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Edsall says Hills out of running for backup QB job

Posted on 20 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

On the No. 2 quarterback position on the depth chart:

“Right now, we’re in a situation where it’s still an “or” situation.  Nobody really separated themselves. It’s really Caleb [Rowe] and Ricardo [Young]. Perry’s [Hills] probably down. I think Perry’s still coming back a little bit from that knee injury. That’s where we are, but anything can change. I’m waiting for somebody to step up.  If not, we’ll just make a week-to-week decision or situation-to-situation decision.”

 

On the right tackle position:

Once we get into game week and we have to put out a two-deep we will, but we looked like we’ve got some guys who can settle in there. We had Mike Madaras at left [tackle], De’Onte Arnett at left guard, Sal [Conaboy] at center, Mike Dunn at right guard and Ryan Doyle at right tackle. That’s pretty much how I think that will be; we just hope not to get any injuries.”

 

On positional changes:

“Just Derrick [Hayward], that’s it. That’s a concern for me right now. I’ve got to make sure we keep them healthy as we get to the game because offensively we’re banged up a little bit. Too many guys with some bumps, bruises and nicks and hopefully we get some of those guys back next week as we get into preparation for Florida International. I think we’re pretty good on defense in terms of where we are from an injury standpoint. It is concerning to me from an offensive standpoint, where we’re a little bit thin, but like I said I think we’ll be getting some of those guys back real shortly. We’ll get them back and that will make us a little healthier and stronger.”

 

On wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ development as a leader:

“I think he’s really stepping up more as a leader. That’s the one thing I challenged him with is that he needs to be more of a leader, not only by example, but also being vocal. I think he understand what his role is and what he needs to do. He is stepping up and doing it, and he’s getting better at it each and every day. It’s good to see that development take place.”

 

On the right guard position:

“My whole thing with the offensive line has always been, let me find my five best guys and find the guys that I felt that the group was the best with what we have. Andrew’s [Zeller] got some things that he knows he’s got to work on. Right now, he’d be our third guard. I just like the way that Michael Dunn has been playing. When you sit there and assess and evaluate your talent and you see that you might have say three tackles that you feel really good about then what you have to is, or at least what I do is, look at your guard situation and say is one of those tackles better than one of the guards you have. We put Michael in there and watched him and liked what we saw and then had him get out in the scrimmage and I thought he did well. We just feel like that puts our five best guys out there. We’re a little thin there so we’re going to have some guys back up both sides probably.”

 

On kicker Brad Craddock’s development:

“He’s been like a tease to us a little bit. He comes out here and one day he’s not as you’d like and then he comes out the next day and hits everything, and it’s like, that wasn’t the same guy as the day before. That’s the thing; I’m trying to figure out what to do to make him more consistent. He’s got the leg, just like Adam [Greene]. Adam’s been the same way. They have the tools and now what we’ve got to do is figure out if we’ve got to do something from a mental standpoint and that’s something we’re working out every single day. I know they’ve got the ability, we’ve just got to do whatever we can to help them be consistent.”

 

On quarterback C.J. Brown’s camp:

“I think C.J.’s had a very good camp. I think he’s throwing the best ball that he has since I’ve been here. He’s worked extremely hard at it. He’s doing a good job from a leadership standpoint. He’s moving well and showing no ill effects [from his injury].”

 

On linebacker L.A. Goree’s camp:

“I think L.A. has gotten better. I think he’s playing with more confidence now than what he did before. I think he understands the system and what his job is and he’s going out and executing.”

 

On defensive back Will Likely’s ability as a cornerback:

“Yeah, or we wouldn’t have recruited him. Will’s a competitor; Will plays bigger than his size. That’s where you really appreciate guys like Will because I think he understands what his strengths and what his weaknesses are and so he always tries to put himself in a position of strength. He’s got as much football savvy that I’ve been around as a freshman maybe ever. I just like the way he competes and how he understands everything and how he works. If we told him he had to guard a 6’10’’ guy, he’d find a way to guard him. He’d find a way to do what he had to do and that’s the thing that I think makes him so successful. For a young guy, he plays with an extreme amount of confidence, which sometimes is hard to find.”

 

On the position battle at safety between A.J. Hendy and Sean Davis:

“Right now, we have Sean with the No. 1’s, but that one was as close as you can probably get. That’s what we told the kids. It was close. Sean knows that he’s got to perform each day. A.J. has practiced very hard, he has before too. Yesterday is always a tough day because when make these decisions and when you sit down and talk to the players… They bust their butts and they give a lot of effort. This is a hard game. There’s a lot that goes into it and when you sit down and tell them the other guy’s going to be starting, they’re disappointed and down a little bit. You tell them, now the competitors got to come out because they’re one play away. As I told A.J., you’re a starter on this football team. He’s starting for us on dime and special teams. We had to get these guys to understand how important special teams are because I think we’ve got enough talent to be pretty special on special teams. Our punters and kickers have got to do their jobs, but that’s what you want. You want that ongoing competition because the guy who is starter knows that during the season I’ve got to go out and perform well because if I start to make mistakes there are other guys who can step in. It helps to keep that focus and intensity going in practice.”

