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Edsall says Prince commitment largely based on Locksley’s relationship work

Posted on 05 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall


Head Coach Randy Edsall

Opening Statement:

“It’s a good day for our program. We had 16 young men in the fold. We found out just like all of you about Damian [Prince] when he made the announcement. We didn’t know anything before that. We thought that we were in good shape and we had done everything we could possibly do. That was great news for our staff and for our program. When he announced, it kind of capped the morning off with 17 outstanding young men who have decided to come here and play their college football and get a great education here at the University of Maryland.

“We really had it zeroed in how many we really wanted to get at each position and really got the guys that we wanted at those positions. What it’s been able to do is add depth, more competition to our roster and now we’ve kind of got the numbers in place at the positions in terms of what we like offensively, defensively and on special teams. Again, we only really wanted to go after one quarterback and we got the guy we wanted. We only wanted one receiver and we got the guy we wanted there. We knew we needed to address the line situation on both sides of the ball and we were able to do that with quality people. So we feel good from that because your team is built from the inside out. I thought we got very athletic at the linebacker position with two outside guys and an inside guy. And then we got length, speed and range in the secondary. At tight end, we only wanted to take one and we got a guy we really like who’s athletic, moves well and is a good blocker. We didn’t get a running back this year. We have seven guys there between fullbacks and running backs, and that’s really the number we like. We felt we had a need at the snapping position, which is so vital in terms of special teams. To be able to get Nate Adams to come in and fill that role was very important to us. Nate is one of those guys that’s just not a snapper. He played at all different positions in high school. That was something that we targeted and made a priority.”


On the reaction to landing Damian Prince:

“We were all sitting in a room watching TV. We didn’t know. Talking to him the last few days, he’d get back to us, and then all of a sudden last night I was putting calls in to him and Mike [Locksley] was putting calls in to him and I said, ‘Did you talk to him last?’ He said no, ‘Did you talk to him last night?’ I said no. I think he just wanted to have some space. With all the offensive linemen, I mean, you add Brendan Moore and Sean Christie. Those are guys we feel have the size, athletic ability and mentality that we want in our offensive line. When you’re watching, they move well, they’re athletic, they’re tough and they can bend. That was something we wanted to address and I thought we addressed it in a big way with those five guys.”


On how the move to the Big Ten affected the process:

“We told them we thought it was going to be a very positive move for us to go to the Big Ten. Those guys were excited about it. We’ve got our schedules for the next five years to be able to show them who they’re playing. It was a very positive experience for those kids and they wanted to be a part of it. We used it and we used it quite often.”


On the personality of the recruits:

“It’s a really great group to be around. A lot of these guys have personality. When you guys get a chance to sit down and talk to them you’re going to be very impressed because the personalities and the way they can handle a conversation and they’re confident. It’s a good group. The 17 guys are great.”


On recruiting Damian Prince:

“Recruiting is a relationship game and it’s the relationships that you develop. I’ve had a relationship with Damian for over three years. I told him and I think he alluded to it today, I remember the day he was out at our big-man camp and he walked out there and I thought, who is that. This was at the end of his freshman year. We saw him out there and we ended up offering him. He continued to come to campus, come to games, and come to basketball games. We just really worked the relationship. When Mike [Locksley] came on board, he took over Bishop McNamara and continued to develop a really good relationship with Damian. That’s what it was. Also, Damian is a young man whose family is very important to him. We wanted his family to see him play in his collegiate career. We were upfront and honest with him the whole time and he’s been around us long enough to know who we are. He’s seen us in good times and when things haven’t been so good. We just stayed consistent and persevered and kept recruiting him. His value system was something that fit into what we’ve all about.”


On Jessie Aniebonam:

“Jessie’s one of those guys who will play at the WILL position. We’ll have him rushing and have him dropping. He’s a really good athlete and comes from a good family. He wants to do well in everything that he does and he’s a neat kid to be around. Comes from a really good program at Good Counsel. We targeted Jessie very early. He’s a young man who we had in our camp at a young age and had him around here and he’s been around us quite a bit. He’s a young man that has a great future ahead of him. I like his size, speed and athletic ability.”


