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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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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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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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Petty takes over at QB as Terps host Georgia Tech Saturday

Posted on 02 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland returns to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium for its second-to-last home game of the 2012 season when it plays host to Georgia Tech Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Terps are coming off a pair of close losses and have played in close games throughout the year. Maryland’s average margin of victory is 5.5 and its average margin of defeat is just 4.5. The series with Georgia Tech has also been close in recent history – five of the last seven games in the series have been decided by five points or less. Last year, the Yellow Jackets claimed a 21-16 victory in Atlanta.

First-and-10

• The Terps are in what seems to be uncharted territory at the quarterback position. 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.

• Against Georgia Tech, true freshman Shawn Petty will take the reins at QB. 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 1300 yards and 15 TDs, and ran for 550 yards and 10 TDs. Fellow true freshman Brian McMahon, a tight end, will back up Petty. McMahon also played QB in high school. When Petty starts, Maryland will become 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).

• Despite the injuries and the fact that the Terps have relied on mostly young players – the 14 true freshmen Maryland has played are tied for the fifth most in the FBS – they are two wins away from bowl eligibility. That’s in large part due to a defense which has ranked among the nation’s best throughout the season.

• The Terps rank seventh nationally in total defense (289.3 ypg), fourth in rushing defense (77.6 ypg) and 40th in passing defense (211.6 ypg). Maryland has held its last two opponents under 50 rushing yards: NC State totaled just 40 yards on 26 attempts (1.5 yards per carry) and Boston College had just 8 yards on 27 attempts (0.3 yards per carry). Maryland has an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebackerDemetrius Hartsfield. Those three have played a big role in holding opponents to an average of just 2.31 yards per rush, which ranks third nationally behind Alabama and Stanford. Adding to Maryland’s strength up front are senior linebackersKenneth Tate and Darin Drakeford.

• Maryland’s 7.6 tackles for loss per game are tied for 10th in the FBS and its 3.0 sacks per game are tied for 12th. Vellano leads the ACC and is tied for ninth nationally with 1.75 tackles for loss per game. He was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after recording five tackles and 2.5 sacks, along with a forced fumble against Boston College. Drakeford, meanwhile, has 8.0 TFLs and Hartsfield has 7.0.

• Offensively and on special teams, wide receiver Stefon Diggs continues to be Maryland’s most dynamic playmaker. Against Virginia, the freshman returned the game’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and last week vs. BC he had a career-high 11 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown. Over the last five games he’s averaging 104.0 receiving yards per game, while his 169.3 all-purpose yards per game this season rank second in the ACC and ninth 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

• Maryland has lost seven players to season-ending injuries this year, four of which are quarterbacks. QB C.J. Brown (knee), QB Devin Burns (foot), QB Perry Hills (knee), PK/P Nick Ferrara (hip), 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). Additionally, a defensive player has captured weekly honors in three of the past four weeks: Demetrius Hartsfieldearned Linebacker of the Week for his play against Wake Forest (10/6), and Darin Drakeford received the award against Virginia (10/13). Joe Vellano was named Defensive Lineman of the week for his play against Boston College (10/27).

• Diggs ranks fourth in the conference and first among freshmen with 83.2 receiving yards per game. Diggs, who has 38 catches for 666 yards, already ranks 16th 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 25 players have seen their first career action for Maryland at some point this season (14 true freshmen, eight redshirt freshmen, two juniors, one senior).

• The Terps are holding opponents to 2.31 yards per carry, which ranks third nationally. Of the opponents’ 269 rushing attempts this season, 186 (69.1%) 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).

• Demetrius Hartsfield leads the team with 69 tackles and is just outside Maryland’s top 15 with 329 in his career. He needs two stops to pass Kevin Walker for 15th on Maryland’s career tackles chart.

• The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In seven games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 31:43 to 28:17 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).

