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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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Edsall: Deon Long has “got to get a lot better”

Posted on 06 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

On yesterday’s practice:

“I thought practice went pretty well for the defense pretty much the whole time. Offensively we were good up until the 7-on-7 and the team. I didn’t think that was as good as it should be for us. That’s one of the things we talked about with the guys is that we’ve got to finish better. Yesterday was an example for our offense that we’ve got to do a better job finishing.”

 

On who stood out during summer workouts:

“We had a couple guys that I thought really did a great job this summer. I though all in all we had a really good summer. I thought C.J. [Brown] had a really good summer. He put on some weight and got stronger. The running backs, Wes [Brown], Brandon [Ross], Jacquille [Veii] and Kenny Goins, had a real good summer. Marcus Leak and Taivon Jacobs increased quite a bit. Andy Zeller and Sal [Conaboy], there on the offensive line, [performed well]. I thought the defensive line as a group probably had the best summer of everybody. Keith Bowers is still getting stronger. Malik Jones had a good summer. Quinton [Jefferson] did a good job as well. [Yannik] Cudjoe and Jalen Brooks did well. L.A. [Goree] had a very solid and quiet summer, he’s just a quiet guy, but he really did a good job. Sean Davis had an outstanding summer. Overall, those are the guys that stand out the most. I thought we had a very productive summer overall, but those are the guys that stood out a little bit more than the other guys. “

 

On how he grades the players in the summer:

“It’s overall, in terms of what they would have increased in vertical jump, squat, clean, bench and just overall effort and intensity in the summer.”

 

On Andre Monroe:

“He’s very quick. He’s a guy that understands leverage. You’ve got to get really low to block him. Like I said, I think it’s his speed and his quickness off the ball. He’s relentless and because of his height he has a built in advantage going against people. He’s got a good motor.”

 

On Deon Long:

“Deon’s got to get a lot better. I’m not happy with the way Deon is practicing right now. He’s got to do a better job of finishing on every play and he’s got to be more exact in everything he is doing. Let’s not leave people out of praise right now. Let’s get him back to doing the things he’s supposed to be doing and playing to the level of his talent ability. If he does that than we can start talking more about him.”

 

On what he attributes to Deon’s performance in practice:

“You’ve got to understand that you’ve got to come out here each and every day. To much who is given much is expected. When you come out here each and every day, you’ve got to do the things necessary in order to be better. Guys that are that far along in their career, you don’t expect to see mistakes, you expect them to come out here and be leaders and give the kind of effort that you would expect one of that stature to do.”

 

On Marcus Leak:

“He’s getting there. You can tell he’s been away from it. I like the way he’s worked, but his stamina and mental toughness have to get better. We’ve got to get these guys to understand at wide receiver that you’ve got to run hard every play. You’ve got to come off the ball and make people think you’re going to beat them deep all the time. You’ve got to get up in there and you’ve got to block and do those things. If we get those guys to do that, then they might get to living up to the potential they have from a talent standpoint.”

 

On the defense’s performance:

“The thing I like about the defense is I like their camaraderie. I like the leadership that they’re bringing to the practice field in the first two days. It’s not just one or two guys. It’s everybody. Everybody is very enthusiastic and holding people more accountable. That’s what we’ve got to get on the other side of the ball. We don’t have that on offense. We’ve got to get people stepping up. Defensively, it’s a group that really understands their roles. They understand what needs to be done and you can see them practice with that enthusiasm and that effort. That enthusiasm is what you want to see.”

 

On Silvano Altamirano’s reps:

“He didn’t get extended reps. He got the same reps he got the day before. He just happened to be with the first team. We’ll find out a little more today as now we get the pads on and you see the lineman really come off and get after it physically which is what you want to see.”

 

On Nate Adams:

“We’ll find out more today. When you put the pads on it’s different. Now we get the pads on and now you get to see how guys play with the pads on. Some of those guys are fast to the ball when the pads aren’t on, but then when you put the pads on it’s kind of one-step slow. Hopefully we don’t have any of those guys. I’m pleased with what I’ve seen, but again, we’ll evaluate him over the long haul, not just in one or two days.”

