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Maryland receiver Jacobs, safety Hendy suspended for entire season

Posted on 29 August 2014 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – As a result of a violation of the University of Maryland’s Student Code of Conduct, Levern Jacobs and A.J. Hendy will not participate with the Maryland football team during the upcoming season.

“I have spoken with Levern and A.J. and expressed my disappointment with their actions,” said head coach Randy Edsall. “They showed poor judgment and failed to uphold the standards of a student-athlete at the University of Maryland. Both Levern and A.J. were regretful and apologetic about their role in this incident and understand that their actions will not allow them to participate in the upcoming football season.”

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Edsall says Jacobs brothers have stood out thus far in practice

Posted on 11 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Opening Comments:

“Evan Mulrooney was released from the hospital just now, just came into the facilities. I talked to him for a little bit before I came in here. He looks good, he had a viral infection. I don’t know what it was, but he’ll be out for an extended period of time until the doctors clear him, however long that will be we don’t know, but hopefully first and foremost he gets healthy and then once the time comes he’s able to get out there with us and he’ll be out there but not until he’s cleared 100 percent to be able to do those things.

 

“Quinton Jefferson is still with his wife as they are finding out exactly the issues she might have. I spoke to Quinton today and he’s in good spirits, but in our program it’s all about their faith first and foremost and then the family, then academics, then football and then the social so our thoughts and prayers are with him and his wife and his family and hopefully everything works out well from that standpoint.

 

“Looking forward to fan appreciation day on Saturday. Give our fans a chance to come out and watch us scrimmage and then also get a chance to interact with our players afterwards, get some autographs. I know our guys are really looking forward to that, they like spending time with all the people who come to support them and watch them so we’re looking forward to Saturday.

 

“And then lastly we have a new website MarylandPride.com. It’s a really interesting website, giving people an inside look, supporters, recruits, an inside look to what goes on here. What goes on in the life of a student-athlete, goes behind closed doors, be able to see the camaraderie, the love these guys have for each other and just the demands they have on them as student-athletes and how they manage their time and what they do and they’re very appreciative of all the people who support them so if people get a chance to check that out, there’s going to be things up there new each and every day. A lot of content that we think will be really good for people to get to know more about our student-athletes and our football program.

 

“Been pleased with the first eight practices that we’ve had. Seen a lot of improvement but also know that we still have a lot of work to do before our first game. There are some things that are starting to become a little bit clearer in regards to our team and what we’ve got to do now is a little bit more difficult than last week because we have a two-a-day on Tuesday and Thursday. So, we have two this week and again we’ve got a couple things we have to install that now what we have to get down to is the precision and the timing, especially offensively, with the guys that we feel will be in there playing. We’ve stayed pretty healthy. Sean Christie is a young man who will have surgery at some point in time on his knee, talked about Evan, we just have some guys that have some bumps and bruises, which you get in camp, but other than that nothing from a serious nature.”

On defensive back Denzel Conyers and possible position changes:

“Denzel got back Saturday night and then he did work out yesterday. It’s good to have him back. He was very appreciative to be able to go home and he needed to go home for his family situation. Don’t really want to get into any position changes because if there are going to be some position changes, I haven’t spoken to the players yet. I’ve got some meetings after this today, so as you come to practice tomorrow you’ll see some things that have taken place based on what has transpired in the first eight practices. I want to caution you just to say that the changes that we make or you see some things in the depth chart as you come out to practice tomorrow, that’s where we are after eight practices. We still have time to go with preseason and guys will still have an opportunity to move up or down based on their performances.”

 

On offensive lineman Andrew Zeller:

“We’re really pleased with what he’s doing so far. On the offensive line, he’s a young man that we expect to be a leader for us. He’s getting better as he continues to improve his technique. And that’s the biggest thing that we’re harping on him about. When he is technically sound he is very, very good, but when he has some flaws in his technique, he just becomes average. He works hard each and every day, he’s got a great attitude. Somebody that you can count on, he’s going to be there every day. Knows how to fight through the little things. Really pleased with where he’s at. What we have to do is just kind of get him to that next level. And he sees it and he knows it, in terms of the things he has to do and he’s working extremely hard to improve upon that.”

 

On the competition at running back:

“I’ve been impressed with Brandon Ross. I think Brandon is having a good fall. He put the ball on the ground a couple times, but since the last time he hasn’t done that. He understands ball security. Brandon is better as a pass blocker, has good hands and is being productive out there.

 

“Albert [Reid] is steady as Albert always is. Albert gives you everything that he has. He knows everything, his assignments. He’s a leader, hard-nosed.

 

Jacquille [Veii] brings a lot of energy, enthusiasm, has the skill set, the ability. And again just trying to perfect all his assignments.