On recruiting locally: 

“It’s very important to us. Again, I think the one thing that everybody has to understand is that we want to recruit the best possible players here locally. Not everybody is going to fit the profile that we have. We’re not going to keep them all at home. But the ones that we identify that we want to keep at home that fit the particular needs for that year and fit the profile that we have, we’re going to aggressively pursue them. I really believe that if we can keep the nucleus of the guys from this area here at Maryland then that’s going to make us a better program.”


On how the new position coaches were involved in the process:

“We got Chad [Wilt] involved as soon as he got here. He went up and saw Brett [Kulka] in Erie and saw David [Shaw], two guys that he would be coaching. Keenan [McCardell] went up to visit with Juwann [Winfree] and that was very positive. We got Greg [Studrawa] in to see all the guys that he would be coaching. That was something we wanted to get done and we worked very diligently. We got three outstanding coaches and people that have a great track record that can relate and recruit. They played a big part down the stretch.”


On landing lesser known prospects:

“There’s a lot of fun when you find players that nobody else knows about and that the media doesn’t know about. When you take the time and effort to evaluate the kids the way you want to and then you know they’re good players and they develop and end up going onto the next level; it’s crazy because of the way the process is. That’s our job. Our job is to go out and evaluate everybody in our area. That goes back to the relationships and knowing coaches and knowing the good programs and I think we’ve got guys like that. It’s not about the stars or anything like that. It’s about what’s inside a person and the makeup. Each of these young men has a story and they all fit the profile of what we want in a Maryland football player.”

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Maryland announces 17 man football recruiting class

Posted on 05 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Terps add 17 commits for the 2014 season

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – With several of the area’s top players in tow, along with key additions from around the nation, the University of Maryland football team announced its 2014 recruiting class on Wednesday.

Featuring nine players from the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia metropolitan area, head coach Randy Edsall announced the signing of 17 student-athletes, including 16 who signed national letters-of-intent on Wednesday. One signee, Derwin Gray, enrolled at the university for the spring semester.

Edsall and the coaching staff added a balanced recruiting class, which includes eight offensive players and eight defense players along with one specialist. The Terps landed a five-star recruit in Damian Prince for the third consecutive year in addition to 12 players who earned all-state honors.

“We made ourselves a better program today with the addition of these 17 recruits. We addressed our positions of need and added depth to our roster, which will increase competition for our student-athletes as we prepare for the 2014 season.”

According to Rivals, Maryland landed the top-two players in its home state in offensive lineman Damian Prince and linebacker Jesse Aniebonam. A Bishop McNamara product, Prince is the third five-star recruit to join the Maryland football team in as many years. Prince earned Parade All-American honors, first team All-USA honors from USA Today and was selected to play in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game.

Aniebonam, a four-star linebacker from Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, joins an already deep and talented linebacking corps. The native of Silver Spring was a consensus all-state selection and earned a spot in the 2014 U.S. Army All-America Game. The Terps further strengthened the position with the addition of Pennsylvania AAAA all-state performer Tyler Burke of Coatesville High School in Coatesville, Pa., and Nnamdi Egbuaba of St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Md.

After signing with the Terps last year before prepping at Fork Union Military Academy, offensive lineman Derwin Gray enrolled at the university prior to the start of the spring semester and will be with the team when spring practice begins. Gray, who was ranked as the No. 1 recruit in D.C. by ESPN last year, played in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game.

In addition to Aniebonam and Gray, Maryland added three more four-star recruits in offensive lineman Larry Mazyck, quarterback Will Ulmer and wide receiver Juwann Winfree. Mazyck, a junior-college transfer for Iowa Western, earned first-team NJCAA All-American honors while helping to lead the Reivers to a No. 2 national ranking.

Ulmer, a native of Laurel, Md., prepped at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., and joined Prince in the Under Armour All-American game, while Winfree, who prepped at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, N.J., participated in the 2014 Offense-Defense All-America Game.

All-state selections Sean Christie of Patchogue-Medford High School in Medford, N.Y., and Brendan Moore of Westwood High School in Austin, Texas, join Gray, Mazyck and Prince along the offensive line.

The Terps strengthened the tight end position with the addition of Andrew Gray of Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio. Gray was a Division III all-state selection as a senior.

Brett Kulka of General Mclane High School in Edinboro, Pa., and David Shaw of Spring Grove High School in Spring Grove, Pa., complete a group of two defensive lineman in the 2014 class.

