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Petty takes over at QB as Terps host Georgia Tech Saturday

Posted on 02 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland returns to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium for its second-to-last home game of the 2012 season when it plays host to Georgia Tech Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Terps are coming off a pair of close losses and have played in close games throughout the year. Maryland’s average margin of victory is 5.5 and its average margin of defeat is just 4.5. The series with Georgia Tech has also been close in recent history – five of the last seven games in the series have been decided by five points or less. Last year, the Yellow Jackets claimed a 21-16 victory in Atlanta.

First-and-10

• The Terps are in what seems to be uncharted territory at the quarterback position. Four Maryland QBs have suffered season-ending injuries this year: C.J. Brown was lost in August with a torn ACL; Perry Hills was lost in the NC State game with a torn ACL;Devin Burns was lost after replacing Hills in the NC State game with a Lisfranc (foot); and Caleb Rowe was lost for the year after suffering a torn ACL in the Boston College game. An inquiry among FBS media relations contacts turned up no results of any school having a similar injury situation at quarterback this season or in the past.

• Against Georgia Tech, true freshman Shawn Petty will take the reins at QB. Petty starred on both sides of the ball and was an All-Met selection at Eleanor Roosevelt HS in Greenbelt, Md. As a quarterback, he threw for 1300 yards and 15 TDs, and ran for 550 yards and 10 TDs. Fellow true freshman Brian McMahon, a tight end, will back up Petty. McMahon also played QB in high school. When Petty starts, Maryland will become one of seven schools to have started three different players at quarterback this season (also Southern Miss – 4; and Colorado State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tulane and Utah – 3).

• Despite the injuries and the fact that the Terps have relied on mostly young players – the 14 true freshmen Maryland has played are tied for the fifth most in the FBS – they are two wins away from bowl eligibility. That’s in large part due to a defense which has ranked among the nation’s best throughout the season.

• The Terps rank seventh nationally in total defense (289.3 ypg), fourth in rushing defense (77.6 ypg) and 40th in passing defense (211.6 ypg). Maryland has held its last two opponents under 50 rushing yards: NC State totaled just 40 yards on 26 attempts (1.5 yards per carry) and Boston College had just 8 yards on 27 attempts (0.3 yards per carry). Maryland has an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebackerDemetrius Hartsfield. Those three have played a big role in holding opponents to an average of just 2.31 yards per rush, which ranks third nationally behind Alabama and Stanford. Adding to Maryland’s strength up front are senior linebackersKenneth Tate and Darin Drakeford.

• Maryland’s 7.6 tackles for loss per game are tied for 10th in the FBS and its 3.0 sacks per game are tied for 12th. Vellano leads the ACC and is tied for ninth nationally with 1.75 tackles for loss per game. He was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after recording five tackles and 2.5 sacks, along with a forced fumble against Boston College. Drakeford, meanwhile, has 8.0 TFLs and Hartsfield has 7.0.

• Offensively and on special teams, wide receiver Stefon Diggs continues to be Maryland’s most dynamic playmaker. Against Virginia, the freshman returned the game’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and last week vs. BC he had a career-high 11 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown. Over the last five games he’s averaging 104.0 receiving yards per game, while his 169.3 all-purpose yards per game this season rank second in the ACC and ninth nationally. Diggs has earned ACC weekly honors four times this season: he received Rookie of the Week honors against West Virginia, Wake Forest and Boston College; and Specialist of the Week honors against Virginia.

Quick Hitters

• Maryland has lost seven players to season-ending injuries this year, four of which are quarterbacks. QB C.J. Brown (knee), QB Devin Burns (foot), QB Perry Hills (knee), PK/P Nick Ferrara (hip), WR Marcus Leak (toe), DL Andre Monroe (knee) and QB Caleb Rowe (knee) have all been lost for the year.

• Stefon Diggs has earned ACC Player of the Week honors four times this year. Diggs won Rookie of the Week for his play against West Virginia (9/22), Wake Forest (10/6) and Boston College (10/27), and Specialist of the Week against Virginia (10/13). Additionally, a defensive player has captured weekly honors in three of the past four weeks: Demetrius Hartsfieldearned Linebacker of the Week for his play against Wake Forest (10/6), and Darin Drakeford received the award against Virginia (10/13). Joe Vellano was named Defensive Lineman of the week for his play against Boston College (10/27).

• Diggs ranks fourth in the conference and first among freshmen with 83.2 receiving yards per game. Diggs, who has 38 catches for 666 yards, already ranks 16th on Maryland’s single-season receiving yards list (see list page 6).

• Diggs is the only Maryland freshman to record back-to-back 100-yard receiving games (vs. West Virginia and Wake Forest) since at least 1985, the earliest game-by-game statistics were recorded at the school.

• Maryland allowed Wake Forest to complete just 32.4 percent of its passes (13 of 38). That is the lowest percentage by an opponent with at least 30 passing attempts since Duke went 13 of 42 (30.9%) on Nov. 14, 1998.

• Joe Vellano’s father, Paul Vellano, was inducted into the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 5. The elder Vellano was a first team All-American in 1973, while Joe was a second team All-American in 2011. The father-son combo represent one of four known father-son All-America combos to attend the same FBS school (also Lee and Travis McGriff at Florida; Kevin and Drew Butler at Georgia; Archie and Eli Manning at Ole Miss).

• Fourteen players saw their first career action for Maryland against William & Mary, and 25 players have seen their first career action for Maryland at some point this season (14 true freshmen, eight redshirt freshmen, two juniors, one senior).