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Terps pick up preseason All-Big Ten recognition

Posted on 06 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Led by wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, seven Maryland football players have been named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-Big Ten Team, the publication announced Thursday.

Diggs and Long both earned first team honors as two of the three wide receivers on the squad. Diggs finished second on the team in receptions and receiving yards last season despite missing the last five games with a leg injury. In seven games, Diggs had 34 receptions for 587 yards and three touchdowns and averaged 83.9 yards receiving per game.

Long, who also missed the final five games of the season due to injury, averaged 15.3 yards per reception in 2013 and 69.9 yards per game. Long finished the season with 489 yards receiving with one touchdown.

Five Maryland defensive players earned spots on the defensive unit. Defensive back Sean Davis, linebacker Cole Farrand and defensive lineman Andre Monroe all were named to the third team. Davis led the team in tackles last season with 102 and had two interceptions.

Farrand ranked second on the team in tackles. The senior totaled 84 tackles including 4.5 for a loss. Monroe was a constant presence in the opponent’s backfield last season. Monroe led the team in tackles for loss (17.0) and sacks (9.5).

Defensive back William Likely and linebacker Matt Robinson were fourth team selections. Likely had a strong freshman campaign last season totaling a team-high seven passes defensed with one interception. Robinson finished fourth on the team in tackles (73) and racked up 10.0 tackles for loss.

After converting 21-of-24 field goals a season ago, kicker Brad Craddock earned a spot on the second team special teams unit. Likely also received a nod on special teams being named to the third team as a punt returner.

To see the full All-Big Ten team, visit philsteele.com.

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Offensive impresses in annual Maryland football spring game

Posted on 12 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The offense excelled as the White Team edged the Red Team, 187-143, in the football team’s annual Red-White Spring Game Friday evening in front of a crowd of 8,139 fans at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

“We got the things that we wanted to get done this spring and we are pleased with that,” head coach Randy Edsall said. “When we get into these situations we are looking for the guys who can make plays. The great thing about the spring is we now have the chance to evaluate who can make the plays. It’s a chance for us to evaluate our roster and figure out who you can count on.”

The Red Team, which was comprised of defensive players, started the game with a 70-58 advantage. The pre-game points were based on a scoring system throughout this spring’s practices. The White Team dug out of their deficit to get the win.

The game’s scoring system granted the offense six points for a touchdown, three points for a field goal or a first down, two points for a run of 15 or more yards or a pass of 20 or more yards and one or two points for a conversion.

On the defensive end, the red team was awarded six points for a touchdown or a turnover, three points for a stop drive or a blocked field goal, two points for a sack or a tackle for loss and one or two points for a return conversion.

The evening started with individual and 7-on-7 drills, which gave fans an opportunity to see Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, who are not yet cleared for full contact. Both Diggs and Long had surgery last fall after suffering leg fractures in an Oct. 19 game at Wake Forest.

In the scrimmage, the offense rushed for 314 net yards and passed for 275. In total, the White Team went 27-for-49 passing with three interceptions. The Red Team totaled 83 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions.

C.J. Brown led the way for the quarterbacks going 16-for-24 and totaled 157 passing yards. He also rushed for 28 yards and recorded one passing and one rushing touchdown. Caleb Rowe went 5-for-12 for 43 yards and Perry Hillswent 4-for-10 for 35 yards. Neither Rowe nor Hills recorded touchdowns. Shane Cockerille went 2-for-3 for 40 yards and one touchdown. Brown was sacked once and Perry was sacked twice.

Brandon Ross rushed for 90 yards and recorded two touchdowns for the White Team. Albert Reid added 79 and Brown contributed one rushing touchdown.

“I just wanted to use this scrimmage to show them that I could play and that I could work my way back up the depth chart,” Ross said.

Taivon Jacobs had five catches for 64 yards to lead the White Team in receiving. Amba Etta-Tawo, Jacquille Veii andLevern Jacobs each added three a piece for 51, 33 and 23 yards, respectively.

“It’s a good thing because I do not know who our starter is,” Edsall said of the running backs. “I think we’ll have Albert [Reid], Jacquille [Veii], Wes [Brown] and then Brandon [Ross] all competing and as we continue through the preseason, it’s a great thing to have. Competition is a great thing to have and we have it at that position.”

