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Former LSU assistant Studrawa joins Terps as O-Line coach

Posted on 25 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Greg Studrawa named offensive line coach

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall announced the hiring on Saturday of Greg Studrawa as offensive line coach.

Studrawa brings 25 years of coaching experience to Maryland after spending the previous seven seasons (2007-2013) at LSU. While in Baton Rouge, Studrawa helped LSU to a national title, a pair of SEC titles and to five 10-plus win seasons.

“Greg will be a great addition to our coaching staff,” said Edsall. “He comes from a diverse coaching background, with experience coordinating an offense as well as working with the offensive line. He has helped many players reach their goal of playing at the next level and his ability to teach will be very important in the development of our student-athletes.”

Studrawa coached the offensive line for all seven seasons at LSU, while adding offensive coordinator duties to his responsibilities in 2011 and 2012. He returned to primarily coaching the offensive line in 2013.

In his two years as LSU’s offensive coordinator, Studrawa helped the Tigers to a 23-4 overall mark, and during his seven years on the staff, LSU posted a 73-20 mark.

Studrawa was elevated to offensive coordinator in August of 2011 and LSU went 13-1, claimed the SEC title and reached the BCS National Championship Game in his first year directing the offense.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Maryland football staff,” said Studrawa. “After meeting with Coach Edsall it was clear to see the passion and energy surrounding this program. I am looking forward to getting started and meeting with all of our student-athletes.”

Prior to joining LSU, Studrawa held the position of offensive coordinator at Bowling Green from 2003-06, and was also the assistant head coach for the Falcons during the 2006 season. In his four years as the offensive coordinator, Bowling Green played in two bowl games – beating Northwestern, 28-24, in the 2003 Motor City Bowl and defeating Memphis, 52-35, in the 2004 GMAC Bowl – and posted a combined record of 30-19. Studrawa served as the offensive line coach at Bowling Green in 2001 and 2002 before being elevated to the offensive coordinator position in 2003.

Before his return to Bowling Green, he spent three years as the offensive line coach at Arkansas State. Studrawa also served as an offensive line coach at Cincinnati in 1989 and 1990 as well as holding offensive coordinator duties at Wilmington (Ohio) College from 1991-96. He also had a one year stint as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 1997.

As a player, Studrawa was a two-year starter at left tackle for Bowling Green in 1986 and 1987. He is a native of Fostoria, Ohio.

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Former Jaguars WR McCardell among additions to Maryland football coaching staff

Posted on 16 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Dave DeGuglielmo, Keenan McCardell and Chad Wilt join the staff for the 2014 season

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall announced the hiring on Thursday of Dave DeGuglielmo as offensive line coach, Keenan McCardell as wide receivers coach, and Chad Wilt as defensive line coach, and the promotion of Lyndon Johnson to the position of assistant head coach/outside linebackers.

DeGuglielmo brings 22 years of coaching experience to College Park having spent nine seasons in the NFL with three different organizations and 13 seasons on the collegiate level. DeGuglielmo’s last stop was with the New York Jets in 2012 after three seasons with the Miami Dolphins as an offensive line coach.

Prior to his time in Miami, DeGuglielmo spent five seasons with the New York Giants (2004-08). In 2008, the team led the league and established a franchise record with 2,518 rushing yards helping the Giants win Super Bowl XLII.

In 2012, DeGuglielmo’s unit helped the Jets rank 12th in the NFL in rushing totaling 1,896 yards. In three seasons in Miami, DeGuglielmo’s tutelage helped tackle Jake Long earn a starting spot in three consecutive Pro Bowls. The Lexington, Mass., native last coached collegiately at the University of South Carolina where he spent five seasons with the Gamecocks (1999-2003).

A two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion, McCardell spent 19 seasons in the NFL, 17 as a player. The Houston native completed his 17-year career with 883 receptions for 11,373 yards and 63 touchdowns. His reception total ranks 16th all-time, while his total receiving yards ranks 26th.

McCardell began his coaching career in 2010 with the Washington Redskins as a wide receivers coach spending two seasons with the organization. In 2010, McCardell mentored wideout Santana Moss who caught a franchise record 93 passes, the fourth-best total in the league, for 1,115 yards, the 10th-best mark in the NFL.

