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Maryland creates Baltimore buzz with practice at Dunbar

Posted on 31 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening statement:

“Great weather; great day. It was good to have about 1,000 people here come out and watch. We’re very pleased, very happy. It gave us a chance to get out, and having people around for our first scrimmage of the spring – there were some good times and some bad times. We got a lot of situations covered, over 100 plays. We had some explosive plays offensively, which was good, but it wasn’t good from a defensive standpoint. The defense had their moments early on. It was good to see that we had guys that have the ability to make plays, and now we need to continue to work hard and get better.”

 

On the running backs:

“We’ve got some good competition there at running back. Brandon [Ross] is the starter right now, and Wes [Brown] isn’t out here right now, but Albert [Reid] is pushing. Brandon is a lot stronger out there this year. You don’t see him going down as easy as he did a year ago. That’s the thing that I’m starting to like, is we’re getting a lot more depth and competition at positions. When you have that, it makes it good because everybody has to work. We’re not anywhere near where we need to be from a depth standpoint, so we have competition at every position, but there’s competition [at running back]. Those guys know they have to work hard each and every day.”

 

On running back Brandon Ross:

“I think what happens with Brandon, is he’s one of those guys you can go inside, you can go outside with. That’s one of the things that we’re able to do and if he can stay healthy, that’s an added advantage. We have some guys who aren’t able to get to the outside; they’re more inside guys. When you have a guy like Brandon, who has the ability to run the sweep, stick his foot in the ground and get north or outrun people going to the sideline. Then what happens is he gets a crease up the middle with that burst or they get their hands on his leg, he can run through that. He can get you an extra five or 10 yards. I’ve just been pleased with Brandon’s focus because he’s better from a mental standpoint in the spring than what he was in the fall.”

 

On the offensive line:

“We’re making progress on the offensive line. I thought they did some better things today. The biggest issue we have is we’ve got to get them right technically with the technique and fundamentals. You can start to see it, and we’re not going to be where we want to be by the end of spring. This is going to be something they’re going to have to work on, on their own in the summer. We expect them when they come back for the fall to be better. I’ve been pleased with the progress. I’m not happy because we’re not where we want to be, but I can see some progress being made there.”

 

On defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson:

“We’ve got to get Quinton a little bit better. He kind of died a little bit at the end, but early on, he did make some plays. He’s another guy who’s worked hard and he’s gotten better. Now what he’s got to do is take the next step because we weren’t having any kind of rotation or anything today. Now we’ve got to get his conditioning a little bit better. Quinton has that ability to make plays, so that was good to see today.”

 

On playing at Dunbar High School:

“It was neat to see, when you look over and you see little kids, high school kids and their parents here. That was one of the things we wanted to do. We wanted to create more of a buzz about the University of Maryland football program here in Baltimore. There’s a lot of talented athletes here in the city and the county, and by coming up, we wanted to show our appreciation for them and who they are, and really get them to understand what Maryland pride is all about. When it comes time to continue to recruit players to come to Maryland, they’ll feel a little attachment and bond; that it’s something they grew up with. We’re all part of the state of Maryland and we all need to support each other, so it’s good for us to come up here and support the city of Baltimore and Dunbar High School.”

 

 

– Terps –

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