• Against William & Mary, Perry Hills became the first true freshman starter at quarterback for Maryland since Latrez Harrison in 1999. He also became the first freshman to start a season opener since redshirt freshman Calvin McCall on Sept. 2, 1999, in a 6-0 win over Temple.

• Nine bowl teams from last year appear on Maryland’s 2012 schedule: Temple (Gildan New Mexico Bowl), West Virginia (Discover Orange Bowl), Wake Forest (Franklin American Mortgage Music City), Virginia (Chick-fil-A Bowl), NC State (Belk Bowl), Georgia Tech (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Clemson (Discover Orange Bowl), Florida State (Champs Sports Bowl) and UNC (AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl).


Maryland-Georgia Tech Series History

• Georgia Tech owns a 14-6 advantage in the all-time series, and has taken four of the last five from Maryland.

• The Yellow Jackets joined the ACC in 1983 and the teams first met in 1988. They played each other for 17 straight seasons (1988-04) before league expansion necessitated a rotating schedule.

• Five of the last seven games in the series have been decided by five points or less. Last year, the Yellow Jackets claimed a 21-16 victory in Atlanta. C.J. Brown rallied the Terps from a 21-3 halftime deficit with a 77-yard touchdown run and Davin Meggett cut the lead to five with a 1-yard TD run, but the Terps would get no closer.

• Maryland’s win in 2007, the last meeting between the teams in College Park, snapped a three-game Georgia Tech winning streak. In his first career start, Chris Turner threw for 255 yards, and Lance Ball ran for three touchdowns as Maryland held on for a 28-26 victory over Georgia Tech. Travis Bell sent a 52-yard field goal attempt wide right with 54 seconds remaining.

• Georgia Tech edged Maryland 27-23 in a 2006 thriller in Atlanta. The Terps had the ball at the Yellow
Jacket 7-yard line with only seconds remaining, but were stopped shy of the winning score.

• Maryland’s Lance Ball and Tech’s Tashard Choice had 116 and 138 rushing yards, respectively, in that game, as the two dueled it out on the ground. The Yellow Jackets’ Calvin Johnson had 133 yards receiving and Terrapin wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey had 111 to provide Maryland’s yards through the air.

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Terps WR Boykins out again Saturday, likely out for season

Posted on 01 November 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Georgia Tech

Position

Name

Injury

Status

QB C.J. Brown Knee Out for the season
QB Devin Burns Foot Out for the season
PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip 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
WR Kerry Boykins Hip/Groin Out
OL Bennett Fulper Foot Questionable
DL Justin Anderson Ankle Probable
OL De’Onte Arnett Ankle Probable
RB Wes Brown Shoulder Probable
TE Devonte Campbell Knee Probable
OL Sal Conaboy Ankle Probable
DB Sean Davis Hip Probable
WR Kevin Dorsey Knee Probable
LB Cole Farrand Wrist Probable
DL A.J. Francis Shoulder Probable
OL Justin Gilbert Knee Probable
OL Nick Klemm Knee Probable
DB Matt Robinson Hip Probable
TE Ryan Schlothauer Knee Probable
TE David Stinebaugh Back Probable
LB Kenneth Tate Knee Probable
LB Alex Twine Neck Probable
DL Joe Vellano Foot Probable

Filed: 11/1/12

 

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Edsall says Terps identifying how much QB Petty capable of

Posted on 31 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening statement:

“Another week, a different challenge for us as we get ready to play Georgia Tech. The option offense is something they’re very, very good at. It will be a tremendous challenge for our team and our defense to slow down Georgia Tech. [They average] 300 yards rushing, 35 points per game, so we’ve got a lot of work to do this week to make sure we know our assignments.

 

“In terms of option football, you’ve got to have someone who can take care of the back, someone to take care of the quarterback, take care of the pitch. With the different offense schemes you see, its zone blocks and cut blocks and all those things. It takes a lot of work during the week to get it down and be able to stop them and slow them down. We’re looking forward to getting out there today and working some more.