• The Terps are holding opponents to 2.31 yards per carry, which ranks third nationally. Of the opponents’ 269 rushing attempts this season, 186 (69.1%) have been for three yards or less (28 of 41 vs. William & Mary; 28 of 39 vs. Temple; 25 of 40 vs. Connecticut; 20 of 25 vs. West Virginia; 21 of 29 vs. Wake Forest; 25 of 42 vs. Virginia; 18 of 26 vs. NC State; 21 of 27 vs. Boston College).

• Demetrius Hartsfield leads the team with 69 tackles and is just outside Maryland’s top 15 with 329 in his career. He needs two stops to pass Kevin Walker for 15th on Maryland’s career tackles chart.

• The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In seven games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 31:43 to 28:17 for the opponent. That’s a major upgrade compared to 2011, when Maryland averaged just 25:16 a game to 34:44 for the opponent.

• Head coach Randy Edsall hands out game balls for each win. Most recently, Darin Drakeford received the defensive game ball and Stefon Diggs got the special teams game ball for the win over Virginia (see complete list, page 6).

• Against William & Mary, Perry Hills became the first true freshman starter at quarterback for Maryland since Latrez Harrison in 1999. He also became the first freshman to start a season opener since redshirt freshman Calvin McCall on Sept. 2, 1999, in a 6-0 win over Temple.

• Nine bowl teams from last year appear on Maryland’s 2012 schedule: Temple (Gildan New Mexico Bowl), West Virginia (Discover Orange Bowl), Wake Forest (Franklin American Mortgage Music City), Virginia (Chick-fil-A Bowl), NC State (Belk Bowl), Georgia Tech (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Clemson (Discover Orange Bowl), Florida State (Champs Sports Bowl) and UNC (AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl).


Maryland-Georgia Tech Series History

• Georgia Tech owns a 14-6 advantage in the all-time series, and has taken four of the last five from Maryland.

• The Yellow Jackets joined the ACC in 1983 and the teams first met in 1988. They played each other for 17 straight seasons (1988-04) before league expansion necessitated a rotating schedule.

• Five of the last seven games in the series have been decided by five points or less. Last year, the Yellow Jackets claimed a 21-16 victory in Atlanta. C.J. Brown rallied the Terps from a 21-3 halftime deficit with a 77-yard touchdown run and Davin Meggett cut the lead to five with a 1-yard TD run, but the Terps would get no closer.

• Maryland’s win in 2007, the last meeting between the teams in College Park, snapped a three-game Georgia Tech winning streak. In his first career start, Chris Turner threw for 255 yards, and Lance Ball ran for three touchdowns as Maryland held on for a 28-26 victory over Georgia Tech. Travis Bell sent a 52-yard field goal attempt wide right with 54 seconds remaining.

• Georgia Tech edged Maryland 27-23 in a 2006 thriller in Atlanta. The Terps had the ball at the Yellow
Jacket 7-yard line with only seconds remaining, but were stopped shy of the winning score.

• Maryland’s Lance Ball and Tech’s Tashard Choice had 116 and 138 rushing yards, respectively, in that game, as the two dueled it out on the ground. The Yellow Jackets’ Calvin Johnson had 133 yards receiving and Terrapin wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey had 111 to provide Maryland’s yards through the air.

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Terps WR Boykins out again Saturday, likely out for season

Posted on 01 November 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Georgia Tech

Position

Name

Injury

Status

QB C.J. Brown Knee Out for the season
QB Devin Burns Foot Out for the season
PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip Out for the season
QB Perry Hills Knee Out for the season
WR Marcus Leak Toe Out for the season
DL Andre Monroe Knee Out for the season
QB Caleb Rowe Knee Out for the season
WR Kerry Boykins Hip/Groin Out
OL Bennett Fulper Foot Questionable
DL Justin Anderson Ankle Probable
OL De’Onte Arnett Ankle Probable
RB Wes Brown Shoulder Probable
TE Devonte Campbell Knee Probable
OL Sal Conaboy Ankle Probable
DB Sean Davis Hip Probable
WR Kevin Dorsey Knee Probable
LB Cole Farrand Wrist Probable
DL A.J. Francis Shoulder Probable
OL Justin Gilbert Knee Probable
OL Nick Klemm Knee Probable
DB Matt Robinson Hip Probable
TE Ryan Schlothauer Knee Probable
TE David Stinebaugh Back Probable
LB Kenneth Tate Knee Probable
LB Alex Twine Neck Probable
DL Joe Vellano Foot Probable

Filed: 11/1/12

 

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28 Terps on BC game injury report

Posted on 25 October 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

at Boston College

Position

Name

Injury

Status

QB C.J. Brown Knee Out for the season
QB Devin Burns Foot Out for the season
QB Perry Hills Knee Out for the season
PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip Out for the season
WR Marcus Leak Toe Out for the season
DL Andre Monroe Knee Out for the season
WR Kerry Boykins Hip/Groin Out
OL Bennett Fulper Foot Out
TE David Stinebaugh Back Out
DL Justin Anderson Ankle Questionable
DB Matt Robinson Groin Questionable
OL De’Onte Arnett Ankle Probable
RB Wes Brown Shoulder Probable
OL Sal Conaboy Ankle Probable
DB Sean Davis Hip Probable
WR Stefon Diggs Thigh Probable
LB Darin Drakeford Abdomin Probable
DL A.J. Francis Shoulder Probable
OL Justin Gilbert Knee Probable
LB Demetrius Hartsfield Ankle Probable
DL Darius Kilgo Ankle Probable
WR Nigel King Foot Probable
OL Nick Klemm Knee Probable
TE Ryan Schlothauer Knee Probable
RB Albert Reid Shoulder Probable
LB Kenneth Tate Knee Probable
DL Joe Vellano Foot Probable
OL Andrew Zeller Knee Probable

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Maryland QB Burns, WR Leak out for season

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Maryland QB Burns, WR Leak out for season

Posted on 25 October 2012 by WNST Staff

QB Devin Burns and WR Marcus Leak Out for the Season

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall on Thursday announced that quarterback Devin Burns (Lisfranc) and wide receiver Marcus Leak (fractured toe) will be out for the season.