Wilt spent the past three seasons at Ball State University as the Cardinals defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. The native of Carlisle, Pa., coached defensive end Jonathon Newsome to All-MAC First Team honors in 2013 and helped defensive tackle Nathan Ollie earn All-MAC second team honors. Newsome ranked second in the MAC with 10 sacks. Prior to his stint at Ball State, Wilt spent the 2010 season at the University of Richmond where he tutored defensive lineman Martin Parker to All-America honors.

As a player, Wilt was a three-time all-conference selection at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., and was a two-time NAIA All-American at defensive end.

In addition, Maryland announced contract extensions on Thursday for inside linebackers coach Keith Dudzinski, tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator John Dunn, assistant head coach/outside linebackers coach Lyndon Johnson, special teams coordinator and running backs coach Andre Powell, and defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Brian Stewart.

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Reports: Maryland DC Stewart agrees to extension

Posted on 07 January 2014 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart agreed to a multi-year extension to stay in College Park Tuesday according to reports from the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post.

Stewart has served in the role for the last two seasons under Head Coach Randy Edsall, making great progress in 2013 despite injuries. The Terrapins finished 44th in the country in total defense despite losing starting cornerbacks Jeremiah Johnson and Dexter McDougle and pass rusher Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil to season ending injuries.

Terps Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley remains under contract through 2015. Maryland lost Defensive Line coach Greg Gattuso this offseason (he accepted the head coaching job at Albany) as well as Receivers coach Lee Hull and Offensive Line coach Tom Brattan.

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Maryland set to add WR Leak back to roster

Posted on 19 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland head coach Randy Edsall announced on Thursday that offensive lineman Larry Mazyck signed a national letter of intent and wide receiver Marcus Leak has re-enrolled at the university.

The 6-foot-7, 340-pound Mazyck played last season at Iowa Western Community College, where he helped the Reivers to a No. 2 ranking in the final NJCAA poll and their second consecutive Midwest Football Conference (MFC) title. Mazyck earned NJCAA first team All-America honors and first team MFC honors.

Mazyck is from Washington, D.C., and attended Friendship Collegiate Academy.

Leak withdrew from the university this past summer to return home to North Carolina for personal reasons. In 2012, Leak caught 23 passes for 393 yards and two touchdowns, and averaged 17.1 yards per catch despite missing the final five games of the season with an injury.

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QB Brown named Team MVP at Maryland football banquet

Posted on 15 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland football team announced its 2013 season awards during the annual awards banquet on Sunday. Head coach Randy Edsall and his staff handed out 11 total awards, including the Ray Krouse Memorial Award, sponsored by Capital One Bank, for the team’s Most Valuable Player which was presented to C.J. Brown.

After missing last season, Brown returned in 2013 and became the first Maryland player to throw for over 2,000 yards and rush for over 500 yards in the same season. The senior signal caller threw for 2,045 yards and 11 touchdowns, while rushing for 538 yards and 12 touchdowns. Brown had four 100-yard rushing games this season including a season-high 138 yards in the regular-season finale at NC State, which is the third-highest single-game total for a quarterback in school history. For his efforts, Brown was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week. His 23 touchdowns responsible for this season is the third most in school history.

In one of the more emotional moments of the banquet, Edsall presented Dexter McDougle with the inaugural Dexter McDougle Ultimate Team Player Award to close the event. Before suffering a season-ending injury at Connecticut on Sept. 14, McDougle had registered three interceptions in the Terps first three games. Despite the injury, McDougle remained a constant presence at Gossett Football Team House. He attended meetings, traveled to away games, sat in the coaches’ booth during games, and mentored and assisted other members of the team throughout the remainder of the season.

The complete list of award-winners is below:

Tony Perry: The George C. Cook Memorial Award for the senior with the highest academic average.

P.J. Gallo: The George Boutselis Memorial Award for the player who both lettered in football while attaining the highest GPA on the team and has adhered to the goals of the student-athlete ideal.

Sal Conaboy: The Public Service Award for the student athlete that has committed to serving and having a positive influence in the community.

Tony Perry: The Dr. John E. Faber Award for Iron Man, which is named after Dr. John E. Faber, who coached men’s lacrosse for 35 years and finished his coaching career with a record of 249 wins and only 57 losses, including national championship teams.

Matt Robinson: The A.V. Williams Award for Outstanding & Conspicuous Sportsmanship Award for the student athlete that best displays outstanding & conspicuous sportsmanship during the course of the year.

Greg Parcher: The Alvin L. Aubinoe Unsung Hero Trophy for the student athlete that best displays the true meaning of teamwork without regard for his personal goals.

