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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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RB Brown joins list of Terps out for season

Posted on 15 November 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Florida State

Position

Name

Injury

Status

WR Kerry Boykins Hip Out for the season
QB C.J. Brown Knee Out for the season
RB Wes Brown Shoulder Out for the season
QB Devin Burns Foot Out for the season
PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip Out for the season
LB Demetrius Hartsfield Knee Out for the season
QB Perry Hills Knee Out for the season
WR Marcus Leak Toe Out for the season
DL Andre Monroe Knee Out for the season
QB Caleb Rowe Knee Out for the season
DL Joe Vellano Ankle Questionable
WR Stefon Diggs Ankle Probable
DB Makinton Dorleant Shoulder Probable
DL A.J. Francis Shoulder Probable
TE Matt Furstenburg Shoulder Probable
OL Justin Gilbert Knee Probable
OL Nick Klemm Knee Probable
QB Shawn Petty Shoulder Probable
DB Matt Robinson Hip Probable
TE Ryan Schlothauer Knee Probable
LB Kenneth Tate Knee Probable

Filed: 11/15/12

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OC Locksley says Terps only using “50 percent” of playbook with Petty under center

Posted on 14 November 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Quotes

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

 

On Kevin Dorsey’s career and dealing with change:

“I can tell you this, I’m proud of the way Kevin [Dorsey] has handled all the changes that have taken place. I know this year with the different guys that have been behind center for us he’s kind of been the one consistent force out there on the perimeter. Statistically it may not show, but he does a lot of the little things that you want out of a senior. I couldn’t be more proud of Kevin. Of all those seniors, obviously their last opportunity to play here at home, I’m sure it will be emotional for those guys. I can’t thank those guys enough for fighting through some adversity on the offensive side of the ball. They’ve had to deal with quite a lot, and they’ve come in each week and worked diligently to continue to go out and try to find ways to win ball games. I expect the same this week.”

 

On the difficulty of continuing to get adjusted to new quarterbacks:

“Offensive football is timing and spacing. It’s built on that, and when a guy comes in that they haven’t been playing with, there’s a reason they do so much stuff in the offseason with quarterbacks to develop the timing. For those guys it’s been an adjustment, and they’ve  taken it, they’ve made the most of it, and they’ve continued to come out no matter who’s out there. We talk about maybe having to make a tough catch because it’s not always going to be necessarily where you think it will be. Kevin has been one of those guys, Matt Furstenberg, Devonte Campbell, [Ryan] Schlothauer, all those guys have taken it in stride.”

 

On running the ball outside with Brandon Ross:

“I think anytime you can run the ball outside, It helps with the numbers you see in the box. That’s where perimeter blocking becomes a major factor. That’s how a guy like Kevin Dorsey has made his mark this year for us as a blocker. It takes pressure off the quarterback in the zone read game, some of the things we do because there is a threat of the ball hitting the perimeter. [Brandon Ross] has the ability to make some plays for us.”

 

On if they’re using around 50 percent of the playbook:

“That’s what coach said and that’s exactly what the number is. I know this we’re doing what Shawn [Petty] is capable of executing. I know that for all of us receivers, myself as a coach, often times once you get in the game plan, a lot of the creativity of wanting to do things that you think or know has a chance to be successful against an opponent, you’ve to tempo it down. You’ve got to go back and continue to ask yourself the question, ‘Can Shawn execute it?’ It’s not taking anything away from Shawn’s abilities because had he been a guy that’s been with us throughout the spring, through the fall, and all the eight weeks of practices we had prior to him playing, I think there’s a lot of things he can accomplish with his skill set. It’s so unfair to throw a playbook on a freshman quarterback that’s had three weeks to play the position. To give ourselves a chance to win, unfortunately you have to narrow it and focus it down to the bare minimum with enough to try and win the game. I’m sure like I told our receivers and all those guys, we have to do whatever it takes to try to win.  We have to do whatever our quarterback is capable of executing first and foremost, and that’s kind of been what we followed with the use of all those different guys that have played. It doesn’t always allow you to do the things you want to do, but you do what you can do.”