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Edsall says no separation in race to backup QB Brown

Posted on 14 August 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

On the competition for the second quarterback spot:

“I want to see Ricardo [Young], Perry [Hills], and Caleb [Rowe] because I have no idea right now who our number two QB is because no one has really separated themselves. So I thought it would be a good day today to get those guys involved with the first unit and evaluate them because within the next day or two we have to move forward. I’ve got to make a decision on who the number two is so I can get him all the reps that we got to get him to be prepared to play in a game so that’s why I did what I did today. C.J. [Brown], I know what he can do, but I have to find out who the number two guy is and get this thing widdled down and get that guy ready to play and get the third guy some work because we just can’t give five guys work moving forward.”

 

On if any of the quarterbacks separated themselves today:

“I don’t think anybody separated themselves today. I wasn’t real impressed with things today. I think there were a couple things that they did well, but then there were mistakes that they make that you don’t think they should make. Again, it’s not just off of today. We scrimmaged the other day and have that for another evaluation and have really every day that were out here practicing. It’s not just what you see taking place on the field, but it’s also how are they managing the huddle. Are they getting the things translated from the sideline to the field, and getting the plays off and all those sort of things. There’s a lot that goes into it. But this gave us another pretty good evaluation to evaluate those three guys.”

 

On the offensive line:

“I think they’ve made progress. Not enough consistency yet. But I think there’s been a lot of progress made from the first day and I feel as though we’ve got the guys in the right position. We got Mike Dunn, back up left tackle, and have Ryan Doyle over there with Nick Klemm. I think that’s going to be a battle to see which one of those two guys will be a starter by the [Aug.] 31. Ryan Doyle, I thought he has improved and been playing a lot better this preseason then he showed before. He moved to right tackle and Dunn’s at left. Again, I think that were solid with [Mike] Madaras at left, [De’Onte] Arnett at left guard, Sal [Conaboy] at center, [Andrew] Zeller at right guard, and then I think we’re going to continue to evaluate that right tackle spot with Ryan Doyle and Nick Klemm.”

 

On what is driving the competition at right tackle:

“I think it’s probably more of a product of what Ryan’s [Doyle] doing. I think he’s doing better than he did before and again the other thing too is sometimes people open the door for you as well. I think it’s probably a combination, but I think it’s more of what Ryan’s doing than anything [Nick Klemm is doing].”

 

On Ryan Doyle’s improvement:

“I think he’s got a little bit more confident. He’s doing the things we’re asking him to do from a technique standpoint and I thought that was the thing that was really holding him back before. He’s a try-hard guy and he’s got ability, but I think that he’s gotten better at the techniques and fundamentals of that position and that’s allowed him to be better.”

 

On A.J. Hendy getting reps with the first team defense:

“They’re switching. A.J. and Sean [Davis] are still switching, so nobody has established themselves as the starter there yet. We still have that competition going from A.J. and Sean, it just so happened that today was A.J.’s day to work with the ones. Again, that’s something that we’ll continue to evaluate. We know both of them are going to have to play for us in the different packages that we use. That one will probably go down to game week, and we’ll see if someone separates themselves. We still have a couple more scrimmages where we can evaluate those guys”

 

On Anthony Nixon:

“Anthony’s doing good. He’s coming along. You can see that having a year under his belt he’s more confident, more talkative and a better communicator. The thing with Anthony is that he’s a smart kid. He really understands the defense and what’s expected out of him.”

 

On Amba Etta:

“I thought that he started off pretty well and then we got the pads on and he had to get adjusted to those a little bit, but I think he’ll be steady and be solid for us. He’s just going to continue to get better. He’s a long strider. He can catch the ball in a lot of different areas, but the thing is his ability to go up and get the ball and his ability to run certain routes.”

 

On Will Likely.

“Will’s very competitive. Will plays with a ton of confidence and everyday he’s out here working to get better. When you look at corner, we’ve got five guys who can play. We’ll just have to see how it continues to play out and where we might be able to fit him in, but he’s a very good football player.”

 

On who has surprised him the most:

“Probably Jacquille Veii [has surprised the most]. I think he’s probably made the biggest impression on me out here. I just hope he continues it. Right now he’s the No. 3 tailback, and you’re going to have to have three that are ready to play.”

 

– Maryland –

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Petty takes over at QB as Terps host Georgia Tech Saturday

Posted on 02 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland returns to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium for its second-to-last home game of the 2012 season when it plays host to Georgia Tech Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Terps are coming off a pair of close losses and have played in close games throughout the year. Maryland’s average margin of victory is 5.5 and its average margin of defeat is just 4.5. The series with Georgia Tech has also been close in recent history – five of the last seven games in the series have been decided by five points or less. Last year, the Yellow Jackets claimed a 21-16 victory in Atlanta.

First-and-10

• The Terps are in what seems to be uncharted territory at the quarterback position. Four Maryland QBs have suffered season-ending injuries this year: C.J. Brown was lost in August with a torn ACL; Perry Hills was lost in the NC State game with a torn ACL;Devin Burns was lost after replacing Hills in the NC State game with a Lisfranc (foot); and Caleb Rowe was lost for the year after suffering a torn ACL in the Boston College game. An inquiry among FBS media relations contacts turned up no results of any school having a similar injury situation at quarterback this season or in the past.

• Against Georgia Tech, true freshman Shawn Petty will take the reins at QB. Petty starred on both sides of the ball and was an All-Met selection at Eleanor Roosevelt HS in Greenbelt, Md. As a quarterback, he threw for 1300 yards and 15 TDs, and ran for 550 yards and 10 TDs. Fellow true freshman Brian McMahon, a tight end, will back up Petty. McMahon also played QB in high school. When Petty starts, Maryland will become one of seven schools to have started three different players at quarterback this season (also Southern Miss – 4; and Colorado State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tulane and Utah – 3).

