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Terps basketball unveil plans for 2014 Maryland Madness

Posted on 08 September 2014 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland athletics department has announced that the 2014 Maryland Madness, will be held on Fri., Oct. 17 at 8:00 p.m. in XFINITY Center.

Maryland Madness will be the first chance for fans to get a glimpse of the 2014-15 Maryland men’s and women’s basketball teams, in addition to the brand new state-of-the-art video board in the XFINITY Center. The Terrapin men and women will also be unveiling new 2014-15 Under Armour uniforms. In addition, the Maryland volleyball team will play on XFINITY Center’s main court for the first time since 2010.

Doors will open at 5 p.m., as fans are encouraged to attend the Maryland volleyball team’s match against nationally ranked Michigan State in XFINITY Center at 6 p.m.

Admission to the evening’s activities is free (no ticket required) and seating is first-come, first-serve.

The idea of Maryland Madness, which is celebrated in some fashion by teams all across the country, actually originated on the campus of the University of Maryland. Then-Maryland men’s basketball coach Lefty Driesell invited fans to an open practice on Oct. 15, 1971, to celebrate the beginning of the season, calling the event “Midnight Madness.”

For 2014-15 men’s basketball ticket information, please click here. For women’s basketball, please click here.

Run of Show:

- Doors Open, 5 p.m.

- Volleyball: Michigan State at Maryland, 6:00 p.m.

- Maryland Madness begins, 8:00 p.m.

- Women’s Basketball team introductions, 8:10 p.m.

- Men’s Basketball team introductions, 8:30 p.m.

- Maryland Madness concludes, 9:00 p.m.

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Maryland receiver Jacobs, safety Hendy suspended for entire season

Posted on 29 August 2014 by WNST Staff

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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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Maryland women announce 2014-2015 conference hoops schedule

Posted on 21 August 2014 by WNST Staff

CHICAGO, Ill.  – The Maryland women’s basketball team released its 2014-15 Big Ten schedule Thursday and will host all five of the league’s 2014 NCAA Tournament teams at XFINITY Center.

Coming off of their fifth Final Four, the Terrapins will host NCAA Tournament participants Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa, Nebraska and Penn State in College Park. They will have home and away matchups with Michigan State, Nebraska, Rutgers and Penn State.

Game times and television designations for all 18 conference games will be announced at a later date.

The Terps will welcome the Ohio State Buckeyes to XFINITY Center in their first-ever conference matchup on Monday, Dec. 29. Maryland beat Ohio State, 67-55 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge this past December in College Park.

Maryland will then head to 2014 Big Ten champion Nebraska for a game Sunday, Jan. 3 before returning home to host Purdue on Thursday, Jan. 8. Then, the Terps will hit the road for two games. They will play at Minnesota on Sunday, Jan. 11 and at Rutgers on Thursday, Jan. 15.

The Terrapins will head back to College Park to host Illinois Sunday, Jan. 18 and Michigan State on Thursday, Jan. 22. They will close out the month of January with two more road games – at Indiana on Sunday, Jan. 25 and at Michigan on Thursday, Jan. 29.

The Iowa Hawkeyes will come to the XFINITY Center on Sunday, Feb. 1, then Maryland will make the short trip to Penn State for a matchup on Thursday, Feb. 5. The Terps will host Nebraska on Sunday, Feb. 8 and Rutgers on Tuesday, Feb. 10. After a six-day break, the Terrapins will play at Michigan State on Monday, Feb. 16 and at Wisconsin on Thursday, Feb. 19.

Penn State will make its return trip to College Park on Monday, Feb. 23, then Indiana will be the Terrapins’ Senior Night opponent on Thursday, Feb. 26. The Terps will close the regular season at Northwestern on Sunday, March 1.

The 2015 Big Ten Tournament will be March 4-8 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Maryland is 44-29 (.603) all-time against its 2014-15 Big Ten opponents and is 12-4 (.750) against them in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She is 24-10 (.706) all-time vs. Big Ten opponents.

In her one season coaching in the Big Ten (2001-02), Frese led Minnesota to a record of 22-8 overall, 11-5 in Big Ten play and an NCAA Tournament berth. She was named Associated Press National Coach of the Year in April 2002.

