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Edsall says FSU QB Winston reminiscent of Manuel

Posted on 01 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

 

“We got a tremendous opportunity and a tremendous challenge as we head down to Tallahassee to take on Florida State. Florida State is an outstanding football team that is really putting up impressive numbers offensively. They are also very aggressive defensively. They are undefeated this time. I thought that we had a good week of practice during the off week and got a little ahead of the game. We did a little bit more on Sunday than we normally do, and now we can get back and go through the game plan. We will work it on all this week and then head down to Tallahassee and our hopefully able to come away with a win.”

 

On if the 4-0 start has changed the vibe while out recruiting:

 

“It was great to be 4-0 and go out recruiting. There was a better reception to us being out there and people taking notice. I also think that even ramped up a little bit after West Virginia beat Oklahoma State this weekend. But people see what we’ve done so far this year, and now all we have to do is go out and play and continue to get better each and every day. If we do that, people will take more notice. So we just have to go out and keep on getting better and play the way that we played against West Virginia.”

 

On Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston:

 

“When you look at him physically, he looks a little bit like E.J. Manuel in terms of his body type. But he is just a very good player. He is strong and a big guy. He is tough to bring down and has got good escape ability. He’s got really strong arms and can make all the throws. Really good people surround him and he is executing the offense very well. He is somebody that you can see is doing all of the things that they are asking him to do.  He is a very good football player and someone who you are concerned with when you have to go up against him on defense. He’s a guy that has the ability to throw the ball and has the ability to do something with his feet. When you get that type of quarterback, it makes the job very difficult for the defense.”

 

On preparing for Florida State’s team speed:

 

“I think what you have to do is execute at a very high level. You have to make sure that you take advantage of your opportunities that you have. I think you do have the ability to make some big plays based on their aggressive natures. We have to make sure to execute and make sure everyone does their job, so it allows us to get those big plays.”

 

On Maryland’s team speed compared to two seasons ago:

 

“I think our team speed has gotten better. I think that when you watch Florida State, they’re very fast and athletic. But I think we’ve gotten faster and more athletic in two years. Again, what we’ve got to do is make sure we go down there and get everybody to do their job and get everybody to play with a high level of confidence and play hard. If you do that, then you got a chance to go and win.”

 

On linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil:

 

“Well, when you get to see Yannik, and just compared to when he came here and how he’s really handled himself and conducted himself on the field, off the field, in the weight room. When you see the work ethic that he’s displayed since he’s been here, and really, the leadership qualities that he’s displayed, those are the things that make it easy for you as a coach to say ‘Hey, this guy’s got to find a place to play’ because he does everything the way it’s supposed to be done.

 

“I think he has a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. It’s something that he’s wanted to prove in terms of being up in Towson and the going to a Division II school that he believed enough in his own abilities to come here and compete and then earn a scholarship. I just love the way the guy handles himself. Just a tremendous work ethic and he’s had that work ethic from the day that he’s gotten here to the day he was awarded a scholarship. He kept working, kept doing those things. I’ve been around enough people in my lifetime to know if they have that ability, that focus, drive, determination that Yannik has, they’re going to be successful and those are the kinds of people you want to surround yourself with.“

 

On the increased level of high school talent in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area:

 

“Well, I’ve always been very fond of the players from the DMV (District, Maryland and Virginia) because of the fact, where I was previously, we had quite a few players from this area who came and played well and contributed to a whole lot of success that we had. One of the things is there’s so many more youth programs that were started here in the state, that this state has a lot of really good athletes. And now what’s happening, they’re getting involved at a younger age and they’re being developed a little bit earlier. But again, I think people recognize the talent that’s in this area and again you’re never going to keep everybody at home because some players want to get away from home. Some want to stay, but you do your best to keep those guys that have the academics, have the athletic ability, and have the character and work ethic that you’re looking for to keep them here. Again, I think you just take a look at earlier this year when you saw all these teams playing teams throughout the country, from Florida, [New] Jersey and all that, the teams here from the state of Maryland and the District won and held their own. I think this area is recognized as one with a lot of talent. You want to make sure you get the guys that fit what you’re looking for and you want to keep as many of those guys here that you possibly can.”