 

“Obviously this is something that is very tough on both of these guys and our team,” Edsall said. “I feel for both Devin and Marcus because I know they want to be out there competing. Both have been team-first guys who have done everything we have asked, and we will be here to support them as they begin the rehab process.”

 

Burns, a sophomore, switched positions from wide receiver to quarterback after C.J. Brown was injured during the preseason. On the season, Burns saw action in three games. His most extensive playing time came when he took over for an injured Perry Hills vs. North Carolina State, rushing for 50 yards and one touchdown. He also completed three of four passes for 47 yards and helped lead the Terps on three second-half scoring drives.

 

Leak has played in all seven games during his sophomore season. He ranks second on the team in receptions (23), receiving yards (393) and touchdown receptions (two). He turned in his best performance of the season vs. North Carolina State, setting a career-high with 94 yards on four receptions, including a career-long 47-yard reception from Hills.

 

– Terps –

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10 Sports Limericks

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10 Sports Limericks

Posted on 25 October 2012 by Thyrl Nelson

This week the Ravens are stammering,

The Texans just gave them a hammering.

You knew they were done,

When they threw out the run.

And now fans want to fire Cam Cameron

 

The Tigers had visions of grandeur,

And threw out an ace in Verlander.

But for being the best,

Maybe had too much rest.

And in Game 1 got beat by a Panda

 

There once was a QB named Cam,

Who wanted to be Superman.

But when things don’t work out,

He always starts to pout.

So now people are calling him Sham.

 

 

The Bounty-Gate thing was malicious,

Inspiring hits that were vicious.

But the players suspended,

Had their punishments ended.

And now have beef with two commishes.

 

 

There once was a Jag named Maurice,

Who called the Bears quarterback weak.

He should laugh at himself,

Because he’s now on the shelf.

With a little foot that he just tweaked.

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Maryland OC Locksley won’t rule out using both Burns, Rowe

Posted on 24 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Quotes from Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and defensive coordinator Brian Stewart

Mike Locksley

 

On Perry Hills being out for the season and his replacement:

“Well for us it’s the next man mentality. We have some guys ready to play, I’m not going to get into a lot of specifics with scheme and what we’re doing. You know, we have to get somebody ready to play Saturday, and we’re doing all the things necessary in practice to determine who, how much, and what we’re going to do as the week progresses.”

 

On if using both quarterbacks is an option:

“Well obviously the goal is trying to figure out if one of those guys, or both of those guys are capable. We need to kind of get through the week to figure out whether we play both or whether we play one. We were able to go yesterday, and today’s a huge day for us. This is where we get a better understanding of day two of the installation and working on all the different things to figure out what they can and cannot get accomplished.”

 

On the success historically playing multiple quarterbacks in a game compared to one:

“From a historical standpoint I can only speak on the experience I’ve had playing two. The answer to that is we’re going to do whatever it takes to get a win. We’re not playing two, or we’re playing one just for the sake of it. We’re going to play the guys or guy that gives us the best chance to win. We’re going to spend this week putting together some game plans and getting these guys out on the field and see what they can execute. Then making some decisions at the end of the week that will obviously affect our ability to get a win on Saturday.”

 

On if going through a similar scenario losing C.J. Brown helps cope with losing Hills:

“It never gets easy, I know that. But I can tell you the way Randy [Edsall] has developed the mentality of this team, the whole next-man mentality, whether it’s the quarterback position, the offensive line, or any position on this team, if a guy goes down, no need to fret or worry as coaches. We have to get the next guy ready, or next guys depending on the situation. Our team has developed that personality, and as coaches whoever the guy is we have to put together a plan that we can execute against Boston College offensively to put points on the board and win a ball game.”

 

On what he likes about Caleb Rowe:

“Obviously he has a skill set where he throws the ball very accurately, and a lot of people try and say he can’t do certain things. Well he’s as athletic as Perry, I think he’s a mixture of both Devin and Perry. So, that’s a benefit for us, because whoever the guy is he’ll still be able to do some of the same things that gave us an opportunity to move the ball. Now what we have to do is find a way to put points on the board when we need them.”

 

On how the emergency quarterbacks are looking:

“A lot has been thrown at them. We’ve been very fortunate that we have Coach [C.J.] Brown and Coach [Ricardo] Young helping out getting quarterbacks ready to play. Then, trying to teach guys who’ve played the position you only have so much time, and that’s where guys like C.J. Brown and Ricardo Young have been great assets for us. They’re both smart guys. I think having [Brian] McMahon being on the offensive side of the ball a lot of the pre-snap stuff is easier on him because he’s taking signals, our tight ends take signals from the sideline. I’ve been pleased with both their efforts trying to learn the things we’re going to ask them to do if they’re called upon in an emergency.”

 

On how involved C.J. Brown has been since recovering from his injury:

“We’ve kept him involved, that’s the way Randy likes to do things. Obviously he has some rehab things and some things he had to attend to immediately coming out of the surgeries. But as quickly he’s been able to get off the crutches from a safety standpoint, he’s been out there. Taking coin tosses, on the sideline, on the headsets, so it’s been invaluable having a guy like him, and even Ricardo [Young] spends a ton of time around here studying it. They’ve both been really helpful with the development of the young quarterbacks. It’s just great to have those guys involved.”

