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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.” 

– Maryland –

 

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Maryland faces Boston College in final ACC home game Saturday

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team looks for its second-consecutive win when it plays host to Boston College on Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Maryland will celebrate Senior Day and will honor its 16 departing seniors prior to kickoff at 3:33 p.m.

The Terps are looking to break a two-game losing streak to the Eagles. The Terps trail the all-time series 3-7 and are 1-4 at home against BC in a series that began in 1985. Maryland’s last win came in 2010, a 24-21 victory in Chestnut Hill, and its last win at home came in 2007, 42-35.

LIVE Coverage on Comcast SportsNet & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast locally on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic at 3:30 p.m. Ron Thulin (pbp), Ovie Mughelli (color) and Elizabeth Moreau (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Kevin Sheehan (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 92 and XM Radio Channel 190, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

Senior Day

Saturday will mark the final home game for 16 Maryland seniors. Senior Day activities will be held to honor: De’Onte Arnett, Carl Buchholz, Tejiri Erhie, Isaac Goins, G.T. Harraka, Bradley Johnson, Nick Klemm, Dexter McDougle, Greg Parcher, Tony Perry, Zeke Riser, Will Rosenblum, Dave Stinebaugh, Alex Walker, Marcus Whitfield and Regis Whittington.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early to take part in honoring these student-athletes.


Honoring Maryland’s Proud Past

The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative poster honoring Maryland’s 61 years in the ACC courtesy of Pepsi. Members of the 1953 National Championship Team will be back for a special on-field recognition along with other moments in Maryland Football ACC History will also be highlighted throughout the game to honor our Proud Past.

First-and-10

• The Maryland football team looks for its second-consecutive win when it plays host to Boston College on Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium as the Terps will celebrate Senior Day. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:33 p.m. The Terps are looking to break a two-game losing streak to the Eagles. The Terps trail the all-time series 3-7 and are 1-4 at home against BC in a series that began in 1985. Maryland’s last win came in 2010, a 24-21 victory in Chestnut Hill, and its last win at home came in 2007, 42-35.

• Maryland snapped a five-game losing streak against Virginia Tech with a 27-24 overtime victory in Blacksburg on Saturday. It is Maryland’s first win in Blacksburg since 1949. The overtime victory is the Terps’ first since defeating James Madison, 38-35, on Sept. 12, 2009, and improved the Terps’ OT record to 5-3. The Terps and Hokies were the 24th overtime game played this season amongst FBS teams.

• Quarterback C.J. Brown served as the offensive catalyst on Saturday. Brown tied a season high with 122 yards rushing on a career-high 23 carries with two touchdowns including the 3-yard game winner in overtime. The senior signal caller also completed 12 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown, a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Nigel King. Brown‘s 122 yards on the ground is tied for the seventh-highest rushing total by a Terrapin quarterback in school history. He now holds seven of the top-10 rushing performances by a Maryland QB in school history. It marked his sixth career 100-yard rushing game and third this season. His six 100-yard rushing performances are the most among active quarterbacks in the ACC.

• .On the defensive side of the ball, the Terrapins racked up a season-high seven sacks and 11 TFL against the Hokies. It is the most sacks by a Maryland defensive unit since totaling eight at West Virginia on Oct. 5, 2002. In addition, the Terps now have 30 sacks on the season which is already the most by a Maryland defense since 2003, when the Terps finished with 35. Defensive lineman Andre Monroe led the charge with a career-best 3.0 sacks and 3.5 TFL. Monroe is tied for ninth in the ACC with 6.5 sacks and he has recorded 11.5 career sacks in 19 games. His final sack of the contest came in overtime and helped the Terps hold the Hokies to a field goal.

• .Monroe was one of five Terps to register a sack on Saturday. Defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson finished with a career-high 2.0 sacks, while defensive back Isaac Goins picked up his first career sack. Linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Marcus Whitfield each had a 0.5 sack.

• The Maryland defense entered Saturday’s contest ranked seventh in the ACC in opponent third-down conversion. The Terps had held opposing offenses to 34.3 percent on third downs. Maryland held VT to 4-of-16 on third downs (25%) including seven three-and-outs, well above its season average of 4.67 per game. Holding the Hokies to 25 percent on third down was the Terps third-best performance of the season. Maryland held West Virginia to 2-for-12 (16.7%) on third down and Syracuse to 3-for-14 (21.4%). Maryland currently ranks sixth in the ACC and is tied for 18th nationally holding opponents to 33.3 percent on third down.

• Defensive back William Likely earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors after scoring his first career touchdown on a 63-yard punt return midway through the second quarter. Likely became the first Terrapin to return a punt since Tony Logan took one back 84 yards against Duke on Oct. 2, 2010. It was also Maryland’s longest punt return since Logan’s 84-yard score against the Blue Devils. Likely is averaging 13.8 yards per punt return, which is currently the fifth-best average in a single season in school history. Additionally, his average would break a Maryland freshman record currently held by Orlando Strozier (10.46, 1993).


