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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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Edsall appears to have starting O-Line set

Posted on 20 August 2013 by WNST Staff

With its season opener against Florida International 11 days away, the Maryland football team held its final open practice on Tuesday afternoon at the on-campus practice facility.

Preseason camp is set to break Thursday after morning meetings with the players moving into their permanent residences that afternoon. The Terps will hold a walk-thru Wednesday morning with a full practice later in the day.

Head coach Randy Edsall addressed the media following practice on Tuesday and touched on several topics including the status of the offensive line heading into the season opener.

“Once we get into game week and we have to put out a two-deep we will,” said Edsall about the starting five. “But we looked like we’ve got some guys who can settle in there. We had Mike Madaras at left [tackle], De’Onte Arnett at left guard, Sal [Conaboy] at center, Mike Dunn at right guard and Ryan Doyle at right tackle. That’s pretty much how I think that will be; we just hope not to get any injuries.”

A popular topic amongst the media for the past two weeks has been the competition for the No. 2 quarterback spot. Edsall hinted this competition could extend into the start of the season.

“Right now, we’re in a situation where it’s still an “or” situation,” Edsall said. “Nobody really separated themselves. It’s really Caleb [Rowe] and Ricardo [Young]. Perry’s [Hills] probably down. I think Perry’s still coming back a little bit from that knee injury. That’s where we are, but anything can change. I’m waiting for somebody to step up.  If not, we’ll just make a week-to-week decision or situation-to-situation decision.”

Edsall touched on the development of wide receiver Stefon Diggs as a leader at media day to begin camp and believes the wideout is embracing the role so far in camp.

“I think he’s really stepping up more as a leader,” said Edsall. “That’s the one thing I challenged him with is that he needs to be more of a leader, not only by example, but also being vocal. I think he understand what his role is and what he needs to do. He is stepping up and doing it, and he’s getting better at it each and every day. It’s good to see that development take place.”

Davis Earns the Nod at Safety: Edsall said sophomore Sean Davis has earned the starting job at one of the safety positions. But junior A.J. Hendy remains very much in the mix particularly on special teams and in the Terps’ dime package.

“Right now, we have Sean with the No. 1’s, but that one was as close as you can probably get. That’s what we told the kids. It was close. Sean knows that he’s got to perform each day. A.J. has practiced very hard, he has before too.

“As I told A.J., you’re a starter on this football team. He’s starting for us on dime and special teams. We had to get these guys to understand how important special teams are because I think we’ve got enough talent to be pretty special on special teams.”

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FB Cierski out, OL Arnett questionable for Terps against UConn

Posted on 14 September 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Connecticut

Position

Name

Injury

Status

QB C.J. Brown Knee Out for the season
DL Andrew Monroe Knee Out for the season
RB Tyler Cierski Head Out
DB Rashid Conteh Ankle Out
PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip Out
DB A.J. Hendy Ankle Out
LB Abner Logan Leg Out
LB Kenny Tate Knee Out
OL De’Onte Arnett Ankle Questionable
RB Brandon Ross Hamstring Probable
DL Joe Vellano Foot Probable

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