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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 January 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Orlando Salida vs. Mikey Garcia (Saturday 9:45pm from New York live on HBO), Sergey Kovalev vs. Gabriel Campillo (Saturday 9pm from Uncasville, CT live on NBC Sports Network); Women’s College Basketball: NC State @ Maryland (Thursday 8:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Maryland @ Georgia Tech (Sunday 3pm from Atlanta live on ESPN2); Soccer: MISL Baltimore Blast @ Syracuse Silver Knights (Friday 7:30pm Sunday 1:30pm from Syracuse, NY live on MISLtv.com); High School Basketball: Perry Hall @ Woodlawn (Wednesday 6:30pm), Perry Hall @ Milford Mill (Friday 7pm)

10. Superstars of 70′s Soul Jam feat. The Stylistics, Peaches and Herb (Saturday 8pm 1st Mariner Arena); The Darkness (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live), G. Love & Special Sauce (Sunday 8:30pm Rams Head Live); Hollywood Undead (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Gin Blossoms (Tuesday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage), Eric Benet (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); 2 Chainz (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Ellie Goulding (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Janelle Monae (Sunday 6pm 9:30 Club); WAR (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); Morrissey (Wednesday 8pm Strathmore); Smokey Robinson (Friday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Soundgarden (Friday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Tim Reynolds (Sunday 8pm & 10pm Blues Alley); Augustana (Monday 7pm U Street Music Hall)

I’d like to do like 100 more things this week that involve the Gin Blossoms…

I hate admitting how much I enjoy this Ellie Goulding tune…

I’ve been a Janelle Monae fan since the first time I knew there was such a thing as Janelle Monae…

Soundgarden, huh? I’ll sign up for just about anything that involves Chris Cornell singing tunes…

9. Baltimore County Winter Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Monday throughout Baltimore County); Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade (Saturday 12pm MLK Boulevard); “Taken 2″ available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Broken City” and “The Last Stand” out in theaters (Friday)

My favorite part of Taken 2 was when Liam Neeson was talking about Tim Tebow…

On the list for Winter Restaurant Week? The Grill at Harryman House. Where a burger looks like this…

Ummm…yes.

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Maryland football to host Syracuse for first time since 1991

Posted on 11 January 2013 by WNST Staff

ACC Announces 2013 Conference Football Opponents

Terps to play host to Boston College, Clemson, Syracuse and Virginia

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference on Friday announced the football conference opponents and sites for the 2013 season, incorporating new members Pittsburgh and Syracuse into the 14-team league.

 

Maryland will host ACC opponents Boston College, Clemson, Syracuse and Virginia at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in 2013. The Terps will play at Florida State, NC State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

 

The complete 2013 ACC Football Schedule, including specific dates, is expected to be announced in early February.

 

The Terrapins’ non-conference schedule features home games vs. FIU (Sat. Aug. 31) and Old Dominion (Sat. Sept. 7), a trip to Connecticut (Sat. Sept. 14), and a showdown with West Virginia on Sept. 21 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

 

Maryland Football 2013 Schedule

 

Date              Opponent            Home/Away/Neutral

Aug. 31          FIU                      Home

Sept. 7          Old Dominion       Home

Sept. 14         Connecticut          Away

Sept. 21         West Virginia        Neutral (M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore)

 

Conference Schedule (Dates to be announced in early February)

Home: Boston College, Clemson, Syracuse, Virginia

Away: Florida State, NC State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

 

- Terps -

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Like the rest of you, the 15-7-0 is both sick of and wants so much more Ryan Lochte

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Like the rest of you, the 15-7-0 is both sick of and wants so much more Ryan Lochte

Posted on 22 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

As always, this week’s 15-7-0 is brought to you by Roofing By Elite. Visit them at roofingbyelite.com. We make 15 observations about football ELITE, 7 about football “not so ELITE” and one “zero” who deserves to sleep on the roof from outside of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens game analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

“The ELITE 15″…

1. And after Week 8, we have a new Heisman Trophy frontrunner.

Which is partly because after being crowned “King of Football”, Geno Smith has gone missing. But it is much more because Kansas State’s Collin Klein picked up the scepter and RAN IT IN FOR FOUR TOUCHDOWNS AGAINST WVU.

