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Four Terps named to Senior Bowl watch list

Posted on 21 August 2014 by WNST Staff

MOBILE, ALA. (August 20) — The 2014-15 college football season kicks off next week, which means the Reese’s Senior Bowl will be scouting hundreds of players around the country to invite to its 66th game.

The core list of players the Reese’s Senior Bowl staff will evaluate appears on the Reese’s Senior Bowl’s annual ‘watch list,’ which was released today. The initial list includes 350 of the top players in the country. Players could be added to the list during the season.

“The release of our watch list signifies the opening kickoff for the Reese’s Senior Bowl,” said Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. “We are looking forward to evaluating these prospects over the next several months in trying to find the best 110 players in America.”

A handful of Mobile-area players are on the game’s radar this season: Auburn center Reese Dismukes, Alabama fullback Jalston Fowler, Samford safety Jaquiski Tartt and South Florida offensive tackle Quinterrius Eatmon.

Dismukes, a former Spanish Fort High School standout, is a preseason All-American and All-SEC center who has 37 career starts in three seasons with the Tigers. Fowler, a graduate of Vigor High School, has scored 10 touchdowns as a running back/H-back and is a devastating blocker for the Crimson Tide. Tartt, a Davidson High School graduate, is a hard-hitting safety and one of several small-school prospects the game will keep an eye on this season. Eatman starred at Vigor High School, where he won a state title as a junior in 2008.

“Mobile is such a hotbed for football talent and once again there is quality representation on this list from the surrounding area,” Savage said.

Also among the 350 players on this year’s watch list is a pair of fourth-year junior graduates who are projected to be top-10 selections in the 2015 NFL Draft, if they choose to leave school early: Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley.

“With both of these players already graduated from college, we hope the opportunity to invite this duo will present itself through their play on the field in the Pac-12,” said Savage, who noted that Mariota and Hundley are two of the five Pac-12 signal callers on the list.

The SEC, which had the most players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft (49), has the most players on the 2015 watch list with 75, comprising  nearly one-quarter of the list. The ACC (56), Pac-12 (40), Big 12 (36) and Big Ten (35) are all well-represented on the Watch List.

Clemson led the way with 12 players on the list, edging Auburn (11), Alabama (10), Mississippi State (9), Georgia (8) and Louisville (8).

Some of the nation’s top players on the Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List include Texas A&M left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, Florida State offensive tackle Cameron Erving, Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Clemson outside linebacker Vic Beasley, Iowa left tackle Brandon Scherff, Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty and Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker.

The entire watch list is available at seniorbowl.com, where you can sort the players by position, conference and/or school.

The 66th Reese’s Senior Bowl will be played on January 24, 2015 at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium in front of a national television audience on NFL Network.

Four Maryland Terrapins were named to the watch list. Sixth-year QB C.J. Brown, WR Deon Long, LB Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil and CB Jeremiah Johnson all received recognition.

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Maryland LB Cudjoe-Virgil named to Butkus Award Watch List

Posted on 14 July 2014 by WNST Staff

CHICAGO – University of Maryland senior linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil has been named to the 30th annual Butkus Award Watch List, which honors the nation’s top linebacker, the Butkus Foundation announced Monday.

Cudjoe-Virgil is one of 51 players to earn a spot on the watch list and one of four Big Ten linebackers to be recognized.

The Baltimore native, who had his 2013 season cut short due to injury, totaled 3.5 tackles for loss and three sacks in six games last season. He also posted 18 tackles and one interception.

Cudjoe-Virgil had a breakout performance at Connecticut in Maryland’s third contest of the season when he finished with seven tackles, three tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks to help the Terps defeat the Huskies, 32-21.

E.J. Henderson is the only Maryland linebacker to win the award having received the honor in 2002. To view the complete Butkus Award Watch List, visit thebutkusaward.com.

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Edsall announces Diggs, Long to miss Spring; Petty to leave program

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Edsall announces Diggs, Long to miss Spring; Petty to leave program

Posted on 12 February 2014 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland head football coach made a string of announcements about the team’s spring football roster Tuesday via Twitter.