Maryland will open the 2014-15 season on Friday, Nov. 14 vs. Mount St. Mary’s. Game time will be announced at a later date.

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Maryland announces 2014-2015 basketball schedule

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Maryland announces 2014-2015 basketball schedule

Posted on 21 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland Announces 2014-15 Men’s Basketball Schedule

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced the Maryland men’s basketball team’s 2014-15 schedule today.

The Terrapins’ schedule features 10 NCAA Tournament teams from last season, with a possible 11th depending on the outcome of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Maryland is also scheduled to host perennial powers Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Virginia at the XFINITY Center.

“We are excited to begin our inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference,” Turgeon said. “The Big Ten has been one of the best conferences over the past few years. We have a tremendous Big Ten schedule and a great home schedule for our fans. In addition, we’re looking to hosting one of our longtime rivals Virginia in non-conference play.”

Maryland opens its inaugural Big Ten Conference season with a trip to Michigan State on Dec. 30, followed by its first-ever home Big Ten match Jan. 3 against Minnesota at the XFINITY Center. It will mark the Terps’ first non-ACC conference game since they were members of the Southern Conference in 1952-53.

After a pair of road games against Illinois and Purdue, the Terps return home for contests against Rutgers (Jan. 14) and Michigan State (Jan. 17). The Spartans have visited College Park just one time in history, when they defeated Maryland, 95-75, in Cole Field House on Dec. 29, 1955. Michigan State memorably knocked the Terps out of the NCAA Tournament on a buzzer-beater in 2010.

The Terps will then visit Indiana in historic Assembly Hall on Jan. 22 for just the second time in history (2009), in addition to a road date with Ohio State on Jan. 29. Following four games to open February, Maryland will host three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams at the XFINITY Center: Nebraska (Feb. 19), Wisconsin (Feb. 24) and Michigan (Feb. 28).

Maryland closes its regular season with a pair of road matches at Rutgers (Mar. 3) and Nebraska (Mar. 8).

Highlighting Maryland’s non-conference schedule is a home bout with Virginia on Dec. 3 in the 16th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge as the longtime rivals meet for the first time as conference foes. The Terps closed out their tenure in the ACC last season with a thrilling 75-69 overtime victory over the fifth-ranked Cavaliers at the XFINITY Center.

Maryland has played Virginia more times (171) than any other team throughout its history, and holds a 107-74 advantage dating back to 1912-13.

The Terps’ non-conference schedule also features a first round matchup with NCAA Tournament qualifier Arizona State on Nov. 24 at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Mo. Iowa State and Alabama are featured on the other side of the bracket, with the winners and losers facing off Nov. 25.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Gary Williams will also be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 23 in Kansas City.

The Terps will also travel to Stillwater, Okla., for the first time in program history as it faces NCAA Tournament qualifier Oklahoma State. Maryland won the lone meeting between the teams, 50-49, on Dec. 16, 1966, at the Memphis Invitational.

Maryland will face defending MEAC champion and 2014 NCAA Tournament qualifier NC Central for the second consecutive season at the XFINITY Center on Dec. 10. The Terps were victorious, 70-56, in the inaugural meeting between the teams last season.

In addition to the aforementioned games above, the Terps’ non-conference schedule includes nine contests at the XFINITY Center and exhibitions against San Francisco State (Nov. 1) and Bowie State (Nov. 8).

The Terrapins open the season on Fri., Nov. 14 against Wagner, followed by games on Nov. 17 against Central Connecticut State and on Nov. 20 versus Fordham.

After traveling to Kansas City for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Maryland returns to the XFINITY Center for a match against Monmouth (Nov. 28).

The Terps will then restore an old rivalry with former Southern Conference foe VMI on Nov. 30. Though Maryland and VMI have met just once since 1953 (Maryland won, 99-68, in 2005), the teams met 51 times dating back to their inaugural matchup in 1911. The Terps lead the all-time series, 42-10.

Sandwiched between Maryland’s matchups with Virginia and NC Central is a Dec. 6 game against Winthrop, which has qualified for the NCAA Tournament five times in the last 10 years. The Terps are 4-0 all-time against the Eagles.