Of course, the one he threw to Tyler Lockett was just the prettiest…

The Wildcats take over the “on pace for the BCS title game” role and Klein goes to the top of the Heisman list. West Virginia goes…

“BACK! BACK! BACK INTO THE WOODS!”

2. Christian Ponder is both the quarterback of a 5-2 football team and has a lovely girlfriend.

(His girlfriend is ESPN’s Samantha Steele. I guess this would have been more effective if you knew that in advance.)

Ponder was helped greatly in topping the Cards by RB Adrian Peterson who is might be? good again.

Also, Cards RB LaRod Stephens-Howling had over 100 yards and a TD, so that sound you here is EVERYONE switching William Powell for him in their leagues. That was the only good news for Arizona Sunday…well other than the news that they had surpassed Felix Baumgartner’s record for the longest freefall.

3. I know the Colts won, I just care significantly more about the fact that Chuck Pagano came home from the hospital.

But the highlight of the affair in Indianapolis was a Greg Little touchdown catch. Wait, I couldn’t have possibly said that right. It was a Greg Little touchdown catch.

And since he did that, Josh Gordon figured he’d make up for the normal output the Browns get from Greg Little…

Wow. And good for Coach Pagano. Now…does he have any advice for the guys he used to coach?

4. Navy should never stop making motivational videos.

It worked AGAIN this week before Navy came back to shock Big Ten foe Indiana in Annapolis. I understand why it works. These are REALLY good…

The Hoosiers are known for hoops, but there was greater basketball royalty on the Navy side Saturday…

5. Apparently coaching a team that never stops kicking ass makes Will Muschamp really angry.

(In fairness, Wyoming coach Dave Christensen last week was less than impressed. Language NSFW.)

South Carolina was in this one for awhile, at least right up until the first play…

ESPN’s College Gameday was in Gainesville Saturday, which lead to Lee Corso doing this…

(Corso later…)

And they introduced us to Tarin Moses, Gators cheerleader and girlfriend of UF QB Jeff Driskel. We should learn more…

Speaking of Driskel, this.

THIS sign was relevant since South Carolina was in town…

Elsewhere in the SEC, this.

6. And then the Patriots remembered that Rob Gronkowski played for them!

If you didn’t know this was a close game, the gifs would make you think this was a typical pathetic Jets effort in a blowout loss. There was Mark Sanchez kicking the ball out of the back of the endzone…

And Stephen Hill’s “what I had meant to do was…..” late in the 4th…

And then the game ended with a near perfect “Sanchez-ing”…

But before that there was actually a heck of a football game that featured two Gronk TD’s, including this one-which was awfully pretty…

Also, noted Drew Forrester mancrush Jim Nantz struggled at the end of this one…

7. And then Chris Johnson remembered that he was Chris Johnson!

He’s….ALIVE….

So do you NOT trade him to whatever team is in need of RB help? Or do you HAVE to trade him now because his value is greater?

Also, a nod to Bills WR Donald Jones, who went “Carlton Banks” creative for a dance that was WAY better than Gangnam Style in defeat…

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Jacobs, King make first career catches in Maryland loss

Posted on 21 October 2012 by WNST Staff

QUOTES – MARYLAND COACH RANDY EDSALL

NC State 20, Maryland 18

 

Opening Statement:

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

 

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

 

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

 

On Perry Hills’ Injury:

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

 

On the offense going forward:

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

 

On the defense’s performance:

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

 

On the second-half rushing:

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

 

Freshman Quarterback Caleb Rowe:

On anticipation of getting playing time:

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

 

On the quickness of NC State’s defense:

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

 

On Hills injury:

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

 

 

Place Kicker Brad Craddock:

On last kick:

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

 

On the support from his teammates:

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

 

Freshman Wide Receiver Stefon Diggs

On the mood in the locker room:

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

 

On Perry Hills being knocked out of the game:

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

 

On Wes Brown’s development:

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

 

Sophomore Quarterback Devin Burns
On being ready to play:

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

 

On his poise:

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

 

Senior Defensive Lineman AJ Francis

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

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

 

On the defense giving up game-winning field goal:

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

 

On how the offense played on the final possession:

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

 

Freshman Running Back Wes Brown

On the keys to the success of the running game:

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

 

On the emotional highs and lows of the loss:

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


On the play of Devin Burns in the second half:

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

 

NC STATE COACH TOM O’BRIEN

 

