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Turgeon says Terps’ execution better against Georgia Tech than all season prior

Posted on 04 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon

Opening Statement:

“I’m really pleased with the way we played. We just continue to get a little bit better. I can talk about a lot of things that went well. One was our post players played well and our post defense was really good. We didn’t always finish, but we had a presence down there. We played inside out, which was great and it carried over from the defensive end to the offensive end. We had 16 assists and six turnovers. That’s really good for us. Roddy [Peters] had five assists and no turnovers and that’s really great for him. His defense on [Trae] Golden was tremendous. We did a lot of things well. Guys played smart defensively. Our execution was better than it has been all year. Georgia Tech is a hard team to score against, and we got 77 today, so it’s good for us.”

On the team’s unselfishness:

“It’s a fight every day to get guys to pass the ball. We had a really good practice today. We really shared the ball, we executed and guys were having fun. It carried over. For the most part, our shot selection was better. We shot a few shots that led to layups for them, but our passing was better and our guys are looking for each other. Just having more offensive players on the floor, it makes us harder to guard. They key so hard on Jake [Layman] that it opens everything else up for us. The guys really shared the ball and it was good to see.”

On Nick Faust’s improved shooting:

“He got his release up higher, that’s number one. That happened right before Christmas. Then just getting away, and having one more scorer playing takes a lot of pressure off Nick. When you look at percentages, who are you going to let shoot. You’re going to let Nick shoot, but he’s knocking them down right now. I’m happy for him and really defended. He’s just under control. He’s so much better with the ball and not forcing things. He’s playing like a veteran guard should.”

On Shaq Cleare:

“I’m so happy for Shaq. When he hit that running hook at the start of the game, I looked over to [Coach] Spinelli and said, ‘wow, that was big time.’ It’s hard for Shaq. Most of the time Shaq’s chasing around a 6’7” skinny guy, and tonight he got to bang on a big kid. If you remember last year when Shaq played well, he was usually banging on a big body. Today he had a good matchup. He loves hitting and being physical. He got his offense going and he was much better. It really, really helped us.”

Sophomore Center Shaquille Cleare

On getting the first basket of the game:

“We needed that bucket to get the game going.  Coach [Turgeon] just told me to go in right away and make an impact and be aggressive from the get-go.”

On what he’s doing to handle the offense:

“It’s time for a change; I’m just working hard in practice, staying positive when things aren’t going my way.  Everything is going to fall into place for me, I just have to stay positive and work hard.”

On being more comfortable defending a player his size:

“It’s a lot easier; defense is one of our main things.  People scoring on me is really personal; [Daniel Miller] is not a smaller guy I have to chase around.  It’s just him and I one-on-one, it’s up to who is going to be the toughest guy.”

Junior Forward Evan Smotrycz

On if Coach Turgeon has changed anything he’s saying throughout the season:

“[Coach Turgeon] has been saying the same thing, coming back from Christmas break we wanted to think of it as a fresh start and ever since then we’ve really been playing tough on defense and I think that spurs our offense a little bit.”

On how they adjusted from the loss to Boston University:

“It was timely in the fact that we got to go home and reevaluate things and realize what we needed to bring and how we needed to bring it every day.  Ever since we came back guys have been playing hard for us and we have really good depth so we can wear teams down.”

On Shaq’s opening basket:

“That was a nice move — big for him and big for us too.  He really got us going.  It’s good to play inside out.  When our bigs are scoring we’re tough to guard; if a team collapses on our bigs then we’ll knock down shots.  We have a lot of depth and guys just played really hard today.”

Junior Guard Nick Faust

On the team’s play of late:

“We’ve been playing really well lately and as a team we’ve really been concentrating a lot on defense so I really think that’s a reason why our offense is going so well, it’s because of our defensive pressure.”

On his role off the bench:

“Coming off the bench I can just bring a lot of energy. Me and Seth [Allen], coming off the bench, we’re a big spark for our team. We’re excited just coming off the bench and bringing a lot of energy.”

Georgia Tech Head Coach Brian Gregory

Opening Statement:

“Give them credit, [it’s] a very eerie similarity to last year’s game at our place. Their post players played well. I think when you combine [Shaquille] Cleare and [Charles] Mitchell, I think it’s 14, 15 points and 12 or 13 rebounds. And last year, we had Daniel [Miller] play well. Last year we had a couple guys shoot the ball extremely well from the three, and that’s what happened this year for them. Similar games, unfortunately the wrong team played the same. Give them credit. They did a good job. Defensively they did a good job on us, and we weren’t as good defensively as you need to be on the road.  I think you’re starting to see the Maryland team that I think maybe was projected early in the year, with multiple players that can really hurt you offensively. And I think they’re a team that’s only going to keep getting better.”

On the loss:

“Anytime you play in this league, there’s going to be ebbs and flows to games, and you’ve got to be able to sustain your concentration during another team’s run. And I thought we did that early. I thought we hung in there and then got that thing back to five,  then let it slip those last five minutes. That was the most disappointing thing for me during that game. They’re going to have some runs and make some plays, they’re a high-quality team, but we gave up some threes, and I know three for sure in the first half that were just defensive mistakes. And their guys still have to make shots, so give them credit for making them.”

