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Edsall really pleased with D-Line depth in camp

Posted on 19 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

Opening Statement:

“Another day for evaluation for us. Tomorrow we’ll do a scrimmage and then get a chance to sit down as coaches and kind of figure out where we are. We have some time over the weekend to decide where we are with all these positions and how we go into preparing for JMU next week. There are still a couple big days left for guys to be able to show what they can do so we are looking forward it.”

 

On Keith Bowers:

“Keith’s having a really good camp. Keith’s one of those guys that he’s got a good motor. He goes hard all the time. He’s gotten stronger. He’s one of the strongest guys we have on our team. He plays with a lot of energy.  I think the compliment that he and Darius [Kilgo] give our team is something that makes us better. Both of those guys will end up playing and doing certain things for us. Keith’s had a really good preseason so far.”

 

On the defensive line:

“I really like the depth that we have there. When you take a look at what we have at nose with Darius and Keith there and David Shaw is a young guy, but I like what I’ve seen out of him. At the left end you’ve got Quinton [Jefferson], Spencer [Myers] and Malik [Jones]. You’ve got depth and people that have ability there. On the other side you’ve got Andre [Monroe] and Roman [Braglio] and then even with Kingsley [Opara]. You like that and all you want them to do is keep developing and play to the best of their abilities and for each guy to keep pushing the other guy. When you do that, that gives you the kind of depth and I think they have the ability to be able to come out and play very well. I like where we are at from a defensive line standpoint and hopefully we stay healthy.”

 

On defensive back depth:

“The two positions I would like to have more depth would be at defensive back and offensive line. We’ve got J.J. [Jeremiah Johnson], Alvin [Hill], Will [Likely], Jarrett [Ross] and two young guys Daniel [Ezeagwu] and Josh [Woods] behind those guys. We’ve got to get those two young guys up to speed a little bit. Jarrett hasn’t really played. He played some special teams, but he hasn’t played as a corner. There is some depth there, but when you see the teams that we play and whom you have to play, you’ve got to get a lot of those guys ready to go. At safety with Sean [Davis] and Anthony [Nixon], backed up by A.J. [Hendy] and Zach [Dancel], now who’s the fifth guy going to be. Is it going to be Denzel [Conyers] or Antwaine [Carter]. That’s the thing that we’ve got to have try to come along a little bit more. Then on the offensive line you don’t have as much depth right now. It’s hard to have freshmen come in and play. Guys are working, but right now they’re not ready.”

 

On junior defensive back Anthony Nixon:

“He doesn’t say a whole lot. He is kind of quiet, but he goes out and he’s a little bit more vocal on the field. I’ve seen a couple times this preseason where he’s been a little bit more vocal and a little more energetic. Not to say he wasn’t energetic, but you see a little bit more of a vocal leader out there than what I saw before. He’s playing faster because he’s got another year under his belt. He’s a guy that can make all the checks and knows everything out there. He keeps everybody together and I’m expecting him to take his name to another level this year.”

 

On if senior A.J. Hendy or junior Zach Dancel could see time at cornerback:

“I don’t see them as corners. I don’t see that. I think some of the other packages that we have where we go to five and six DB’s there are roles for them there, but I don’t see those guys as corners.”

 

On what Hendy and Dancel bring to the table:

“Right now they’re the backups. Sean [Davis] and Anthony [Nixon] are the starters. Again when we go into other packages they could fit in as the third guy or as a linebacker type of guy from a coverage standpoint. Right now those two guys are just backups just competing and trying to make themselves better, but also pushing Anthony and Sean.”

 

On sophomore offensive lineman Michael Dunn:

“I didn’t think he had a bad day. I thought Michael had a pretty decent day like he always does. I think he’s been pretty consistent with what we’ve done. He’s a guy that works hard and is continuing to get better and somebody that we think is going to be a really good player. Where he’s come from, it’s what hard work is all about. He’s demonstrated with hard work that he’s put himself in a position to be a pretty good football player.” 

“He’s just a worker. You just see the continued development of him and what he has done. You just see it and you get it every day. He brings his lunch pail to work and he works hard every day. He works in the classroom. You can see that he works in the weight room. All he has to do is just keep getting better. He earned the scholarship because of what he did on the field. That’s what you see. You see a guy that goes out there every day and gives you everything that he has. He’s a guy that has ability. He has things that we still have to work with him on just like every guy that we have. The thing with him is you don’t worry about him. Every day he’s coming and he’s going to give you everything he’s got. He’ll do exactly what you tell him to do and he’s going to work to try and get better. That’s what you really like. That to me is what stands out to him.”

 

On what he told Michael Dunn when he was deciding to come to Maryland:

“I just told him the truth. Just told him that we’d like to have you here and that you’re going to have the ability to earn a scholarship based on what you do. Then we just let it all play out. Basically you just tell the kids the truth. If they’re one of your best guys and they earn it and deserve it because of where they are on the depth chart, then it’s easy for you as a coach to day you’ve earned this scholarship or we’re going to put you on scholarship. The neat thing was to see his reaction. He couldn’t believe it. I’ve had a lot of promise with guys that have come in as walk-ons wherever I’ve been. Guys that have earned scholarships and guys that became captains and guys that become fourth round draft choices. To us it doesn’t matter if you were recruited or not recruited, if you’re a good player and you’re contributing you have the opportunity to earn a scholarship. We don’t worry about if they’re walk-ons or preferred walk-ons or recruited guys, everybody is treated the same.”

“That’s why we wanted him to come here. At that point in time he wasn’t big enough and we didn’t have scholarships to give. I think that is the art of evaluation and that is the art of recruiting. Not everybody is going to blossom at the same time and not everybody is going to be on a list as a four-star or a five-star. There are those that aren’t those guys coming out of high school who end up being better players than those guys who are four and five stars. That’s part of the evaluation process that you evaluate kids and you see and gain and understanding of how much they can grow based on their character and all those things. That’s why you’ve got to take a look at just about everybody.”

 

On Sean Christie and Evan Mulrooney:

“Sean’s going to have surgery on Friday. Evan had more tests done yesterday and a CAT scan done yesterday. We’re going to see where that’s at, but no concrete information on when he could get back out there.”

 

On the running back competition:

“It’s pretty much the same as what we’ve said all along. Brandon [Ross] is No. 1 and then Albert [Reid] and then Wes [Brown]. We are going to continue to look at it and continue to evaluate it. We’ve got a couple more days here and we’ll see where it all shakes out. Those guys are working hard and doing a good job. Hopefully they can continue to do that.”

 

On how he feels about his team:

“I feel good about where we are. We are accomplishing the things we want to accomplish here in the preseason and what we’ll do is we’ll take these next few days and do a little bit more evaluation and really sit down and take a look and see if there is anything that we have from situations or injuries that might make us alter certain things. I feel good about where we’re at in terms of what we’ve been able to install and I feel very good about where we are in terms of our evaluation process in terms of who we think are the top 70 guys are and roles that guys can fulfill. We’ll find out a little bit more today andtomorrow and then get it finalized over the weekend.”

 

On if it’s tough to get down to the top 70 players:

You do and that’s what you want. You want to have those tough decisions to make as you narrow it down and as you’re getting there. That’s the thing. The more competition we have, the better we’re going to be. We’re not where we want to be yet, but we’re getting a heck of a lot closer now than where we were before.”

 

On Matt Robinson and Jeremiah Johnson:

“Matt’s had a great preseason; leadership, talking, everything. J.J’s got a lot of his confidence back now. We really didn’t treat them any different. They missed some things. J.J. had to get as many reps as he could because he didn’t play last year and he didn’t play in the spring. We didn’t treat them any differently.”