Opening statement:

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

 

On Mike Glennon:

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

 

On Devin Burns:

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

 

On Niklas Sade’s field goal range:

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

 

On stopping Stefon Diggs:

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

 

On getting close to bowl eligibility:

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

 

Redshirt Senior Quarterback Mike Glennon

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

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

 

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

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

 

On their two straight wins:

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

 

On the game in general:

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

 

Senior Defensive End Brian Slay

On their pressure on the quarterback:

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

 

On Maryland switching quarterbacks:

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

 

Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver Bryan Underwood

On Maryland’s last field goal attempt:

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

 

On the upcoming game against North Carolina:

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

 

 

Postgame Notes

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Maryland looks to take next step to bowl eligibility Saturday against NC State

Posted on 19 October 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Led by a defense that ranks as one of the nation’s best, Maryland is 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time since 2001. The Terps, coming off victories over Wake Forest and Virginia, will look to improve to 3-0 in the league for just the second time since winning three straight ACC Championships from 1983-85, when it takes on NC State in its Homecoming game. Maryland and NC State have met 68 times in history, and the all-time series is even at 32-32-4. The Terps have won three straight over the Wolfpack in College Park and five of the last six.

First-and-10

• With another gutty fourth quarter performance, Maryland held on to beat Virginia, 27-20, last Saturday. The Cavaliers cut Maryland’s lead to 17-13 with 0:29 left in the third quarter, but the Terps scored the game’s next 10 points and held on late. In Maryland’s four wins, the Terps average margin of victory is just 5.5 points, and the opponent has been within a tying score at some point in the fourth quarter in each of those games. The Terps, though, have outscored opponents 51-31 in the final stanza and have received key defensive stops when it’s mattered most.

• The Terps rank ninth nationally in total defense (278.7 ypg), tied for ninth in rushing defense (95.5 ypg) and 18th in passing defense (183.2 ypg). Though Virginia tallied 168 rushing yards, the most by a Maryland opponent this season, the Terps have been tough against the run with an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield. Those three have played a big role in holding opponents to an average of just 2.65 yards per rush, which ranks seventh nationally. The Terps received a major boost to their linebacking corps with the return of Kenneth Tate in the West Virginia game. Tate, a 2010 consensus first team All-ACC choice, had missed the previous 11 games dating back to the 2011 season due to a knee injury. The fifth-year senior has already made an impact in his three games back: he has 15 tackles, two for a loss, a sack, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

• Vellano and Darin Drakeford have been the biggest contributors for a Maryland defense which has been disruptive in the opponent backfield – Maryland’s 7.8 tackles for loss per game are tied for 11th in the FBS and its 3.0 sacks per game are tied for 14th. Drakeford, who was named the ACC Linebacker of the Week for his performance at Virginia, ranks third in the ACC with 0.75 sacks per game and is second on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss. That trails only Vellano with 11.0, which leads the conference and ranks 13th nationally.

• Offensively and on special teams, wide receiver Stefon Diggs continues to be Maryland’s most dynamic playmaker. Against Virginia, the freshman returned the game’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and went on to catch four passes for 89 yards. Over the last three games he’s averaging 102.3 receiving yards per game, while his 168.8 all-purpose yards per game this season lead the ACC and rank ninth nationally. Additionally, Diggs ranks second in the conference in yards per catch (21.6) and has earned ACC weekly honors in each of Maryland’s last three games (Rookie of the Week – WVU, Wake Forest; Specialst of the Week – Virginia).

• Quarterback Perry Hills, who is just the third true freshman quarterback to start for Maryland in school history (Randall Jones in 1998; Latrez Harrison in 1999), is directing the offense. Hills had his best collegiate game against West Virginia when he finished 20 of 29 for 305 yards and three touchdowns, all season highs. He led Maryland on the game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter of the season opener against William & Mary, and was named ACC Rookie of the Week after going 11 of 21 for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the win at Temple. Hills has been at his best in the fourth quarter, having completed 24 of 35 passes for 390 yards and two touchdowns in the final stanza.


Quick Hitters

• Stefon Diggs has earned ACC Player of the Week honors in three straight games, and a Terp has captured Linebacker of the Week honors in two straight games. Diggs won Rookie of the Week for his play against West Virginia (9/22) and Wake Forest (10/6) and Specialist of the Week against Virginia (10/13). Demetrius Hartsfield earned Linebacker of the Week for his play against Wake Forest, while Darin Drakeford received the award against Virginia.