Andre Monroe: The James M. Tatum Memorial Award for Lineman of the Year.

William Likely: Special Teams Player of the Year Award.

Marcus Whitfield: Defensive Player of the Year Award in memory of Herman Grabenstein.

C.J. Brown: Offensive Player of the Year Award in honor of Larry Grabenstein.

C.J. Brown: Ray Krouse Memorial Award for Team’s Most Valuable Player.

Dexter McDougle: The Dexter McDougle Ultimate Team Player Award

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Edsall, Marshall coach Holliday bring history to Military Bowl

Posted on 13 December 2013 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall joined president & executive director of the Military Bowl Steve Beck, and Marshall head coach Doc Holliday for a press conference at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday in preparation for the 2013 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman.

The Terps and Thundering Herd are scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday, Dec. 27.

“It’s a pleasure for the University of Maryland and our football program to be a part of the Military Bowl,” said Edsall. “Our players, when they found out we were coming here, they were very excited about the opportunity that they were going to have to play another game, play it here at Navy-Marine Corps [Memorial] Stadium, here in the City of Annapolis, and also be able to have their family and their friends not have to travel far to see them play.”

Despite it being the first all-time matchup between Maryland and Marshall, Edsall and Holliday have history as both coaches have faced each other on the field and on the recruiting trail. With that experience in mind, Edsall expects a stiff challenge from Holliday’s Herd.

“And you know, I’m excited from the standpoint that I get a chance to be around Doc again for a while,” said Edsall. “We kind of cut our roots together in the coaching profession as assistants, and spending a lot of time on the road down in Florida, and recruiting. I know we have a tremendous challenge in front of us playing against his team, and you watch them on film and you just see a team that is very athletic, very fast and they’re well coached. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a Doc Holliday Team.”

“Believe it or not I’ve had the opportunity to play Maryland 27 times in my career,” said Holliday. “I’ve been on the sideline 27 times against them, I’ve got great, great respect for their program. They’ve got tremendous athletes. Randy being the coach there, they’re going to be very well-coached, they’re going to be extremely physical, and they’ll get after us and they’ve got really good players.”

With a stiff test from Marshall on the horizon, Edsall still views the trip to the Military Bowl as reward for the team’s hard work and is happy for the team.

“I feel great for our kids,” said Edsall. “I have been able to experience bowls in a lot of different place. For some of our players, it will be their first experience. That’s what you do it for. You do it for them. It’s a reward for their hard work and perseverance they put in.”

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Edsall expects significant local support at Military Bowl

Posted on 08 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

 

“I’d just like to thank the Military Bowl for extending the invitation to our program. Our players are very excited about the opportunity to play Marshall University and play a game that’s going to benefit the USO. We appreciate everything our military does for us and to be able to play in a game that supports those endeavors is something very special for us.”

 

On if the team expected an invitation from the Military Bowl:

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“It’s one of those things where we’re very excited to get the opportunity to play in the Military Bowl. One of the things we’ve talked about is Maryland Pride and we get a chance to play in our state capital. It just continues along the lines with what we’ve tried to do since last spring, taking our team into the community and holding scrimmages in Baltimore and in Frederick. Now what we hope is that we get all of our fans to come out and support us and be part of the great game day action that’s going to be taking place in Annapolis. For us to be able to get back and to play in Annapolis will be great. We haven’t played there since 1965. Again, it being close to home, it allows us to play in front of our recruiting base. We’ll be playing on national TV. It’s great for our player’s parents and families to be out in full force to watch us play. We want everyone to come out and support the bowl and support our kids and to continue the Maryland Pride and make it a really big home field advantage as we take on Marshall.”

 

On creating a bowl experience for the players locally:

 

“We’re going to make sure our players have a good time. This is a reward for them and the hard work they’ve put forth last winter, the spring, summer and during the season. All the things that they had to overcome to get us to this point. I’ve had enough experience with bowls that we’re going to work, but we’re also going to take advantage of the sights that we have here in this area that some of our kids have never had the opportunity to visit or be a part of. It’s going to be a great experience for them, but as I told the players; they’ll be plenty of time for them to enjoy themselves before we practice and practice hard and with a purpose. We’re working to try to get win number eight. Again, we’ll balance practice with them being able to enjoy the festivities that surround the Military Bowl.”

