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Maryland marks start of 2014 season with Big Ten Media Days

Posted on 29 July 2014 by WNST Staff

CHICAGO, Ill. – With the start of preseason camp a week away, head coach Randy Edsall and Maryland seniors C.J. Brown and Jeremiah Johnson, and junior Stefon Diggs took part in the unofficial kickoff to the 2014 season with the 43rd edition of the Big Ten Football Media Days Monday at the Hilton Chicago.

Edsall and the student-athletes met with the media and Big Ten Conference television partners for the first time to discuss the upcoming season on day one of the two-day event. The annual event features all 14 head coaches and three student-athletes for each institution.

“We’re very thrilled to be a part of the Big Ten Conference and everything that it represents and stands for,” said Edsall. “We know we have a tremendous challenge that’s ahead of us this year as we enter the Big Ten, but one that we’re really looking forward to.”

One of the challenges Maryland will face this season is preparing for a new set of opponents, a challenge Edsall and the coaching staff have embraced.

“The biggest focus I think that we’ve had to have for us making this move is really just finding out who the other teams are and studying what they do,” said Edsall. “But also what we have to do is make sure that we continue to do what we do and continue to make sure that we get better.”

Big Ten Media Days continue Tuesday with the annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon. Fans in attendance will take part in an autograph session with all 14 head coaches and one former player from each school, while current players will take part in brief, live interviews highlighted by questions from fans on-site and through social media channels. The luncheon itself begins at 12:30 p.m. ET.

For over four decades, the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon has featured some of the biggest names in college football. Legendary players like Desmond Howard, Eddie George, Ron Dayne and Drew Brees, as well as storied coaches like Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes, Duffy Daugherty and Hayden Fry, have all attended this historic event. In all, more than 850 of the conference’s finest players, over 60 head coaches and nearly 50,000 supporters have made the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon a yearly stop in their preseason college football schedules.

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Edsall not concerned about what Franklin is doing at Penn State

Posted on 28 July 2014 by WNST Staff

MARYLAND COACH RANDY EDSALL

THE MODERATOR: We’re joined by Coach Randy Edsall. Coach, an opening statement.

COACH EDSALL: It’s a pleasure to be here on behalf of our University of Maryland, our athletic department, and we’re very thrilled to be a part of the Big Ten Conference and everything that it represents and stands for. And I know that the three young men that I brought here today with me  have been very, very impressed with what they’ve seen so far. And three outstanding guys that you’ll get a chance to talk to and visit with.

And C.J. Brown, our professional student, who is back for his sixth year, leader of our team as a quarterback, outstanding young man from Pittsburgh who hopefully has all the injuries behind him now. Had a good year last year, and we expect big things out of him this year as we look forward to this season.

We also have Jeremiah Johnson, a young man who is a defensive back for us, that is coming back off an injury from a year ago, fully recovered now, and has been a great leader for our team since he’s been at Maryland and somebody that’s 100 percent healthy now and ready to go.

And then also Stefon Diggs, our wide receiver, a junior wide receiver who has come back off his injury, and ready to go this year and fully recovered and really has done a good job this offseason.

But three outstanding young men. C.J. is into his master’s degree. J.J. has his degree, and Stefon’s doing an outstanding job in the classroom.

Just to give you a little bit about who we are at Maryland and what we’re all about. One of the things that we really believe in, and I think it fits into what the Big Ten is all about, we’re a program that really believes in developing our kids holistically, and that means that we’re going to develop them as students, as athletes, and as people, and to make sure that we provide them with all the things necessary so they can go on and be successful once their academic career is over, athletic career is over. And that’s something that we take a lot of pride in and it’s something that we’re able to attract young men to come to Maryland.

The one thing that we want to do also is we want to be able to win at the highest level and win the right way and to make sure that we’re
providing these young men with opportunities that maybe they didn’t think they could get, but also what we want to do is we want to provide them with better opportunities than what myself and our coaches have had for ourselves.