On the defensive end, William Likely grabbed two interceptions and recorded four tackles, one of which was unassisted.

Kenneth Goins scored the first touchdown of the night off of a three-yard pass from Brown in the first quarter. A fourth of the way through, the White Team held a 93-88 advantage over the Red.

The majority of the offensive action occurred in the second quarter where the White Team posted a field goal and scored three touchdowns. Adam Greene kicked the field goal early in the quarter. Amba Etta-Tawo held on for a remarkable catch to score on a 34-yard pass from Shane Cockerille, Brandon Ross scampered down the field for a huge 75 yards to score, and Brown ran 10 yards for a touchdown.

In the same quarter for the Red Team, A.J. Hendy intercepted Perry Hill’s pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown.

Both teams went quietly in the third quarter for scoring plays, but in the fourth, Brandon Ross ran a yard for a touchdown and Brad Craddock hit a 30-yard field goal.

White Team took home the win and the bragging rights, not to mention a steak and lobster dinner while the Red Team will be served franks and beans.

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Maryland WR’s Diggs, Long return to practice field after suffering season ending injuries

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Wide Receivers Deon Long and Stefon Diggs are back on the practice field as they continue their recovery from season-ending injuries that cut their 2013 campaign short.

Both Diggs and Long participated in 7-on-7 and individual drills as the team continues to prepare for the annual Red-White Spring game this upcoming Friday.

“They’re really excited to be back,” head coach Randy Edsall said. “We’ve been getting a lot of good work in as a team, so it’s nice to be able to get these guys back out here to get some reps in.”

The two are continuing to rehab back from leg injuries that ended both receivers’ seasons against Wake Forrest last season. Through seven games last season, Diggs registered 587 receiving yards and three touchdowns and Long amassed 489 yards and one touchdown catch.

“It feels good to be out here with my teammates,” Long said. “You just have to come out here and play every play like it’s your last. If we all do that, there’s no telling how far we can go.”

The time rehabbing has given both Diggs and Long the opportunity to sharpen their game off the field as the two took the opportunity to meet with wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell and review film.

“I take everything he says to heart,” Diggs said. “He’s going to make both of us complete receivers and all-around better receivers. As a coach, he is going to lead us in the right direction, and I appreciate it.”

The energy and competitiveness the two bring to the table has given the wide receiver unit, as well as the team, a little extra motivation on the field.

“It was very helpful to have Stefon [Diggs] around,” Long said. “Just looking and seeing that there was a teammate doing the same thing that I was doing, really pushed us to get better.”

And while Long and Diggs have been pushing each other to get better during this rehab process, both are very excited to be getting back on the field to the game they love.

“It’s good to have him [Deon Long] next to me on the field and off the field,” Diggs said. “He’s a great friend. I’m going to continue to learn from him, and he is going to continue to learn from me. We work off each other, but right now, we are just happy to be back.”

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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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Edsall says injuries to Diggs, Long “unfortunate” for Terps

Posted on 20 October 2013 by WNST Staff

QUOTES – MARYLAND HEAD COACH RANDY EDSALL

Wake Forest 34, Maryland 10

 

Opening statement…

“We didn’t get it done today, as everybody knows. I tried to tell our team that we were going to get their best effort. It was their homecoming, coming off that win (NC State) and plus with our situation in the ACC. But we didn’t come out and match their intensity early on. That’s something that was very disappointing.”

 

On the status of Deon Long and Stefon Diggs…

“It’s not good. Deon broke his tibia and fibula, both bones in the lower leg. He’s got to go home tonight and probably have surgery later tonight when we get home. Stefon fractured his fibula so there will probably be surgery sometime this week for him.”

 

On the reaction to the injuries to Long and Diggs…

“It’s unfortunate. I feel bad for both those guys. We got to make sure we move forward. What has to happen is we have to have guys step up and guys go out there and play with the kind of intensity that you have to play with for 60 minutes. We didn’t get that today. I’ve got to do a better job in making sure they listen to me rather than listen to everyone outside of the program and trying to congratulate them on stuff we haven’t even accomplished yet. That’s something that I tried to work hard on this week and we’ll continue to work on it each and every day through the rest of the season. We’ll get to where we want to go.”