• For the first time since 1999, Maryland held its opponent under 300 yards of total offense in four of the season’s first five games. Only No. 17 West Virginia exceeded the 300 mark against the Terrapins (363). In the sixth game of the season, Virginia also broke the 300 mark (386).

• Diggs ranks eighth in the conference and first among freshmen with 75.5 receiving yards per game. Diggs, who has 21 catches for 453 yards, is averaging 21.6 yards per catch. That ranks second among ACC receivers and sixth among the top-100 receivers (yards per game) nationally.

• Diggs is the only Maryland freshman to record back-to-back 100-yard receiving games (vs. West Virginia and Wake Forest) since at least 1985, the earliest game-by-game statistics were recorded at the school.

• Maryland allowed Wake Forest to complete just 32.4 percent of its passes (13 of 38). That is the lowest percentage by an opponent with at least 30 passing attempts since Duke went 13 of 42 (30.9%) on Nov. 14, 1998.

• Joe Vellano’s father, Paul Vellano, was inducted into the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 5. The elder Vellano was a first team All-American in 1973, while Joe was a second team All-American in 2011. The father-son combo represent one of four known father-son All-America combos to attend the same FBS school (also Lee and Travis McGriff at Florida; Kevin and Drew Butler at Georgia; Archie and Eli Manning at Ole Miss).

• Thirteen players have made their first career starts at some point this season. In the season opener against William & Mary, quarterback Perry Hills, running back Albert Reid, safety Sean Davis, defensive back Jeremiah Johnson, linebacker Cole Farrand, nose tackle Darius Kilgo and offensive lineman Nick Klemm debuted. Against Connecticut, wide receiver Stefon Diggs made his first career start; defensive back Isaac Goins and running back Brandon Ross made their starting debuts at West Virginia. Defensive back Anthony Nixon and offensive linemen Mike Madaras and Andrew Zeller made their first starts vs. Wake Forest.

• Fourteen players saw their first career action for Maryland against William & Mary, and 22 players have seen their first career action for Maryland at some point this season (12 true freshmen, seven redshirt freshmen, two juniors, one senior).

• Maryland’s defense allowed just 682 total yards to opponents through its first three games (William & Mary – 229, Temple – 230, Connecticut – 223). That marks its best defensive performance in a three-game span since 2004, when it held The Citadel (137), West Virginia (156) and Eastern Michigan (275) to a total of 568.

• West Virginia came into its game with Maryland averaging 612 yards of total offense and 55.5 points per game. The Terps held the Mountaineers well below those averages, surrendering 363 yards and 31 points, seven of which came on a fumble return for a TD by the WVU defense.

• The Terps surrendered just 45 yards to Wake Forest in the second half, including just four in the fourth quarter. Maryland has been at its best in the second half all year, surrendering just 133.3 yards on average.

• The Terps are holding opponents to 2.65 yards per carry, which ranks seventh nationally. Of the opponents’ 216 rushing attempts this season, 147 (68.1%) have been for three yards or less (28 of 41 vs. William & Mary; 28 of 39 vs. Temple; 25 of 40 vs. Connecticut; 20 of 25 vs. West Virginia; 21 of 29 vs. Wake Forest; 25 of 42 vs. Virginia).

• Demetrius Hartsfield leads the team with 51 tackles and is tied for second with three sacks. He’s also had a hand in three turnovers, also a team high (one interception, two fumble recoveries).

• The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In six games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 30:50 to 29:10 for the opponent. That’s a major upgrade compared to 2011, when Maryland averaged just 25:16 a game to 34:44 for the opponent.

• Head coach Randy Edsall hands out game balls for each win. Most recently, Darin Drakeford received the defensive game ball and Stefon Diggs got the special teams game ball.

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

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


Maryland-NC State Series History

• Saturday’s game marks the 69th meeting between Maryland and North Carolina State. The schools first met in 1909 when NC State shut out Maryland 33-0. The teams have met every season since 1956, and the series is split evenly (32-32-4).