So we know we have a tremendous challenge that’s ahead of us this year as we enter the Big Ten, but one that we’re really looking
forward to.

We have 10 new opponents that we have to prepare for. So the spring and the summer has been a whirlwind for us as coaches from the
standpoint of getting to know the teams here in the Big Ten that we’re going to be going against and understanding their personnel, understanding their schemes and what they like to do.

But, again, we’re also looking forward to the fact that being a member of this conference, because of what this conference stands for
academically, the collegiate model that it represents in terms of helping the student-athletes grow as students and as athletes. With that, I’ll open it up to any questions.

Q. Have you sought any advice from other coaches about making a move to a new league?
COACH EDSALL: We’ve talked to some of the other coaches, but the good thing for me is the fact that I’ve been involved with this quite a few times in my career, having gone to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the expansion team, going into the league there as an assistant coach, and then also made the jump from 1-AA to the Big East.

So again, the biggest focus I think that we’ve had to have for us making this move is really just finding out who the other teams are and
studying what they do, but also what we have to do is make sure that we continue to do what we do and continue to make sure that we get better.

So that’s been our whole focus is continuing to work on making ourselves better and enhancing what we do, but getting an understanding and getting a feel for all the teams in this outstanding league. And I think we’ve done a good job with that throughout the spring and summer.

Q. I’m not asking you to look past your first game, but your first five. I want you to describe what’s that atmosphere going to be like at your place when Ohio State comes in the first Big Ten home game?
COACH EDSALL: Well, I think it will be electric. I think it will be a sold-out crowd. It will be something that I know our fans are looking forward to. Ohio State is a program with great tradition and history and one that has done very, very well. And it will be something that I think everybody that’s in attendance and everybody that gets a chance to watch on TV wished that they were there, because I think it will be a ton of excitement, one that I know we’re looking forward to as well as all the other games we’re going to play.

Q. Wondering, coming from the ACC, is there a certain type of player that you recruit when you’re in that conference, and is there
another type of player that you have to turn your attention to towards recruiting in the Big Ten now?
COACH EDSALL: The thing that, from a recruiting standpoint, we have a philosophy of who we are offensively and defensively and what we want to do special teams. We’re not going to change the type of young man that we want to recruit to the University of Maryland just because we’re coming to the Big Ten.

We have things that we believe in and what we want to do and all’s we’re going to do is we’re going to continue to recruit that model and
continue to recruit the business student-athletes that we can that fit what we want at the University of Maryland.

And again, we want to recruit the biggest, the fastest, the strongest players that we can in order to give us a chance to be able to compete for championships here in the Big Ten. And the one thing that we have seen by being a part of the Big Ten now is it’s really enhanced our recruiting.

We’ve expanded a little bit from our foothold that we were in, and kids want to be a part of being in the Big Ten in terms of the exposure
that you get through the Big Ten Network. The opportunity to play bowl games in California, Texas, Florida, New York, Detroit, that’s something that’s very, very appealing.

And so again, we’re already seeing those benefits from a recruiting standpoint, but we’re not going to change the model that we have based on maybe what everybody else does.

Q. I asked Coach Flood this question, I’ll ask it to you as well: The move for your two schools came very quickly, it seemed at least
publicly, from one league to the other. From a football standpoint, what was your initial reaction to this and just overall maybe the
story behind the scenes about how quickly this all came about?
COACH EDSALL: Well, I just think it’s an outstanding move for our institution. Not only from a football standpoint, but also from an academic standpoint, to be a part of the CIC and the consortium, those things.

I think everybody’s a winner, and I think that’s what, really, college athletics is all about and what institutions are all about, that everybody benefits from this, not just our student-athletes, but our students in general and our faculty.

And it was something that I wasn’t privy to. I just know that I had a discussion with my athletic director, Kevin Anderson, and he asked me about the possibility — what I thought about the possibility of going to the Big Ten. And I just told him I was all for it. I think it would be a really good move for us and one that I would embrace, and I’m sure that I know our players would embrace, to be part of the history and the tradition and what the Big Ten stands for.

