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Maryland set for first open scrimmage of fall camp Saturday at Byrd Stadium

Posted on 15 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

On how practice is going:

“We’re still putting some things in, a couple of little minor things and going over situations. That’s the big thing we’re finishing up on here in camp. I thought the four-minute drill we could have done a better job in some situations. Some guys were staying in bounds and not going out of bounds to keep the clock moving. Just teaching things that we can do to get better. Now I think the overall consistency of doing things correctly all the time. Now it’s time to get the legs back and refine all the things we that we’ve done so far this preseason.”

 

On Keenan McCardell:

“Keenan is somebody who is very knowledgeable. He understands how to play the position at a very high level. He teaches the game extremely well. He is very demanding of the players. He controls the room that he has. He brings instant credibility with coaching the position because the success he’s had as a player. When you watch him teach and do the drills that he is doing, the kids sit up and listen and take everything in and I’ve been pleased with the work he’s done with those guys. I think our guys understand that if the listen to him and do the things that they ask him to do they’ll become the complete wide receiver that we’re looking for. With that brings a level of their game that they want to get to. I’ve been very pleased in terms of what he’s done.”

 

On what Sean Davis needed to improve on after last season:

“We always sit down with all the kids. The biggest thing is that you’ve got to be upfront and honest with them. You can’t sugarcoat what you’re going to tell them. We told him exactly the things that he needed to work on to get better. A lot of it is from a preparation standpoint and a mental standpoint and understanding what offenses are doing and angles to the ball and eye discipline. The physical part of Sean’s game was not the issue in terms of the height, weight, speed and strength. For Sean, it was all about him understanding what it takes to be a defensive back in terms of your eye discipline and angles and approach to the ball and recognizing formations and knowing down and distance. You have to be able to really narrow down the number of options that you are probably going to see from the offense. Those were the biggest parts for him. It had nothing to do with his physical abilities. It was more from a mental and preparation and the understanding of what people were going to try to do to you.”

 

“No question [there’s improvement]. He had a great summer in terms of the preparation part. You can see him doing things he wasn’t doing before. It gets back in the same situation. It was unfortunate we had to play him as a freshman, but we did and now he understands more of the bigger picture of what he takes to be a defensive back, not just going out there to run around and do the things he thought would make him better.”

 

“He does. It’s hard work. That’s the biggest thing to impress upon all these kids, just the hard work you have to put in order to be good. Sean did a great job this summer. He always worked, but he probably put a little more into it this summer. That was one of the things we told him as well. We wanted him to get his weight up.”

 

On Andrew Zeller:

“He has the ability it takes to be a really good football player. The biggest thing with Andy is bending his knees and playing without being overextended. That’s his biggest issue, the times when he gets overextended and then it’s hard for him to be able to do the things he needs to do. That’s the big thing we’ve been working on is just keep your hips underneath you and take your feet with you and when he does that, he’s pretty darn good.”

 

On Will Likely:

“We like Will because of his approach to the game and how hard he works and how hard he studies and then when he comes out here he’s always playing at a high level. He’s got a really good skillset. One of the things with Will is that he understands that he’s not the biggest guy out there, so what he has to do is he has to be very sound with his technique. He has to be good with his fundamentals. He works at it each and every single day on the field to get better but then he puts in a ton of time watching film. What you see happening out there in practice and in games from him, it’s not surprising because of the amount of work that he puts into it. He’s got good quickness. He understands leverage and how you have to play people. To be able to have a guy that can play not only outside but can go inside and play the nickel position, that’s very helpful. He understands those and he can be interchangeable with that. What we always have to do is make sure to not put him in a bad situation in terms of matchups based on his height. Even though he might be at a disadvantage, he’s always going to work to be successful and do the things necessary in order to be productive and help the team.”

 

On Jeremiah Johnson:

“He’s more comfortable and he’s more confident. I don’t think he’s thinking about his hamstring, but he’s getting better. We’ve got great competition. The thing about it is with the sets you play they’re all three starters. I don’t get hung up on who’s starting and who’s not starting. To me all of them are starters and depending on matchups and depending on personnel he’s going to be out there. Those guys understand that and they’re going to get their plays in so I’m not going to concern myself with who’s starting or who’s not starting because all of those guys are starters.”