 

On linebacker Marcus Whitfield’s emergence:

 

“The beauty of what I do is to be able to see young people when they first come here and see how innocent or how shy they might be and just to see the ability in them, and then you watch them grow over two to three years, four years and to see how they develop and Marcus is really one of those kids. When I first met Marcus, he was kind of shy, wasn’t a real confident person in my opinion, he might tell you different, but just my experience from what I saw. I just saw a guy that had ability and it’s just neat to see how he’s kind of grown out of that and developed into a young man whose a father now, whose more confident, it’s just, he’s got a smile on his face all the time. He communicates so much more than what he used to. He’s having success on the field doing the things that were asking him to do. He’s going to be graduating here at the end of the semester, just a neat kid.

 

“I think one of the things that helped him is Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil coming in and pushing him because Yannik sat out last year and Marcus was playing and I think he might have seen how hard Yannik works, and if he wants a chance to be the starter then he’s going to have to work. Those two guys have a really good relationship, but he’s a young man that you just like being around. “

 

– Maryland –

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Bills

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Bills

Posted on 01 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 23-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Robert Woods 42 yard touchdown catch from EJ Manuel (2nd quarter)

4. Joe Flacco pass intended for Torrey Smith incomplete on 3rd & 10 from Buffalo 17 (4th quarter)

3. Joe Flacco pass intended for Ray Rice incomplete on 3rd & 5 from Buffalo 6 (4th quarter)

2. Kiko Alonso intercepts Joe Flacco pass intended for Dallas Clark at Buffalo 36 (4th quarter)

1. Kiko Alonso intercepts Joe Flacco pass intended for Marlon Brown at Buffalo 46 (3rd quarter)

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Maryland hosts Florida State for Senior Day Saturday

Posted on 16 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland takes on a top-10 opponent for the second consecutive week when Florida State visits Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium Saturday for the Terrapins’ annual “blackout” game. The Terps will also be celebrating Senior Day for the 17 seniors on the roster. Florida State has owned the upper hand in the all-time series, having won 20 of 22 meetings including the last five.

First-and-10

• The Terps have hit hard times of late after a rash of injuries has taken its toll on both sides of the ball. Nine Terrapins have been lost to season-ending injuries, all of them potential starters. Of the nine starters lost, four are quarterbacks, leaving freshman Shawn Petty, a former linebacker, as the team’s starter. Against Clemson last week, Maryland was also without running back Wes Brown and wide receiver Stefon Diggs; combined with Perry Hills and Demetrius Hartsfield’s season-ending injuries, that meant the Terps were without their leading passer (Hills), rusher (Brown), receiver (Diggs) and tackler (Hartsfield).

• Hartsfield, who suffered a torn ACL during the Georgia Tech game, had been the leader of a defense that ranked in the top-10 nationally for the first eight games of the season. One of four team captains, Hartsfield is still Maryland’s leading tackler and ranks 15th in school history with 338 in his career.

• Still, without Hartsfield and despite allowing over 400 yards of total offense for the first time all season in each of the past two games, the Terps possess a top 20 defense. Maryland ranks 16th nationally in total defense (315.1 ypg), 19th in rushing defense (112.6 ypg) and 30th in passing defense (202.5 ypg). In 10 games, Maryland has held its opponent under 100 rushing yards five times, and under 55 yards four times.

• Maryland has an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebackers Kenneth Tate and Darin Drakeford. Those four have played a big role in holding opponents to an average of just 3.07 yards per rush, which is tied for 10th nationally. Maryland’s 6.9 tackles for loss per game rank 24th in the FBS and its 2.5 sacks per game are tied for 27th. Vellano is tied for the ACC lead and is tied for 19th nationally with 1.4 tackles for loss per game. Cole Farrand has also provided solid play, with his 63 tackles ranking second on the team behind the injured Hartsfield.