• The Wolfpack took eight of nine from the Terps from 1991 to 1999, before the Terps turned things around in the new millennium. Maryland has won eight of 12 in the series since 2000, with the games frequently ending in dramatic fashion. Aside from a 37-0 Maryland win in 2007, the 10 games since 2000 have been decided by an average of 6.5 points. Nick Novak hit game-winning field goals for the Terps in the final seconds in 2002 and 2003, and Maryland scored the decisive touchdown in 2001 with 41 seconds left. Quarterback Shaun Hill rallied the Terps from a 15-point halftime deficit in the 2000 game for a 35-28 double-overtime victory.

• Maryland has won three straight in College Park: 26-20 in 2006, 27-24 in 2008 and 38-31 in 2010. The Terrapins hold a 17-12-2 all-time advantage in the series in College Park and have lost to the Wolfpack just once at home since 2000.

• Last year, NC State overcame a 27-point deficit by scoring 35 points in the fourth quarter for a 56-41 win. It was the second biggest comeback in ACC history.

Hill to be Honored
• The University of Maryland department of athletics will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Darryl Hill becoming the first African-American player to play at the University of Maryland and in the Atlantic Coast Conference, when the Terrapins take on NC State Saturday afternoon. Hill, head coach Randy Edsall and director of athletics Kevin Anderson will also hold a press conference at noon on Tuesday, which can be seen here.

• Hill transferred to Maryland in 1962 and after sitting out one year he broke the color barrier in 1963, playing his first home game against NC State in College Park. Hill was also the first African-American to play at Gonzaga High School and the Naval Academy.

• Hill emerged as Maryland’s top wide receiver in 1963, finishing with 43 receptions, only three short of the school record at the time. Hill’s seven touchdown receptions that year are tied for the fifth most in a single season in school history.

• He played with the New York Jets for a short period before returning to school and earning a master’s degree from Southern Illinois. He has started businesses in China, Russia as well as the Pacific Energy Corporation. He also returned to Maryland for a period to serve as a Maryland’s director of major gifts.

 

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RB Brown questionable for Terps against NC State

Posted on 18 October 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. NC State

Position

Name

Injury

Status

QB C.J. Brown Knee Out for the season
PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip Out for the season
DL Andre Monroe Knee Out for the season
WR Kerry Boykins Hip/Groin Out
OL Bennett Fulper Foot Out
DB Matt Robinson Groin Out
OL Sal Conaboy Ankle Doubtful
DL Justin Anderson Ankle Questionable
RB Wes Brown Shoulder Questionable
OL Justin Gilbert Knee Questionable
OL De’Onte Arnett Ankle Probable
LB Darin Drakeford Thigh Probable
DL A.J. Francis Back Probable
LB L.A. Goree Neck Probable
DL Darius Kilgo Ankle Probable
OL Nick Klemm Knee Probable
LB Kenneth Tate Knee Probable
DL Joe Vellano Foot Probable

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Edsall says Terps not talking about bowl eligibility yet

Posted on 16 October 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Quotes from Tuesday’s press conference at the University of Maryland celebrating the 50th anniversary of Darryl Hill becoming the first African-American to play at Maryland and in the ACC; and quotes from head coach Randy Edsall’s weekly press conference.

 

Kevin Anderson, Director of Athletics

“This is a very special time for me because if it wasn’t for pioneers like Darryl, I wouldn’t be sitting in this chair today. There are many people in this room, outside of this room and that play on this football team that have that deep appreciation for someone like Darryl in terms of what he did in trying times and becoming the man we all know. Darryl’s success isn’t only on the football field but in business and he was a very good student as well.

“Not too many people live a lifetime and display the kind of courage Darryl has demonstrated not only at that time but throughout life and where he is today. We all have a strong appreciation for him.”


Randy Edsall, Head Football Coach

“From a coach’s perspective, one of the things that you always tell your players is to believe in who you are and have a belief in things you want to get done but also be a leader and blaze a trail where no one else has gone. Here’s Darryl who is that person who stood out here for Maryland and the ACC and to know he blazed that trail for other people to have the opportunities to go to school in the ACC and play football and get a great education is something that goes down in history. As the head football coach at Maryland, it’s great to have him as part of the family. That he can teach our guys and talk to our guys about what he did is very significant.”

