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Reports: Maryland DC Stewart agrees to extension

Posted on 07 January 2014 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart agreed to a multi-year extension to stay in College Park Tuesday according to reports from the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post.

Stewart has served in the role for the last two seasons under Head Coach Randy Edsall, making great progress in 2013 despite injuries. The Terrapins finished 44th in the country in total defense despite losing starting cornerbacks Jeremiah Johnson and Dexter McDougle and pass rusher Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil to season ending injuries.

Terps Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley remains under contract through 2015. Maryland lost Defensive Line coach Greg Gattuso this offseason (he accepted the head coaching job at Albany) as well as Receivers coach Lee Hull and Offensive Line coach Tom Brattan.

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Maryland set to add WR Leak back to roster

Posted on 19 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland head coach Randy Edsall announced on Thursday that offensive lineman Larry Mazyck signed a national letter of intent and wide receiver Marcus Leak has re-enrolled at the university.

The 6-foot-7, 340-pound Mazyck played last season at Iowa Western Community College, where he helped the Reivers to a No. 2 ranking in the final NJCAA poll and their second consecutive Midwest Football Conference (MFC) title. Mazyck earned NJCAA first team All-America honors and first team MFC honors.

Mazyck is from Washington, D.C., and attended Friendship Collegiate Academy.

Leak withdrew from the university this past summer to return home to North Carolina for personal reasons. In 2012, Leak caught 23 passes for 393 yards and two touchdowns, and averaged 17.1 yards per catch despite missing the final five games of the season with an injury.

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QB Brown named Team MVP at Maryland football banquet

Posted on 15 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland football team announced its 2013 season awards during the annual awards banquet on Sunday. Head coach Randy Edsall and his staff handed out 11 total awards, including the Ray Krouse Memorial Award, sponsored by Capital One Bank, for the team’s Most Valuable Player which was presented to C.J. Brown.

After missing last season, Brown returned in 2013 and became the first Maryland player to throw for over 2,000 yards and rush for over 500 yards in the same season. The senior signal caller threw for 2,045 yards and 11 touchdowns, while rushing for 538 yards and 12 touchdowns. Brown had four 100-yard rushing games this season including a season-high 138 yards in the regular-season finale at NC State, which is the third-highest single-game total for a quarterback in school history. For his efforts, Brown was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week. His 23 touchdowns responsible for this season is the third most in school history.

In one of the more emotional moments of the banquet, Edsall presented Dexter McDougle with the inaugural Dexter McDougle Ultimate Team Player Award to close the event. Before suffering a season-ending injury at Connecticut on Sept. 14, McDougle had registered three interceptions in the Terps first three games. Despite the injury, McDougle remained a constant presence at Gossett Football Team House. He attended meetings, traveled to away games, sat in the coaches’ booth during games, and mentored and assisted other members of the team throughout the remainder of the season.

The complete list of award-winners is below:

Tony Perry: The George C. Cook Memorial Award for the senior with the highest academic average.

P.J. Gallo: The George Boutselis Memorial Award for the player who both lettered in football while attaining the highest GPA on the team and has adhered to the goals of the student-athlete ideal.

Sal Conaboy: The Public Service Award for the student athlete that has committed to serving and having a positive influence in the community.

Tony Perry: The Dr. John E. Faber Award for Iron Man, which is named after Dr. John E. Faber, who coached men’s lacrosse for 35 years and finished his coaching career with a record of 249 wins and only 57 losses, including national championship teams.

Matt Robinson: The A.V. Williams Award for Outstanding & Conspicuous Sportsmanship Award for the student athlete that best displays outstanding & conspicuous sportsmanship during the course of the year.

Greg Parcher: The Alvin L. Aubinoe Unsung Hero Trophy for the student athlete that best displays the true meaning of teamwork without regard for his personal goals.

Andre Monroe: The James M. Tatum Memorial Award for Lineman of the Year.

William Likely: Special Teams Player of the Year Award.

Marcus Whitfield: Defensive Player of the Year Award in memory of Herman Grabenstein.

C.J. Brown: Offensive Player of the Year Award in honor of Larry Grabenstein.

C.J. Brown: Ray Krouse Memorial Award for Team’s Most Valuable Player.

Dexter McDougle: The Dexter McDougle Ultimate Team Player Award

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Edsall, Marshall coach Holliday bring history to Military Bowl

Posted on 13 December 2013 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall joined president & executive director of the Military Bowl Steve Beck, and Marshall head coach Doc Holliday for a press conference at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday in preparation for the 2013 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman.

The Terps and Thundering Herd are scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday, Dec. 27.

