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Maryland set for first open scrimmage of fall camp Saturday at Byrd Stadium

Posted on 15 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

On how practice is going:

“We’re still putting some things in, a couple of little minor things and going over situations. That’s the big thing we’re finishing up on here in camp. I thought the four-minute drill we could have done a better job in some situations. Some guys were staying in bounds and not going out of bounds to keep the clock moving. Just teaching things that we can do to get better. Now I think the overall consistency of doing things correctly all the time. Now it’s time to get the legs back and refine all the things we that we’ve done so far this preseason.”

 

On Keenan McCardell:

“Keenan is somebody who is very knowledgeable. He understands how to play the position at a very high level. He teaches the game extremely well. He is very demanding of the players. He controls the room that he has. He brings instant credibility with coaching the position because the success he’s had as a player. When you watch him teach and do the drills that he is doing, the kids sit up and listen and take everything in and I’ve been pleased with the work he’s done with those guys. I think our guys understand that if the listen to him and do the things that they ask him to do they’ll become the complete wide receiver that we’re looking for. With that brings a level of their game that they want to get to. I’ve been very pleased in terms of what he’s done.”

 

On what Sean Davis needed to improve on after last season:

“We always sit down with all the kids. The biggest thing is that you’ve got to be upfront and honest with them. You can’t sugarcoat what you’re going to tell them. We told him exactly the things that he needed to work on to get better. A lot of it is from a preparation standpoint and a mental standpoint and understanding what offenses are doing and angles to the ball and eye discipline. The physical part of Sean’s game was not the issue in terms of the height, weight, speed and strength. For Sean, it was all about him understanding what it takes to be a defensive back in terms of your eye discipline and angles and approach to the ball and recognizing formations and knowing down and distance. You have to be able to really narrow down the number of options that you are probably going to see from the offense. Those were the biggest parts for him. It had nothing to do with his physical abilities. It was more from a mental and preparation and the understanding of what people were going to try to do to you.”

 

“No question [there’s improvement]. He had a great summer in terms of the preparation part. You can see him doing things he wasn’t doing before. It gets back in the same situation. It was unfortunate we had to play him as a freshman, but we did and now he understands more of the bigger picture of what he takes to be a defensive back, not just going out there to run around and do the things he thought would make him better.”

 

“He does. It’s hard work. That’s the biggest thing to impress upon all these kids, just the hard work you have to put in order to be good. Sean did a great job this summer. He always worked, but he probably put a little more into it this summer. That was one of the things we told him as well. We wanted him to get his weight up.”

 

On Andrew Zeller:

“He has the ability it takes to be a really good football player. The biggest thing with Andy is bending his knees and playing without being overextended. That’s his biggest issue, the times when he gets overextended and then it’s hard for him to be able to do the things he needs to do. That’s the big thing we’ve been working on is just keep your hips underneath you and take your feet with you and when he does that, he’s pretty darn good.”

 

On Will Likely:

“We like Will because of his approach to the game and how hard he works and how hard he studies and then when he comes out here he’s always playing at a high level. He’s got a really good skillset. One of the things with Will is that he understands that he’s not the biggest guy out there, so what he has to do is he has to be very sound with his technique. He has to be good with his fundamentals. He works at it each and every single day on the field to get better but then he puts in a ton of time watching film. What you see happening out there in practice and in games from him, it’s not surprising because of the amount of work that he puts into it. He’s got good quickness. He understands leverage and how you have to play people. To be able to have a guy that can play not only outside but can go inside and play the nickel position, that’s very helpful. He understands those and he can be interchangeable with that. What we always have to do is make sure to not put him in a bad situation in terms of matchups based on his height. Even though he might be at a disadvantage, he’s always going to work to be successful and do the things necessary in order to be productive and help the team.”

 

On Jeremiah Johnson:

“He’s more comfortable and he’s more confident. I don’t think he’s thinking about his hamstring, but he’s getting better. We’ve got great competition. The thing about it is with the sets you play they’re all three starters. I don’t get hung up on who’s starting and who’s not starting. To me all of them are starters and depending on matchups and depending on personnel he’s going to be out there. Those guys understand that and they’re going to get their plays in so I’m not going to concern myself with who’s starting or who’s not starting because all of those guys are starters.”

 

On using the three top defensive backs:

“We’re going to utilize guys based on what is the best plan to put together with the opponents we’re seeing and what they’re doing. However that works out we will do that. I think it’s always good when you have guys with versatility within your system that you can utilize and do different things with. That’s one of the things we look at when we recruit. Can they play different positions and do different things for you and if they can, that’s what you really want.”

 

On who is separating themselves at No. 3 wide receiver:

“They’re competing. You’ll see by practice if there is anybody separating with who’s with the one’s and who is with the two’s so the thing that I like is that we’ve got good competition. Guys know that have got to work. Guys know that whoever is performing the best is going to be out there regardless of who it is.”

 

On what he’s looking to accomplish during Saturday’s scrimmage:

“We’re going to be limited in what we do because it’s any open scrimmage and I don’t want to show too much. It’s another day to come out here and get better at our base stuff that we’re going do offensively and defensively. We’ll do some live stuff in the kicking game.  It’s another opportunity to get out here and compete.”

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