Maryland then closes out its non-conference schedule with first-time meetings against both USC Upstate (Dec. 13) and Oakland (Dec. 27). The Terps will also face Bowie State on a date yet to be determined.

 

2014 Maryland Men’s Basketball  Schedule

Non-Conference Schedule

Sat., Nov. 1         San Francisco State (Exhib.)

Sat., Nov. 8         Bowie State (Exhib.)

Fri., Nov. 14       Wagner

Mon., Nov. 17    Central Connecticut State

Thu., Nov. 20     Fordham

Mon., Nov. 24    vs. Arizona State (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)

Tue., Nov. 25     vs. TBD                (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)

Fri., Nov. 28       Monmouth

Sun., Nov. 30     VMI

Wed., Dec. 3       Virginia (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

Sat., Dec. 6          Winthrop

Wed., Dec. 10    NC Central

Sat., Dec. 13       USC Upstate

Sun., Dec. 21      at Oklahoma State

Sat., Dec. 27       Oakland

 

Conference Schedule

Tue., Dec. 30      at Michigan State

Sat., Jan. 3           Minnesota

Wed., Jan. 7        at Illinois

Sat., Jan. 10         at Purdue

Wed., Jan. 14     Rutgers

Sat., Jan. 17         Michigan State

Thu., Jan. 22       at Indiana

Sun., Jan. 25       Northwestern

Thu., Jan. 29       at Ohio State

Wed., Feb. 4       Penn State

Sun., Feb. 8         at Iowa

Wed., Feb. 11    Indiana

Sat., Feb. 14        at Penn State

Thu., Feb. 19      Nebraska

Tue., Feb. 24      Wisconsin

Sat., Feb. 28        Michigan

Tue., Mar. 3        at Rutgers

Sun., Mar. 8        at Nebraska

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Four Terps named to Senior Bowl watch list

Posted on 21 August 2014 by WNST Staff

MOBILE, ALA. (August 20) — The 2014-15 college football season kicks off next week, which means the Reese’s Senior Bowl will be scouting hundreds of players around the country to invite to its 66th game.

The core list of players the Reese’s Senior Bowl staff will evaluate appears on the Reese’s Senior Bowl’s annual ‘watch list,’ which was released today. The initial list includes 350 of the top players in the country. Players could be added to the list during the season.

“The release of our watch list signifies the opening kickoff for the Reese’s Senior Bowl,” said Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. “We are looking forward to evaluating these prospects over the next several months in trying to find the best 110 players in America.”

A handful of Mobile-area players are on the game’s radar this season: Auburn center Reese Dismukes, Alabama fullback Jalston Fowler, Samford safety Jaquiski Tartt and South Florida offensive tackle Quinterrius Eatmon.

Dismukes, a former Spanish Fort High School standout, is a preseason All-American and All-SEC center who has 37 career starts in three seasons with the Tigers. Fowler, a graduate of Vigor High School, has scored 10 touchdowns as a running back/H-back and is a devastating blocker for the Crimson Tide. Tartt, a Davidson High School graduate, is a hard-hitting safety and one of several small-school prospects the game will keep an eye on this season. Eatman starred at Vigor High School, where he won a state title as a junior in 2008.

“Mobile is such a hotbed for football talent and once again there is quality representation on this list from the surrounding area,” Savage said.

Also among the 350 players on this year’s watch list is a pair of fourth-year junior graduates who are projected to be top-10 selections in the 2015 NFL Draft, if they choose to leave school early: Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley.

“With both of these players already graduated from college, we hope the opportunity to invite this duo will present itself through their play on the field in the Pac-12,” said Savage, who noted that Mariota and Hundley are two of the five Pac-12 signal callers on the list.

The SEC, which had the most players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft (49), has the most players on the 2015 watch list with 75, comprising  nearly one-quarter of the list. The ACC (56), Pac-12 (40), Big 12 (36) and Big Ten (35) are all well-represented on the Watch List.

Clemson led the way with 12 players on the list, edging Auburn (11), Alabama (10), Mississippi State (9), Georgia (8) and Louisville (8).

Some of the nation’s top players on the Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List include Texas A&M left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, Florida State offensive tackle Cameron Erving, Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Clemson outside linebacker Vic Beasley, Iowa left tackle Brandon Scherff, Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty and Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker.