“It’s a pleasure for the University of Maryland and our football program to be a part of the Military Bowl,” said Edsall. “Our players, when they found out we were coming here, they were very excited about the opportunity that they were going to have to play another game, play it here at Navy-Marine Corps [Memorial] Stadium, here in the City of Annapolis, and also be able to have their family and their friends not have to travel far to see them play.”

Despite it being the first all-time matchup between Maryland and Marshall, Edsall and Holliday have history as both coaches have faced each other on the field and on the recruiting trail. With that experience in mind, Edsall expects a stiff challenge from Holliday’s Herd.

“And you know, I’m excited from the standpoint that I get a chance to be around Doc again for a while,” said Edsall. “We kind of cut our roots together in the coaching profession as assistants, and spending a lot of time on the road down in Florida, and recruiting. I know we have a tremendous challenge in front of us playing against his team, and you watch them on film and you just see a team that is very athletic, very fast and they’re well coached. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a Doc Holliday Team.”

“Believe it or not I’ve had the opportunity to play Maryland 27 times in my career,” said Holliday. “I’ve been on the sideline 27 times against them, I’ve got great, great respect for their program. They’ve got tremendous athletes. Randy being the coach there, they’re going to be very well-coached, they’re going to be extremely physical, and they’ll get after us and they’ve got really good players.”

With a stiff test from Marshall on the horizon, Edsall still views the trip to the Military Bowl as reward for the team’s hard work and is happy for the team.

“I feel great for our kids,” said Edsall. “I have been able to experience bowls in a lot of different place. For some of our players, it will be their first experience. That’s what you do it for. You do it for them. It’s a reward for their hard work and perseverance they put in.”

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Edsall expects significant local support at Military Bowl

Posted on 08 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

 

“I’d just like to thank the Military Bowl for extending the invitation to our program. Our players are very excited about the opportunity to play Marshall University and play a game that’s going to benefit the USO. We appreciate everything our military does for us and to be able to play in a game that supports those endeavors is something very special for us.”

 

On if the team expected an invitation from the Military Bowl:

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“It’s one of those things where we’re very excited to get the opportunity to play in the Military Bowl. One of the things we’ve talked about is Maryland Pride and we get a chance to play in our state capital. It just continues along the lines with what we’ve tried to do since last spring, taking our team into the community and holding scrimmages in Baltimore and in Frederick. Now what we hope is that we get all of our fans to come out and support us and be part of the great game day action that’s going to be taking place in Annapolis. For us to be able to get back and to play in Annapolis will be great. We haven’t played there since 1965. Again, it being close to home, it allows us to play in front of our recruiting base. We’ll be playing on national TV. It’s great for our player’s parents and families to be out in full force to watch us play. We want everyone to come out and support the bowl and support our kids and to continue the Maryland Pride and make it a really big home field advantage as we take on Marshall.”

 

On creating a bowl experience for the players locally:

 

“We’re going to make sure our players have a good time. This is a reward for them and the hard work they’ve put forth last winter, the spring, summer and during the season. All the things that they had to overcome to get us to this point. I’ve had enough experience with bowls that we’re going to work, but we’re also going to take advantage of the sights that we have here in this area that some of our kids have never had the opportunity to visit or be a part of. It’s going to be a great experience for them, but as I told the players; they’ll be plenty of time for them to enjoy themselves before we practice and practice hard and with a purpose. We’re working to try to get win number eight. Again, we’ll balance practice with them being able to enjoy the festivities that surround the Military Bowl.”

 

On Marshall head coach Doc Holliday

 

“I’ve known Doc for many, many years. We came up through the coaching ranks as assistants. When he was at WVU and I was at Syracuse, we both recruited down in the state of Florida and spent a lot of time together. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Doc as a football coach and as a person. You can see that he has his team playing very well. He’s got his program going where he wants it to go. I know it’s going to be a tremendous challenge for us. When you take a look at what they’ve done. They’ve had a great year and congratulations to them. They played in their conference championship game. They’re a talented football team that is pretty well coached. They’re averaging 43 points per game and only giving up 23 and they’re averaging 502 yards per game and only giving up 364; they’re very talented on both sides of the ball. This is what you’d expect out of a Doc Holliday team.”

 

On fan support at the Military Bowl:

 

“I think the fanbase will come out and support us. When you take a look at our team and how we finished. We came on strong there at the end winning two out of the last three and having a heartbreaker in the Boston College game. Our guys are healthy again. It’s an opportunity for our fans to come out and support us and watch us play. It’s the last ACC appearance for us. When this is over, we move onto the Big Ten and we hope that people will be a part of that. It leads us into a different chapter in University of Maryland athletics. To have the people come out would mean a lot to our players. To have a big home crowd would certainly enhance our opportunity against Marshall.”

