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Edsall confirms position changes for Veii, Prince

Posted on 12 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall


On position changes:

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


On the freshmen offensive linemen:

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


On why he moved Damian Prince to guard:

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


On why he moved Jacquille Veii to wide receiver:

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


On Jacquille Veii’s transition to wide receiver:

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


On Quinton Jefferson’s situation:

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


On Perry Hills’ absence:

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


On Evan Mulrooney:

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


On the running back competition:

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


On L.A Goree

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


On what he saw in morning practice:

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


On position battles:

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


On Andrew Isaac’s development:

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


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


On what he likes from practice so far:

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


On what the offense has done better:

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

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Edsall says Jacobs brothers have stood out thus far in practice

Posted on 11 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall



Opening Comments:

“Evan Mulrooney was released from the hospital just now, just came into the facilities. I talked to him for a little bit before I came in here. He looks good, he had a viral infection. I don’t know what it was, but he’ll be out for an extended period of time until the doctors clear him, however long that will be we don’t know, but hopefully first and foremost he gets healthy and then once the time comes he’s able to get out there with us and he’ll be out there but not until he’s cleared 100 percent to be able to do those things.


“Quinton Jefferson is still with his wife as they are finding out exactly the issues she might have. I spoke to Quinton today and he’s in good spirits, but in our program it’s all about their faith first and foremost and then the family, then academics, then football and then the social so our thoughts and prayers are with him and his wife and his family and hopefully everything works out well from that standpoint.


“Looking forward to fan appreciation day on Saturday. Give our fans a chance to come out and watch us scrimmage and then also get a chance to interact with our players afterwards, get some autographs. I know our guys are really looking forward to that, they like spending time with all the people who come to support them and watch them so we’re looking forward to Saturday.


“And then lastly we have a new website MarylandPride.com. It’s a really interesting website, giving people an inside look, supporters, recruits, an inside look to what goes on here. What goes on in the life of a student-athlete, goes behind closed doors, be able to see the camaraderie, the love these guys have for each other and just the demands they have on them as student-athletes and how they manage their time and what they do and they’re very appreciative of all the people who support them so if people get a chance to check that out, there’s going to be things up there new each and every day. A lot of content that we think will be really good for people to get to know more about our student-athletes and our football program.


“Been pleased with the first eight practices that we’ve had. Seen a lot of improvement but also know that we still have a lot of work to do before our first game. There are some things that are starting to become a little bit clearer in regards to our team and what we’ve got to do now is a little bit more difficult than last week because we have a two-a-day on Tuesday and Thursday. So, we have two this week and again we’ve got a couple things we have to install that now what we have to get down to is the precision and the timing, especially offensively, with the guys that we feel will be in there playing. We’ve stayed pretty healthy. Sean Christie is a young man who will have surgery at some point in time on his knee, talked about Evan, we just have some guys that have some bumps and bruises, which you get in camp, but other than that nothing from a serious nature.”

On defensive back Denzel Conyers and possible position changes:

“Denzel got back Saturday night and then he did work out yesterday. It’s good to have him back. He was very appreciative to be able to go home and he needed to go home for his family situation. Don’t really want to get into any position changes because if there are going to be some position changes, I haven’t spoken to the players yet. I’ve got some meetings after this today, so as you come to practice tomorrow you’ll see some things that have taken place based on what has transpired in the first eight practices. I want to caution you just to say that the changes that we make or you see some things in the depth chart as you come out to practice tomorrow, that’s where we are after eight practices. We still have time to go with preseason and guys will still have an opportunity to move up or down based on their performances.”


On offensive lineman Andrew Zeller:

“We’re really pleased with what he’s doing so far. On the offensive line, he’s a young man that we expect to be a leader for us. He’s getting better as he continues to improve his technique. And that’s the biggest thing that we’re harping on him about. When he is technically sound he is very, very good, but when he has some flaws in his technique, he just becomes average. He works hard each and every day, he’s got a great attitude. Somebody that you can count on, he’s going to be there every day. Knows how to fight through the little things. Really pleased with where he’s at. What we have to do is just kind of get him to that next level. And he sees it and he knows it, in terms of the things he has to do and he’s working extremely hard to improve upon that.”


On the competition at running back:

“I’ve been impressed with Brandon Ross. I think Brandon is having a good fall. He put the ball on the ground a couple times, but since the last time he hasn’t done that. He understands ball security. Brandon is better as a pass blocker, has good hands and is being productive out there.


“Albert [Reid] is steady as Albert always is. Albert gives you everything that he has. He knows everything, his assignments. He’s a leader, hard-nosed.


Jacquille [Veii] brings a lot of energy, enthusiasm, has the skill set, the ability. And again just trying to perfect all his assignments.


‘Wes [Brown], you can see that the time away for him was something that he’s still getting back into the swing of things. But again, he’s a tough, downhill runner that again just has to be more efficient and more affective with executing all the things he’s being asked to do as a running back.”