 

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Edsall says he’d like to see more consistency from Maryland offense

Posted on 18 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – 

Opening Statement:

“After having a chance to look at the film from the other day I thought that there were some really good things. Some guys really did a good job and there were some things you really don’t like. Offensively you can’t have seven penalties and turn the ball over six times and expect to be as productive as you’d like to be.  Conversely, it’s a great thing from a defensive standpoint to see us get that many turnovers and do the things that we did. We scored a defensive touchdown and scored on special teams. This is what you have preseason for to figure things out and get a chance to take a look at guys at different positions and get an opportunity to put guys with the ones to see how they react and what they do when they’re in there. The plan we’ve had all throughout preseason we’re sticking to it in terms of guys we want to find out about. We’ll find out some more today about some guys who we want to see what they can do because we’ve got today, tomorrow and Wednesday to go with preseason practice. On Thursday we will go to scout teams and pretty much trying to get to, we’re allowed 70 guys to travel in the Big Ten, so we’re trying to see if we’ve got 70 guys who can contribute next year.”

 

On if the first team offense is behind the first team defense:

“What you’ve got to understand is that you didn’t have C.J. Brown out there, you didn’t have Brandon Ross out there and you didn’t have some other guys so when you’re taking away some components like that, it’s going to make a difference. That’s why you have a first team and a second team. Would I have liked to see more consistency, would I have like to see fewer turnovers? Yes. You’ve got to take a look at guys that aren’t out there playing and what you want to do and see and let guys know here are the things you have to do to be better when you get your opportunity. You have to be ready to go regardless because you don’t know when someone is going to go down.”

 

On defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson and linebacker Yannick Ngakoue:

“I think Quinton has gotten so much better in the last six months. You just see him working. He understands the game and the game is coming to him more now. I’ve been pleased. Just getting more reps back with him since he’s been gone. He’s playing well for us. Young Yannick is coming along. He’s not where we need him to be, but you can see where the improvements are being made. The big thing for him is to stay humble and stay hungry. If he can stay humble and stay hungry and he can continue to work at a level that Coach [Lyndon] Johnson and the rest of the defensive coaches want him to work at he’s going to continue to improve and continue to get a lot better.”

 

On who he thought performed well in Saturday’s scrimmage:

“I thought Daniel Ezeagwu] played pretty well. I’ve been impressed with him. The interesting thing is when you go and watch the tape and you’re just sitting there and watching, all of a sudden there is a guy or two that jumps out at you and he was a guy that jumped out. That was a guy that we wanted to take a look at. I thought he played pretty well. Another guy that has been impressive in terms of his effort and his work ethic is Brock Dean. Brock’s been running around and doing things so hopefully there is a spot for him on a couple of the special teams [units]. I’ve been impressed with how he’s been working and what he’s done. We’re going to take a look at some of the other young kids today – Juwann Winfree and we want to take a look at Jesse [Aniebonam] and kind of put them with the two’s and get them some work and see how they react to see if these guys are that are going to step in and can be contributors this year. Or are they guys that we’re probably going to redshirt. We’ll find out a little bit more those guys.”

 

On what he liked about freshman defensive back Daniel Ezeagwu’s play during the scrimmage:

“Just the way that he played. Going out there and executing and sometimes freshman at that spot they might not play as aggressive, but I thought he tackled well and he ran to the ball and executed the assignments. He’s young and still perfecting the techniques, but he’s doing the things that we’re asking him to do. He played about 60 plays. Now we’ll take a look to see if he’s a guy, because right now he’s vying for the fifth corner spot and maybe pushing to be the fourth guy. If he’s going to be the fifth corner then we have to see if there are some things he can do on special teams.”

 

On the quarterback play during Saturday’s scrimmage:

“There were some things that some guys can do better, but I thought from a quarterback standpoint, we threw too many interceptions. Guys just have to make sure that they take what is there and don’t do too much. Just do what you’re being asked to do and if you do that you’ll be fine.”

 

On the competition at defensive line:

“It’s been good. We’ll play six guys or seven guys up there if we have too. It’s the same thing at receiver. We might play six or seven receivers. I think we are getting good line play out of Darius [Kilgo] and Keith [Bowers]. Collectively I think they give us something. If we can keep those guys fresh and they go in there and play hard, it’s going to make us better. Quinton [Jefferson] backed up by Spencer [Myers] and Malik [Jones] on that side. Spencer probably has an edge right now, but Malik is pushing. You have Roman [Braglio] on the other side. Another freshman that has shown us some things right now is David Shaw. Kingley’s gotten better. It was fun sitting down yesterday after the scrimmage seeing the depth. There are going to be some guys that might not get an opportunity that are going to be good players. That’s what they’ve got to understand that it’s the process. There are guys there that I like so we’ve got to keep that competition going at all these positions that we have. If there are guys that determine through their production and how they practice that they need to be on the field than we as coaches have to get them on the field.”

 

On the running game:

“This is what you have to understand when you’re in preseason and you’re scrimmaging against each other. We are not sitting there and game planning against one another. We are seeing what guys can do and how they can execute.  We might run some plays that we might not run in a game based on the numbers in the box and all of those things. I think our running game will be fine. In Brandon [Ross] and Albert [Reid] and Wes [Brown], we’ve got three really good guys there. Joe Riddle is a guy. It was great to see Tehuti [Miles] get some work and some reps. The thing with scrimmages is it’s an evaluation tool.  It’s not a thing where you are trying to scheme against each other. We are trying to find out who the guys are that can play and the guys that we know are going to continue to get ready.  That’s what this is all about. Just trying to figure out the roster and who is going to give you the best opportunity to win.”

 

On if there will be more position changes:

“No. I think we got it settled last week. Now this week it’s a matter of still figuring out who are going to be the fourth or fifth guy at that position and those sort of things. If some of these freshmen are the fifth guy at their position, are they going to be able to make an impact on special teams and then are you going to use that to have the redshirt. Are you going to have them work, but not play them in there unless we have some injuries. Those are the decisions that have to make on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.”

 

On junior defensive back Alvin Hill:

“He’s made a big jump since last year and it has been pleasing. He’s long. He plays long. He’s got length. He’s smart. I just like the development. It’s the maturity and the confidence level that he’s gained that has allowed him to play at the level that he’s playing. I think that’s the thing we’ve just got to keep working with him.”

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Edsall says Maryland offense “inconsistent” in first scrimmage

Posted on 17 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Opening Statement:

“I thought there was some good and some bad today, but again, the big thing is today to get a look at different guys and see what they could do so we can evaluate some more. The players are off tomorrow to get their legs back and the coaches will sit down and evaluate today’s scrimmage along with what took place the previous practices we had and then we will probably come up with a new depth chart on Monday.”

 

On quarterback Caleb Rowe:

“I just wanted to take a look at different guys. I thought Caleb was very inconsistent today. I didn’t think he made a lot of good decisions out there and again, that’s one of the things I wanted to see. I wanted to see him out there with the one’s and get him some work and let him know that he is one play away from having to go in and play. When you are, you have to go out and perform. I don’t think he performed up to his capabilities today. Hopefully he’ll learn from it.”

 

On the offense:

“I thought there was inconsistency there. I have to look at the film. We did some good things, but then again, we did some things where we threw interceptions, we fumbled the ball. We just weren’t consistent where I would have liked to be today. The defense has something to do with that. I’m not disappointed when you go in these type of situations you’re going to have some give and take. That’s why you practice and that’s why you do these things and now we’ll settle in. When you game plan it’s a lot different. We didn’t game plan for any of this stuff. We just came out to evaluate guys and that’s what we are going to do. We’re going to evaluate them.”

 

On the rotation of playing time of the wide receivers:

“Just things we wanted to take a look at. Like I said, we’ve evaluated all throughout camp and we took a look at things and we’re going to evaluate things after this scrimmage. Now we will take a look at where we are and put together a depth chart and personnel groupings as we see fit based on what we’ve seen.”