 

Brian Stewart

 

On the play of Darin Drakeford this season:

“He’s just been doing a great job. I mentioned before those positions have always done a pretty good job. I mentioned DeMarcus Ware and Shaun Phillips when we were in San Diego. That guy has to be a guy who has some pass-rush ability, has to be tough because he’s going to be chipped by backs. Drakeford’s personality fits that perfectly, he’s done a great job.”

 

On the play of Joe Vellano and his tackling ability:

“I don’t know about wrapping up, but we practice tackling every day, every chance we get. Tackling is more attitude than anything. It’s 90 percent want-to and 10 percent technique. I think Joe brings that ‘I want to get to that guy and I want to tackle somebody’ attitude and I think that’s where he stands out.”

 

On the play of Jeremiah Johnson;

“I think J.J.’s play has been consistent, and he’s continued to play consistent. There’s times when things happen, but his demeanor is a perfect corner’s demeanor. It’s a fluke, it won’t happen to me again, and he goes after it as aggressive as he did the first time. He’s a kid that improves every game, because he takes notes, he looks at himself on tape, he looks at himself at practice, and he takes feedback and criticism well. It’s not easy when someone tells you you’re doing something wrong or you just got beat. You’re already feeling sorry for yourself, but he doesn’t come in with that attitude. He comes in with the ‘OK coach what could I have done here?’ And then you tell him and that’s what he tries to do.”

 

On the challenges Boston College’s offense presents:

“Their quarterback Chase Rettig, there’s a couple plays where you see him just stand there in the pocket and throw the ball 60 yards. He can throw it outside the numbers, he can throw it down the field, he has an extremely strong arm, the receivers do a great job running downfield and getting underneath the ball. I think [Johnathan] Colemen’s height is a problem for us, because we’re about six inches shorter than him. [Alex] Amidon does a good job of running routes and getting to the ball. So, those guys especially with that quarterback, present a problem just because of the big play potential.”

 

On if Kenneth Tate is back to 100 percent:

“I don’t know if at this point in the season if anybody is 100 percent, let alone Kenny. But I think he’s done a great job of understanding what we need him to do and executing what we need him to do. One-hundred percent? I think that’s something he would need to answer, but I just think he’s doing what we’re asking him to do and he’s doing it at a level that we can be successful with.”

 

- Terps -

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Edsall says no QB decision made between Rowe, Burns

Posted on 23 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening statement:

“We’re going to head back out to practice today and get ready for Boston College. We’re going to see a Boston College team that’s playing very hard, competing, but just coming up a little bit short. They have an outstanding quarterback in Chase Rettig and Alex Amadin is a very good receiver. You also throw in Andre Williams the running back and a big offensive line and they present you with some problems on that side of the ball.

“When you look at the defense, they have an outstanding linebacker corps in Kevin Pierre-Louis, Nick Clancy and Steele Divitto. They are active up front and a team you know is going to play hard and give you some things you maybe haven’t seen before. We have a tremendous challenge again to go on the road and play another ACC team and our guys are really looking forward to it and looking forward to getting back out to practice.”

 

On quarterbacks Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe:

“I think when you have a chance to see the two young men go out and perform….you saw Devin on Saturday and what he did in terms of his feet and his running ability, I think it kind of speaks for itself.  Then we see Caleb come in and scramble out of the pocket and make some of the throws he did. They are both excellent quarterbacks. They are both guys I trust, our guys trust and our players trust to be able to do the job and do it effectively. We’ll put a plan together knowing either one of those guys could go in the game and play at any given time. We’ll find out on Saturday what that plan is going to be.”

 

On if he’s had a quarterback situation like this in the past and how he handled it:

“I have been through this before. I had a [defensive back] that we had to get ready to play quarterback in Darius Butler when I was at Connecticut. So, no, this isn’t new territory for me. We will take Shawn Petty and Brian McMahon practicing at quarterback to get a third guy. You feel bad for the guys that get hurt, but injuries are something that you can’t control. So you always have to have a plan for the ‘what ifs.’ You work with what you have to go out and win the in the game. I’m not panicked, upset, or frustrated. You just roll with the punches and go out to get yourself ready for a win.”

 

On if he would have preferred to redshirt Rowe:

“Ideally, yes I would have liked to redshirt him. We had made the decision to go with Devin as number two and Caleb at number three. I told him he had to be ready and be prepared because he hasn’t gotten many reps. In practice he would just do the 2-minute drill and 7-on-7 with the defense. But he has been in the meetings and taking notes. I think it was so impressive that he went in and preformed the way he did with such minimal reps. Ideally, we would have wanted to redshirt him but we weren’t afforded that luxury.”

 

On what he tells his players during a week like this:

“I’m going to tell them today when we meet that we believe in anyone that we put in the game. We believe in them and trust in them and know that they can do the job to help get a win. They just need to go in and execute the plan we have for them to the best of their ability. Everybody has to rally around those guys and support them and also do their own jobs as well. We tell them not to let their teammates down. Be prepared and know what you’re doing.”

 

On what he can expect from Shawn Petty and Brian McMahon at quarterback:

“We’ll find out as we go out to practice today. We want to get them to understand as much as they can so they can go out and manage the offense. Brian at least being on offense, kind of knows it. Shawn it will be a little bit different because he was a defensive guy, so he has to learn some terminology. But both guys will be able to throw and run the ball, I’m sure. It’s like riding a bike. They didn’t forget how to run or throw the ball by not having played quarterback for the past few months.”

 

On when he expects to make a decision about who will start as quarterback:

“We’ll have a really good idea by the end of the day on Thursday after seeing three days of practice. Am I going to say anything at the end of the day Thursday? That’s too far in advance to know that. But we could come out and say something on Thursday or wait until game time.”