 

‘Wes [Brown], you can see that the time away for him was something that he’s still getting back into the swing of things. But again, he’s a tough, downhill runner that again just has to be more efficient and more affective with executing all the things he’s being asked to do as a running back.”

 

On Sunday’s scrimmage:

“I thought we had a better day yesterday. There were some things that we did in the scrimmage that were better. And again, I think it’s that those guys, just working together, getting those reps together and everybody just doing their job. That’s the biggest thing that everybody has to understand. Everybody just has to do their job to the best of their ability. But again the things that they do on their own in the summer time in terms of the 7-on-7 and those sort of things is great, but it’s totally different than what we’re going to do when we start practice. And you can just see the guys start to make more improvement with each practice and like I said I thought yesterday was better, again a step in the right direction and again I think this week as we continue to go we’ll continue to make that progress.”

 

On the progress of quarterback C.J. Brown:

“The thing with C.J. [Brown] is just continually doing all the things his job requires. We want him to be more decisive on his decision-making. We want him to understand that when he sees things to utilize all parts of his repertoire to get the job done. That means his arms, his legs, all those things. And really as I told him, this is his team that he needs to just go and take more charge of what’s going on out there. But he’s better than he was in the spring. And again, we’ve got to understand that we have a very high level of expectation for our players and we’re not going to be satisfied with just being average.  We as coaches, and even the players, they want to be the best they can be and the biggest thing is we always have to focus and concentrate on those little things and those are more of the things that we got to get C.J. to just always be cognizant of. Be a little bit more decisive and also understand to utilize whatever the defense gives you. If that means taking off and running with it, if it means throwing it, whatever it is. Do it and don’t hesitate.”

 

On the team’s preparation this year compared to last year:

“I think every year is a different year. We’re older, we’re more mature, we’re stronger, and those guys are bigger. I’ll give you an example, Matt Robinson, this is the first time he’s ever been able to lift weights in the summer time because he hadn’t been injured and you can see the difference in him and again when you have more mature guys and older guys they understand what they’re going to be up against and they understand that what you have to do in order to compete against the schedule that we have.”

 

On the progress of tight end Derrick Hayward:

“Derrick [Heyward] is doing well. And again that thing you have to understand about Derrick, he’s just a redshirt freshman. He’s just a young kid, he’s a young guy that’s getting better. He wants to be good, he works hard. He still makes some mistakes, which we understand that. But I like how he’s working, I like the things that he’s doing. And again everybody, we try to tell the kids this. It’s a process what they’re going through. They all want to come in here and start and play as freshman, but there’s a process that you have to go through when you come from high school to college. Some of the challenges that we have as coaches is to get these guys to understand that they’re not failures if they come in here and they don’t play right away because they were the superstars in high school and for some guys it’s going to take a little bit longer. And they have five years to complete four years of eligibility and you want them to come in and make sure that they understand what the Maryland pride way is and what you have to do. Derrick is a young man who is doing all those things that we do. He’s not going to be the finished product as a redshirt freshman. He’s making great progress and he’s going to continue to make progress because of the type of young man he is.”

 

On the depth along the defensive and offensive lines:

“Well on the defensive line, you look at Malik Jones and if you take a look at his picture when he first got here then look where he is now, you can tell that he’s been working very hard. He’s put on weight, but again I like where we are right now and we’ve got Malik and Spencer [Myers]. Spencer Myers is doing some really good things out there. He’s caught the attention of everybody and he’ll have the opportunity to work with the one’s tomorrow, but its great competition, that’s the biggest thing. Then on the other side, you’ve got Andre Monroe and behind him you’ve got Roman [Braglio]. Roman is just a fierce competitor and he goes out there ready to compete and does everything he can to earn more playing time. You’ve got Keith [Bowers] and Darius [Kilgo] at nose guard. Who I’ve been impressed with and our coaching staff has been impressed with is David Shaw and what we’ve seen out of him. Kingsley [Opara] is also doing a good job so we’ve got competition, which always makes everyone better. On the defensive line we have depth.

 

“On the offensive line, when you look at it, we don’t have as much depth as we’d like to. I mean, Michael Dunn is having a really good preseason. Again, we’ve got to get him to be more technically sound. He’s very conscientious, does the things we ask him, he’s smart, we moved him to the left side and he didn’t have any problems, he had a great scrimmage yesterday. Of course, you’ve got Sal [Conaboy] in there at center, Andy Zeller at right guard, and Ryan Dunn was moved from left to right and it seems like much more of a natural fit for him. Then behind him, Jake Wheeler, he’s been playing his best football since he’s been here at Maryland, the left tackle. He’s got a lot of mobility, he’s still learning how to play the game, but he’s doing great. Then you’ve got JaJuan Dulaney at guard, Steve Grommer, and another guy is Brendan Moore, the freshman center and Damian [Prince] has got all the tools. You watch all these guys come in and again; part of the process is trying to get the kids up to speed to become technical offensive linemen. We’re going to be a lot younger on the offensive line, so those young guys will face a challenge and hopefully everybody will stay healthy and we’ll be ready.”