 

On Marshall head coach Doc Holliday

 

“I’ve known Doc for many, many years. We came up through the coaching ranks as assistants. When he was at WVU and I was at Syracuse, we both recruited down in the state of Florida and spent a lot of time together. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Doc as a football coach and as a person. You can see that he has his team playing very well. He’s got his program going where he wants it to go. I know it’s going to be a tremendous challenge for us. When you take a look at what they’ve done. They’ve had a great year and congratulations to them. They played in their conference championship game. They’re a talented football team that is pretty well coached. They’re averaging 43 points per game and only giving up 23 and they’re averaging 502 yards per game and only giving up 364; they’re very talented on both sides of the ball. This is what you’d expect out of a Doc Holliday team.”

 

On fan support at the Military Bowl:

 

“I think the fanbase will come out and support us. When you take a look at our team and how we finished. We came on strong there at the end winning two out of the last three and having a heartbreaker in the Boston College game. Our guys are healthy again. It’s an opportunity for our fans to come out and support us and watch us play. It’s the last ACC appearance for us. When this is over, we move onto the Big Ten and we hope that people will be a part of that. It leads us into a different chapter in University of Maryland athletics. To have the people come out would mean a lot to our players. To have a big home crowd would certainly enhance our opportunity against Marshall.”

 

On getting to experience the military aspect of the bowl game:

 

“I think it’s very important. That’s something we will talk about with our team, about how grateful we are for everything the military does for us to give us the freedom that we have here. Anytime you can do something that benefits our armed forces and the people that serve our country is a tremendous opportunity. Looking forward to having all those military families come and enjoy the game and to get a chance to visit with them as much as we can. I know that our young men and our institution really appreciate what they do to keep us safe and give us the opportunities that we have here in the United States of America.”

 

On Marshall’s offense:

“When you take a look at the quarterback, I think it all starts with Rakeem Cato. He’s the guy that stirs the drink in terms of 60 percent completion percentage, 36 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. Then you see a 1,000-yard rusher in [Eassray] Taliaferro. You see a guy like Tommy Shuler with 97 catches and Gator Hoskins with 44, Devon Smith with 34 and Craig Wilkins with 29. You see a well-balanced offense. We you see a team that’s rushed for 3,000 yards and passed for 3,700 yards; that’s pretty good balance. Then you see a defense that gets turnovers and is very athletic and runs to the ball. You see a team that plays hard. Again, it all starts with the quarterback on offense and his ability to distribute the ball and do the things they need him to do in terms of beating the number of people in the box.”

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On how sharing Virginia Tech as a common opponent helps game preparation:

 

“We’re a different than Virginia Tech. It just kind of gives you a familiarity from a personnel standpoint of what we know what Virginia Tech is and what they do.  Marshall very easily could have won that game. It went to triple overtime and we beat Virginia Tech in overtime on Blacksburg.  It tells you that Marshall is a very good football team and has a very good football program. I think that’s what you gain from it. We don’t play the same style of offense or defense that Virginia Tech does, but we know how tough Virginia Tech is and for Marshall to play them the way they did and then to see all the high scoring games Marshall had. It gives us an opportunity to understand that Marshall is a very good football team.”

 

On Marshall’s defense:

“Again, I wasn’t really studying Marshall, but I was just really impressed with the speed and athleticism on defense that we saw on that tape.”

 

– Maryland –

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Terps head to Annapolis for first bowl game of Edsall era

Posted on 08 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland football team will make its first bowl appearance since 2010 and its first under head coach Randy Edsall on Friday, Dec. 27 when the Terps take on Marshall in the Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman in Annapolis, Md., president and executive director of the Military Bowl Steve Beck announced on Sunday.

 

The game is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff from Navy-Marine Corps Stadium and will be televised nationally on ESPN. It is the first year the bowl will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium after being held at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., the past five years.

 

With a 41-21 victory over NC State on Nov. 30 to close the regular season, the Terps improved to 7-5 and will look for its eighth win for the first time since 2010, when Maryland finished 9-4 and capped its season with a 51-20 victory over East Carolina in the Military Bowl.

 

Maryland’s matchup with Marshall will be its 25th all-time bowl appearance and second in the Military Bowl. The Terps are 11-11-2 all-time in bowl games and have won five of their past six.

 

For the Terps, it is their fifth bowl appearance in the last eight seasons and will be their first matchup all-time with the Thundering Herd.