 

On defensive back Daniel Ezeagwu:

“That was a good thing. That’s what we wanted to do. We wanted to see some guys. Alvin [Hill] didn’t go today because we wanted to see Daniel and now we will evaluate it. He’s done some good things in camp. We’ll see how he graded out today and see if he can get on the bus or if he’s going to be able to contribute in some way.”

 

On wide receiver Deon Long:

“He made good plays, but I want to look at the whole film to see if it was consistent. It’s more than just catching the ball and that’s what we have to understand at every position.  It’s more than just one or two plays. We’re looking for the consistency, play in and play out, for a total of 60 minutes. I’ll have more to be able to talk about after we evaluate the film and I can really analyze after looking at it tonight and tomorrow.”

 

On linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil:

“That’s something that those guys have worked very hard on during the preseason. We’ll watch the film and we’ll evaluate it, but those two guys have worked extremely hard on their games and what they did is the same thing that they’ve been doing during the past 14 or 15 practices that we’ve had.”

 

On if running backs Brandon Ross and Albert Reid performed:

“Brandon will be fine. I want to be able to look at guys and see what they can do. Also for guys to know that they need to be ready if somebody goes down. They’ve got to be able to step up. For a coaching staff, it’s a good indicator for me how a guy’s going to respond when they get a chance to be a starter or gain more reps. That’s what a lot of today was about to see things and evaluate where we are and now what we’ve got to do is we’ve got to get ourselves ready to play James Madison.”

 

On the offensive line:

“I’ll take a look at the film and I’m not going to make any comments until I see the film in terms of what they were doing. Sometimes you’ve got to understand that’s not the offensive linemen. It might be a bad read and the quarterback holding the ball too long. I think sometimes the offensive line might get undo criticism for things when it isn’t really their fault and that’s why we’ll take a look at the film and see where we are and see where we need to improve upon.”

 

On the punting game:

“It was inconsistent in totality. There were some good kicks. We’ve got to learn to be able to kick the ball into the wind and not worry about the conditions out here and focus on our fundamentals and technique. If we do that, then we can execute in any kind of weather and any type of situation and that’s one of the big things for our team. Just go out and execute your fundamentals, play with good technique, and if you do that nothing else is going to matter or going to bother you.”

 

On linebacker Alex Twine:

“Alex is a young man who is starting to get his confidence back a little bit more with that shoulder injury. As I watch the film today, I want to see if he played with any more confidence and if he was playing any faster than he was in the first 14 days.”

 

On wide receiver DeAndre Lane returning punts:

“DeAndre has been back there all preseason returning punts. There are four guys back there returning punts: DeAndre [Lane], Taivon [Jacobs], Will [Likely] and Stefon [Diggs]. Don’t read too much into this stuff, guys. It’s a chance to get guys work that we’ve been working and this is kind of the last opportunity for these guys to show us what they can do. That’s all we were doing. We were out here trying to see the personnel and get as good an evaluation as we possibly can on all the guys. Don’t read into it any more than what we were trying to and what we were trying to do is get good evaluation and utilize people and see where they are. Now we’ll go back as coaches and evaluate it and come up with a two-deep and get ourselves ready to play James Madison.”

 

On defensive back Sean Davis:

“Sean’s had a good camp and you saw him standout today and do some things. It’s probably that he played as well as he did because he’s been playing consistent throughout camp.”

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Edsall says Isaacs has separated himself at TE position

Posted on 14 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Opening Statement:

“Quick turnaround here today. We’ll give a couple guys a break today. Some guys won’t practice in the morning and some other guys might not practice in the afternoon. We’ll take some of the guys that have been around here the practice off and give some of the two’s and some of the three’s a little bit more work. We’re really happy to have the two kids from Casey Cares here today spending some time with us to get their minds off of their health issues that they have. It makes our guys appreciate what they have afforded to them a little bit more.”

 

On the addition of Coach Greg Studrawa:

“He’s a very good teacher. He’s a very knowledgeable coach. The demeanor and enthusiasm in which he coaches I think the kids really gravitate to it. He knows how to push the buttons. But he’s very knowledgeable and he has a way of reaching guys and making them understand that to be successful, you’ve got to do the fundamentals and the techniques the right way.”

 

On if the offensive line is performing better under Coach Studrawa:

“I think we’re playing better. I think the offensive line is playing better. They’re improving. They still have room for improvement, but we’re making the progress we need to make and we just need to continue that progress each and every day.”

 

On the offensive line:

“Offensive linemen are a unique bunch as it is. To play offensive line you’ve got to have that pack mentality and those guys are the most together group on the team because of what they have to go through and they like to have fun. It’s a group that wants to do well.  People sometimes get on them a little bit in terms of being maligned. They have a lot of pride and you can just see that they’re getting better and they are working together as a group. That’s what they have to do. Those five really have to be in cohesion and working together and communicating extremely well.”

 

On Michael Dunn:

“Michael Dunn is just a great story. You take a local kid here that walked on and earned the right to earn a scholarship. You see the improvement in each phase that we go through. He’s a guy that’s able to move around from right tackle to left tackle. He’s still getting better. He’s going to be really good when it’s all said and done. The progression that he’s going through right now and the development he’s made and where he’s going to be I’m very happy that he’s worked that hard and wants it that bad.”

 

On why Andrew Isaacs has separated himself at tight end:

“He’s come out here and done his job. He’s come out here and worked hard.  He’s done the things that his position has asked him to do. He’s been very productive doing those things. He’s another young guy that’s going to continue to get better. He’s got all the intangibles and all the qualities that you want in a tight end.”

 

On if he’ll use all three tight ends:

“I don’t know. We’ll sit down here at the end of camp and figure out and make the coaches make a list of who are top 12 or 15 guys. Based on our personnel will dictate the sets and personnel groupings that we use.”

 

On how long it will take Quinton Jefferson to get back up to speed:

“It’ll probably take him a few days. I was teasing him that he didn’t get a lot of conditioning in at the hospital.  He wants to be out here. He ran all the sprints and did all that. I like Quinton and he’s not going to forget what he had. He was glad that his wife was okay and that he was able to get back out here. He’ll be one of those guys that we won’t give time off to because he wasn’t here. I’m not worried about Quinton at all. He’ll be fine.”

 

On if the players had hit a wall at this point in camp:

“I told the coaches this morning that we’ve got to have a lot of juice this morning. I was down in the training room before we came out and you could just see it. They need a little bit, which is natural at this point in camp. We’ll get out here and get it going. We’ve got the officials from the Big Ten today and we had a great session with them last night. The kids will rise up and meet the challenge and we as coaches got to kind of get them through it this morning and be very enthusiastic and pump them up, get them going and have a little bit of fun.”

 

On Sean Davis:

“He’s got a very good skillset to play the position. He’s got the size and strength and the athletic ability. He’s come a long way in terms of the mental part of the game and now what he’s got to do is continue to put it all together, but he’s playing well. He’s put the time and effort to play well, so it’s not surprising.”

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Edsall impressed by Veii in first days after move to receiver

Posted on 13 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

On the status of Quinton Jefferson and Perry Hills:

“Quinton will be back out here today with us. His wife was released from the hospital, so he’ll be out here today. She’s doing better. It’s good to have him back out with us. Perry is not here with us today. Other than that, everybody else is out there. We’ve got a couple of guys that have some nicks and things along those lines, but other than that, we’re in pretty good shape.”

 

On Jacquille Veii’s play at Tuesday’s practice:

“I thought Jacquille had a good day yesterday. It is kind of what I expected out of him. Having the opportunity to watch him and do the things that he can do, those were the things that myself and the coaching staff thought he would do and that’s part of the reason that we made the move that we did with him.”