 

On the wide receivers:

“Well to be truthful, we’ve got a lot we need to work on with the receiving corps. The two guys that I’ve been the most impressed with at the receiving corps so far are Levern Jacobs and Taivon Jacobs. Those are the guys that I think have practiced the best so far when we’ve practiced. They’ve all worked very hard and the truth is that we’re not looking for receivers who only catch the ball around here. This isn’t flag football or 7-on-7. We’ve got to have complete receivers and our receivers have to make sure they listen to Keenan [McCardell] and that they do what he asks them to do. With the talent that they have, they can be very good. However, we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

 

On the status of wide receiver Deon Long:

“From what I’m being told, he should be back out there tomorrow, and again, what I just said about the receivers includes him.”

 

On the biggest challenge joining the Big Ten:

“They may have some bigger offensive linemen or people that run the ball a little bit more. A lot of teams run the spread, I know Indiana does and Ohio State runs a version of it so again, we’ve seen all of those things, it’s not like we haven’t seen them. We’ve played against good teams before. Again, what we’ve got to do is get ourselves as good as we can be and we know that in college football we’re going to go against good people week in and week out, but what we’ve got to do is make sure we take care of ourselves and that we do the things that are necessary to put ourselves in a position to allow us to compete and win, and go against the schedule we’re going to go against.”

 

On the talent at the safety position:

“I think Sean Davis has made tremendous growth, he’s a hard worker, a guy you need to tell to back off. He spent a lot of time in the film room to get better. From what we’ve seen out of Sean, I believe he’s focused, he’s ready to have a great year. You can watch a guy on the practice field and understand how much they get it or not based on how much they talk. You can feel and see that Sean’s confident, he’s focused, he’s playing fast and I’m really proud of him in terms of how he really went out and attacked it. Anthony [Nixon] is ‘Steady Eddie’ back there, we’re trying to get him to talk a little more. He’s been very, very steady for us back there.”

 

On defensive lineman David Shaw:

“He’s got natural strength and natural ability and he’s really quick off of the ball. That’s the thing that really attracted me to him when watching just how quick he was on high school tapes and just to watch him work and how he pursues the ball and comes to the ball. But again, we’ve got two guys in front of him who are seniors including Keith Bowers. We’re going to try to get David in there as soon as possible but again, I wouldn’t count on seeing him on the kickoffs or playing on the special teams. We’ve got to try and do everything we can to get him ready. We don’t have any injuries right now, but if we do, he’s a guy we’d call upon if he keeps it up.”

 

On if he has communicated with Dexter McDougle since the injury: 
“I texted him. I didn’t get a chance to call him. We were texting back and forth. I just feel so bad for him. He was playing well and doing a good job, but I just told him that you’ve been through this before, you’ll come back stronger. I touched on this earlier, but with the defensive backs, you can see that camaraderie and I’d probably say that they’re our tightest group. Those guys were in the film room watching a ton of film when we’d walk by and they enjoy each other and I think a lot of that was because of Dexter. What people don’t understand about the game is the relationships we build. I talked to Dexter, Marcus Whitfield, who’s doing well with the Jags, and Joe [Vellano] was here the other day.  We saw the video of A.J. Francis doing the ice bucket challenge. He’s a big man so it took three buckets to cover him, but that’s just what we do. They may frustrate you a bit, but the relationships you build with these guys make you feel very, very special.”

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Terps to be without OT Larose, WR Jacobs out Saturday against Va Tech

Posted on 14 November 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

at Virginia Tech

Position

Name

Injury

Status

DB Milan Collins Ankle Out for the season
LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil Upper Body Out for the season
WR Stefon Diggs Leg Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney Knee Out for the season
WR Deon Long Leg Out for the season
DB Dexter McDougle Shoulder Out for the season
DL Mike Minter Knee Out for the season
DL Kingsley Opara Shoulder Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker Knee Out for the season
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro Head Out
WR Levern Jacobs Head Out
DB Jeremiah Johnson Toe Out
WR DeAndre Lane Hamstring Out
OL Moise Larose Foot Out
LB Abner Logan Foot Out
TE Dave Stinebaugh Knee Probable
LB Alex Twine Shoulder Probable

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Terps try again to get bowl eligible Saturday against Syracuse

Posted on 08 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Following its second and final open date of the season, the Maryland football team welcomes Syracuse to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium for a 3:33 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. It is Maryland’s first meeting against Syracuse as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Terps and Orange have met a total of 34 times, but have not played each other since 1994, a 21-16 Syracuse victory at the Carrier Dome. The Orange have won four straight in the series. The Terps last win at home against the Orange came on Oct. 8, 1983, by the score of 34-13.