 

Marshall (9-4), which won the Conference USA East Division title, faced two opponents that appeared on Maryland’ schedule this season. The Herd lost 29-21 to Virginia Tech in triple overtime on Sept. 21, and defeated FIU, 48-10, on Nov. 23.

 

The Thundering Herd is led by quarterback Rakeem Cato, who ranks second in Conference USA in passing (275.3 ypg) and total offense (296.8 ypg). Cato has thrown for 36 touchdowns this season, which is the most in C-USA and tied for third nationally.

 

Offensively, Marshall is averaging a Conference USA-best 43.0 points per game, the seventh-highest total nationally, and is averaging a league-high 502.3 yards per game of total offense.

 

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Maryland plays final ACC game Saturday at NC State

Posted on 29 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team closes its regular season on the road as the Terps visit Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh to take on NC State at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday will be the 70th all-time meeting in a series dating back to 1909 with the two teams having played every season since 1956. Virginia is the only team that the Terps have played more often (78). The Wolfpack have won the last two meetings in Raleigh (2009 and 2011) and have won three of four overall. The Terps last win at Carter-Finley Stadium came in 2007, a 37-0 win over the Wolfpack, which was the Terps’ largest margin of victory in the series.

LIVE Coverage on ACC Network & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the ACC Network at 12:30 p.m. Tim Brant (pbp), Dave Archer (color) and Rachel Baribeau (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call.

First-and-10

• The Terps lost to Boston College on Saturday as place kicker Nate Freese hit a career-long 52-yard field goal as time expired to send the Eagles past the Terps, 29-26. The two teams combined for 25 fourth quarter points, the third-highest combined point total in a quarter this season. Maryland and Clemson combined for 35 points in the fourth quarter on Oct. 26, and Maryland and FIU combined for 34 second quarter points on Aug. 31.

• Defensive back Anthony Nixon achieved a program first for Maryland on Saturday. Following Alex Amidon’s 74-yard touchdown reception for BC, linebacker Marcus Whitfield blocked the ensuing point after attempt. Nixon snatched the ball out of the air and raced 98 yards for the defensive extra point. It marked the first time in program history the Terps have scored a defensive extra point and it is the first defensive extra point scored by an ACC team since Duke’s Kyler Brown intercepted a two-point attempt against FIU on Sept. 1 of last year. For Whitfield, he is the first Terp to block a PAT since A.J. Francis did it against Georgia Tech on Nov. 3, 2012.

• Quarterback C.J. Brown completed 19 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 22 yards and a score. It is the sixth time this season Brown has rushed for at least one touchdown and passed for one touchdown in the same game. That total is tied for the most in the ACC with Clemson’s Tajh Boyd. In addition, Brown has now accounted for 18 touchdowns this season which ties him with Boomer Esiason for the 10th-highest single-season total in school history, and is now tied for 12th all-time with 30 for his career.

• Brown increased his season rushing total to 400 yards and moved into third all-time for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season. Brown is 48 yards shy of tying Mark Manges (448 yards, 1976) for second. The senior signal caller holds the single-season all-time record with 574 yards rushing in 2011.

• Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo caught his second career touchdown against the Eagles, a 33-yard completion from Brown. With Etta-Tawo’s second touchdown catch of the season, the Terps now have five receivers with two or more touchdown receptions. That total is the most since five different Terps totaled two or more touchdown receptions in 2006.

• Defensive back Sean Davis, who leads the team in tackles with 83, intercepted his second pass of the season and his career when he picked off BC quarterback Chase Rettig in the second quarter on Saturday. Linebacker Alex Twine led the team with a season-high 10 tackles including a team-best 1.5 TFL

• Defensive back William Likely continues to be a threat in the kicking game. Likely averaged 30.67 yards on three kickoff returns including a career-long 50-yard return. Likely is averaging 26.2 yards per return on the season, which ranks third in the ACC and 22nd nationally. Likely’s average currently ranks sixth all-time in program history in a single season. Last season, wide receiver Stefon Diggs set the program record for a freshman averaging 28.52 yards per kickoff return. John Schultz holds the program record for yards per return in a single season with a 31.00 yards per return average in 1975.


Brown on the Ground

• With 22 yards rushing against Boston College, quarterback C.J. Brown increased his season total to 400 yards rushing. That total is the third-highest single-season total in school history for a QB. Brown is 48 rushing yards shy of tying Mark Manges (448 yards, 1976) for second all-time. Brown holds the single-season program record with 574 yards rushing in 2011.