• Despite the injuries and the fact that the Terps have relied on mostly young players – the 14 true freshmen Maryland has played are tied for the fifth most in the FBS – they are two wins away from bowl eligibility. That’s in large part due to a defense which has ranked among the nation’s best throughout the season.

• The Terps rank seventh nationally in total defense (289.3 ypg), fourth in rushing defense (77.6 ypg) and 40th in passing defense (211.6 ypg). Maryland has held its last two opponents under 50 rushing yards: NC State totaled just 40 yards on 26 attempts (1.5 yards per carry) and Boston College had just 8 yards on 27 attempts (0.3 yards per carry). Maryland has an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebackerDemetrius Hartsfield. Those three have played a big role in holding opponents to an average of just 2.31 yards per rush, which ranks third nationally behind Alabama and Stanford. Adding to Maryland’s strength up front are senior linebackersKenneth Tate and Darin Drakeford.

• Maryland’s 7.6 tackles for loss per game are tied for 10th in the FBS and its 3.0 sacks per game are tied for 12th. Vellano leads the ACC and is tied for ninth nationally with 1.75 tackles for loss per game. He was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after recording five tackles and 2.5 sacks, along with a forced fumble against Boston College. Drakeford, meanwhile, has 8.0 TFLs and Hartsfield has 7.0.

• 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 last week vs. BC he had a career-high 11 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown. Over the last five games he’s averaging 104.0 receiving yards per game, while his 169.3 all-purpose yards per game this season rank second in the ACC and ninth nationally. Diggs has earned ACC weekly honors four times this season: he received Rookie of the Week honors against West Virginia, Wake Forest and Boston College; and Specialist of the Week honors against Virginia.

Quick Hitters

• Maryland has lost seven players to season-ending injuries this year, four of which are quarterbacks. QB C.J. Brown (knee), QB Devin Burns (foot), QB Perry Hills (knee), PK/P Nick Ferrara (hip), WR Marcus Leak (toe), DL Andre Monroe (knee) and QB Caleb Rowe (knee) have all been lost for the year.

• Stefon Diggs has earned ACC Player of the Week honors four times this year. Diggs won Rookie of the Week for his play against West Virginia (9/22), Wake Forest (10/6) and Boston College (10/27), and Specialist of the Week against Virginia (10/13). Additionally, a defensive player has captured weekly honors in three of the past four weeks: Demetrius Hartsfieldearned Linebacker of the Week for his play against Wake Forest (10/6), and Darin Drakeford received the award against Virginia (10/13). Joe Vellano was named Defensive Lineman of the week for his play against Boston College (10/27).

• Diggs ranks fourth in the conference and first among freshmen with 83.2 receiving yards per game. Diggs, who has 38 catches for 666 yards, already ranks 16th on Maryland’s single-season receiving yards list (see list page 6).

• 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).

• Fourteen players saw their first career action for Maryland against William & Mary, and 25 players have seen their first career action for Maryland at some point this season (14 true freshmen, eight redshirt freshmen, two juniors, one senior).

• The Terps are holding opponents to 2.31 yards per carry, which ranks third nationally. Of the opponents’ 269 rushing attempts this season, 186 (69.1%) 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; 18 of 26 vs. NC State; 21 of 27 vs. Boston College).

• Demetrius Hartsfield leads the team with 69 tackles and is just outside Maryland’s top 15 with 329 in his career. He needs two stops to pass Kevin Walker for 15th on Maryland’s career tackles chart.

• The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In seven games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 31:43 to 28:17 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 for the win over Virginia (see complete list, page 6).

• 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-Georgia Tech Series History

• Georgia Tech owns a 14-6 advantage in the all-time series, and has taken four of the last five from Maryland.

• The Yellow Jackets joined the ACC in 1983 and the teams first met in 1988. They played each other for 17 straight seasons (1988-04) before league expansion necessitated a rotating schedule.

• Five of the last seven games in the series have been decided by five points or less. Last year, the Yellow Jackets claimed a 21-16 victory in Atlanta. C.J. Brown rallied the Terps from a 21-3 halftime deficit with a 77-yard touchdown run and Davin Meggett cut the lead to five with a 1-yard TD run, but the Terps would get no closer.

• Maryland’s win in 2007, the last meeting between the teams in College Park, snapped a three-game Georgia Tech winning streak. In his first career start, Chris Turner threw for 255 yards, and Lance Ball ran for three touchdowns as Maryland held on for a 28-26 victory over Georgia Tech. Travis Bell sent a 52-yard field goal attempt wide right with 54 seconds remaining.

• Georgia Tech edged Maryland 27-23 in a 2006 thriller in Atlanta. The Terps had the ball at the Yellow
Jacket 7-yard line with only seconds remaining, but were stopped shy of the winning score.

• Maryland’s Lance Ball and Tech’s Tashard Choice had 116 and 138 rushing yards, respectively, in that game, as the two dueled it out on the ground. The Yellow Jackets’ Calvin Johnson had 133 yards receiving and Terrapin wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey had 111 to provide Maryland’s yards through the air.