Consensus All-Maryland selection Josh Woods of McDonogh School in Baltimore, Md., leads a group of three defensive backs. Woods is joined by Westlake High School’s Antwaine Carter and Colonial Forge’s Daniel Ezeagwu.

Semper Fi All-American and Arizona all-state selection Nate Adams of Greenway High School in Phoenix, Ariz., is another talented specialist set to join the Terps.

Bios of each signee are attached.

2014 Maryland Recruiting Class

Name                              Pos.    Ht.      Wt.      Yr.-Elig.    Hometown (High School/Previous School)

Nate Adams                     LS       6-2      230     Fr.-HS       Phoenix, Ariz. (Greenway HS)

Jesse Aniebonam             LB       6-3      240     Fr.-HS       Silver Spring, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel)

Tyler Burke                       LB       6-4      240     Fr.-HS       Coatesville, Pa. (Coatesville HS)

Antwaine Carter                DB      6-1      180     Fr.-HS       Waldorf, Md. (Westlake HS)

Sean Christie                    OL      6-5      280     Fr.-HS       Medford, N.Y. (Patchogue-Medford HS)

Nnamdi Egbuaba             LB       6-1      216     Fr.-HS       Baltimore, Md. (St. Frances Academy)

Daniel Ezeagwu                DB      6-1      200     Fr.-HS       Stafford, Va. (Colonial Forge HS)

Andrew Gray                    TE       6-4      235     Fr.-HS       Chardon, Ohio (Chardon HS)

Derwin Gray                     OL      6-5      295     Fr.-HS       Washington, D.C. (Friendship Collegiate/Fork Union)

Brett Kulka                       DL      6-5      235     Fr.-HS       Edinboro, Pa. (General Mclane HS)

Larry Mazyck                    OL      6-8      340     Jr.-TR        Washington, D.C. (Friendship Collegiate/Iowa Western)

Brendan Moore                OL      6-4      285     Fr.-HS       Austin, Texas (Westwood HS)

Damian Prince                  OL      6-5      300     Fr.-HS       Washington, D.C. (Bishop McNamara)

David Shaw                     DL      6-5      276     Fr.-HS       Spring Grove, Pa. (Spring Grove HS)

Will Ulmer                        QB      6-0      185     Fr.-HS       Laurel, Md. (St. John’s College HS)

Juwann Winfree                WR     6-2      180     Fr.-HS       Englewood, N.J. (Dwight Morrow HS)

Josh Woods                    DB      6-2      180     Fr.-HS       Baltimore, Md. (McDonogh School)


Pronunciation Guide

Jesse Aniebonam – ANN-e-bon-um

Nnamdi Eegbuaba – e-GUA-ba

Daniel Ezeagwu – EZZ-a-gow-wu

Larry Mazyck – MUH-zeek

Antwaine Carter – Antoine


2014 University of Maryland Football Signee Bios

Nate Adams

Long Snapper

Fr.-HS, 6-2, 230

Phoenix, Az. (Greenway High School)


At Greenway High School: A multi-faceted player for the Demons contributing at linebacker, long snapper, tight end and running back … recorded 101 tackles in 2013, a single-season school record … participated in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl after his senior season … earned Arizona All-State Division III first team honors … selected first team all-district and named the district defensive player of the year … rated the fourth-best long snapper in the 2014 class by long snapping instructor Chris Rubio and the seventh-best long snapper by 247Sports.com … rated a two-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … played for coach K.J. Anthony.


Jesse Aniebonam


Fr.-HS, 6-3, 240

Silver Spring, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel High School)


At Our Lady of Good Counsel High School: Starred along the defensive line for a Falcon team that reached the WCAC Semifinals … selected as a participant in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl … named a Maryland Consensus All-State first team selection and a first team Private School All-State honoree … named to the American Family Insurance All-USA D.C. Team … named an honorable mention All-Met selection by The Washington Post … tabbed an All-WCAC first team selection … honored as a Montgomery Gazette first team selection … rated a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … rated the second-best prospect in the state of Maryland by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports.com … coached by Bob Milloy.


