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Defense produces big plays for Maryland in open scrimmage

Posted on 17 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD - With the season opener against James Madison on August 30 rapidly approaching, the Maryland football team gave its fans a look at the 2014 Terps during Fan Appreciation Day Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

The event consisted of a two-hour scrimmage followed by an autograph session with the players on the field.

The Terrapin defense put on a strong performance, forcing five turnovers and producing a number of big plays. Defensive back Jeremiah Johnson took a pick back for a touchdown late in proceedings after junior Denzel Conyers, junior Sean Davis and freshman Josh Woods all recorded interceptions.

Woods’ pick may have been the nicest play of the bunch as he made an over the shoulder catch on a throw intended for sophomore Jacquille Veii down the field.

“We did alright. We had some explosive plays and scored on defense,” Davis said. “I think we did a solid job stopping the run and we attacked the ball well in the air.”

The offense also showed well. Senior Deon Long nabbed a slant pass from junior Caleb Rowe and ran through defenders for a 53-yard score. For the day, Long caught eight passes for 136 yards. Rowe also threw a touchdown pass to redshirt freshman Taivon Jacobs.

In the kicking game, redshirt freshman Adam Greene and junior Brad Craddock both were 1-for-3 on the day with Greene connecting from 47 yards.

The winning score came when Will Ulmer found Malcolm Culmer on a short throw.  Freshman defensive back Daniel Ezeagwu also performed well throughout the scrimmage.

“We wanted to see some guys. Alvin [Hill] didn’t go today because we wanted to see Daniel and now we will evaluate it,” Edsall said. “He’s done some good things in camp. We’ll see how he graded out today and see if he can get on the bus or if he’s going to be able to contribute in some way.”

Overall, head coach Randy Edsall saw some positives in today’s effort.

“I thought there was some good and some bad today, but again, the big thing is today to get a look at different guys and see what they could do so we can evaluate some more,” head coach Randy Edsall said. “The players are off tomorrow to get their legs back and the coaches will sit down and evaluate today’s scrimmage along with what took place the previous practices we had and then we will probably come up with a new depth chart on Monday.”

The Terps open the season August 30 against James Madison at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

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Maryland announces 17 man football recruiting class

Posted on 05 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Terps add 17 commits for the 2014 season

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – With several of the area’s top players in tow, along with key additions from around the nation, the University of Maryland football team announced its 2014 recruiting class on Wednesday.

Featuring nine players from the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia metropolitan area, head coach Randy Edsall announced the signing of 17 student-athletes, including 16 who signed national letters-of-intent on Wednesday. One signee, Derwin Gray, enrolled at the university for the spring semester.

Edsall and the coaching staff added a balanced recruiting class, which includes eight offensive players and eight defense players along with one specialist. The Terps landed a five-star recruit in Damian Prince for the third consecutive year in addition to 12 players who earned all-state honors.

“We made ourselves a better program today with the addition of these 17 recruits. We addressed our positions of need and added depth to our roster, which will increase competition for our student-athletes as we prepare for the 2014 season.”

According to Rivals, Maryland landed the top-two players in its home state in offensive lineman Damian Prince and linebacker Jesse Aniebonam. A Bishop McNamara product, Prince is the third five-star recruit to join the Maryland football team in as many years. Prince earned Parade All-American honors, first team All-USA honors from USA Today and was selected to play in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game.

Aniebonam, a four-star linebacker from Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, joins an already deep and talented linebacking corps. The native of Silver Spring was a consensus all-state selection and earned a spot in the 2014 U.S. Army All-America Game. The Terps further strengthened the position with the addition of Pennsylvania AAAA all-state performer Tyler Burke of Coatesville High School in Coatesville, Pa., and Nnamdi Egbuaba of St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Md.

After signing with the Terps last year before prepping at Fork Union Military Academy, offensive lineman Derwin Gray enrolled at the university prior to the start of the spring semester and will be with the team when spring practice begins. Gray, who was ranked as the No. 1 recruit in D.C. by ESPN last year, played in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game.

In addition to Aniebonam and Gray, Maryland added three more four-star recruits in offensive lineman Larry Mazyck, quarterback Will Ulmer and wide receiver Juwann Winfree. Mazyck, a junior-college transfer for Iowa Western, earned first-team NJCAA All-American honors while helping to lead the Reivers to a No. 2 national ranking.

Ulmer, a native of Laurel, Md., prepped at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., and joined Prince in the Under Armour All-American game, while Winfree, who prepped at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, N.J., participated in the 2014 Offense-Defense All-America Game.