So the thing is, I’m just glad that we’re finally to the point now where we can go and play games. It has been a long time, it seems, to get to this point. But I’m glad we’re here, and I’m glad it’s getting close to August and starting practice and getting the opportunity to compete against these outstanding programs and institutions that we’re going to compete against.

Q. Just curious, your first go-around here with the Big Ten Media Days, did you keep an eye what was going on in Greensboro last week with the ACC Media Days? Was it tough for you to let that go, so to speak?
COACH EDSALL: No. I was in St. Thomas and I was enjoying the heck out of St. Thomas.

So, again, change is inevitable in life, and what you do is you embrace change. And at the end of last season, we pretty much put it forward that this is where we’re going and this is what we have to concentrate on. And this is what our future is.

And, again, I’ve got to make sure that I keep everybody doing those things and looking straight ahead and concentrating on what we have to.

So it’s great to be here in Chicago, to see everybody here and be part of this. It’s really a lot of fun.

Q. Penn State had some success recruiting in your area for those faster, stronger players they talk about. How do you compete against a program that James Franklin brings?
COACH EDSALL: Well, I think when it comes to recruiting, there’s always a philosophy that you have a profile that you’re going to recruit.

And a lot of times, some of those guys that maybe go elsewhere don’t fit the profile that you’re looking for. And we know that we’re in an area where there’s going to be a lot of schools come in and recruit where we’re at. The thing we just stay focused on is just recruiting that profile and recruiting that young man that fits what we’re looking for.

And recruiting is a very competitive, very competitive game, and we’re going to go other places into people’s states and recruit people from there.

So again, I think the biggest thing with recruiting is getting the guys that fit what you’re looking for. And it also comes down to this: I think you have to be a staff that is good at developing those players, because there’s no player that comes into the program as a finished product.

And I think I have a great coaching staff. I know I have a great coaching staff of being able to bring young men in and to be able to develop them and them to be better than what people thought they would be or better than what maybe they thought they could be.

So getting kids on your campus is one thing. But it’s what you do with those kids once they’re on your campus that truly makes a difference in your program. And that’s one of the things that we’re starting to see at the University of Maryland, is we have 20 starters coming back and we have a lot of depth as these kids are getting better.

And to me, that’s the real thing about recruiting. It’s not only getting the kids there, it’s getting them developed and making them better
once they’re in your program and they’re there for the four or five years.

 

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Wrestler Myers added to Maryland football roster

Posted on 02 July 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Head coach Randy Edsall announced the addition of former Pennsylvania defensive player of the year Spencer Myers to the 2014 Maryland football roster Wednesday.

Myers, a senior from Selinsgrove, Pa., has been a member of the Maryland wrestling team the past four seasons and will continue to wrestle in conjunction to playing football. Myers will join the team as a defensive lineman.

“This is something I have been contemplating since coming to Maryland,” said Myers. “It was one of the best decisions in my life to wrestle. But an opportunity arose to get a scholarship to play football and it’s something I’ve really wanted to do. It’s a great opportunity for me. I love both sports and I didn’t want to give up one for the other. Luckily, I was able to work it out.”

In his time with the Maryland wrestling team, Myers has won the ACC heavyweight title twice (2011 and 2012) and earned All-American status as a freshman with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

A three-sport star in high school, Myers was named the Pennsylvania wrestler of the year and football defensive player of the year as a senior, while also becoming a state finalist in discuss. That same year, Myers won the state wrestling championship at 215 pounds and helped lead Selinsgrove High School to a state title in football.