On Quinton Stephens and Kammeon Holsey:

“I thought Q [Quinton Stephens], for a freshman in his first ACC game, crawling into that situation did a lot of good things. He had six rebounds for us, 10 points, did some good things. He’s going to be a good player in this league. He’s going to be forced to maybe do some more stuff faster than maybe you’d like, but I think he’s capable of helping us. I thought Kamm [Kammeon Holsey] is Kamm; he did a good job. We’re going to have to keep evolving, obviously.”

On Dez Wells:

“Mark [Turgeon] asks him to do a lot of things, but sooner or later because of your intensity level and your energy level, a lot of good things are going to happen. He’s gotten to a point that even when he’s not playing as well, or maybe making some jump shots—I don’t know if he even made one jump shot tonight—he was a big key in that. He did a lot of good things. We got him in foul trouble because we were aggressive against him, but [Nick] Faust comes in and steps up and does a good job. Again, those guys are maturing a little bit.”

Senior Guard Trae Golden

On tough start of the game:

“It was tough. They hit a lot of three’s tonight. We didn’t guard the three’s very well and that’s definitely tough to overcome on the road.”

On adjusting without Robert Carter, Jr.:

“It’s a big adjustment. He is a big part of our team. We have to just prepare. Guys who step out [on the court] have to make shots and share the ball.”

On the conference loss:

“We didn’t play well as a team. We didn’t defend well. Some of our better guys didn’t shoot well. It’s a loss, but we have 18 or 19 more games. We just have to watch film and let it go.”

Sophomore Guard Marcus Georges-Hunt

On playing against Dez Wells:

“We are both aggressive scorers. We are both strong and physical. He’s a great player. I think it was a good matchup.”

On early troubles defensively:

“We didn’t communicate in the transition defense. They got a lot of open shots and knocked them down. They finished the game 53 percent from the three-point line. They shared the ball great and their defense talked on transition. That is how they got a lot of easy baskets.”

On first ACC game as a loss:

“We have to learn what we did wrong to play better and not give up. We have to stick together as a team and play each game. We have another game on Tuesday, so we just have to learn from this one. That is how we will play better moving forward.”

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Maryland faces Georgia Tech Saturday in final ACC home opener

Posted on 04 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland hosts Georgia Tech in its ACC home opener Sunday at 2 p.m. in Comcast Center. The Terps have won 12 of their last 14 ACC home openers, and hold a 34-26 record all-time in such games.

Watch: ACCN – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play), Dan Bonner (Analyst)

Storylines

• The Terrapins have defeated the Yellow Jackets six consecutive times at Comcast Center since 2005 — a streak spanning six games. Maryland last played Georgia Tech in an ACC home opener on Jan. 10, 2009, when current graduate assistant Eric Hayes scored 17 points to lead the Terps to a 68-61 victory.

• Maryland closed non-conference play on New Year’s Eve with a 70-56 defeat of North Carolina Central, holding the Eagles to just 32.7% shooting (2-of-15 from 3-point range). The Terps are 8-0 this season when holding opponents below 40% shooting.

• Junior guard Nick Faust turned in his best performance of the season against NC Central, matching a career-high with 19 points and adding a season-high nine rebounds. Faust is averaging 12.0 points over the last five games, previously averaging 5.4 points in the four games prior.

• The Terps were victorious in their lone ACC game of the season to date, defeating Boston College, 88-80, in Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Dec. 12. Junior Dez Wells had a career-high 33 points in the effort.

• Nick Faust has the most experience among current Terrapins against the Yellow Jackets, averaging 9.7 points in three career games. He had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting in last year’s meeting at Georgia Tech.

• Sophomore forward Charles Mitchell is a native of Atlanta, Ga. and attended Wheeler High School.

Faust Shines in Victory vs. NC Central
Nick Faust equaled his career high with 19 points and had a season-high nine rebounds to lead Maryland over North Carolina Central 70-56 on Tuesday.
Maryland (9-5) began the second half with three 3-pointers, one by Seth Allen and two by Faust. The junior guard scored 14 of his 19 after halftime.
The trio of 3-pointers gave the Terrapins a 37-26 lead with 16:47 to play. The Eagles (7-4), who lost by 11 to No. 8 Wichita State on Dec. 21, were just 2-for-15 from the 3-point line. They were averaging nearly 34 percent before the game.
Jeremy Ingram, who was averaging nearly 25 points, was just 4-for-19 from the field, and led NC Central with 11.
Dez Wells added 10 for the Terps, who extended their lead to 68-45 on Faust’s 3-pointer with 3:20 to play.

Scouting Georgia Tech
Winners of four of its last five games, Georgia Tech rolls into College Park to open its ACC slate sporting a 9-4 record. The Yellow Jackets most recently defeated Charlotte, 58-55, on Dec. 29.
The Yellow Jackets announced on Jan. 2 that sophomore forward Robert Carter, Jr. — the ACC’s leading rebounder (9.2/g) — has been sidelined indefinitely with a tear of the meniscus in his left knee.
Despite the loss of Carter, Georgia Tech boasts the conference’s third leading rebounder in Daniel Miller (8.2/g). Miller is also one of four Yellow  Jackets averaging double-figures in scoring this season. Trae Golden leads the team with 13.2 points/g.