LIVE Coverage on Comcast SportsNet & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast locally on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic at 3:30 p.m. Wes Durham (pbp), Brian Stann (color) and Jenn Hildreth (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 82 and XM Radio Channel 196, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

Military Appreciation Day

The Terps matchup with Syracuse on Saturday will serve as Maryland’s Military Appreciation Game. All military personnel that present their military ID at the gate can purchase tickets for $10.

In addition, several in-game ceremonies are scheduled to recognize members of the military.


First-and-10

• Last time out, the Terps fell to eighth-ranked Clemson 40-27. Maryland got within three points of the Tigers at 16-13 early in the third quarter before Clemson scored 17 straight points to pull away. Starting in place of the injured C.J. Brown, quarterback Caleb Rowe threw for 287 yards and a career-best three touchdown passes. Rowe’s first scoring pass of the game went for 71 yards to wide receiver Levern Jacobs. The 71-yard catch-and-run is Maryland’s longest scoring play of the season and is the Terps’ longest touchdown reception since Sept. 18, 2010, when Jamarr Robinson hooked up with Torrey Smith at West Virginia for an 80-yard score. In addition, it is the second time in as many games Rowe completed a touchdown pass to Jacobs for over 50 yards. A week before at Wake Forest (10/19), Rowe found Jacobs over the middle for a 56-yard touchdown.

• Jacobs’ touchdown propelled the wideout to a career day and continued a big-play trend for the Terrapin offense. The sophomore from Temple Hills, Md., had a career-high eight receptions for a personal-best 158 yards, which is the second-best yardage total for a Terrapin receiver this season. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs had 179 yards receiving against Old Dominion (9/7). Jacobs’ 19.8 yards per reception average led the team as the Terps’ averaged 14.4 yards per completion for the game. The Terps are averaging 14.9 yards per completion for the season, a mark which ranks fourth in the ACC and 10th nationally. For the year, the Terps are averaging 281.4 yards passing per game, which ranks fourth in the conference.

• .After not generating a turnover in the previous three games, Maryland turned Clemson over three times (two fumble recoveries, one interception) to increase its season total to 16, which is tied for the fourth highest total in the league, and the unit’s seven fumble recoveries is tied for the third highest total in the ACC. Linebacker Matt Robinson forced one fumble and recovered another. Defensive back Isaac Goins picked off his second pass of the season and in four conference games has three pass breakups and an interception to average 1.00 pass defensed per game, which ranks 10th in the ACC.

• .After totaling 17 sacks in the season’s first four games, the Terps were held to just two in their previous three games before getting back on track against the Tigers. Maryland tallied four sacks including career-firsts for linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Shawn Petty. Linebacker Marcus Whitfield added one sack to increase his team-high total to 7.5. His season total is tied for ninth nationally. In addition, Maryland tied a season high with nine tackles for loss against the Tigers with Ngakoue recording a team-high three. The Terps are averaging 7.9 per game, which ranks second in the ACC and is tied for 10th nationally.

• .Linebacker Cole Farrand turned in one of the best defensive performances in Maryland history against Clemson. Farrand finished with a career-high 23 tackles, which is an ACC single-game high this season and the second most in a single game nationally. The last Maryland player to top Farrand’s 23 was Scott Rosen on Oct. 27, 1990. Rosen finished with 30 tackles at North Carolina.

• Place kicker Brad Craddock converted two field goals both from 41 yards out against the Tigers. Craddock is now 15-for-18 this season and 14-for-15 from under 50 yards. Craddock is averaging 1.88 field goals per game, which ranks second in the ACC and seventh nationally. The sophomore was named as one of the 20 Lou Groza Award semifinalists this week.


Quick Hitters From Clemson

• Linebacker Cole Farrand recorded a career-best 23 tackles. It is the most tackles recorded by a Maryland player since Scott Rosen had 30 tackles at North Carolina on Oct. 27, 1990.

• Farrand’s 23 tackles are the highest single-game total in the ACC this season and the second highest single-game total nationally (FBS and FCS). Since the 2008 season, Farrand’s total is tied for the fifth most in a single game nationally (FBS).

• Maryland held Clemson to three touchdowns on seven redzone opportunities including holding the Tigers to three field goals on four redzone trips in the first half. The Terps lead the ACC in holding opponents to field goals inside the redzone. Maryland has held opponents to 18 touchdowns on 30 opportunities in the redzone.