 

“Defensively, [Georgia Tech] has just gone through a coaching change. What they’ve done is simplify their defense from what they were doing before. The challenge we have is to put together a game plan that utilizes Shawn [Petty’s] abilities to the best we can but also incorporate that with all the other abilities we have with our players on offense. That’s something that will be ongoing as we continue to practice today and tomorrow, and we’ll take a look at some more things and narrow that plan down as we go into the game on Saturday.”

 

On limiting Georgia Tech’s option offense:

“We did a good job of limiting points last year. I think they still had 370 yards or whatever it was. Again, I think the biggest thing you always have to do regardless of the scheme you play, everybody has to do their job. That’s one thing: you can’t be staring at things you’re not supposed to be staring at. You cannot worry about someone else, you’ve got to make the proper read and make the block and take care of your responsibility.

 

“The toughest part from a defensive standpoint — and that’s why sometimes it takes a little bit of time — is you’re not used to the speed of the first drive. You’re not used to the speed and precision because it’s difficult if you don’t run that speed for the scout team to produce that in practice. As much as they try to do a good job, it’s just totally different. One thing that’s always concerning to me when you play an option team is that the first series is very critical because you want to get off on the right foot. You tell your guys, hey, it’s going to be a lot faster in the game than what we saw in practice, and you’ve got to get used to it from the beginning. You can’t wait, and that’s easier said than done.”

 

On if they had practiced defending the option prior to this week:

“You always have your option responsibilities when you install a defense. When you put a defense in, you’re always telling your guys, if you get the option, this is what you do. Again, our offense ran some of those things in the spring and preseason and even during the season. We see it, and it’s much different than what Georgia Tech does, but no, we hadn’t [practiced] it yet. We had too many other things to take care of.”

 

On Shawn Petty at quarterback:

“Last week, when we knew were moving him to quarterback, we developed a plan for him to be able to go in and play if he needed to and to get him comfortable with some things. This week, what we’ve been able to do is take a look at some more things, we’ll practice those and then take a look and see if he can absorb, digest and execute during practice. It’s going to be a combination of what he can do, but we’ve also got other guys on the team that realize their skill sets as well. It’s that balance we’ve got to find in terms of what’s the best way to move the ball and score points utilizing Shawn, utilizing the other parts of our offense.”

 

On how Shawn Petty is digesting the offense:

“That’s always the toughest part. He played quarterback in high school, and I think he really feels he’s a quarterback at heart. I think he’s really looking forward to the opportunity to go out there and play. He’s excited, and we’re excited for him. He wants to go out and play really, really well. It wasn’t like he’s never played the position before.

 

“The biggest thing is terminology. Depending on the style of offense he played in high school and what we’re doing, it’s just getting the numbers down, what we call plays, the reads. I’ve been impressed so far with what he’s been able to handle, and we’ll see where that leads us in practice today and tomorrow as we head into the game.”

 

On the timing of finding out quarterback Caleb Rowe’s injury:

“We got on [the injury] faster than we normally do, due to the impending hurricane. During the game at Boston College, in the second-to-last play, when he scrambled out of the pocket to the sideline, he went down and kind of felt his leg buckle. I saw as he rolled there and started to get up that he had a cut on his shin. As the true competitor that Caleb is, he just said there was nothing there and got up and was OK and went in for the last play.

 

“On Sunday morning when he woke up, he couldn’t get over here and we had to send someone over to get him. He was stiff and sore, and he came over and [head trainer Wes Robinson] took a look at him. He didn’t have real good news, and that’s when I said, we need to get him to a place now to see if we can get the MRI. We might not be able to do it Monday because there might not be any place open due to the hurricane. So Dr. [Craig] Bennett came in and took a look at him. He came to me and told me he thought it was a torn ACL. I mentioned something to the team, that it was a possibility that Caleb might not be ready to go. Once we got it confirmed on Monday from the MRI, I told Shawn, ‘Hey, you’re the guy, be ready to go.’