• Petty took the reins at QB against Georgia Tech and has started the past two games. Petty starred on both sides of the ball and was an All-Met selection at Eleanor Roosevelt HS in Greenbelt, Md. As a quarterback, he threw for 1,300 yards and 15 TDs, and ran for 550 yards and 10 TDs. In his two games, Petty has completed 15 of 30 passes for 156 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Maryland is one of seven schools to have started three different players at quarterback this season (also Southern Miss – 4; and Colorado State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tulane and Utah – 3).

• Against Clemson, Brandon Ross took over starting duties at running back for the injured Brown and responded with the best game of his young career. Ross ran 16 times for 102 yards, an average of 6.2 yards per carry, and had a 44-yard run which is the longest by a Terrapin this season.

• Though he missed the Clemson game, wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been Maryland’s most dynamic playmaker this season. Against Virginia, the freshman returned the game’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and vs. Boston College he had a career-high 11 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with a pair of touchdown catches against Georgia Tech and over his last six games he’s averaged 95.8 receiving yards per game. His 174.9 all-purpose yards per game this season rank second in the ACC and seventh nationally. Diggs has earned ACC weekly honors four times this season: he received Rookie of the Week honors against West Virginia, Wake Forest and Boston College; and Specialist of the Week honors against Virginia.


Quick Hitters

• The combination of a talented 2012 recruiting class and a number of injuries has led Maryland to play 15 true freshmen this season. That’s tied for the third most in the FBS, behind only Texas and TCU who have each played 16.

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

• Perry Hills, Caleb Rowe and Shawn Petty have all started at QB this season. It’s been nearly 30 years since Maryland last started three quarterbacks in one season. The last time was 1973, when Ben Kinard started six games, Bob Avellini started three games and Al Neville started two games.

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

• Stefon Diggs has earned ACC Player of the Week honors four times this year. Diggs won Rookie of the Week for his play against West Virginia (9/22), Wake Forest (10/6) and Boston College (10/27), and Specialist of the Week against Virginia (10/13).

• Diggs ranks fifth in the conference and first among freshmen with 80.1 receiving yards per game. Diggs, who has 43 catches for 721 yards, already ranks 11th on Maryland’s single-season receiving yards list (see list page 6).

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

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

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

• Fourteen players saw their first career action for Maryland against William & Mary, and 27 players have seen their first career action for Maryland at some point this season (15 true freshmen, eight redshirt freshmen, one sophomore, two juniors, one senior).

• The Terps are holding opponents to 3.07 yards per carry, which is tied for 10th nationally. Of the opponents’ 367 rushing attempts this season, 230 (62.7%) have been for three yards or less (28 of 41 vs. William & Mary; 28 of 39 vs. Temple; 25 of 40 vs. Connecticut; 20 of 25 vs. West Virginia; 21 of 29 vs. Wake Forest; 25 of 42 vs. Virginia; 18 of 26 vs. NC State; 21 of 27 vs. Boston College; 18 of 56 vs. Georgia Tech; 26 of 42 vs. Clemson).

• The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In 10 games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 31:44 to 28:16 for the opponent. That’s a major upgrade compared to 2011, when Maryland averaged just 25:16 a game to 34:44 for the opponent.

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


Maryland-Florida State Series History

• Florida State leads the all-time series 20-2 and has won the last five in the series. Last season, the Seminoles won 41-16 in Tallahassee. In College Park, Florida State owns an 8-2 edge.

• Florida State and Maryland met for the first time in 1966, and the Seminoles took the first 14 games in the series before Maryland finally broke through with a 20-17 win over the fifth-ranked Seminoles in 2004.

• Maryland took its second game in the series in 2006, winning 27-24 after Sam Hollenbach threw three touchdowns, including a pair to Darrius Heyward-Bey. Jeremy Navarre blocked a potential game-tying field goal toward the end of regulation.

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