• The Terps have two of the top-10 quarterbacks in the ACC in terms of passing efficiency after Caleb Rowe made his second start of the season against the Tigers. C.J. Brown ranks fourth with an efficiency rating of 153.4 and Rowe is ninth with a rating of 120.3.

• Wide receiver Levern Jacobs had a career-high 158 yards receiving on a career-best eight receptions, which is the ninth highest single-game receiving total in the ACC this season. In addition, his receiving total is the 10th highest single-game receiving total since 2000 at Maryland. Over that span, Torrey Smith has the highest mark, 224 yards against NC State on Nov. 27, 2010.

• With his 153 receiving yards, Jacobs became the third Terrapin receiver to go over 100 yards this season joiningStefon Diggs (179, Old Dominion; 110, Connecticut) and Deon Long (110, FIU).

• With 287 yards through the air, Maryland now has 2,251 passing yards and is averaging 281.4 yards per game. The Terps are on pace to average 3,376.8 passing yards this season, which would be the most since the 1993 season when Maryland passed for a school record 3,823 yards.

• Overall, the Terps are averaging 431.0 yards of total offense. That mark is the highest per game average since 2001 when the Terps averaged 439.7 yards per game.

• Three Terps set career highs against the Tigers. Running back Albert Reid finished with a career-high 70 yards rushing to lead the Terps on the ground. Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo caught his first career touchdown pass andNigel King finished with career bests in receptions (5) and receiving yards (76).

• The Terps totaled four sacks against the Tigers increasing their season total to 23, a mark that is tied for fourth in the conference. It was Maryland’s fifth multi-sack game of the season and linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Shawn Petty record their first career sacks.

• Linebacker Marcus Whitfield picked up his 7.5 sack against Clemson. Whitfield is a 0.5 sack shy of tying for 15th all-time in a single season at Maryland. In addition, his 7.5 sacks is the most by a Terrapin since Shawne Merriman had 8.5 in 2004.

• Whitfield also finished with two tackles for loss increasing his team-high total to 11.5, the fifth-best total in the ACC. His 11.5 TFL has cost opponents 94 yards, which is tied with Mark Duda for the fourth most in a single season in school history. He is seven yards shy of tying Martin Van Horn for third.

• As a team, the Terps tied a season high with nine TFL against Clemson. Maryland is averaging 7.9 TFL per game, which ranks second in the ACC and is tied for 10th nationally. The team’s average is the highest for a Terrapin defense since 2001. That season, the Terps averaged 9.2 per game.

• Place kicker Brad Craddock converted two field goals both from 41 yards and is now 15-for-18 this season and is 14-for-15 from under 50 yards. The Lou Groza Award semifinalist is averaging 1.88 field goals per game this season, which ranks second in the ACC and seventh nationally.

• Craddock ranks fourth all-time at Maryland currently with an 83.3 percent single-season field goal percentage and his 15 made field goals is tied for the 15th-highest total in a single season.


Maryland Gameday Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are offensive lineman Dylan O’Connor (offense), defensive back Elvis Dennah (defense), and linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Running back William Likely will carry the American flag, and running back Kenneth Goins, Jr., will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Syracuse game are offensive lineman Ryan Doyle (offense), linebacker Matt Robinson (defense), and long snapper Greg Parcher (special teams).


Maryland-Syracuse Series History

• The Terps and Orange are set for their 35th all-time meeting, but first since 1994 and first as members of the ACC. Maryland trails the series 14-18-2 with the Orange winning the last four. (1987, 1988, 1991, 1994).

• The Terps are 5-9-1 all-time against the Orange at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium with their last home win coming in 1983 by a 34-14 score.

• Maryland’s last win in the series was in 1985 at the Pontiac Silverdome. The Terps won that matchup 35-18.

 

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Farrand totals 23 tackles for Terps in loss

Posted on 27 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland vs. No. 9 Clemson

No. 9 Clemson 40, Maryland 27

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Kicking It Off: Maryland falls to 5-3 on the season and 1-3 in the ACC following a 40-27 defeat to ninth-ranked Clemson. The Tigers improved to 7-1 and 4-2 in the ACC with the victory. The Tigers now lead the all-time series 34-26-2 and have won four straight in the series.

 

Big Play: Quarterback Caleb Rowe’s 71-yard touchdown completion to wide receiver Levern Jacobs is Maryland’s longest scoring play of the season and a career-long reception for the wide out. It is the second consecutive week Rowe hooked up with Jacobs for a touchdown over 50 yards. Last week at Wake Forest, Rowe found Jacobs over the middle for a 56-yard catch-and-run for a score.