 

On using the three top defensive backs:

“We’re going to utilize guys based on what is the best plan to put together with the opponents we’re seeing and what they’re doing. However that works out we will do that. I think it’s always good when you have guys with versatility within your system that you can utilize and do different things with. That’s one of the things we look at when we recruit. Can they play different positions and do different things for you and if they can, that’s what you really want.”

 

On who is separating themselves at No. 3 wide receiver:

“They’re competing. You’ll see by practice if there is anybody separating with who’s with the one’s and who is with the two’s so the thing that I like is that we’ve got good competition. Guys know that have got to work. Guys know that whoever is performing the best is going to be out there regardless of who it is.”

 

On what he’s looking to accomplish during Saturday’s scrimmage:

“We’re going to be limited in what we do because it’s any open scrimmage and I don’t want to show too much. It’s another day to come out here and get better at our base stuff that we’re going do offensively and defensively. We’ll do some live stuff in the kicking game.  It’s another opportunity to get out here and compete.”

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Maryland freshman Wiley to participate in overseas Goodwill Tour

Posted on 14 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Wiley to Participate in Goodwill Tour Overseas

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball freshman Dion Wiley has been selected to participate in the Global Sports Academy’s 2014 Men’s Basketball Goodwill Tour. The trip will include stops in Belgium, Germany and England, and runs from Aug. 13-21.

 

The team, coached by Siena College assistant coach Greg Manning Jr., will play a total of five games over nine days. The roster includes two Siena players as well student-athletes from Brown, Mount St. Mary’s, NC State, St. Bonaventure and West Chester.

 

Manning works under former Maryland assistant coach Jimmy Patsos at Siena. His father, Greg Manning Sr., was a four-year player for the Terps from 1977-81 and was an All-ACC Academic team three times as well as a member of the 1000-point club.

 

Global Sports Academy is a non-profit organization that puts together athletic competitions between equally matched teams at all level. The group was established in 1991 and has grown to support 12 different sports in 25 different countries. Their major goal is “Education, Good Will and Sportsmanship through Sports.”

 

Wiley will suit up for the Terrapins this season as part of a decorated freshmen class that also includes Melo Trimble, Michal Cekovsky and Jared Nickens. Rated 52nd in the nation by ESPN.com, Wiley averaged 17.6 points as a senior at Potomac High School.

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Edsall says Isaacs has separated himself at TE position

Posted on 14 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Opening Statement:

“Quick turnaround here today. We’ll give a couple guys a break today. Some guys won’t practice in the morning and some other guys might not practice in the afternoon. We’ll take some of the guys that have been around here the practice off and give some of the two’s and some of the three’s a little bit more work. We’re really happy to have the two kids from Casey Cares here today spending some time with us to get their minds off of their health issues that they have. It makes our guys appreciate what they have afforded to them a little bit more.”

 

On the addition of Coach Greg Studrawa:

“He’s a very good teacher. He’s a very knowledgeable coach. The demeanor and enthusiasm in which he coaches I think the kids really gravitate to it. He knows how to push the buttons. But he’s very knowledgeable and he has a way of reaching guys and making them understand that to be successful, you’ve got to do the fundamentals and the techniques the right way.”

 

On if the offensive line is performing better under Coach Studrawa:

“I think we’re playing better. I think the offensive line is playing better. They’re improving. They still have room for improvement, but we’re making the progress we need to make and we just need to continue that progress each and every day.”

 

On the offensive line:

“Offensive linemen are a unique bunch as it is. To play offensive line you’ve got to have that pack mentality and those guys are the most together group on the team because of what they have to go through and they like to have fun. It’s a group that wants to do well.  People sometimes get on them a little bit in terms of being maligned. They have a lot of pride and you can just see that they’re getting better and they are working together as a group. That’s what they have to do. Those five really have to be in cohesion and working together and communicating extremely well.”

 

On Michael Dunn:

“Michael Dunn is just a great story. You take a local kid here that walked on and earned the right to earn a scholarship. You see the improvement in each phase that we go through. He’s a guy that’s able to move around from right tackle to left tackle. He’s still getting better. He’s going to be really good when it’s all said and done. The progression that he’s going through right now and the development he’s made and where he’s going to be I’m very happy that he’s worked that hard and wants it that bad.”