 

On getting to experience the military aspect of the bowl game:

 

“I think it’s very important. That’s something we will talk about with our team, about how grateful we are for everything the military does for us to give us the freedom that we have here. Anytime you can do something that benefits our armed forces and the people that serve our country is a tremendous opportunity. Looking forward to having all those military families come and enjoy the game and to get a chance to visit with them as much as we can. I know that our young men and our institution really appreciate what they do to keep us safe and give us the opportunities that we have here in the United States of America.”

 

On Marshall’s offense:

“When you take a look at the quarterback, I think it all starts with Rakeem Cato. He’s the guy that stirs the drink in terms of 60 percent completion percentage, 36 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. Then you see a 1,000-yard rusher in [Eassray] Taliaferro. You see a guy like Tommy Shuler with 97 catches and Gator Hoskins with 44, Devon Smith with 34 and Craig Wilkins with 29. You see a well-balanced offense. We you see a team that’s rushed for 3,000 yards and passed for 3,700 yards; that’s pretty good balance. Then you see a defense that gets turnovers and is very athletic and runs to the ball. You see a team that plays hard. Again, it all starts with the quarterback on offense and his ability to distribute the ball and do the things they need him to do in terms of beating the number of people in the box.”

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On how sharing Virginia Tech as a common opponent helps game preparation:

 

“We’re a different than Virginia Tech. It just kind of gives you a familiarity from a personnel standpoint of what we know what Virginia Tech is and what they do.  Marshall very easily could have won that game. It went to triple overtime and we beat Virginia Tech in overtime on Blacksburg.  It tells you that Marshall is a very good football team and has a very good football program. I think that’s what you gain from it. We don’t play the same style of offense or defense that Virginia Tech does, but we know how tough Virginia Tech is and for Marshall to play them the way they did and then to see all the high scoring games Marshall had. It gives us an opportunity to understand that Marshall is a very good football team.”

 

On Marshall’s defense:

“Again, I wasn’t really studying Marshall, but I was just really impressed with the speed and athleticism on defense that we saw on that tape.”

 

– Maryland –

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Terps head to Annapolis for first bowl game of Edsall era

Posted on 08 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland football team will make its first bowl appearance since 2010 and its first under head coach Randy Edsall on Friday, Dec. 27 when the Terps take on Marshall in the Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman in Annapolis, Md., president and executive director of the Military Bowl Steve Beck announced on Sunday.

 

The game is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff from Navy-Marine Corps Stadium and will be televised nationally on ESPN. It is the first year the bowl will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium after being held at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., the past five years.

 

With a 41-21 victory over NC State on Nov. 30 to close the regular season, the Terps improved to 7-5 and will look for its eighth win for the first time since 2010, when Maryland finished 9-4 and capped its season with a 51-20 victory over East Carolina in the Military Bowl.

 

Maryland’s matchup with Marshall will be its 25th all-time bowl appearance and second in the Military Bowl. The Terps are 11-11-2 all-time in bowl games and have won five of their past six.

 

For the Terps, it is their fifth bowl appearance in the last eight seasons and will be their first matchup all-time with the Thundering Herd.

 

Marshall (9-4), which won the Conference USA East Division title, faced two opponents that appeared on Maryland’ schedule this season. The Herd lost 29-21 to Virginia Tech in triple overtime on Sept. 21, and defeated FIU, 48-10, on Nov. 23.

 

The Thundering Herd is led by quarterback Rakeem Cato, who ranks second in Conference USA in passing (275.3 ypg) and total offense (296.8 ypg). Cato has thrown for 36 touchdowns this season, which is the most in C-USA and tied for third nationally.

 

Offensively, Marshall is averaging a Conference USA-best 43.0 points per game, the seventh-highest total nationally, and is averaging a league-high 502.3 yards per game of total offense.

 

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Maryland plays final ACC game Saturday at NC State

Posted on 29 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team closes its regular season on the road as the Terps visit Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh to take on NC State at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday will be the 70th all-time meeting in a series dating back to 1909 with the two teams having played every season since 1956. Virginia is the only team that the Terps have played more often (78). The Wolfpack have won the last two meetings in Raleigh (2009 and 2011) and have won three of four overall. The Terps last win at Carter-Finley Stadium came in 2007, a 37-0 win over the Wolfpack, which was the Terps’ largest margin of victory in the series.

LIVE Coverage on ACC Network & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the ACC Network at 12:30 p.m. Tim Brant (pbp), Dave Archer (color) and Rachel Baribeau (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call.

First-and-10

• The Terps lost to Boston College on Saturday as place kicker Nate Freese hit a career-long 52-yard field goal as time expired to send the Eagles past the Terps, 29-26. The two teams combined for 25 fourth quarter points, the third-highest combined point total in a quarter this season. Maryland and Clemson combined for 35 points in the fourth quarter on Oct. 26, and Maryland and FIU combined for 34 second quarter points on Aug. 31.