 

Steady Craddock: Place kicker Brad Craddock entered today’s contest averaging 1.86 field goals per game. Craddock connected on two 41-yard field goals and is now 15-for-18 this season and has only one miss from under 50 yards. Craddock’s 15 made field goals are the 20th-highest single-season total in school history and his .833 field goal percentage currently ranks fourth for a single season.

 

Career Day for Levern: Wide receiver Levern Jacobs caught a career-high eight passes for a personal-best 158 yards. Jacobs’ 158 receiving yards is the second-highest single-game total this season. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs had 179 yards against Old Dominion onSept. 7.

 

Redzone D: Entering today’s game, Maryland’s defense had surrendered 15 touchdowns on 24 redzone opportunities, a 62.5 percent conversion rate, which was the second-best in the ACC trailing only Miami (53.8). Against the Tigers, Maryland held Clemson to three touchdowns on seven redzone opportunities including holding the Tigers three field goals on four redzone trips in the first half.

 

In on the Play: Linebacker Cole Farrand totaled a career-high 13 tackles in the first half and finished with 23 total tackles. Since the 1998 season, no Maryland player has totaled more with Joe Vellano being the last Maryland player to total 20 or more tackles in a game. He had 20 at Georgia Tech on Oct. 8, 2011.

 

Three Takeaways: After totaling 13 takeaways in the first four games of the season, the Terrapin defense added three turnovers to the total on Saturday. Maryland forced and recovered two fumbles and intercepted Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd once. Linebacker Matt Robinson recovered and forced a fumble, defensive lineman Darius Kilgo recovered another. Defensive back Isaac Goins picked off Boyd in the fourth quarter marking his second career interception. The Terps have seven fumble recoveries and nine interceptions this season.

 

Offensive Notes: Running back Albert Reid averaged 4.7 yards per carry finishing with a career-best 70 yards on 15 carries … wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo caught his first career touchdown pass and totaling three catches for 26 yards … wide receiver Nigel King had a career-high five receptions for a personal-best 76 yards and a touchdown, his second of the season.

 

Defensive Notes: Linebacker Abner Logan finished second on the team with a personal-best 15 tackles, seven solo … defensive backIsaac Goins tied a career high with nine tackles and added two pass breakups and one interception … linebacker Marcus Whitfieldincreased his team-leading sack total to 7.5 with one sack on Saturday and finished with a career-high seven tackles … linebackersYannick Ngakoue and Shawn Petty both recorded their first career sacks.

 

– Maryland –

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Jacobs, King make first career catches in Maryland loss

Posted on 21 October 2012 by WNST Staff

QUOTES – MARYLAND COACH RANDY EDSALL

NC State 20, Maryland 18

 

Opening Statement:

“That was a very disappointing and heartbreaking loss we had out there, but the guys competed and played very hard. They gave everything they had. We put ourselves in a position to win the game there at the end but we just came up short. We will look at the film to make corrections and move forward.

 

I thought that [quarterback] Devin Burns came in and played well as a backup. Caleb [Rowe] also came in and executed the two-minute drill with perfection. That is something that we have been working on and planned on bring in Devin if something happened to Perry [Hills] and use Caleb in the two-minute offense. We got the ball down there, but unfortunately Brad [Craddock] didn’t make it and we came up two points short.

 

We had over a 100 yards rushing, 121 yards with Wes [Brown]. Defensively, we played really well. We gave up that one long pass that was disappointing. I’m very proud of the way the guys played and came back out there. We were in a position to win so I’m disappointed that we weren’t able to finish it out.”

 

On Perry Hills’ Injury:

“Perry has a knee injury. We will wait to see what the MRI tells about it, but it doesn’t look good. We will take a look at the film and look at how we will move forward. I think we have two guys who will help us move forward and it’s a credit to how they have prepared and to our offensive coaches for having those kids ready.”

 

On the offense going forward:

“You always do what guys can do offensively. You try to match the plan to their skill level and we know what Devin’s skill level is and what Caleb’s skill level is. We have a base of what we know we want to do, but we will fit it to meet our personnel.”

 

On the defense’s performance:

“The defense has played well all season and they played well again today, except for that one touchdown pass. That play was a killer for us. Then we needed to make one more stop there at the end to prevent them from kicking the field goal. We had them, but one of our guys lost his man and they completed the pass. There was also the close play there on the sideline and the pass interference call. They are playing well and they are playing together to execute.”

 

On the second-half rushing:

“We came in at half-time and knew that Perry was down. We made the adjustments we needed to make to give us an opportunity to move the ball and score.”

 

Freshman Quarterback Caleb Rowe:

On anticipation of getting playing time:

“I was not surprised, coach always preaches to be prepared for whenever your number is called. I work hard in practice and today I was ready to play. They were telling me through my headset to get ready to play.”