 

On what earned Wes Brown the starting job and if it was in part due to Devin Burns being at quarterback:

“I think that we have seen Wes perform really well in the game without Devin in other situations. Coming off that injury; Saturday’s game, it just allowed us to get him some more work. When you’re running the read-zone, defense has to make a decision. One of the decisions is who are they going let run the ball. You got to make sure to take the quarterback away or the running back away. That’s something where the quarterback has to do a good job of reading. Sometimes it’s going to open up where the running back or the quarterback will benefit, based on the defense. Wes can have that kind of production with Devin or without Devin.”

 

On if some of the gloom of all the injuries has been mitigated by the fact they’re two wins away from bowl eligibility:

“There’s no gloom around here. If you see our kids, they’re not down in the dumps. It‘s like the old mule that fell into the well without water in it, and the farmer doesn’t know how to get the mule out of there, so he figures that he will just cover the old mule up. So what happens is, he start’s throwing dirt down there, and the mule ends up just shaking it off and stepping up. And before you know it, there’s enough dirt and he’s at the top and just comes out of it. That’s how I look at it. We are just trying to get win number five. The third win in the ACC and the fifth win overall. I just told our guys that everything we want is still ahead of us. That’s what we have to have our focus on and prepare for to keep it that way.”

 

On designing the game plan for Saturday:

“I don’t think that we’ll do anything differently. We’ve been doing the same things with Perry, Devin, and Caleb all through the preseason. There are things that you will do with each guy based on his specific skill sets.”

 

On Caleb Rowe’s ability to run:

“I think Caleb is a more than adequate runner. He is by no means as fast as Devin. But he has good running ability and we have seen him execute our offense during the preseason and we know he can do all of the things we would ask him to within our offense.”

 

On what kind of player Devin Burns is:

“He is a kid that loves to play the game. He is somebody who has a smile on his face all of the time and is a tremendous competitor. He has a quick release, is athletic enough to make plays with his feet, can read defenses well, and is someone who our players respect. When you can come in and do what Devin did and also what Caleb did in the second half coming off the bench, I have a tremendous amount of respect for each one of those guys. Both of them were very poised and I was very impressed.”

 

On if he’ll design the playbook to keep the quarterbacks healthy:

“We have to do the things that need to be done in order to give our team the best chance to win games, using the guys that we have. You cannot sit there and try to worry about people getting hurt if you run a specific play. We will do the best we can to utilize their skills and get other guys ready to go just in case.”

 

On how Brad Craddock has handled the last few days:

“We went out and did a little bit of PAT and field goal work on Sunday. We as coaches just have to do a better job to make sure that he has the same leg swing every time. We have to keep working with his technique and his fundamentals. He has the leg and he has the right attitude. I was a little mad at myself because I wish I had taken the opportunity to talk to him before he went out there [to attempt the field goal at the end of Saturday’s game]. We just have to keep working with him and showing him on tape why he missed the ones that he missed and ensuring that he has the right leg swing every time. Brad will be fine.”

 

On the Boston College offense and what makes quarterback Chase Rettig so special:

“Chase Rettig is what makes them go. He can move around in the pocket and he likes to move to throw the ball. BC has a big offensive line and they do a good job of pass protecting and they have good receivers to throw the ball to. They put up those numbers from an offensive standpoint because of those things.”

 

On what defensive back Jeremiah Johnson has done to play well:

“I think that J.J. has worked really hard to hone his craft. When you watch him play, he does a good job of preparing and studying. When he sees certain sets he knows what will be coming. He does a good job of watching receivers during the week and understanding their tendencies. He has a lot of confidence, and you have big pass breakups like he has had, those only build your confidence. J.J.’s skills have come from hard work and preparation, not only during the season, but also from his hard work during the summer.”

 

On if he has seen wide receiver Nigel King coming along recently:

“I see a guy who is getting more confidence. Nigel is a great guy, but was never sure of himself. Now you can start to see the confidence come out. He sat out a year, and I know that was not any fun for him. Now you can see him out there and he is enjoying himself and you can see his confidence building. As long as he can stay healthy and continue to work very hard he can be a very productive player for us.”

 

On the play of the offensive line last week:

“I thought we were a little bit better. We were nowhere near where we needed to be, but I thought the communication was a little bit better and I was not displeased with the way we played. I thought there was improvement, but we still have much more to do with that phase of our game.”

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Edsall says Terps considered going to Burns at QB

Posted on 07 October 2012 by WNST Staff

QUOTES – MARYLAND COACH RANDY EDSALL

Maryland 19, Wake Forest 14

Opening Statement:

“Where do you start? First of all, it was a good win and we are 1-0 in the ACC. We have a bunch of guys who are battling and want to compete for 60 minutes. What we have to do is get them better at the little things, like the fundamentals and the techniques, and not putting ourselves in positions that made it difficult to win. However, I am very proud of our guys for battling and hanging in there. We have a lot of things we still need to clean up, but I will take the win and know that the things we need to fix are things we can take care of and things the players want to take care of.“

 

“I would also like to make a special mention of Paul Velano being inducted into the Hall of Fame here at Maryland. He was an honorary captain this evening, and it is great to see former players coming back here and we welcome them back with open arms. I also thought the crowd was good. The crowd gave us some energy. Defensively, we played very well, except for a few plays. Offensively, we are very inconsistent and on the special teams we have things there we need to clean up also.”

 

On the play of the defense and the secondary:

“I thought that, other than the blown coverage early on, we started to do a really good job. I think that those guys prepare well. I was very proud of Anthony Nixon. Matt Robinson hurt his groin, and so we needed to move Eric [Franklin] over and have Anthony step up because we have been so impressed with what we have seen out of Anthony. In practice he takes great notes and he is very conscientious. I thought the secondary did play well. I thought we could have held on to some of those tipped balls for interceptions, but I thought overall our defense was outstanding.”