 

On why Andrew Isaacs has separated himself at tight end:

“He’s come out here and done his job. He’s come out here and worked hard.  He’s done the things that his position has asked him to do. He’s been very productive doing those things. He’s another young guy that’s going to continue to get better. He’s got all the intangibles and all the qualities that you want in a tight end.”

 

On if he’ll use all three tight ends:

“I don’t know. We’ll sit down here at the end of camp and figure out and make the coaches make a list of who are top 12 or 15 guys. Based on our personnel will dictate the sets and personnel groupings that we use.”

 

On how long it will take Quinton Jefferson to get back up to speed:

“It’ll probably take him a few days. I was teasing him that he didn’t get a lot of conditioning in at the hospital.  He wants to be out here. He ran all the sprints and did all that. I like Quinton and he’s not going to forget what he had. He was glad that his wife was okay and that he was able to get back out here. He’ll be one of those guys that we won’t give time off to because he wasn’t here. I’m not worried about Quinton at all. He’ll be fine.”

 

On if the players had hit a wall at this point in camp:

“I told the coaches this morning that we’ve got to have a lot of juice this morning. I was down in the training room before we came out and you could just see it. They need a little bit, which is natural at this point in camp. We’ll get out here and get it going. We’ve got the officials from the Big Ten today and we had a great session with them last night. The kids will rise up and meet the challenge and we as coaches got to kind of get them through it this morning and be very enthusiastic and pump them up, get them going and have a little bit of fun.”

 

On Sean Davis:

“He’s got a very good skillset to play the position. He’s got the size and strength and the athletic ability. He’s come a long way in terms of the mental part of the game and now what he’s got to do is continue to put it all together, but he’s playing well. He’s put the time and effort to play well, so it’s not surprising.”

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Edsall impressed by Veii in first days after move to receiver

Posted on 13 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

On the status of Quinton Jefferson and Perry Hills:

“Quinton will be back out here today with us. His wife was released from the hospital, so he’ll be out here today. She’s doing better. It’s good to have him back out with us. Perry is not here with us today. Other than that, everybody else is out there. We’ve got a couple of guys that have some nicks and things along those lines, but other than that, we’re in pretty good shape.”

 

On Jacquille Veii’s play at Tuesday’s practice:

“I thought Jacquille had a good day yesterday. It is kind of what I expected out of him. Having the opportunity to watch him and do the things that he can do, those were the things that myself and the coaching staff thought he would do and that’s part of the reason that we made the move that we did with him.”

 

On the competition between Jeremiah Johnson and Alvin Hill:

“Just guys that are competing very hard. With the schemes that we play, they’re both going to play. We’ll see how it continues to play out through the rest of preseason camp, but both of them are really competing. J.J. is not showing any signs of issues right now with the leg. We hope that continues. He’s a guy that’s got experience. He knows how to play. He’s a leader. Alvin is just getting better all the time We’ve just got to get him to be a better tackler overall. I’m really pleased with how both of those guys are competing and working.”

 

On the kick and punt returner positions:

“I think there are going to be other things that come into play there. I know we have Stefon [Diggs] who has demonstrated that he can be outstanding in that area. Will [Likely] has demonstrated that he can be very good and I think Taivon [Jacobs] can be very good. I would probably say right now that with punt return that either Stefon or Will would be the guy in that area. I think from a return standpoint, you can throw Taivon into that mix as a kickoff returner along with Stefon and Will. We’ll see how it all plays out, but the good thing is that we have some really good options there to deal with guys that can take the ball the distance in both phases.”

 

On Brandon Ross’ development:

“He’s been out here doing everything, hasn’t missed anything. I hope that continues. Like anything else, the older you get, the more mature you become, the better you handle situations and the better you deal with things. I think that’s been the biggest case with Brandon. Now he’s been in the system three years and he really gets it. He really understands it. He’s more comfortable with the playbook, all those things. Sometimes it takes some time. I wish we could go back to the rule when all the freshmen were ineligible to play because I think just the transition from high school to college, and not only for football but academically, socially maturity and all those things. He’s really come a long way and I’m very proud of how far he’s come.”