There are no particular surprises in the group. Diggs and Long each broke a leg in the Terrapins’ loss to Wake Forest last season which caused their seasons to be cut short. Edsall recently told WNST’s Glenn Clark neither was at risk to miss the start of the 2014 season.  LB Cudjoe-Virgil (Towson) missed the rest of last season after suffering a torn pec in the team’s win over Virginia.

LB Petty’s transfer comes as a bit of a surprise. The rising junior is best known for having to start four games at quarterback in 2012 after the team lost C.J. Brown, Perry Hills, Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe to season-ending injuries. Petty returned to roles on defense and special teams in 2013, including a start in the Terps’ loss to Clemson.

QB Young had made quite the college tour before arriving in College Park-including stops at Virginia Tech and New Mexico. The Terps have plenty of depth at the position, with Brown being granted an additional year of eligibility after missing the 2012 season. Rowe, Hills, rising redshirt freshman Shane Cockerille (Gilman), rising junior Dustin Dailey and incoming freshman Will Ulmer will be on the roster barring further changes.

Maryland has not yet announced their 2014 Spring football schedule.

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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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Maryland LB Cudjoe-Virgil out for season with pec injury

Posted on 14 October 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

at Wake Forest

Position

Name

Injury

Status

DB Milan Collins Ankle Out for the season
LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil Pectoralis Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney Knee Out for the season
DB Dexter McDougle Shoulder Out for the season
DL Mike Minter Knee Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker Knee Out for the season

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Terps say ACC title hopes not gone despite FSU loss

Posted on 09 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Defensive Lineman Zeke Riser

On bouncing back after the game at Florida State:

“It’s really positive; I’ve been on really good teams and really bad teams so whenever guys take losses hard that’s a good sign. If no one cares about losing then that’s when you have a problem.”

On Virginia:

“They’re really big upfront; they’ve got a really strong running game like they’ve have had in the past. We really have to stop the run like we have to do every week so that’s what we’re basing everything on this week.”

Offensive lineman Sal Conaboy

On putting the Florida State game in the past:

“We just knew that we had to, that’s just a game you have to get out of your mind in less than 24 hours and I think we did a good job with that. We had a good session Sunday and hopefully that’ll carry over to today.”

On Saturday’s game against Virginia:

“We’re excited; we’re really looking forward to getting out this week and getting after it. We’re putting an emphasis on being physical and this is going to be a physical game and we’re really excited for another border battle.”

On the key to winning Saturday’s game:

“Be physical, focus on the little things, our technique, just really getting after it.”

Offensive lineman De’Onte Arnett

On preparing for Saturday’s game against Virginia:

 “The biggest thing we’re worried about is perfecting our technique and cleaning up what we didn’t do well last week. We want to make sure that we don’t tip off in our stances, go back to the basics.  We felt like we did that in the bye week, but we’ll put a little more emphasis on it this week cleaning things up.”

On head coach Randy Edsall’s message to the team following the game at Florida State:

“That one’s in the books, it’s a classic saying, but that one’s in the books, can’t continuously worry about what happened.  We have to learn from the tape and then move on.”

Linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil

On the Florida State game:

“There were a lot of things we could have done differently; I think we lost that game mentally. It’s unfortunate, but that game is in the past and we’re just trying to get it out of our system and just get ready for Virginia.”

On the mood in the locker room following Saturday’s game:

“We’re definitely upset about losing last week, but we just have to get that out of our system. There’s a lot of football left this season; our hopes and dreams have not ended. We just have to flush it out of our system and get ready for Virginia.”

On the team’s expectations moving forward:

“The goal is still to win every game; you never know what is going to happen. Definitely, don’t think the chances of us becoming ACC champs have gone down the drain. In the meantime, you just have to control what you can control and going out there and giving it your all and trying to win every game.”

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Terps excited for rivalry battle in NFL stadium Saturday

Posted on 18 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Quarterback C.J. Brown

On the Maryland-West Virginia rivalry:

“It’s another big game for us; we get to go play in an NFL stadium against another good team. In the past, it’s been a pretty big rivalry, but from my point of view it’s just another game; we’re just going to look at it as an opportunity to go 4-0 and get another win closer to a bowl game.”