• Defensive back Anthony Nixon achieved a program first for Maryland on Saturday. Following Alex Amidon’s 74-yard touchdown reception for BC, linebacker Marcus Whitfield blocked the ensuing point after attempt. Nixon snatched the ball out of the air and raced 98 yards for the defensive extra point. It marked the first time in program history the Terps have scored a defensive extra point and it is the first defensive extra point scored by an ACC team since Duke’s Kyler Brown intercepted a two-point attempt against FIU on Sept. 1 of last year. For Whitfield, he is the first Terp to block a PAT since A.J. Francis did it against Georgia Tech on Nov. 3, 2012.

• Quarterback C.J. Brown completed 19 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 22 yards and a score. It is the sixth time this season Brown has rushed for at least one touchdown and passed for one touchdown in the same game. That total is tied for the most in the ACC with Clemson’s Tajh Boyd. In addition, Brown has now accounted for 18 touchdowns this season which ties him with Boomer Esiason for the 10th-highest single-season total in school history, and is now tied for 12th all-time with 30 for his career.

• Brown increased his season rushing total to 400 yards and moved into third all-time for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season. Brown is 48 yards shy of tying Mark Manges (448 yards, 1976) for second. The senior signal caller holds the single-season all-time record with 574 yards rushing in 2011.

• Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo caught his second career touchdown against the Eagles, a 33-yard completion from Brown. With Etta-Tawo’s second touchdown catch of the season, the Terps now have five receivers with two or more touchdown receptions. That total is the most since five different Terps totaled two or more touchdown receptions in 2006.

• Defensive back Sean Davis, who leads the team in tackles with 83, intercepted his second pass of the season and his career when he picked off BC quarterback Chase Rettig in the second quarter on Saturday. Linebacker Alex Twine led the team with a season-high 10 tackles including a team-best 1.5 TFL

• Defensive back William Likely continues to be a threat in the kicking game. Likely averaged 30.67 yards on three kickoff returns including a career-long 50-yard return. Likely is averaging 26.2 yards per return on the season, which ranks third in the ACC and 22nd nationally. Likely’s average currently ranks sixth all-time in program history in a single season. Last season, wide receiver Stefon Diggs set the program record for a freshman averaging 28.52 yards per kickoff return. John Schultz holds the program record for yards per return in a single season with a 31.00 yards per return average in 1975.


Brown on the Ground

• With 22 yards rushing against Boston College, quarterback C.J. Brown increased his season total to 400 yards rushing. That total is the third-highest single-season total in school history for a QB. Brown is 48 rushing yards shy of tying Mark Manges (448 yards, 1976) for second all-time. Brown holds the single-season program record with 574 yards rushing in 2011.

• Brown tied his season high with 122 yards rushing on a career-high 23 carries and two touchdowns at Virginia Tech (Nov. 16).

• It marked Brown’s sixth career 100-yard rushing performance, which is tops among active quarterbacks in the ACC and ranks seventh among FBS schools. In addition, the total is tied for the seventh-best rushing performance by a Maryland quarterback in school history. The senior signal-caller holds seven of those performances with three coming this season.

• His six career 100-yard rushing games are tied for sixth all-time at Maryland. He is one shy of tying Louis Carter (1972-74) for fifth all-time.

• Brown’s 23 carries are the most for a Terrapin quarterback since Jamarr Robinson carried the ball 24 times against Virginia Tech on Nov. 14, 2009.

• Brown now has 14 career rushing touchdowns, which is tied with Alvin Maddox (1975-78) for 19th in Maryland history. His nine rushing TDs this season is tied for the 18th-highest single-season total in school history.


Program First

• Defensive back Anthony Nixon became the first Maryland player in program history to score a defensive extra point on Saturday against Boston College.

• Nixon snagged the ball out of the air following a blocked PAT by linebacker Marcus Whitfield and ran 98 yards down the sidelines for two points. Whitfield’s block was the first for a Terrapin since A.J. Francis blocked a PAT against Georgia Tech on Nov. 3, 2012.

• It marked the first defensive extra point by an ACC team since Sept. 1 of last season when Duke’s Kyler Brown returned an interception 98 yards against FIU.

• It is only the seventh time in ACC history a defensive extra point has been scored.


It’s Good

• Place kicker Brad Craddock converted from 43 yards on Saturday for his 17th field goal of the season. Craddock’s 17 field goals is tied for the second-most in the ACC.

• Craddock’s season total is the most by a Maryland kicker in a single season since Dan Ennis made 17 field goals in 2005. The total is tied for the sixth-highest single-season total in school history.

• The sophomore has converted 81.0 percent (17-of-21) of his field goal attempts this season, a mark which ranks fourth in program history for a single season.