 

On the offense at Tuesday’s practice:

“I thought they had probably their best night or best practice that we’ve had so far. Again, it’s one of those things of everything coming together. We’ve still got a lot of work to do, there’s no doubt about that. Now they’ll build on that today and we’ll have a good day today and keep getting one percent better each and every day. If we can do that, we’ll start to get to where we want to be by August 30.”

 

On Damian Prince’s move to guard:

“I told him this morning that I thought he had a pretty good day. It’s not perfect and it’s not going to be perfect, but you saw a guy who almost looked like he felt a little bit more comfortable with that position. I think he’ll be better today. He’s a very coachable young man. He takes corrections very well and he wants to do well. I’m pleased with what I saw for the first day and now what he’s got to do today is work hard to get better and work on those things that Coach Stud [Studrawa] told him that he needs to work on.”

 

On if Spencer Myers’ play has surprised him:

“I wouldn’t say I’m surprised because the young man has played football in high school, and I know it’s different, but having the competitiveness that he has and seen what he’s done as a wrestler, I think those things carryover to the football field. You can see as he’s out here each and every day, he’s getting better. The thing that Spencer gives you is that he’s just relentless. He’s going to just keep attacking you and getting after you. What’s going to happen with him is that every practice he’s out here and every rep he gets he’s going to get better because he’s going to get back into the swing of things with the technique and doing the things you’re supposed to do and understanding everything. I’m very pleased with him so far and I know he’s just going to get better. It wasn’t good that Quinton wasn’t here but it allowed more repetitions for him, which he needs. He had the opportunity to do something and he showed us. Now he’s earned the right to get more repetitions.”

 

On if the receivers responded to his comments at media day:

“I just said what I thought was the truth. If they heard it, I would hope that they would do that because they’re young men who want to do well. Every day is a new day and every practice is a new practice. We’ll see.”

 

On how many true freshmen he thinks will contribute this season:

“I’ll have a better feel once we get through the scrimmage on Saturday and even next Wednesday when we scrimmage. I still want things to play out. Guys still have the opportunity to show what they can do here to see if maybe somebody can develop into a backup that’s got a legitimate shot to get on the field and then a lot will depend on what they can contribute from a special teams standpoint. I’d rather wait until we get through this scrimmage and then maybe not until we get through the next one on Wednesday.”

 

On Matt Gillespie:

“He’s doing a good job. He’s out there competing and doing a good job. Again, just another one of those freshman who’s out here learning each and every day and taking all in and trying to get better.”

 

On Malik Jones;

“I think Malik has done a good job. The one thing I’m pleased with with Malik is kind of twofold. One he’s put on quite a bit of weight since he’s gotten here. He’s stronger and you can see how much he’s grown and developed and picked things up. He’s not anywhere near where he’s going to be. If he continues to work and he continues to be coachable and continues to study and prepare the proper way, he’s got a chance to be a really good defensive end for us. I like his mindset and I like his focus for us. He’s just young and that’s what we do. When we recruited him, we knew he’d be a guy that developed. We saw a guy with work ethic and had the size to him and he’d been able to put on the weight. So far he hasn’t disappointed. Where that ends up for him this year we’ll see. He’s doing all the things that you should be doing to put himself in the hunt to earn playing time.”

 

On the music at practice:

“You’ll see it every day. You do research as a coach and there are things that you want to do. It helps us because of this new system that we purchased just will help us from a practice standpoint when the horns blow and then we want to get started. Plus we wanted to make sure, as I told the kids, with the music it’s just something you can set the kind of music with the type of periods you want where it’s up-tempo. The only thing I said is that there has got to be some country music because if not, we’re not going to this system. When we do special teams, there is country music and that’s the head coach’s special deal. The kids liked it. It helps because we are going to play in front of crowds where there is crowd noise. I think it also helps the focus and the attention and the things you have to do to make them in this day and age to get them going a little bit. It’s not my playlist. If it was my playlist it would probably all be country music and everything else. I’m smart enough to stay away from that. I’ll take advantage of the head coach’s prerogative, but I’m not selecting the playlist. The kids like it. If they don’t like it, I’m sure they’ll say, Coach we’ve got to change some of those songs.