The entire watch list is available at seniorbowl.com, where you can sort the players by position, conference and/or school.

The 66th Reese’s Senior Bowl will be played on January 24, 2015 at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium in front of a national television audience on NFL Network.

Four Maryland Terrapins were named to the watch list. Sixth-year QB C.J. Brown, WR Deon Long, LB Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil and CB Jeremiah Johnson all received recognition.

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Edsall really pleased with D-Line depth in camp

Posted on 19 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

Opening Statement:

“Another day for evaluation for us. Tomorrow we’ll do a scrimmage and then get a chance to sit down as coaches and kind of figure out where we are. We have some time over the weekend to decide where we are with all these positions and how we go into preparing for JMU next week. There are still a couple big days left for guys to be able to show what they can do so we are looking forward it.”

 

On Keith Bowers:

“Keith’s having a really good camp. Keith’s one of those guys that he’s got a good motor. He goes hard all the time. He’s gotten stronger. He’s one of the strongest guys we have on our team. He plays with a lot of energy.  I think the compliment that he and Darius [Kilgo] give our team is something that makes us better. Both of those guys will end up playing and doing certain things for us. Keith’s had a really good preseason so far.”

 

On the defensive line:

“I really like the depth that we have there. When you take a look at what we have at nose with Darius and Keith there and David Shaw is a young guy, but I like what I’ve seen out of him. At the left end you’ve got Quinton [Jefferson], Spencer [Myers] and Malik [Jones]. You’ve got depth and people that have ability there. On the other side you’ve got Andre [Monroe] and Roman [Braglio] and then even with Kingsley [Opara]. You like that and all you want them to do is keep developing and play to the best of their abilities and for each guy to keep pushing the other guy. When you do that, that gives you the kind of depth and I think they have the ability to be able to come out and play very well. I like where we are at from a defensive line standpoint and hopefully we stay healthy.”

 

On defensive back depth:

“The two positions I would like to have more depth would be at defensive back and offensive line. We’ve got J.J. [Jeremiah Johnson], Alvin [Hill], Will [Likely], Jarrett [Ross] and two young guys Daniel [Ezeagwu] and Josh [Woods] behind those guys. We’ve got to get those two young guys up to speed a little bit. Jarrett hasn’t really played. He played some special teams, but he hasn’t played as a corner. There is some depth there, but when you see the teams that we play and whom you have to play, you’ve got to get a lot of those guys ready to go. At safety with Sean [Davis] and Anthony [Nixon], backed up by A.J. [Hendy] and Zach [Dancel], now who’s the fifth guy going to be. Is it going to be Denzel [Conyers] or Antwaine [Carter]. That’s the thing that we’ve got to have try to come along a little bit more. Then on the offensive line you don’t have as much depth right now. It’s hard to have freshmen come in and play. Guys are working, but right now they’re not ready.”

 

On junior defensive back Anthony Nixon:

“He doesn’t say a whole lot. He is kind of quiet, but he goes out and he’s a little bit more vocal on the field. I’ve seen a couple times this preseason where he’s been a little bit more vocal and a little more energetic. Not to say he wasn’t energetic, but you see a little bit more of a vocal leader out there than what I saw before. He’s playing faster because he’s got another year under his belt. He’s a guy that can make all the checks and knows everything out there. He keeps everybody together and I’m expecting him to take his name to another level this year.”

 

On if senior A.J. Hendy or junior Zach Dancel could see time at cornerback:

“I don’t see them as corners. I don’t see that. I think some of the other packages that we have where we go to five and six DB’s there are roles for them there, but I don’t see those guys as corners.”

 

On what Hendy and Dancel bring to the table:

“Right now they’re the backups. Sean [Davis] and Anthony [Nixon] are the starters. Again when we go into other packages they could fit in as the third guy or as a linebacker type of guy from a coverage standpoint. Right now those two guys are just backups just competing and trying to make themselves better, but also pushing Anthony and Sean.”

 

On sophomore offensive lineman Michael Dunn:

“I didn’t think he had a bad day. I thought Michael had a pretty decent day like he always does. I think he’s been pretty consistent with what we’ve done. He’s a guy that works hard and is continuing to get better and somebody that we think is going to be a really good player. Where he’s come from, it’s what hard work is all about. He’s demonstrated with hard work that he’s put himself in a position to be a pretty good football player.” 

