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Here’s why Baltimore doesn’t care about Maryland football

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Here’s why Baltimore doesn’t care about Maryland football

Posted on 16 October 2013 by Drew Forrester

This past Saturday evening, listener Steve sent me the following e-mail:

Drew,

I just got home from College Park after attending today’s game between Maryland and Virginia.  On the way home, the four of us in the car decided you would be the best guy to answer the question we had been discussing for about 45 minutes.  The question was this, “Why doesn’t Baltimore care about Maryland football?”  Here’s our background if that matters.  And we all agreed that would be one of the first things you would ask when you read this.  Where are you guys from?  Did you go to Maryland?  All four of us are Baltimore guys.  All born and raised here.  Only one of the four of us went to Maryland.  We have varying opinions on why there’s no passion for Maryland football in Baltimore and thought we’d see what you have to say.  Thanks alot.

Steve

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My reply to Steve comes in the form of today’s edition of Drew’s Morning Dish.

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Why doesn’t Baltimore care about Maryland football?

For starters, I need to pinpoint what I believe Baltimore’s level of interest actually is in the Maryland football program.  To say “Baltimore doesn’t care about Maryland football” isn’t fair.  Some folks in Baltimore DO care about the Terps football program.  But, the interest level here is admittedly minimal.  In rating the “level” of interest, let’s say this.  As a sports community, it’s fair to say Baltimore’s interest in the Ravens is a 9.5  The only reason it’s not a “10″ is that there are sports fans in town who, for reasons only they know, either aren’t Ravens fans or football fans.  Still, to me, the sports community in Baltimore is a 9.5 when it comes to the Ravens.  I’d say Baltimore’s level of interest for the Orioles is 8.  While clearly not as interested in the baseball team as they are the football team, Baltimore is still engaged with the Orioles to a large degree, particularly when they’ve been competitive over the last couple of years.  Maryland basketball probably comes in at a 5 or 5.5 on the rating scale.  While nowhere near as popular or “followed” as Ravens football or Orioles basketball, Terps basketball is still a “player” in the Baltimore market.

So, where does that leave Maryland football on my scale?  I’d say they’re a 2.5…in Baltimore.

How is it, then, that the state school’s football program creates so little interest in the biggest city in the state?

Here’s the easy answer, but one that requires a lot more discussion and thorough review of the last twenty five years or so:  Maryland football isn’t important in Baltimore because the folks in College Park have never really marketed the sport here.

On a large scale, Terps football has no footprint at all on the sports landscape of Baltimore.  If you stopped fifty people in Towson Town Mall today who acknowledged they were sports fans and asked them who the Ravens play this Sunday, I’d say 40 of the 50 know it’s the Steelers.  If you asked those same people who Maryland plays this Saturday, I’d say five would be the maximum number who would know the Terps are at Wake Forest.  And five might be high, honestly.

I was at a restaurant in Timonium this past Saturday night while the Terps were finishing up their exciting 27-26 win over Virginia.  Interestingly enough, I hadn’t even seen Steve’s e-mail but something struck me as I sat down with golfing friends and enjoyed a meal and some drinks while the game was on in the background.  No one in the restaurant or the bar was watching the Maryland football game.  Two of us in my group – me and my friend Dale Williams – were glued to the TV.  No one else at the tables and no one in the bar area was fixed on the TV screen that had the STATE SCHOOL playing a key conference game.  I intentionally got up at one point and canvassed the bar, where 20-25 people were stationed, and no one was paying attention to the Maryland game.

The absence of Terps football marketing isn’t really a new trend here.  In my lifetime – all of it spent in Baltimore – Maryland has never really marketed the football program to anyone outside of the general College Park/D.C. area.  Even when the team was good back in the early part of the Ralph Friedgen era, there wasn’t much in the way of marketing and promotions in the Baltimore market.  Ralph would begrudgingly make the 45-minute drive up the parkway once a year to chat with 100 or so Maryland die hards at a swanky downtown Baltimore restaurant and then he wouldn’t be seen again until the following September.  Aside from some regular coaches interviews on WNST, there was no regular media presence from Maryland at all during the Friedgen era.  The same, I’m sure, can be said for the 80′s and 90′s when head coaches popped in and out of College Park and no one in Baltimore knew what they looked like or when the Terps home opener was every September.