 

On the play of Perry Hills:

“Perry has to get more consistent. I love Perry to death, but he is missing some things out there. He could make it a lot easier on himself and be a lot more efficient offensively if he goes where he is supposed to with the ball and make some better reads. We just need to work with him and make sure he works to get better. As we continue to go forward, we need to eliminate some of those things.”

 

On the play of Stefon Diggs:

“I think one of the things Stefon has to understand now that he is here is that he cannot make a big play all of the time. He has the ability to make the big plays, but sometimes he hurts himself more than he helps himself. He gets so excited to play, we have to calm him down and tell him what he needs to do. With his punt returns, the thing he needs to understand is that the most important thing is getting the ball back and securing the football so we can get a chance to go and possess it on offense and do something with it.”

 

On the first Wake Forest touchdown and the defensive breakdown:

“There was a missed execution of a coverage that led to that touchdown. We would never play a coverage that would leave a guy that wide open. We had a breakdown.”

 

On senior leadership on defense, especially with the two late sacks:

“I think Demetrius [Hartsfield] is playing pretty well. He is a guy who is playing with a lot of confidence. He is vocal, he hates to lose, and I like how he talks and gets everybody going. With Kenny [Tate], you only want to play him so many plays, but when he is out there, there is a steadiness and fluidness. I just hope that tomorrow he won’t be sore. It got to a point in the game where I told the defensive coach to just leave him in there and just keep him going. When you have a guy out there with the intelligence that he has and just understands the game it helps you as a defense.”

 

On offensive identity and prospect of trying a different quarterback:

“We had talked about maybe getting Devin [Burns] in there before the game, but the situation never presented itself. I would have hoped that we would be a little further along offensively, but that is just something that we will continue to work on.”

 

On extra point versus going for two, and what he thought about the clock management:

“I thought that we should kick the field goal because our defense was playing really well. I guess I thought kicking the field goal was a safer option than going for two. The four minute drill was something we have worked on and I thought we executed that very well. We got as much out of the clock as we could and put ourselves in a good situation. We put Kevin Dorsey back there to get an interception and he dropped it. We were trying to get him on the stat sheet.

The thing that is so frustrating is that when you see these guys go out there and execute well, and then you see them go out there again and do some things that make you scratch your head and say ‘Where did that come from?’. That is our job as coaches to get that focus and consistency. We need to get to where we need to be as a team.”

 

QUOTES – MARYLAND PLAYERS

Maryland 19, Wake Forest 14

 

Senior Defensive Lineman A.J. Francis

On stopping Wake Forest’s offense:

“Our goal is to be the best defense in the ACC, and we have to come to work every day in practice and especially Saturdays. We still have a lot to improve on. We gave up a big touchdown on the first drive, and we should have also kept them out of the end zone on their second touchdown. Other than that we played a pretty good game, and we still have room to improve. I think we have the potential to be a really great defense.”

 

“On being 1-0 in ACC play:

“It is always huge to win conference games because they are the games that really matter. At the end of the day we really focus on winning conference games because it will help us get to postseason play. It is really good that we got one out of the way. We were able to pull it out, and it was a great win for our team.”

 

Senior Defensive End Joe Vellano:

On goal line stand:

Everyone was really working hard on not letting their offense get in the end zone. On third down they went for it, and we were able to stop them. They went for it again on the fourth, and I think it was Dexter [McDougle] over the top who made a huge play. That really was a big momentum changer for our team.”

 

On being 1-0 in ACC play:

“It’s a huge win for us. Our biggest goal this week was to come out and win this game to get tonight and we were successful with that. We have Virginia next week, but this was a great start to open up our ACC competition.”

 

On your father’s induction to the Maryland Hall of Fame”

“It was a crazy thing being able to see my dad’s old highlights. It made me come alive during the game. Last night was a great event, and I was really touched by the support I received from the rest of the Maryland players. I never thought I would be able to be on the field with my dad, especially walking out to the coin toss with him. It was a dream come true. I am very humbled and proud of all that my dad was able to achieve.”

 

Freshman Quarterback Perry Hills

On how he’s progressed this season:

“I’m definitely starting to see the blitzes a lot easier; where they’re coming from, helping myself get picked up. It’s definitely slowed down a lot instead of everything happening in a split second, you start to see it a lot easier.”

 

On the touchdown pass to Dorsey:

“We knew the corners were going to bite on a little hitch route. So I took a three step [drop] and then just gave him a nice easy catchable ball in the end zone.”

 

On how Maryland’s defense played:

“The defense won the game for us. The defense played a great game. They’ve played well all year and I’m glad to have a defense as good as they are.”

 

Freshman Receiver Stefon Diggs

On the 63-yard receiving play:

“I had a little underneath route, caught the ball, and did my job. Everybody else had some great blocks on the outside. I ran out of gas a little bit, but I pretty much just did my job and did the best I could.”

 

On the muffed punt:

“I had time, but I peeked. I took my eyes off of it, and I saw that I had at least one second. There was a little bit of wind, but there’s no excuse at all; I should have squared it up. It drifted a little bit and got away from me, so I was more concerned about the ball than the hit. It happened, I tried to move forward from it. It got down on myself a little bit because that’s how I play. I love the game and I believe stuff like that shouldn’t happen. It wasn’t the worst game of my life, but we have to move on to next week at Virginia.”


On how big the win was:

“It’s good to open up the ACC with a ‘W’, so it’s a big win. We pride ourselves on not beating ourselves, but we made a lot of mistakes. If you make a lot of mistakes you can’t expect to win games; there’s a small margin of error. We’re going to hear about it tomorrow, but it’s good to get a ‘W’ battling adversity. It’s big and it builds team camaraderie and chemistry.”