Statistically Speaking

  • Maryland has defeated Georgia Tech six consecutive times at Comcast Center dating back to Jan. 30, 2005.
  • In fact, the Terps have won 15 of their last 16 home meetings against the Yellow Jackets dating back to 1995.
  • Maryland has won 12 of their last 14 ACC home openers, including a 68-61 win over Georgia Tech on Jan. 10, 2009.
  • Junior Nick Faust has averaged 9.7 points in three career games against Georgia Tech — the most among current Terps.

Looking Back
The Yellow Jackets were victorious against the Terps in their lone meeting last season, as Robert Carter, Jr. tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds in Atlanta on Feb. 27, 2013.
Dez Wells led Maryland with 15 points, while Alex Len had 13 points and nine rebounds and Seth Allen had 12 points.
The Yellow Jackets made 16 of 28 shots from the field (57.1 percent) in the first half and finished at 51 percent for the game with 22 assists on their 26 field goals.
Trailing by double-digits for most of the second half, Wells cut the Terps’ deficit to nine points with two minutes to play.

Georgia Roots
Maryland sophomore forward Charles Mitchell is a native of Atlanta, Ga., and attended Wheeling High School in Marietta, Ga. Mitchell grew up less than 20 minutes from the campus of Georgia Tech.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 31 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Maryland @ North Carolina (Sunday 3pm from Chapel Hill, NC live on ESPNU); Boxing: Argenis Mendez vs. Rances Bartholemy (Friday 9pm from Minneapolis live on ESPN2); MISL: Baltimore Blast @ Pennsylvania Roar (Tuesday 5:05pm from Reading, PA live on YouTube), Missouri Comets @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Pennsylvania Roar @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube)

10. Jeezy (Tuesday 10pm Baltimore Arena); Keller Williams (Tuesday 9pm Rams Head Live), Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Slightly Stoopid (Tuesday 9pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Wale (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 11pm Howard Theatre); Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Tuesday 9pm 9:30 Club); Rusted Root (Sunday 8pm State Theatre)

People I know enjoy Keller Williams. That’s the extent of the discussion I have to offer here.

Wale is a Washington Football Club fan, yet somehow I don’t hate him. It’s really odd.

Remember when I posted a video of Trombone Shorty last week? This one is decidedly different.

Rusted Root is that band that never thought they’d be best known for a rental car commercial.

9. Baltimore New Year’s Eve Spectacular (Tuesday 9pm Inner Harbor); Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” out in theaters (Friday); New season of “Community” debuts (Thursday 8pm NBC); Don Jon” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I mean…I’m so more than ready.

Also, what’s the age when you can stop pretending like you hate the sauerkraut your family serves with pork on New Year’s Day and admit you actually REALLY like it? 30 okay?

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Maryland women release 2013-2014 schedule

Posted on 28 August 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland women’s basketball team released its full 2013-14 schedule Wednesday. It features 16 Atlantic Coast Conference games, including home games vs. Notre Dame, Florida State, Syracuse and Georgia Tech.

The Terrapins will open their ACC slate at North Carolina on Jan. 5 in a game shown on ESPNU. Then, Maryland will return home for a three-game home stand with matchups vs. Wake Forest, Syracuse and Georgia Tech Jan. 9 through Jan. 19. Maryland will play at Virginia Jan. 23 in an RSN-televised game.

ACC newcomer Notre Dame will come to Comcast Center for the first time since 2007 on Jan. 27 in an ESPN2 Big Monday game. To close the month of January, the Terrapins will play at NC State on Jan. 30 in a game shown on ESPN3.

Maryland’s first game in February will be at Syracuse on Feb. 2, then the Terps will host Pittsburgh and Clemson on Feb. 6 and Feb. 9, respectively. Next, the Terrapins will make a roadtrip to Miami on Feb. 13. Maryland will play at Duke in its second Big Monday matchup of the season on Feb. 17.

The Terps will host 2012 NCAA Tournament team Florida State on Feb. 20. They will take on Georgia Tech in Atlanta in an ESPN2 game on Feb. 23, then travel to Boston College on Feb. 27. Maryland will host Virginia Tech in its final regular season game on March 2.

The Terrapins will play in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. March 5-9, with the NCAA Tournament beginning March 22. Sites for the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament have not been determined, with the Final Four April 6-8 in Nashville, Tenn.

For the Terrapins’ full schedule, log on to www.umterps.com.

In the earliest preseason polls, the Terrapins are ranked No. 5 nationally. They went 26-8 in the 2012-13 season and advanced to the program’s fifth Sweet Sixteen in head coach Brenda Frese’s 11 years. This year, the Terps return four of five starters, two-time ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas, and bring on four talented newcomers inLexie Brown, A’Lexus Harrison, Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.

-Terps-

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Maryland women get 2 seed in ACC Tournament

Posted on 03 March 2013 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The ninth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team earned the No. 2 seed in this week’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. The Terps will play seventh-seeded Georgia Tech or 10th-seeded Wake Forest Friday at 6 p.m.

The game will be shown on RSN and specific television channels will be released this week.

Maryland (23-6, 14-4 ACC) earned a first round bye for the eighth time under head coachBrenda Frese. The Yellow Jackets (14-15, 7-11) and the Demon Deacons (12-18, 5-13) will play Thursday at 6 p.m., with the winner advancing to take on the Terrapins. Maryland’s 14 conference wins are a school record.