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Maryland to host Wisconsin for ESPN “Super Tuesday” matchup

Posted on 13 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Big Ten & SEC Men’s Hoops Doubleheader Highlight ESPN Super Tuesday

16 Games Feature At Least One Preseason-Ranked Team

 

ESPN’s 2015 Super Tuesday schedule – showcasing a game from the Big Ten and SEC each Tuesday – will matchup top teams in the nation beginning January 6. The doubleheader will feature a game at 7 p.m. ET and 9 p.m., with the conference contests switching between the timeslots on varying weeks, concluding the nine-week series on March 3.

 

Sixteen games featured have at least one team ranked in the ESPN.com men’s preseason top 25 poll. Highlights:

The potential of two top-25 Big Ten matchups featuring No. 25 Iowa at No. 4 Wisconsin on January 20 and a battle between 2014 Elite Eight participants and in-state rivals No. 18 Michigan State at No. 24 Michigan on February 17.

  • ·        Wisconsin, which earned a 2014 Final Four berth, is featured on the schedule four times including road games at Nebraska on February 10 and at first-year Big Ten member Maryland on February 24, as well as at home versus Indiana onFebruary 3.
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  • ·        Michigan also plays at Ohio State on January 13 and at home against Nebraska on January 27.
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  • ·        Iowa also appears in the Super Tuesday finale at Indiana on March 3.
  • ·        Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell leads the list for the ESPN 100 Top Shooting Guards.

Overall, ESPN networks will offer a full slate of games from both conferences during the 2014-15 season. Full conference schedules will be announced at a later date. ESPN’s 2013-14 season was the most-viewed and highest-rated regular season ever.

 

All Super Tuesday telecasts will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

 

ESPN’s Super Tuesday Schedule (all games on ESPN; subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game
January 6 7 p.m. Arkansas at Georgia
9 p.m. Ohio State at Minnesota
January 13 7 p.m. No. 24 Michigan at Ohio State
9 p.m. Missouri at No. 1 Kentucky
January 20 7 p.m. LSU at No. 9 Florida
9 p.m. No. 25 Iowa at No. 4 Wisconsin
January 27 7 p.m. Nebraska at No. 24 Michigan
9 p.m. No. 9 Florida at Alabama
February 3 7 p.m. Indiana at No. 4 Wisconsin
9 p.m. No. 9 Florida at Vanderbilt
February 10 7 p.m. No. 1 Kentucky at LSU
9 p.m. No. 4 Wisconsin at Nebraska
February 17 7 p.m. No. 1 Kentucky at Tennessee
9 p.m. No. 18 Michigan State at No. 24 Michigan
February 24 7 p.m. No. 4 Wisconsin at Maryland
9 p.m. No. 9 Florida at Missouri
March 3 7 p.m. No. 25 Iowa at Indiana
9 p.m. No. 1 Kentucky at Georgia

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Maryland WR Diggs receives preseason All-America recognition from SI

Posted on 13 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sports Illustrated has named Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs to its 2014 Preseason All-America Team, the publication announced Tuesday. SI selected Diggs as a second team returner on special teams.

It is the third All-America team Diggs has been named to this preseason. The junior wide out also earned a spot on the Athlon Sports and Phil Steele All-America teams.

Last season, Diggs finished second on the team in receptions and receiving yards despite missing the last five games with a leg injury. In seven games, Diggs had 34 receptions for 587 yards and three touchdowns and averaged 83.9 yards receiving per game.

To see the full All-America team, visit si.com.

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Edsall confirms position changes for Veii, Prince

Posted on 12 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

On position changes:

“There were a couple of position changes that we made. We took Jacquille Veii and moved him into the slot. We took Damian [Prince] and put him in at guard. Again, things that we think can help us as guys continue to work at practice. Really those were the only to position moves that we made. We moved Stefon [Diggs] outside as well, but again, our receivers can pretty much play different positions. Those are things we felt could help us.”