Maryland Gameday Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are wide receiver Tejiri Erhie (offense), defensive lineman Azubuike Ukandu (defense), and defensive back Tony Perry (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive back Isaac Goins will carry the American flag, and tight end Dave Stinebaugh will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadership council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the NC State game are running back Albert Reid (offense), linebacker Matt Robinson (defense), and defensive back William Likely (special teams).


Maryland-NC State Series History

•Maryland and NC State meet for the 70th time on Saturday. Maryland and NC State have played every season since 1956. Virginia is the only team the Terps have played more often all-time (78). Maryland has also played North Carolina 70 times.

• NC State holds a narrow 33-32-4 advantage over Maryland in a series that began in 1909. In Raleigh, Maryland is 15-18-1.

• The Wolfpack have won two in a row in the series and three of the last four games. Maryland’s last win came at home in 2010, 38-31. The Terps’ last win in Raleigh came in 2007, 37-0.


Media Information

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

-Maryland-

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Edsall says facing NC State’s defense tougher than some might realize

Posted on 26 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

Opening Statement:

“I’m looking forward to heading down to Raleigh on Friday to play NC State on Saturday. We’re going up against a team that is very athletic. Defensively, they are tied for 19th in the country in TFL. They have guys who know how to run really well. The secondary has two great safeties, [Dontae] Johnson and [Hakim] Jones. They are really great players who you have to contend with. Robert Caldwell, their middle linebacker, makes a lot of plays for them. Offensively, it seems they have switched quarterbacks between Brandon Mitchell and Pete Thomas. Brandon Mitchell threw for 312 yards last week against ECU. He is a tremendous challenge who can give you a bunch of different looks. We are going to have a great week of preparation as we head down there.”

 

On NC State’s defense:

“They are a team that will show a three-down and four-down look. They will pressure you and give you different looks with their athleticism. This is something you have to watch out for. We have to watch the athletic guys that they have.”

 

On becoming more consistent on third down offensively:

“This is something that collectively we have to do a better job offensively. Sometimes it might be a different position on a different third down play. One time, it might be protection; another time, it might be a dropped ball. It might even just be the wrong read. It goes back to what I said on Sunday, which is that we have to be more consistent on what we’re doing. We’ve got to be able to keep possession off the ball and move the chains. The more consistent we are with all of this, will allow us to do that on third downs.”

 

On keeping the injured players involved with the team over the course of the season:

“Deon [Long] and Stefon [Diggs] have been around. They haven’t been traveling or on the practice field, because of being on crutches. They are here for dinner and for other team events. In terms of having Dexter [McDougle], JJ (Jeremiah Johnson) and [Yannik] Cudjoe-Virgil, when Cole [Farrand] has been out, it’s been great. That just gets another coach on the field and another set of eyes to help those guys. So as they are watching their position, they can be talking to those guys and making corrections. I think it’s been very beneficial and even a way of therapy for those guys.

“A guy like Dexter you feel so bad for, because of the kind of season he was having and how important this is to him. Knowing last week was the last week here got him pretty emotional in the meeting and before we came over here. It meant that much to him and he was so hurt, because he couldn’t go out there and help his teammates by playing. However, he did help his team in other ways. That has been the big thing from a therapy standpoint. The team has got to understand that they can still be a contributor to the team regardless if they are out there competing. That is something that they have done. They have done a good job at doing that and being great contributors, even though they haven’t been on the field playing.”

 

On linebackers Cole Farrand and Alex Twine battling through injuries:

“I’m proud of Cole and I’m proud of Alex Twine and some others guys because I tell you one thing, there out there giving everything that they got and they’re beat up. They’ve suffered, but it’s that important to them that they want to be out there contributing and again, if they’re cleared by our medical people, these guys will do anything they can to get out there. Cole is as hurt as anybody. When you take a look in terms of the two games when we needed him probably more than any other game, were the two teams that run the ball the most, was Syracuse and then Boston College and we don’t have him. I know it’s killing him that he couldn’t be out there. But believe me he did everything he possibly could to try to get himself ready to play last weekend and the effort that he gave against Virginia Tech when he got hurt and then continued to play I mean it just speaks volumes about his fortitude and his drive and his competitiveness and his willingness to be there for his team.

“Like I said Alex Twine’s another one, he’s beat up, but he just tells me every week ‘Coach I’ll be ready to play,’ and hopefully Cole will be ok for Saturday. We got to see how he gets through the week, but there’s a lot of guys out there that are really laying it on the line and it’s most appreciative of them. They’re recognizing there is a difference between pain and injury. But still if they’re not capable of playing, our doctors and trainers wouldn’t have them out there, but those guys are playing through the things that people sometimes won’t play through.”