Maryland is 49-25 (.662) all-time in the ACC Tournament and is 14-8 (.636) under Frese. The Terrapins are 13-6 all-time as the No. 2 seed (.684). Maryland won the program’s 10th ACC title last year as the No. 3 seed with a 68-65 win over fourth-seeded Georgia Tech. ACC Tournament MVP Alyssa Thomas scored 29 points in the championship game to lift the Terps.

Senior Tianna Hawkins has led the ACC in scoring all season long. She averages 18.5 points per game, which is the most any Terrapin has averaged in a single season since Deanna Tate averaged 19.8 in 1988-89. Hawkins is second in the league rebounding with 9.4 per contest. The senior recently broke the 1,000-rebound mark and is third on Maryland’s all-time list. She currently has 1,518 career points.

Thomas, the 2012 ACC Player of the Year, leads the league in rebounding with 10.3 per game and is third in scoring (17.9) and second in assists (5.2). The junior leads the league with 17 double-doubles this year, including 12 in ACC play.

For game times and the latest on the ACC Tournament, log on to http://www.theacc.com/championships/acc-womens-basketball-tournament.html. All rounds will be televised.

A printable bracket can be found at http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/md/sports/w-baskbl/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/2013ACCTournamentBracket.pdf.

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Maryland faces another key test Wednesday at Georgia Tech

Posted on 26 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (19-8, 7-7 ACC) at Georgia Tech (14-12, 4-10 ACC)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 • 8 p.m. ET

Game #28 • Road Game #8 • Atlanta, Ga. • McCamish Pavilion

TV: ACC Network – Tim Brando (Play-by-Play) & Cory Alexander (Analyst)

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play) & Chris Knoche (Analyst) Flagships
Storyline

• Maryland heads down the final stretch of the regular season as it travels to Georgia Tech for what will be the first of three road games over the next 12 days. The Terps improved to 19-8 overall and evened their conference record at 7-7 with a 72-59 win over Clemson last Saturday, behind a season-high 18 points from Nick Faust.

• Against the Yellow Jackets, Maryland will be looking to reach the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2009-10, when it went 24-9 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Mark Turgeon’s teams have won at least 20 games in four of the last five seasons and seven of the last nine. The exceptions are last season, Turgeon’s first at Maryland, and 2006-07, his last at Wichita State. As many as six ACC teams could reach the 20-win mark by the end of the week; Miami and Duke are already there, while North Carolina, Virginia and NC State also have 19 wins. Last year, five league teams won 20 games.

• Faust led the way against the Tigers, making 7-of-10 shots including a career-high tying four 3-pointers. He also added three assists, a season-high three steals and a block, and in the past game has eight assists without committing a turnover. Dez Wells, meanwhile, had seven assists and just one turnover, as Maryland finished with 19 assists and a season-low eight turnovers as a team.

• Maryland’s freshmen combined for 33 points against Clemson, led by Jake Layman’s 12 and Shaquille Celare’s 10, while Charles Mitchell added eight points and seven rebounds. The Terps have relied upon freshmen and sophomores throughout the season, with 80 percent of their scoring coming from underclassmen.

• The Terps have shot better than 40 percent in eight of the last nine games and rank third in the ACC in field goal percentage at .471. Twice in the past six games, Maryland has shot better than 60 percent, hitting .673 vs. Wake Forest (2/2) and .600 vs. Duke (2/16).

 

Series History

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Georgia Tech, 39-35. The series dates back to 1972. Since 1996, the Terps have owned the upper hand, going 23-7 against Tech. Maryland has also won 11 of the last 13 meetings.

• Maryland and Georgia Tech split the series last season, with each team holding court at home. The Terps won 61-50 in College Park, while the Yellow Jackets won 63-61 in Atlanta.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 26 February 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Harlem Globetrotters (Saturday 1pm Verizon Center Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2pm Patriot Center); Women’s College Basketball: Maryland @ Florida State (Thursday 7pm from Tallahassee live on ESPN3.com), Wake Forest @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Pro Wrestling: Ring of Honor 11th Anniversary (Saturday 8:30pm from Chicago live on Pay-Per-View); Soccer: CONCACAF U-20 World Cup Qualifying-Team USA vs. Canada (Tuesday 6pm from Puebla, Mexico live on Fox Soccer Channel); Tennis: ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (Tuesday & Wednesday 5am Thursday 6am Friday 8am Saturday 10am from Dubai, UAE live on Tennis Channel), ATP Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (Tuesday-Friday 2:30pm Saturday & Sunday 3pm from Delray Beach, FL live on Tennis Channel); Boxing: Richar Abril vs. Sharif Bogere (Saturday 10pm from Las Vegas live on Showtime), Friday Night Fights: Billy Dib vs. Evgeny Gradovich (Friday 9pm from Mashantucket, CT live on ESPN2); Monster Jam (Saturday & Sunday 1st Mariner Arena)

10. Mos Def (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), Fishbone (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); ZZ Ward (Monday 7pm 8×10 Club); Johnny Winter Band (Friday & Saturday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Lupe Fiasco (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Erykah Badu (Thursday & Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Flyleaf & Drowning Pool (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Pat Green (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Eels (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Bacon Brothers (Friday-Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Naughty By Nature (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre); Suzanne Vega (Saturday 8pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Civil Wars & T-Bone Burnett “A Place at The Table” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’ll be at ZZ Ward Monday night. She’s just…excellent.

