 21 times for 69 yards against Temple and seemed to get stronger as the game went on. In the fourth quarter alone, Pickett rushed seven times for 36 yards, including a bulldozing seven-yard touchdown run with 2:51 remaining that put the game out of reach. Beyond Pickett, the Terps have plenty of depth in freshmen Wes Brown and Albert Reid. Redshirt freshman Brandon Ross, who had been named the starter in the preseason, missed the first two games with an injury.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland allowed William & Mary to gain just 229 yards of total offense and held Temple to 230 yards. That marks its best defensive performance in a two-game span since holding Villanova to 187 yards and FIU to 163 yards in the first two games of the 2007 season.

• Maryland won its first two games despite committing more turnovers than its opponent in each contest. All eight of the Terrapins turnovers (three interceptions, five fumbles) have come from freshmen.

• The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In two games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 31:23 to 28:38 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.

• Seven players made their first career starts in the season opener against William & Mary: quarterback Perry Hills, running back Albert Reid, safety Sean Davis, defensive back Jeremiah Johnson, linebacker Cole Farrand, nose tackle Darius Kilgoand offensive lineman Nick Klemm.

• In addition to the seven first-time starters, 14 players saw their first action against William & Mary. And of the 44 players that saw time against the Tribe, 25 of them were underclassmen.

• Maryland has 14 true freshmen listed on its two-deep (excluding return men), which is the third most in the FBS (Colorado – 16, Texas – 15).

• The Terps are holding opponents to 1.95 yards per carry, which ranks 10th nationally. Of the opponents 80 rushing attempts this season, 56 have been for three yards or less (28 of 41 vs. William & Mary; 28 of 39 vs. Temple).

• Demetrius Hartsfield recorded a double-digit tackle game against William & Mary by finishing with 13. Hartsfield had seven double-digit efforts in nine games last season. Hartsfield also had a fumble recovery with 1:11 left that sealed the win.

• Head coach Randy Edsall handed out game balls for the win over Temple. Sal Conaboy got the game ball for offense,Demetrius Hartsfield for defense and A.J. Francis for special teams.

• The five Maryland players who received 2011 postseason recognition returned to the squad this year – DL Keith Bowers(freshman All-ACC), LB Lorne Goree (freshman All-ACC), LB Demetrius Hartsfield (honorable mention All-ACC), DL Andre Monroe (freshman All-American) and DL Joe Vellano (second team All-American; first team All-ACC).

• Maryland was hit hard by injuries in the preseason. Thirteen players missed the season opener due to various injuries and ailments, and 14 were out against Temple. Seven of those were potential starters on offense and defense: defensive linemanAndre Monroe; defensive backs A.J. Hendy and Matt Robinson; linebacker Kenneth Tate; quarterback C.J. Brown; running back Brandon Ross; offensive lineman Josh Cary. Place-kicker Nick Ferrara also missed the first two games. Both Monroe and Brown are out for the season.

• 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.

• Maryland had 15 seniors on the 2011 roster, but just 12 of those players were listed on the two-deep at some point during the year. There are 17 seniors listed on the 2012 roster.

• Eleven of the top 13 tacklers from 2011 are back this season, including Hartsfield, who had a team-high 108 stops, and safety Eric Franklin, who was second with 106.

• Three Terps ended 2011 ranked among the top 12 in the ACC in tackles. Hartsfield was second at 12.0 per game and Franklin was sixth at 8.8. Vellano was 12th with 7.8 per contest.

• There are just two returning starters (Bennett Fulper and Justin Gilbert) on Maryland’s offensive line, but six players entered the season with starting experience. De’Onte Arnett, Josh Cary, Sal Conaboy and Peter White have also started on the o-line.

• 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-Connecticut Series History

• Maryland and Connecticut have played just once in school history, a 34-0 Terrapin win in College Park in 1942.

 

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