 

On if he’s been forced to be more creative than he has been in his career:

“I’d venture to say we haven’t been very creative with what we’ve done. We’re trying to do what our quarterback can get accomplished, but you also have to have enough to win the ball game. The big thing is what have you shown on tape, and how can you make it look different while doing the same things. That’s kind of the approach we have to take. We have to self-scout and say hey here’s what we’re doing, this is what they’re seeing, this is what they’re preparing for. But on the flip side of it, it’s not just getting us ready for what we can do against them, they change because all of a sudden you have a quarterback that they think isn’t a thrower. You want to run the ball to help him and now you have these creative run blitzes and eight, nine, 10 guys up at the box. They’re going to force us to throw the ball, and I think Shawn’s capable of making those plays, and I think we just have to continue to build it and give him the preparation he needs to be successful in doing some of those things.”

 

On if they’ll throw the ball more with Shawn now that he’s played in some games:

“Again, it’s not necessarily just his growth, it’s the protection. Unfortunately for Shawn, we’ve gone against some of the top defenses in our league. He’s moving forward, we’re getting better each week with him. Whether we’ll throw it more. We’re going to do whatever it takes to win the ball game. If the call is for throwing the ball more, that’s what we’ll do.”

 

On preparing for Florida State and the protection schemes:

“Well, protection obviously the most important thing we do. For us to have any chance to win, we can’t turn the ball over. If there’s been a thing that’s kind of gotten at me, regardless of your experience, the point of emphasis we’ve put on Shawn or any of the guys that touch the ball for us is we’ve got to take care of the football and give ourselves a chance to win by playing good smart sound football. We haven’t done that.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

 

On the defensive seniors playing in their final home game:

“You really tip your hat off to these guys. They could very well be disappointed, and just say ‘wow look what happened to my senior season.’ But, that’s not what they’ve done. They’ve done a good job of just playing hard, fast, and everyone has bought in 100 percent. I’m pretty proud of them, each and every one of them, for their effort up and down throughout the season and how they’ve handled it.”

 

On how much of a struggle it’s been for Kenny Tate:

“You know we know he’s not 100 percent, but he gives us 100 percent. We’re very proud of his effort, and respect what he’s done on the field for us. I don’t know how close to 100 percent he is, or how far away, that would be something he and the doctors would have to tell you. I really have to applaud his effort, just day in and day out wanting to be there with his teammates and giving us 100 percent on every down that he’s out there.”

 

On Matt Robinson’s return last week:

“The timing of the game is what changes when you miss [games]. The more he went back out there, the game slowed down for him. Not that he made any mistakes, I’m not saying that, I just think he had an opportunity to play fast once the game evolved.”

 

On the play of L.A Goree:

“I agree with coach, I think a lot of times what happens is when you’re a backup at practice, you get a smaller amount of plays vs. the starter. So when you play behind [Demetrius] Hartsfield who doesn’t come off the field, at practice Hartsfield gets all the plays. So you’re not going to be at the same game shape as Hartsfield. I think that’s what caught up with L.A. [Goree] was that he just wasn’t in the same game shape he needed to be in. I think this week of practice should serve him well in that aspect.”

 

On the play of Florida State’s offense:

“I think EJ [Manuel] is playing lights out with the ball in his hand and throwing the ball down field. He has a great supporting cast to throw to. I haven’t seen anybody cover [Rashad] Greene yet, he’s still running in touchdowns. So, offensively, even though they’re missing their running back, they still have [James] Wilder, and have guys that can fill in and don’t skip a beat. As far as their offensive line goes, it’s probably going to be the best offensive line we see this year. They’re very athletic, can get to the second level, can run, so I mean it’s an exciting challenge for us, but it’s a very good offense.”

 

On assessing Kenny Tate’s role:

“All I can answer that question is from a perspective of this year. I feel we put him in the best position to make plays. Injuries are part of the game, and unfortunate that he has to play with lingering injuries. I believe we put him in the best position to make plays.”

 

On how detrimental Demetrius Hartsfield’s injury is to his chances of playing in the NFL:

“Obviously he won’t be able to do the Combine and some of those things because of the injury, but I’ve seen guys at the Combine that had injuries that people wanted to look at that injury specifically or just wanted to ask questions and interview the person and see what their football knowledge was. So, I don’t know, if somebody wants you and thinks you can play at that level, they’re going to take a chance. I think there’s plenty of stories of guys who got injured their senior year and got an opportunity. Will he be one of those? I don’t know, you’d have to talk to a scout or somebody to answer those questions. Again, it’s an unfortunate injury but if somebody wants to take a look at you they’ll do that.”