All-state selections Sean Christie of Patchogue-Medford High School in Medford, N.Y., and Brendan Moore of Westwood High School in Austin, Texas, join Gray, Mazyck and Prince along the offensive line.

The Terps strengthened the tight end position with the addition of Andrew Gray of Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio. Gray was a Division III all-state selection as a senior.

Brett Kulka of General Mclane High School in Edinboro, Pa., and David Shaw of Spring Grove High School in Spring Grove, Pa., complete a group of two defensive lineman in the 2014 class.

Consensus All-Maryland selection Josh Woods of McDonogh School in Baltimore, Md., leads a group of three defensive backs. Woods is joined by Westlake High School’s Antwaine Carter and Colonial Forge’s Daniel Ezeagwu.

Semper Fi All-American and Arizona all-state selection Nate Adams of Greenway High School in Phoenix, Ariz., is another talented specialist set to join the Terps.

Bios of each signee are attached.

2014 Maryland Recruiting Class

Name                              Pos.    Ht.      Wt.      Yr.-Elig.    Hometown (High School/Previous School)

Nate Adams                     LS       6-2      230     Fr.-HS       Phoenix, Ariz. (Greenway HS)

Jesse Aniebonam             LB       6-3      240     Fr.-HS       Silver Spring, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel)

Tyler Burke                       LB       6-4      240     Fr.-HS       Coatesville, Pa. (Coatesville HS)

Antwaine Carter                DB      6-1      180     Fr.-HS       Waldorf, Md. (Westlake HS)

Sean Christie                    OL      6-5      280     Fr.-HS       Medford, N.Y. (Patchogue-Medford HS)

Nnamdi Egbuaba             LB       6-1      216     Fr.-HS       Baltimore, Md. (St. Frances Academy)

Daniel Ezeagwu                DB      6-1      200     Fr.-HS       Stafford, Va. (Colonial Forge HS)

Andrew Gray                    TE       6-4      235     Fr.-HS       Chardon, Ohio (Chardon HS)

Derwin Gray                     OL      6-5      295     Fr.-HS       Washington, D.C. (Friendship Collegiate/Fork Union)

Brett Kulka                       DL      6-5      235     Fr.-HS       Edinboro, Pa. (General Mclane HS)

Larry Mazyck                    OL      6-8      340     Jr.-TR        Washington, D.C. (Friendship Collegiate/Iowa Western)

Brendan Moore                OL      6-4      285     Fr.-HS       Austin, Texas (Westwood HS)

Damian Prince                  OL      6-5      300     Fr.-HS       Washington, D.C. (Bishop McNamara)

David Shaw                     DL      6-5      276     Fr.-HS       Spring Grove, Pa. (Spring Grove HS)

Will Ulmer                        QB      6-0      185     Fr.-HS       Laurel, Md. (St. John’s College HS)

Juwann Winfree                WR     6-2      180     Fr.-HS       Englewood, N.J. (Dwight Morrow HS)

Josh Woods                    DB      6-2      180     Fr.-HS       Baltimore, Md. (McDonogh School)

 

Pronunciation Guide

Jesse Aniebonam – ANN-e-bon-um

Nnamdi Eegbuaba – e-GUA-ba

Daniel Ezeagwu – EZZ-a-gow-wu

Larry Mazyck – MUH-zeek

Antwaine Carter – Antoine

 

2014 University of Maryland Football Signee Bios

Nate Adams

Long Snapper

Fr.-HS, 6-2, 230

Phoenix, Az. (Greenway High School)

 

At Greenway High School: A multi-faceted player for the Demons contributing at linebacker, long snapper, tight end and running back … recorded 101 tackles in 2013, a single-season school record … participated in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl after his senior season … earned Arizona All-State Division III first team honors … selected first team all-district and named the district defensive player of the year … rated the fourth-best long snapper in the 2014 class by long snapping instructor Chris Rubio and the seventh-best long snapper by 247Sports.com … rated a two-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … played for coach K.J. Anthony.

 

Jesse Aniebonam

Linebacker

Fr.-HS, 6-3, 240

Silver Spring, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel High School)

 

At Our Lady of Good Counsel High School: Starred along the defensive line for a Falcon team that reached the WCAC Semifinals … selected as a participant in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl … named a Maryland Consensus All-State first team selection and a first team Private School All-State honoree … named to the American Family Insurance All-USA D.C. Team … named an honorable mention All-Met selection by The Washington Post … tabbed an All-WCAC first team selection … honored as a Montgomery Gazette first team selection … rated a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … rated the second-best prospect in the state of Maryland by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports.com … coached by Bob Milloy.