 

On the competition between Jeremiah Johnson and Alvin Hill:

“Just guys that are competing very hard. With the schemes that we play, they’re both going to play. We’ll see how it continues to play out through the rest of preseason camp, but both of them are really competing. J.J. is not showing any signs of issues right now with the leg. We hope that continues. He’s a guy that’s got experience. He knows how to play. He’s a leader. Alvin is just getting better all the time We’ve just got to get him to be a better tackler overall. I’m really pleased with how both of those guys are competing and working.”

 

On the kick and punt returner positions:

“I think there are going to be other things that come into play there. I know we have Stefon [Diggs] who has demonstrated that he can be outstanding in that area. Will [Likely] has demonstrated that he can be very good and I think Taivon [Jacobs] can be very good. I would probably say right now that with punt return that either Stefon or Will would be the guy in that area. I think from a return standpoint, you can throw Taivon into that mix as a kickoff returner along with Stefon and Will. We’ll see how it all plays out, but the good thing is that we have some really good options there to deal with guys that can take the ball the distance in both phases.”

 

On Brandon Ross’ development:

“He’s been out here doing everything, hasn’t missed anything. I hope that continues. Like anything else, the older you get, the more mature you become, the better you handle situations and the better you deal with things. I think that’s been the biggest case with Brandon. Now he’s been in the system three years and he really gets it. He really understands it. He’s more comfortable with the playbook, all those things. Sometimes it takes some time. I wish we could go back to the rule when all the freshmen were ineligible to play because I think just the transition from high school to college, and not only for football but academically, socially maturity and all those things. He’s really come a long way and I’m very proud of how far he’s come.”

 

On the offense at Tuesday’s practice:

“I thought they had probably their best night or best practice that we’ve had so far. Again, it’s one of those things of everything coming together. We’ve still got a lot of work to do, there’s no doubt about that. Now they’ll build on that today and we’ll have a good day today and keep getting one percent better each and every day. If we can do that, we’ll start to get to where we want to be by August 30.”

 

On Damian Prince’s move to guard:

“I told him this morning that I thought he had a pretty good day. It’s not perfect and it’s not going to be perfect, but you saw a guy who almost looked like he felt a little bit more comfortable with that position. I think he’ll be better today. He’s a very coachable young man. He takes corrections very well and he wants to do well. I’m pleased with what I saw for the first day and now what he’s got to do today is work hard to get better and work on those things that Coach Stud [Studrawa] told him that he needs to work on.”

 

On if Spencer Myers’ play has surprised him:

“I wouldn’t say I’m surprised because the young man has played football in high school, and I know it’s different, but having the competitiveness that he has and seen what he’s done as a wrestler, I think those things carryover to the football field. You can see as he’s out here each and every day, he’s getting better. The thing that Spencer gives you is that he’s just relentless. He’s going to just keep attacking you and getting after you. What’s going to happen with him is that every practice he’s out here and every rep he gets he’s going to get better because he’s going to get back into the swing of things with the technique and doing the things you’re supposed to do and understanding everything. I’m very pleased with him so far and I know he’s just going to get better. It wasn’t good that Quinton wasn’t here but it allowed more repetitions for him, which he needs. He had the opportunity to do something and he showed us. Now he’s earned the right to get more repetitions.”

 

On if the receivers responded to his comments at media day:

“I just said what I thought was the truth. If they heard it, I would hope that they would do that because they’re young men who want to do well. Every day is a new day and every practice is a new practice. We’ll see.”

 

On how many true freshmen he thinks will contribute this season:

“I’ll have a better feel once we get through the scrimmage on Saturday and even next Wednesday when we scrimmage. I still want things to play out. Guys still have the opportunity to show what they can do here to see if maybe somebody can develop into a backup that’s got a legitimate shot to get on the field and then a lot will depend on what they can contribute from a special teams standpoint. I’d rather wait until we get through this scrimmage and then maybe not until we get through the next one on Wednesday.”

 

On Matt Gillespie:

“He’s doing a good job. He’s out there competing and doing a good job. Again, just another one of those freshman who’s out here learning each and every day and taking all in and trying to get better.”

 

On Malik Jones;

“I think Malik has done a good job. The one thing I’m pleased with with Malik is kind of twofold. One he’s put on quite a bit of weight since he’s gotten here. He’s stronger and you can see how much he’s grown and developed and picked things up. He’s not anywhere near where he’s going to be. If he continues to work and he continues to be coachable and continues to study and prepare the proper way, he’s got a chance to be a really good defensive end for us. I like his mindset and I like his focus for us. He’s just young and that’s what we do. When we recruited him, we knew he’d be a guy that developed. We saw a guy with work ethic and had the size to him and he’d been able to put on the weight. So far he hasn’t disappointed. Where that ends up for him this year we’ll see. He’s doing all the things that you should be doing to put himself in the hunt to earn playing time.”

 

On the music at practice:

“You’ll see it every day. You do research as a coach and there are things that you want to do. It helps us because of this new system that we purchased just will help us from a practice standpoint when the horns blow and then we want to get started. Plus we wanted to make sure, as I told the kids, with the music it’s just something you can set the kind of music with the type of periods you want where it’s up-tempo. The only thing I said is that there has got to be some country music because if not, we’re not going to this system. When we do special teams, there is country music and that’s the head coach’s special deal. The kids liked it. It helps because we are going to play in front of crowds where there is crowd noise. I think it also helps the focus and the attention and the things you have to do to make them in this day and age to get them going a little bit. It’s not my playlist. If it was my playlist it would probably all be country music and everything else. I’m smart enough to stay away from that. I’ll take advantage of the head coach’s prerogative, but I’m not selecting the playlist. The kids like it. If they don’t like it, I’m sure they’ll say, Coach we’ve got to change some of those songs.

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Edsall confirms position changes for Veii, Prince

Posted on 12 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

On position changes:

“There were a couple of position changes that we made. We took Jacquille Veii and moved him into the slot. We took Damian [Prince] and put him in at guard. Again, things that we think can help us as guys continue to work at practice. Really those were the only to position moves that we made. We moved Stefon [Diggs] outside as well, but again, our receivers can pretty much play different positions. Those are things we felt could help us.”

 

On the freshmen offensive linemen:

“What everybody has to understand is that these young guys, Damian [Prince], Brandon Moore and Derwin Gray, they are young men that have a lot of ability, but it’s a process for them to go through in terms of the technique. We’ve got to get them to learn to get their hands inside. They want to go and take them and bear hug people so we’re working on them. Damian has great size and good strength. The more reps he gets the better he’ll become in getting the playbook down. Right now, Brandon is probably playing the fastest of those three. For the freshmen, it’s about them understanding the playbook. It’s hard because of how much is thrown at them. It’s not that anybody’s disappointed in them. We understand as coaches that it’s a process. We’re not disappointed. Most of the freshmen should get redshirted anyhow, unless they show something that they are so outstanding. If we get our program where we want it, it’s going to be very hard for freshmen to come in and play truthfully.”

 

On why he moved Damian Prince to guard:

“We’re going to put him at guard because we’ve got a need at guard. That was one of the reasons we put him in there. We feel that with the four tackles we have we feel pretty solid. Right now he was really the fifth tackle. Now you put him inside at guard and he’s a backup in there at left guard. For him to be able to get on the bus and help us, it’s going to be better at guard. Probably in the long run he’s more suited to be a guard than a tackle. He does have a skillset where he could be possibly a right tackle more than a left tackle, but for us and for where we are and for what we want to accomplish we feel guard is the best spot for him.”