Brown on the Ground

• Quarterback C.J. Brown tied a season high with 122 yards rushing on a career-high 23 carries and two touchdowns in Saturday’s win at Virginia Tech.

• It marked Brown’s sixth career 100-yard rushing performance, which is tops among active quarterbacks in the ACC. 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 is the most for a Terrapin quarterback since Jamarr Robinson carried the ball 24 times against Virginia Tech on Nov. 14, 2009.

• Brown now has 13 career rushing touchdowns, which is tied with Scott McBrien (2002-03), Chris Downs (2001-02) and Jack Scarbath (1950-52) for 20th in Maryland history. His eight rushing TDs this season is tied for the 20th-highest single-season total in school history.


Career Day for Monroe

• Defensive lineman Andre Monroe finished with a career-best three sacks against the Hokies to increase his season total to 6.5, which is tied for ninth in the ACC.

• Monroe has 11.5 sacks in 19 career games, which ties him for fifth nationally in total sacks per game among active players.

• Paired with linebacker Marcus Whitfield (8.0 sacks), Maryland is the only team in the ACC with two players that rank in the top 10 in sacks in the conference.


Meet at the Quarterback

• Maryland’s defense racked up a season-high seven sacks against the Hokies. That total is the most by a Maryland defense since the unit had eight at West Virginia on Oct. 5, 2002.

• The mark also is tied for the second most in an ACC game this season and is tied for the 10th most nationally.

• The unit’s 30 sacks on the season is tied for the third-highest mark in the conference and is tied for the 12th most in the nation.

• Maryland’s season total is already the most by a Terrapin defense since 2003 (35) and with a 3.00 sack per game averge the unit is on pace to total 36 sacks. That would be the most in a season since 2002 (38).


Likely to the House

• Defensive back William Likely scored his first career touchdown in Blacksburg when he returned a punt 63 yards for Maryland’s opening score.

• It marked Maryland’s first punt return for a touchdown since Tony Logan returned one 84 yards against Duke on Oct. 2, 2010.

• It was Maryland’s first special teams touchdown of the season and the first since Stefon Diggs returned a kickoff 99 yards at North Carolina last season (Nov. 24).

• The touchdown is Maryland’s third non-offensive touchdown, which is tied for fifth in the conference. Defensive backs A.J. Hendy and Dexter McDougle each returned an interception for a TD this season. Hendy scored against West Virginia (Sept. 21) and McDougle scored at UConn (Sept. 14).

• Likely totaled all of Maryland’s 106 punt return yards on Saturday. It is the third-highest punt return total for a team in an ACC game this season and it is tied for the 16th-best individual performance nationally.

• The freshman is averaging 13.8 yards per punt return, which is fourth in the ACC and 12th among FBS schools. As a kick returner, Likely is averaging 25.5 yards per return, the fifth-best average in the ACC and 29th nationally.


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 quarterback Dustin Dailey (offense), defensive back Tony Perry (defense), and defensive back Elvis Dennah (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive lineman Zeke Riser 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 Boston College game are running back Albert Reid (offense), defensive lineman Keith Bowers (defense), and running back Kenneth Goins, Jr. (special teams).


Maryland-Boston College Series History

• Maryland and Boston College meet for the 11th time on Saturday in a series that began in 1985. The Eagles lead the all-time series, 7-3.

• BC has won the past two meetings and four of the last five. The Eagles won last season’s meeting in Chestnut Hill, 20-17.

• The Terps have fallen to the Eagles the last two games in College Park (2009, 2011). Maryland’s last win at home over the Eagles came in 2007, 42-35.

 

 

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Edsall says stopping RB Williams key to beating Boston College

Posted on 19 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

Head Coach Randy Edsall

Opening Statement:

“There is no secret to what we’ve got to do this upcoming week against Boston College. We need to stop the run and Andre Williams, who is just an outstanding player. He’s got outstanding speed and is very powerful. He is in front of a big offensive line. They run the ball extremely well and use their play action game off the running game, so we got our hands full there. Also their defense brings a lot of different pressures and looks to you, so we just have to have a great week of preparation and focus. We need to concentrate to give ourselves an opportunity to win on Saturday.”

 

On Boston College running back Andre Williams:

“He’s carried it 43 times last week and he’s running strong at the end of the game as well as in the beginning. He’s a very good back and has got the ability to bend and run you over. You’re not going to wrap your arms around this guy. You’ve got to put your shoulder into him and run your feet. You need more than one person there. He’s very impressive on tape. He’s having a heck of a year and should be mentioned for all of the awards that are out there, in terms of All-American, Doak Walker, Heisman and all of the other things included.”

 

On play of the offensive line and defensive line against Virginia Tech:

“I thought the offensive line did a good job of helping us win and doing the things that we needed to do. I would expect that they would be a little bit better this week, as all five of them will be playing together again. There are things that we did well and other things that we need to work on and get better at. We will this week. I thought our defensive line really stepped it up. Anytime that you have seven sacks in a game, you’re doing pretty well. You are holding a team that has really been noted to run the ball and hold them to [54] yards rushing. I think they did a good job as well as the linebackers, the front seven. We’re going to need that kind of effort and intensity again this week. We have a stiffer challenge this week in terms of the run game.”