 

Tyler Burke

Linebacker

Fr.-HS, 6-4, 240

Coatesville, Pa. (Coatesville High School)

 

At Coatesville High School: Helped the Red Raiders to a 9-2 record and spot in the PIAA AAAA District 1 playoffs … played linebacker and tight end for Coatesville … totaled 150 tackles, 11 sacks and three interceptions as a senior … named to the Pennsylvania Football Writers’ Class AAAA All-State Team and The Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southern Pa. Team as a senior … named to the USA Today All-PA squad … selected as the Daily Local News All-Area Player of the Year … named a first-team member of the All-EasternPAFootball.com Big School Team … tabbed a three-time, first-team selection on the Philadelphia Inquirer All-Chest Mont Team … named the Chest Mont LB of the Year in 2012 and 2013, and the league’s player of the year in 2013 … selected to represent Team Pennsylvania in the Big 33 Classic … during his junior season, helped lead Coatesville to the state championship game where he recorded 18 tackles … rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … ranked the 19th-and-30th-best prospect in the state of Pennsylvania by ESPN and Rivals, respectively … coached by Matt Ortega.

 

Antwaine Carter

Defensive Back

Fr.-HS, 6-1, 180

Waldorf, Md. (Westlake High School)

 

At Westlake High School: Helped the Wolverines reach the Maryland 3A Regional Semifinals in 2013 … named a first team All-Charles County selection … tabbed a second team All-SMAC honoree … rated a two-star recruit by Rivals and Scout … coached by Marlon Curtis.

 

Sean Christie

Offensive Lineman

Fr.-HS, 6-5, 280

Medford, N.Y. (Patchogue-Medford High School)

 

At Patchogue-Medford High School: Played offensive tackle and on the defensive line for the Raiders for three seasons … did not allow a sack during his senior season … was the co-winner of the Zellner Award, which is presented to the best offensive lineman in the county by the Suffolk County Football Coaches Association … a second-team selection on the New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA All-State team … tabbed a first-team selection for the Newsday All-Long Island team … named an all-county and all-league selection … rated a three-star prospect by ESPN … tabbed a two-star recruit by Rivals and Scout … ranked the 14th-best prospect in New York by 247Sports.com … coached by Gary Marangi.

 

Nnamdi Egbuaba

Linebacker

Fr.-HS, 6-1, 216

Baltimore, Md. (St. Frances Academy)

 

At St. Frances Academy: During his senior season totaled 105 tackles, 19 sacks and 17 tackles for loss to help the Panthers to a fourth-place finish in the MIAA A Conference … named second team All-Metro by The Baltimore Sun … earned second-team honors on the Maryland Private School All-State Team … represented the South Team in the Chesapeake Bowl … earned first team All-MIAA honors as a junior … rated a three-star recruit by ESPN … rated a two-star recruit by Rivals and Scout … also lettered in basketball for the Panthers … coached by Messay Hailemariam.

 

Daniel Ezeagwu

Defensive Back

Fr.-HS, 6-1, 200

Stafford, Va. (Colonial Forge High School)

 

At Colonial Forge High School: During his senior season played cornerback, wide receiver and kick returner while helping lead his team to the Virginia 6A semifinals … totaled 62 tackles, four forced fumbles and an interception … also had 50 receptions for 743 yards and nine touchdowns … tabbed a VirginiaPreps.com 6A First-Team All-State and All-Region selection on defense … named a first team all-area and all-district selection … named player of the year by The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star … rated a three-star recruit by ESPN and a two-star recruit by Rivals … coached by Bill Brown.

Andrew Gray

Tight End

Fr.-HS, 6-4, 235

Chardon, Ohio (Chardon High School)

 

At Chardon High School: Saw action on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball during his senior season … caught 12 passes for just under 200 yards and helped open holes for the Hilltoppers to rush for 3,815 yards and 44 touchdowns during his junior campaign … tabbed a second-team selection to the 2013 Associated Press Division III All-Ohio Football Team … named a first team Northeast Lakes Division III All-District honoree … selected as a Cleveland.com Honorable Mention All-Star … earned first-team all-league honors … rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … also played three seasons of varsity hoops and earned all-state honors in 2012 … played for Mitch Hewitt.