I can’t ever remember Maryland athletics making a concerted effort to actively recruit football fans in Baltimore to College Park five or six times a year.

Over the last 15 years, the program has been bad, very good, good, not-so-good, downright awful and now, on the road to maybe being good again.  And yet, even in that time, interest in Baltimore hasn’t really changed all that much.  Let’s say for argument sake that Maryland would have gone down to Tallahassee two weeks ago and stunned Florida State 29-23.  Would the Maryland ticket office be inundated with calls from “443″ or “410″ asking how they can get tickets to the big Clemson home game coming up in a couple of weeks?  I doubt it.

Would more people throughout the state have increased interest in Maryland if they were 6-0 right now?  Yes, perhaps.  But, would the home games be complete sell-outs between now and the end of the season?  Nope.

I bring up “winning” to counter any claims of “if they win in College Park, fans will come…”  More fans might come, actually, if Maryland football becomes a powerhouse, but my guess is those people will be streaming in from Bethesda, Rockville, Wheaton, Germantown and Bladensburg — not Baltimore.

In Baltimore, there’s so little interest overall in Terps football that nothing short of a national title would probably get the city to get off its rear end and caravan down the BW Parkway to College Park for a football game.

It’s not up to the sports fans here in town to change the way they think about Maryland football.

It’s up to Maryland to pull them in.  Market to them.  Advertise your product.  Promote your kids and the coaching staff.

Act like you care about the Baltimore market and folks might respond by buying a ticket.

One thing for certain:  Ignoring Baltimore isn’t doing anything of value.

I can only speak for my radio show and not the others that have been on in this market for the last decade or so while I’ve been on the air.  Since I do twenty hours of live radio every week, I assume it’s fair to use what I do for a living as a fair barometer for gauging the interest level of Maryland football.  Other shows in town could do the same thing, but since I haven’t listened to them all, I can’t.  This much I do know.  Despite promoting nearly every game of Maryland football so far this season with guests from either the broadcast team, the visiting media or the Washington D.C. or Baltimore media that regularly covers the Terps, do you know how many Maryland football calls I’ve received since Labor Day this year?  What’s your guess?  How about this:  Two. And since I’ve been doing the show on my own in 2006, I would say, honestly, I’ve received a total of ten phone calls – in about eight years – on Maryland football.

In contrast to that data above, Terps basketball calls come in regularly during their season.  It’s not anything close to Ravens or Orioles calls, but within the walls of their season I’ll field Maryland hoops calls every single week.  I go months and months without hearing from one Maryland football fan about last week’s game or this week’s big ACC showdown with (insert team here).

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Some of what’s happened to Maryland football in Baltimore is NOT the University’s fault.

It’s been the ACC’s fault.

The conference’s desperate reach for television dollars has disabled schools who otherwise might be able to have their games aired in their home market.  Think about this:  Maryland football doesn’t have a local TV “home” in either Baltimore or Washington.  Their games are almost non-existent in Baltimore unless you have a laptop with you.  The possibility certainly exists that none of the local stations would “invest” in a Maryland football package, but I have to think someone in town would gamble on a partnership with Terps football if the ACC didn’t have such a stranglehold on the program’s live broadcast rights.

And, because of the TV schedule, kick-off times for Maryland football are rarely known more than two weeks in advance of the game.  I’m not sure how you’re supposed to sell tickets to games when you can’t tell folks what time to be there, but somehow Maryland (and other schools) seems to do it anyway.

In Baltimore, though, the absence of a TV broadcast partner where the games are always on and the station itself is dedicated to promoting the football program is most certainly one of the reasons why the sports community here isn’t engaged with Maryland.