 

On quarterback C.J. Brown running effectively against Virginia Tech:

“I think that C.J. was the healthiest he’s been since the Florida State game and again, you talk about confidence, he had more confidence in his own ability to be able to run and do the things that he knows he’s capable of doing. I think that’s always a big part because the last stretch of games, when I talked to him he just felt like he couldn’t have that burst and couldn’t have that explosion that he normally has. If you don’t feel that then your confidence doesn’t allow you to do those things and I think it’s tough. He had that feeling back in his body, his legs and everything else. There were just some things that happened there early in the game that in terms of what they were doing, I went up to him early there, probably in the first quarter, and I said ‘Hey, don’t hesitate now to just take off with the ball when you go back there.’ Because they were playing man coverage and they were empty in the box and it was opening things up so being the smart guy that he is, he dropped back and he would see what was taking place and knew that he might take a quick look to his first read and if it wasn’t there, it opened up and went. I think that’s just a smart thing to do because if they’re going to give you that what’s the difference if you can throw it for five [yards] or if you can run it for 25 or whatever, your still gaining yardage. If you drive him out of that, then it creates other opportunities for everybody else. So it’s just doing the things, observing what people are doing and trying to take advantage of what they’re doing is what gives your team the best opportunity to win and C.J. did a great job with that.”

 

On the emotion of Senior Day:

“I think anytime its Senior Day it’s always a special day for those young men and really for the program, but especially for those young men for the last time to come out of the locker room and come out here and play at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium is very touching and everybody wants to do their part to send their seniors out victorious. It’s a bunch of guys that are good guys, that are hard workers, and guys that have given a lot to this program and to this university and we’re thankful for that. I really believe they’ll all be very successful in what they do and you’re proud of each and every one of them.”

 

– Maryland –

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Who helped the Jets more Sunday: Ed Reed or the 15-7-0?

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Who helped the Jets more Sunday: Ed Reed or the 15-7-0?

Posted on 18 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick. This isn’t where we do Ravens stuff. You can find plenty of that…like…everywhere else on the site.

The 15-7-0 is happy to congratulate Jimmie Johnson on his 6th NASCAR title. I say that as a fellow six time NASCAR champ myself. What’s that, you don’t believe me? Then prove me wrong. Name ONE other NASCAR champion besides Jimmie Johnson.

That’s what I thought.

15 Positive Observations…

1. The Bengals are running away with the AFC North again. This would probably be a more exciting development in Cincinnati but, you know, history and all.

But don’t try to tell Cincy’s finest they shouldn’t be amped up about a big win!

2. Hey there, Terps football fan. Remember how everyone in the office was bragging about their Holiday vacations last year? Mike in finance went to St. Thomas and Jill in accounts payable went to Barbados while you just sat around and ate fruitcake? Well this year you’re going to be the talk of the water cooler because CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’RE HEADED TO BEAUTIFUL SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA! (Or Annapolis). So long, suckers!

Could someone check in to see if Randy Edsall is excited about bowl eligibility?

Elsewhere in the ACC, Florida State’s game against Syracuse was not competitive, but there WAS some competition at the game!

3. When Ed Orgeron replaces Charlie Weis at Kansas this offseason, do you think he’ll bring his sword with him? Like to take it around on recruiting trips? “Hi, I’m Ed Orgeron and this is my sword.” Damn that sounds awesome. If you haven’t picked out a wedding gift for me yet, please make it a sword.

Lee Corso kinda hopes the answer is “no”.

Another question is whether or not he’ll bring his own Doctor.

And also, will he bring his Marqise Lee?

Kansas actually won a game Saturday. This guy got to keep a piece of the goalpost everyone else threw in the lake.

4. In the span of seven days and two wins, Ben Roethlisberger went from a declaration that he’s a “Pittsburgher” to being dressed exactly like a Hamburglar.

I like Jim Schwartz. I do not like this call.

Why did the Lions lose? Because this guy showed up to the game wearing THIS.

5. Denver is the best team in the AFC West. In a related story, a bear was seen relieving himself in an area filled mostly with trees.

There were like 16 people that showed up at the game with this exact sign. I was right about everything I said about you, Denver.

Your reaction, Denver mascot?

Also…this is a thing? Although I’m not surprised Andy Reid would care so much about his postgame spreads.

There’s a big game coming up next week and Tom Brady is apparently a Batman movie villain now.

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Maryland wins in Blacksburg for first time since 1949

Posted on 17 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland at Virginia Tech

Maryland 27, Virginia Tech 24

BLACKSBURG, Va. –

Kicking It Off: Maryland snapped a five-game losing streak against Virginia Tech with a 27-24 overtime win over the Hokies at Lane Stadium. It marked Maryland’s first win in Blacksburg since 1949. The Terps improved to 6-4 and 2-4 in the ACC, while Virginia Tech fell to 7-4 and 4-3 in the conference. Maryland now holds a 16-15 all-time edge in the series.