 

Derwin Gray

Offensive Lineman

Fr.-HS, 6-5, 295

Washington, D.C. (Fork Union Military Academy/Friendship Collegiate Academy)

 

Enrolled at Maryland for the spring semester and will participate in spring practice.

 

At Fork Union Military Academy: Spent the 2013 season at Fork Union Military Academy where he was coached by John Shuman.

 

At Friendship Collegiate Academy: Helped lead Friendship Collegiate to the 2012 DCSAA Championship as a senior … played in the Under Armor All-American Game … also played on the South Team at the Chesapeake Bowl … ranked the number two player in Washington, D.C. by Rivals and the number one recruit the Nation’s Capital by ESPN … named second-team All-Met by The Washington Post … coached by Aazaar Abdul-Rahim.

 

Brett Kulka

Defensive Lineman

Fr.-HS, 6-5, 235

Edinboro, Pa. (General Mclane High School)

 

At General Mclane High School: Totaled 52 tackles (34 solo), three sacks, 10 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one interception and one touchdown during his senior season … named all-region as both an offensive and defensive lineman … earned all-state honors from the Pennsylvania Sports Writers and the PA Football News … tabbed a three-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals … rated a two-star recruit by Scout … played for Jim Wells.

 

Larry Mazyck

Offensive Lineman

Jr.-TR, 6-8, 340

Washington, D.C. (Friendship Collegiate Academy/Iowa Western Community College)

 

At Iowa Western Community College: Started at tackle for the Reivers in 2013 and helped them finish 11-1 and capture their second consecutive Midwest Football Conference title to finish the season ranked No. 2 in the country … earned first team NJCAA All-American honors … named first team All-Midwest Football Conference … powered a running attack that ranked seventh nationally averaging 265.0 yards per game … tabbed a four-star recruit by Scout … rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … coached by Scott Strohmeier.

 

At New Mexico: Played in seven games as a reserve tackle for the Lobos.

 

At Fork Union: Spent the 2010 season at Fork Union Military Academy where he was coached by Micky Sullivan.

 

At Friendship Collegiate: Started along the offensive line for the Knights … coached by Aazaar Abdul-Rahim.

 

Brendan Moore

Offensive Lineman

Fr.-HS, 6-4, 285

Austin, Texas (Westwood High School)

 

At Westwood High School: Helped lead Westwood to a runner-up finish in District 16-5A and a spot in the Texas AAAAA DII playoffs … earned second team Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 5A All-State honors … selected to the 2013 All-Central Texas First Team by the Austin American-Statesman … named first team all-district in 2013 and 2012 … rated a three-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals … tabbed a two-star recruit by Scout … coached by Anthony Wood.

 

 

Damian Prince

Offensive Line

Fr-HS, 6-5, 300

Washington, D.C. (Bishop McNamara)

 

At Bishop McNamara: One of the most dominant offensive lineman in the country … selected to the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game … named a Parade All-American … tabbed as a first team All-USA honoree by USA Today … a two-time Maryland Consensus All-State selection … a two-time Washington Post first team All-Met selection … a two-time first team All-WCAC selection … rated a five-star recruit and the No. 20 player in the nation by Rivals … tabbed a four-star recruit by ESPN and Scout … coached by Keith Goganious.

 

David Shaw

Defensive Line

Fr.-HS, 6-5, 276

Spring Grove, Pa. (Spring Grove High School)

 

At Spring Grove High School: During his senior season was named first team All-YAIAA … totaled 54 tackles and earned All-YAIAA honors during his junior season … named to Team Pennsylvania for the 2014 Big 33 Football Classic … rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … played for Russ Stoner.

 

Will Ulmer

Quarterback

Fr.-HS, 6-0, 185

Laurel, Md. (St. John’s College High School)

 

St. John’s College High School: Under center, Ulmer helped lead the Cadets to a 9-2 record and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game … passed for over 1,100 yards and rushed for over 1,300 yards with 21 combined touchdowns during his senior campaign … selected for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game … named the offensive player of the year on the American Family Insurance All-USA D.C. Team … earned first team All-WCAC honors as a senior and junior … named an honorable mention All-Met selection by The Washington Post … tabbed a four-star recruit by ESPN … rated a three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout … coached by Joe Patterson.