Tyler Burke


Fr.-HS, 6-4, 240

Coatesville, Pa. (Coatesville High School)


At Coatesville High School: Helped the Red Raiders to a 9-2 record and spot in the PIAA AAAA District 1 playoffs … played linebacker and tight end for Coatesville … totaled 150 tackles, 11 sacks and three interceptions as a senior … named to the Pennsylvania Football Writers’ Class AAAA All-State Team and The Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southern Pa. Team as a senior … named to the USA Today All-PA squad … selected as the Daily Local News All-Area Player of the Year … named a first-team member of the All-EasternPAFootball.com Big School Team … tabbed a three-time, first-team selection on the Philadelphia Inquirer All-Chest Mont Team … named the Chest Mont LB of the Year in 2012 and 2013, and the league’s player of the year in 2013 … selected to represent Team Pennsylvania in the Big 33 Classic … during his junior season, helped lead Coatesville to the state championship game where he recorded 18 tackles … rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … ranked the 19th-and-30th-best prospect in the state of Pennsylvania by ESPN and Rivals, respectively … coached by Matt Ortega.


Antwaine Carter

Defensive Back

Fr.-HS, 6-1, 180

Waldorf, Md. (Westlake High School)


At Westlake High School: Helped the Wolverines reach the Maryland 3A Regional Semifinals in 2013 … named a first team All-Charles County selection … tabbed a second team All-SMAC honoree … rated a two-star recruit by Rivals and Scout … coached by Marlon Curtis.


Sean Christie

Offensive Lineman

Fr.-HS, 6-5, 280

Medford, N.Y. (Patchogue-Medford High School)


At Patchogue-Medford High School: Played offensive tackle and on the defensive line for the Raiders for three seasons … did not allow a sack during his senior season … was the co-winner of the Zellner Award, which is presented to the best offensive lineman in the county by the Suffolk County Football Coaches Association … a second-team selection on the New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA All-State team … tabbed a first-team selection for the Newsday All-Long Island team … named an all-county and all-league selection … rated a three-star prospect by ESPN … tabbed a two-star recruit by Rivals and Scout … ranked the 14th-best prospect in New York by 247Sports.com … coached by Gary Marangi.


Nnamdi Egbuaba


Fr.-HS, 6-1, 216

Baltimore, Md. (St. Frances Academy)


At St. Frances Academy: During his senior season totaled 105 tackles, 19 sacks and 17 tackles for loss to help the Panthers to a fourth-place finish in the MIAA A Conference … named second team All-Metro by The Baltimore Sun … earned second-team honors on the Maryland Private School All-State Team … represented the South Team in the Chesapeake Bowl … earned first team All-MIAA honors as a junior … rated a three-star recruit by ESPN … rated a two-star recruit by Rivals and Scout … also lettered in basketball for the Panthers … coached by Messay Hailemariam.


Daniel Ezeagwu

Defensive Back

Fr.-HS, 6-1, 200

Stafford, Va. (Colonial Forge High School)


At Colonial Forge High School: During his senior season played cornerback, wide receiver and kick returner while helping lead his team to the Virginia 6A semifinals … totaled 62 tackles, four forced fumbles and an interception … also had 50 receptions for 743 yards and nine touchdowns … tabbed a VirginiaPreps.com 6A First-Team All-State and All-Region selection on defense … named a first team all-area and all-district selection … named player of the year by The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star … rated a three-star recruit by ESPN and a two-star recruit by Rivals … coached by Bill Brown.

Andrew Gray

Tight End

Fr.-HS, 6-4, 235

Chardon, Ohio (Chardon High School)


At Chardon High School: Saw action on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball during his senior season … caught 12 passes for just under 200 yards and helped open holes for the Hilltoppers to rush for 3,815 yards and 44 touchdowns during his junior campaign … tabbed a second-team selection to the 2013 Associated Press Division III All-Ohio Football Team … named a first team Northeast Lakes Division III All-District honoree … selected as a Cleveland.com Honorable Mention All-Star … earned first-team all-league honors … rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … also played three seasons of varsity hoops and earned all-state honors in 2012 … played for Mitch Hewitt.


Derwin Gray

Offensive Lineman

Fr.-HS, 6-5, 295

Washington, D.C. (Fork Union Military Academy/Friendship Collegiate Academy)


Enrolled at Maryland for the spring semester and will participate in spring practice.


At Fork Union Military Academy: Spent the 2013 season at Fork Union Military Academy where he was coached by John Shuman.