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Offensive impresses in annual Maryland football spring game

Posted on 12 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The offense excelled as the White Team edged the Red Team, 187-143, in the football team’s annual Red-White Spring Game Friday evening in front of a crowd of 8,139 fans at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

“We got the things that we wanted to get done this spring and we are pleased with that,” head coach Randy Edsall said. “When we get into these situations we are looking for the guys who can make plays. The great thing about the spring is we now have the chance to evaluate who can make the plays. It’s a chance for us to evaluate our roster and figure out who you can count on.”

The Red Team, which was comprised of defensive players, started the game with a 70-58 advantage. The pre-game points were based on a scoring system throughout this spring’s practices. The White Team dug out of their deficit to get the win.

The game’s scoring system granted the offense six points for a touchdown, three points for a field goal or a first down, two points for a run of 15 or more yards or a pass of 20 or more yards and one or two points for a conversion.

On the defensive end, the red team was awarded six points for a touchdown or a turnover, three points for a stop drive or a blocked field goal, two points for a sack or a tackle for loss and one or two points for a return conversion.

The evening started with individual and 7-on-7 drills, which gave fans an opportunity to see Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, who are not yet cleared for full contact. Both Diggs and Long had surgery last fall after suffering leg fractures in an Oct. 19 game at Wake Forest.

In the scrimmage, the offense rushed for 314 net yards and passed for 275. In total, the White Team went 27-for-49 passing with three interceptions. The Red Team totaled 83 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions.

C.J. Brown led the way for the quarterbacks going 16-for-24 and totaled 157 passing yards. He also rushed for 28 yards and recorded one passing and one rushing touchdown. Caleb Rowe went 5-for-12 for 43 yards and Perry Hillswent 4-for-10 for 35 yards. Neither Rowe nor Hills recorded touchdowns. Shane Cockerille went 2-for-3 for 40 yards and one touchdown. Brown was sacked once and Perry was sacked twice.

Brandon Ross rushed for 90 yards and recorded two touchdowns for the White Team. Albert Reid added 79 and Brown contributed one rushing touchdown.

“I just wanted to use this scrimmage to show them that I could play and that I could work my way back up the depth chart,” Ross said.

Taivon Jacobs had five catches for 64 yards to lead the White Team in receiving. Amba Etta-Tawo, Jacquille Veii andLevern Jacobs each added three a piece for 51, 33 and 23 yards, respectively.

“It’s a good thing because I do not know who our starter is,” Edsall said of the running backs. “I think we’ll have Albert [Reid], Jacquille [Veii], Wes [Brown] and then Brandon [Ross] all competing and as we continue through the preseason, it’s a great thing to have. Competition is a great thing to have and we have it at that position.”

On the defensive end, William Likely grabbed two interceptions and recorded four tackles, one of which was unassisted.

Kenneth Goins scored the first touchdown of the night off of a three-yard pass from Brown in the first quarter. A fourth of the way through, the White Team held a 93-88 advantage over the Red.

The majority of the offensive action occurred in the second quarter where the White Team posted a field goal and scored three touchdowns. Adam Greene kicked the field goal early in the quarter. Amba Etta-Tawo held on for a remarkable catch to score on a 34-yard pass from Shane Cockerille, Brandon Ross scampered down the field for a huge 75 yards to score, and Brown ran 10 yards for a touchdown.

In the same quarter for the Red Team, A.J. Hendy intercepted Perry Hill’s pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown.

Both teams went quietly in the third quarter for scoring plays, but in the fourth, Brandon Ross ran a yard for a touchdown and Brad Craddock hit a 30-yard field goal.

White Team took home the win and the bragging rights, not to mention a steak and lobster dinner while the Red Team will be served franks and beans.

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Maryland Spring football game set for Friday night

Posted on 10 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland will hold its annual Red-White spring football game and Select-A-Seat event on Friday, April 11th. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Admission to the game and parking are free of charge.

The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Big Ten Network t-shirt and exclusive Pride 2.0 Spring Game Poster. A pre-game fan fest will be held in the west end zone and will include giveaways, inflatables games, face painting and more. Fans are also encouraged to stay for post game autographs and a fireworks show.