 

On if keeping the team focused through the course of the season is a challenge:

“Every week’s a challenge. It presents a different challenge because of who you’re playing and everything else. We were taking about this the other day in the defensive room. If you take a look, if you take away the seniors, there’s like 21 of 22 guys coming back who have started in games. So you got a lot of experienced young guys, but there are things that go on, they continually learn. The thing that’s probably frustrating is the fact is the consistency part. That’s probably the things that’s the most frustrating is you see us do a lot of great things throughout the game and then there’s this X number of plays where you kind of sit there and you scratch your head and say where did that come from. And then the other thing that’s been frustrating is just in terms of the number of turnovers that we’ve had. But, the thing is, we just got to get these guys to understand that they got to be more consistent. I’ve always been taught that repetition is the mother of learning and the more you do the things over and over and over again, but you do them correctly, the better opportunity you have to be successful. That’s kind of what we’ve been trying to do with our team and we have. We’ve made a lot of progress, it’s frustrating because we think we could make a lot more if there weren’t some situations. But again some of the situations, we can control, we just got to get better at it.”

 

On Friendship Collegiate Academy and the development of the players it produces:

“I think that Friendship Collegiate Academy is a school that really embodies how things should be because there, you don’t graduate from Friendship unless you have at least two acceptances to colleges. So it’s really a college prep charter school and I think Aazaar [Abdul-Rahim] has just done a tremendous job of bringing young people to his program and stressing academics, stressing hard work, discipline, work ethic, and having first-hand experience with young men from that program who’ve come here, they’ve made the transition pretty well because of the environment that a Aazaar has in his program. And those kids come here, they understand hard work, they understand hard coaching, and they understand that academics are important and so that’s a place where we’ll always continue to recruit and we’ve had success there and I just think he’s done a great job. I think the concept of that charter school is really, really special.” 

– Maryland –

 

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Maryland faces Boston College in final ACC home game Saturday

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team looks for its second-consecutive win when it plays host to Boston College on Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Maryland will celebrate Senior Day and will honor its 16 departing seniors prior to kickoff at 3:33 p.m.

The Terps are looking to break a two-game losing streak to the Eagles. The Terps trail the all-time series 3-7 and are 1-4 at home against BC in a series that began in 1985. Maryland’s last win came in 2010, a 24-21 victory in Chestnut Hill, and its last win at home came in 2007, 42-35.

LIVE Coverage on Comcast SportsNet & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast locally on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic at 3:30 p.m. Ron Thulin (pbp), Ovie Mughelli (color) and Elizabeth Moreau (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Kevin Sheehan (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 92 and XM Radio Channel 190, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

Senior Day

Saturday will mark the final home game for 16 Maryland seniors. Senior Day activities will be held to honor: De’Onte Arnett, Carl Buchholz, Tejiri Erhie, Isaac Goins, G.T. Harraka, Bradley Johnson, Nick Klemm, Dexter McDougle, Greg Parcher, Tony Perry, Zeke Riser, Will Rosenblum, Dave Stinebaugh, Alex Walker, Marcus Whitfield and Regis Whittington.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early to take part in honoring these student-athletes.


Honoring Maryland’s Proud Past

The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative poster honoring Maryland’s 61 years in the ACC courtesy of Pepsi. Members of the 1953 National Championship Team will be back for a special on-field recognition along with other moments in Maryland Football ACC History will also be highlighted throughout the game to honor our Proud Past.

First-and-10

• The Maryland football team looks for its second-consecutive win when it plays host to Boston College on Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium as the Terps will celebrate Senior Day. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:33 p.m. The Terps are looking to break a two-game losing streak to the Eagles. The Terps trail the all-time series 3-7 and are 1-4 at home against BC in a series that began in 1985. Maryland’s last win came in 2010, a 24-21 victory in Chestnut Hill, and its last win at home came in 2007, 42-35.

• Maryland snapped a five-game losing streak against Virginia Tech with a 27-24 overtime victory in Blacksburg on Saturday. It is Maryland’s first win in Blacksburg since 1949. The overtime victory is the Terps’ first since defeating James Madison, 38-35, on Sept. 12, 2009, and improved the Terps’ OT record to 5-3. The Terps and Hokies were the 24th overtime game played this season amongst FBS teams.

• Quarterback C.J. Brown served as the offensive catalyst on Saturday. Brown tied a season high with 122 yards rushing on a career-high 23 carries with two touchdowns including the 3-yard game winner in overtime. The senior signal caller also completed 12 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown, a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Nigel King. Brown‘s 122 yards on the ground is tied for the seventh-highest rushing total by a Terrapin quarterback in school history. He now holds seven of the top-10 rushing performances by a Maryland QB in school history. It marked his sixth career 100-yard rushing game and third this season. His six 100-yard rushing performances are the most among active quarterbacks in the ACC.