– Terps –

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Edsall unsure if Diggs, Brown will play Saturday for Terps

Posted on 13 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Quotes from Randy Edsall

Opening statement:

“Looking forward to Saturday because of a lot of different things, but most especially because it’s senior day for our 17 seniors who are playing their last home game here at Byrd stadium. It’s always a bitter-sweet day when that happens, but you know something that you’re very proud of those young men with what they’ve contributed and what they’ve learned here and then as they end up going on to future endeavors. Look forward to that and I know that we have a very good football team coming in in Florida State. You look at their numbers and their numbers really say it all in terms of where they’re ranked nationally defensively. Offensively a very talented football team and one that we are really going to have to prepare well for in order to have an opportunity to win.”

 

On if Shawn Petty was excited about switching from linebacker to quarterback

“Well he really had no choice. It wasn’t ‘Shawn do you want to do this?’ It was a ‘Shawn you’re gonna do it.’ So there was no choice when I talked to both he and Brian McMahon. But I think deep down in Shawn’s heart he always thought he was a quarterback and really relished the opportunity to go out there and play. And again, after the season is over we will evaluate where we go, knowing that we have guys coming back, we have guys coming in. But again, I just think that what Shawn has been asked to do is…just the more and more people that I talk to in this business and have been in the business longer than I have, they’ve never seen anything like it. For him to come and step in in the games that he has stepped in and will continue to play in just says a lot about who he is as a person and how tough a competitor he is, and just his willingness to do what’s best for the team. As a coach that’s what you appreciate and that’s what you’re trying to build in terms of your program is the team concept and whatever the team needs somebody to do, you want those guys to step in and do that. Shawn has done that for us, but I still think he’s going to be a pretty good linebacker.”

 

On how Devonte Campbell has fit in to the offense

“I think Devonte has played quite a bit for us this year because of the two tight-end package that we’ve played in. And again, just knowing Devonte’s background when I got here and having the opportunity to know him even better. You know, Devonte didn’t play a lot of football in high school, but to see the growth and development that I’ve seen in him the past two years has been on the upward curve. He’s gotten better, he’s worked at what we’ve asked him to work at, he goes out and practices hard. I just see a guy that is working to get better and has gotten better and can work to improve in areas. But I really like Devonte and because of his abilities, we’ve been able to do a lot of two tight-end packages because of his abilities and how he’s produced when he’s been in there.”

 

On the year Kevin Dorsey has had:

“Kevin hasn’t had the kind of year this year that I know he would like to have from a numbers standpoint I’m sure, but I appreciate Kevin from the standpoint of what he has done from a leadership standpoint and how he has gone out there each and every day and has practiced well and has worked with the young kids to help them come along. That’s when you’re an unselfish person when you do that. He’s a guy that takes a lot of pride in how he plays and how he prepares. I just wish he could have caught more balls this year, but he has done other things this year that has helped our team to be better. He’s always going to be a guy that I have a lot of great memories of.”

 

On what Stefon Diggs status is for Saturday:

“I really won’t know about Stefon or Wes [Brown] or any of those other guys until later in the week. We will see how they practice and if they practice here during the week, and then Thursday we will have the update. I’m hopeful that Wes and Stefon will be able to play, but again, you can only go by what you see in practice and how they respond to the injuries that they’ve had. Hopefully they’ll be out there. But like I said, I will have to wait until the end of the day Thursday to see where we are with them.”

 

On what it will take to beat Florida State:

“You can’t turn the ball over, that’s for sure. They’re very talented. You see thier defense, you take a look at it and see what they’ve done to people. The biggest thing that we have to do is not turn it over, be efficient with what we’re doing and make sure that we allow Shawn to be able to have time to throw the football. We’ve got to be able to run the ball. And then defensively, they’re very talented. They’ve got talented wide receivers. They’ve got talented running backs. E.J. Manuel is as good a quarterback as there is. And then in special teams, they are talented as well. The biggest thing is that we can’t make mistakes. We need to play a perfect game. If we want to have a chance to win, we’ve got to play a perfect game and get turnovers against them. That’s what we have to do.”

 

On Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel:

“He’s a guy that has played for a few years now. He’s big. He’s strong. He’s got a good arm. He’s mobile. He’s got good people around him. He’s just one of those guys that has the ability to make plays. He can make plays with his feet or he can make plays with his arm.”