On Sunday’s scrimmage:

“I thought we had a better day yesterday. There were some things that we did in the scrimmage that were better. And again, I think it’s that those guys, just working together, getting those reps together and everybody just doing their job. That’s the biggest thing that everybody has to understand. Everybody just has to do their job to the best of their ability. But again the things that they do on their own in the summer time in terms of the 7-on-7 and those sort of things is great, but it’s totally different than what we’re going to do when we start practice. And you can just see the guys start to make more improvement with each practice and like I said I thought yesterday was better, again a step in the right direction and again I think this week as we continue to go we’ll continue to make that progress.”


On the progress of quarterback C.J. Brown:

“The thing with C.J. [Brown] is just continually doing all the things his job requires. We want him to be more decisive on his decision-making. We want him to understand that when he sees things to utilize all parts of his repertoire to get the job done. That means his arms, his legs, all those things. And really as I told him, this is his team that he needs to just go and take more charge of what’s going on out there. But he’s better than he was in the spring. And again, we’ve got to understand that we have a very high level of expectation for our players and we’re not going to be satisfied with just being average.  We as coaches, and even the players, they want to be the best they can be and the biggest thing is we always have to focus and concentrate on those little things and those are more of the things that we got to get C.J. to just always be cognizant of. Be a little bit more decisive and also understand to utilize whatever the defense gives you. If that means taking off and running with it, if it means throwing it, whatever it is. Do it and don’t hesitate.”


On the team’s preparation this year compared to last year:

“I think every year is a different year. We’re older, we’re more mature, we’re stronger, and those guys are bigger. I’ll give you an example, Matt Robinson, this is the first time he’s ever been able to lift weights in the summer time because he hadn’t been injured and you can see the difference in him and again when you have more mature guys and older guys they understand what they’re going to be up against and they understand that what you have to do in order to compete against the schedule that we have.”


On the progress of tight end Derrick Hayward:

“Derrick [Heyward] is doing well. And again that thing you have to understand about Derrick, he’s just a redshirt freshman. He’s just a young kid, he’s a young guy that’s getting better. He wants to be good, he works hard. He still makes some mistakes, which we understand that. But I like how he’s working, I like the things that he’s doing. And again everybody, we try to tell the kids this. It’s a process what they’re going through. They all want to come in here and start and play as freshman, but there’s a process that you have to go through when you come from high school to college. Some of the challenges that we have as coaches is to get these guys to understand that they’re not failures if they come in here and they don’t play right away because they were the superstars in high school and for some guys it’s going to take a little bit longer. And they have five years to complete four years of eligibility and you want them to come in and make sure that they understand what the Maryland pride way is and what you have to do. Derrick is a young man who is doing all those things that we do. He’s not going to be the finished product as a redshirt freshman. He’s making great progress and he’s going to continue to make progress because of the type of young man he is.”


On the depth along the defensive and offensive lines:

“Well on the defensive line, you look at Malik Jones and if you take a look at his picture when he first got here then look where he is now, you can tell that he’s been working very hard. He’s put on weight, but again I like where we are right now and we’ve got Malik and Spencer [Myers]. Spencer Myers is doing some really good things out there. He’s caught the attention of everybody and he’ll have the opportunity to work with the one’s tomorrow, but its great competition, that’s the biggest thing. Then on the other side, you’ve got Andre Monroe and behind him you’ve got Roman [Braglio]. Roman is just a fierce competitor and he goes out there ready to compete and does everything he can to earn more playing time. You’ve got Keith [Bowers] and Darius [Kilgo] at nose guard. Who I’ve been impressed with and our coaching staff has been impressed with is David Shaw and what we’ve seen out of him. Kingsley [Opara] is also doing a good job so we’ve got competition, which always makes everyone better. On the defensive line we have depth.


“On the offensive line, when you look at it, we don’t have as much depth as we’d like to. I mean, Michael Dunn is having a really good preseason. Again, we’ve got to get him to be more technically sound. He’s very conscientious, does the things we ask him, he’s smart, we moved him to the left side and he didn’t have any problems, he had a great scrimmage yesterday. Of course, you’ve got Sal [Conaboy] in there at center, Andy Zeller at right guard, and Ryan Dunn was moved from left to right and it seems like much more of a natural fit for him. Then behind him, Jake Wheeler, he’s been playing his best football since he’s been here at Maryland, the left tackle. He’s got a lot of mobility, he’s still learning how to play the game, but he’s doing great. Then you’ve got JaJuan Dulaney at guard, Steve Grommer, and another guy is Brendan Moore, the freshman center and Damian [Prince] has got all the tools. You watch all these guys come in and again; part of the process is trying to get the kids up to speed to become technical offensive linemen. We’re going to be a lot younger on the offensive line, so those young guys will face a challenge and hopefully everybody will stay healthy and we’ll be ready.”