Working Overtime: Maryland’s 27-24 overtime win marked Maryland’s first overtime game since defeating James Madison, 38-35, on Sept. 12, 2009. The Terps are now 5-3 all-time in overtime contests and improved to 3-3 on the road.

Likely to the House: Freshman defensive back William Likely scored the Terps first touchdown of the game when he returned a second-quarter punt 63 yards for his first career score. It marked Maryland’s first punt return for a touchdown since Tony Logan returned a punt 84 yards against Duke on Oct. 2, 2010. It was also Maryland’s longest punt return since Logan’s return against the Blue Devils.

Brown on the Ground: Senior quarterback C.J. Brown tied a season high with 122 yards on the ground and two touchdowns including the game-winning touchdown in overtime. The senior now has 13 career rushing touchdowns which tie him with Scott McBrien, Chris Downs and Jack Scarbath for 20th all-time in school history.

Brown Does it All: Brown scored his seventh rushing touchdown of the season to put Maryland up 14-7 at halftime and factored in on all of the plays during the drive. Brown hit wideout Amba Etta-Tawo for a gain of 17 yards to start the drive with 15 yards added at the end of the play for a roughing the passer penalty. He then rushed for 16 yards, seven yards and one yard to cap the drive.

Getting Off the Field: Maryland’s defense held Virginia Tech to 4-for-16 on third downs (25%). It is the Terps’ third-best performance of the season on third down. Maryland’s defense held West Virginia to 2-for-12 on third downs (16.7%) onSept. 21. The Terps defense entered the contest ranked seventh in the ACC holding opponents to a 34.3 third-down conversion rate.

Meeting at the QB: Maryland finished with a season-high 7.0 sacks on the day. The Terps had six against Connecticut on Sept. 14. Defensive linemen Andre Monroe and Quinton Jefferson each finished with a career high of 3.0 and 2.0 sacks, respectively.

Offensive Notes: With one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown, Brown has now accounted for 27 career touchdowns, the 17th-most in school history … Etta-Tawo finished with four catches for 69 yards including a career-long 43-yard reception … wide receiver Nigel King caught his third touchdown pass of the season and fourth of his career on a 16-yard pass from Brown on the opening drive of the second half.

Defensive Notes: The Terps finished with a season-high 11.0 tackles for loss led by a career-high 3.5 from defensive lineman Andre Monroe … Maryland’s defense forced a three-and-out on the opening series for the third time this season. The previous two came against FIU (8/31) and Old Dominion (9/7) … defensive back Sean Davis and defensive lineman Andre Monroe led the Terps with nine tackles apiece.

– Maryland –

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Banged up Terps try again to get bowl eligible Saturday at Va Tech

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team hits the road for the fourth time this season and first time in close to a month when the Terps travel to Blacksburg, Va., to take on Virginia Tech at 12:30 p.m. Saturday from Lane Stadium. It will mark the 31st all-time meeting between the Terps and Hokies in a series that began in 1919, but will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2009. The all-time series is tied 15-15 with Virginia Tech having won the last five meetings including a 36-9 win over Maryland in College Park in 2009.

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. Click here to check local listings. 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. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 136 and XM Radio Channel 191, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• After missing the Clemson game due to injury, quarterback C.J. Brown returned as the Terps starter against Syracuse on Saturday. Brown completed career-high 21 passes for 211 yards. Maryland has passed for over 200 yards in all nine games this season and has eclipsed the mark in 10 straight games dating back to last season. That is the longest streak of 200-yard passing games in program history since the Terps did it in 11 straight games between the 1993 and 1994 seasons beginning with a 351-yard passing day at Georgia Tech on Oct. 9, 1993, and concluding with a 208-yard passing day at Clemson on Oct. 1, 1994.

• Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo served as Brown’s downfield threat against the Orange. Etta-Tawo finished with a career-best six catches for a career-high 109 yards receiving, including a career-long 26-yard reception midway through the fourth quarter. It is the fifth time this season a Maryland receiver has gone over 100 yards and Etta-Tawo is the fourth Maryland receiver to eclipse the mark. It marks the second time in three seasons the Terps have hit these totals. Maryland had five 100-yard receiving games from four different wide receivers during the 2011 season.

• Etta-Tawo’s 109-yard day is the second straight game a Terrapin receiver has gone over 100 yards. Wide receiverLevern Jacobs had a personal-best 158 yards receiving against Clemson (Oct. 26). Etta-Tawo averaged 17.5 yards per reception continuing the Terps’ trend of attacking defenses down the field. Despite averaging 10.0 yards per completion on Saturday against Syracuse, the Terps still rank fourth in the ACC and 12th nationally averaging 14.31 yards per catch. That average is the fourth highest in school history since 1980.

• The Terrapin defense did a good job of minimizing the impact of four offensive turnovers holding the Orange to just six points off of the four giveaways. This season, Maryland has surrendered only 63 points on 23 giveaways for an average of 2.74 points per giveaway. The number drops to 2.57 points per giveaway over the last four games as Maryland has held Virginia, Wake Forest, Clemson and Syracuse to a combined 36 points on 14 turnovers.