 

On why he moved Jacquille Veii to wide receiver:

“One thing is he’s a guy that is a dynamic guy for us. You can’t play four tailbacks. You just can’t do it. Putting him out there I think that helps us. It helps the wide receiver room. It gives us a guy that has a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm and can block. It enhances us from an offensive standpoint that we put him there. One of the things he’s demonstrated through practice and his hard work is that he deserves an opportunity to be out on the field helping our team win in whichever way he can. He was excited about the move and it’s something we think it going to benefit us quite a bit.”

 

On Jacquille Veii’s transition to wide receiver:

“I don’t think it will take him too long. He was in here late last night, well, not late but until bed check. He was in here today after the morning session watching film. Some of the things he’s doing there he did as a running back because we did some things with the running backs at that position. It won’t take him long. I’m not worried about that with him. I think you’ll see tonight probably that he’ll be out there doing things. He’ll be fine.”

 

On Quinton Jefferson’s situation:

“I just got some information right before I came out here, but I haven’t had a chance to talk to Quinton. I think things are positive, but I don’t really want to say too much until I get an opportunity to speak to him.”

 

On Perry Hills’ absence:

“Perry Hills won’t be here for a couple days. He had to go home because his grandmother passed away. He left last night.”

 

On Evan Mulrooney:

“Evan is back. He’s with us now. No [he won’t practice]. That’s not going to happen. He’s got some medical conditions that he’ll have to take care of within the next two weeks to get some more tests done and he’ll do those things once they take a look at those tests and everything else, we’ll go from there. Next week he’s got some tests he’s got to do and then a week after that he’s got some more so it’s two weeks right now before the tests will be done to see where he is and where we go from here.”

 

On the running back competition:

“I’m looking for the guy that is the most complete guy. You see things with Brandon [Ross] that he can catch the ball, he can run the ball, he can block. I’m seeing much more consistency out of him. Thank goodness he hasn’t missed anything. One of his issues had been he had had a little bit of the injury bug that’s kind of slowed him down a little bit, but I haven’t seen any of that. I see a guy that has really caught hold of the system and is preparing well. He’s out here being productive.”

 

On L.A Goree

“L.A., it’s interesting. We were in the coaches meeting and talking and I see him doing his job, but he’s kind of going unnoticed a little bit. I think he’s got that mentality hey, I’m going out there and I’m going to do my job and do it to the best of my abilities and lead by example. That’s really what he’s doing. He’s playing physical and right now he’s had a couple of nagging things with him, but he hasn’t had any of that. He’s playing with confidence and playing with enthusiasm and being productive.”

 

On what he saw in morning practice:

“That it rained like crazy. I still think I’m waterlogged a little bit. We almost had to get the paddleboats out. I haven’t practiced in any weather like that kind of rain. That’s our wet ball day that we had. Hopefully we won’t have any more days like that, but the kids were very focused and fought through it. Brad Craddock had a great morning. He was perfect on all of them. He was 5-for-5 with a 51 yarder. Adam [Greene] was 4-for-4 and missed a 51 yarder. I thought the concentration was good throughout the practice and guys didn’t really let that bother them. It was hard to throw the ball because of how much rain was coming down, but we had some center quarterback exchanges, but we have to get used to that so when we play in it, we can handle it. At least now guys will have some recall when we play in it in terms of the gloves and those sort of things to combat those elements.”

 

On position battles:

“There are not that many positions that really we’re looking for. Tight end has kind of separated itself. Running back has kind of separated itself. Andrew [Isaacs] is the No. 1 guy and P.J. [Gallo] and Derrick [Hayward] fighting there for the two’s. What’s happening now is you going to see some guys that might be two’s that could overtake somebody who’s a one based on what they’re doing in practice or maybe what somebody else isn’t doing.”

 

On Andrew Isaac’s development:

“I just wish he was a redshirt freshman. I wish we could have redshirted him last year, but we didn’t have the opportunity to do that. That’s what we’ve got to remember. He got an injury coming out of high school and got in last year and you can start to see it. He’s a worker. He’s a guy that really works hard. You can see it in his body. He’s out there playing with more confidence now and he’s a student of the game. We like what we’ve seen so far and we just want him to keep improving. That’s another guy you don’t have to worry about. He’s self-motivated and is going to do the things necessary to be as good has he needs to be.”

 

“He’s probably moving a little bit better. I think he’s sculpted himself a little bit more. I think he’s about 247 pounds after this morning’s practice. He was up to 255 or something. He’s moving good and doing all the things that you’d like him to do.”

 

On what he likes from practice so far:

“I like the attitude. I like the way these guys are competing with each other. I like the way our defense is flying around and communicating really well. Offensively, you can really start to see it coming into shape now as we cut back now in the installation and we go over things. Even though it was wet, I thought we did some better things. I’m very pleased with where we are from a field goal standpoint. We’ve just got to get better each day. We had Jon Gordon in here and one of the things he told the guys was just get one percent better every day you go out there. If they can do that and we can keep that mindset, then we’ll be where we want to be August 30.”

 

On what the offense has done better:

“Just from a crispness standpoint and guys doing what they’re supposed to do. We didn’t have as many penalties in the scrimmage that we did. It’s guys just getting back in the swing of things and just getting into the playbook and knowing more what you’re doing and getting more confident with what you’re doing. It’s those little things that you see. Hopefully, you’re not going to see a lot of big plays because of what we’re doing defensively. We’ve still got to better defensively and make sure we maintain our gaps and hit the right our gaps. We’ve gotten better from a technique standpoint, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do there so it becomes habit. That’s the one thing that we’re going to constantly harp on and coach up.”

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Edsall says Jacobs brothers have stood out thus far in practice

Posted on 11 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Opening Comments:

“Evan Mulrooney was released from the hospital just now, just came into the facilities. I talked to him for a little bit before I came in here. He looks good, he had a viral infection. I don’t know what it was, but he’ll be out for an extended period of time until the doctors clear him, however long that will be we don’t know, but hopefully first and foremost he gets healthy and then once the time comes he’s able to get out there with us and he’ll be out there but not until he’s cleared 100 percent to be able to do those things.

 

“Quinton Jefferson is still with his wife as they are finding out exactly the issues she might have. I spoke to Quinton today and he’s in good spirits, but in our program it’s all about their faith first and foremost and then the family, then academics, then football and then the social so our thoughts and prayers are with him and his wife and his family and hopefully everything works out well from that standpoint.

 

“Looking forward to fan appreciation day on Saturday. Give our fans a chance to come out and watch us scrimmage and then also get a chance to interact with our players afterwards, get some autographs. I know our guys are really looking forward to that, they like spending time with all the people who come to support them and watch them so we’re looking forward to Saturday.

 

“And then lastly we have a new website MarylandPride.com. It’s a really interesting website, giving people an inside look, supporters, recruits, an inside look to what goes on here. What goes on in the life of a student-athlete, goes behind closed doors, be able to see the camaraderie, the love these guys have for each other and just the demands they have on them as student-athletes and how they manage their time and what they do and they’re very appreciative of all the people who support them so if people get a chance to check that out, there’s going to be things up there new each and every day. A lot of content that we think will be really good for people to get to know more about our student-athletes and our football program.

 

“Been pleased with the first eight practices that we’ve had. Seen a lot of improvement but also know that we still have a lot of work to do before our first game. There are some things that are starting to become a little bit clearer in regards to our team and what we’ve got to do now is a little bit more difficult than last week because we have a two-a-day on Tuesday and Thursday. So, we have two this week and again we’ve got a couple things we have to install that now what we have to get down to is the precision and the timing, especially offensively, with the guys that we feel will be in there playing. We’ve stayed pretty healthy. Sean Christie is a young man who will have surgery at some point in time on his knee, talked about Evan, we just have some guys that have some bumps and bruises, which you get in camp, but other than that nothing from a serious nature.”