On the wide receivers:

“Well to be truthful, we’ve got a lot we need to work on with the receiving corps. The two guys that I’ve been the most impressed with at the receiving corps so far are Levern Jacobs and Taivon Jacobs. Those are the guys that I think have practiced the best so far when we’ve practiced. They’ve all worked very hard and the truth is that we’re not looking for receivers who only catch the ball around here. This isn’t flag football or 7-on-7. We’ve got to have complete receivers and our receivers have to make sure they listen to Keenan [McCardell] and that they do what he asks them to do. With the talent that they have, they can be very good. However, we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”


On the status of wide receiver Deon Long:

“From what I’m being told, he should be back out there tomorrow, and again, what I just said about the receivers includes him.”


On the biggest challenge joining the Big Ten:

“They may have some bigger offensive linemen or people that run the ball a little bit more. A lot of teams run the spread, I know Indiana does and Ohio State runs a version of it so again, we’ve seen all of those things, it’s not like we haven’t seen them. We’ve played against good teams before. Again, what we’ve got to do is get ourselves as good as we can be and we know that in college football we’re going to go against good people week in and week out, but what we’ve got to do is make sure we take care of ourselves and that we do the things that are necessary to put ourselves in a position to allow us to compete and win, and go against the schedule we’re going to go against.”


On the talent at the safety position:

“I think Sean Davis has made tremendous growth, he’s a hard worker, a guy you need to tell to back off. He spent a lot of time in the film room to get better. From what we’ve seen out of Sean, I believe he’s focused, he’s ready to have a great year. You can watch a guy on the practice field and understand how much they get it or not based on how much they talk. You can feel and see that Sean’s confident, he’s focused, he’s playing fast and I’m really proud of him in terms of how he really went out and attacked it. Anthony [Nixon] is ‘Steady Eddie’ back there, we’re trying to get him to talk a little more. He’s been very, very steady for us back there.”


On defensive lineman David Shaw:

“He’s got natural strength and natural ability and he’s really quick off of the ball. That’s the thing that really attracted me to him when watching just how quick he was on high school tapes and just to watch him work and how he pursues the ball and comes to the ball. But again, we’ve got two guys in front of him who are seniors including Keith Bowers. We’re going to try to get David in there as soon as possible but again, I wouldn’t count on seeing him on the kickoffs or playing on the special teams. We’ve got to try and do everything we can to get him ready. We don’t have any injuries right now, but if we do, he’s a guy we’d call upon if he keeps it up.”


On if he has communicated with Dexter McDougle since the injury: 
“I texted him. I didn’t get a chance to call him. We were texting back and forth. I just feel so bad for him. He was playing well and doing a good job, but I just told him that you’ve been through this before, you’ll come back stronger. I touched on this earlier, but with the defensive backs, you can see that camaraderie and I’d probably say that they’re our tightest group. Those guys were in the film room watching a ton of film when we’d walk by and they enjoy each other and I think a lot of that was because of Dexter. What people don’t understand about the game is the relationships we build. I talked to Dexter, Marcus Whitfield, who’s doing well with the Jags, and Joe [Vellano] was here the other day.  We saw the video of A.J. Francis doing the ice bucket challenge. He’s a big man so it took three buckets to cover him, but that’s just what we do. They may frustrate you a bit, but the relationships you build with these guys make you feel very, very special.”

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Edsall says O-Lineman Christie will require knee surgery

Posted on 09 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall



On who is missing practice:

“You won’t see Quinton Jefferson today. He’s got a family issue that he’s dealing with. Denzel Conyers won’t be here. He’s got a death in the family so he’s not at practice as well.  Evan is getting better and hopefully by Monday he’ll be released, but we still have no other details on him. Sean Christie will require surgery on his knee, so once the swelling goes down, they’ll take care of that. It’s not the ACL, it’s another ligament in the knee. It’s the same injury Mike Minter had a year ago.”


On if there is a timetable for Evan Mulrooney’s return:

“The only thing that I’m concerned about right now is his health. I just want to make sure that he’s healthy and I want him to focus and concentrate. I talked to him today because he had gotten some things from different doctors. I told him just get healthy and we’ll see what happens from there. You’ve got no control over any of this that’s going on just all the things you can do to get healthy and we’ll just work from there.”


On if he will add someone to compete with Silvano Altamirano:

“Silvano is doing a pretty good job there. Once we get through tomorrow’s scrimmage, we’ll revaluate all of our personnel at all positions and we’ll see where we are and if we are going to make any changes, we’ll make those chances by the time we’re going to come out to practice on Tuesday.”


On yesterday’s practice:

“We had a chance to work a lot of situations yesterday with short yardage and goal line and redzone and tight redzone. I thought there was some good give and take there. I though the offense had the better of it in short yardage. I thought the defense was better on the goal line and the red and the tight red. We’ve got some guys coming along and again I’d rather just wait to talk about that next time we talk on Monday after we get through the scrimmage. See how guys react as we go there. I was pleased with the effort. I thought we had a really good practice this morning coming off of yesterday and then you’re back at it early in the morning, you don’t have as much recovery time as you do when you go one-a-days.  I thought our guys really handled it well and know I’m anxious to see how they handle this afternoon which they’ll handle really well.”


