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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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Edsall won’t commit to starting quarterback for Clemson game Saturday

Posted on 22 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

“Homecoming this week against the No. 9 team in the country in Clemson, who’s a very good football team, has outstanding players in all three phases. It’s going to be nice to have some of our all-time greats come back and celebrate the weekend with us so I think that’s neat and good to get them back on campus and be a part of what they did when they were here and we’re looking forward to getting better this week, going out today, working on the things that we need to do to improve ourselves as a team and looking forward to it.”

 

On the status of the starting quarterback position:

“What I have to do as a head coach, our doctors and trainers will clear guys to be able to play in the games, but then I think it’s my duty and it’s my obligation to watch all of our players perform in practice, perform in games, using my eyesight to see how they’re performing and if they’re not performing up to the standards due to health-related issues, I think I owe to those young men to say that I’m not sure you can end up doing the things you’re capable of doing on the field. Then what I have to do is put somebody else in there so I don’t further risk a young man to injury even though that he’s cleared, but even knowing what that young man can do and then what I see him doing on the field. I think that’s part of my responsibility as a head coach. So, as you see the or situation [on the depth chart] that is because of health related issues and what we will do is both guys are cleared and I’ll take a look this week as we practice and to see where we’re at and then at the end of the week, as we go into the game, we’ll make a decision to who will be the guy that will go. But it’s not performance related, it was health related and I just feel as though the doctors and the trainers do a great job and they’ll never clear somebody to go out and perform and play if they’re not capable of playing, but I think there’s another part of that which is the coach. Like I said, I think it’s my responsibility to watch guys, see how they move, see how they’re doing things during the week or in the game based on if something happens and I feel like if they could put themselves in jeopardy, then I think I owe it to those young men and I owe it to our program to have somebody else go in and play.”

 

On studying Clemson based off of the Florida State game:

“No, we watch all the films and we break them all down, we take a look at what they do. We have every game of them from this year, and we break them all down and take a look at them and see if there are things that we can find that we can take advantage of, so we just don’t really concentrate on one game.”

 

On dealing with numerous injuries at the same position:

“All I can say is that it’s football. This sport is pretty much 100 percent guaranteed that you’re going to get hurt playing this game. I don’t think there’s anyone that has gone through his career without getting hurt. It’s unfortunate that we’ve had the injuries that we have, but there’s nothing that we can do about it. I think that our guys will step up and do a good job. I think Amba [Etta-Tawo] will get an opportunity now. And I know that he’s excited about that. He’s disappointed that it happened the way it happened. But he’s excited about his opportunity. I think Levern Jacobs will now get more reps. I think he’s really done some good things already this year. So now he’s got a chance to get on the field a lot more. [DeAndre] Lane, Malcolm [Culmer], Nigel [King], [Abner] Logan and some other guys will get a chance to play. The one thing that we won’t do is burning a redshirt that hasn’t played. That wouldn’t be fair to the young man. Everybody has got to step their game up. We’ve got to deal with it.”

 

On Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd:

“They are a very dynamic offense. When you take a look at Tajh Boyd, his numbers speak for himself. He has [close to] 2,000 yards throwing, 16 touchdowns, and a 63 percent completion rate. He’s got an outstanding running back, Roderick McDowell. He’s has a bunch of really good receivers like, Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant and Adam Humphries. They are three really good receivers that they spread the ball to. They really try to up-tempo you and play fast. They do a lot of different things where you have to be very sharp, alert and cognizant with where they move people around. They don’t put all of the receivers in the same place and try to create mismatches. So what you’ve got to do is be very sound and solid. We can’t let them see the same things happen in a row. This is an offense that is very dynamic at 487 yards a game. This is why you come out and play here; to go out and meet the challenges that lie ahead.

 

On honoring the consensus Al- Americans on Saturday:

“I think the big thing is when you take a look up there and you see those guys as consensus All-Americans, you see guys coming back; Dale Castro, who is a place kicker, and Gary Collins. I remember watching him on T.V. when we played with the Browns and he’s living up in Hershey, Pa., right now. It will be good to get him back up on campus, since I don’t think he’s been down for a while. E.J. Henderson is coming, who is one of the great all-time linebackers here and in college football. Also, he had a great pro career. J.D. Maarleveld came here from Norte Dame and did a great job. It’s always great to have Jack [Scarbath] around. He is local and is around here quite a bit. Of course to get Randy White to come back here on campus is special. When you take a look at what he has not only accomplished here, but also in the NFL,  I remember watching him when I was growing up and in high school and there wasn’t really anybody better than him at the position that he played.