On what they have to do to beat West Virginia:

“We have to play our game. I think they’re a good team, they’re going to come out and make plays, and they’re going to be a force. We’ve played them well the past couple years that I’ve been here. We have to go in there and execute, come out and play our game and not have the turnovers we had last game; execute and put touchdowns on the board”

On the West Virginia defense:

“There aren’t too many concerns, but they are going to pressure.  We just have to go out and have a good week of practice, execute what we have to do and go out there on Saturday and play well.”

Offensive lineman Sal Conaboy

On the offensive line’s chemistry:

“There are a lot of personalities in that unit and I think that plays a big part in it. Some guys are a little quieter, but some guys really are outgoing and really like to communicate a lot so I think that is good for us to have. Off the field too, we really click very well.”

On his mindset this season:

“I’ve been trying to work on all aspects of being a leader. I think that helps me to be able to go out there and have to communicate and to just get everyone on the same page. I don’t think I’m changing anything, just trying to develop a little more.”

On playing at M&T Bank Stadium:

“I think everyone is a little excited about that. Actually, my first game (Navy, 9/6/10) was there. I’m excited to go back there to play. With that game, I just remember the whole time it was exciting, from the time we ran out of the tunnel to the very last snap.”

Linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil

On possibly tying last year’s win total with victory against West Virginia:

“It’s definitely going to be huge, you know we haven’t been 3-0 since 2001, so this is a big thing for us. We are just going to take it week-by-week and that’s all we can do”

On what the West Virginia-Maryland rivalry means:

“It’s going to be my first West Virginia game so I don’t really know too much about it. All I’ve heard is ‘The Battle of the Border’. Last year, when I traveled myself to the game, it got a little heated on the field. It’s going to be a big game, especially at M&T Bank Stadium. It’s just going to be a big game for a whole bunch of guys”

On if the attitude of the team has been different so far this week:

“Just overall excitement to get another win and to just prove to other people and prove to this conference that we’re really trying to do some good things this year.  We just go out every day with the mentality to get better.”

Tight End Dave Stinebaugh

On the rivalry with West Virginia:

“It’s definitely a good rivalry; we’ve played them on and off the past couple years and it’s always good especially when a lot of the guys around here know someone from West Virginia. So it’s always a good thing for them, right across the border.”

On missed opportunities for the offense at Connecticut:

“We definitely left some opportunities out there, it’s definitely something we’re not happy about, but its things we can fix. We pride ourselves on offense as going out there and fixing the little things and trying to get this thing running on all cylinders; be the best we can be.”

Linebacker Marcus Whitfield

On his improved pass rush this season:

“I worked out over the offseason with the team, went through the drills, had a great offseason. Definitely liked working with the team on the defensive scheme. I feel like in my position I know all of what goes on all around me; when coaches put me in a position to make a play I make the play.”

On the reception for the team around campus

“People are out there noticing us more; it feels good to have support from the fans. They definitely turn out to the games to come out to support us. It just feels good to be out there doing what we do best.”

-Maryland-

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Defense leads way in Maryland scrimmage

Posted on 17 August 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  With the season opener at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium two weeks away, the Maryland football team provided fans an early glimpse of the 2013 squad as part of Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday afternoon.

For Fan Appreciation Day, the Terps scrimmaged for two hours before holding an autograph session on the field.

The Terrapin defense made a strong statement led by Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil and William Likely. Cudjoe-Virgil consistently applied pressure and finished with four sacks and hurried the quarterback on multiple occasions. Likely added an interception on the second series of the second half to end a promising drive, while also providing the spark for the opening score of the game.

After the defense forced a punt inside the 10-yard line, Likely flashed some speed and elusiveness and advanced the ball to the four-yard line. Caleb Rowe took it from there and hooked up with Nigel King in the corner of the end zone for the first touchdown. King made an athletic leaping grab over the defensive back.

Both performances made an impression on head coach Randy Edsall.

“He played well,” said Edsall on Yannick’s day. “I like that effort.  He has been showing that kind of effort ever since he has gotten here.  He was a guy we always thought would be in the mix.  We will look at the film, evaluate it, and see just how well he did.

“Stefon [Diggs] is our return guy. But I feel comfortable if Will was back there or DeAndre [Lane].”

Ricardo Young connected with Levern Jacobs for a 55-yard touchdown for the final score of the afternoon late in the first half. Young hit Jacobs over the middle and the sophomore receiver outran the secondary for six.