On Juwann Winfree:

“I think he’s done a good job. You see him doing some things each day where you say, okay, this is exactly what you thought you were getting. Now it’s just a matter of him trying to refine things. He made a real good catch yesterday and did some good things. You see him really starting to come along. He’s got size, he’s got strength, he’s got speed, he’s got athletic ability and he’s got good hands. Now it’s just a matter of him getting the plays down and getting the precision of what we want in terms of the route running.  He’s picking it up quickly, and we’ll see if he can stay consistent now and keep getting better as we go through these next two weeks.”


On Brad Craddock

“I don’t know if there’s a harder worker on our team in terms of working to prepare himself to be the best he can be. You talk about the work he’s done on his own to make himself the kicker he is today is remarkable. You have to congratulate the young man. He’s one of those guys that is a student of the game and a student of kicking and the art of kicking. To watch what he’s done, I’m very proud of him. We kicked this morning and he did a good job. He kicked a 52 yarder. He’s improved tremendously since he first got here.  He’s one of those guys that is kind of silent but deadly, he doesn’t say a whole lot. But focused and that will to be good, you can just see it. You can see it in his face and his eyes that he wants to be really, really good.  I’m just very proud of him in terms of what he’s been able to accomplish and I think he’s going to continue to get better and he wants to get better and he’s going to do whatever he can do to get better.”


On whether local players honored on preseason watch lists impacts recruiting:

“It’s nice that guys get recognized in the preseason, but that’s just a list. What they have to do it work hard and do the things in the scheme from a team standpoint in order to get better. It’s great that they’re local, but I’m just as proud of Brad Craddock that he’s on the list and all of these guys. It doesn’t matter where they’re from, but it shows that their hard work and their previous production has given them the opportunity for that recognition. Now they’ve got to continue to work hard and continue to produce if they want to achieve those honors. What we always talk about is, with our team success, you’ll get individual honors. That’s what’s more important for our guys if you ask them, they’ll tell you they want the team to do well and then if we do well as a team, then those individual honors will come to the individuals on the team.”


On the fullback competition:

“I think Kenny [Goins] is playing very well.  Kenny is having a really good [camp]. He’s stronger and he’s put on a little bit more weight. He’s doing a good job. He’s separating himself from Tyler [Cierski]. Kenny is the clear No. 1. Tyler has got do just keep pushing and he’s in a dogfight with Drew Stefanelli to see who is going to be the second guy. Kenny is the clear-cut fullback as we speak right now.”


On Levern Jacobs and Deon Long:

“He [Levern] practiced and he was out there and looked good. He did good things and you’ll get a chance to see him this afternoon.   Deon didn’t practice this morning and he probably won’t do anything this afternoon or on Sunday. We’ll see where he’s at on Monday and Tuesday.”


On Derrick Hayward:

“He’s getting better. Derrick is one of those guys who every day is a great experience for him and a great learning experience for him to get better. That’s what we are looking for him to do is keep improving. You can see it. He hasn’t play the position all that much. All the little stuff that goes with it. That’s the thing you see with watching these young guys whether they’re the true freshmen or the redshirt freshmen. You can see them grow and develop right before your eyes. The redshirt freshman are further ahead, but when you take a look at these freshmen you can tell that the techniques, that they haven’t used a lot of these that we’re using. They’re getting there and they’re going to be fine, but they’re not ready right now because they don’t have the technique part down and to play at this level, you’ve got to be technically sound in order to play against who we’re going to play against.”


On what his expectations are for Stefon Diggs:

“We’re going to do the things we have to do in order to be successful as a team and we’re going to utilize Stefon any way we can because of his ability. Our mindset is that we’re going to take all of our pieces and get them in the best position for us to be successful, Stefon included. There are a lot of different things we can do with him because he is so talented. But again, we’ve got to make sure that he can handle the load that we want to do at several different positions.”


On how he knows if Stefon Diggs can handle that load:

“We can tell by what we do in practice.  I’m talking in terms of what we do on offense. We’re going to utilize all of our pieces in order to be the best we can, however we have to do that.”

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Edsall appreciates new exposure coming from Big Ten Network

Posted on 07 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md – The fourth day of practice proved to be a momentous one for a Terps, as BTN was on the scene to capture Maryland’s fourth day of preseason camp at the on-campus practice facility.

“It won’t interrupt anything for us,” head coach Randy Edsall said. “We’ll be just going about our practice and they’ll be filming. It’s nice that they’re here. It’s nice to get that type of exposure and notoriety for our program. We look forward to hosting them and having them here.”

The extra attention didn’t distract from the competition happening on the field. Junior Albert Reid, locked in a four-way battle for the starting running back job, enjoys the balance of competing against and mentoring his fellow position mates.