Things aren’t likely to improve next season when the Terps join the Big Ten.  With their own lucrative TV network, the Big Ten isn’t going to allow any of their schools to “cut their own deals” within their marketplace.  Maryland won’t suffer financially, of course, because the Big Ten Network generates money for each of the conference schools.  But, it will suffer in the same area it suffers now in Baltimore, namely in exposure and marketing.  These problems aren’t an issue in Columbus, Ohio, where everyone in town knows the Buckeyes football schedule backwards and forwards.  Lack of exposure and marketing isn’t a problem in Ann Arbor or Lansing or Happy Valley.

Baltimore, only 40 miles from College Park, should be a proverbial “hotbed” for college football interest in our state, particularly as far as the Terps go, but there’s nothing in town connecting potential Terps fans with the actual product itself.

Television is the ultimate connector, of course.

And there’s just no connection in Baltimore when it comes to Maryland football on your TV screen.

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One of the most obvious “issues” facing Maryland and its “Baltimore problem” is the mere fact that College Park is situated comfortably alongside the Washington D.C. beltway.

Yes, it’s the state school.

But geography doesn’t lie.

College Park is a suburb of Washington D.C.

If, for instance, the University of Maryland was situated on the land that is currently occupied by UMBC, Maryland would be a “Baltimore school” and all of this argument would be moot.

And, to juxtapose the current situation, I can’t imagine the Washington Post and the four D.C. TV stations would cover Maryland sports the way they do now if UM was off Wilkens Avenue in Catonsville.

This is also where I should note – quickly – that Navy Football does far more marketing in Baltimore than Maryland football.  There are Navy billboards up in town, Navy radio ads on the air and Navy even purchases in-stadium signage at Oriole Park that you see both in person and during MASN TV broadcasts.  Navy Football tries to market to the Baltimore sports fan.  They really do.

Now, back to Maryland:  Part of Baltimore’s lack of interest in Maryland football isn’t necessarily Randy Edsall’s fault — after all, he’s not the one who decided the state school would be on the outskirts of Washington D.C. and not in the heart of Baltimore.

That said — Edsall and his football program do play a role in the marketing of the product in Charm City.  Perhaps this issue goes above the coach’s paygrade, but if Maryland really valued Baltimore and wanted to go overboard in their marketing efforts here, they would schedule one home game per-season at M&T Bank Stadium.

For all we know, the dirty little secret in College Park might be that Baltimore is more of a nuisance than a help.  They might completely object to playing one home-game per-season “up there”.  Edsall might say, “So, you actually want me to play five home games, a neutral site game, and six road games…”  As a coach, he’s only concerned about winning, and rightfully so, I might add.

That’s where someone above him has to say, “Yes, we know playing in Baltimore once a year presents a unique problem in that we’re potentially affecting your chance to win and lose games, but for the benefit of the football program and athletic department as a whole, it’s mandatory we schedule a game there every Fall.”  It doesn’t have to be Ohio State or Michigan every year, either.  Throw in Purdue or Minnesota or Illinois and give Baltimore an “A opponent” once every four or five years.  Having a Maryland football game in Baltimore should be an annual “ritual” that the sports community learns to embrace and celebrate.

It’s a problem that requires a head coach and his staff to truly “get it” and understand without hesitation that catering to Baltimore isn’t just something you do in recruiting…but it’s also mandatory you do it with the way you market your program and help increase its visibility every single season.

Randy Edsall has done a nice job himself of connecting with Baltimore.  He brought the team to Dunbar for an open practice and he’s occasionally been seen at various high schools in the area watching games.  They’ve recruited Baltimore kids at Maryland…and that, too, is an important connective step for Edsall and his staff.

But on a scale of 1-to-10, that’s about a “3″ in terms of making Baltimore as a whole feel warm and fuzzy about Maryland football.

Again, not speaking for anyone but my own show, I look at the fact that Randy Edsall hasn’t appeared on my show once this season and say, “No wonder we don’t get any calls about Maryland football…”.  How many other sports talk shows in town has Edsall appeared on this Fall to spread the word about his program and our state school?  My guess:  Very few.