“He’s just a worker. You just see the continued development of him and what he has done. You just see it and you get it every day. He brings his lunch pail to work and he works hard every day. He works in the classroom. You can see that he works in the weight room. All he has to do is just keep getting better. He earned the scholarship because of what he did on the field. That’s what you see. You see a guy that goes out there every day and gives you everything that he has. He’s a guy that has ability. He has things that we still have to work with him on just like every guy that we have. The thing with him is you don’t worry about him. Every day he’s coming and he’s going to give you everything he’s got. He’ll do exactly what you tell him to do and he’s going to work to try and get better. That’s what you really like. That to me is what stands out to him.”

 

On what he told Michael Dunn when he was deciding to come to Maryland:

“I just told him the truth. Just told him that we’d like to have you here and that you’re going to have the ability to earn a scholarship based on what you do. Then we just let it all play out. Basically you just tell the kids the truth. If they’re one of your best guys and they earn it and deserve it because of where they are on the depth chart, then it’s easy for you as a coach to day you’ve earned this scholarship or we’re going to put you on scholarship. The neat thing was to see his reaction. He couldn’t believe it. I’ve had a lot of promise with guys that have come in as walk-ons wherever I’ve been. Guys that have earned scholarships and guys that became captains and guys that become fourth round draft choices. To us it doesn’t matter if you were recruited or not recruited, if you’re a good player and you’re contributing you have the opportunity to earn a scholarship. We don’t worry about if they’re walk-ons or preferred walk-ons or recruited guys, everybody is treated the same.”

“That’s why we wanted him to come here. At that point in time he wasn’t big enough and we didn’t have scholarships to give. I think that is the art of evaluation and that is the art of recruiting. Not everybody is going to blossom at the same time and not everybody is going to be on a list as a four-star or a five-star. There are those that aren’t those guys coming out of high school who end up being better players than those guys who are four and five stars. That’s part of the evaluation process that you evaluate kids and you see and gain and understanding of how much they can grow based on their character and all those things. That’s why you’ve got to take a look at just about everybody.”

 

On Sean Christie and Evan Mulrooney:

“Sean’s going to have surgery on Friday. Evan had more tests done yesterday and a CAT scan done yesterday. We’re going to see where that’s at, but no concrete information on when he could get back out there.”

 

On the running back competition:

“It’s pretty much the same as what we’ve said all along. Brandon [Ross] is No. 1 and then Albert [Reid] and then Wes [Brown]. We are going to continue to look at it and continue to evaluate it. We’ve got a couple more days here and we’ll see where it all shakes out. Those guys are working hard and doing a good job. Hopefully they can continue to do that.”

 

On how he feels about his team:

“I feel good about where we are. We are accomplishing the things we want to accomplish here in the preseason and what we’ll do is we’ll take these next few days and do a little bit more evaluation and really sit down and take a look and see if there is anything that we have from situations or injuries that might make us alter certain things. I feel good about where we’re at in terms of what we’ve been able to install and I feel very good about where we are in terms of our evaluation process in terms of who we think are the top 70 guys are and roles that guys can fulfill. We’ll find out a little bit more today andtomorrow and then get it finalized over the weekend.”

 

On if it’s tough to get down to the top 70 players:

You do and that’s what you want. You want to have those tough decisions to make as you narrow it down and as you’re getting there. That’s the thing. The more competition we have, the better we’re going to be. We’re not where we want to be yet, but we’re getting a heck of a lot closer now than where we were before.”

 

On Matt Robinson and Jeremiah Johnson:

“Matt’s had a great preseason; leadership, talking, everything. J.J’s got a lot of his confidence back now. We really didn’t treat them any different. They missed some things. J.J. had to get as many reps as he could because he didn’t play last year and he didn’t play in the spring. We didn’t treat them any differently.”

 

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Maryland to offer “lifetime scholarships” to all student-athletes

Posted on 19 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland Athletics Unveils ‘The Maryland Way Guarantee’

Maryland Set to Offer Lifetime Scholarships

 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has announced it will be one of the first NCAA Division I institutions to offer a lifetime degree guarantee for student-athletes in all sports. In addition, the University is incorporating the promise of exhausted eligibility aid into financial aid agreements.