• In addition to its ability to minimize the impact of turnovers, the Maryland defense has done a good job of keeping its opponents out of the end zone inside the 20-yard line. On Saturday, the Terps held the Orange to one touchdown on three redzone opportunities. This season, the Terps have given up 33 redzone scores with only 19 of them resutling in a touchdown (57.6%), a mark which is the best in the conference.

• Defensive back Sean Davis led the Terps with 11 tackles against Syracuse. It is Davis’ second double-digit tackle game in the last five contests (12 at Florida State, Oct. 5). Davis has 65 total stops this season, which ranks second on the team, and he leads the squad with 39 solo tackles. Redshirt freshman linebacker Abner Logan, making his third career start, recorded his second straight double-digit tackle performance with 10 against the Orange.

• The Terps picked off Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt once on Saturday to increase their season interception total to 10. Freshman defensive back William Likely picked up his first career interception when he dove in front of Hunt’s intended receiver midway through the second quarter. Likely is second on the team with four passes defensed this season. Senior DB Isaac Goins leads the Terps with six passes defended, four of which have come during ACC play.


Quick Hitters From Syracuse

• Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo became the fourth Maryland player this season to go over 100 yards receiving. The redshirt freshman wideout finished with career highs in receptions (6) and yards (109).

• Etta-Tawo’s 109-yard receiving performance marks the fifth time a Terrapin receiver has eclipsed 100 yards joiningStefon Diggs (179, Old Dominion; 110, Connecticut), Levern Jacobs (158, Clemson) and Deon Long (110, FIU).

• The Terps have totaled 200 or more yards passing in every game this season and have thrown for over 200 yards in 10 straight games dating back to last season.

• That is the longest streak of 200-yard passing games in program history since the Terps did it in 11 straight games between the 1993 and 1994 seasons beginning with a 351-yard passing day at Georgia Tech on Oct. 9, 1993, and concluding with a 208-yard passing day at Clemson on Oct. 1, 1994.

• With 211 yards through the air, Maryland now has 2,462 passing yards and is averaging 273.6 yards per game. The Terps are on pace for 3,283 yards passing this season, which would be the most since the 1993 season when Maryland passed for a school record 3,823 yards.

• Overall, the Terps are averaging 415.6 yards of total offense. That mark is the highest per game average since 2003 when the Terps averaged 421.7 yards per game.

•.Despite averaging 10.0 yards per completion on Saturday against Syracuse, the Terps still rank fourth in the ACC and 12th nationally averaging 14.31 yards per catch. That average is the fourth highest in school history since 1980.

• Maryland held Syracuse to one touchdown on three redzone opportunities. The Terps lead the ACC in holding opponents to field goals inside the redzone. Maryland has held opponents to 19 touchdowns on 33 opportunities in the redzone.

• Linebacker Marcus Whitfield was one of four Terrapin defenders to record a tackle for loss. Whitfield now has 12.5 TFL on the season, which is tied for fourth in the ACC. His 12.5 TFL has cost opponents 96 yards, which is the fourth most in a single season in school history. He is five yards shy of tying Martin Van Horn for third.

• With four TFL against Syracuse, Maryland is averaging 7.4 TFL per game, which ranks third in the ACC and is 15th nationally. The team’s average is the highest for a Terrapin defense since 2001. That season, the Terps averaged 9.2 per game.


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 Tehuti Miles (offense), linebacker Clarence Murphy (defense), and wide receiver Regis Whittington (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive lineman Zeke Riser will carry the American flag, and running back Brandon Ross, 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 Virginia Tech game are running back Albert Reid (offense), linebacker Cole Farrand (defense), and running back Kenneth Goins, Jr. (special teams).


Maryland-Virginia Tech Series History

• Saturday will mark the 31st all-time meeting between the Terps and Hokies in a series that began in 1919, but will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2009.

• The all-time series is tied 15-15 with Virginia Tech having won the last five meetings including a 36-9 win over Maryland in College Park in 2009.

• Maryland’s last win over VT came in 1990 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, a 20-13 Terps victory. Maryland’s last win in Blacksburg came in 1949. But Saturday’s matchup is only the fourth game at Lane Stadium between the two teams since then.

 

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Edsall says CB Likely has been bright spot for struggling team

Posted on 12 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

Opening Statement:

“It’ll be a nice cold day today. Get back on the practice field, get back to work, and prepare for Virginia Tech who’s a very good football team, outstanding defensive team. Its statistics really paint the picture of who they are. And then offensively, you have an outstanding quarterback in Logan Thomas and again when you take a look at their roster, defensively, a lot, I think eight fifth-year seniors or eight seniors total with fifth-year regular seniors. So, very experienced group and same thing on the offensive side of the ball. So we’ll have to have a good week of preparation and I know our guys are looking forward to that opportunity to go down there this weekend.”

 

On Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas:

“He’s their leader in a lot of statistics for a quarterback, big, strong, athletic, really good arm strength, can see over top of the line. So again, he’s a guy that has been very, very productive for them and understands what they want to do offensively and where to go with the football so he presents a tremendous challenge for you.”