By the way, that’s not necessarily Randy Edsall’s fault.  He’s a football coach.  He shouldn’t be concerned about appearing on radio shows in Baltimore.  Someone, though, in the Maryland athletic department should be looking at Baltimore as a market and making it his or her job to get Edsall on the air here and at the other sports-dominated radio programs in town.  And that person then says to Randy, “In a couple of weeks, we’re going to need you for an hour one Tuesday morning to do five or six phone interviews from your office to talk about the upcoming home game.”

Maryland’s athletic department does nothing at all to connect with the Baltimore sports fan when it comes to Terps football.

That, in and of itself, is one of the biggest obstacles and roadblocks that Maryland has created over the years with regard to Baltimore.  They’ve simply stopped caring.

Actually, they never STARTED caring about Baltimore.  Not enough to make a major impact, anyway.

And that’s why people like Steve sent me that e-mail on Saturday.

 

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Edsall confirms QB Brown cleared, ready to return Saturday

Posted on 15 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

“Game number seven this week takes us down to Winston-Salem to play Wake Forest, a team that I have a tremendous amount of respect for. [Head coach] Jim Grobe is an outstanding football coach and person. We’ve got to make sure that we have a good week at preparation and have good focus. We need to listen to detail this week to give ourselves the opportunity to go down there and win. We look forward to the opportunity, but know that we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us to get done.”

 

On becoming bowl eligible with a win:

“It is no different than game one. We look at the season in its entirety. We don’t look at only five, seven, or two games. We look at each game separately and what we have our focus on is to get the win. If we get the win, we put it in the bank and let it draw interest. Hopefully at the end of the 12, we’ve put enough wins in the bank to achieve the goals that we’ve set for ourselves. That’s really our only focus. It is to go out and play better this week, get a win, and try to make sure we do everything we can to do that. It will be no different this week then it has been for all the other weeks so far. “

 

On the Wake Forest combination of quarterback Tanner Price and wide receiver Michael Campanaro:

“When you take a look at the Wake Forest offense, those are the two guys that you’ve got to stop. Price is playing really well this year for them. He is throwing the ball extremely well. He’s also a threat when it comes to running the ball. He gets back there and he is elusive. They’ll run some zone-read with him, but also he’s a guy that has very good escape ability. So you’ve got to be disciplined in terms of your rush lanes. I’m very impressed with what he’s doing and how he’s playing.

“Michael Campanaro didn’t play against us last year because he was hurt. That guy is a playmaker for them. They always look to get him the ball in every situation that they can. He’s having an outstanding season so far this year. He has 44 catches already this year. He’s a guy that can beat you underneath with his speed, can beat you deep and is a good punt returner. I have a lot of respect for him and how he plays the game. I respect how competitive and talented that he is. He’s somebody that we have to be concerned with because he’s got the ability to make big plays for them.”

 

On points of emphasis in practice based off of the turnovers and penalties from Saturday:

“We only had one turnover on offense and that was a situation where we had a young man that wanted to make something happen instead of just playing the situation. If he just would have played the situation, that wouldn’t happen. Will [Likely] just has to understand the difference between fair catching and when you have time to just make the catch. The other one, I don’t know what you do. You’re running down and it’s a short kick. We’ve got to try to get down closer and make sure the ball isn’t getting away. I think we need to practice those things, but sometimes things happen. We’ve got to do a better job at just securing the football. I think one of the other issues is that we’ve got to get some turnovers. That’s the other thing we haven’t done in the last two ball games. We haven’t gotten many turnovers and we haven’t taken possessions away from the other team. That is something that we’ve got to do.

“As for the penalties, a lot of that is not using good technique and not being good fundamentally. Those are things that we will address and always like to address. We don’t like to do things that put us in a situation that puts us behind the chains or allows the team to gain field position on us. So we’ve got to have a little bit more attention to gain more detail, so we can focus on the little things. If we do that, then I think we’ll eliminate some of those costly penalties that we have had. That can eliminate the turnovers. We just have to be better in understanding situations so those things don’t occur in critical times.”