“I‘m able to balance it. It’s not just coming out and competing with your teammates,” Reid said. “You also have to have that bond with your teammates. It’s not like you can just come out here and play football and then go in the locker room and not talk. To have a great team without building that family bond. Those guys are my family.”

Wes Brown, Brandon Ross and Jacquille Veii join Reid in the fight for carries. The player on the other side of the line witnessing that battle is senior linebacker Cole Farrand. The veteran acts as the quarterback of the defense and relishes keeping his teammates on the right track.

“I have obligations to the team,” Farrand said. “I have to help the freshman. The MIKE’s job is the quarterback of the defense, so I have to have my head on straight. With the core we have and we have a lot of seniors coming back, I think it looks very good on defense.”

As a whole, Farrand sees camp moving in the right direction.

“I think camp is going really well so far. The team is really coming together.”

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Edsall says CB Johnson improving as he works back from injury

Posted on 07 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall


On Wednesday’s practice:

“I thought we had a better day yesterday. I thought that guys were sharper in what they were doing and picking things up and getting around. The offensive had a lot more enthusiasm yesterday. We still have a lot of things to get better on. Again, get the pads on for the first time and getting used to those things. I’m sure it will continue to get better each and every day.”


On Evan Mulrooney:

“Nothing concrete. He’s in the hospital, but nothing more than what I said yesterday.”


On Levern Jacobs’ absence from full team drills:

“Head coach’s decision. He’ll be out there probably on Saturday doing things. He and the head coach had an understanding on what was happening. He’ll be out doing things full speed on Saturday.”


On Spencer Myers:

“I see a guy that’s got high energy. He’s got a really good motor. He’s relentless and chases the ball. He plays with good leverage. We’ll work to get him some reps with the two’s this weekend in the scrimmage to go up against those guys. I’ve been pleased with him so far.”


On if he’s surprised by Spencer Myers:

“I wouldn’t say I’m surprised because anytime you get involved with someone who has a passion and a want to, to do something, you are going to get pretty good results. He’s talented. He understands competition. He understands leverage. He’s played the game before and he was very successful at it. I think playing that position he’s playing and what he does from a wrestling standpoint. It’s a pretty good relationship between the two.”


On Albert Reid:

“Albert’s another one of those guys who gives you everything he’s got all the time. He’s a guy that’s got a smile on his face. He competes hard. All the qualities you look for in a student athlete he embraces and he embodies. I just love the way the guy competes. He’s tough. He’s hard-nosed. He’s a team guy. He’s one of the guys on our leadership council. You know this; every day you come out here, you’re going to get his best effort and he’s going to do everything he can to not only make himself better but to push other guys to make them better.”


On the running back competition:

“You’re not going to keep four guys happy. That isn’t going to happen. They’ve already been told they’ll be two guys that will be there. Fourth and fifth guy, they’re going to have to make their name on special teams.  They know exactly what they have and its great competition out here. We’ve got to get it to two and then there’s a third. That’s all you can have up to practice. The other guys have got to go down and make their niche. They can get on special teams and play anywhere from 20-to-28 plays a game. They know exactly what it is. All of them are doing a great job. You can see that there’s competition. They’re hungry. They want it. But we aren’t keeping four guys happy. There’s going to be primarily two guys, but if we can have one guy, that’s what we want and then a guy who spells that guy You have a third guy that’s going to get minimal reps during the week, but he’ll be ready to go. That’s how we plan to go.”


On the opportunity for Juwann Winfree and other receivers after Nigel Kings’ departure:

“I think it’s an opportunity for everybody. All of a sudden Amba’s [Etta-Tawo] got a little bit more. Even Taivon [Jacobs] and Juwann, all those guys. Again, we try to train these guys where you don’t necessary have to be an X or a Z because we’re trying to get the best three on the field. Sometimes Stef [Diggs] could be a Z or an X. We’re trying to find the best guys that we can. We’ll get a chance to see more of him when we get going. He’s done a good job so far, but again it’s too early to say too much about that until we see him go through the scrimmage on Sunday.”


On Jeremiah Johnson:

“I’m just happy for him to back out here playing at the level he’s been playing at because it’s been over a year. I thought he was a little rusty the first two practices just getting back used to everything because he’s been away from it for a year. He’s a guy that we know can play and play at a high level. It’s good to have him out here and hopefully he can stay out here and get better. He’s competing with Alvin and Will because you can go left or right with either of those guys. Those guys understand that they can play either side. You are going to get the best guys out there you can.”


On Cole Farrand:

“Cole’s a guy that is making all the calls on defense. Getting all the things to everybody else and making the calls and making the checks. He should be and he is playing at a faster level because of his experience and playing in the games. He’s another guy that he’s worrying about another guy or his intensity or his toughness. After last year when you take a look what he played through and did the things that he did, he has the utmost respect of the coaches and the players. It’s good to have a guy who’s played as much as he have and as a senior, it’s hard to believe he’s a senior, it’s gone by so quick, but I’m glad he’s in there. He really helps to hold things together for us.”