You may remember Lupe Fiasco as the guy that did that song you couldn’t stop listening to that one time…

Not everyone is a huge Flyleaf fan, but you cannot doubt that girl’s pipes…

There was a time when I didn’t know if new Civil Wars music was coming. This is one of the better Tuesdays of my life.

9. Jon Stewart (Friday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Sandra Bernhard (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); “The Master” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “21 and Over” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore Boat Show (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Convention Center)

Politics aside, Jon Stewart is so F*CKING funny.

And while you’re at the Boat Show, if you happen to see one of these please go ahead and pick it up for me.

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Maryland loses LB Hartsfield for season

Posted on 05 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Demetrius Hartsfield Out for the Season

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall on Monday announced that starting middle linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield has suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the season.

Hartsfield, a senior who has started all nine games this season, suffered the injury on a running play with 2:20 remaining in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech.

“This is another tough loss for the program,” Edsall said. “Demetrius is a captain and has been a leader of this defense both on and off the field. I feel terrible for him because I know how much the game means to him. To have his senior year cut short is just disheartening. We will be here to support him through the rehab process and help him with his transition towards the next stage of his career.”

Hartsfield leads the team with 78 tackles this season. He has also totaled seven tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries. His 338 career stops rank 10th nationally among active players and 15th in school history.

 

– Terps –

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On Election Day eve, no one is “undecided” about the 15-7-0

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On Election Day eve, no one is “undecided” about the 15-7-0

Posted on 05 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

As always, this week’s 15-7-0 is brought to you by Roofing By Elite. Visit them at roofingbyelite.com. We make 15 observations about football that are ELITE, 7 that are “not so ELITE” and one “zero” who deserves to sleep on the roof from outside of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens game analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

Here we go.

“The ELITE 15″…

1. There’s college football…and then there’s Alabama.

I guess things didn’t work out for this guy…

The team may have lost, but this was AWESOME…

Also feeling stupid? LSU QB Zach Metten-Rae-Jepsen…

Let’s check in on a man who is the second best coach in his own division…

Wanna see Kirk Herbstreit play with Lee Corso’s trunk? Of course you do…

Next up for Alabama? Johnny Football…

Elsewhere in the SEC, this.

2. How did I spend my Sunday night? Oh, just watching this postgame video of Chuck Pagano and crying.

Oh man.

Also, these types of throws are making people wil’ out about Andrew Luck. I get it. A quick reminder that Andrew Luck plays indoors. That’s all.

In defeat, Reggie Bush tallied a TD on a play that reminded of a guy who used to play for USC a few years back…

3. The Pittsburgh Steelers just refuse to make things easy on the Ravens…again.

And say whatever you want…this was an incomplete pass.

Also, this shouldn’t have been a flag on Ryan Clark either. I’m not trying to apologize for the Steelers (in fact, I was glad both calls went against them). Had they lost, they would have lost and I would have said they deserved to lose. That’s the way it works in the NFL.

Also-are you a Ravens fan considering voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan? This is the man you’d be voting for…

4. Despite what the computers might say, I think we all know Oregon is the 2nd best team in the country.

We’ll get to Collin Klein in a second, but Kenjon Barner PROBABLY moved to second on the Heisman Trophy list (ahead of Manti Te’o) in the Ducks’ win at USC…

The Trojans lost their third game of the season, but it’s hard to blame their quarterback. Unless you’re former USC RB Marc Tyler…

Elsewhere in the Pac-12, UCLA blew out Arizona a week after Arizona ran over USC. But UCLA’s win came with their assistants looking like this…

5. And I think we all know Kansas State is the 3rd best team in the country.

They looked really good against Oklahoma State Saturday night…

Also, here’s this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfmFwIGUEb8

Elsewhere in the Big 12, did this final 2 point conversion in West Virginia-TCU actually happen?

(Since I don’t like WVU…I don’t care if it did or didn’t. I’m just glad they said it did.)

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Edsall pleased with Petty’s effort in Maryland loss

Posted on 03 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement

“We didn’t have as good of a day as we would have liked defensively. We knew it was going to be tough today going into the game. We also knew that we were going to have to play great on defense to keep it a very low scoring game. We weren’t able to do that. Offensively, we struggled in the first half but then we came out better in the second half as we got a feel for Shawn [Petty] and what he could do. We did some better things in the second half but we couldn’t get the stops when we needed to. Our kids battled hard throughout. Shawn Petty did a good job considering he’s practiced seven times at quarterback. There are things that we need to work on and we will get better moving forward with him at quarterback.”

 

On quarterback Shawn Petty’s second-half play:

“The speed of the game was something that it took him a little bit of time to get used to. You can’t go out there and line up at this level after only seven practices and think that everything is going to happen the way you hope it will. Once he got settled in, we could see what we could do with him. He showed his poise and the game still needed to slow down for him. We still moved the ball better in the second half.”

 

On the defensive performance:

“We didn’t do a good enough job. That’s on us as coaches in terms of the toss sweep. That was something that was a little different for them and we weren’t really able to shut that play down. I don’t think that we tackled as well as we needed to and we got cut too much on cut blocks. We didn’t do as good of a job executing as we would have liked.”