 

Juwann Winfree

Wide Receiver

Fr.-HS, 6-2, 180

Englewood, N.J. (Dwight Morrow High School)

 

At Dwight Morrow High School: Played both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and defensive back for the Maroon Raiders … had 33 catches for 733 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior and totaled 52 tackles and two interceptions on defense … named a third team New Jersey All-State selection on defense … earned first team All-Bergen honors … selected for the 2014 Offense-Defense All-America Game … named to the New Jersey team for the N.Y. vs. N.J. All-Star Football Classic … rated a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … coached by Barry Harris.

 

 

Josh Woods

Defensive Back

Fr.-HS, 6-2, 180

Baltimore, Md. (McDonogh School)

 

At McDonogh School: A two-way player for the Eagles starring at cornerback and wide receiver … helped the Eagles complete an 11-0 season in 2013 culminating in the school’s first MIAA A outright title … had 35 tackles and four interceptions at safety … totaled 35 catches for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns as a wide receiver … a Maryland Consensus All-State selection and a first team Maryland Private School All-State honoree … named a Baltimore Sun first team All-Metro selection on defense … earned All-MIAA A honors … named to Team Maryland for the 2014 Big 33 Football Classic … rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … coached by Dominic D’Amico.

 

2014 University of Maryland Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

BY STATE

MARYLAND/D.C. (8)

• Jesse Aniebonam

• Antwaine Carter                                                                                                                      

• Nnamdi Egbuaba

• Derwin Gray

• Larry Mazyck

• Damian Prince

• Will Ulmer

• Josh Woods

 

PENNSYLVANIA (3)

• Tyler Burke

• Brett Kulka

• David Shaw

 

ARIZONA (1)

• Nate Adams

 

NEW JERSEY (1)

• Juwann Winfree

 

NEW YORK (1)

• Sean Christie

 

OHIO (1)

• Andrew Gray

 

TEXAS (1)

• Brendan Moore

 

VIRGINIA (1)

• Daniel Ezeagwu                                                                                                                                 

 

INDIVIDUAL HONORS

 

FIVE-STAR RECRUITS (1)

• Damian Prince (Rivals)

 

FOUR-STAR RECRUITS (5)

• Jesse Aniebonam (ESPN, Rivals, Scout)

• Derwin Gray (ESPN, Rivals, Scout)

• Larry Mazyck (Scout)

• Will Ulmer (ESPN)

• Juwann Winfree (ESPN, Rivals, Scout)

 

THREE-STAR RECRUITS (8)

• Tyler Burke (ESPN, Rivals, Scout)

• Sean Christie (ESPN)

• Daniel Ezeagwu (ESPN)

• Andrew Gray (ESPN, Rivals, Scout)

• Brett Kulka (ESPN, Rivals)

• Brendan Moore (ESPN, Rivals)

• David Shaw (ESPN, Rivals, Scout)

• Josh Woods (ESPN, Rivals, Scout)

 

OFFENSE-DEFENSE ALL-AMERICAN (1)

• Juwann Winfree

 

PARADE ALL-AMERICAN (1)

• Damian Prince

 

SEMPER FI ALL-AMERICAN (1)

• Nate Adams

 

UNDER ARMOUR ALL-AMERICANS (2)

• Damian Prince

• Will Ulmer

 

U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN (1)

• Jesse Aniebonam

 

ALL-STATE HONOREES (12)

• Nate Adams (Ariz.)

• Jesse Aniebonam (Md.)

• Tyler Burke (Pa.)

• Sean Christie (N.Y.)

• Nnamdi Egbuaba (Md.)

• Daniel Ezeagwu (Va.)

• Andrew Gray (Ohio)

• Brett Kulka (Pa.)

• Brendan Moore (Texas)

• Damian Prince (Md.)

• Juwann Winfree (N.J.)

• Josh Woods (Md.)

 

TEAM RANKINGS

• 247Sports (43)

• Rivals (52)

• Scout (60)

 

BY POSITION

 

OFFENSE (8)

 

Quarterback (1)

• Will Ulmer

 

Wide Receiver (1)

• Juwann Winfree

 

Offensive Linemen (5)

• Sean Christie

• Derwin Gray

• Larry Mazyck

• Brendan Moore

• Damian Prince

 

Tight End (1)

• Andrew Gray

 

DEFENSE (8)

 

Defensive Linemen (2)

• Brett Kulka

• David Shaw

 

Linebacker (3)

• Jesse Aniebanam

• Tyler Burke

• Nnamdi Egbuaba

 

Defensive Backs (3)

• Antwaine Carter

• Daniel Ezeagwu

• Josh Woods

 

SPECIAL TEAMS (1)

 

Long Snapper (1)

• Nate Adams

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