 

Darryl Hill

“First let me thank Kevin [Anderson] for letting me do this and creating this event and taking our great athletic program in the right direction. Kevin has done a tremendous job and the future is rosy and bright. I have to commend Coach for a tremendous victory Saturday and we are on top of the ACC and I can’t be more proud of the football team this year. I think this is a team that’s persevered against all odds and have come out on top and the future is bright there too. I would like to thank Zack Bolno – the SID at Maryland – too, for putting this event on. It’s a tremendous effort by him.

“I want to thank my teammates personally. Tom Rae, John Langton, Joe Mona and Bob Everd. They’ve all been supporters and I tell you what back in the day when times were tough without this team I never would have made it.

“Maryland took the lead in the nation in terms of taking the walls of segregation down from sports.  Before Maryland brought me here and if you were black and you lived in the south, you could not play for your home team. When I came along I was the first varsity athlete to receive a scholarship in any sport at any major university in the south. So it was a big deal. Things changed. The good thing is they changed rapidly.”

“My career here was a memorable career and one I’ll never forget.”

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Head coach Randy Edsall

Opening statement:

“We’ve got a tough challenge coming up Saturday against North Carolina State here for Homecoming. You see a team there who has a quarterback Mike Glennon who’s playing very well for them. They have a big offensive line. They are a team that is running the ball well and throwing well with good skill athletes.

“We are going to have our hands full defensively and again a big aggressive pressure defense we seem to face every week and I think we are getting better at that. Our guys will be ready to get back out there today and we’ll see how some of these guys perform who got nicked up last week and hopefully they’ll all be ready to play.

“One thing that is really interesting and what stood out to me is when you look at Perry Hills in the fourth quarter. He’s 24 of 35 for 390 yards and two touchdowns. So when the game is on the line he is performing at his best and again, very pleased about that.

“Also we have very high expectations about what we want to accomplish and I know for us to continue to get better and move forward we have to eliminate a lot of those explosive plays against us. They’ve been playing hard. I just thought last week for a little bit that we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be. It’s something I know that will get cleaned up this week. Our guys have been playing hard and competing. We had two opportunities that I thought we really had to put the game away. Those are things as we continue to move forward and head into the second half of the season we need to get better at. Again, one thing is we are overcoming some of those things because of how hard we are playing and the effort we are giving for 60 minutes.”

On developing a knockout punch:

“I just think it is execution. If we just throw and catch the ball, the plays are there. I think it all comes down to focus and concentration. You might lose focus for a little bit and you miss those explosive plays.”

On where becoming bowl eligible ranks in his goals for the season:

“I haven’t addressed that with our team at all. We have our goals that we have each and every year. The prizes that you have when you play this game are, first, winning your conference, and then if you win enough games, you get to a bowl. And those are things that you hope for each and every year. But to me, you can’t look at the big picture until you address the small things first. You win a game, you put it in the bank, and you gain interest. We have four wins, but four wins aren’t enough to accomplish what we want to accomplish. But all we need to focus on now is NC State and this weekend.”

On the urgency of improving the running game to keep winning:

“We know that have to continue to work on it and improve. We can’t do any more than what we are doing in terms of practice time. When it comes down to running the football, to me it is very basic. It’s coming off the line of scrimmage, it’s the offensive lineman blocking the guy against him until the whistle blows, and the running back getting the ball. Maybe we are going to be a team that has to throw the ball to set up a run. But we do have to run the football and we won’t give up on it.”

On looking at last year’s game vs. NC State:

“We look at it as a coaching staff, but there is not that much you can get from a year ago. This team is a different team, so we focus on what this team can do. You can go back and you can see how things were a year ago, but my focus is what NC State is doing this year. It’s not always good to look in the past. We need to focus on moving forward and hopefully getting a win this weekend.”

On what makes NC State quarterback Mike Glennon special:

“He’s your true, pro-style pocket passer. He’s tall, so he can see over the line of scrimmage. He has a good arm and can make all of the throws. They’re going to stretch you vertically and horizontally. And he has a pretty good release. He’s a very well rounded player with experience. I think that when you look at him from a pro-prospect, he’s probably the best guy that we face all year long, no disrespect to Geno Smith.