 

On overcoming all the adversity:

“We have a really good group. I told them after the game that we all have to stick together. There are going to be great things that happen here. We all want these things to happen today and tomorrow, but we have to deal with the situation at hand. All we can do is come here each and every day and work as hard as we can to get better. You can see that there are a lot of things happening that are positive. We just haven’t been able to string enough of them together to get more wins when we were close.

 

“This group is a tight-knit group and is a group that feels good about each other. They like being around each other and when you have that kind of chemistry and that kind of camaraderie and fellowship, you’re going to be okay. Today we played right until the very end. We need to focus only on ourselves and understand that every day we are going to come in here and work to get better. I like the mentality, the attitude and the fact that when guys get an opportunity to step up they have. Brandon Ross did a good job today when he got the opportunity. Levern Jacobs got the opportunity today to play more. This group has a great feeling for each other and they want to stick together and keep grinding.”

 

On if the defense tried to do too much today:

“I would hope that wouldn’t be the case, but maybe human nature would have that happen. We had some guys today defensively that didn’t do their jobs who have in the past. I hope that wasn’t the case but there may have been some guys who thought that they needed to do this. When you play this type of offense, you have to be disciplined in terms of making sure you do your job. We had one situation where a guy is right there, but he goes and does something he shouldn’t have. They got a twenty yard gain when it could have been [no] gain. When you get behind then guys think maybe they can do this or that, but that’s when you make problems worse for us. I think that might have happened a couple of times for us today.

 

On Shawn Petty’s interception:

“That was probably the first time Shawn has seen that type of situation and so it’s a teaching moment. I thought what he could have done was to come out of his fake a little faster. When he did come out of it, he could have put the ball up in there air more instead of throwing it on a line and having the ball get tipped. When the ball gets tipped it becomes anybody’s ball. I tried to tell him that you need to see that guy and put the ball up in the air over top of him and let Stefon [Diggs] go up and get it. Don’t throw it on a line because then it gets tipped.”

 

On the playbook for quarterback Shawn Petty:

“We had too many [plays] in this week for him. It’s a delicate balance. Mike [Locksley] has done a great job with our quarterbacks with the situation we have been in. We want to be able to do enough to give our team the opportunity to win. But you don’t want to do too much where we are overloading Shawn [Petty]. We had plenty enough in the game plan. As we go back and look at it there are some things we can cut down on in terms of how much we will go in with. We didn’t run anything that I knew he would feel uncomfortable with.”

 

On Shawn Petty’s mentality:

“Shawn’s [Petty] demeanor was the same in the first quarter as it was when he threw the touchdown passes coming off the field. He is very coachable. I told Mike [Locksley] coming off the field that we know what we can do with him. I feel very good about the things that we are going to go into next week with him. I think our guys have confidence in him. We need to make sure that we do the things that we need to with him to get him more prepared. He never had the big eyes and we never saw a flustered look from him coming off the field. I thought he handled himself very well for the tough situation that he was thrust into today.”

 

On direct snaps to running back Wes Brown:

“We nicknamed that package ourselves as the ‘Wild crab.’ Being Maryland, rather than the wildcat, [we have] the wild crab. I thought it was productive for us. It’s a situation where, as coaches, we have to find things that will give us the best opportunity to win, and take some pressure off of Shawn [Petty] in there. I think Wes [Brown] had an ankle [injury], we will see how he is tomorrow and Monday and go from there.”

 

On the difficulty transitioning from linebacker to quarterback:

“It’s very difficult. This is the first time that I have experienced this with a player. To see how he went out and handled himself I thought he did the best with the situation that he was presented. You saw a kid who struggled in the first half, and he came out in the second half and played that much better. It’s a credit to our coaches to get him ready. It’s hard; having played that position myself, it’s a hard position to play if you are in the meetings all the time and out taking reps in practice [and] to come in two weeks ago and be told he was going to be playing quarterback. You have to learn the terminology, be able to command a huddle, and get the signals from the sideline. I told the team I am very proud of him for how he handled the situation. I think he earned a tremendous amount of respect from our team—which he already had—and from the opposing team. I have never had it happen before, and hope this never happens again. I hope we can keep him healthy for the next three weeks.”

 

Sophomore Linebacker Cole Farrand

 

On defending the option:

“The first part that’s hard about defending the option is preparing during the week because our scout players only have a week to prepare for the option. It’s hard to get the scout team up to speed and everyone able to do their responsibilities because the first 12 plays that you’re out there has a completely different tempo. It’s a different game when it isn’t the scout team.”

 

On the defense:

“Whenever Maryland defense plays, they are going to give 100 percent every play. I could tell [Georgia Tech] had a good scheme against us. We probably could have been a little better prepared, but the whole defense was giving 100 percent the entire day and you can’t ask for anything more.”

 

On the technical breakdowns:

“For me, I was having a hard time getting off the cut blocks. That’s definitely something I can work on in my personal game.”

 

On Shawn Petty:

“We had full confidence in Shawn Petty. We watched him during the week and he was looking great and you saw out there that he had great potential. He can be a great quarterback and it was his first week as a true freshman starting against Georgia Tech, one of the better teams in the ACC. We couldn’t expect anything more from him and we think he did a great job.”

 

On playing after the offense’s three and outs:

“That’s what we’re preparing for. I think we were conditioned enough to keep defending the option even though they were going three and out. They were using a new quarterback, so that was kind of what we were expecting.”