At Friendship Collegiate Academy: Helped lead Friendship Collegiate to the 2012 DCSAA Championship as a senior … played in the Under Armor All-American Game … also played on the South Team at the Chesapeake Bowl … ranked the number two player in Washington, D.C. by Rivals and the number one recruit the Nation’s Capital by ESPN … named second-team All-Met by The Washington Post … coached by Aazaar Abdul-Rahim.


Brett Kulka

Defensive Lineman

Fr.-HS, 6-5, 235

Edinboro, Pa. (General Mclane High School)


At General Mclane High School: Totaled 52 tackles (34 solo), three sacks, 10 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one interception and one touchdown during his senior season … named all-region as both an offensive and defensive lineman … earned all-state honors from the Pennsylvania Sports Writers and the PA Football News … tabbed a three-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals … rated a two-star recruit by Scout … played for Jim Wells.


Larry Mazyck

Offensive Lineman

Jr.-TR, 6-8, 340

Washington, D.C. (Friendship Collegiate Academy/Iowa Western Community College)


At Iowa Western Community College: Started at tackle for the Reivers in 2013 and helped them finish 11-1 and capture their second consecutive Midwest Football Conference title to finish the season ranked No. 2 in the country … earned first team NJCAA All-American honors … named first team All-Midwest Football Conference … powered a running attack that ranked seventh nationally averaging 265.0 yards per game … tabbed a four-star recruit by Scout … rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … coached by Scott Strohmeier.


At New Mexico: Played in seven games as a reserve tackle for the Lobos.


At Fork Union: Spent the 2010 season at Fork Union Military Academy where he was coached by Micky Sullivan.


At Friendship Collegiate: Started along the offensive line for the Knights … coached by Aazaar Abdul-Rahim.


Brendan Moore

Offensive Lineman

Fr.-HS, 6-4, 285

Austin, Texas (Westwood High School)


At Westwood High School: Helped lead Westwood to a runner-up finish in District 16-5A and a spot in the Texas AAAAA DII playoffs … earned second team Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 5A All-State honors … selected to the 2013 All-Central Texas First Team by the Austin American-Statesman … named first team all-district in 2013 and 2012 … rated a three-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals … tabbed a two-star recruit by Scout … coached by Anthony Wood.



Damian Prince

Offensive Line

Fr-HS, 6-5, 300

Washington, D.C. (Bishop McNamara)


At Bishop McNamara: One of the most dominant offensive lineman in the country … selected to the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game … named a Parade All-American … tabbed as a first team All-USA honoree by USA Today … a two-time Maryland Consensus All-State selection … a two-time Washington Post first team All-Met selection … a two-time first team All-WCAC selection … rated a five-star recruit and the No. 20 player in the nation by Rivals … tabbed a four-star recruit by ESPN and Scout … coached by Keith Goganious.


David Shaw

Defensive Line

Fr.-HS, 6-5, 276

Spring Grove, Pa. (Spring Grove High School)


At Spring Grove High School: During his senior season was named first team All-YAIAA … totaled 54 tackles and earned All-YAIAA honors during his junior season … named to Team Pennsylvania for the 2014 Big 33 Football Classic … rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … played for Russ Stoner.


Will Ulmer


Fr.-HS, 6-0, 185

Laurel, Md. (St. John’s College High School)


St. John’s College High School: Under center, Ulmer helped lead the Cadets to a 9-2 record and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game … passed for over 1,100 yards and rushed for over 1,300 yards with 21 combined touchdowns during his senior campaign … selected for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game … named the offensive player of the year on the American Family Insurance All-USA D.C. Team … earned first team All-WCAC honors as a senior and junior … named an honorable mention All-Met selection by The Washington Post … tabbed a four-star recruit by ESPN … rated a three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout … coached by Joe Patterson.


Juwann Winfree

Wide Receiver

Fr.-HS, 6-2, 180

Englewood, N.J. (Dwight Morrow High School)


At Dwight Morrow High School: Played both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and defensive back for the Maroon Raiders … had 33 catches for 733 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior and totaled 52 tackles and two interceptions on defense … named a third team New Jersey All-State selection on defense … earned first team All-Bergen honors … selected for the 2014 Offense-Defense All-America Game … named to the New Jersey team for the N.Y. vs. N.J. All-Star Football Classic … rated a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … coached by Barry Harris.