 

On linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil:

“It’s tough because you feel bad for anybody when they get an injury, a season-ending injury, but especially for a guy like Yannik. I mean that guy just works his tail off each and every day to be the best he can be and he gives great effort in the classroom,  gives it in the weight room, gives it on the practice field and was playing well. You feel for him, you really do. But it’s one of those situations where in this game, there’s no guarantees that you’ll stay healthy for 12 games, you hope you do. That’ll hurt us. He was having a good year, but now what happens is other guys have to step up. Yannick Ngakoue, he’s got to step up to the level that Cudjoe was playing and that’s just the nature of the business. But like I said, I feel bad for him because he optimizes everything that I know I want to see in a football student- athlete here at Maryland.”

 

On linebacker Yannick Ngakoue’s readiness to assume a larger role in the defense:

“The good thing with Yannick, he came out of a very good program at Friendship Collegiate Academy and he understood the work ethic and he was strong when he got here. Again, the fundamentals and the techniques that we teach are a little bit different, which is always understandable and plus the complexity of how much meeting time and all those sorts of things. He came in prepared as well he could be prepared for the situation and then he’s learning. He’s still got a good learning curve to go, but the thing that I like is everyday he’s out there working hard and he’s getting better, and that’s all you can ask for.”

 

On the status of quarterback C.J. Brown:

“Last week, C.J. went through a whole battery of tests each day, which is the protocol that we have here for concussions. As long as you pass the one test then you move to the next one and that’s what he did. Part of the process was to put him out there and let him go through warm-ups [on Saturday] because that was still part of the process and he was cleared to go on Sunday. He practiced Sunday. He’s cleared; he’s the starter for us this week. He’ll practice full every day. He’s ready to go. One of the big things last week is C.J. probably thought he was ready to go, but again, he wasn’t cleared and he didn’t practice at all until he did some things later Friday and he did some individual on Saturday, did the things there pregame. He’s good to go, he’s cleared and he’s the starter.”

 

On linebacker L.A. Goree:
“I think L.A. is having a really good year for us. It’s great to see him get the recognition this week for his play a week ago. I think he’s really become more of a student of the game and understanding his role and how his role revolves within our defense, but again I’ve liked the progression he’s made in the last three years and I think he’s still going to get better. He’s a guy that really wants to do well, he’s not afraid of hard work, he’s physical. But again, I think the same thing; he’ll just continue to get better as he continues to hone his techniques and continues to get better from a fundamentals standpoint.”

 

 

– Maryland –

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Maryland hopes to bounce back Saturday against Virginia

Posted on 11 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team returns to College Park for its ACC home opener on Saturday as the Terps play host to Virginia for 78th time in school history, the most among any opponent all-time. Kickoff is set for 3:32 p.m. from Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The Terps suffered their first loss of the season in Tallahassee on Saturday falling 63-0 to the sixth-ranked Florida State Seminoles. Despite the loss, Maryland’s four wins through five games marks the team’s best start since 2010 when the Terps also opened the season 4-1. That year, Maryland finished 9-4 and earned a spot in the Military Bowl.

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 135 and XM Radio Channel 191, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• On Saturday, quarterback Caleb Rowe filled in admirably after starter C.J. Brown departed in the second quarter with a concussion. Rowe completed nine of his 17 pass attempts for 119 yards. The sophomore averaged 17.0 yards per completion and found wide receiver Nigel King for his long completion of the afternoon, a 26 yarder. Prior to his injury, Brown completed 6-of-14 passes for 82 yards including a 39-yard completion to wide receiver Deon Long. Brown, Rowe and the Maryland offense continued a season trend of attacking defenses downfield. Maryland’s average completion went for 13.4 yards and on the season the Terps are averaging 14.98 yards per completion, the 12th-highest total nationally.

• Long was the Terps’ top target against the Seminoles. The junior-college transfer hauled in three passes for a team-high 77 yards and was targeted multiple times down the field. Long was among eight different Terrapin receivers to catch a pass on Saturday. King and running back Brandon Ross each caught three passes for 46 and 17 yards, respectively. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who is averaging 21.2 yards per catch this season, caught two passes for 24 yards. Amongst receivers with 20 or more receptions, Diggs’ yards per catch average ranks fourth nationally and is on pace to set a sophomore season record (19.17 ypc) for Maryland and currently ranks as the second-highest single-season average all-time.