 

Senior Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield

On Wake Forest’s final drive in the game:

“I definitely knew what they were running. It wasn’t anything new; we just did what we had to do.”

 

On the play of the secondary:

“I think all of our DBs played great. I think Anthony Nixon stepped up as a freshman, and I think Jeremiah Johnson played a heck of a game. They had a handful of PBUs”


On how it feels to be 1-0 in the ACC:

“It’s good to be 1-0, but of course it’s just one win. Now we have to get ready for Virginia. I’ve yet to win down there.”

 

On how they were able to counter Wake Forest’s offense:

“We knew they were going to try to run the ball, and base their offense off of the run. That was the big emphasis we had, stopping the run.”

 

Postgame Notes

Maryland 19, Wake Forest 14

 

Kicking Off: Maryland (3-2, 1-0 ACC) won its conference opener for the fifth straight year by defeating Wake Forest (3-3, 1-3 ACC) 19-14 … the last time the Terps didn’t win their conference opener was 2007, a 31-24 overtime loss at Wake … Maryland leads the all-time series with the Demon Deacons 43-17-1, including a 22-8 advantage at home … the Terps have won three straight over Wake at home and 10 of the last 14 overall in the series … Maryland’s .717 winning percentage over Wake is its best mark against any ACC school.

 

Defense Steps Up: Maryland’s defense held strong after surrendering a 73-yard touchdown pass on the third offensive play of the game. The Terps allowed just 241 total offensive yards, the fourth time in five games they’ve held the opponent under 300. The secondary, which had 11 pass breakups, helped hold Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price to a .342 completion percentage. Maryland came into the game 18th nationally in passing defense (177.8 ypg) and surrendered 170 to Wake. The Terps also held the opponent under 100 yards rushing for the third time this year as Wake finished with 71 rushing yards.

 

100-yard Game for Diggs: Freshman receiver Stefon Diggs had his second straight 100-yard receiving game by hauling in a season-high five passes for 105 yards. Diggs’ 63-yard reception in the fourth quarter was the longest by a Terp this year and set up the game-winning touchdown by Justus Pickett. Diggs also had 113 receiving yards against West Virginia two weeks ago.

 

Defensive Notes: Demetrius Hartsfield recorded double digit tackles (10) for the second time this season (also 13 vs. William & Mary) … Hartsfield’s sack on 4th-and-15 late in the fourth quarter sealed the victory … Darin Drakeford and Kenneth Tate also recorded sacks … Jeremiah Johnson had four pass breakups and now leads the team with six this year.

 

Big Leg: Brad Craddock connected on two long field goals for Maryland of 49 and 52 yards. He is the first Terp to hit a 50-yarder since Travis Baltz had a 52-yarder on 11/27/10 and the first Terp to hit two field goals of at least 45 yards since Baltz had a pair of 47-yarders on 9/11/10.

 

Dorsey in the Scoring Column: Wide receiver Kevin Dorsey recorded his first touchdown reception of the season when he caught a 33-yard pass from Perry Hills with 2:19 left in the second quarter.

 

Goal-Line Stop: Maryland came up with a big goal-line stop in the second quarter. Wake Forest had third-and-goal at the 1-yard line, but was unable to score. WF quarterback Tanner Price fumbled on third down and Bradley Johnson came up with a tackle at the line of scrimmage on fourth down.

 

Nixon Starts: With Matt Robinson out of the game due to a groin injury, true freshman Anthony Nixon drew the start at safety opposite of Eric Franklin. Nixon is the fifth true freshman to start on offense or defense for Maryland this year (Stefon Diggs, Albert Reid, Perry Hills, Sean Davis). Additionally, Brad Craddock has served as the starting place-kicker every game.

 

Hall of Fame: Eight new members were inducted into Maryland’s Athletics Hall of Fame of this weekend, including football alum Paul Vellano. Vellano, a first team All-American in 1973, is the father of current Terp Joe Vellano, a second team All-American last year. The father-son combo represent one of four known father-son All-America combos to attend the same FBS school (also Lee and Travis McGriff at Florida; Kevin and Drew Butler at Georgia; Archie and Eli Manning at Ole Miss).

 

Tidbits: Maryland won the time of possession battle, holding the ball for 35:48 compared to 24:12 for Wake Forest … Diggs finished with 132 all-purpose yards (105 receiving, 20 punt return, 7 rushing) … there were seven fumbles in the game (four by Maryland, three by WF), with each team recovering two.

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Edsall names Hills Maryland starting QB

Posted on 22 August 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland football team moved closer to the end of preseason camp with a two-hour workout at the on-campus facility Tuesday afternoon.

The Terps will hold their final scrimmage of the preseason Wednesday afternoon, complete a short practice Thursday and then go through a two-a-day Friday before starting a normal game week.

Head coach Randy Edsall addressed the media following Tuesday’s workout and touched on a number of topics. Earlier Tuesday, Edsall named Perry Hills as the starting quarterback for the season opener against William & Mary on Sept. 1.

Hills, a true freshman, assumed first-team duties when junior C.J. Brown was injured last week. He will be backed up by another true freshman in Caleb Rowe, and sophomore Devin Burns will serve as the third-string signal-caller.

Edsall’s full comments are below.