Fans who purchase or renew their season tickets at the spring game will be entered to win cool prizes to be raffled off including four (4) tickets to the game vs. Penn State in State College, Pa.

RSVP here for the Spring Game today and reserve your FREE BTN t-shirt!

Spring Game Information:

Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium Access: Gate F (West side) and Gate I (South side) will be open at 5:30 p.m. Concession stands will be open on the South side of the stadium (Tyser Tower side of Byrd). Click here for directions to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Select-A-Seat Event: Starting at 5:30 p.m. fans will have an opportunity to select seats in our premium Mezzanine section or general public seating areas of the stadium for the 2014 season which features six home games. A variety of season-ticket options are available starting as low as $150. Available seats to purchase as season tickets will be marked throughout the stadium. Click here to view ticket information.

Pregame Fan Fest & Giveaways: Inflatable games, face painting, and more will be set up in the West end zone concourse (closed end of the stadium) for families and kids of all ages.  The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Big Ten Network t-shirt and exclusive Pride 2.0 Spring Game Poster.

Post-Game Autographs & Fireworks Show:  At the conclusion of the game fans can enjoy post game autographs with your favorite players and coaches and a fireworks show!

Parking: Parking is free and will be available in Lot Z/1 after 4 p.m.  Guests with disabilities who have an accessible placard may park in Union Lane Garage (ULG) free of charge.

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WR Leak returns to Maryland with renewed confidence and energy

Posted on 09 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Wide receiver Marcus Leak has quietly made an impression on Maryland’s coaching staff. With a newfound appreciation and love for the game, Leak has been a consistent target this spring, recording numerous receptions and establishing himself as a reliable target for quarterback C.J. Brown.

“Marcus has done a great job since coming back here,” head coach Randy Edsall said. “You definitely see a more mature young man both on and off the field. If he continues to keep working hard and doing the things he’s supposed to, he is going to be fine.”

Leak missed the 2013 season after taking a leave of absence from the university, but reenrolled in classes this winter with a new appreciation for the game, the support staff and the university. While on leave, Leak took the opportunity to continue working on his game while strengthening his bond with head coach Randy Edsall. The two spoke multiple times a week leading to an even stronger connection between the two since Leak’s return.

“Coach has really helped me keep my head together. He really helped keep my spirits and motivation up,” Leak said. “You can’t be productive as a team if you have a coach that people don’t want to play for, but that’s not the case, Coach Edsall does a great job talking to all of his players.“

Through seven games during the 2012 season, Leak was second on the team in receptions with 23 for 393 yards. He added two touchdown receptions as well as some special teams work before missing the final five games due to injury.

Leak’s return has added even more depth and skill to the already talented wide receiving corps. The unit has also seen fellow receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long return to practice after injuries cut their 2013 season short.

“As a team, we’ve made a lot of progress this spring,” Leak said. “We are just trying to go hard everyday, and push each other to the limit. It’s exciting to be back.”

Leak and his teammates will have the chance to showcase their talents in front of the Maryland faithful at the annual Red-White spring game this Friday at 7 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Admission is free for all fans and will include a postgame autograph signing and firework show.

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Maryland WR’s Diggs, Long return to practice field after suffering season ending injuries

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Wide Receivers Deon Long and Stefon Diggs are back on the practice field as they continue their recovery from season-ending injuries that cut their 2013 campaign short.

Both Diggs and Long participated in 7-on-7 and individual drills as the team continues to prepare for the annual Red-White Spring game this upcoming Friday.

“They’re really excited to be back,” head coach Randy Edsall said. “We’ve been getting a lot of good work in as a team, so it’s nice to be able to get these guys back out here to get some reps in.”

The two are continuing to rehab back from leg injuries that ended both receivers’ seasons against Wake Forrest last season. Through seven games last season, Diggs registered 587 receiving yards and three touchdowns and Long amassed 489 yards and one touchdown catch.