• .On the defensive side of the ball, the Terrapins racked up a season-high seven sacks and 11 TFL against the Hokies. It is the most sacks by a Maryland defensive unit since totaling eight at West Virginia on Oct. 5, 2002. In addition, the Terps now have 30 sacks on the season which is already the most by a Maryland defense since 2003, when the Terps finished with 35. Defensive lineman Andre Monroe led the charge with a career-best 3.0 sacks and 3.5 TFL. Monroe is tied for ninth in the ACC with 6.5 sacks and he has recorded 11.5 career sacks in 19 games. His final sack of the contest came in overtime and helped the Terps hold the Hokies to a field goal.

• .Monroe was one of five Terps to register a sack on Saturday. Defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson finished with a career-high 2.0 sacks, while defensive back Isaac Goins picked up his first career sack. Linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Marcus Whitfield each had a 0.5 sack.

• The Maryland defense entered Saturday’s contest ranked seventh in the ACC in opponent third-down conversion. The Terps had held opposing offenses to 34.3 percent on third downs. Maryland held VT to 4-of-16 on third downs (25%) including seven three-and-outs, well above its season average of 4.67 per game. Holding the Hokies to 25 percent on third down was the Terps third-best performance of the season. Maryland held West Virginia to 2-for-12 (16.7%) on third down and Syracuse to 3-for-14 (21.4%). Maryland currently ranks sixth in the ACC and is tied for 18th nationally holding opponents to 33.3 percent on third down.

• Defensive back William Likely earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors after scoring his first career touchdown on a 63-yard punt return midway through the second quarter. Likely became the first Terrapin to return a punt since Tony Logan took one back 84 yards against Duke on Oct. 2, 2010. It was also Maryland’s longest punt return since Logan’s 84-yard score against the Blue Devils. Likely is averaging 13.8 yards per punt return, which is currently the fifth-best average in a single season in school history. Additionally, his average would break a Maryland freshman record currently held by Orlando Strozier (10.46, 1993).


Brown on the Ground

• Quarterback C.J. Brown tied a season high with 122 yards rushing on a career-high 23 carries and two touchdowns in Saturday’s win at Virginia Tech.

• It marked Brown’s sixth career 100-yard rushing performance, which is tops among active quarterbacks in the ACC. In addition, the total is tied for the seventh-best rushing performance by a Maryland quarterback in school history. The senior signal-caller holds seven of those performances with three coming this season.

• His six career 100-yard rushing games are tied for sixth all-time at Maryland. He is one shy of tying Louis Carter (1972-74) for fifth all-time.

• Brown’s 23 carries is the most for a Terrapin quarterback since Jamarr Robinson carried the ball 24 times against Virginia Tech on Nov. 14, 2009.

• Brown now has 13 career rushing touchdowns, which is tied with Scott McBrien (2002-03), Chris Downs (2001-02) and Jack Scarbath (1950-52) for 20th in Maryland history. His eight rushing TDs this season is tied for the 20th-highest single-season total in school history.


Career Day for Monroe

• Defensive lineman Andre Monroe finished with a career-best three sacks against the Hokies to increase his season total to 6.5, which is tied for ninth in the ACC.

• Monroe has 11.5 sacks in 19 career games, which ties him for fifth nationally in total sacks per game among active players.

• Paired with linebacker Marcus Whitfield (8.0 sacks), Maryland is the only team in the ACC with two players that rank in the top 10 in sacks in the conference.


Meet at the Quarterback

• Maryland’s defense racked up a season-high seven sacks against the Hokies. That total is the most by a Maryland defense since the unit had eight at West Virginia on Oct. 5, 2002.

• The mark also is tied for the second most in an ACC game this season and is tied for the 10th most nationally.

• The unit’s 30 sacks on the season is tied for the third-highest mark in the conference and is tied for the 12th most in the nation.

• Maryland’s season total is already the most by a Terrapin defense since 2003 (35) and with a 3.00 sack per game averge the unit is on pace to total 36 sacks. That would be the most in a season since 2002 (38).


Likely to the House

• Defensive back William Likely scored his first career touchdown in Blacksburg when he returned a punt 63 yards for Maryland’s opening score.

• It marked Maryland’s first punt return for a touchdown since Tony Logan returned one 84 yards against Duke on Oct. 2, 2010.

• It was Maryland’s first special teams touchdown of the season and the first since Stefon Diggs returned a kickoff 99 yards at North Carolina last season (Nov. 24).

• The touchdown is Maryland’s third non-offensive touchdown, which is tied for fifth in the conference. Defensive backs A.J. Hendy and Dexter McDougle each returned an interception for a TD this season. Hendy scored against West Virginia (Sept. 21) and McDougle scored at UConn (Sept. 14).