 

“You just feel bad for Caleb because he was playing well and getting better. He’s got talent, and now he’s got a little bit of a setback. He’ll be OK; he’ll work hard on his rehab and be back stronger. Now Shawn gets his opportunity, and we’re all behind Shawn. We’re going to go with Shawn, and he’s the best guy we’ve got to lead the team. I think he’ll do a good job.”

 

On Shawn Petty’s personality:

“He is very laid back. He is very similar to Devin [Burns] in terms of his personality. He never gets very high or low. He is a steady ship out there. He goes about his business. He is determined and focused. He is an athlete. He wants to do well. His personality with the situation we are going into is probably pretty good. He doesn’t get real excited or down in the dumps. He is just looking for the opportunity and looking forward to take advantage of it.”

 

On the team responding to the injuries at quarterback:

“This is only the third or fourth time that they have gone through it. Our guys know how to handle it. They understand what the issues are. They have gone through C.J.[Brown], Perry [Hills], Devin [Burns] and now Caleb [Rowe]. We know that Shawn [Petty] is our guy so everyone has to rally around him. They are going to do that. In their minds he is a guy who can do the things necessary to help us win the game. It’s not all on Shawn, he is just one part of this team. That’s what happens when you have the team concept and mentality. It helps you get through obstacles that you have to overcome like this.”

 

“Brian [McMahon] is a guy who will be ready to go. He is very smart, and picks things up very well. He would like to redshirt so he is hoping that Shawn can stay healthy. But it’s one of those things that I told him if something happens you have to be ready to go. He said if that’s what happens than he will be ready. It exemplifies his attitude towards being a team player and doing whatever he has to do to help our team be better.”

 

On if Shawn Petty will stay No. 31:

“Yes he is. Brian McMahon will stay No. 87 too. Doug Flutie wore No. 22. It’s an eligible number to play that position so we are going to keep them in those jerseys because we really don’t have any other numbers to put them in. All of the other numbers are taken. It will be a little bit different. It will give everyone something to talk about.”

 

On who would be the emergency quarterback:

“That’s to be determined. You are jinxing me by asking me that question.”

 

On A.J. Francis on and off the field:

“A.J. [Francis] is having a very good year on the field. He is doing a good job during practice and off the field. He is being a good leader even though he isn’t a captain. We expect all of our guys to do their parts in being leaders. Just because you aren’t a captain doesn’t mean you can’t speak up and say things. A.J is being vocal this year and I think that is helping us. He has been playing well. He has that personality that people will listen to. That is a big thing. What he is talking about and saying to the other guys he is backing up on the practice field with the work he is putting in and his production doing his job. We are pleased with what we are getting out of A.J. on the field as well as from a leadership standpoint.”

 

On how Brad Craddock reacted to Saturday and whether confidence is his biggest issue:

“I don’t think it is confidence that is his biggest issue. It’s the consistency of technique that is his issue. Brad [Craddock] understands that if you aren’t performing and other guys are than they are going to get an opportunity. The interesting thing is when we went out on Sunday and did PAT and field goal work he made all six or seven kicks he took right down the middle. That is what we have to see all the time. We will kick again today and again tomorrow. Right now the plan is Brendan [Magistro] will do everything through 35 or 40 yards and Brad will kick beyond that. “

 

“Brad is going to be a very good kicker. What we have to do as coaches is help and show him that. He has to perfect the technical side of kicking on a consistent basis. Just because you have someone else step up doesn’t mean I have lost confidence in them and I haven’t lost it in Brad. Right now he isn’t being as productive as he can and we have someone else who through practice has shown they were being more productive. Brendan has showed he can do it in the game as well.”

 

On how Brendan Magistro ended up at Maryland:

“He wanted to walk on. We had Nick [Ferrara] and at that point in time we didn’t have Brad [Craddock] yet so we were looking to add a walk on for camp. What we saw on film and at our camps we thought he would be the guy that we would bring in for that.”