 

On the freshmen offensive linemen:

“What everybody has to understand is that these young guys, Damian [Prince], Brandon Moore and Derwin Gray, they are young men that have a lot of ability, but it’s a process for them to go through in terms of the technique. We’ve got to get them to learn to get their hands inside. They want to go and take them and bear hug people so we’re working on them. Damian has great size and good strength. The more reps he gets the better he’ll become in getting the playbook down. Right now, Brandon is probably playing the fastest of those three. For the freshmen, it’s about them understanding the playbook. It’s hard because of how much is thrown at them. It’s not that anybody’s disappointed in them. We understand as coaches that it’s a process. We’re not disappointed. Most of the freshmen should get redshirted anyhow, unless they show something that they are so outstanding. If we get our program where we want it, it’s going to be very hard for freshmen to come in and play truthfully.”

 

On why he moved Damian Prince to guard:

“We’re going to put him at guard because we’ve got a need at guard. That was one of the reasons we put him in there. We feel that with the four tackles we have we feel pretty solid. Right now he was really the fifth tackle. Now you put him inside at guard and he’s a backup in there at left guard. For him to be able to get on the bus and help us, it’s going to be better at guard. Probably in the long run he’s more suited to be a guard than a tackle. He does have a skillset where he could be possibly a right tackle more than a left tackle, but for us and for where we are and for what we want to accomplish we feel guard is the best spot for him.”

 

On why he moved Jacquille Veii to wide receiver:

“One thing is he’s a guy that is a dynamic guy for us. You can’t play four tailbacks. You just can’t do it. Putting him out there I think that helps us. It helps the wide receiver room. It gives us a guy that has a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm and can block. It enhances us from an offensive standpoint that we put him there. One of the things he’s demonstrated through practice and his hard work is that he deserves an opportunity to be out on the field helping our team win in whichever way he can. He was excited about the move and it’s something we think it going to benefit us quite a bit.”

 

On Jacquille Veii’s transition to wide receiver:

“I don’t think it will take him too long. He was in here late last night, well, not late but until bed check. He was in here today after the morning session watching film. Some of the things he’s doing there he did as a running back because we did some things with the running backs at that position. It won’t take him long. I’m not worried about that with him. I think you’ll see tonight probably that he’ll be out there doing things. He’ll be fine.”

 

On Quinton Jefferson’s situation:

“I just got some information right before I came out here, but I haven’t had a chance to talk to Quinton. I think things are positive, but I don’t really want to say too much until I get an opportunity to speak to him.”

 

On Perry Hills’ absence:

“Perry Hills won’t be here for a couple days. He had to go home because his grandmother passed away. He left last night.”

 

On Evan Mulrooney:

“Evan is back. He’s with us now. No [he won’t practice]. That’s not going to happen. He’s got some medical conditions that he’ll have to take care of within the next two weeks to get some more tests done and he’ll do those things once they take a look at those tests and everything else, we’ll go from there. Next week he’s got some tests he’s got to do and then a week after that he’s got some more so it’s two weeks right now before the tests will be done to see where he is and where we go from here.”

 

On the running back competition:

“I’m looking for the guy that is the most complete guy. You see things with Brandon [Ross] that he can catch the ball, he can run the ball, he can block. I’m seeing much more consistency out of him. Thank goodness he hasn’t missed anything. One of his issues had been he had had a little bit of the injury bug that’s kind of slowed him down a little bit, but I haven’t seen any of that. I see a guy that has really caught hold of the system and is preparing well. He’s out here being productive.”

 

On L.A Goree

“L.A., it’s interesting. We were in the coaches meeting and talking and I see him doing his job, but he’s kind of going unnoticed a little bit. I think he’s got that mentality hey, I’m going out there and I’m going to do my job and do it to the best of my abilities and lead by example. That’s really what he’s doing. He’s playing physical and right now he’s had a couple of nagging things with him, but he hasn’t had any of that. He’s playing with confidence and playing with enthusiasm and being productive.”

 

On what he saw in morning practice:

“That it rained like crazy. I still think I’m waterlogged a little bit. We almost had to get the paddleboats out. I haven’t practiced in any weather like that kind of rain. That’s our wet ball day that we had. Hopefully we won’t have any more days like that, but the kids were very focused and fought through it. Brad Craddock had a great morning. He was perfect on all of them. He was 5-for-5 with a 51 yarder. Adam [Greene] was 4-for-4 and missed a 51 yarder. I thought the concentration was good throughout the practice and guys didn’t really let that bother them. It was hard to throw the ball because of how much rain was coming down, but we had some center quarterback exchanges, but we have to get used to that so when we play in it, we can handle it. At least now guys will have some recall when we play in it in terms of the gloves and those sort of things to combat those elements.”