On taking away positives from the offensive line’s performance against Virginia:

“I think that there were a couple of guys on Virginia’s front four that played better than we saw on film and made some things happen. But sometimes, people are going to try to take stuff away. You don’t want them to take away as much as they did but that happens in the game of football. You find a way to make plays in other areas to overcome those deficiencies that you have in one particular phase. I thought that the guys up front held in there pretty well in terms of doing things that we needed to do. And we still ended up going down and scoring some points in the second half. It is just a consistency situation. With the offensive line when you have young guys rotating in and out, you don’t get that kind of consistency that you need. I think that the offensive line needs to move forward and get better so we will keep drilling them as coaches and they will keep working on the practice field.”

On what he saw from NC State in its victory over Florida State:

“I saw them come back and beat Florida State. They played very hard and shut Florida State out. They made some plays, and blocked a punt and played very physically. I have known Tom O’Brien for years and Tom is a good football coach. His teams are always teams who are very hard-nosed and physical and they will be very fundamentally sound. You are in for a street fight and a physical game for 60 minutes. That is what you are going to get and that is what Florida State got. They never backed down, they gave themselves a shot to win at the end, and they capitalized.”

On whether NC State’s victory over Florida State got the attention of Maryland players:

“We didn’t start focusing on NC State until Sunday. Our players are just kids, so they do focus on what is going on, so they got a chance to watch those things. I am sure they have our attention. However, if we want to be the kind of team that we want to be, it should not take someone beating somebody else to get us motivated. That is not what I am looking for with this program. I am looking for us to be excited and motivated to play football regardless of who the opponent is. Our goal is play to the best of our abilities, play hard, and execute our game plan.”

On how to attack NC State defensive back David Amerson:

“Hopefully he will get hurt and won’t play. I’m just kidding, but all jokes aside, he is a good football player. He is a very good corner. It comes down to our coaches and receivers to look at all of his tendencies. But we are not trying to beat one guy, we are trying to beat 11 guys. He is a very good football player and we have a lot of respect and admiration for how he plays and he will be one of the best we will face all year, but we do have to worry about everyone, and not just him.”

On if he is happy with the production of the freshmen:

“It is hard to sit here and say that I am happy. We are 4-2 and we want to be 6-0, especially when you look at some of our mistakes. However, I am happy with how we are progressing. They are nowhere near where they can be and where they will be as they go on in their careers here at Maryland. With freshmen you will still have those moments where you scratch your head. But the thing that has been the most impressive to me with all of these young guys is their competitive nature and the leadership. You do not see them get down. They are able to, if something bad goes wrong, they can shake it off. That is tough for young kids, to let things go. But these guys can make a mistake and go out and make up for it. Look at Perry [Hills]. Even with all of his mistakes, when the game is on the line, look what happens. Look at Stefon [Diggs] and look at Anthony Nixon. Anthony Nixon got his second start and got a pick very early in the game to set up a score for us. They are coachable, they listen, and when something goes wrong, they can just move forward.”

On A.J. Francis’s progression on and off the field:

“With A.J. Francis, I see a guy who has really bought into what we want and is taking the lessons he is taught by Coach Gattuso and working on those things. I see a guy who has worked a lot harder and has gotten himself in really good shape. He has a great sense of humor and is very charismatic, but the attitude that he has this year is so different and is so much better. A.J., right now, is playing well and he needs to continue to play well for us to be successful. At first, I think we did not see eye-to-eye on everything, but he understood there was going to be change. There was change and he embraced it and I think he sees the benefits of what we are doing and how it has advanced him and his game. I give him a lot of credit, and its big for us to have a guy like A.J. step up and play the way that he has played and to be the kind of leader he has been. We just need him to keep getting better and I think he can take his game to an even higher level than it is right now.”

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Maryland to hold basketball scrimmage Saturday

Posted on 16 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Men’s basketball team will hold open scrimmage Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland men’s basketball team will hold a scrimmage which is open to the public this Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1:30 p.m.

 

The scrimmage will last approximately 30 minutes. Preceding the football team’s game against NC State at 3:30, men’s basketball players will be at Terp Town at 2:45 to sign autographs.

 

Due to the football game, parking in the lots surrounding Comcast Center is limited to permit holders. The closest cash parking is Regents Drive Garage, which costs $15.