 

On Brad Craddock and the kicking competition:

“Every week since he had his problems earlier, I’ve had he and Brandon kick it against each other in the week. Last week, Brandon wasn’t very good and Brad was outstanding in practice. We decided to go with him based on the performance that we saw during the week in practice and he went out there and preformed. What he did on Saturday, that’s what we expect every time that he goes out there to kick. And I think he understands what he did wrong, the mechanics and the technique that didn’t allow him to kick as well as he would have liked to. He’s been practicing and working and hasn’t gotten down on himself and we haven’t lost any faith in him and he went out there and preformed. So we’ll see how this week goes. We kicked Sunday and we’ll kick tomorrow and we’ll kick Thursday and we’ll see where we are after Thursday. Because, you know, we chart all of that, between punts and kickoffs. And this week we told Nate Renfro, you know, we’ll have him and Brad have a kickoff in terms of the punting job to see who is more consistent. Because we have to average more in the punting game than what we are averaging right now.”

 

On how they have dealt with adversity and his outlook moving forward:

“You can see a team that is out there competing for 60 minutes. These are just lessons in life for these young men. We have gone through some things this year that you normally do not go through in football, but that is how life is. Sometimes someone in your family has a health issue or goes through general trials and tribulations, but what you have to understand is you are going to have tough times in your life, in school, and in football. It is how you deal with those tough times that determines who you are, and who you are as a team. I think anybody that watches this group of young men play, they can understand that this is a team of competitors who will go up against adversity. I think this is a program that sticks behind the guys who are playing and the best guy will play. I am more concerned with beating Florida State and the next team the following week than worrying about what has happened in the past. Since we had injuries last year to the defense and injuries this year to the offense, hopefully we have gone through the cycle and we won’t have injuries next year.”

 

On Florida State defensive lineman Cornelius Corradine:

“He is an outstanding player. The speed and athleticism of their defense is great. If you take care of one of their defensive ends they have another on the other side. Cornelius is very quick, very explosive and has good moves and you have to be very sounds and use good technique to be able to block him.”

 

On what the senior class has done over the past two years:

“The seniors this year have been very good. I think that these guys have really done a good job of heeding the message of what this program is about and what we want to do here. They might not get all of the wins that they would have liked, but the one thing that I think they should feel good about and be proud of is that they have really laid the foundation for what this program is going to be about going forward.”

 

On his hopes for the crowd this Saturday:

“I think that all the fans coming out has been great. I would love to see the place filled this weekend to pay respect to these seniors and also to this team for how they are battling and handling everything that has happened to them. These guys have come to work every day and they have done all of the things that we have asked them to do. That’s why I would like to see a sold-out place a great environment for this last home game.

 

“These players are just going out and playing each play like it is the last play they are ever going to play. For some of these guys, they have two games left in their careers and then it is over. The numbers are staggering: 2.4 percent of college football players go on to play professional football after college. If you have 100 guys on your roster, only maybe two players will go on to play football after their college career. The average lifespan of a player in the NFL is 3.3 years. A lot of players are not going to play long enough to get the pension that is received after three years.

 

“One of the great things about college football is the pageantry and the little things that you do for these kids. For example, as the season went on, we changed up the pregame introductions. It is really hard for these kids because of what they have to go through. They have two full-time jobs: they are students and they are athletes. They take classes all day long and come out with a degree from the University of Maryland, which presents them with such great opportunities. For these kids to go out and come to practice after that, it makes you really respect them and what they go through.

“That is why you want to see people out there in the stands to appreciate what these kids have done. It is always a sad day as a coach when you have that last home game. It gets emotional because of the attachment and ties that you build with these young men. The wins are always great, but when you can help make these young men better people, better students, and better athletes, and then to see them go out and play and get their degree and know that you played a role in that development and maturation, that is what it is all about. That is why senior day is a little emotional. You feel for these guys who have spent so much. Anybody that is out there is a competitor, but the end is growing near. Hopefully we can fill the place up and get a lot of fans out there because these kids have given everything that they have to make the program better and represent this institution in the best way possible on and off the field.”