On NCAA autonomy ruling for power five conferences:

“How it’ll change us in terms of how we operate we won’t know until legislation is put through and what type of legislation they want to adopt and go with. I think it’s good that we have that. I think its one step closer to the five conferences splitting off. I really do. Again, I think they’re bigger issues now that you have that in terms of who’s going to take charge of what’s best for football. You have this autonomy, but what’re we going to do with that to get the colligate model to get to where it should be or back to where it was in terms of, to me, stop recruiting these kids so early and lets focus and concentrate on the kids that we have on campus. I think that’s what we got away from with recruiting these kids too early. Hopefully we can get back to that with these things and then also give the student athletes the things that they deserve. That’s my whole thing. I want to do anything we can do to enhance their experience and to help them and I think that’s probably the biggest thing from the autonomy standpoint. I think what happens is now the five conferences that have more means than the other conferences can do some things they can do. So again I think this is just going to be another step closer to leading to some separation in terms of some of the division.”


On what he thinks student athletes deserve:

“I’m all in favor of the cost of attendance that they’re talking about. I’m in favor of having the guys on scholarship for four years. I think what’s happened with the scholarship is I think people are telling to remove them from their programs and move them on if they’re not good enough. I think the same thing from a health issue, what they’ve proposed there is all good. I still think we have to sit down and take a look of what is for the betterment of the game when it comes to recruiting and some of the other things that are out there with what is going on.’

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Edsall likes camaraderie of Terps’ defense early in camp

Posted on 07 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md – The Maryland football team put the pads on for the first time in preseason camp Wednesday as the Terps continued to fine-tune all aspects of their game in preparation for their season opener at James Madison at the on-campus practice facility.

The offense made big plays throughout the session, with Taivon Jacobs, Stefon Diggs and Amba Etta-Tawo all catching passes down the field from quarterbacks C.J. Brown and Caleb Rowe.

Deon Long, another member of the Maryland receiving corps with big play ability, is returning to action this week after missing the final six games of the 2013 season with a leg injury. Three days into practice, Long is excited about the progress he has made to this point.

“You have to start from square one,” Long said. “All the progress you put in before your injury is sort of wiped out. It’s a clean slate. You’ve got to have the mental toughness to build your strength back up.”

Long competed hard against a defensive unit that has impressed head coach Randy Edsall in the first three days of camp.

“The thing I like about the defense is their camaraderie,” Edsall said. “I like the leadership that they’re bringing to the practice field in the first two days. It’s not just one or two guys. It’s everybody. Everybody is very enthusiastic and holding people more accountable.”

One of those leaders is defensive lineman Andre Monroe. The senior, who tallied a team-high 9.5 sacks last season, is looking to build off an impressive junior campaign.

“I have desire. I learned at any early age that this game is a lot about desire. Then I just use the knowledge and play with instincts, which I think a lot of players overlook. That can take an average player and make them a great player.”

Monroe and his defensive teammates are not the only ones who expect big things.

“The defense is capable of anything,” Long said. “The sky is the limit.”

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Edsall: Deon Long has “got to get a lot better”

Posted on 06 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall



On yesterday’s practice:

“I thought practice went pretty well for the defense pretty much the whole time. Offensively we were good up until the 7-on-7 and the team. I didn’t think that was as good as it should be for us. That’s one of the things we talked about with the guys is that we’ve got to finish better. Yesterday was an example for our offense that we’ve got to do a better job finishing.”


On who stood out during summer workouts:

“We had a couple guys that I thought really did a great job this summer. I though all in all we had a really good summer. I thought C.J. [Brown] had a really good summer. He put on some weight and got stronger. The running backs, Wes [Brown], Brandon [Ross], Jacquille [Veii] and Kenny Goins, had a real good summer. Marcus Leak and Taivon Jacobs increased quite a bit. Andy Zeller and Sal [Conaboy], there on the offensive line, [performed well]. I thought the defensive line as a group probably had the best summer of everybody. Keith Bowers is still getting stronger. Malik Jones had a good summer. Quinton [Jefferson] did a good job as well. [Yannik] Cudjoe and Jalen Brooks did well. L.A. [Goree] had a very solid and quiet summer, he’s just a quiet guy, but he really did a good job. Sean Davis had an outstanding summer. Overall, those are the guys that stand out the most. I thought we had a very productive summer overall, but those are the guys that stood out a little bit more than the other guys. “


On how he grades the players in the summer:

“It’s overall, in terms of what they would have increased in vertical jump, squat, clean, bench and just overall effort and intensity in the summer.”


On Andre Monroe:

“He’s very quick. He’s a guy that understands leverage. You’ve got to get really low to block him. Like I said, I think it’s his speed and his quickness off the ball. He’s relentless and because of his height he has a built in advantage going against people. He’s got a good motor.”