On the team’s injuries:
“C.J. [Brown] is going to have surgery on Friday. So that’s going to happen Friday. Andre Monroe is going to be out for the year. He’ll have surgery on Thursday. Keith Bowers is probably out two to three weeks. [A.J.] Hendy will probably be three to four weeks with that ankle. Nick Ferrara is a day-to-day type situation. Kenny Tate is going to go visit with the doctors, he’s got an injury going right now. So he’ll see the doctors and we’ll know a little bit more on him. Of course you know Matt [Robinson] will be out for about two to three weeks more. Josh Cary [is out] about three weeks. Isaiah Ross, that’s an indefinite type thing, I’m not sure how long that’ll [be] – maybe more of a day-to-day type thing. And then Isaac Goins will be out three weeks with mono. So that’s kind of the update. Dustin Dailey is out with a high ankle sprain too.”

On what his thoughts are on the injuries:
“Just work the guys that are out there, that’s all we can do. Football is a game where you do have injuries and it’s something that you can’t control. It’s amazing because Andre Monroe was just running straight ahead, just running a sprint, and his knee kind of gave out and that was it. So a lot of the issues that we have haven’t even been contact-type situations.

“Even the ones that we might’ve had from a contact situation likeMatt Robinson, it wasn’t even violent or anything like that. But what it is, it’s just that hey, you want all those guys to get healthy as soon as they can but you just get the guys that are behind them ready to play. It’s that saying that we have, everybody is really one or two plays from playing and they have to make sure they’re mentally and physically prepared to step up and play at any time based on injuries.”

On how the injuries at defensive line shakes up the competition:
“If you went today you’ve got Joe [Vellano] at left end, you’ve got Darius [Kilgo] at the nose and then you’ve got A.J. [Francis] at the right end. Then you have Justin Anderson behind him and Alex Walker at the nose, and then you have Quinton Jefferson [at left end]. And then I took and moved Roman Bragliofrom the Will [linebacker] to the end because again I think this is something we’ve been talking about as a staff kind of since preseason started, and we just think now is the best time to move. Because that’s where we think he was going to end up, at end. We’ll make that move now, and again, maybe he’s a guy that can help us this year from a pass-rush standpoint when we get into certain packages.”

On moving A.J. Francis from nose to end:
“Oh yeah we moved him about a week ago, I think it was. We took him out there again, as we were evaluating, we thought our three best guys were Joe, A.J. and Darius. So they were both at nose so we moved A.J. out to the end because we thought he was a little bit more suited to be able to play end. So we did that.”

On when Andre Monroe was injured:
“It was about a week ago I think, or something. It’s crazy. We’re running the gassers that we always run, and he’s beating everybody, and running as fast that I’ve ever seen him run. He did one and then the next one he did, he goes and he plants and as soon as he starts back he just gets about to the opposite hash and his leg just gave out. His knee gave out. So he’s going to have surgery on Thursday.”

On naming Perry Hills as the starter:
“I met with all three guys this morning. Pretty much after the scrimmage and then practice yesterday, it’s clear that Perry is the number one guy, the starter. Caleb [Rowe] is number two and Devin [Burns] is number three. So I just wanted our team to really understand who they’re working with and get as many reps so they can all get comfortable, they have been comfortable. But just wanted to get that done today and like I said I had a chance to sit down with all of them this morning and talk to them and fill them in before we made any announcements. I just thought it was the right time and it clearly played out that way. Caleb knows that he’s one play away; Devin’s got to get prepared to play as well. But Perry has done a good job and we look forward to him leading our team starting now and when we get going on September 1.”

On why he named a starter 11 days in advance of the first game:
“Because I think it was clearly a situation where there’s been a decided guy that’s been ahead. So you get the guy that’s ahead and you go with that and you feel comfortable with it.”

On if running back Brandon Ross is nicked up:
“Yeah they’re nicked up a little bit but it shouldn’t be anything serious. Brandon should probably either be out there tomorrow or on Thursday. Then Albert, again just running I think he might’ve just tweaked his groin a little bit.”

On the punting competition:
“That’s still ongoing. I’m not sure when we’ll – that might go all the way to game time until we decide who the guys going to be. Let me say this, the competition is between Brad Craddock and Nate Renfro. [Nick] Ferrara is not going to be punting, he’s just going to focus on place-kicking, which is field goals and kickoffs. Those two guys are battling it out, and it’s a good competition. We’ll keep that going and like I said, if there’s something I really feel good about and I can say they’re that guy then we’ll name that when we get that figured out. So as soon as that decides itself out then we’ll decide, if it doesn’t it could be a game time decision.”

On if he’s elevated any walk-ons to scholarship:
“No not yet. We’re still in camp, we’re in camp until after tomorrow and if any of that would happen it would be sometime after that.”

On if he’s looking for any specific positions in the walk-on tryouts:
“Well we’re always looking for linemen, if we can find linemen. But really just anyone that we think can come out and aid us and help us. Wide receivers, defensive backs I think would be something we’re looking for but really any position. We always do that at that time of the year.”

On the command of Perry Hills:
“I think he’s done well. I’ve been very, very impressed with just how he’s handled himself. The poise and composure and command that he’s handling that first offense with, I mean here’s a guy that’s a freshman that’s telling those guys `Come on let’s go, get set, get down,’ and all those things. He’s been good at handling all the instillation that’s gone in. Like I said I’ve been very impressed with a kid that’s a true freshman to pick up all the things he’s picked up and then to go out and handle the huddle. He really hasn’t turned over the ball much, he’s accurate, I have not seen him get rattled. I think he’s one of those guys that just goes and prepares very well. He’s always sitting in that film room studying and trying to do exactly what [offensive coordinator] Mike [Locksley] wants him to do. So when you do that you give yourself the opportunity to be successful.”

On how ready freshman safety Sean Davis is:
“I think he’s done a good job. I think he’s picked things up. Of course there’s a lot more things he’s got to get better at and refine and all those things. But he’s a guy that goes hard, plays hard and the more reps he gets the better he’s going to be. But he’s the best guy and that’s who we have to go with and now what we have to do is get him ready.”

 

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