On defensive back Denzel Conyers and possible position changes:

“Denzel got back Saturday night and then he did work out yesterday. It’s good to have him back. He was very appreciative to be able to go home and he needed to go home for his family situation. Don’t really want to get into any position changes because if there are going to be some position changes, I haven’t spoken to the players yet. I’ve got some meetings after this today, so as you come to practice tomorrow you’ll see some things that have taken place based on what has transpired in the first eight practices. I want to caution you just to say that the changes that we make or you see some things in the depth chart as you come out to practice tomorrow, that’s where we are after eight practices. We still have time to go with preseason and guys will still have an opportunity to move up or down based on their performances.”

 

On offensive lineman Andrew Zeller:

“We’re really pleased with what he’s doing so far. On the offensive line, he’s a young man that we expect to be a leader for us. He’s getting better as he continues to improve his technique. And that’s the biggest thing that we’re harping on him about. When he is technically sound he is very, very good, but when he has some flaws in his technique, he just becomes average. He works hard each and every day, he’s got a great attitude. Somebody that you can count on, he’s going to be there every day. Knows how to fight through the little things. Really pleased with where he’s at. What we have to do is just kind of get him to that next level. And he sees it and he knows it, in terms of the things he has to do and he’s working extremely hard to improve upon that.”

 

On the competition at running back:

“I’ve been impressed with Brandon Ross. I think Brandon is having a good fall. He put the ball on the ground a couple times, but since the last time he hasn’t done that. He understands ball security. Brandon is better as a pass blocker, has good hands and is being productive out there.

 

“Albert [Reid] is steady as Albert always is. Albert gives you everything that he has. He knows everything, his assignments. He’s a leader, hard-nosed.

 

Jacquille [Veii] brings a lot of energy, enthusiasm, has the skill set, the ability. And again just trying to perfect all his assignments.

 

‘Wes [Brown], you can see that the time away for him was something that he’s still getting back into the swing of things. But again, he’s a tough, downhill runner that again just has to be more efficient and more affective with executing all the things he’s being asked to do as a running back.”

 

On Sunday’s scrimmage:

“I thought we had a better day yesterday. There were some things that we did in the scrimmage that were better. And again, I think it’s that those guys, just working together, getting those reps together and everybody just doing their job. That’s the biggest thing that everybody has to understand. Everybody just has to do their job to the best of their ability. But again the things that they do on their own in the summer time in terms of the 7-on-7 and those sort of things is great, but it’s totally different than what we’re going to do when we start practice. And you can just see the guys start to make more improvement with each practice and like I said I thought yesterday was better, again a step in the right direction and again I think this week as we continue to go we’ll continue to make that progress.”

 

On the progress of quarterback C.J. Brown:

“The thing with C.J. [Brown] is just continually doing all the things his job requires. We want him to be more decisive on his decision-making. We want him to understand that when he sees things to utilize all parts of his repertoire to get the job done. That means his arms, his legs, all those things. And really as I told him, this is his team that he needs to just go and take more charge of what’s going on out there. But he’s better than he was in the spring. And again, we’ve got to understand that we have a very high level of expectation for our players and we’re not going to be satisfied with just being average.  We as coaches, and even the players, they want to be the best they can be and the biggest thing is we always have to focus and concentrate on those little things and those are more of the things that we got to get C.J. to just always be cognizant of. Be a little bit more decisive and also understand to utilize whatever the defense gives you. If that means taking off and running with it, if it means throwing it, whatever it is. Do it and don’t hesitate.”

 

On the team’s preparation this year compared to last year:

“I think every year is a different year. We’re older, we’re more mature, we’re stronger, and those guys are bigger. I’ll give you an example, Matt Robinson, this is the first time he’s ever been able to lift weights in the summer time because he hadn’t been injured and you can see the difference in him and again when you have more mature guys and older guys they understand what they’re going to be up against and they understand that what you have to do in order to compete against the schedule that we have.”

 

On the progress of tight end Derrick Hayward:

“Derrick [Heyward] is doing well. And again that thing you have to understand about Derrick, he’s just a redshirt freshman. He’s just a young kid, he’s a young guy that’s getting better. He wants to be good, he works hard. He still makes some mistakes, which we understand that. But I like how he’s working, I like the things that he’s doing. And again everybody, we try to tell the kids this. It’s a process what they’re going through. They all want to come in here and start and play as freshman, but there’s a process that you have to go through when you come from high school to college. Some of the challenges that we have as coaches is to get these guys to understand that they’re not failures if they come in here and they don’t play right away because they were the superstars in high school and for some guys it’s going to take a little bit longer. And they have five years to complete four years of eligibility and you want them to come in and make sure that they understand what the Maryland pride way is and what you have to do. Derrick is a young man who is doing all those things that we do. He’s not going to be the finished product as a redshirt freshman. He’s making great progress and he’s going to continue to make progress because of the type of young man he is.”

 

On the depth along the defensive and offensive lines:

“Well on the defensive line, you look at Malik Jones and if you take a look at his picture when he first got here then look where he is now, you can tell that he’s been working very hard. He’s put on weight, but again I like where we are right now and we’ve got Malik and Spencer [Myers]. Spencer Myers is doing some really good things out there. He’s caught the attention of everybody and he’ll have the opportunity to work with the one’s tomorrow, but its great competition, that’s the biggest thing. Then on the other side, you’ve got Andre Monroe and behind him you’ve got Roman [Braglio]. Roman is just a fierce competitor and he goes out there ready to compete and does everything he can to earn more playing time. You’ve got Keith [Bowers] and Darius [Kilgo] at nose guard. Who I’ve been impressed with and our coaching staff has been impressed with is David Shaw and what we’ve seen out of him. Kingsley [Opara] is also doing a good job so we’ve got competition, which always makes everyone better. On the defensive line we have depth.

 

“On the offensive line, when you look at it, we don’t have as much depth as we’d like to. I mean, Michael Dunn is having a really good preseason. Again, we’ve got to get him to be more technically sound. He’s very conscientious, does the things we ask him, he’s smart, we moved him to the left side and he didn’t have any problems, he had a great scrimmage yesterday. Of course, you’ve got Sal [Conaboy] in there at center, Andy Zeller at right guard, and Ryan Dunn was moved from left to right and it seems like much more of a natural fit for him. Then behind him, Jake Wheeler, he’s been playing his best football since he’s been here at Maryland, the left tackle. He’s got a lot of mobility, he’s still learning how to play the game, but he’s doing great. Then you’ve got JaJuan Dulaney at guard, Steve Grommer, and another guy is Brendan Moore, the freshman center and Damian [Prince] has got all the tools. You watch all these guys come in and again; part of the process is trying to get the kids up to speed to become technical offensive linemen. We’re going to be a lot younger on the offensive line, so those young guys will face a challenge and hopefully everybody will stay healthy and we’ll be ready.”

 

On the wide receivers:

“Well to be truthful, we’ve got a lot we need to work on with the receiving corps. The two guys that I’ve been the most impressed with at the receiving corps so far are Levern Jacobs and Taivon Jacobs. Those are the guys that I think have practiced the best so far when we’ve practiced. They’ve all worked very hard and the truth is that we’re not looking for receivers who only catch the ball around here. This isn’t flag football or 7-on-7. We’ve got to have complete receivers and our receivers have to make sure they listen to Keenan [McCardell] and that they do what he asks them to do. With the talent that they have, they can be very good. However, we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

 

On the status of wide receiver Deon Long:

“From what I’m being told, he should be back out there tomorrow, and again, what I just said about the receivers includes him.”