 

On the quickness of NC State’s defense:

“In practice we go against our defense and they are very good, so it wasn’t really a surprise. I wasn’t surprised by their quickness because our defense is fast as well. I am used to playing at that pace during practice.”

 

On Hills injury:

“I definitely feel for Perry because he is a very good quarterback.  I personally see how hard he works behind the scenes. He really works hard during the week. I don’t really know much about his injury situation yet, but I feel for him.”

 

 

Place Kicker Brad Craddock:

On last kick:

“I really didn’t see it after I kicked it, I just reacted to everyone else. I just tried to look at my spot and kick the ball. I was just thinking to myself take your time because it’s just like any other kick. I actually thought I hit it pretty well. Afterwards, I didn’t really know what to think.”

 

On the support from his teammates:

“My teammates were really supportive because there were so many other opportunities during the game to earn those points. They kept telling me that it wasn’t my fault, they are always supportive. It is never good when you miss one, but that comes with being a kicker. You just have to play through it.”

 

Freshman Wide Receiver Stefon Diggs

On the mood in the locker room:

“It’s a typical mood. It’s a tough game. We competed, we didn’t give up. Things happen, can’t do much more than cheer on your teammates and keep your head up.”

 

On Perry Hills being knocked out of the game:

“In the game of football, things like that are going to happen. We were well-prepared. When one guy goes down, the other guy has to step up. That’s part of battling adversity. Things like that are going to happen.”

 

On Wes Brown’s development:

“He’s coming into his own. We continue to push each other. You are going to see more of Wes Brown.”

 

Sophomore Quarterback Devin Burns
On being ready to play:

“Like Coach Edsall said, always be prepared. That’s what I practice all week. I just wanted to take advantage of the opportunity I was given.”

 

On his poise:

“I think that is part of my personality because I’m I laid back guy. I don’t say too much. I’m pretty much cool, calm and collected.”

 

Senior Defensive Lineman AJ Francis

On what NC State was taking advantage of on their last drive:

“They were spreading us out. All game their quarterback was doing a good job. We were in his face and he was just able to dump it off.”

 

On the defense giving up game-winning field goal:

“We need to play all 60 minutes and we didn’t. We were not sure we would even get back on the field, but when we did we did not come up how we should have and we lost the game because of it.”

 

On how the offense played on the final possession:

“It was a great drive and Nigel [King] put us in great position to make that field goal and Caleb did a great job running the two minutes like he does in practice all of the time. It hurts to lose like that, but it’s football.”

 

Freshman Running Back Wes Brown

On the keys to the success of the running game:

“We worked hard and paid attention in practice and we executed on the field.”

 

On the emotional highs and lows of the loss:

“I had a lot on my shoulders, being out and then coming back to practice and then coming back to play, but I need to still execute better on the field”.


On the play of Devin Burns in the second half:

“He was not scared to tuck the ball and run, and he was very shifty and fast. He knew what the down and distance was and instead of taking a risk, he took [the first down run]. I was happy about him being up to step up, create a play, and play a big role.”

 

NC STATE COACH TOM O’BRIEN

 

Opening statement:

“Sometimes when you play a school like Maryland — everything goes bad when we play them. Sometimes something crazy happens like it did at the end. You have to give our kids credit, they hung in there. We made a play. Our defense is so good in the last two minutes, and we let the guy out twice there. Sometimes over the course of a season you have to win a game where you scratch your head a little bit. Great effort and we won the football game.”

 

On Mike Glennon:

“He’s a big league quarterback, no question about it. He wasn’t real crisp in the first half, but when it came time to make plays, he made plays. Go down the field with no timeouts… It was a great victory.”

 

On Devin Burns:

“Probably the worst thing that happened to us was that we knocked the quarterback out of the game. You get ready for a little bit of option, but you don’t get ready for a lot. It’s so different than everything else they do, but we finally solved it. We stopped it, got guys on the ground, and lived to fight another day.”

 

On Niklas Sade’s field goal range:

“We thought anything 50 yards and in. I would have kicked it from 55. I’ve got a lot of faith in him.”

 

On stopping Stefon Diggs:

“We’ve done a good job for the last three weeks of against really good return guys. He’s got great moves and great vision… I thought our coverage teams did a great job.”

 

On getting close to bowl eligibility:

“We’re not going to worry about that. We’re just going to worry about trying to get better, and taking it one game at a time. At the end of the year, add them up and we should be in good shape.”

 

Redshirt Senior Quarterback Mike Glennon

On his thoughts during Maryland’s last field goal attempt:

“I hoped he was going to miss it, but you never really know what’s going to happen. It was a great win. You kind of hate to see it end that way, but it was still just a great win for us.”

 

On his thoughts during Maryland’s last field goal attempt:

“That was the first time that has ever happened to me. I watched it. It looked left to me and then when it hit off the upright, I didn’t know which way it was going at first. For us, good thing it was wide left.”