 

- Terps -

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 13 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Carl Froch vs. Yusaf Mack (Saturday 3pm from Nottingham, ENG live on Pay-Per-View); NBA: Washington Wizards @ Charlotte Bobcats (Tuesday 7pm from Charlotte live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Dallas Mavericks (Wednesday 8:30pm from Dallas live on Comcast SportsNet), Utah Jazz @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Indiana Pacers @ Washington Wizards (Monday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Gymnastics: Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions (Thursday 7:30pm Verizon Center)

10. Rick Ross (Saturday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); The Who (Tuesday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Civil Twilight (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Yellowcard (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Chrisette Michele (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Kreayshawn (Tuesday 7pm Recher Theatre), Rome (Wednesday 7pm Recher Theatre), Smile Empty Soul (Friday 6:30pm Recher Theatre); Joe Budden (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Marc Cohn (Thursday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Yeasayer (Wednesday & Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), G. Love and Special Sauce (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Dan Deacon (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Dangermuffin (Tuesday 8pm Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge); Heart (Tuesday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall), Ray LaMontagne (Friday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall), Aretha Franklin (Saturday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Chris Isaak (Tuesday 8pm Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts); Ballyhoo (Friday 8pm Looney’s College Park); Lyfe Jennings (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Green Day “Dos” and Soundgarden “King Animal” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I STILL haven’t stopped hearing from everyone who went to the last Civil Twilight show at RHL…

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis provide some real, thought-provoking hip-hop. Genuine…

Dangermuffin-good name, better band.

If I’m telling the truth, I swoon a bit every time I hear this Ray LaMontagne tune…

9. Tom Green (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Bob Marley (Wednesday-Sunday DC Improv); Craig Ferguson (Friday 7pm & 10pm Warner Theatre); Anthony Bourdain (Saturday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); “Lincoln” out in theaters (Friday); “Brave” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I’m not going to lie…I used to be SO in on Tom Green. For example, this was a GREAT bit…

I’d like to see Lincoln. I’d like to see THIS even more…

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 18 September 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Gabriel Campillo vs. Sergey Kovalev (Friday 9pm from Bethlehem, PA live on NBC Sports Network); WNBA: Indiana Fever @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on NBA TV), Washington Mystics @ Chicago Sky (Saturday 8pm from Chicago live on NBA TV)

10. Autumn Equinox feat. Seether/Sick Puppies/Charm City Devils (Saturday 2:30pm Pier Six Pavilion), Avett Brothers (Sunday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Florence + The Machine (Wednesday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Mr. Greengenes (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); Kix (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live), All American Rejects (Saturday 7:30pm Rams Head Live); Rodney Atkins (Monday 7pm Recher Theatre); Big Krit/Slim Thug (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Leon Russell (Friday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Grizzly Bear (Thursday 7pm Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Ed Sheeran (Saturday 5:30pm 9:30 Club), Stars (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Ray Manzarek/Robby Krieger (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Foghat (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Animal Liberation Orchestra (Friday 7pm U Street Music Hall); Metric (Friday 8pm Strathmore); Lynyrd Skynyrd (Saturday 6pm Six Flags America); Arrested Development (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Wye Oak (Sunday 8pm Black Cat); Third Eye Blind (Saturday 7pm Towson Center); “Sunfest” feat. Sha Na Na, Lonestar, Bret Michaels (Thrusday-Saturday Ocean City Inlet); The Killers “Battle Born” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

How difficult would it be for me to do the pre-game show Sunday, leave the studio to watch the Avett Brothers’ set and be back to Towson in time to host a postgame show about a game I didn’t watch?

I actually think you’ll find your boy in Columbia for FATM Wednesday night…

I’ve seen Arrested Development more times than others would care to admit…

Remember when it seemed like the Killers were falling off the face of the planet? I’m so glad that didn’t last…

9. Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday Revel Grove); Charlie Murphy (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Darrell Hammond (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Dredd 3D” and “End of Watch” out in theaters (Friday); “Prometheus” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I just heard Charlie Murphy was going to be on the show Wednesday. I’ll assume we’re talking a little basketball, right?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaKHR6oe52Q

Does Hammond do his whole show as Sean Connery? I’d pay to see that…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1SvsOWQlAA

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The Next Undrafted Gem?

Posted on 26 June 2012 by jeffreygilley

The Baltimore Ravens and Ozzie Newsome seem to have a habit of finding late-round steals and signing undrafted players who make a positive impact on the team.  Their coaching and scouting departments are second to none and do a fantastic job of finding talent that no one believed in.  Some names that come to mind are Mike Flynn, Priest Holmes, Bart Scott, and Jameel McClain.

In the famous words of Bart Scott, I “cant wait” to see who the next undrafted gem is and Nigel Carr is a player to keep an eye on.

In July of 2010, Florida State linebacker Nigel Carr’s life changed for the worse.  Carr was arrested on felony charges of theft of a credit card, auto burglary, criminal mischief, and fraud.  Carr was dismissed from the football team and later transferred to Alabama State.  At Alabama State, Carr played in 16 games and totaled three sacks with 73 tackles.