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Terps WR Boykins out again Saturday, likely out for season

Posted on 01 November 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Georgia Tech

Position

Name

Injury

Status

QB C.J. Brown Knee Out for the season
QB Devin Burns Foot Out for the season
PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip Out for the season
QB Perry Hills Knee Out for the season
WR Marcus Leak Toe Out for the season
DL Andre Monroe Knee Out for the season
QB Caleb Rowe Knee Out for the season
WR Kerry Boykins Hip/Groin Out
OL Bennett Fulper Foot Questionable
DL Justin Anderson Ankle Probable
OL De’Onte Arnett Ankle Probable
RB Wes Brown Shoulder Probable
TE Devonte Campbell Knee Probable
OL Sal Conaboy Ankle Probable
DB Sean Davis Hip Probable
WR Kevin Dorsey Knee Probable
LB Cole Farrand Wrist Probable
DL A.J. Francis Shoulder Probable
OL Justin Gilbert Knee Probable
OL Nick Klemm Knee Probable
DB Matt Robinson Hip Probable
TE Ryan Schlothauer Knee Probable
TE David Stinebaugh Back Probable
LB Kenneth Tate Knee Probable
LB Alex Twine Neck Probable
DL Joe Vellano Foot Probable

Filed: 11/1/12

 

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28 Terps on BC game injury report

Posted on 25 October 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

at Boston College

Position

Name

Injury

Status

QB C.J. Brown Knee Out for the season
QB Devin Burns Foot Out for the season
QB Perry Hills Knee Out for the season
PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip Out for the season
WR Marcus Leak Toe Out for the season
DL Andre Monroe Knee Out for the season
WR Kerry Boykins Hip/Groin Out
OL Bennett Fulper Foot Out
TE David Stinebaugh Back Out
DL Justin Anderson Ankle Questionable
DB Matt Robinson Groin Questionable
OL De’Onte Arnett Ankle Probable
RB Wes Brown Shoulder Probable
OL Sal Conaboy Ankle Probable
DB Sean Davis Hip Probable
WR Stefon Diggs Thigh Probable
LB Darin Drakeford Abdomin Probable
DL A.J. Francis Shoulder Probable
OL Justin Gilbert Knee Probable
LB Demetrius Hartsfield Ankle Probable
DL Darius Kilgo Ankle Probable
WR Nigel King Foot Probable
OL Nick Klemm Knee Probable
TE Ryan Schlothauer Knee Probable
RB Albert Reid Shoulder Probable
LB Kenneth Tate Knee Probable
DL Joe Vellano Foot Probable
OL Andrew Zeller Knee Probable

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Maryland OC Locksley won’t rule out using both Burns, Rowe

Posted on 24 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Quotes from Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and defensive coordinator Brian Stewart

Mike Locksley

 

On Perry Hills being out for the season and his replacement:

“Well for us it’s the next man mentality. We have some guys ready to play, I’m not going to get into a lot of specifics with scheme and what we’re doing. You know, we have to get somebody ready to play Saturday, and we’re doing all the things necessary in practice to determine who, how much, and what we’re going to do as the week progresses.”

 

On if using both quarterbacks is an option:

“Well obviously the goal is trying to figure out if one of those guys, or both of those guys are capable. We need to kind of get through the week to figure out whether we play both or whether we play one. We were able to go yesterday, and today’s a huge day for us. This is where we get a better understanding of day two of the installation and working on all the different things to figure out what they can and cannot get accomplished.”

 

On the success historically playing multiple quarterbacks in a game compared to one:

“From a historical standpoint I can only speak on the experience I’ve had playing two. The answer to that is we’re going to do whatever it takes to get a win. We’re not playing two, or we’re playing one just for the sake of it. We’re going to play the guys or guy that gives us the best chance to win. We’re going to spend this week putting together some game plans and getting these guys out on the field and see what they can execute. Then making some decisions at the end of the week that will obviously affect our ability to get a win on Saturday.”

 

On if going through a similar scenario losing C.J. Brown helps cope with losing Hills:

“It never gets easy, I know that. But I can tell you the way Randy [Edsall] has developed the mentality of this team, the whole next-man mentality, whether it’s the quarterback position, the offensive line, or any position on this team, if a guy goes down, no need to fret or worry as coaches. We have to get the next guy ready, or next guys depending on the situation. Our team has developed that personality, and as coaches whoever the guy is we have to put together a plan that we can execute against Boston College offensively to put points on the board and win a ball game.”

 

On what he likes about Caleb Rowe:

“Obviously he has a skill set where he throws the ball very accurately, and a lot of people try and say he can’t do certain things. Well he’s as athletic as Perry, I think he’s a mixture of both Devin and Perry. So, that’s a benefit for us, because whoever the guy is he’ll still be able to do some of the same things that gave us an opportunity to move the ball. Now what we have to do is find a way to put points on the board when we need them.”

 

On how the emergency quarterbacks are looking:

“A lot has been thrown at them. We’ve been very fortunate that we have Coach [C.J.] Brown and Coach [Ricardo] Young helping out getting quarterbacks ready to play. Then, trying to teach guys who’ve played the position you only have so much time, and that’s where guys like C.J. Brown and Ricardo Young have been great assets for us. They’re both smart guys. I think having [Brian] McMahon being on the offensive side of the ball a lot of the pre-snap stuff is easier on him because he’s taking signals, our tight ends take signals from the sideline. I’ve been pleased with both their efforts trying to learn the things we’re going to ask them to do if they’re called upon in an emergency.”