On Deon Long:

“Deon’s got to get a lot better. I’m not happy with the way Deon is practicing right now. He’s got to do a better job of finishing on every play and he’s got to be more exact in everything he is doing. Let’s not leave people out of praise right now. Let’s get him back to doing the things he’s supposed to be doing and playing to the level of his talent ability. If he does that than we can start talking more about him.”


On what he attributes to Deon’s performance in practice:

“You’ve got to understand that you’ve got to come out here each and every day. To much who is given much is expected. When you come out here each and every day, you’ve got to do the things necessary in order to be better. Guys that are that far along in their career, you don’t expect to see mistakes, you expect them to come out here and be leaders and give the kind of effort that you would expect one of that stature to do.”


On Marcus Leak:

“He’s getting there. You can tell he’s been away from it. I like the way he’s worked, but his stamina and mental toughness have to get better. We’ve got to get these guys to understand at wide receiver that you’ve got to run hard every play. You’ve got to come off the ball and make people think you’re going to beat them deep all the time. You’ve got to get up in there and you’ve got to block and do those things. If we get those guys to do that, then they might get to living up to the potential they have from a talent standpoint.”


On the defense’s performance:

“The thing I like about the defense is I like their camaraderie. I like the leadership that they’re bringing to the practice field in the first two days. It’s not just one or two guys. It’s everybody. Everybody is very enthusiastic and holding people more accountable. That’s what we’ve got to get on the other side of the ball. We don’t have that on offense. We’ve got to get people stepping up. Defensively, it’s a group that really understands their roles. They understand what needs to be done and you can see them practice with that enthusiasm and that effort. That enthusiasm is what you want to see.”


On Silvano Altamirano’s reps:

“He didn’t get extended reps. He got the same reps he got the day before. He just happened to be with the first team. We’ll find out a little more today as now we get the pads on and you see the lineman really come off and get after it physically which is what you want to see.”


On Nate Adams:

“We’ll find out more today. When you put the pads on it’s different. Now we get the pads on and now you get to see how guys play with the pads on. Some of those guys are fast to the ball when the pads aren’t on, but then when you put the pads on it’s kind of one-step slow. Hopefully we don’t have any of those guys. I’m pleased with what I’ve seen, but again, we’ll evaluate him over the long haul, not just in one or two days.”

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Maryland holds first full practice of 2014 season

Posted on 05 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Following a morning walk through, the Maryland football team held its first full practice of the 2014 season Monday afternoon at the on-campus practice facility.

During the two-hour session in helmets, jerseys and shorts, head coach Randy Edsall and his coaching staff focused primarily on individual and unit drills before moving into team and special teams drills. The Terps will add shoulder pads on Wednesday before moving to full pads on Friday.

Maryland returns nine starters on the offensive and defensive side of the ball and 52 letterwinners from last season. The limited turnover in personnel during the offseason should make preseason preparations a little bit smoother for the squad.

“It’s comforting going into the season having the depth and the experience that we have coming back,” said Edsall. “But in terms of what we want to get done installation wise, that hasn’t changed. We have a couple of guys now who understand and know how to practice and how to do those things. That makes it a little bit easier.”

For quarterback C.J. Brown, who is entering his third season in the current offensive system, it’s all about adding to the current scheme.

“I’m very comfortable and a lot of guys are very comfortable,” said quarterback C.J. Brown. Going into my third camp in this system, we are not rebuilding. We are just adding to the foundation.

“We have a lot of potential, but that’s all it is right now is potential. We got to out there on the field and prove it against a lot of new opponents. We are looking forward to the challenge and we are going to be out here every day grinding.”

On the defensive side of the ball, the linebacker position is one of the most experienced units on the squad. Three of Maryland’s four starters return from a year ago including senior Matt Robinson, who ranked fourth on the team in tackles (73) last season after moving from safety. Along with seniors Cole Farrand, L.A. Goree, Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil and a cast several talented underclassmen, the competition at this position should be intense according to Robinson.

“I think it’s great,” said Robinson. “We definitely have a lot of people fighting for positions. I think having to grind every day is going to bring out the best in everyone.”

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Edsall says Diggs “100 percent” as practice opened Monday

Posted on 04 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall



On the freshman:

“They’re all here. We’ll find out about them here in a little bit. They’re for the most part in good shape. It’s amazing how some of the guys fill out from the time that you sign them until now. There are a lot of them that look good. I don’t want to single any of them out. You’ll see for yourself. I’m anxious to see what they do out here. I told them beforehand just to go out here, and we know they’re going to make mistakes, but just go full speed and have fun and learn the playbook. If you learn the playbook and learn all the techniques and fundamentals that go with it, the better your opportunity to show you can get on the field.”