 

Beginning in November of 2014-15, ‘The Maryland Way Guarantee’ will provide all incoming student-athletes with a multi-year scholarship guarantee. Pursuant to this program, should a student-athlete exhaust his or her eligibility prior to graduating, Maryland will guarantee his or her aid will continue through graduation. If a student-athlete is injured and unable to compete, we will guarantee his or her aid will continue through graduation.

 

Additionally, Maryland will provide tuition, books and fees for any student-athlete who leaves the institution in good academic standing and returns to complete his or her degree.

 

Other institutions have extended this guarantee to “revenue sports” including football and men’s and women’s basketball, but Maryland is one of the first to provide a lifetime degree guarantee for student-athletes in all sports.

 

“Our vision is to be the best intercollegiate athletic program while producing graduates who are prepared to serve as leaders in the local, state and global communities,” director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. “We are confident ‘The Maryland Way Guarantee’ will further demonstrate our commitment to our student-athletes’ pursuit of a college degree.”

 

Previously, Maryland student-athletes were offered one-year financial agreements, which were subject to renewal every year.  In accordance with NCAA rules, scholarships can be canceled or reduced, for any reason at all, after the one-year agreement expires.  Despite NCAA regulations permitting one-year agreements, Maryland is showing a strong commitment to student-athlete success by promising not to cancel or reduce our student-athlete scholarships for on-field or on-court performance.

 

-Maryland-

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Edsall says he’d like to see more consistency from Maryland offense

Posted on 18 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – 

Opening Statement:

“After having a chance to look at the film from the other day I thought that there were some really good things. Some guys really did a good job and there were some things you really don’t like. Offensively you can’t have seven penalties and turn the ball over six times and expect to be as productive as you’d like to be.  Conversely, it’s a great thing from a defensive standpoint to see us get that many turnovers and do the things that we did. We scored a defensive touchdown and scored on special teams. This is what you have preseason for to figure things out and get a chance to take a look at guys at different positions and get an opportunity to put guys with the ones to see how they react and what they do when they’re in there. The plan we’ve had all throughout preseason we’re sticking to it in terms of guys we want to find out about. We’ll find out some more today about some guys who we want to see what they can do because we’ve got today, tomorrow and Wednesday to go with preseason practice. On Thursday we will go to scout teams and pretty much trying to get to, we’re allowed 70 guys to travel in the Big Ten, so we’re trying to see if we’ve got 70 guys who can contribute next year.”

 

On if the first team offense is behind the first team defense:

“What you’ve got to understand is that you didn’t have C.J. Brown out there, you didn’t have Brandon Ross out there and you didn’t have some other guys so when you’re taking away some components like that, it’s going to make a difference. That’s why you have a first team and a second team. Would I have liked to see more consistency, would I have like to see fewer turnovers? Yes. You’ve got to take a look at guys that aren’t out there playing and what you want to do and see and let guys know here are the things you have to do to be better when you get your opportunity. You have to be ready to go regardless because you don’t know when someone is going to go down.”

 

On defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson and linebacker Yannick Ngakoue:

“I think Quinton has gotten so much better in the last six months. You just see him working. He understands the game and the game is coming to him more now. I’ve been pleased. Just getting more reps back with him since he’s been gone. He’s playing well for us. Young Yannick is coming along. He’s not where we need him to be, but you can see where the improvements are being made. The big thing for him is to stay humble and stay hungry. If he can stay humble and stay hungry and he can continue to work at a level that Coach [Lyndon] Johnson and the rest of the defensive coaches want him to work at he’s going to continue to improve and continue to get a lot better.”