 

On how involved C.J. Brown has been since recovering from his injury:

“We’ve kept him involved, that’s the way Randy likes to do things. Obviously he has some rehab things and some things he had to attend to immediately coming out of the surgeries. But as quickly he’s been able to get off the crutches from a safety standpoint, he’s been out there. Taking coin tosses, on the sideline, on the headsets, so it’s been invaluable having a guy like him, and even Ricardo [Young] spends a ton of time around here studying it. They’ve both been really helpful with the development of the young quarterbacks. It’s just great to have those guys involved.”

 

Brian Stewart

 

On the play of Darin Drakeford this season:

“He’s just been doing a great job. I mentioned before those positions have always done a pretty good job. I mentioned DeMarcus Ware and Shaun Phillips when we were in San Diego. That guy has to be a guy who has some pass-rush ability, has to be tough because he’s going to be chipped by backs. Drakeford’s personality fits that perfectly, he’s done a great job.”

 

On the play of Joe Vellano and his tackling ability:

“I don’t know about wrapping up, but we practice tackling every day, every chance we get. Tackling is more attitude than anything. It’s 90 percent want-to and 10 percent technique. I think Joe brings that ‘I want to get to that guy and I want to tackle somebody’ attitude and I think that’s where he stands out.”

 

On the play of Jeremiah Johnson;

“I think J.J.’s play has been consistent, and he’s continued to play consistent. There’s times when things happen, but his demeanor is a perfect corner’s demeanor. It’s a fluke, it won’t happen to me again, and he goes after it as aggressive as he did the first time. He’s a kid that improves every game, because he takes notes, he looks at himself on tape, he looks at himself at practice, and he takes feedback and criticism well. It’s not easy when someone tells you you’re doing something wrong or you just got beat. You’re already feeling sorry for yourself, but he doesn’t come in with that attitude. He comes in with the ‘OK coach what could I have done here?’ And then you tell him and that’s what he tries to do.”

 

On the challenges Boston College’s offense presents:

“Their quarterback Chase Rettig, there’s a couple plays where you see him just stand there in the pocket and throw the ball 60 yards. He can throw it outside the numbers, he can throw it down the field, he has an extremely strong arm, the receivers do a great job running downfield and getting underneath the ball. I think [Johnathan] Colemen’s height is a problem for us, because we’re about six inches shorter than him. [Alex] Amidon does a good job of running routes and getting to the ball. So, those guys especially with that quarterback, present a problem just because of the big play potential.”

 

On if Kenneth Tate is back to 100 percent:

“I don’t know if at this point in the season if anybody is 100 percent, let alone Kenny. But I think he’s done a great job of understanding what we need him to do and executing what we need him to do. One-hundred percent? I think that’s something he would need to answer, but I just think he’s doing what we’re asking him to do and he’s doing it at a level that we can be successful with.”

 

- Terps -

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Edsall says no QB decision made between Rowe, Burns

Posted on 23 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening statement:

“We’re going to head back out to practice today and get ready for Boston College. We’re going to see a Boston College team that’s playing very hard, competing, but just coming up a little bit short. They have an outstanding quarterback in Chase Rettig and Alex Amadin is a very good receiver. You also throw in Andre Williams the running back and a big offensive line and they present you with some problems on that side of the ball.

“When you look at the defense, they have an outstanding linebacker corps in Kevin Pierre-Louis, Nick Clancy and Steele Divitto. They are active up front and a team you know is going to play hard and give you some things you maybe haven’t seen before. We have a tremendous challenge again to go on the road and play another ACC team and our guys are really looking forward to it and looking forward to getting back out to practice.”

 

On quarterbacks Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe:

“I think when you have a chance to see the two young men go out and perform….you saw Devin on Saturday and what he did in terms of his feet and his running ability, I think it kind of speaks for itself.  Then we see Caleb come in and scramble out of the pocket and make some of the throws he did. They are both excellent quarterbacks. They are both guys I trust, our guys trust and our players trust to be able to do the job and do it effectively. We’ll put a plan together knowing either one of those guys could go in the game and play at any given time. We’ll find out on Saturday what that plan is going to be.”

 

On if he’s had a quarterback situation like this in the past and how he handled it:

“I have been through this before. I had a [defensive back] that we had to get ready to play quarterback in Darius Butler when I was at Connecticut. So, no, this isn’t new territory for me. We will take Shawn Petty and Brian McMahon practicing at quarterback to get a third guy. You feel bad for the guys that get hurt, but injuries are something that you can’t control. So you always have to have a plan for the ‘what ifs.’ You work with what you have to go out and win the in the game. I’m not panicked, upset, or frustrated. You just roll with the punches and go out to get yourself ready for a win.”

 

On if he would have preferred to redshirt Rowe:

“Ideally, yes I would have liked to redshirt him. We had made the decision to go with Devin as number two and Caleb at number three. I told him he had to be ready and be prepared because he hasn’t gotten many reps. In practice he would just do the 2-minute drill and 7-on-7 with the defense. But he has been in the meetings and taking notes. I think it was so impressive that he went in and preformed the way he did with such minimal reps. Ideally, we would have wanted to redshirt him but we weren’t afforded that luxury.”

 

On what he tells his players during a week like this:

“I’m going to tell them today when we meet that we believe in anyone that we put in the game. We believe in them and trust in them and know that they can do the job to help get a win. They just need to go in and execute the plan we have for them to the best of their ability. Everybody has to rally around those guys and support them and also do their own jobs as well. We tell them not to let their teammates down. Be prepared and know what you’re doing.”