 

On position battles:

“There are not that many positions that really we’re looking for. Tight end has kind of separated itself. Running back has kind of separated itself. Andrew [Isaacs] is the No. 1 guy and P.J. [Gallo] and Derrick [Hayward] fighting there for the two’s. What’s happening now is you going to see some guys that might be two’s that could overtake somebody who’s a one based on what they’re doing in practice or maybe what somebody else isn’t doing.”

 

On Andrew Isaac’s development:

“I just wish he was a redshirt freshman. I wish we could have redshirted him last year, but we didn’t have the opportunity to do that. That’s what we’ve got to remember. He got an injury coming out of high school and got in last year and you can start to see it. He’s a worker. He’s a guy that really works hard. You can see it in his body. He’s out there playing with more confidence now and he’s a student of the game. We like what we’ve seen so far and we just want him to keep improving. That’s another guy you don’t have to worry about. He’s self-motivated and is going to do the things necessary to be as good has he needs to be.”

 

“He’s probably moving a little bit better. I think he’s sculpted himself a little bit more. I think he’s about 247 pounds after this morning’s practice. He was up to 255 or something. He’s moving good and doing all the things that you’d like him to do.”

 

On what he likes from practice so far:

“I like the attitude. I like the way these guys are competing with each other. I like the way our defense is flying around and communicating really well. Offensively, you can really start to see it coming into shape now as we cut back now in the installation and we go over things. Even though it was wet, I thought we did some better things. I’m very pleased with where we are from a field goal standpoint. We’ve just got to get better each day. We had Jon Gordon in here and one of the things he told the guys was just get one percent better every day you go out there. If they can do that and we can keep that mindset, then we’ll be where we want to be August 30.”

 

On what the offense has done better:

“Just from a crispness standpoint and guys doing what they’re supposed to do. We didn’t have as many penalties in the scrimmage that we did. It’s guys just getting back in the swing of things and just getting into the playbook and knowing more what you’re doing and getting more confident with what you’re doing. It’s those little things that you see. Hopefully, you’re not going to see a lot of big plays because of what we’re doing defensively. We’ve still got to better defensively and make sure we maintain our gaps and hit the right our gaps. We’ve gotten better from a technique standpoint, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do there so it becomes habit. That’s the one thing that we’re going to constantly harp on and coach up.”

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Tip time, network announced for Maryland/Virginia matchup

Posted on 12 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Times & Networks Announced for Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge

ESPN has finalized the time and network designations for the 15th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. ESPN networks will combine to cover every game of the event during the first week of December. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will televise the 14 games of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge – including all 14 Big Ten schools and 14 of 15 ACC teams – from Monday, Dec. 1 through Wednesday, Dec. 3.

The ACC and Big Ten have split the past two events, winning six Challenge games each in 2012 and 2013. In the event of a tie, the Commissioner’s Cup remains with the conference that won the previous year, which was the Big Ten in 2011. The ACC won the first 10 Challenges (1999-2008), while the Big Ten won the next three (2009-2011).

  • ·         Nine teams in the ESPN.com men’s preseason top 25 poll: No. 2 Duke, No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 7 Virginia, No. 8 Louisville, No. 18 Michigan, No. 21 Syracuse, No. 24 Michigan and No. 25 Iowa.
  • ·         The potential of three top-25 matchups:

o    No. 21 Syracuse travels to No. 24 Michigan on Tuesday, for a 7:30 p.m. tilt on ESPN.

o    No. 25 Iowa at No. 6 North Carolina on Wednesday, also at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

o    A Challenge culmination of No. 2 Duke at No. 4 Wisconsin on Wednesday, at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.