• Brown tied his season high with 122 yards rushing on a career-high 23 carries and two touchdowns at Virginia Tech (Nov. 16).

• It marked Brown’s sixth career 100-yard rushing performance, which is tops among active quarterbacks in the ACC and ranks seventh among FBS schools. In addition, the total is tied for the seventh-best rushing performance by a Maryland quarterback in school history. The senior signal-caller holds seven of those performances with three coming this season.

• His six career 100-yard rushing games are tied for sixth all-time at Maryland. He is one shy of tying Louis Carter (1972-74) for fifth all-time.

• Brown’s 23 carries are the most for a Terrapin quarterback since Jamarr Robinson carried the ball 24 times against Virginia Tech on Nov. 14, 2009.

• Brown now has 14 career rushing touchdowns, which is tied with Alvin Maddox (1975-78) for 19th in Maryland history. His nine rushing TDs this season is tied for the 18th-highest single-season total in school history.


Program First

• Defensive back Anthony Nixon became the first Maryland player in program history to score a defensive extra point on Saturday against Boston College.

• Nixon snagged the ball out of the air following a blocked PAT by linebacker Marcus Whitfield and ran 98 yards down the sidelines for two points. Whitfield’s block was the first for a Terrapin since A.J. Francis blocked a PAT against Georgia Tech on Nov. 3, 2012.

• It marked the first defensive extra point by an ACC team since Sept. 1 of last season when Duke’s Kyler Brown returned an interception 98 yards against FIU.

• It is only the seventh time in ACC history a defensive extra point has been scored.


It’s Good

• Place kicker Brad Craddock converted from 43 yards on Saturday for his 17th field goal of the season. Craddock’s 17 field goals is tied for the second-most in the ACC.

• Craddock’s season total is the most by a Maryland kicker in a single season since Dan Ennis made 17 field goals in 2005. The total is tied for the sixth-highest single-season total in school history.

• The sophomore has converted 81.0 percent (17-of-21) of his field goal attempts this season, a mark which ranks fourth in program history for a single season.


Maryland Gameday Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are wide receiver Tejiri Erhie (offense), defensive lineman Azubuike Ukandu (defense), and defensive back Tony Perry (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive back Isaac Goins will carry the American flag, and tight end Dave Stinebaugh will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadership council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the NC State game are running back Albert Reid (offense), linebacker Matt Robinson (defense), and defensive back William Likely (special teams).


Maryland-NC State Series History

•Maryland and NC State meet for the 70th time on Saturday. Maryland and NC State have played every season since 1956. Virginia is the only team the Terps have played more often all-time (78). Maryland has also played North Carolina 70 times.

• NC State holds a narrow 33-32-4 advantage over Maryland in a series that began in 1909. In Raleigh, Maryland is 15-18-1.

• The Wolfpack have won two in a row in the series and three of the last four games. Maryland’s last win came at home in 2010, 38-31. The Terps’ last win in Raleigh came in 2007, 37-0.


Media Information

• Terps on the Web: For up-to-date game stories, statistics, schedules and results, and other Maryland athletic department information, please log-on to www.umterps.com on the Internet.

-Maryland-

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Edsall says facing NC State’s defense tougher than some might realize

Posted on 26 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

Opening Statement:

“I’m looking forward to heading down to Raleigh on Friday to play NC State on Saturday. We’re going up against a team that is very athletic. Defensively, they are tied for 19th in the country in TFL. They have guys who know how to run really well. The secondary has two great safeties, [Dontae] Johnson and [Hakim] Jones. They are really great players who you have to contend with. Robert Caldwell, their middle linebacker, makes a lot of plays for them. Offensively, it seems they have switched quarterbacks between Brandon Mitchell and Pete Thomas. Brandon Mitchell threw for 312 yards last week against ECU. He is a tremendous challenge who can give you a bunch of different looks. We are going to have a great week of preparation as we head down there.”

 

On NC State’s defense:

“They are a team that will show a three-down and four-down look. They will pressure you and give you different looks with their athleticism. This is something you have to watch out for. We have to watch the athletic guys that they have.”

 

On becoming more consistent on third down offensively:

“This is something that collectively we have to do a better job offensively. Sometimes it might be a different position on a different third down play. One time, it might be protection; another time, it might be a dropped ball. It might even just be the wrong read. It goes back to what I said on Sunday, which is that we have to be more consistent on what we’re doing. We’ve got to be able to keep possession off the ball and move the chains. The more consistent we are with all of this, will allow us to do that on third downs.”