 

On the biggest challenge joining the Big Ten:

“They may have some bigger offensive linemen or people that run the ball a little bit more. A lot of teams run the spread, I know Indiana does and Ohio State runs a version of it so again, we’ve seen all of those things, it’s not like we haven’t seen them. We’ve played against good teams before. Again, what we’ve got to do is get ourselves as good as we can be and we know that in college football we’re going to go against good people week in and week out, but what we’ve got to do is make sure we take care of ourselves and that we do the things that are necessary to put ourselves in a position to allow us to compete and win, and go against the schedule we’re going to go against.”

 

On the talent at the safety position:

“I think Sean Davis has made tremendous growth, he’s a hard worker, a guy you need to tell to back off. He spent a lot of time in the film room to get better. From what we’ve seen out of Sean, I believe he’s focused, he’s ready to have a great year. You can watch a guy on the practice field and understand how much they get it or not based on how much they talk. You can feel and see that Sean’s confident, he’s focused, he’s playing fast and I’m really proud of him in terms of how he really went out and attacked it. Anthony [Nixon] is ‘Steady Eddie’ back there, we’re trying to get him to talk a little more. He’s been very, very steady for us back there.”

 

On defensive lineman David Shaw:

“He’s got natural strength and natural ability and he’s really quick off of the ball. That’s the thing that really attracted me to him when watching just how quick he was on high school tapes and just to watch him work and how he pursues the ball and comes to the ball. But again, we’ve got two guys in front of him who are seniors including Keith Bowers. We’re going to try to get David in there as soon as possible but again, I wouldn’t count on seeing him on the kickoffs or playing on the special teams. We’ve got to try and do everything we can to get him ready. We don’t have any injuries right now, but if we do, he’s a guy we’d call upon if he keeps it up.”

 

On if he has communicated with Dexter McDougle since the injury: 
“I texted him. I didn’t get a chance to call him. We were texting back and forth. I just feel so bad for him. He was playing well and doing a good job, but I just told him that you’ve been through this before, you’ll come back stronger. I touched on this earlier, but with the defensive backs, you can see that camaraderie and I’d probably say that they’re our tightest group. Those guys were in the film room watching a ton of film when we’d walk by and they enjoy each other and I think a lot of that was because of Dexter. What people don’t understand about the game is the relationships we build. I talked to Dexter, Marcus Whitfield, who’s doing well with the Jags, and Joe [Vellano] was here the other day.  We saw the video of A.J. Francis doing the ice bucket challenge. He’s a big man so it took three buckets to cover him, but that’s just what we do. They may frustrate you a bit, but the relationships you build with these guys make you feel very, very special.”

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Edsall says O-Lineman Christie will require knee surgery

Posted on 09 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

On who is missing practice:

“You won’t see Quinton Jefferson today. He’s got a family issue that he’s dealing with. Denzel Conyers won’t be here. He’s got a death in the family so he’s not at practice as well.  Evan is getting better and hopefully by Monday he’ll be released, but we still have no other details on him. Sean Christie will require surgery on his knee, so once the swelling goes down, they’ll take care of that. It’s not the ACL, it’s another ligament in the knee. It’s the same injury Mike Minter had a year ago.”

 

On if there is a timetable for Evan Mulrooney’s return:

“The only thing that I’m concerned about right now is his health. I just want to make sure that he’s healthy and I want him to focus and concentrate. I talked to him today because he had gotten some things from different doctors. I told him just get healthy and we’ll see what happens from there. You’ve got no control over any of this that’s going on just all the things you can do to get healthy and we’ll just work from there.”

 

On if he will add someone to compete with Silvano Altamirano:

“Silvano is doing a pretty good job there. Once we get through tomorrow’s scrimmage, we’ll revaluate all of our personnel at all positions and we’ll see where we are and if we are going to make any changes, we’ll make those chances by the time we’re going to come out to practice on Tuesday.”

 

On yesterday’s practice:

“We had a chance to work a lot of situations yesterday with short yardage and goal line and redzone and tight redzone. I thought there was some good give and take there. I though the offense had the better of it in short yardage. I thought the defense was better on the goal line and the red and the tight red. We’ve got some guys coming along and again I’d rather just wait to talk about that next time we talk on Monday after we get through the scrimmage. See how guys react as we go there. I was pleased with the effort. I thought we had a really good practice this morning coming off of yesterday and then you’re back at it early in the morning, you don’t have as much recovery time as you do when you go one-a-days.  I thought our guys really handled it well and know I’m anxious to see how they handle this afternoon which they’ll handle really well.”

 

On Juwann Winfree:

“I think he’s done a good job. You see him doing some things each day where you say, okay, this is exactly what you thought you were getting. Now it’s just a matter of him trying to refine things. He made a real good catch yesterday and did some good things. You see him really starting to come along. He’s got size, he’s got strength, he’s got speed, he’s got athletic ability and he’s got good hands. Now it’s just a matter of him getting the plays down and getting the precision of what we want in terms of the route running.  He’s picking it up quickly, and we’ll see if he can stay consistent now and keep getting better as we go through these next two weeks.”

 

On Brad Craddock

“I don’t know if there’s a harder worker on our team in terms of working to prepare himself to be the best he can be. You talk about the work he’s done on his own to make himself the kicker he is today is remarkable. You have to congratulate the young man. He’s one of those guys that is a student of the game and a student of kicking and the art of kicking. To watch what he’s done, I’m very proud of him. We kicked this morning and he did a good job. He kicked a 52 yarder. He’s improved tremendously since he first got here.  He’s one of those guys that is kind of silent but deadly, he doesn’t say a whole lot. But focused and that will to be good, you can just see it. You can see it in his face and his eyes that he wants to be really, really good.  I’m just very proud of him in terms of what he’s been able to accomplish and I think he’s going to continue to get better and he wants to get better and he’s going to do whatever he can do to get better.”

 

On whether local players honored on preseason watch lists impacts recruiting:

“It’s nice that guys get recognized in the preseason, but that’s just a list. What they have to do it work hard and do the things in the scheme from a team standpoint in order to get better. It’s great that they’re local, but I’m just as proud of Brad Craddock that he’s on the list and all of these guys. It doesn’t matter where they’re from, but it shows that their hard work and their previous production has given them the opportunity for that recognition. Now they’ve got to continue to work hard and continue to produce if they want to achieve those honors. What we always talk about is, with our team success, you’ll get individual honors. That’s what’s more important for our guys if you ask them, they’ll tell you they want the team to do well and then if we do well as a team, then those individual honors will come to the individuals on the team.”

 

On the fullback competition:

“I think Kenny [Goins] is playing very well.  Kenny is having a really good [camp]. He’s stronger and he’s put on a little bit more weight. He’s doing a good job. He’s separating himself from Tyler [Cierski]. Kenny is the clear No. 1. Tyler has got do just keep pushing and he’s in a dogfight with Drew Stefanelli to see who is going to be the second guy. Kenny is the clear-cut fullback as we speak right now.”

 

On Levern Jacobs and Deon Long:

“He [Levern] practiced and he was out there and looked good. He did good things and you’ll get a chance to see him this afternoon.   Deon didn’t practice this morning and he probably won’t do anything this afternoon or on Sunday. We’ll see where he’s at on Monday and Tuesday.”

 

On Derrick Hayward:

“He’s getting better. Derrick is one of those guys who every day is a great experience for him and a great learning experience for him to get better. That’s what we are looking for him to do is keep improving. You can see it. He hasn’t play the position all that much. All the little stuff that goes with it. That’s the thing you see with watching these young guys whether they’re the true freshmen or the redshirt freshmen. You can see them grow and develop right before your eyes. The redshirt freshman are further ahead, but when you take a look at these freshmen you can tell that the techniques, that they haven’t used a lot of these that we’re using. They’re getting there and they’re going to be fine, but they’re not ready right now because they don’t have the technique part down and to play at this level, you’ve got to be technically sound in order to play against who we’re going to play against.”