  • ·         No. 8 Louisville – in its first year as an ACC member – hosts Ohio State on Tuesday, at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.
  • ·         Also competing in the Challenge, No. 7 Virginia plays at former ACC opponent Maryland at 9:15 p.m. on ESPN2.
  • ·         Wednesday night also features No. 18 Michigan State at Notre Dame at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN2.
  • ·         Nine ACC and eight Big Ten teams participated in the 2014 postseason:

o    The ACC had seven teams – Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Pitt, Syracuse and Virginia – earn NCAA Championship berths, while Clemson and Florida State advanced to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) semifinals.

o    The Big Ten saw Wisconsin advance to the Final Four, in addition to Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State earning NCAA berths.

o    Minnesota captured the 2014 NIT title and Illinois was a second-round participant.

2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods Schedule (subject to change)

Date
Time (ET)
Game
Network

Mon, Dec 1

7 p.m.
Nebraska at Florida State
ESPN2
Rutgers at Clemson
ESPNU

 

Tue, Dec 2

7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Indiana
ESPN2
Minnesota at Wake Forest
ESPNU

7:30 p.m.
No. 21 Syracuse at No. 24 Michigan
ESPN

9 p.m.
Illinois at Miami
ESPN2 or ESPNU
NC State at Purdue
ESPN2 or ESPNU

9:30 p.m.
Ohio State at No. 8 Louisville
ESPN

Wed, Dec 3

7:15 p.m.
No. 18 Michigan State at Notre Dame
ESPN2
Virginia Tech at Penn State
ESPNU

7:30 p.m.
No. 25 Iowa at No. 6 North Carolina
ESPN

9:15 p.m.
No. 7 Virginia at Maryland
ESPN2
Georgia Tech at Northwestern
ESPNU

9:30 p.m.
No. 2 Duke at No. 4 Wisconsin
ESPN

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 12 August 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Chicago Sky @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 11:30am from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV), Washington Mystics @ Connecticut Sun (Friday 7pm from Uncasville, CT live on WNBA Live Access), New York Liberty @ Washington Mystics (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on WNBA Live Access); Tennis: ATP Tour WTA Tour Western & Southern Open (Tuesday & Wednesday 10:30am live on Tennis Channel Thursday 1pm & 9pm live on ESPN2 Friday 11am & 7pm live on ESPN2 Saturday 1pm & 7pm live on ESPN2 Sunday 2pm live on ESPN2. All tennis from Cincinnati); Boxing: Shawn Porter vs. Kell Brook (Saturday 9pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime);

10. Bobby Slayton (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Erik Griffin (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Monday throughout Baltimore County); “The Expendables 3″ (Friday) and “Let’s Be Cops” (Wednesday) out in theaters; Haunted House 2” available (Tuesday)

Nick Miller is why I’m pretty sure I want to see Let’s Be Cops.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqJyaiHvE64

9. Hot August Music Festival feat. Old Crow Medicine Show, Dr. Dog, Nickel Creek, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Saturday 12pm Oregon Ridge); Silopanna feat. The Flaming Lips/Dashboard Confessional/Eric Hutchinson/Jimmie’s Chicken Shack/Sleeper Agent (Saturday 11am Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds); Lil Boosie (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Gavin DeGraw & Matt Nathanson (Tuesday 7pm Pier Six Pavilion); Arcade Fire (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Linkin Park/30 Seconds to Mars (Wednesday 6:30pm Jiffy Lube Live), Kings of Leon (Friday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live), Jimmy Buffett (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Victor Wooten (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Cheap Trick (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live); The Ataris (Thursday 7:30pm Ottobar); Nelly’s Echo (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club); Night Ranger (Saturday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Foghat (Sunday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Boyz II Men (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Echo & The Bunnymen (Monday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); SOJA (Tuesday 7:30pm The Hamilton), Johnnyswim (Monday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Dick Dale (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere), The Zombies (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere), Kenny Loggins (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere), Trigger Happy feat. Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene, Steve Gorman (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Tori Amos (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Jonny Lang (Sunday 8pm State Theatre); The Gaslight Anthem “Get Hurt”, SOJA “Amid the Noise and Haste” and Brian Setzer “Rockabilly Riot! All Original” available (Tuesday)

I will be at Hot August for SURE Saturday. In part to see Old Crow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqK6LXOsKmI

In part to see Nickel Creek.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMfEfANEfNA

And in LARGE part to see Sister Sparrow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doOr9vt4GGc

Let’s all go watch That 70′s Show with Cheap Trick.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqB9lhHqmsE

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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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