 

On what he can expect from Shawn Petty and Brian McMahon at quarterback:

“We’ll find out as we go out to practice today. We want to get them to understand as much as they can so they can go out and manage the offense. Brian at least being on offense, kind of knows it. Shawn it will be a little bit different because he was a defensive guy, so he has to learn some terminology. But both guys will be able to throw and run the ball, I’m sure. It’s like riding a bike. They didn’t forget how to run or throw the ball by not having played quarterback for the past few months.”

 

On when he expects to make a decision about who will start as quarterback:

“We’ll have a really good idea by the end of the day on Thursday after seeing three days of practice. Am I going to say anything at the end of the day Thursday? That’s too far in advance to know that. But we could come out and say something on Thursday or wait until game time.”

 

On what earned Wes Brown the starting job and if it was in part due to Devin Burns being at quarterback:

“I think that we have seen Wes perform really well in the game without Devin in other situations. Coming off that injury; Saturday’s game, it just allowed us to get him some more work. When you’re running the read-zone, defense has to make a decision. One of the decisions is who are they going let run the ball. You got to make sure to take the quarterback away or the running back away. That’s something where the quarterback has to do a good job of reading. Sometimes it’s going to open up where the running back or the quarterback will benefit, based on the defense. Wes can have that kind of production with Devin or without Devin.”

 

On if some of the gloom of all the injuries has been mitigated by the fact they’re two wins away from bowl eligibility:

“There’s no gloom around here. If you see our kids, they’re not down in the dumps. It‘s like the old mule that fell into the well without water in it, and the farmer doesn’t know how to get the mule out of there, so he figures that he will just cover the old mule up. So what happens is, he start’s throwing dirt down there, and the mule ends up just shaking it off and stepping up. And before you know it, there’s enough dirt and he’s at the top and just comes out of it. That’s how I look at it. We are just trying to get win number five. The third win in the ACC and the fifth win overall. I just told our guys that everything we want is still ahead of us. That’s what we have to have our focus on and prepare for to keep it that way.”

 

On designing the game plan for Saturday:

“I don’t think that we’ll do anything differently. We’ve been doing the same things with Perry, Devin, and Caleb all through the preseason. There are things that you will do with each guy based on his specific skill sets.”

 

On Caleb Rowe’s ability to run:

“I think Caleb is a more than adequate runner. He is by no means as fast as Devin. But he has good running ability and we have seen him execute our offense during the preseason and we know he can do all of the things we would ask him to within our offense.”

 

On what kind of player Devin Burns is:

“He is a kid that loves to play the game. He is somebody who has a smile on his face all of the time and is a tremendous competitor. He has a quick release, is athletic enough to make plays with his feet, can read defenses well, and is someone who our players respect. When you can come in and do what Devin did and also what Caleb did in the second half coming off the bench, I have a tremendous amount of respect for each one of those guys. Both of them were very poised and I was very impressed.”

 

On if he’ll design the playbook to keep the quarterbacks healthy:

“We have to do the things that need to be done in order to give our team the best chance to win games, using the guys that we have. You cannot sit there and try to worry about people getting hurt if you run a specific play. We will do the best we can to utilize their skills and get other guys ready to go just in case.”

 

On how Brad Craddock has handled the last few days:

“We went out and did a little bit of PAT and field goal work on Sunday. We as coaches just have to do a better job to make sure that he has the same leg swing every time. We have to keep working with his technique and his fundamentals. He has the leg and he has the right attitude. I was a little mad at myself because I wish I had taken the opportunity to talk to him before he went out there [to attempt the field goal at the end of Saturday’s game]. We just have to keep working with him and showing him on tape why he missed the ones that he missed and ensuring that he has the right leg swing every time. Brad will be fine.”

 

On the Boston College offense and what makes quarterback Chase Rettig so special:

“Chase Rettig is what makes them go. He can move around in the pocket and he likes to move to throw the ball. BC has a big offensive line and they do a good job of pass protecting and they have good receivers to throw the ball to. They put up those numbers from an offensive standpoint because of those things.”

 

On what defensive back Jeremiah Johnson has done to play well:

“I think that J.J. has worked really hard to hone his craft. When you watch him play, he does a good job of preparing and studying. When he sees certain sets he knows what will be coming. He does a good job of watching receivers during the week and understanding their tendencies. He has a lot of confidence, and you have big pass breakups like he has had, those only build your confidence. J.J.’s skills have come from hard work and preparation, not only during the season, but also from his hard work during the summer.”

 

On if he has seen wide receiver Nigel King coming along recently:

“I see a guy who is getting more confidence. Nigel is a great guy, but was never sure of himself. Now you can start to see the confidence come out. He sat out a year, and I know that was not any fun for him. Now you can see him out there and he is enjoying himself and you can see his confidence building. As long as he can stay healthy and continue to work very hard he can be a very productive player for us.”

 

On the play of the offensive line last week:

“I thought we were a little bit better. We were nowhere near where we needed to be, but I thought the communication was a little bit better and I was not displeased with the way we played. I thought there was improvement, but we still have much more to do with that phase of our game.”

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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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The 15-7-0 is worth falling 24 miles for

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The 15-7-0 is worth falling 24 miles for

Posted on 15 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. Sometimes a single player can be a real program changer. For Maryland, Stefon Diggs might well be that player.