 

On who he thought performed well in Saturday’s scrimmage:

“I thought Daniel Ezeagwu] played pretty well. I’ve been impressed with him. The interesting thing is when you go and watch the tape and you’re just sitting there and watching, all of a sudden there is a guy or two that jumps out at you and he was a guy that jumped out. That was a guy that we wanted to take a look at. I thought he played pretty well. Another guy that has been impressive in terms of his effort and his work ethic is Brock Dean. Brock’s been running around and doing things so hopefully there is a spot for him on a couple of the special teams [units]. I’ve been impressed with how he’s been working and what he’s done. We’re going to take a look at some of the other young kids today – Juwann Winfree and we want to take a look at Jesse [Aniebonam] and kind of put them with the two’s and get them some work and see how they react to see if these guys are that are going to step in and can be contributors this year. Or are they guys that we’re probably going to redshirt. We’ll find out a little bit more those guys.”

 

On what he liked about freshman defensive back Daniel Ezeagwu’s play during the scrimmage:

“Just the way that he played. Going out there and executing and sometimes freshman at that spot they might not play as aggressive, but I thought he tackled well and he ran to the ball and executed the assignments. He’s young and still perfecting the techniques, but he’s doing the things that we’re asking him to do. He played about 60 plays. Now we’ll take a look to see if he’s a guy, because right now he’s vying for the fifth corner spot and maybe pushing to be the fourth guy. If he’s going to be the fifth corner then we have to see if there are some things he can do on special teams.”

 

On the quarterback play during Saturday’s scrimmage:

“There were some things that some guys can do better, but I thought from a quarterback standpoint, we threw too many interceptions. Guys just have to make sure that they take what is there and don’t do too much. Just do what you’re being asked to do and if you do that you’ll be fine.”

 

On the competition at defensive line:

“It’s been good. We’ll play six guys or seven guys up there if we have too. It’s the same thing at receiver. We might play six or seven receivers. I think we are getting good line play out of Darius [Kilgo] and Keith [Bowers]. Collectively I think they give us something. If we can keep those guys fresh and they go in there and play hard, it’s going to make us better. Quinton [Jefferson] backed up by Spencer [Myers] and Malik [Jones] on that side. Spencer probably has an edge right now, but Malik is pushing. You have Roman [Braglio] on the other side. Another freshman that has shown us some things right now is David Shaw. Kingley’s gotten better. It was fun sitting down yesterday after the scrimmage seeing the depth. There are going to be some guys that might not get an opportunity that are going to be good players. That’s what they’ve got to understand that it’s the process. There are guys there that I like so we’ve got to keep that competition going at all these positions that we have. If there are guys that determine through their production and how they practice that they need to be on the field than we as coaches have to get them on the field.”

 

On the running game:

“This is what you have to understand when you’re in preseason and you’re scrimmaging against each other. We are not sitting there and game planning against one another. We are seeing what guys can do and how they can execute.  We might run some plays that we might not run in a game based on the numbers in the box and all of those things. I think our running game will be fine. In Brandon [Ross] and Albert [Reid] and Wes [Brown], we’ve got three really good guys there. Joe Riddle is a guy. It was great to see Tehuti [Miles] get some work and some reps. The thing with scrimmages is it’s an evaluation tool.  It’s not a thing where you are trying to scheme against each other. We are trying to find out who the guys are that can play and the guys that we know are going to continue to get ready.  That’s what this is all about. Just trying to figure out the roster and who is going to give you the best opportunity to win.”

 

On if there will be more position changes:

“No. I think we got it settled last week. Now this week it’s a matter of still figuring out who are going to be the fourth or fifth guy at that position and those sort of things. If some of these freshmen are the fifth guy at their position, are they going to be able to make an impact on special teams and then are you going to use that to have the redshirt. Are you going to have them work, but not play them in there unless we have some injuries. Those are the decisions that have to make on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.”

 

On junior defensive back Alvin Hill:

“He’s made a big jump since last year and it has been pleasing. He’s long. He plays long. He’s got length. He’s smart. I just like the development. It’s the maturity and the confidence level that he’s gained that has allowed him to play at the level that he’s playing. I think that’s the thing we’ve just got to keep working with him.”

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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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Edsall says Maryland offense “inconsistent” in first scrimmage

Posted on 17 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Opening Statement:

“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. 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.”

 

On quarterback Caleb Rowe:

“I just wanted to take a look at different guys. I thought Caleb was very inconsistent today. I didn’t think he made a lot of good decisions out there and again, that’s one of the things I wanted to see. I wanted to see him out there with the one’s and get him some work and let him know that he is one play away from having to go in and play. When you are, you have to go out and perform. I don’t think he performed up to his capabilities today. Hopefully he’ll learn from it.”