“It feels good to be out here with my teammates,” Long said. “You just have to come out here and play every play like it’s your last. If we all do that, there’s no telling how far we can go.”

The time rehabbing has given both Diggs and Long the opportunity to sharpen their game off the field as the two took the opportunity to meet with wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell and review film.

“I take everything he says to heart,” Diggs said. “He’s going to make both of us complete receivers and all-around better receivers. As a coach, he is going to lead us in the right direction, and I appreciate it.”

The energy and competitiveness the two bring to the table has given the wide receiver unit, as well as the team, a little extra motivation on the field.

“It was very helpful to have Stefon [Diggs] around,” Long said. “Just looking and seeing that there was a teammate doing the same thing that I was doing, really pushed us to get better.”

And while Long and Diggs have been pushing each other to get better during this rehab process, both are very excited to be getting back on the field to the game they love.

“It’s good to have him [Deon Long] next to me on the field and off the field,” Diggs said. “He’s a great friend. I’m going to continue to learn from him, and he is going to continue to learn from me. We work off each other, but right now, we are just happy to be back.”

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Edsall impressed by younger WR Jacobs

Posted on 02 March 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

On today’s practice:

“I thought that today was better than yesterday. I thought our guys really did a good job of taking a look at yesterday’s film and then coming out here today and performing better than we did yesterday. So all in all I thought it was pretty good. We kind of repped the same things, added a couple of new things, but for the most part, like I said, I thought we had a good day and built upon yesterday.”

 

On who stood out during practice:

“It is always hard when you don’t have the pads on to see. My whole thing is – I am looking more for guys to see what everyone is doing, especially your younger guys. Your older guys who have experience, you expect them to get better, but I am really looking at the young guys to see how quickly they can pick things up, adjust and play at the level and the speed that you have to play at in order to be a contributor.”

 

On Taivon Jacobs:

“He is exactly what we thought he was. He is very fast, very quick, very competitive. He is one of the best competitors that we have on our football team. He is a leader for a freshman and we have been pleased with what we have seen so far. He just has to keep improving and getting better.”

 

On Alvin Hill:

“I don’t think it is what he has done in these practices; I think it is the work that he has put in since last year and since the end of the season. You can take a look at his body and he has changed his body. Not that it was bad before, but he is stronger. He is more knowledgeable of what is going on. He has really done some good things. It is not surprising because I have seen Alvin working out, doing stuff on his own. I have seen him in the film room. When you put in that time, when you put in the effort and you put in the work it shows up here on the field and that is exactly what he has done.”

 

On what Shane Cockerille needs to improve on:

“For these young kids it is a process. It is a process of coming out here each day and getting better, improving upon the things that you have been taught the day before, picking the things up that you are being taught that day. It is a matter of doing what they are told to do and that is the big thing. If they continue to do that, which he is going to work at it and he will do. He was better today. He just has to understand that this just a whole different level than it was in high school. We expect him to come along and progress very well.”

 

 

– Maryland –

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Edsall says WR Leak dealing with hamstring issue in Spring practice

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

On today’s practice:

“The thing that I was really pleased with today was I thought the communication was very, very good on both sides of the ball in terms of calling things out and doing all the stuff that we were asking them to do. I thought they did a great job. That was impressive for me today.”

 

On Wes brown and the overall team effort during practice:

“He lost some weight and you can see, starting to get back into the swing of things. I thought overall, the communication was good. I wasn’t really pleased with some of the things, tag off, we need guys [to] get down and bend a little bit more. Technically, we’ll get better. I thought overall the effort and enthusiasm was pretty good.”

 

On Evan Mulrooney working at guard:

“I think the thing is it’s different than playing center. It’s just a matter of the footwork and the technique that he’s got to get down. He’s smart enough to pick everything up. Again, I thought they communicated well. I thought that was the big thing and a lot of energy out there today.”