On the practice schedule:

“We have five practices; two in helmets and then two in helmets and shoulder pads and then full pads on Friday. It’s just getting everything installed. Today we’ll do some red zone and start to install all of our base things offensively and defensively and then just continue to through the rest of the week to try and get everything installed by the time that we get around to our scrimmage on practice eight.”


On if Stefon Diggs is fully recovered:

“He has. He’s cleared and 100 percent and ready to go. I know he’s eager to get going again. He’s very focused and very determined. He wants to get back out here and start playing the game he loves.”


On Nigel King’s departure:

“We wish Nigel well. He graduated, which is the number one priority for him. We’ll just wish him well and focus on the guys that are here.”


On the guard and running back competitions:

“It’s no different than where it was at the end of spring because we haven’t done anything. We’ll see how it all plays out and I’m hoping that somebody stands out, just like at running back. I’m hoping that somebody at running back takes the bull by the horn this preseason and says, ‘hey, I’m the starter’ and they separate themselves. That’s what we’re looking for at guard and running back as well.”


On the tight end competition:

“Andrew and Derrick had really good summers. Again, you’d like to have a tight end that can do it all for you, rather than having situational guys. I think that’ll start to shakeout. Andrew had a really good summer and he’s a guy that can give us those opportunities. Derrick is getting better, putting on weight. P.J. didn’t have as good a summer as those guys so hopefully separation will take place early in camp.”


On the tight end, guard and running back competitions:

“Those would probably be the biggest [competitions]. When you look at the depth chart and saw the or’s on there, that’s probably the biggest. But that doesn’t mean something couldn’t happen at the other positions based on people’s ability and what they do out here or lack of production from somebody who was already a starter.”


On Sal Conaboy:

“Sal is very steady. He’s smart and a really hard worker. It’s good to see him get that recognition. He’s got a lot of experience. He’s a guy that’s the leader of our offensive line and a guy that we have high expectations for this year. He understands his role and what he has to do from a leadership standpoint and you just see him getting better and better each year as an offensive lineman and a center.”


“He’s smart. He really understands what’re doing and can make all the calls. The biggest thing that he’s got to do is just get better with his footwork and his technique and hand placement. He’s made strides, but those are things he’s got to get better at.”


On Yannick Ngakoue:

“You can see that he’s had a good summer. He’s worked hard. Now it’s the same thing. I thought we had a good summer. Drew Wilson and his staff did a great job. Our guys are in shape. They’re ready to go and now what we’ll do is see if they can translate what they did this summer, getting bigger, faster, and stronger, and put it to work on the field and do the things they’ve got to do from and productivity and assignment standpoint to show that they’ve made improvement from a mental aspect as well as a physical aspect.”


“He’s gotten better. He has a very good approach to what’s going on. He came in here and thought it might be a little easier than what it was, and he’s matured quite a bit. That’s the biggest thing. He’s matured a lot over the last year and now he understands the process that you have to go through to be good. I think that’s the biggest improvement that he’s made.”


On C.J. Brown

“C.J. has done a good job of understanding everything that goes into it and has a better feel for what we are doing. I think you’ll see he’s just got so much more command and confidence than he ever has. He’s done a better job of being a leader. Those are the things that are important. Again, he’s worked on all aspects of his game but I think the leadership and the comfort with what’re doing offensively is something where he’s really enhanced his game.”


“The biggest thing for him is to be more consistent in everything he does. His accuracy, his decision making and understanding when to pull it down and when to throw it and doing those different things. He’s got a lot more confidence going into this year than he did at this time last year.”


On the limited personnel turnover from last season:

“It’s comforting going into the season having the depth and the experience that we have coming back. But in terms of what we want to get done installation wise, that hasn’t changed. We have a couple of guys now who understand and know how to practice and how to do those things. That makes it a little bit easier.”

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Junior receiver King to transfer from Maryland

Posted on 01 August 2014 by WNST Staff

The University of Maryland athletic department announced Friday that junior wide receiver Nigel King had been released from his scholarship and will seek a transfer.

“I would like to thank all of my coaches, teammates and the rest of the athletic department staff for their support during my time at the University of Maryland” King said in a statement. “I was able to fulfill my goals of playing college football and, most importantly, earning my degree. After talking with my family, I think it is in my best to pursue a new opportunity. I wish all my teammates and coaches the very best this upcoming season.”

“I am appreciative of everything Nigel was able to accomplish at the University of Maryland and very proud that he earned his degree,” head coach Randy Edsall added. “I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

King hauled in 33 catches for 450 yards and four touchdowns in his sophomore season, he had nine catches for 125 yards and one score as a freshman.

The North Carolina native was expected to be part of a crowded mix for the Terrapins at the position this season. Junior Stefon Diggs and senior Deon Long are set to return from injuries and re-claim the starting spots. Junior Marcus Leak is very much in the mix after returning to school following a departure last season. Junior Levern Jacobs and sophomores Amba Etta-Tawo, Malcolm Culmer and freshman Taivon Jacobs are all expected to be in the equation at the position as well.

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