 

On if Brian McMahon has a chance to play:

“I don’t think right now I would go to Brian [McMahon], I would rather stick with Shawn [Petty]. They both have run similar types of offense in high school. Right now Shawn is our quarterback and it’s not going to be a situation where we have a quick hook. I want him to stay healthy, go out and execute, have fun, and be a leader and the quarterback he can be.”

 

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

 

On if he’s ever seen a season like this in his coaching years:

“I can’t say that I have, going through what we’ve gone through at the quarterback situation. But, like we talk about here, it’s the next man up and we’re going to find a way to prepare a quarterback to go out and come up with a game plan that’s capable of executing and find a way to win.”

 

On the challenge of playing different quarterbacks:

“I’d say it’s been a little challenging, but each of the guys that have made the move to quarterback have come in with open mindsets, they both are football smart kids having played the position their whole life. Shawn grew up a quarterback as Brian did. It’s like riding a bike a little bit, in that you don’t forget some of the leadership intangibles. I’ve been really happy with how much they’ve been able to come in and just take the quarterback position and control the line of scrimmage. They’ve been very comfortable with doing those things, and I think that comes from their experience as quarterbacks.”

 

On how Shawn has picked up concepts:

“Well regardless of whether Shawn, Brian, or whoever the quarterback may be, we’re always going to find out what they can execute, it’s not about what we know. We’ve been very conscientious to make sure we figure out what they can execute, tailor it to what their skill set is, and find ways to get it called. We’ve always done that with whoever our quarterback has been. Again as I said before, I’ve been very pleased with Shawn and Brian both with just how much they’ve been able to understand football concepts. What we have to do now, today is a big day for us being able to get out and implement some of the game plan, some third-down stuff and red-zone stuff. Today we’ll see how it looks and come back in tonight and see what we can call, what we can’t, and what we need to change.”     

 

On the play of Caleb Rowe:

“I thought Caleb did a pretty good job from the standpoint of he gave us a chance to win. I think also when you go back and look at the tape, he made a lot of freshman mistakes, which is to be expected. Anytime you have three interceptions in a game as I told Caleb and as we talk about on offense, you’re not going to give yourself too many opportunities to win ball games. With two of the interceptions being plays that he’s been coached not to do those things I think he understands that. But, for a guy for his first start for some of the things we were able to do, you go in and throw the ball 42 times, with a true freshman, he had a pretty good grasp of the game plan. I was pleased with how he handled it, and we need to continue to work on it.”

 

On practicing despite the hurricane:

“We were able to get some work in yesterday, our base game plan stuff. We were able to get a lot of the run game stuff done.”

 

On how the team is handling the QB injuries:

“From the offensive standpoint, one of the things we talked about Sunday as an offensive unit was regardless of who our quarterback was as a coaching staff, we’re going to find a way to put a plan together to give us a chance to go into the game and win. We may have to have a few guys step up, maybe take a little more on their plate, but we’re going to give ourselves a chance, we’re going to put a plan together that best fits whoever our starter is at quarterback and we need to go and execute it. Our big thing this week is we have to be very productive on first and second down. It’s been very tough for us all year long to keep us out of third and long situations. We have to go out and find a way to get more yards on first and second down, and have manageable third-down situations.”

 

On Shawn’s personality:

“Well I know this, this is about as big as a smile I’ve seen on his face all year long. I’ve seen him on the other side on the scout team when you’re yelling at him for not giving you the look you need. Every time he comes in the meeting room and every time we’ve had a chance to sit down and meet, he’s got a big smile on his face and he’s taking great notes. He’s into being a quarterback, and I think for him and for us it’s probably a benefit, because I know and I’m sure Coach [Edsall] has talked to you about it, this is something he really wants. He wants to prove he can play quarterback at this level even though we recruited him to be a linebacker. I love that, because now I know he’s going to put everything into being prepared and put everything to going out an executing. You can work a guy that wants to.”