On defensive back William Likely:

“Will is a guy from the very first day that he came in here, you could see he had something special about him. Just in terms of how he went about his business and how he was doing everything and again the competiveness of Will. The thing that I like about Will, he understands that he’s not the tallest guy in the world, he plays with a chip on his shoulder and he competes his butt off each and every day. He’s a smart football player, he works extremely hard at getting better, never satisfied, tough guy. I could talk all day about him because he optimizes everything that you want in a football player.”

 

On the team’s execution recently:

“We can always call better plays. Not every play is going to work. When they don’t work, I’m sure there’s a play or defense that we could have called that’s better. This is a collective effort between coaches and players. It’s not just about the players. It’s about all of us. All of us have to do the best job that we can. That’s all I can ask of our coaches, myself, our players is to give the best effort you possibly can. I’ve been in this long enough and I’ve learned from some of the best in the business. I was fortunate enough to coach at the highest level of this profession, the NFL. There are some times you can have the best game plan and have everything planned for what you want to do to execution wise, but you can still come out on the short end of the stick and that’s football and life. That is going to happen, but the thing is we’re trying to make sure, as coaches, that we put together the best possible game plans for our players to go out and be able to execute and deliver on Saturday. What we want for the players to do is go out and give their best effort on Saturday, so we can execute that game plan and give the effort. I say every time, ‘play every play like it’s the last play you’re going to play.’ That is what we want and when it comes up short, we all can do a lot better, if it comes out short. That to me is the mentality that you’ve got to have. It is a collective effort on all of us.”

 

On the biggest difference in Virginia Tech in its wins compared to its losses:

“When they played Boston College and Duke it is pretty much the same thing for us, turnovers. They had four turnovers and interceptions against Duke and the same against Boston College. They had a pick-six go against them in the Boston College game. They were down on the one-yard line going in and they had an interception. Turnovers are a big part of the ball game. We know ourselves that if we don’t turn the ball over, we give ourselves a lot more opportunity. What we need to be able to do is generate turnovers and not turnover the ball ourselves, because that would help us and give us a better opportunity to be able to win.”

 

On Virginia Tech’s special teams:

“Frank [Beamer] is an outstanding coach. He is the winningest active coach in FBS. His special teams have been outstanding over the years. Their punter is unbelievable, averaging 44.6 yard per punt. They are very sound and solid in the kicking game. What you’ve got to do is just make sure that you’ve got a plan together. What you really have to do is go out and make sure you have a basic plan with fundamentals and techniques. If you do that, you should be able to be okay. You’ve got to make sure that this week you mind your P’s and Q’s to make sure that your kids are doing the things that you need them to do fundamentally, so we don’t hurt ourselves in the kicking game.“

– Maryland –

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Terps try again to get bowl eligible Saturday against Syracuse

Posted on 08 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Following its second and final open date of the season, the Maryland football team welcomes Syracuse to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium for a 3:33 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. It is Maryland’s first meeting against Syracuse as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Terps and Orange have met a total of 34 times, but have not played each other since 1994, a 21-16 Syracuse victory at the Carrier Dome. The Orange have won four straight in the series. The Terps last win at home against the Orange came on Oct. 8, 1983, by the score of 34-13.

LIVE Coverage on Comcast SportsNet & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast locally on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic at 3:30 p.m. Wes Durham (pbp), Brian Stann (color) and Jenn Hildreth (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. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 82 and XM Radio Channel 196, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

Military Appreciation Day

The Terps matchup with Syracuse on Saturday will serve as Maryland’s Military Appreciation Game. All military personnel that present their military ID at the gate can purchase tickets for $10.

In addition, several in-game ceremonies are scheduled to recognize members of the military.


First-and-10

• Last time out, the Terps fell to eighth-ranked Clemson 40-27. Maryland got within three points of the Tigers at 16-13 early in the third quarter before Clemson scored 17 straight points to pull away. Starting in place of the injured C.J. Brown, quarterback Caleb Rowe threw for 287 yards and a career-best three touchdown passes. Rowe’s first scoring pass of the game went for 71 yards to wide receiver Levern Jacobs. The 71-yard catch-and-run is Maryland’s longest scoring play of the season and is the Terps’ longest touchdown reception since Sept. 18, 2010, when Jamarr Robinson hooked up with Torrey Smith at West Virginia for an 80-yard score. In addition, it is the second time in as many games Rowe completed a touchdown pass to Jacobs for over 50 yards. A week before at Wake Forest (10/19), Rowe found Jacobs over the middle for a 56-yard touchdown.

• Jacobs’ touchdown propelled the wideout to a career day and continued a big-play trend for the Terrapin offense. The sophomore from Temple Hills, Md., had a career-high eight receptions for a personal-best 158 yards, which is the second-best yardage total for a Terrapin receiver this season. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs had 179 yards receiving against Old Dominion (9/7). Jacobs’ 19.8 yards per reception average led the team as the Terps’ averaged 14.4 yards per completion for the game. The Terps are averaging 14.9 yards per completion for the season, a mark which ranks fourth in the ACC and 10th nationally. For the year, the Terps are averaging 281.4 yards passing per game, which ranks fourth in the conference.