He at least does a hell of a Jacoby Jones impression…

Maryland improved to 4-2 (2-0 ACC) with a 27-20 win over Virginia despite Perry Hills being their leading rusher with SEVEN FLIPPING YARDS.

Also, Pe’Shon Howard looked pretty good in the new Terps’ hoops uniforms…

2. I hate saying it, but it’s awfully fun to watch Robert Griffin III play football.

It’s sorta not fair. The Minnesota Vikings were playing real football while the Skins’ QB was playing Madden from the year Michael Vick was on the cover…

Ugh. Now we have to hear DC fans running their mouths all week. Well, maybe all of them except this guy.

Also-I hope the Vikings enjoyed their taste of people thinking they were good for a week. The Cardinals waive hello, but we’ll get back to them.

3. ALERT! ALERT! Shonn Greene still plays in the NFL.

161 yards and 3TD’s for the New York Jets RB in a blowout loss over the Indianapolis Colts. But no, I’m GLAD I picked up Vick Ballard before getting trounced in Fantasy Football.

Also, tt was so totally worth putting Tim Tebow in for punt protection so you could one day be able to do this in a blowout win!

And…

4. The reports of LSU’s demise were greatly exaggerated.

I mean, just ask these guys!

Steve Spurrier isn’t really sure if he’s mad about his Gamecocks’ performance…

The East-West SEC showdown actually split a few households…

So now we wait for LSU-Alabama III…or IV…or who the eff knows why don’t we just play this game a hundred times to determine a national champ every year?

5. For Orioles fans who haven’t been paying as much attention to college football this season, Kansas State QB Collin Klein is in the “name to know” category.

It wasn’t an overwhelming performance for the Heisman Trophy candidate in Kansas State’s narrow win over Iowa State, but his three rushing TD’s looked better in a week where Geno Smith didn’t particularly shine…

K-State and WVU tangle next week. It had a chance to mean even more, but it still looks like kind of a big deal.

6. The Atlanta Falcons only needed 40 seconds on the clock to come back and beat the Raiders.

Matt Ryan was FAR from brilliant, but Matt Bryant bailed him out at the end to keep the Falcons perfect.

Do you feel like LOL-ing today? Here’s Carson Palmer trying to make a tackle…

Also part of the reason the Falcons are the only undefeated team left in the NFL? Harry Douglas’ concentration…

7. You like that Russell Wilson gets to actually enjoy a last second miracle win this time.

Because this time it really WAS a catch!

Let’s enjoy this grab from Doug Baldwin…

Wes Welker would tell you what he thought of the game, but it would probably come out sounding like “BROWNAHHHHH”…

I think it’s appropriate to wrap up this one with the most Tom Brady thing EVER…

Oh I almost forgot. Richard Sherman Tweeted something funny postgame…

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Nixon records first interception in Maryland win

Posted on 14 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Postgame Quotes

Maryland 27, Virginia 20

Head Coach Randy Edsall

Thoughts on the game:

“You can hear that you have a pretty happy locker room right next door. They just keep playing, they keep playing hard and giving everything they have for 60 minutes. When you do that you give yourself a chance and I’m very proud of them. Our execution can still be better but again, bottom line is we’re 2-0 in the ACC and 4-2 overall and we found a way to come on the road and get another victory, which I think is very, very important.”

 

On opening kick return for a touchdown:

“As I said to the team today at the hotel, the one thing we have to do is start fast and finish strong. I just didn’t know we were going to start that fast. The problem is I forgot to tell them to play in between the start and the finish. With Stefon (Diggs), nothing he does surprises me. Someone told me it was five-yards deep in the end zone and I figure he’s going to go down and then I see him start and I go, ‘No, no, no. Go, go, go! Yeah!’ It was one of those deals. That was a great start, and to get the first three scores, to put 17 up. Give Virginia credit, they are a good football team. They want to win, so to start like that and finish strong, again outscoring our opponent in the fourth quarter, making plays we needed to make, that’s kind of what this program is about, playing as hard as you can each and every play, never say die, just keep battling to impose your will on people.”

 

Thoughts on win in rivalry on the road:

“We compete against each other in recruiting. We don’t want them coming to Maryland and taking the kids we want and we want to be able to come down to Virginia and take the kids that we want. When it’s your crossover game and you take a look at how many times each of us has played against each other, it’s significant. What’s even more significant is when you are able to come in their house and beat them. To me that’s tremendous credit to these players and to the assistant coaches.”

 

On juggling the offensive line:

“To tell you the truth it wasn’t much of a problem because we anticipated and practiced certain ways during the week in terms of possible scenarios that could happen. One of the scenarios we made in practice on Thursday, because I always meet with the specialty coaches on Thursday, but just in terms of substitutions and how we were going to pack things in, the one thing we said was if anything happens to Sal (Conaboy), we’re at the point now that we’re going to take Evan Mulrooney and let him go in and be the backup and we’ll evaluate his play afterwards because we have Bennett (Fulper), who has played there, and we put Josh (Cary) in because of what we’ve seen of Evan at practice. He has elevated himself, so when Sal went down, give Sal credit because he tried to sneak back in, showing you the kind of player he is, but Evan went in, I’ll have to look at the film because I’m sure he made mistakes, but we’ll put in whoever we have to put in to get the job done. That’s what I like, everyone has to contribute when it’s their time.”