 

On their two straight wins:

“We knew this was going to be a tough game because of their really good defense. We would have liked to have played a little bit better, but at the same time we got the win and it’s a big win going forward.”

 

On the game in general:

“They have really good defense and are very well-coached. In the first quarter we kind of had a hard time, but then the second quarter we just got in a rhythm and at the same time I felt like we weren’t on the field all that much. I know I looked up and they had almost twice the field time on offense as us. Coming out with the win is just really cool.”

 

Senior Defensive End Brian Slay

On their pressure on the quarterback:

“We wanted to come into the game and pressure the freshman quarterback, so we wanted to keep him rattled. He ended up going down and the backup quarterback came in and he was a running-type, so weren’t prepared for it. That’s why he was eating up yards during the third quarter. Finally, we were able to get things settled and got some stops.”

 

On Maryland switching quarterbacks:

“It was definitely harder. We knew coming in that the backup quarterback was a runner, but we didn’t know what to expect. He hadn’t thrown a ball all year, so we knew he was going to come in and run, but we didn’t know what he was going to do. It was hard to have him thrown in and us not be prepared for him at all. We did a really good job and the coaches did a really good job of adjusting. We were able to settle down and get some stops.”

 

Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver Bryan Underwood

On Maryland’s last field goal attempt:

“I was just not looking, but praying and hoping for the best. We heard the bang and it was just a great feeling.”

 

On the upcoming game against North Carolina:

“It means a lot. Every game from here on out is going to mean a lot. We’re going to just prepare for them all week.”

 

 

Postgame Notes

 

Kicking Off: Maryland fell to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while NC State improved to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the league … the loss snapped a three-game winning streak Maryland had over NC State in College Park … the Wolfpack now lead the all-time series, 33-32-4.

 

Close Calls: The Maryland-NC State series has had a number of close calls in recent history. In the last 13 contests, 11 have been decided by 10 points or fewer. Aside from a 37-0 Maryland win in 2007, the 11 games since 2000 have been decided by an average of 6.0 points. The Terps have also played in close games all of the 2012 season; their average margin of victory is 5.5, and their average margin of defeat is 5.0.

 

Total Offense: Maryland turned in its most productive game of the season in terms of total offense, totaling 462 yards. The Terps’ previous high was 351 at West Virginia. That’s the most for Maryland since it had 468 vs. Oct. 15, 2011. It was a balanced attack, with Maryland gaining 206 yards on the ground and 256 through the air.

 

Rush Defense: The Terps held their opponent to under 100 yards rushing for the fourth time this season as NC State had 40 yards on 26 carries. Maryland, which entered the game ninth nationally by allowing 95.5 rushing yards per game, held the Wolfpack to just 1.5 yards per carry.

 

Burns Steps In: Devin Burns got his first significant collegiate action at quarterback after Perry Hills had to leave the game with a knee injury. Burns helped lead the Terrapins on three scoring drives and finished with 50 rushing yards, 47 passing yards and a rushing TD.

 

Brown Goes for 100: Wes Brown became the first Maryland player to rush for 100 yards this season by running the ball 25 times for 121 yards. The freshman also had a touchdown. The last time a Terrapin rushed for 100 yards in a game was Nov. 19, 2011, when C.J. Brown had 110 at Wake Forest.

 

Leak Sets Mark: Marcus Leak had a career-high 94 receiving yards on four catches, an average of 23.5 yards per catch. Leak had a 47-yard catch which is the longest of his career.

 

Diggs Does, Too: Stefon Diggs totaled a season-high six catches for 61 yards. The freshman also had 72 kickoff returns yards.

 

Defensive Notes: Demetrius Hartsfield matched a season high with 13 tackles, seven of which were unassisted. He also had a pass breakup and tackle for loss … Darin Drakeford had 1.5 sacks and now has a team-high six this year … Joe Vellano totaled 10 tackles for his second double-digit stops game of the year (also William & Mary).

 

Hill Honored: Maryland athletics celebrated the 50th anniversary of Darryl Hill becoming the first African-American to play at the University of Maryland and in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Saturday. Hill was honored on the field after the first quarter, and presented with a new Maryland jersey with his name on it.

 

Tidbits: Caleb Rowe saw his first collegiate action by coming in on the final drive of the game … he completed his first pass attempt, a 17-yarder to Kevin Dorsey … he also had an 11-yard run and another 33 completion that setup a 33-yard field goal attempt by Brad Craddock that would’ve won the game … Maryland dominated the time of possession, 35:14 to 24:46 … the Terps were 3 of 4 in the red zone … Nigel King and Levern Jacobs both made their first career receptions.

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