 

On Matt Robinson:

“It’s good because Matt is a leader here on our football team. He’s smart, he’s experienced. That will help us come together even more as a defense. To be able to have him out here now a whole spring like this, to have that leadership and to have that knowledge on the field is going to help everybody.”

 

On Will Likely:

“I think what Will will do, he’ll get better in terms of knowing what he’s got to do and putting himself in the right situations. Today I saw him a couple times taking some of the younger guys and talking to them and teaching them about technique and things that they were doing wrong. I think what will happen now is Will will become more of a leader for us now having that year under his belt and doing the things that he’s done.  Just for him to take his game into another level after this spring.”

 

On the play of the quarterbacks:

“You can see that C.J. [Brown] feels comfortable in the system. I thought Caleb [Rowe] did some good things today. Shane [Cockerille] is a guy that just has to get everything down. He’s a little bit of a wild horse right now, but again, it will come for him. Perry [Hills] I thought did some good things today. That’s the other thing, this is the first time in the spring we’ve had quarterbacks to really work with. Again, good competition makes guys better, makes things go a lot smoother. There were a lot of expectations on those guys because they’ve all played, they all know the system. We’re not going to expect some mistakes out of those guys that maybe sometimes they’ll make. They’ve got to hold themselves to a higher standard because of the experience and the reps that they’ve had in this system.”

 

On communication before the snap:

“I’m looking more today for the communication and the talking that takes place before the snap. That was the thing I thought everybody did a pretty good job. Again, there were guys that made plays, guys that didn’t make plays. Overall, I was pleased. It’s good to be back out here. The guys are hungry and excited. Now we just have to keep building on it again tomorrow.”

 

On new assistant coaches Chad Wilt, Greg Studrawa and Keenan McCardell:

“I think they’re all exactly what I thought in terms of the kind of teachers [they are]. They all bring energy and enthusiasm out here and [they are] very sound, fundamental coaches with great knowledge of what it takes to win at this level. I thought it was fun to watch those guys out here teaching today.”

 

On wide receiver Marcus Leak:

“Marcus really didn’t do much today. He’s got a tight hamstring. He started off a little bit and then they put him over with the injured guys. Hopefully that will come around, but he’s experiencing a little bit of a tight hamstring right now where he really didn’t do too much today.”

 

On team improvements:

“I think the biggest thing is we just have to get better. We have to get better fundamentally; we have to get better with our technique and everybody understanding what they have to do in order to improve. You can run any scheme you want to run, but if you don’t get it done fundamentally and if you don’t use good technique, the schemes don’t mean anything. And to me, that’s the biggest thing that we’ve got to continue to work on and to develop our players so they can become better.”

– Maryland –

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Edsall announces Diggs, Long to miss Spring; Petty to leave program

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Edsall announces Diggs, Long to miss Spring; Petty to leave program

Posted on 12 February 2014 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland head football coach made a string of announcements about the team’s spring football roster Tuesday via Twitter.


There are no particular surprises in the group. Diggs and Long each broke a leg in the Terrapins’ loss to Wake Forest last season which caused their seasons to be cut short. Edsall recently told WNST’s Glenn Clark neither was at risk to miss the start of the 2014 season.  LB Cudjoe-Virgil (Towson) missed the rest of last season after suffering a torn pec in the team’s win over Virginia.

LB Petty’s transfer comes as a bit of a surprise. The rising junior is best known for having to start four games at quarterback in 2012 after the team lost C.J. Brown, Perry Hills, Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe to season-ending injuries. Petty returned to roles on defense and special teams in 2013, including a start in the Terps’ loss to Clemson.

QB Young had made quite the college tour before arriving in College Park-including stops at Virginia Tech and New Mexico. The Terps have plenty of depth at the position, with Brown being granted an additional year of eligibility after missing the 2012 season. Rowe, Hills, rising redshirt freshman Shane Cockerille (Gilman), rising junior Dustin Dailey and incoming freshman Will Ulmer will be on the roster barring further changes.

Maryland has not yet announced their 2014 Spring football schedule.

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