On replacing quarterback C.J. Brown with Caleb Rowe in the second half…
“I just felt that things that I saw, it was the best thing for our team to do to try and move the ball in the second half.”

 

On the play of Caleb Rowe…

“I thought he did some good things and I thought there were some things that he could of done a little bit better. I thought there were some situations there, again, he had to manage, we have 1st-and-10 on the 15 and we got to understand we don’t need a touchdown on the throw. We got to take what the defense gives us and execute. And that’s just something we have to continue to work on and continue to coach.”

 

– Maryland –

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Ross has big day for Terps in win

Posted on 13 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland vs. Virginia

Maryland 27, Virginia 26

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Kicking It Off: Maryland improved to 5-1 on the season and 1-1 in the ACC with a 27-26 victory over Virginia. The Cavaliers dropped to 2-4 and 0-2 in the conference. Maryland is now 44-32-2 all-time against Virginia and 21-13-2 at home. It is the Terps first home victory over the Cavaliers since 2005.

 

One Man Drive: The Terps went ahead 7-6 on one-yard plunge into the end zone by running back Brandon Ross at the end of the first quarter capping a four-play, 74-yard drive with Ross accounting for all of it. Two plays prior to the touchdown, Ross took a screen pass from quarterback Caleb Rowe and raced 77 yards to the Virginia two-yard line. It was the longest non-scoring reception since Scott Milanovich hit Jermaine Lewis for 78 yards at North Carolina on Sept. 11, 1993, and Maryland’s longest reception of the season. The touchdown was Ross’ third of the season and fourth of his career.

 

All-Purpose Running Back: Of Maryland’s 468 yards of total offense, Brandon Ross accounted for career-best 169. The sophomore running back finished with 88 yards on the ground and a personal-best 81 yards receiving. Following a one-yard score in the first quarter, Ross picked up his second touchdown of game on a toss sweep to the left from seven yards out midway through the second quarter marking the first time in his career he has scored two or more rushing touchdowns in a game. Ross is also the first Maryland running back to score two or more rushing touchdowns this season.

 

Rowe Under Center: Making his first start of the season, quarterback Caleb Rowe threw for a career-high 332 yards and completed 18-of-34 passes and one touchdown. With the Terps’ trailing 26-20 in the fourth quarter, Rowe moved Maryland down the field on a six-play, 69-yard drive and found tight end Dave Stinebaugh in the end zone for a 12-yard score putting Maryland up for good. In the first quarter, Rowe hooked up with a Brandon Ross on a season-long 77-yard screen pass late in the first quarter to set up Maryland’s first touchdown. Rowe’s previous career best was 240 passing yards at Boston College on Oct. 27, 2012.

 

Top Targets: Wide receivers Deon Long and Stefon Diggs both finished just shy of 100 yards receiving. Long led all targets with 98 yards on four catches, while Diggs totaled 96 yards on six catches. Diggs has gone over 90 yards receiving in four of the Terps’ six games this season, while Long has gone over 90 yards receiving in three of six games.

 

Offensive Notes: Tight end Dave Stinebaugh’s lone reception of 12 yards resulted in the go-ahead touchdown with 5:14 remaining in the game … running back Albert Reid rushed for 41 yards on three carries including a career-long 38 yard run … place kicker Brad Craddock connected on both of his field goal attempts (36 yards, 32 yards) and is 12-of-14 on the season.

 

Defensive Notes: Linebacker L.A. Goree totaled a career and team-high 15 tackles, nine solo, and a tackle for loss … Goree’s previous high was 14 coming at North Carolina last season (11/24/12) … after recording a personal-best 10 tackles last week at Florida State, defensive back Anthony Nixon topped it with 12 tackles, nine solo, and a tackle for loss … defensive back Isaac Goins finished with a personal-best nine tackles and had one pass breakup … of the Terps’ eight tackles for loss, linebacker Marcus Whitfield led the way with 1.5 … defensive back A.J. Hendy totaled a career-high two pass breakups.

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

Posted on 13 September 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

First-and-10

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

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

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

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


Quick Hitters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Terp Notes

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

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


Maryland-Connecticut Series History

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


Media Information

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

 

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