 

On his defense’s performance:

“We gave up some big plays but Virginia is a good offense. If you look at their numbers they are a good offense, and they present you with some problems. The bottom line is, I think they were seven of 20 from the third-down line, but we made some plays when we had to and that’s all I want from my guys. They can move the ball all they want in between the twenties but our tight red zone defense was outstanding today. We block a field goal and we hold them to two field goals, that’s something that I’m really proud of in terms that they hung in there and found a way to get it done.”

 

On Rocco coming in over Sims at the game’s end:

“As I evaluate them, watching them on film, I think he is the best passer that they have so it didn’t surprise me that when they got into that situation where they had to throw the ball that he would come in because, as I said, I think that he is the best pure passer of the two so I’ll leave it at that.”

 

Freshman Wide Receiver Stefon Diggs

 

On winning:

“A lot of kids from my school play at UVa, so it felt good to come here and play so many people that I know. There was a great energy and a great vibe playing here. I’m glad we could come and win in their house.”

 

On running game: 

“We have had a lot of ups and down, but it’s all about how you look at it in the end. You have to have faith in your quarterback, and you can’t get down on him at all.”

 

On 100 yard kickoff return:

“I knew once I got the ball in the end zone that I was going to take it out regardless. I hesitated a little at first because they were telling me to ‘stay in, stay in’ but I was thinking, ‘No we’re going to take this one out.’ Last game we had a shot but we didn’t go for it. My front line guys did a good job so I didn’t want them to waste all their energy.”

 

Sophomore Wide Receiver Marcus Leak

 

On season so far:

“Everyone has such high hopes for the season, and we’re all expecting a lot of good things from each other. We struggle with playing all four quarters together. You can notice that in certain games we will play good the first half and the other team will come back the second half. We just need to learn how to put all four quarters together. We’re getting better each day.

 

On punt return:

“Coach told me to come in and make sure that I caught everything and that’s what I did. I think Stefon [Diggs] may have gotten a little nicked up, but he came and asked me to go in. It turned out ok.”

 

Senior Defensive Lineman Joe Vellano

 

On playing all four quarters:

“That’s the biggest thing, just fighting on every play and I think our team kept fighting. The Virginia offense had a lot of runs and combinations, they made some plays on us that were tough but we just had to step it up in the red zone, and we blocked that field goal which gave us great momentum.”

 

On Virginia turnovers:

“We’ve been working on that all week. We have to capitalize when we get them and really take advantage of that opportunity when they lose the ball like that.”

 

On season compared to two years ago:

“Everyone is just fighting harder and taking it week by week. Everyone really wants it and we’re focusing on the ACC now. Next week [vs NC State] is one of our biggest games that we’ve ever played, so we’re just glad to get this one and now we need to get ready for next week.

 

On defense:

“We do two minute drills and a lot of guys take a lot of pride in those last two minutes, so we were just stepping it up. We try to prevent easy reads and hold them to their line.”

 

Postgame Notes

 

Kicking Off: Maryland improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the ACC with the win, while Virginia dropped to 2-5 and 0-3 in the league … the road team has won six of the last seven games in the series … Maryland leads the all-time series, which began in 1919, 43-32-2 overall and 22-18 on the road … the last time the Terrapins started 2-0 in the ACC was 2001.

 

Diggs’ Return: Stefon Diggs gave Maryland a lead it wouldn’t surrender by taking the game’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. That was just the fourth 100-yard kickoff return for a TD in school history and the first since Josh Wilson had one in 2006. The others were Kenny Ambrusko vs. Navy (1964) and Dick Novak/Dennis Condie vs. Virginia in 1960 (Novak returned to the 9-yard line, then lateraled to Condie who returned 91 yds. for TD).

 

More on Diggs: Diggs came into Saturday’s game leading the ACC with 21.4 yards per catch and exceeded that against the Cavs with 89 yards on four catches (22.25 ypc). On the day, Diggs had a season-high 239 all-purpose yards (147 kick return, 89 receiving, 3 rushing).

 

Pass Rush: The Terps had a season-high five sacks, the fourth time this year they’ve had at least three in a game (4 vs. William & Mary, 3 vs. Temple, 3 vs. Wake Forest). Joe Vellano and Darin Drakeford delivered two each, while Keith Bowers had one.

 

Steady Signal Caller: Perry Hills was steady all game and helped seal the win by leading Maryland on a 6-play, 47-yard drive early in the fourth quarter to increase Maryland’s lead to 24-13. Hills went 14 of 26 for 237 yards and a touchdown on the day, and added a 6-yard touchdown run which capped the touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

 

Defensive Notes: Joe Vellano tallied a team-high nine tackles including three for a loss and two sacks. Vellano now has 11 tackles for loss on the season, a team high … Darin Drakeford had two sacks, a forced fumble and seven total tackles (five unassisted) … Maryland totaled 10 tackles for loss.

 

Tidbits: Maryland’s 14 first quarter points were its most in the opening quarter this season … freshman Anthony Nixon’s interception in the first quarter was the first of his career … A.J. Francis recorded his second blocked field goal of the season (also vs. Temple) … Maryland lost the battle for time of possession, 33:32 to 26:28, but still won. The Terps are 2-1 when they fail to win TOP (win over William & Mary, loss to Connecticut) … the Terps committed just one penalty in the game and committed one turnover, while Virginia had two turnovers and seven penalties.

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