• Through the first four games of the season defensively, the Terps averaged 4.25 sacks per game and led the nation with 17 total sacks. On Saturday, the Terps added to that total as defensive lineman Andre Monroe recorded one sack against the Seminoles raising his season total to 3.5. Maryland now has three players with 3.0 sacks or more on the season. Linebacker Marcus Whitfield leads the group with 5.5 sacks. After Monroe’s 3.5, fellow linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil has 3.0. In addition to his sack of Florida State quarterback, Jameis Winston, Monroe was a consistent presence in the Seminoles’ backfield totaling a game-high three tackles for loss, increasing his season total to six. The Terps still rank as one of the nation’s top 25 defenses. Maryland is surrendering 333.8 yards per game, which ranks fifth in the ACC and 22nd nationally.

• Defensive backs Sean Davis and Anthony Nixon were the team’s top tacklers on Saturday. Davis finished with a career-best 12, nine of which were solo, while Nixon had a career-high 10 tackles. Linebacker Matt Robinson had seven solo tackles and one pass breakup. Robinson and linebacker L.A. Goree lead the Terps with 31 tackles on the season. Robinson has a team-best 21 solo tackles.

• Folliowing in the footsteps of Diggs from last season, defensive back William Likely has proven to be a dynamic threat on kickoffs for the Terps. Likely fielded four kicks for 73 yards on Saturday with the Seminoles choosing to kick away from the freshman on several occasions. Likely is averaging 28.6 yards per return, which ranks second in the ACC and 19th nationally. Likely’s average is threatening the Maryland record books. His 28.6 average currently ranks second for a single season all-time and would break Diggs’s freshman record of 28.52 yards per return.


Quick Hitters

• Despite being held scoreless at Florida State on Saturday, the Terps’ offense is still on pace to rank as one of the best in school history. The unit has totaled 2,228 yards of total offense through five games and scored 159 points. Since the 2000 season, no Maryland team has totaled more offensive yards through five contests and its point total is tied for the second most during that span. The 2001 Terrapins scored 173 points in five games and the 2010 team scored 159 as well.

• With a sack against Florida State, defensive lineman Andre Monroe increased his season total to 3.5 and raised Maryland’s total to 18. Maryland is tied for third in the ACC in sacks, fourth nationally, and is the only team in the ACC and one of three teams in the country with three players with three or more sacks (Louisville, USC). Linebacker Marcus Whitfield is third in the ACC and tied for seventh nationally with 5.5, and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil has 3.0.

• In addition to its ability to get after the quarterback, Maryland’s defense has totaled 39 tackles for loss averaging 7.8 per game, which is tied for fourth in the ACC and tied for 13th nationally. The Terps recorded four TFL for 17 yards on Saturday led by Monroe’s three for 15 yards. Whitfield leads the team with 6.5. E.J. Henderson holds the school record with 28 during the 2001 season.

• Maryland still ranks as one of the best teams in the country in third-down defense ranking 19th nationally holding opponents to a 34.7 percent success rate and has forced 28 three-and-outs. The Terps are averaging 5.6 three-and-outs per game, which is tied for 15th nationally and has forced the opposing offense off the field in three plays or less in 40.0 percent of its defensive possessions, which is tied for the 16th-highest percentage nationally.

• Quarterbacks C.J. Brown and Caleb Rowe combined to complete 15 passes for an average of 13.4 yards per completion on Saturday. On the season, the Terps are averaging 14.98 yards per completion, which ranks fifth in the ACC and 12th nationally. Brown ranks fifth in the conference and ninth nationally averaging 15.63 yards per completion, which is on pace to set a school record.

• Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been the Terps’ primary downfield threat. Diggs is tied with Pittsburgh’s Devin Street averaging a league-high 21.2 yards per catch and for his career is averaging 17.2 yards per reception, the second-highest average among active players in the ACC with a minimum of 30 receptions. In addition, his 21.2 yards per catch average is tied for the fourth highest nationally among receivers with 20 or more catches.