• Likely totaled all of Maryland’s 106 punt return yards on Saturday. It is the third-highest punt return total for a team in an ACC game this season and it is tied for the 16th-best individual performance nationally.

• The freshman is averaging 13.8 yards per punt return, which is fourth in the ACC and 12th among FBS schools. As a kick returner, Likely is averaging 25.5 yards per return, the fifth-best average in the ACC and 29th nationally.


Maryland Gameday Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are quarterback Dustin Dailey (offense), defensive back Tony Perry (defense), and defensive back Elvis Dennah (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive lineman Zeke Riser will carry the American flag, and tight end Dave Stinebaugh will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadership council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Boston College game are running back Albert Reid (offense), defensive lineman Keith Bowers (defense), and running back Kenneth Goins, Jr. (special teams).


Maryland-Boston College Series History

• Maryland and Boston College meet for the 11th time on Saturday in a series that began in 1985. The Eagles lead the all-time series, 7-3.

• BC has won the past two meetings and four of the last five. The Eagles won last season’s meeting in Chestnut Hill, 20-17.

• The Terps have fallen to the Eagles the last two games in College Park (2009, 2011). Maryland’s last win at home over the Eagles came in 2007, 42-35.

 

 

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Edsall says stopping RB Williams key to beating Boston College

Posted on 19 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

Head Coach Randy Edsall

Opening Statement:

“There is no secret to what we’ve got to do this upcoming week against Boston College. We need to stop the run and Andre Williams, who is just an outstanding player. He’s got outstanding speed and is very powerful. He is in front of a big offensive line. They run the ball extremely well and use their play action game off the running game, so we got our hands full there. Also their defense brings a lot of different pressures and looks to you, so we just have to have a great week of preparation and focus. We need to concentrate to give ourselves an opportunity to win on Saturday.”

 

On Boston College running back Andre Williams:

“He’s carried it 43 times last week and he’s running strong at the end of the game as well as in the beginning. He’s a very good back and has got the ability to bend and run you over. You’re not going to wrap your arms around this guy. You’ve got to put your shoulder into him and run your feet. You need more than one person there. He’s very impressive on tape. He’s having a heck of a year and should be mentioned for all of the awards that are out there, in terms of All-American, Doak Walker, Heisman and all of the other things included.”

 

On play of the offensive line and defensive line against Virginia Tech:

“I thought the offensive line did a good job of helping us win and doing the things that we needed to do. I would expect that they would be a little bit better this week, as all five of them will be playing together again. There are things that we did well and other things that we need to work on and get better at. We will this week. I thought our defensive line really stepped it up. Anytime that you have seven sacks in a game, you’re doing pretty well. You are holding a team that has really been noted to run the ball and hold them to [54] yards rushing. I think they did a good job as well as the linebackers, the front seven. We’re going to need that kind of effort and intensity again this week. We have a stiffer challenge this week in terms of the run game.”

 

On quarterback C.J. Brown running effectively against Virginia Tech:

“I think that C.J. was the healthiest he’s been since the Florida State game and again, you talk about confidence, he had more confidence in his own ability to be able to run and do the things that he knows he’s capable of doing. I think that’s always a big part because the last stretch of games, when I talked to him he just felt like he couldn’t have that burst and couldn’t have that explosion that he normally has. If you don’t feel that then your confidence doesn’t allow you to do those things and I think it’s tough. He had that feeling back in his body, his legs and everything else. There were just some things that happened there early in the game that in terms of what they were doing, I went up to him early there, probably in the first quarter, and I said ‘Hey, don’t hesitate now to just take off with the ball when you go back there.’ Because they were playing man coverage and they were empty in the box and it was opening things up so being the smart guy that he is, he dropped back and he would see what was taking place and knew that he might take a quick look to his first read and if it wasn’t there, it opened up and went. I think that’s just a smart thing to do because if they’re going to give you that what’s the difference if you can throw it for five [yards] or if you can run it for 25 or whatever, your still gaining yardage. If you drive him out of that, then it creates other opportunities for everybody else. So it’s just doing the things, observing what people are doing and trying to take advantage of what they’re doing is what gives your team the best opportunity to win and C.J. did a great job with that.”

 

On the emotion of Senior Day:

“I think anytime its Senior Day it’s always a special day for those young men and really for the program, but especially for those young men for the last time to come out of the locker room and come out here and play at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium is very touching and everybody wants to do their part to send their seniors out victorious. It’s a bunch of guys that are good guys, that are hard workers, and guys that have given a lot to this program and to this university and we’re thankful for that. I really believe they’ll all be very successful in what they do and you’re proud of each and every one of them.”

 

– Maryland –

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