Carr’s college coach, Reggie Barlow called the Ravens to convince them that Carr was a changed man and deserved a chance to make the team.

So far, Carr has not disappointed.  He showcased a great all-around skill set that is necessary for the passing league the NFL has become.  Carr even scored on a pick-six in day three of minicamp.

Carr has received a fair share of praise from the Ravens front office and although he is a long shot to make the final roster, Carr is an interesting player to keep an eye on.

After all, Ozzie Newsome seems to have a lot of success with anything or anyone associated with the state of Alabama.  Especially when it comes to football players.

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Maryland to visit Northwestern in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Posted on 14 May 2012 by WNST Staff

The 14th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods on Nov. 27-28 will be highlighted by North Carolina at Indiana, Ohio State at Duke and North Carolina State at Michigan, six programs expected to be highly ranked entering the 2012-13 season. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games of the two-day event matching top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioners Cup.

All 12 games will also be available via WatchESPN, which delivers live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 on PCs, smartphones and tablets to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks or Verizon FiOS TV.

The 2012 Challenge involves nine teams ranked in an ESPN.com early preseason top 25, including five of the top nine: No. 1 Indiana, No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 NC State, No. 8 Ohio State and No. 9 Michigan State.

The ACC won the first 10 Challenges while the Big Ten captured the Commissioner Cup for the third consecutive event, including an eight to four win advantage over the ACC last year. In the event of a 6-6 tie, the Commissioner’s Cup will remain with the conference that won the previous year. 2012 Challenge highlights:

  • Off a Ratings High: ESPN’s telecast of Ohio State’s 85-63 victory over Duke last year was the highest-rated and most-viewed Challenge game ever, averaging a 2.6 rating and 2,618,000 households. The telecast propelled ESPN to its most-viewed Challenge, averaging 1,555,000 households, based on a 1.6 rating.
  • One more Shot at the Dozen: Duke, which has won 11 of its 13 Challenge games, will host Ohio State in its quest for an event-record 12th victory. Duke lost to Ohio State last year and to Wisconsin in 2009.
  • First Challenge Matchups: Four of the telecasts will feature first-time Challenge matchups: Virginia at No. 22 Wisconsin, Maryland at Northwestern, No. 9 Michigan State at Miami and Georgia Tech at Illinois.
    • In addition to first-time Challenge games, several of the teams are infrequent opponents: Michigan State and Miami have never met; Northwestern and Maryland played one other time, a Northwestern victory in 1958; Virginia and Wisconsin split its two games, Virginia in 1975 and Wisconsin in 1999; and Illinois has defeated Georgia Tech in six of its seven games, including the last one in 2001.
  • Tourney Teams: Eleven teams between the two conferences played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament: Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia from the ACC, and Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin from the Big Ten.
  • Following a First with a Rematch: Boston College and Penn State and Nebraska and Wake Forest will follow first-time Challenge meetings with a second consecutive showdown in the event.
    • Boston College, which won its first five games, lost to Penn State last year, while Nebraska lost its Challenge debut to Wake Forest.
  • Threepeat: Five of the games will mark three-time Challenge matchups: North Carolina at Indiana (Indiana win in 2001 and North Carolina in 2004), NC State at Michigan (Michigan win in 2003 and NC State in 2006), Ohio State at Duke (Duke win in 2002 and Ohio State in 2011), Iowa at Virginia Tech (won by Virginia Tech in 2006 and 2009) and Purdue at Clemson (Purdue win in 2003 and Clemson in 2007).
  • Three and one more: Minnesota and Florida State will meet for the fourth time (Minnesota won in 2000 and Florida State in 2004 and 2007).

2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule (times and networks are to be determined):

Date Game
Tue, Nov 27 No. 13 North Carolina at No. 1 Indiana
  No. 6 NC State at No. 5 Michigan
  No. 25 Minnesota at Florida State
  Maryland at Northwestern
  Iowa at Virginia Tech
  Nebraska at Wake Forest
Wed, Nov 28 No. 8 Ohio State at No. 15 Duke
Virginia at No. 22 Wisconsin
No. 9 Michigan State at Miami
Purdue at Clemson
Georgia Tech at Illinois
Boston College at Penn State

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Maryland Officially Inks PF Mitchell

Posted on 12 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Mitchell Signs to Play for Terps

Georgia power forward heading to College Park

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Charles Mitchell, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Marietta, Ga., has signed a National Letter of Intent to play men’s basketball at the University of Maryland, head coach Mark Turgeon announced Thursday.