• With 236 yards of total offense against West Virginia (9/21), Brown passed Al Neville (2,734) for 22nd all-time for total offensive yards in a career in Maryland history. Brown currently has 2,839 yards of total offense in his career and trails Scott Zolak (2,875) by 36 yards for 21st all-time. Brown ranks third in the ACC with 282.2 yards of total offense per game.

• On Saturday, the Terrapin quarterbacks spread the ball to eight different receivers, the second-highest total of the season. Against FIU (8/31), nine different receivers caught a pass. The Terps are averaging seven different pass-catching targets per game with wide receiver Deon Long averaging a team-best 4.8 receptions per game.

• Through five games Maryland’s special teams have been solid, particularly on kickoffs. The Terps are averaging 24.31 yards per return, the second best average in the ACC and 27th nationally. On coverage, the Terps rank fourth in the ACC and 23rd nationally giving up 18.54 yards per return.

• Defensive back William Likely has been the team’s standout kick returner so far this season. After wide receiver Stefon Diggs set a school record for a freshman averaging 28.52 yards per return in 2012, the second-best single-season average in school history, Likely is averaging 28.6 yards per return. His average ranks second in the ACC and 19th nationally.

• The Terps have made their mark in the first half so far this season. Maryland has outscored its first four opponents 114-44 in the opening two quarters. The Terps have been particularly strong in the second quarter outscoring five opponents, 70-24.

• Through five games, Maryland is one of the least penalized teams in the country. The Terps are averaging 3.60 penalties a game, a mark that is tied for eighth nationally. Its 18 total penalties have cost Maryland 158 yards, an average of 31.6 yards per game, an average that is the ninth lowest nationally.


Maryland Gameday Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are offensive lineman G.T. Harraka (offense), linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. (defense), and defensive back Michael Washington (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Running back Albert Reid will carry the American flag, and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil 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 Virginia game are offensive lineman Sal Conaboy (offense), linebacker L.A. Goree (defense), and defensive back Zach Dancel (special teams).


Maryland-Virginia Series History

• Saturday’s meeting between Maryland and Virginia is the 78th all-time meeting between the two schools, the most of any Terrapin opponent, with the first meeting coming in 1919. The Terps lead the all-time series 43-32-2, and are 20-13-2 at home against the Cavaliers.

• Maryland has won two of the last three meetings between the border rivals including last year’s matchup in Charlottesville, 27-20.

• The Cavs have won the past three meetings in College Park with the Terps last win coming in 2005, a 45-33 victory.

 

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Edsall says mood surrounding Terps “good” despite

Posted on 08 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement: 

“It’ll be good to get back out on the field today and get ready to prepare for this week’s game against Virginia, a team that we will be playing for the last time here at Maryland, as we continue to go throughout the season. But it’s a team that is very talented. They’ve been hurting themselves with turnovers, but what we’ve got to do is take care of ourselves and make sure we do the things that we’re supposed to do, offensively, defensively and on special teams.”

 

On team’s mood following the game at Florida State:

“The mood of the team is good. We went out on the field on Sunday and that Florida State game was behind us when we went out to practice. It’s over with, it’s done, we move to forward to Virginia on Saturday afternoon and we’ll go out there today and have a really good practice and have a really good one tomorrow and Thursday, good mental day Friday, and be ready to play on Saturday and look to get our fifth win.”

 

On the status of quarterback C.J. Brown:

“As far as any of the injuries and go and in regards to anybody I won’t make any comment until Thursday after practice when we get a chance to evaluate everybody during practice during the week and at the end of the week at about six o’clock, we’ll have an update on all the injuries.”

 

On Virginia’s running game:

“They ran the ball really well against Ball State, had over 240 yards. Kevin Parks is very quick, does a really good job in terms of finding the hole. Khalek Shepherd is also a really good back. [David] Watford is a good quarterback. They run things out of the pistol and they’ll run some of the zone-read things as well, but again Parks is a good tough runner and really a good football player.”

