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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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Edsall thinks combination of Diggs, Long can give Terps “tremendous advantage”

Posted on 27 August 2013 by WNST Staff

OLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

“Good to see everybody, another start of the football season, which is very exciting for me, the coaches and all of our players associated with our program. We appreciate everybody coming out here. Before I get into talking about the game, I just wanted to cover a couple of things out here that are very important. What we’re really trying to do this year is engage the new students and all the students at Maryland to come out and celebrate with us and be part of our team and our program. Our players feel like they are a part of them, the general population here and the student body. Through the graciousness of a lot of people here and the groups on campus and also from Under Armour, all the students are going to get an Under Armour t-shirt. There will also be weekly specials as we look forward to really engaging them and having them out here early and supporting their fellow students.

 

“You can see some of the things that have taken place – the opposite end zone panels there – in terms of some of the things that have advanced the stadium and just under the upper deck there is going to be some things going under there. Again, kudos to the people that were involved to getting that done.

 

“The other day, I was also able to award four young men scholarships, Michael Dunn, G.T. Harraka, Tony Perry, and Regis Whittington. So that is something that is always very, very special to do and again knowing that those young men have worked extremely hard. Michael has earned himself a starting job, and the others have been in the program a number of years, working out there each and everyday, and to have the opportunity to do that is really special.

 

“I think as we head into Florida International, one thing that I’ve been pleased with is the leadership council and what they’ve done getting ready for the season and for Florida International. I think the leadership has been outstanding, the guys are ready to play, they’re tired of hitting one another, and I’m anxious and as a coaching staff were anxious to see them play because they put in a lot of hard work since last year, after three more days this week I think they will be more than ready and prepared to play. We know always with an opener it’s tough because you don’t know what to expect. With Florida International, we see a team that is going to be a pro-style offense with two backs, two tight ends, and really attack you with a west-coast style offense and a 4-3 defense. With all the different variations they do with that,  very talented up front on the defensive line, experience in the secondary, and a bunch of talented athletes who can run, outstanding quarterback who has played and done really well as a starter. They have a bunch of tight ends to contend with, with good speed on the outside with their receivers and good quickness with the running back. We respect them tremendously and we are going to have to play well in order to win. You take a look at us; we have a very young team, with two senior starters on offense and two senior starters on defense. But with that youthfulness that we have, we have a lot of guys who have played, and who are experienced at playing at such a young age. It’s not like were going in totally inexperienced. At most positions we feel pretty good about the depth. We’re still developing depth as we go, so there are going to be guys cutting their teeth more being on special teams and backups. And the biggest thing we have been trying to get across to these guys is to do their job and do it to the best of their ability and don’t do anybody else’s job. So I think they have done a pretty good job of doing that and were getting more established at the specialists position. I think we’re pleased with what Nate Renfro and what he’s done this season, getting more consistency out of Brad [Craddock] with the field goals. It’s a team that’s going to get better every time that we practice and every time that we play.”

 

On the continuity in the coaching staff:

“Continuity is always big in your coaching staff. Everybody has been through a season now together, in terms of how I do things, how we ran practice, how the coordinators conduct their meetings, how you do things in terms of the player meetings, it’s huge. You know how each other thinks, you know what everybody’s doing, you know that everybody is on the same page, there’s not as many questions being asked about certain things. So I think that anytime you can have that continuity, it’s a big bonus. It’s a big bonus to us as a staff. It’s a bonus to the players because there not getting used to somebody else, there not getting used to different techniques, there not getting used to a different scheme and you can really see as you start to go out there to practice and do things. It just makes the ship sail a lot smoother.”

 

On if he considers this season a fresh start with quarterback C.J. Brown returning:

“It’s more comforting knowing that C.J.’s there and as you watch him perform. I think he has had just an outstanding preseason. He’s thrown the ball better than he ever has since I’ve been here. He’s very poised and he’s a grad student – he’s an MBA student now – and you can just see, in terms of how he carries himself, there is a sense of calmness out there with the whole group as he’s out there playing. And again knowing that he can do everything that we need him to do to fit our personnel, it’s comforting. You feel very good for him because he was going to have this opportunity a year ago and then when he got the injury he kind of had it taken away from him. But now you can see the effort and how much he put into it and everything else. You see how the guys rally around him and listen to him. It’s good to have the veteran presence. He doesn’t have a whole lot of snaps or games under his belt, but just being as mature and having the experience having what he has it really does make a difference.”

 

On wide receiver Deon Long and his ability to complement Stefon Diggs:

“Well, Deon has been back out at practice and anything more about any injury situations we’ll make known at the end of the week, like we always do on Thursdays.