Mitchell, who attended Wheeler High School, has become the fourth prospect to sign a NLI to play with the Terrapins in the 2012-13 season.

Mitchell is listed by Rivals.com as the No. 12 prospect in the nation at his position. A four-star recruit by Rivals, Mitchell is ranked 92nd nationally in the Rivals150.

Combined with early signees Shaquille Cleare (6-9, C, Houston, Texas), Jake Layman (6-8, SF, Wrentham, Mass.) and Seth Allen (6-1, SG, Fredericksburg, Va.), Scout.com currently has Maryland rated as the 13th-best recruiting class nationally.

CHARLES MITCHELL (6-7, 250, PF, Marietta, Ga., Wheeler HS)

A four-star recruit by Rivals.com, who was listed as the 12th-best center prospect nationally… Averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds for Wheeler that reached the Sweet 16 of the Georgia Class 5A state tournament… Ranked 92nd nationally by Rivals.com… Informed the Terrapin staff of his commitment just before the Terps played Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament… Chose Maryland over Seton Hall, Cincinnati, Florida State, Tennessee and Florida.

Turgeon on Mitchell: “It’s a great day for our program to be able to add Charles Mitchell to the Maryland basketball family. We have recruited Charles hard since we got to Maryland. His mom did a lot of things right while raising Charles to be a respectful kid and extremely hard worker. He is going to be a great addition to our frontcourt. Charles is a wide-bodied post who plays hard, is an excellent rebounder and can score around the basket. Charles fits in perfectly with the rest of our 2012 class, as he has a tremendous upside and will have a significant impact on our basketball program.“

Mitchell Quotes:

On why he chose Maryland:
“First of all it’s a great coaching staff with Coach Turgeon, Coach Bino, Coach Hill and Coach Spinelli. I have a great relationship with them. I’ve known Coach Bino since I was 14-years-old since he came to our school to recruit other players… I love the fan support and the whole history of Maryland basketball. I wanted to come to a school that supports basketball and where the team is important to the fans.”

On how excited he is about the freshmen class:
“I’m actually very excited about it because I feel like we can come in and really make a difference. We want to come in and be a real competitive program in the ACC and nationally.”

On what he wants to accomplish at Maryland:
“Some of my goals at Maryland are to build us back into a great program and hopefully compete for a national championship. I want everyone to respect us and bring us back to being a contender for the ACC championship and hopefully the national championship.”

Sandra Glass, AAU Coach: “I know for one he just loved the fan base. He enjoys playing in front of big crowds; that’s what he’s been doing all of high school. He also told me that the coaching staff has been nothing but real with him. Bino has been recruiting in our program since Charles has been here, and it was just a joy to be able to be under a coach that knew him before basketball… The sky is the limit for Charles. He has a tremendous work ethic. One thing I do like about Charles is that he’s a fast learner; he can adapt to things faster than most 17 and 18-year-olds.”

Doug Lipscomb, Wheeler HS head coach: “I knew he liked [College Park] a lot. I knew he had a good relationship with the coaching staff, too… He’s been a blessing to have around. We’re going to miss him. If you think about Wheeler basketball the last four or five years, you think Chuck’s been in high school a long time. He’s been on varsity a long time.”

Dave Telep, ESPN.com: “There are no secrets about Charles, you know what you’re going to get. He’s a presence in the lane is going to be a blue-collar post player. When he finds a strength and conditioning program, he’ll have a chance for his game to take a notch up. Mark Turgeon is a laser-focused coach when it comes to working with bigs. I have a strong belief in Mark as a developer of post guys.”

Some quotes courtesy The Baltimore Sun

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Your Monday Reality Check-My Favorite Game Ever Happened Ten Years Ago

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Your Monday Reality Check-My Favorite Game Ever Happened Ten Years Ago

Posted on 26 March 2012 by Glenn Clark

You’re going to have to indulge me on this one. I have no one to yell at and no incredible statement to make about a current sporting event.

Instead, if this column was called “Your Saturday Reality Check”, I would have gotten this perfectly to the date.

Ten years ago-Sunday, March 24, 2002-the University of Maryland met the University of Connecticut in the East Region Final (or the Elite 8 if you well) of the NCAA Tournament. The game was at the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University.