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Maryland to honor Hill on 50th anniversary of ACC integration

Posted on 11 October 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland department of athletics will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Darryl Hill becoming the first African-American player to play at the University of Maryland and in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Hill will be joined at a press availability with director of athletics Kevin Anderson and head coach Randy Edsall on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at noon at the Gossett Football Team House. In addition, Hill will be recognized during the Maryland-NC State game on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Hill transferred to Maryland in 1962 and after sitting out one year he broke the color barrier in 1963, playing against NC State in College Park. Hill was also the first African-American to play at Gonzaga High School and the Naval Academy.

Hill emerged as Maryland’s top wide receiver in 1963, finishing with 43 receptions, only three short of the school record at the time. He played with the New York Jets for a short period before returning to school and earning a master’s degree from Southern Illinois. He has started businesses in China, Russia as well as the Pacific Energy Corporation. He also returned to Maryland for a period to serve as a Maryland’s director of major gifts.

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Maryland to visit Northwestern in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Posted on 14 May 2012 by WNST Staff

The 14th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods on Nov. 27-28 will be highlighted by North Carolina at Indiana, Ohio State at Duke and North Carolina State at Michigan, six programs expected to be highly ranked entering the 2012-13 season. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games of the two-day event matching top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioners Cup.

All 12 games will also be available via WatchESPN, which delivers live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 on PCs, smartphones and tablets to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks or Verizon FiOS TV.

The 2012 Challenge involves nine teams ranked in an ESPN.com early preseason top 25, including five of the top nine: No. 1 Indiana, No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 NC State, No. 8 Ohio State and No. 9 Michigan State.

The ACC won the first 10 Challenges while the Big Ten captured the Commissioner Cup for the third consecutive event, including an eight to four win advantage over the ACC last year. In the event of a 6-6 tie, the Commissioner’s Cup will remain with the conference that won the previous year. 2012 Challenge highlights:

  • Off a Ratings High: ESPN’s telecast of Ohio State’s 85-63 victory over Duke last year was the highest-rated and most-viewed Challenge game ever, averaging a 2.6 rating and 2,618,000 households. The telecast propelled ESPN to its most-viewed Challenge, averaging 1,555,000 households, based on a 1.6 rating.
  • One more Shot at the Dozen: Duke, which has won 11 of its 13 Challenge games, will host Ohio State in its quest for an event-record 12th victory. Duke lost to Ohio State last year and to Wisconsin in 2009.
  • First Challenge Matchups: Four of the telecasts will feature first-time Challenge matchups: Virginia at No. 22 Wisconsin, Maryland at Northwestern, No. 9 Michigan State at Miami and Georgia Tech at Illinois.
    • In addition to first-time Challenge games, several of the teams are infrequent opponents: Michigan State and Miami have never met; Northwestern and Maryland played one other time, a Northwestern victory in 1958; Virginia and Wisconsin split its two games, Virginia in 1975 and Wisconsin in 1999; and Illinois has defeated Georgia Tech in six of its seven games, including the last one in 2001.
  • Tourney Teams: Eleven teams between the two conferences played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament: Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia from the ACC, and Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin from the Big Ten.
  • Following a First with a Rematch: Boston College and Penn State and Nebraska and Wake Forest will follow first-time Challenge meetings with a second consecutive showdown in the event.
    • Boston College, which won its first five games, lost to Penn State last year, while Nebraska lost its Challenge debut to Wake Forest.
  • Threepeat: Five of the games will mark three-time Challenge matchups: North Carolina at Indiana (Indiana win in 2001 and North Carolina in 2004), NC State at Michigan (Michigan win in 2003 and NC State in 2006), Ohio State at Duke (Duke win in 2002 and Ohio State in 2011), Iowa at Virginia Tech (won by Virginia Tech in 2006 and 2009) and Purdue at Clemson (Purdue win in 2003 and Clemson in 2007).
  • Three and one more: Minnesota and Florida State will meet for the fourth time (Minnesota won in 2000 and Florida State in 2004 and 2007).

2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule (times and networks are to be determined):

Date Game
Tue, Nov 27 No. 13 North Carolina at No. 1 Indiana
  No. 6 NC State at No. 5 Michigan
  No. 25 Minnesota at Florida State
  Maryland at Northwestern
  Iowa at Virginia Tech
  Nebraska at Wake Forest
Wed, Nov 28 No. 8 Ohio State at No. 15 Duke
Virginia at No. 22 Wisconsin
No. 9 Michigan State at Miami
Purdue at Clemson
Georgia Tech at Illinois
Boston College at Penn State

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