“I wish we could have gotten them all back here, but due to some different situations and everything else, we couldn’t. But to get this number back here is really neat. This shows the history and the heritage of what we have here. Bringing those guys back and having the fans recognize them will mean a lot to them. It means a lot to me to be the head football coach because I think the history and tradition is something that is paramount when you talk about college football. One of the problems is that with this day and age, I am not sure how many of our current players might remember these guys playing or anything along those lines, but they don’t even know who Al Davis was when I said something the other day. It’s just neat. Anything that we can do to bring out former letterman and all-time greats back, we want to be able to do that. We want them to feel a part of what we’re doing and be connected to the hips at all times, because I think that’s the unique and special thing about college athletics.

 

– Maryland –

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Edsall says injuries to Diggs, Long “unfortunate” for Terps

Posted on 20 October 2013 by WNST Staff

QUOTES – MARYLAND HEAD COACH RANDY EDSALL

Wake Forest 34, Maryland 10

 

Opening statement…

“We didn’t get it done today, as everybody knows. I tried to tell our team that we were going to get their best effort. It was their homecoming, coming off that win (NC State) and plus with our situation in the ACC. But we didn’t come out and match their intensity early on. That’s something that was very disappointing.”

 

On the status of Deon Long and Stefon Diggs…

“It’s not good. Deon broke his tibia and fibula, both bones in the lower leg. He’s got to go home tonight and probably have surgery later tonight when we get home. Stefon fractured his fibula so there will probably be surgery sometime this week for him.”

 

On the reaction to the injuries to Long and Diggs…

“It’s unfortunate. I feel bad for both those guys. We got to make sure we move forward. What has to happen is we have to have guys step up and guys go out there and play with the kind of intensity that you have to play with for 60 minutes. We didn’t get that today. I’ve got to do a better job in making sure they listen to me rather than listen to everyone outside of the program and trying to congratulate them on stuff we haven’t even accomplished yet. That’s something that I tried to work hard on this week and we’ll continue to work on it each and every day through the rest of the season. We’ll get to where we want to go.”

On replacing quarterback C.J. Brown with Caleb Rowe in the second half…
“I just felt that things that I saw, it was the best thing for our team to do to try and move the ball in the second half.”

 

On the play of Caleb Rowe…

“I thought he did some good things and I thought there were some things that he could of done a little bit better. I thought there were some situations there, again, he had to manage, we have 1st-and-10 on the 15 and we got to understand we don’t need a touchdown on the throw. We got to take what the defense gives us and execute. And that’s just something we have to continue to work on and continue to coach.”

 

– Maryland –

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Maryland tries to get bowl eligible Saturday at Wake Forest

Posted on 18 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team looks to earn its second Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season when the Terps travel to Winston-Salem on Saturday for a 3:32 p.m. kickoff against Wake Forest at BB&T Field. The Terps bounced back from their defeat at Florida State to knock off Virginia, 27-26, on Saturday to improve to 5-1. With wins in five of its first six games, Maryland is off to its best start since the 2001 season, when the Terps won their first seven.

LIVE Coverage on the ESPNU & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m. Anish Shroff (pbp) and Kelly Stouffer (color) 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 134 and XM Radio Channel 193, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• Behind a career-best 332 yards from quarterback Caleb Rowe and a personal-best 169 all-purpose yards from running back Brandon Ross, the Terps totaled 468 yards of total offense. Maryland has gone over 450 yards of total offense in four of six games. Rowe completed 18-of-34 passes for 332 yards, the ninth-best passing performance in the ACC this season, and one touchdown, which gave the Terps the lead with 5:14 remaining in the game. Rowe capped the six-play, 69-yard drive by finding tight end Dave Stinebaugh in the end zone for the senior’s second career touchdown reception. On the game-winning drive, Rowe was 3-of-4 for 80 yards including a 47-yard completion to wide receiver Deon Long on third-and-22 from the Maryland 40-yard line.

• On the ground, Ross totaled 88 yards averaging 6.3 yards per carry and finished with two touchdowns. The sophomore running back also hauled in three passes for a career-best 81 yards including a 77-yard catch-and-run late in the first quarter to set up his first rushing score of the game. The 77-yard reception is the longest pass play for the Terps this season and is tied for the fifth-longest in the ACC. Ross ranks seventh in the ACC in rushing averaging 68.9 yards per game.

• Wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long combined for 10 of Rowe’s 18 completions. Diggs had a team-high six catches for 96 yards, while Long led the squad with 98 yards receiving on four catches. Diggs and Long have combined for 54 catches this season accounting for 51.9 percent of the Terps’ receptions. Diggs leads the team with 520 yards receiving and is averaging 86.7 yards per game, which ranks eighth in the ACC, with three touchdowns. Long has totaled 446 yards and one touchdown, and is averaging 74.3 yards per game.