For full disclosure, I wasn’t there. It was my freshman year at the University of Maryland, but I didn’t make the trip. I didn’t make the trip to the Georgia Dome for the Final Four either, which is one of the greatest regrets of my still very young life. I actually think our own Luke Jones was at the game, but I’m just rambling now.

You certainly remember the shots that defined the game. The Terrapins trailed the Huskies 77-74 with just under four minutes to play as Caron Butler simply wouldn’t let UConn go away quietly. Juan Dixon calmly sank a three pointer from near the top of the key to even the game back up. Then in the final minute, a previously scoreless Steve Blake altered a play call in the huddle and used a ball fake to create an open three for himself to put the Terps up 86-80, effectively the final nail in the coffin of a 90-82 victory.

What I remember was how the game felt like the most intense college basketball game I had ever witnessed. While Gary Williams likely ruined an expensive suit due to sweat that afternoon, Glenn Clark also ruined a number of t-shirts and a pair of pajama pants. This was a game where neither team ever appeared to have the upper hand. Lonny Baxter was absolutely dominant in the paint against future NBA standout Emeka Okafor, but Butler’s 32 points kept the Huskies at Maryland’s heels all afternoon.

We’re planning to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the University of Maryland’s only basketball championship throughout the week on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net. I’ve admitted regularly that I openly wept at Cole Field House that early April night (the anniversary of the championship is this Sunday for those scoring at home) in College Park. I had two goals for my life from about the time I was eight years old. One was to become a professional broadcaster, the other was to attend the University of Maryland.

Being a “Terp” was in my blood. My grandmother (a journalism teacher in Baltimore County and later professor at Morgan State University) is a University of Maryland alum. While I was too young for the Bob Wade era of Maryland basketball to mean much to me, the early years of the Gary Williams era (which were not always pretty) shaped who I wanted to be when I stepped on a basketball court at Chapel Hill Elementary School or Perry Hall Middle School. I pretended to be Evers Burns. I pretended to be Kevin McLinton. I ABSOLUTELY pretended to be Walt “The Wizard” Williams, Joe Smith, Keith Booth and Sarunas Jasikevicius.

I really had no idea I’d ever witness my heroes playing in a Final Four or for a national championship. I had felt the 1999 team (lead by Steve Francis) had a legitimate chance, but Erick Barkley and St. John’s extinguished those hopes in the Sweet 16. Just weeks before Maryland’s initial Final Four run in 2001 there were calls for the head of Gary Williams after an embarrassing streak of five losses in six games (including a “rock bottom” defeat at the hands of Florida State on Valentine’s Day).

But there was something about the 2001-2002 Terps that made you believe the entire time that team was capable of finally breaking through. The heartbreak of blowing a big loss to Duke in the Final Four the year earlier seemed to fuel them to an ACC regular season championship and back to that afternoon at the Carrier Dome. The confidence of an incredible group of upperclassmen was never lacking at any point during the season.

Maryland’s run to the National Championship was unprecedented. After an opening round win over Siena, the Terps faced a modern day “Murderer’s Row” of basketball programs as they ran through Wisconsin, Kentucky, UConn and then Kansas and Indiana. Maryland faced the highest seed they could possibly face in every round as a 1 seed (16, 8, 4, 2, 1, 1) as well. Yet somehow they never really seemed to be in danger of losing.

In the Final Four a huge second half lead was cut into by the Jayhawks, but it never appeared particularly nerve-racking. The Hoosiers briefly held a second half lead in the National Championship game, but a quick baseline jumper from Dixon turned the game back toward the favor of Maryland.

The only game that involved great drama was the UConn game. It was the type of drama that sees eight ties and seven lead changes in the final 13 minutes. It was the type of drama that almost could never be fairly described in words. (ESPN’s Dick Vitale described it as a “Maalox Masher” immediately after the game. He’s certainly a wordsmith if nothing else.)

It was the type of drama that made you think “whoever wins this game is winning a national championship” in the second half. At least it made me feel that way…and I was right.

To this day, this is still my absolute favorite game I’ve ever watched. More so than the Tennessee Titans/Baltimore Ravens AFC Divisional Playoff in 2001, more so than the Mike Mussina/Randy Johnson showdown at Camden Yards in Game 4 of the 1997 ALDS, even more so than the Andre Agassi/James Blake thriller at the 2005 U.S. Open. If your heart can take it, it’s worth reliving below.

I’m not sure mine can, but I’m still grateful for these memories some ten years later.

Carry on.

-G

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