• .After not generating a turnover in the previous three games, Maryland turned Clemson over three times (two fumble recoveries, one interception) to increase its season total to 16, which is tied for the fourth highest total in the league, and the unit’s seven fumble recoveries is tied for the third highest total in the ACC. Linebacker Matt Robinson forced one fumble and recovered another. Defensive back Isaac Goins picked off his second pass of the season and in four conference games has three pass breakups and an interception to average 1.00 pass defensed per game, which ranks 10th in the ACC.

• .After totaling 17 sacks in the season’s first four games, the Terps were held to just two in their previous three games before getting back on track against the Tigers. Maryland tallied four sacks including career-firsts for linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Shawn Petty. Linebacker Marcus Whitfield added one sack to increase his team-high total to 7.5. His season total is tied for ninth nationally. In addition, Maryland tied a season high with nine tackles for loss against the Tigers with Ngakoue recording a team-high three. The Terps are averaging 7.9 per game, which ranks second in the ACC and is tied for 10th nationally.

• .Linebacker Cole Farrand turned in one of the best defensive performances in Maryland history against Clemson. Farrand finished with a career-high 23 tackles, which is an ACC single-game high this season and the second most in a single game nationally. The last Maryland player to top Farrand’s 23 was Scott Rosen on Oct. 27, 1990. Rosen finished with 30 tackles at North Carolina.

• Place kicker Brad Craddock converted two field goals both from 41 yards out against the Tigers. Craddock is now 15-for-18 this season and 14-for-15 from under 50 yards. Craddock is averaging 1.88 field goals per game, which ranks second in the ACC and seventh nationally. The sophomore was named as one of the 20 Lou Groza Award semifinalists this week.


Quick Hitters From Clemson

• Linebacker Cole Farrand recorded a career-best 23 tackles. It is the most tackles recorded by a Maryland player since Scott Rosen had 30 tackles at North Carolina on Oct. 27, 1990.

• Farrand’s 23 tackles are the highest single-game total in the ACC this season and the second highest single-game total nationally (FBS and FCS). Since the 2008 season, Farrand’s total is tied for the fifth most in a single game nationally (FBS).

• Maryland held Clemson to three touchdowns on seven redzone opportunities including holding the Tigers to three field goals on four redzone trips in the first half. The Terps lead the ACC in holding opponents to field goals inside the redzone. Maryland has held opponents to 18 touchdowns on 30 opportunities in the redzone.

• The Terps have two of the top-10 quarterbacks in the ACC in terms of passing efficiency after Caleb Rowe made his second start of the season against the Tigers. C.J. Brown ranks fourth with an efficiency rating of 153.4 and Rowe is ninth with a rating of 120.3.

• Wide receiver Levern Jacobs had a career-high 158 yards receiving on a career-best eight receptions, which is the ninth highest single-game receiving total in the ACC this season. In addition, his receiving total is the 10th highest single-game receiving total since 2000 at Maryland. Over that span, Torrey Smith has the highest mark, 224 yards against NC State on Nov. 27, 2010.

• With his 153 receiving yards, Jacobs became the third Terrapin receiver to go over 100 yards this season joiningStefon Diggs (179, Old Dominion; 110, Connecticut) and Deon Long (110, FIU).

• With 287 yards through the air, Maryland now has 2,251 passing yards and is averaging 281.4 yards per game. The Terps are on pace to average 3,376.8 passing yards this season, which would be the most since the 1993 season when Maryland passed for a school record 3,823 yards.

• Overall, the Terps are averaging 431.0 yards of total offense. That mark is the highest per game average since 2001 when the Terps averaged 439.7 yards per game.

• Three Terps set career highs against the Tigers. Running back Albert Reid finished with a career-high 70 yards rushing to lead the Terps on the ground. Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo caught his first career touchdown pass andNigel King finished with career bests in receptions (5) and receiving yards (76).

• The Terps totaled four sacks against the Tigers increasing their season total to 23, a mark that is tied for fourth in the conference. It was Maryland’s fifth multi-sack game of the season and linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Shawn Petty record their first career sacks.

• Linebacker Marcus Whitfield picked up his 7.5 sack against Clemson. Whitfield is a 0.5 sack shy of tying for 15th all-time in a single season at Maryland. In addition, his 7.5 sacks is the most by a Terrapin since Shawne Merriman had 8.5 in 2004.

• Whitfield also finished with two tackles for loss increasing his team-high total to 11.5, the fifth-best total in the ACC. His 11.5 TFL has cost opponents 94 yards, which is tied with Mark Duda for the fourth most in a single season in school history. He is seven yards shy of tying Martin Van Horn for third.

• As a team, the Terps tied a season high with nine TFL against Clemson. Maryland is averaging 7.9 TFL per game, which ranks second in the ACC and is tied for 10th nationally. The team’s average is the highest for a Terrapin defense since 2001. That season, the Terps averaged 9.2 per game.