 

On the toss:

“From a personal standpoint, I know every time they ran a toss for me, I wasn’t defending it well enough and I needed to get a better feel. I wasn’t helping out my team as best as I could.”

 

On the future:

“We’re still going. We’re still trying to get to that bowl game. It’s a little hiccup, but we’re moving on to Clemson next week.”

 

Freshman Running Back Brandon Ross

 

On the differences between the first and second halves:

“I think just establishing the run. The offensive linemen were getting off the ball and we were getting good blocks so that opened it up for a lot of the running backs.”

 

On Shawn Petty’s confidence:

“I think he had confidence the whole game. Things weren’t going right in the first half. He was getting the jitters out or whatever it might be. I think in the second half we just started to gain a little bit of momentum.”

 

On his playing time:

“It felt good. I was just being patient and just waited for my number to be called. I was always ready.”

 

On what they’ll take away from the game:

“With an extra week of practice, you’re always able to get better. Shawn will be going on his second start now and I really think things are starting to come together. I think we’ll really start to come together as an offense.”

 

On the mood among the offense:

“It’s a down mood, but I think that’s just because we lost. We play hard every week so we’re trying not to get our heads down too much, but the goal is to just rebound from this and go beat Clemson next week.”

 

Freshman Wide Receiver Stefon Diggs

 

On if he’s satisfied with his role:

“I am always satisfied with how much time I get the ball. We have a lot of guys on the team who have the ability to make plays just as well as I can. When I do get the ball, I just try to make the most out of it. I think I had an OK day. It could have been better, but that’s why we get back into the film room and practice.”

 

On the last play:

“That was a good way to end the game. We ended strong and on a good note. We’ll be back next week. We had a one-on-one basically. The defender didn’t squeeze – he stuck with the post. He then squeezed a little bit and came after the corners, but I was one on one with him and went up to grab the ball and tried my best.”

 

On the running plays:

“I don’t think I should [get more running plays] necessarily. I think they’re doing a great job moving the ball. Brandon Ross did a great job, Petty did a great job. Everyone is doing a great job.”

 

Freshman Quarterback Shawn Petty

 

On learning terminology:

“I have picked up on most of it. Coach has been doing a good job of making sure I’ve got it down for the game.”

On what was most difficult:

“You just have to get used to the speed of the game. That’s the biggest difference. Playing my first college game when I was playing linebacker before this, the speed of the game was much faster so it took me a while to get up to speed.”

 

On what was different in the second half:

“I started feeling more comfortable in the second half. In the first half I was a bit antsy and the speed of the game was much faster then. I calmed down and played faster and let the game come to me.”

 

On his reaction when being told he’d start at quarterback:

“I was just ready to play. We play next man up so I had to be prepared to come today. Of course I can always do better and I plan on getting better. We are going to get better from here.”

 

On being a quarterback again:

“I always thought that I could play at the D1 level. Now I have my chance and I have to go prove it.”

 

On what he’ll work on moving forward:

“I need to make sure I slow down and make my reads.”

 

On being on the field with Stefon Diggs:

“He makes it a lot easier. You give him the ball and he makes you look good. He’s a big play-maker so you want the ball in his hands a lot.”

 

On the option run:

“I am really comfortable with it because it’s a lot of stuff that I did in high school. Some things came quicker than other things. It’s just going out there and playing and executing.”

 

Postgame Notes

 

Kicking Off: Maryland dropped below .500 for the first time this season with its 33-13 loss … the Terps are now 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the ACC, while Georgia Tech improved to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the league … Georgia Tech owns a 15-6 advantage in the all-times series and has taken five of the last six from Maryland.

 

First-Time Starters: Entering Saturday’s game, Maryland was tied for fifth nationally with 17 players having drawn their first career start this season. The Terrapins added to that tally as Shawn Petty made his first career start at quarterback.

 

Three Starting QBs: With Shawn Petty drawing the start, Maryland has seen three different quarterbacks start a game this season (also Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe). It’s the first time that Maryland has had three different starting QBs in a season since 1973, when Ben Kinard, Bob Avellini and Al Neville did it.

 

Petty’s TD: When Shawn Petty hit Stefon Diggs for a 16-yard touchdown in the third quarter, it represented the fourth quarterback that has accounted for a touchdown this season for the Terps. Perry Hills passed for eight and ran for three, Devin Burns ran for one, and Caleb Rowe passed for two.

 

Diggs Gets Receiving TDs #5 & 6: Stefon Diggs caught his fifth and sixth touchdown passes of the season, passing Darrius Heyward-Bey (2006) and Sean Sullivan (1983) for the freshman receiving touchdowns record at Maryland. With 55 receiving yards, Diggs now has 721 this season. That’s also a Maryland freshman record and ranks 11th overall.

 

Diggs’ All-Purpose Yards: Stefon Diggs came into Saturday’s game ranked second in the ACC and ninth nationally with 169.25 all-purpose yards per game. Against Georgia Tech, he totaled 220 yards (133 kickoff return, 14 punt return, 55 receiving, 18 rushing) and is now averaging 174.9 yards per game. That currently ranks first all-time in the ACC among freshmen. Now with 1,774 on the year, Diggs also passed Torrey Smith for the Maryland freshman record and is third overall. He trails just LaMont Jordan (1,840 in 1999) and Torrey Smith (2,192 in 2009).