 

On keeping the injured players involved with the team over the course of the season:

“Deon [Long] and Stefon [Diggs] have been around. They haven’t been traveling or on the practice field, because of being on crutches. They are here for dinner and for other team events. In terms of having Dexter [McDougle], JJ (Jeremiah Johnson) and [Yannik] Cudjoe-Virgil, when Cole [Farrand] has been out, it’s been great. That just gets another coach on the field and another set of eyes to help those guys. So as they are watching their position, they can be talking to those guys and making corrections. I think it’s been very beneficial and even a way of therapy for those guys.

“A guy like Dexter you feel so bad for, because of the kind of season he was having and how important this is to him. Knowing last week was the last week here got him pretty emotional in the meeting and before we came over here. It meant that much to him and he was so hurt, because he couldn’t go out there and help his teammates by playing. However, he did help his team in other ways. That has been the big thing from a therapy standpoint. The team has got to understand that they can still be a contributor to the team regardless if they are out there competing. That is something that they have done. They have done a good job at doing that and being great contributors, even though they haven’t been on the field playing.”

 

On linebackers Cole Farrand and Alex Twine battling through injuries:

“I’m proud of Cole and I’m proud of Alex Twine and some others guys because I tell you one thing, there out there giving everything that they got and they’re beat up. They’ve suffered, but it’s that important to them that they want to be out there contributing and again, if they’re cleared by our medical people, these guys will do anything they can to get out there. Cole is as hurt as anybody. When you take a look in terms of the two games when we needed him probably more than any other game, were the two teams that run the ball the most, was Syracuse and then Boston College and we don’t have him. I know it’s killing him that he couldn’t be out there. But believe me he did everything he possibly could to try to get himself ready to play last weekend and the effort that he gave against Virginia Tech when he got hurt and then continued to play I mean it just speaks volumes about his fortitude and his drive and his competitiveness and his willingness to be there for his team.

“Like I said Alex Twine’s another one, he’s beat up, but he just tells me every week ‘Coach I’ll be ready to play,’ and hopefully Cole will be ok for Saturday. We got to see how he gets through the week, but there’s a lot of guys out there that are really laying it on the line and it’s most appreciative of them. They’re recognizing there is a difference between pain and injury. But still if they’re not capable of playing, our doctors and trainers wouldn’t have them out there, but those guys are playing through the things that people sometimes won’t play through.”

 

On if keeping the team focused through the course of the season is a challenge:

“Every week’s a challenge. It presents a different challenge because of who you’re playing and everything else. We were taking about this the other day in the defensive room. If you take a look, if you take away the seniors, there’s like 21 of 22 guys coming back who have started in games. So you got a lot of experienced young guys, but there are things that go on, they continually learn. The thing that’s probably frustrating is the fact is the consistency part. That’s probably the things that’s the most frustrating is you see us do a lot of great things throughout the game and then there’s this X number of plays where you kind of sit there and you scratch your head and say where did that come from. And then the other thing that’s been frustrating is just in terms of the number of turnovers that we’ve had. But, the thing is, we just got to get these guys to understand that they got to be more consistent. I’ve always been taught that repetition is the mother of learning and the more you do the things over and over and over again, but you do them correctly, the better opportunity you have to be successful. That’s kind of what we’ve been trying to do with our team and we have. We’ve made a lot of progress, it’s frustrating because we think we could make a lot more if there weren’t some situations. But again some of the situations, we can control, we just got to get better at it.”

 

On Friendship Collegiate Academy and the development of the players it produces:

“I think that Friendship Collegiate Academy is a school that really embodies how things should be because there, you don’t graduate from Friendship unless you have at least two acceptances to colleges. So it’s really a college prep charter school and I think Aazaar [Abdul-Rahim] has just done a tremendous job of bringing young people to his program and stressing academics, stressing hard work, discipline, work ethic, and having first-hand experience with young men from that program who’ve come here, they’ve made the transition pretty well because of the environment that a Aazaar has in his program. And those kids come here, they understand hard work, they understand hard coaching, and they understand that academics are important and so that’s a place where we’ll always continue to recruit and we’ve had success there and I just think he’s done a great job. I think the concept of that charter school is really, really special.” 

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