“Deon is a special talent in my opinion. I think he’s got speed, he’s got quickness, he’s got outstanding hands, he loves the game, he loves to play the game of football and he wants to compete. I just think when you can have a guy like Stefon on one side, then a guy like Deon on the other side, you can create some problems and you can do some things offensively that can be a tremendous advantage that can help you move the football. But I like Deon a lot. I like his personality, he’s bubbly, he’s enthusiastic, he’s a competitor who likes to play and I’m just glad he’s here.”

 

On wide receiver Stefon Diggs:

“First of all, everybody knows he’s a tremendous player. He proved that last year as a true freshman. He proved that by what he did as a receiver, what he did as a punt returner, and by what he did as a kickoff returner speaks for itself. I think the biggest thing with Stefon is he wants to be the best in whatever he does and he works at it. I talked about Deon and some of his traits, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever been around a guy who is so competitive and wants to win so badly. He’s kept a level head and I think he can be, as long as the good lord will allow him to stay healthy and allow him, to just continue to work and stay hungry. The sky’s the limit for Stefon. The thing I like about it is he’s gotten bigger and stronger. He’s put on 10 pounds; he’s gotten bigger and thicker. The other thing is you don’t get a chance to be around him every day like I do. I mean the growth and maturation from last year to this year has just been enormous. You talk about a young man who I put in a leadership position and somebody who’s really grabbed it and taken a hold of it and is out there being even more of a leader than what he’s been before and doing the things that great players are supposed to do. He’s not a prima donna. He’s a team guy, not an ‘I’ guy. To me you talk about a guy who’s got a chance to be unbelievable in whatever he does. He’s got the whole package. You know he’s not selfish. I just love the kid, I love being around him, he’s got a smile on his face all the time. He had a great year academically and he’s really embracing the role of being a leader and you don’t find that with guys with the talent that he has on the field and he wants to hold himself to a higher level to what I would hold him to or anybody else would hold him to. I just hope he can stay healthy because he’s as good as I’ve ever been around. The thing that makes it more impressive is just to see how much he’s grown and developed as a person and how much he’s relished and cherished this leadership position he’s been in and it’s good for him.”

 

On the defensive front seven:

“We lost some guys up front and those guys are playing well for their respective teams that their playing in the NFL But the good thing is we got a lot of guys who played up front to replace them. And again, it’s going be a thing up front where we have a bunch of guys that are going to play up front. I think when you take a look at the linebackers; they all have experience of playing because we had some injuries a year ago. I really like the move of Matt Robinson to the linebacker position, so I feel good about where we are right now, defensively. And the thing is all of those guys are going to get better, and what you really hope for is we have the program, what we want it to be, that when you lose players from year to year all you do is just reload and put another guy in who’s just as good or even better than the guy who left. That’s what you hope for. But again they have been practicing hard and they have been practicing well. It’s a group that communicates very well and I’m anxious to go out there and see them play starting Saturday.”
On how Brandon Ross earned the starting running back spot:

“Brandon is the starter and Albert [Reid] is the backup. But Albert is going to play and I’m not afraid to have Albert in the game. I like that, I think that Brandon just has a little more experience and he has done some things that we as the coaching staff puts him as the starter, but you always know that we’ve got to have two tailbacks playing in the ballgame anyhow. So we’ve got complete confidence in both of them, but Brandon’s just shown a little bit more.”

 

– Maryland –

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Receivers Long, Jacobs remain out for Terps

Posted on 19 August 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

Training Camp

Position

Name

Injury

Status

DB Milan Collins Ankle Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney Knee Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker Knee Out for the season
LS Christian Carpenter Back Out for this week
RB Tyler Cierski Calf Out for this week
DB Zach Dancel Hamstring Out for this week
WR Amba Etta Shoulder Out for this week
DB Alvin Hill Ankle Out for this week
WR Taivon Jacobs Back Out for this week
WR Deon Long Back Out for this week
TE Brian McMahon Shoulder Out for this week
RB Joe Riddle Concussion Out for this week
DL Zeke Riser Ankle Out for this week
RB Jacquille Veii Ankle Out for this week

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WR Long, FB Cierski among Maryland Training Camp injuries

Posted on 12 August 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

Training Camp

Position

Name

Injury

Status

DB Milan Collins Ankle Out for the season
LS Christian Carpenter Knee Out for this week
RB Tyler Cierski Calf Out for this week
OL JaJuan Dulaney Knee Out for this week
WR Taivon Jacobs Knee Out for this week
WR Deon Long Back Out for this week
DL Andre Monroe Toe Out for this week
DL Kingsley Opara Shoulder Out for this week
RB Joe Riddle Head Out for this week
ILB Marc Rodriguez Hamstring Out for this week
DL Ty Tucker Knee Out for this week
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro Funeral Out Tuesday and Wednesday

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