Overall, Edsall came away from the scrimmage impressed by the defense, but the evaluation will continue for several positions.

“I thought the defense really got after it,” Edsall said. “Offensively, it is tough. I made the decision not to have C.J. [Brown] and Stefon [Diggs] out here. I know what they can do. I needed to evaluate other parts of the game. I know how they have been performing and how our offense has been operating from practice. You get a better feel for guys that you are going to be able to count on and what you have to help them get better at. I think that is the big thing. I wanted to get everyone on film and give everyone an opportunity to show what they could do.”

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Edsall says Towson High’s Cudjoe-Virgil stood out in Terps’ scrimmage

Posted on 17 August 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

On the competition for the second quarterback spot:

“I will just take a look at the film and we will get it all done from there. It is just like anytime, there is always some good and some bad. We will get a chance to evaluate and come up with some decisions by Monday.”

 

On conclusions from Saturday’s scrimmage:

“You are not going to sit here and make any decision just based on what you saw with your naked eye. You really have to sit down and make a true evaluation. You have to watch the film and factor everything into the decision.”

 

On Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil’s performance:

“He played well. I like that effort. He has been showing that kind of effort ever since he has gotten here. He was a guy we always thought would be in the mix. We will look at the film, evaluate it, and see just how well he did.”

 

On Jacquille Veii:

“I will not have anything until Monday on any injuries.”

 

On Saturday’s scrimmage:

“I thought the defense really got after it. Offensively, it is tough. I made the decision not to have C.J. [Brown] and Stefon [Diggs] out here. I know what they can do. I needed to evaluate other parts of the game. I know how they have been performing and how our offense has been operating from practice. You get a better feel for guys that you are going to be able to count on and what you have to help them get better at. I think that is the big thing. I wanted to get everyone on film and give everyone an opportunity to show what they could do. Now we will sit down and watch the film tonight. Tomorrow, we as coaches will sit down and talk about it and come Monday we will have the two-deep.”

 

On certain players earning the trust of the coaching staff:

“There are quite a few guys. I think we have more on defense in terms of a depth standpoint then what we have on offense. I am still not happy with the guys on the offensive line in terms of their technique and fundamentals. I am trying to get to eight guys to be able to count on. Other positions you feel pretty good.  You feel that you have a two-deep. There are guys that have made that impact. From a field goal standpoint, I think we still have some work to do. I do not think that decision is going to be made by Monday.  We have a lot of things we have to work on. We do not have to be ready tomorrow. We still have time to get ourselves ready.”

 

On what the quarterbacks showed today:

“I have to watch the film.  I am not going to make any comments until after I see the film.”

 

On the linebackers:

“I think we do have some pretty good speed and athleticism in the linebacker position. There is a lot of competition there. There are some young guys that have the ability. We have to make some decisions there. Do you take those guys and cut their teeth this year and put them on special teams? Where they can probably help us and make us better. Or do you redshirt some guys? We have some interesting decisions to make, but I do like the speed and athleticism of our linebackers.”

 

On if it is getting harder to keep Will Likely off the field:

“Stefon [Diggs] is our return guy. I feel comfortable if Will was back there or DeAndre [Lane]. I wanted to try and cover as many bases as I could so if we do have issues, we know where to turn. That is what training camp is all about. The thing that I am going to feel good about after I get done watching and evaluating this film is that I know exactly what our strengths and weaknesses are going to be. I am going to know who the guys who can help us and count on.”

 

– Maryland –

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Catching up with some Baltimore Terps before the season

Posted on 07 August 2013 by Glenn Clark

I had the chance to wander down to College Park earlier in the week for Maryland football Media Day. The Terps are getting ready for the 2013 season, which opens August 31 when they host Florida International at Byrd Stadium. I decided to grab a couple of Baltimore Terps for some very important conversations.

Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil is a Towson High School graduate who sat out 2012 after transferring from Seton Hill University. He’s expected to make an impact for the Terrapins at linebacker this season. We talked Terps, Ravens and challenging Michael Phelps.

Dave Stinebaugh finds himself as Maryland’s top Tight End in his senior season. Stinebaugh is a Perry Hall High School graduate. Wait. I know another guy who went to Perry Hall…

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