Josh Woods

Defensive Back

Fr.-HS, 6-2, 180

Baltimore, Md. (McDonogh School)


At McDonogh School: A two-way player for the Eagles starring at cornerback and wide receiver … helped the Eagles complete an 11-0 season in 2013 culminating in the school’s first MIAA A outright title … had 35 tackles and four interceptions at safety … totaled 35 catches for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns as a wide receiver … a Maryland Consensus All-State selection and a first team Maryland Private School All-State honoree … named a Baltimore Sun first team All-Metro selection on defense … earned All-MIAA A honors … named to Team Maryland for the 2014 Big 33 Football Classic … rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … coached by Dominic D’Amico.


2014 University of Maryland Football Recruiting Class Breakdown



• Jesse Aniebonam

• Antwaine Carter                                                                                                                      

• Nnamdi Egbuaba

• Derwin Gray

• Larry Mazyck

• Damian Prince

• Will Ulmer

• Josh Woods



• Tyler Burke

• Brett Kulka

• David Shaw



• Nate Adams



• Juwann Winfree



• Sean Christie


OHIO (1)

• Andrew Gray



• Brendan Moore



• Daniel Ezeagwu                                                                                                                                 





• Damian Prince (Rivals)



• Jesse Aniebonam (ESPN, Rivals, Scout)

• Derwin Gray (ESPN, Rivals, Scout)

• Larry Mazyck (Scout)

• Will Ulmer (ESPN)

• Juwann Winfree (ESPN, Rivals, Scout)



• Tyler Burke (ESPN, Rivals, Scout)

• Sean Christie (ESPN)

• Daniel Ezeagwu (ESPN)

• Andrew Gray (ESPN, Rivals, Scout)

• Brett Kulka (ESPN, Rivals)

• Brendan Moore (ESPN, Rivals)

• David Shaw (ESPN, Rivals, Scout)

• Josh Woods (ESPN, Rivals, Scout)



• Juwann Winfree



• Damian Prince



• Nate Adams



• Damian Prince

• Will Ulmer



• Jesse Aniebonam



• Nate Adams (Ariz.)

• Jesse Aniebonam (Md.)

• Tyler Burke (Pa.)

• Sean Christie (N.Y.)

• Nnamdi Egbuaba (Md.)

• Daniel Ezeagwu (Va.)

• Andrew Gray (Ohio)

• Brett Kulka (Pa.)

• Brendan Moore (Texas)

• Damian Prince (Md.)

• Juwann Winfree (N.J.)

• Josh Woods (Md.)



• 247Sports (43)

• Rivals (52)

• Scout (60)






Quarterback (1)

• Will Ulmer


Wide Receiver (1)

• Juwann Winfree


Offensive Linemen (5)

• Sean Christie

• Derwin Gray

• Larry Mazyck

• Brendan Moore

• Damian Prince


Tight End (1)

• Andrew Gray




Defensive Linemen (2)

• Brett Kulka

• David Shaw


Linebacker (3)

• Jesse Aniebanam

• Tyler Burke

• Nnamdi Egbuaba


Defensive Backs (3)

• Antwaine Carter

• Daniel Ezeagwu

• Josh Woods




Long Snapper (1)

• Nate Adams

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Former LSU assistant Studrawa joins Terps as O-Line coach

Posted on 25 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Greg Studrawa named offensive line coach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Former Jaguars WR McCardell among additions to Maryland football coaching staff

Posted on 16 January 2014 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reports: Maryland DC Stewart agrees to extension

Posted on 07 January 2014 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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Maryland set to add WR Leak back to roster

Posted on 19 December 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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QB Brown named Team MVP at Maryland football banquet

Posted on 15 December 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

The complete list of award-winners is below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

William Likely: Special Teams Player of the Year Award.

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

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

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

Dexter McDougle: The Dexter McDougle Ultimate Team Player Award

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Edsall, Marshall coach Holliday bring history to Military Bowl

Posted on 13 December 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Edsall expects significant local support at Military Bowl

Posted on 08 December 2013 by WNST Staff



Head Coach Randy Edsall


Opening Statement:


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


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


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


On creating a bowl experience for the players locally:


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


On Marshall head coach Doc Holliday


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


On fan support at the Military Bowl:


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


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


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


On Marshall’s offense:

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


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


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


On Marshall’s defense:

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


– Maryland –

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Terps head to Annapolis for first bowl game of Edsall era

Posted on 08 December 2013 by WNST Staff

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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