 

On the run game:

“Again, we’re going to do whatever it takes to win the game. With the run game, I think some of the reasons we’ve been able to run the ball is we’ve been able to make some plays out on the perimeter with our screen game that come off of the run. That’s something we weren’t necessarily efficient at earlier in the year. It’s always great when you can count on having a guy back there that has the ability to make something out of nothing and be able to win the one-on-one battle. Our running backs when they load the box up, they have unblocked guys. Wes [Brown] has shown the ability to make that guy miss or run over a guy. I think Wes has been a benefit of some of the change at the quarterback position that has given us different skill sets to allow us to do some things.”

 

On the offensive line:

“It’s a work in progress getting some guys healthy up front, but I’ve been pleased with the guys that have been here that have played the last couple of weeks. I think we’ve kind of settled in a little bit. The big thing with a guy like [Evan] Mulrooney is when you have a young quarterback like last week with Caleb, a lot was put on his plate in terms of getting him protected and all the identifications we have to make from a communications stand point. He’s a smart guy that understands it and he did a great job last week from keeping Caleb from taking too many shots. I’ve been pleased with the way it’s coming, but we still have a lot of work to go up front. Those guys know it, and we need to continue to be creative in how we do things offensively to take advantage or help us find ways to move the ball.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

 

On how Georgia Tech will attack Maryland’s defense:

“It’s not necessarily the Maryland game per se, as it is their plan of attack. They have a plan if you’re at an odd front, and they have a plan if you’re an even front. They want to run certain plays to the shade, and they want to run certain plays to the three technique, so they have a very distinct plan, and if you overplay certain things they have a counter for it. They run their offense very well, it’s a very efficient offense.”

 

On slowing down Georgia Tech’s offense early in the game:

“I think that’s the most important thing. The very first 12 plays versus anybody is tough, because those are scripted plays as you know. Against an offense that you’re going to see once a year, the speed is incredible. There’s no way you’re going to catch up to that speed until game time. You can’t get your scout teams to do it, you can’t get your offense to do it unless they run it at that same speed. The motions, the wingbacks and all that stuff… The speed, it takes you a second or two to get caught up.”

 

On how the defense played on Boston College’s game-winning drive:

“I think when you look at a game, and obviously that last part I’ve looked over many times, I think that the main thing is you have to do what you’re supposed to do all across the board. We run our best coverages, our best run stunts and our best pass stunts. Man-to-man we have to do what we’re supposed to do, do our job.”

 

On what impresses him the most about Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington:

“What impresses me the most is his vision before the snap. I think he does a good job of having a pretty clean idea of where he wants to run at. Whether it’s the option, the dive, or the mid-line, he has a pretty good idea. He looks at our leverage and knows whether he wants to pitch it, or whether he wants to keep it. So I think he’s done a good job for them in that stance.”

 

On senior defensive lineman A.J. Francis:

“You know A.J. has done a great job for me, so I can’t speak for how he was before. But I think he’s done a good job of buying in, playing hard, and playing big. I think he’s done a good job of just playing to his size. I think that’s a testament to him and him wanting to be a good player, and doing the little things like watching the tape and knowing his opponent.”

 

On if the 3-4 gives the defense a better opportunity to get to the points of exchange:

“It’s one of those, ‘I’ll find out Saturday.’ I like to think so, but Paul Johnson has seen so much and you know all the [military] academies are 3-4, so it’s not like I’m a surprise. I know he’s going to be well prepared, and he’s going to have his play selection.”

 

 

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Hopkins dominant in season opening win over Randolph-Macon

Posted on 01 September 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – One year after turning loose the greatest passing attack in school history, the Johns Hopkins football team unleashed a lethal running game that churned out 344 yards and four touchdowns in a 36-13 season-opening victory over Randolph-Macon at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. Complementing the offense was a stingy defense that produced six sacks and held the Yellow Jackets to just 32 yards rushing in Hopkins’ 15th consecutive regular season victory.