• Defensively, the Terps held the Cavaliers to just six points off of three Maryland turnovers and held UVA to four field goals on six trips inside the redzone. After allowing Virginia to convert 45.4 percent (5-for-11) of its third downs in the first half, Maryland turned up the pressure in the second half and held the Cavs to 3-of-9 on third down in the second half.

• ACC Linebacker of the Week L.A. Goree recorded a game-high and career-best 16 tackles on Saturday. The 16 stops is the most by a Terp defender since Demetrius Hartsfield had 18 tackles at NC State on Nov. 26, 2011. Goree also finished with one tackle for loss. After recording a personal-best 10 tackles at Florida State, defensive backAnthony Nixon topped it with 12 tackles, nine solo, and a tackle for loss. Eight different Terps combined for eight tackles for loss led by linebacker Marcus Whitfield’s 1.5 TFL for seven yards. In the secondary, defensive back A.J. Hendy finished career-best two pass breakups.

• On special teams, Brad Craddock added two more field goals (36, 32) to his season total. He is now 12-of-14 on the season. He is averaging 2.00 field goals a game, which is tied for first in the conference and tied for third nationally, and his 85.7 percent conversion rate is tied for fourth in the ACC. Craddock has not missed a field goal attempt under 50 yards.


Quick Hitters

• Offensively, Maryland has shown the propencity to break a big play throughout the season. Against Virginia, the Terps had seven plays of 30 yards or more and have had at least one play of 30 yards or more in every game this season.

• The number of big plays has not been more evident than in the passing game. The Terps are averaging 15.58 yards per reception, a total that ranks ninth nationally. Since the 1980 season, no other Maryland team has averaged more yards per reception.

• Running back Brandon Ross’ 77-yard catch-and-run late in the first quarter on Saturday was the first of Maryland’s seven plays that went 30 or more yards. The reception was a career long for Ross and the Terps’ longest reception of the season. It is also tied for the fifth-longest pass play in the ACC.

• In addition, Ross’ sprint down the sidelines was the longest non-scoring reception by a Maryland player since Scott Milanovich hit Jermaine Lewis for 78 yards at North Carolina on Sept. 11, 1993.

• Ross finished with a career-best 169 all-purpose yards against UVA. The sophomore running back had 88 yards on the ground and 81 yards receiving. Ross is the first Maryland player to finish with 75 or more yards rushing and receiving in a game since LaMont Jordan rushed for 89 yards and had 86 yards receiving in a 17-14 win at Wake Forest on Oct. 9, 1999.

• Despite being ranked 14th in the ACC in redzone defense, the Terps have done a tremendous job of holding opponents to field goals inside the 20-yard line. Of Virginia’s six trips inside the 20 on Saturday, the Terps held the Cavaliers to just two touchdowns. Of the 19 redzone scores given up by Maryland this season, 11 have been touchdowns for a conversion rate of 57.9 percent, which is the second-best precentage in the conference behind Syracuse.

• Additionally, Maryland’s defense has done a great job of minimizing the impact of the Terps’ offensive turnovers. Maryland held Virginia to two field goals on three Terrapin fumbles. On the year, Maryland has only surrendered 33 points on 12 turnovers, a 2.75 points per TO average. In the last four games, the average drops to 1.78 with 16 points off of nine turnovers.

• Quarterback Caleb Rowe stepped in for the injured C.J. Brown and threw for a career-high 332 yards in Saturday’s victory over Virginia. It is the most passing yards by a Maryland quarterback this season and the ninth-best passing performance in the ACC.

• Rowe’s 332-yard performance is the most passing yards by a Terrapin quarterback since Danny O’Brien threw for 348 yards against Miami to open the 2011 season (Sept. 5, 2011).


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), linebacker Jalen Brooks (defense), and linebacker Marc Rodriguez (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Running back Albert Reid will carry the American flag, and linebacker Marcus Whitfield 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 Wake Forest game are wide receiver Deon Long (offense), linebackerCole Farrand (defense), and place kicker Brad Craddock (special teams).


Maryland-Wake Forest Series History

• Saturday marks the 62nd meeting between the Demon Deacons and the Terps in a series that began in 1917.

• Maryland and Wake Forest have met every year since 1971 with the Terps holding a 43-17-1 advantage all-time. Maryland won last season’s meeting in College Park, 19-14.

• The home team has won the last six meetings in the series. Maryland’s last win in Winston-Salem came in 2005, a 22-12 win.

 

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