• Place kicker Brad Craddock converted two field goals both from 41 yards and is now 15-for-18 this season and is 14-for-15 from under 50 yards. The Lou Groza Award semifinalist is averaging 1.88 field goals per game this season, which ranks second in the ACC and seventh nationally.

• Craddock ranks fourth all-time at Maryland currently with an 83.3 percent single-season field goal percentage and his 15 made field goals is tied for the 15th-highest total in 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 offensive lineman Dylan O’Connor (offense), defensive back Elvis Dennah (defense), and linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Running back William Likely will carry the American flag, and running back Kenneth Goins, Jr., will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Syracuse game are offensive lineman Ryan Doyle (offense), linebacker Matt Robinson (defense), and long snapper Greg Parcher (special teams).


Maryland-Syracuse Series History

• The Terps and Orange are set for their 35th all-time meeting, but first since 1994 and first as members of the ACC. Maryland trails the series 14-18-2 with the Orange winning the last four. (1987, 1988, 1991, 1994).

• The Terps are 5-9-1 all-time against the Orange at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium with their last home win coming in 1983 by a 34-14 score.

• Maryland’s last win in the series was in 1985 at the Pontiac Silverdome. The Terps won that matchup 35-18.

 

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Edsall says QB Brown will “be good” to return Saturday

Posted on 05 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

Head Coach Randy Edsall 

Opening Statement:

“It is good to get back out to playing again this week, after having last week off. We got a chance to work on some things and get some guys back in the fold. We’ll see how the rest of the guys do this week with practice and we’ll see where we are with these injuries coming back. We’re playing a very hard nose and physical football team. We have to be ready to stop the running game on defense and handle their quarterback, Terrel Hunt, who is getting better at running the plays. They have an aggressive, attacking and blitzing defense that we’re going to go up against on Saturday. We need to make sure that we have a good week of preparing and understanding all of the things that we could see and will see. We have to make sure we go out and don’t turn the ball over, so we can give ourselves an opportunity to win and make sure that we can get some turnovers to help us win.”

 

On facing his alma mater:

“I have great feelings. I love the place. They gave me an opportunity to get my education and start my coaching career. I have very fond memories. I spent 15 years of my life playing and then coaching. I met my wife there and she got the better end of that deal. It’s always a place that will have a special place for me. All of the friends that I have from there are special. So, you just worry about what you’ve got to control in terms of getting ready to play the game this week. “

 

On the left tackle position with the departure of Mike Madaras:

“Moise [Larose] is at left tackle, [Ryan] Doyle is at right tackle, Jake Wheeler is the backup at left and Nick Klemm is the backup at right. I feel really good about it.

“Situations come up and you deal with him. Moise is the best guy to play that position for us, so he’s out there. I know that we’ll do a good job and he’s been working hard. He’ll give everything that he has and I’ve been impressed with him since he’s come in here. Sometimes people get pressed with things maybe a little bit quicker than they would like to, but that is part of the game. You’ve got to adapt and overcome those situations.”

 

On Syracuse:

“Watching them on tape, defensively they are very aggressive. They do a lot of blitzing and give you a lot of different looks. [Jay] Bromley has eight sacks. Their linebackers, Cameron Lynch, Marquis Spruill and Dyshawn Davis, are very active. Those guys run really well and the secondary is sound and solid. That’s the thing when you watch their defense. They put pressure on you and give you a lot of different looks. Offensively, they’ve made a change for the Wake Forest game and moved Ashton Broyld to the outside and brought in the young man, [Brisly Estime], to play in the slot. He caught some balls for them and had some good plays. They like to run the ball and a big thing that you’ve got to be able to do is stop the run. With their running backs, [Jerome] Smith and [Prince]-Tyson [Gulley], rushing for almost 200 yards a game. To add to that, I am extremely impressed with the videos I’ve been watching on Terrel Hunt.”

 

On earning their sixth win and gaining bowl eligibility:

“I told our kids. They know what they want to accomplish. They have the goals in mind of what we want to accomplish so they understand what’s there. I told them, we’re a 5-3 football team. Where we want to go is up to them. I thought we had some good practices last week and I thought Sunday they were focused. They know what’s on the line and now it’s up to them to go out and practice well this week and work to try to get the sixth win this week.”

 

On the health of quarterback C.J. Brown:

“He practiced last week, and hopefully barring any setback or anything this week, he’ll be good. As far as that, it’s the depth chart, that from a health stand point, it was there before as a health stand point, but now the doctors and the trainers and all them, watching him do the things, he was good. Now we just feel that’s the way it will turn out this week too.”

 

On place kicker Brad Craddock:

“Well, I think Brad is a great role model for everybody on our team. You see that he’s a semifinalist for the Lou Groza award this year. And you take a look at the year he had a year ago, and then to see the amount of work that he put into getting better and wanting to improve himself and never complaining or having a bad attitude, all he did was go out and work his tail off, was motivated and worked on his craft to put him in that position.”

 

– Maryland –

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