It took the Blue Jays exactly one play to take control of the line of scrimmage as senior Jonathan Rigaud got outside on the opening play of the game and scampered 62 yards to set the Blue Jays up at the Randolph-Macon 13-yard line. Rigaud capped the drive with a two-yard scoring run four plays later to stake Hopkins to an early 7-0 lead.

While the Blue Jays got out of the gate quickly on offense, the Yellow Jackets struggled in the early going against an aggressive Hopkins defense that dominated play along the line. Randolph-Macon generated just 48 yards of total offense in the first half with five of their six first-half possessions generating 10 yards or less of total offense.

With the Blue Jay defense doing its part, the Hopkins offense got rolling in the second quarter with touchdowns on three straight possessions that turned the 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter into a 27-0 lead at the half.

Senior Scott Barletta capped a 13-play, 80-yard drive with a one-yard scoring run that pushed the lead to 13-0 midway through the quarter. The Blue Jays were forced to convert just once on third down on the drive, which saw junior quarterback Robbie Matey complete all four of his pass attempts for 44 yards while also rushing 14 yards.

Randolph-Macon gained just one first down on its ensuing possession and was forced to punt the ball back to the Blue Jays with just over 90 seconds remaining in the half. A 29-yard pass from Matey to junior Daniel Wodicka opened the drive, which later included a 10-yard Matey run and a nine-yard scoring run by Rigaud that pushed the lead to 27-0 at the half. Hopkins outgained the Randolph-Macon 342-48 in the first half alone.After a quick three-and-out by the `Jackets, a drive which sawAndy Laychur and Michael Roccasack RMC quarterback Zac Naccarato on back-to-back plays, the Blue Jays turned to freshman Brandon Cherry and junior JD Abbott to fuel a seven-play, 54-yard drive. Abbott gained 22 yards on three carries to set the Blue Jays up at the Randolph-Macon 21, where Cherry took a handoff and bounced off a would-be tackler at the 15 yard-line and raced into the end zone to make it 20-0.

The `Jackets pieced together their best drive of the game on the opening possession of the second half as Will McGhee rushed for 28 yards on nine carries and had a pair of receptions for 15 yards to account for 43 of the 70 yards on the 15-play drive and capped it with a 10-yard run to slice the deficit to 27-7.

Any momentum gained was gone less than two minutes later as Mike Zikoski sacked Naccarato for a safety to make it 29-7. A 15-play, 88-yard drive that ate nearly eight minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter put the game away for Hopkins as Abbott rushed for 44 yards on the drive and Matey connected with Wodicka from eight yards out to make it 36-7.

An eight-yard scoring pass from Naccarato to Luke Sellers on the final play of the game accounted for the final scoring.

Sophomore Hani Annabi led the way defensively for the Blue Jays as he posted 10 tackles, including 1.5 for losses and one sack, and also forced a fumble. Adam Schweyer counted 2.5 tackles for losses among his nine stops on the day and Laychur (2), Joe DiTrolio (1), Zikoski (1) and Rocca (1) all contributed to JHU’s six-sack effort.

Abbott totaled a career-high 123 yards on 15 carries to lead the 344-yard rushing effort, while Rigaud (97) and Cherry (70) combined to average better than eight yards on their 21 rushing attempts. Matey was an efficient 15-of-20 for 166 yards with the one touchdown pass to Wodicka against two interceptions. He also rushed for 28 yards on seven carries and found Wodicka 11 times for 108 yards.

In all the Blue Jays gained 510 yards of total offense and averaged 7.4 yards per play while limiting RMC to 197 yards and 3.0 yards per play. The JHU defense came up with 10 total tackles for losses.

Despite playing under constant pressure, Naccarato was 17-of-25 for 165 yards and the one TD pass to Sellers, but the Yellow Jackets’ 40 rushing attempts netted just the 32 yards and the three-touchdown run by the Blue Jays in the second quarter was more than they could overcome.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, September 8 when the Blue Jays travel to Susquehanna for their first Centennial Conference game of the year.

 

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