 

On the offense:

“I thought there was inconsistency there. I have to look at the film. We did some good things, but then again, we did some things where we threw interceptions, we fumbled the ball. We just weren’t consistent where I would have liked to be today. The defense has something to do with that. I’m not disappointed when you go in these type of situations you’re going to have some give and take. That’s why you practice and that’s why you do these things and now we’ll settle in. When you game plan it’s a lot different. We didn’t game plan for any of this stuff. We just came out to evaluate guys and that’s what we are going to do. We’re going to evaluate them.”

 

On the rotation of playing time of the wide receivers:

“Just things we wanted to take a look at. Like I said, we’ve evaluated all throughout camp and we took a look at things and we’re going to evaluate things after this scrimmage. Now we will take a look at where we are and put together a depth chart and personnel groupings as we see fit based on what we’ve seen.”

 

On defensive back Daniel Ezeagwu:

“That was a good thing. That’s what we wanted to do. We wanted to see some guys. Alvin [Hill] didn’t go today because we wanted to see Daniel and now we will evaluate it. 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.”

 

On wide receiver Deon Long:

“He made good plays, but I want to look at the whole film to see if it was consistent. It’s more than just catching the ball and that’s what we have to understand at every position.  It’s more than just one or two plays. We’re looking for the consistency, play in and play out, for a total of 60 minutes. I’ll have more to be able to talk about after we evaluate the film and I can really analyze after looking at it tonight and tomorrow.”

 

On linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil:

“That’s something that those guys have worked very hard on during the preseason. We’ll watch the film and we’ll evaluate it, but those two guys have worked extremely hard on their games and what they did is the same thing that they’ve been doing during the past 14 or 15 practices that we’ve had.”

 

On if running backs Brandon Ross and Albert Reid performed:

“Brandon will be fine. I want to be able to look at guys and see what they can do. Also for guys to know that they need to be ready if somebody goes down. They’ve got to be able to step up. For a coaching staff, it’s a good indicator for me how a guy’s going to respond when they get a chance to be a starter or gain more reps. That’s what a lot of today was about to see things and evaluate where we are and now what we’ve got to do is we’ve got to get ourselves ready to play James Madison.”

 

On the offensive line:

“I’ll take a look at the film and I’m not going to make any comments until I see the film in terms of what they were doing. Sometimes you’ve got to understand that’s not the offensive linemen. It might be a bad read and the quarterback holding the ball too long. I think sometimes the offensive line might get undo criticism for things when it isn’t really their fault and that’s why we’ll take a look at the film and see where we are and see where we need to improve upon.”

 

On the punting game:

“It was inconsistent in totality. There were some good kicks. We’ve got to learn to be able to kick the ball into the wind and not worry about the conditions out here and focus on our fundamentals and technique. If we do that, then we can execute in any kind of weather and any type of situation and that’s one of the big things for our team. Just go out and execute your fundamentals, play with good technique, and if you do that nothing else is going to matter or going to bother you.”

 

On linebacker Alex Twine:

“Alex is a young man who is starting to get his confidence back a little bit more with that shoulder injury. As I watch the film today, I want to see if he played with any more confidence and if he was playing any faster than he was in the first 14 days.”

 

On wide receiver DeAndre Lane returning punts:

“DeAndre has been back there all preseason returning punts. There are four guys back there returning punts: DeAndre [Lane], Taivon [Jacobs], Will [Likely] and Stefon [Diggs]. Don’t read too much into this stuff, guys. It’s a chance to get guys work that we’ve been working and this is kind of the last opportunity for these guys to show us what they can do. That’s all we were doing. We were out here trying to see the personnel and get as good an evaluation as we possibly can on all the guys. Don’t read into it any more than what we were trying to and what we were trying to do is get good evaluation and utilize people and see where they are. Now we’ll go back as coaches and evaluate it and come up with a two-deep and get ourselves ready to play James Madison.”

 

On defensive back Sean Davis:

“Sean’s had a good camp and you saw him standout today and do some things. It’s probably that he played as well as he did because he’s been playing consistent throughout camp.”

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