 

All-Purpose Yards by a Freshman (ACC)

Rk.   Name                      School               Year       Yds/G

1.     Sammy Watkins      Clemson             2011       171.4

2.     Stefon Diggs          Maryland            2012       169.2

3.     Duke Johnson         Miami                 2012       148.3

4.     Robert Lavette        Georgia Tech      1981       142.0

5.     Ryan Williams         Virginia Tech       2009       141.2

 

Defensive Notes: Cole Farrand had a career-high 10 tackles and matched his career high with six solo stops … Demetrius Hartsfield had all nine of his tackles in the first half … A.J. Francis was credited with his third field goal block of the year and also added six tackles … Darius Kilgo had a career-high seven tackles … Quinton Jefferson forced and recovered the first fumble of his career.

 

 

Georgia Tech Coach Paul Johnson

 

Opening statement:

“It was a good win for us. I’m proud of my team. I thought we played with some energy early, and took advantage of some possessions. We overcame a little bit of adversity when we fumbled the punt to start with. We were able to hold them pretty well defensively in the first half, and then in the second half, they did a nice job of keeping the ball. I think offensively we had four possessions in the second half. You have to give them some credit. As I told our guys, we kept alive what we’re playing for this season. We still have a chance mathematically in the league; still have a chance for a winning season and to go to a bowl game. It makes next week’s game against North Carolina the most important game of the year for us. We’ll go back and correct what’s wrong.”

 

On game planning for Shawn Petty:

“There is no tape on the quarterback, but they stayed pretty much within their scheme. They ran some zone-read plays and didn’t run as many bubble screens, but we knew the guy would run the ball.  In the first half, we did a better job defending it than in the second half.”

 

On rotating the quarterbacks:

“We weren’t sure how they were going to play defensively with the new coordinator, and we wanted to play both quarterbacks, but I felt it was important to start the game with Tevin [Washington] because he’s more important in whatever they lined up in and has a better feel for it. So we pretty much decided on Thursday to play them two series as a time, and that’s what really happened. In the second half we only had the ball four times, so it just kind of worked out. Tevin got dinged a little bit in the second half so he was done.”

 

On the performance of the quarterbacks:

“I thought they both did some good things. We didn’t throw the ball a lot. I think we threw the ball four times, and we should have completed all four. We missed two big games in the passing game when we dropped the ball.”

 

On sophomore Synjyn Days:

“His run towards our bench was a great run. It was good to see him out there. He’s been practicing better, and he’s focused. He’s a good athlete. I was proud of him, he played really well.”

 

Senior A-Back Orwin Smith

On Georgia Tech’s defense:

“We come in every game confident. It’s kind of how it goes. This game, we happened to get key blocks and guys on the perimeter.”

 

On Georgia Tech’s offense:

“The offense has to do well. Last week we didn’t do well, and we knew coming in that we had to step it up. That was the game plan and we executed it.”

 

On Georgia Tech’s energy:

“Just from getting ready before the first quarter, guys were amped up and getting ready. We were just amping each other up and you could tell a difference during the game.”

 

On having two quarterbacks:

“It’s a big advantage. At any time, either one of them could go down. We just have to make sure they both know what they’re doing in case that happens.”

 

Redshirt Freshman Quarterback Vad Lee

On Georgia Tech’s offense:

“We’re taking it one game at a time. When we come out ready to play, that’s when I think we’re doing our best. We were just ready to play this game. We were ready to go.”

 

On the success of the offense:

“Coach found a couple of plays that were very successful. We just took advantage and kept running. It was working, so we just kept grinding.”

 

On quarterback Tevin Washington:

“Me and Tevin, we help each other out. When I see something on the sidelines, I see the [defense] coming in hard, or the safety falling off, I let him know. He’s the one playing first. He also does the same thing for me when I’m in the game, so we try to work together. We’re going for a common goal, and that’s getting a win.”

 

On the team’s energy:

“We were just ready to play; we were ready to go. I think the cold had something to do with it. We were trying to stay warm. We were jumping around, I was trying to get everyone to jump around in the huddle and stuff, but that also created some energy. It got us ready to go.”

 

Redshirt Sophomore A-Back Synjyn Days

On his progression:

“My first week, I was just raw talent. Now I actually know what [to do]–I kind of knew what I was doing then because I played quarterback–but the actual angles and techniques you have to use to block defenders. I feel like I’ve been working.”

 

On preparing for Maryland:

“Making sure we finished our blocks, making sure we got the guy down. Whether we have to cut them or stand up and push them out of the way. The safeties and corners weren’t coming down too hard so I stayed up most of the time to block.”

 

On the team’s energy:

“I felt like it was a new attitude. Before the BYU game, after six games, we sat down and had a meeting and said, ‘This is the second half of the season. It’s the last six games.’ We’re 2-1 for our second half of the season. We’re trying to make it to a bowl game and play for the ACC Championship. We’re all excited for that.”

 

Redshirt Junior Defensive End Euclid Cummings

On preparing for Maryland:

“It was different preparing. We actually watched high school footage on [Shawn Petty]. I felt like that was different, but I thought we prepared well.”

 

On the team’s motivation:

“In defensive meetings, we were just focused on playing for each other. Our season has gone down a rocky road so we wanted to make sure we played for each other and get the ‘W.’ It didn’t matter if they’re playing the first-string or the fifth-string quarterback.”

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