 

On what his expectations are for Stefon Diggs:

“We’re going to do the things we have to do in order to be successful as a team and we’re going to utilize Stefon any way we can because of his ability. Our mindset is that we’re going to take all of our pieces and get them in the best position for us to be successful, Stefon included. There are a lot of different things we can do with him because he is so talented. But again, we’ve got to make sure that he can handle the load that we want to do at several different positions.”

 

On how he knows if Stefon Diggs can handle that load:

“We can tell by what we do in practice.  I’m talking in terms of what we do on offense. We’re going to utilize all of our pieces in order to be the best we can, however we have to do that.”

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Edsall happy to see lawsuit, ties to ACC over for Maryland

Posted on 09 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

On if there is any update on Evan Mulrooney or Sean Christie:

“No. We’re still waiting to get back results on some tests that were done. I went up and saw [Evan] today. He’s doing well. I think he’ll still be in the hospital through the weekend and then hopefully we’ll have some more information after that and he’ll be out really soon. Sean, we’re waiting for word from the doctor. He had an MRI, so we’ll see where he’s at.”

 

On if he would consider moving Will Ulmer from quarterback:

“I told Will during the recruiting process that he’ll be a quarterback until he comes to me and tells me he doesn’t want to be a quarterback. We’re working him at quarterback and we’re developing him as quarterback. It he doesn’t think that he wants to be a quarterback anymore then he’ll come and tell me that.”

 

On if Shane Cockerille has improved:

“I think Shane is a little bit better than he was in the spring. Again, there are things he still needs to work on. He needs to get his elbow up a little bit when he throws and just some mechanical things that he’s got to do all the time. He does them sometimes, but he’s not doing them all the time so sometimes the accuracy isn’t where it needs to be. We’ve got to just continue to get him to focus on all those little things.”

 

On P.J Gallo’s improvement as a pass catcher:

“P.J’s a guy that can line up on the ball and can also flex out. He’s in a great competition with Andrew [Isaacs] and also with Derrick [Heyward]. It’s going to be interesting to see how that all plays out. P.J.’s just got to keep improving because he’s got great competition at that position.”

 

On the running back competition:

“I think there is great competition there. Brandon [Ross] has put the ball on the ground a little bit, which I don’t like. We have some guys that have missed some assignments. Again, we’re looking for those guys that can be consistent with everything they’re doing in terms of ball security, in terms of catching the ball, in terms of pass protection and in terms of their assignments. It’s too early to say this guy is sticking out or that guy is sticking out, but again, we’ll have a little bit of a scrimmage today with redzone and tight redzone and short yardage and goal line. We’ll have a bigger scrimmage on Saturday.”

 

“Like I said, I hope that somebody takes the bull by the horns and just separates them self. If nobody does then we’re going to have to make a decision on who are the two or three guys that have earned the right to play. Again, you can’t get four guys reps during the season. You can hardly get two guys reps there at that position. They are going to determine that. I hope that it’ll be determined when those guys determine it.”

 

On the settlement between the ACC and Maryland:

“Just glad that it’s over and we can just focus on the season and focus on football.”

 

On the freshman class:

“I’m pleased with the freshman class. Let’s reserve judgment until we get enough of a book on them here in preseason to be able to make any comments as they get into some of the scrimmage situations and more game like situations. Let’s see how they respond. Practice is one thing, but then when you get into the scrimmages, that’s another. I’m very pleased with the overall group. I think it’s a very good group and one that works hard. You can tell that they have a lot to learn. Again, I think the biggest thing from high school to college is just the technique. It’s so much different. For some of these guys, they’ve been coached, but they might not have had the extensive coaching they’re getting here and all the meeting time and everything else. How do they take it from the meeting room to the field and then when they get a little bit tired in the up tempo that we go, can they manage that. Overall I’m very pleased with the group. Those guys will separate themselves, but I’m very pleased with what I’ve seen so far.”

 

On if adding more pads adds more intensity to practice:

“I thought we had pretty good intensity yesterday. Here’s the thing, I’m never going to be satisfied after we get out here and everything because, again, I’m trying to get them to understand that we are striving for perfection each and every day. We might not get there, but we’re going to strive for it. I’m still looking for us to go from start to finish without any ebbs and flows to that practice. Sometimes some sides of the ball make more plays than others, but in terms of that consistent effort running to the ball and finishing plays on offense, that’s what we’re looking for and we’re not quite there yet. Now that we have the full pads on, all that’s going to do is allow us to a little scrimmaging, but we’ll still do some drills where we tag off and some drills where we thud. Of course today we’ll have scrimmaging, but even though we’re in full pads, other days we won’t be going live.”

 

On if he saw improvement from the receivers:

“I thought we were better in practice three and four, but still not at the level that we expect out of them. I thought we were better and we’ll continue to get better. I think the biggest thing there is once we get through Sunday; we’ll sit down as a coaching staff and say, who are our three best guys? Then come out here on Tuesday and kind of practice that way. That’s the thing we’re always looking for. Even though you’ll see some guys in the slot and see guys on the outside, it’s still a situation of who are our best three or who our best four, when you go into a four wide receiver set. Just because you see a guy at No. 2 right now, I’m not going to do too much with the depth chart until after our first scrimmage.”

 

On JaJuan Delaney:

“I think he’s playing with a little bit more effort and intensity than he did in the spring. That’s good to see and that’s what we saw in film from high school. Maybe it’s him feeling more comfortable coming off that injury. That’s one thing you’ve got to take a look at, or at least I do, from the standpoint that he might have not felt so comfortable cutting it loose in the spring. Now I see a guy who is starting to cut it loose more. He’s being more physical. Like all those young kids, he’s just got to get more consistent. That’s the one thing he’s lacking right now is consistency. All the young kids, especially the lineman, it’s the technique. At this level you’ve got to be able to punch and keep the hands in. Too many of them are going in and trying to hug the bear. Those are some of the big thing that we’re concentrating on with those young linemen.”

 

On Jeremiah Johnson:

“I thought he was a little bit rusty as we first got started. You could start to see him get a little more comfortable and more confident. When you come off the toe and you come off the hamstring, that’s probably natural. Then you come out here and you do all the things that you did before. I like the progress that he’s making and he’s just going to continue to get better and like I said, he hasn’t had any ill effects with the toe or with the hamstring, which is good.”

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Edsall appreciates new exposure coming from Big Ten Network

Posted on 07 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md - The fourth day of practice proved to be a momentous one for a Terps, as BTN was on the scene to capture Maryland’s fourth day of preseason camp at the on-campus practice facility.

“It won’t interrupt anything for us,” head coach Randy Edsall said. “We’ll be just going about our practice and they’ll be filming. It’s nice that they’re here. It’s nice to get that type of exposure and notoriety for our program. We look forward to hosting them and having them here.”

The extra attention didn’t distract from the competition happening on the field. Junior Albert Reid, locked in a four-way battle for the starting running back job, enjoys the balance of competing against and mentoring his fellow position mates.

“I‘m able to balance it. It’s not just coming out and competing with your teammates,” Reid said. “You also have to have that bond with your teammates. It’s not like you can just come out here and play football and then go in the locker room and not talk. To have a great team without building that family bond. Those guys are my family.”

Wes Brown, Brandon Ross and Jacquille Veii join Reid in the fight for carries. The player on the other side of the line witnessing that battle is senior linebacker Cole Farrand. The veteran acts as the quarterback of the defense and relishes keeping his teammates on the right track.

“I have obligations to the team,” Farrand said. “I have to help the freshman. The MIKE’s job is the quarterback of the defense, so I have to have my head on straight. With the core we have and we have a lot of seniors coming back, I think it looks very good on defense.”

As a whole, Farrand sees camp moving in the right direction.

“I think camp is going really well so far. The team is really coming together.”

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