 

On defensive lineman Andre Monroe:

“I thought Andre played a really good game last week. It’s good to see him healthy. That move kind of coincided with getting Zeke [Riser] back into the fold. We played Andre inside there last week because he’s got good quickness, strength and plays with good leverage. Having Zeke come back, we just felt that putting Zeke behind Keith [Bowers] and putting Andre inside puts our best guys on the field because of how many defensive linemen we play.”

 

On when a decision about quarterback C.J. Brown’s status for Saturday’s game will be announced:

“On Thursday I will put out an injury report just like I do every Thursday for an ACC game that we will have. We don’t talk about injuries during the week. All of the decisions that we make are after practice on Thursday. We get through the week and see how everybody practices. Guys could be not hurt today and then all of a sudden something happens on Thursday and he is out. So no decision is ever made until Thursday after practice, so we can see where we are once we get through those physical practices for the week.”

 

On the procedure for dealing with concussions:

“We have a process and a protocol that our players have to go through here, which is administered by our trainers and doctors. I’m not going into the exact protocol that they go through, but it’s pretty much similar to that of a NFL team. They have to pass certain tests and be cleared by the doctor. Believe me, we are never going to put any young man on the field with a concussion or any injury, unless they are fully able to play and our cleared by the medical staff. As a coach, I don’t have anything to do with any of those decisions. I just get the injury report from our trainers and doctors. They tell me whose [in] and whose not. We go by that standard. We always have a protocol with the concussions and with any injury that we go through. We are going to make sure that kid is ready to go and play at a high level before returning after an injury.”

 

– Maryland –

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Maryland visits Florida State Saturday in Top 25 showdown

Posted on 04 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Coming off its first bye week of the season, the Maryland football team opens its Atlantic Coast Conference slate in Tallahassee against the eighth-ranked Florida State Seminoles Saturday from Doak S. Campbell Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 12:01 p.m. The Terps are riding a four-game winning streak and are off to their best start since the 2001 season when they won their first seven games en route to the ACC Championship. On Sunday, Maryland debuted in the The Associated Press Top 25 Poll at No. 25 making its first first appearance in the rankings since finishing 23rd in the final poll of the 2010 season.

LIVE Coverage on the ESPN & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN at noon. Dave Pasch (pbp). Brian Griese (color) and Tom Luginbill (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 91 and XM Radio Channel 91, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• Maryland’s defense stifled the Mountaineers at a rain-soaked M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Terps held WVU’s offense to 175 total yards, the lowest output by a West Virginia team since the Terps held WVU to 156 total yards in a 34-7 victory in College Park on Sept. 20, 2003. It is the second time this season Maryland has held an opponent under 200 yards of total offense (FIU, 8/31; 171 yards) and the first time the Terps held an opponent scoreless since beating Wake Forest, 26-0, on Oct. 18, 2008. In the win, Maryland forced six West Virginia turnovers, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions, the most created by the Terps since turning Georgia Tech over six times in a 20-17 overtime win in Atlanta on Oct. 11, 2001.

• With starting defensive backs Jeremiah Johnson and Dexter McDougle sidelined due to injury, defensive back A.J. Hendy turned in a superb performance with an interception and two fumble recoveries to earn the defensive game ball. Hendy’s interception put the Terps up 14-0 after the junior returned it 28 yards for the second Maryland touchdown of the game. Hendy’s interception was the second of his career with both being returned for touchdowns. The Bowie, Md., native picked off his first career pass against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011, an interception he returned 32 yards for a score. For his efforts, Hendy became the first Maryland player to be named The Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week. He also garnered ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors, and was named Jim Thorpe Honorable Mention Defensive Back of the Week and College Football Performance Honorable Mention Defensive Back of the Week.

• The Terps tallied two sacks against the Mountaineers to increase their season total to 17, which is tied for the lead in all of FBS. Defensive linemen Roman Braglio and Darius Kilgo each recorded a sack, while linebacker L.A. Goree led the team with nine tackles, five solo, including one tackle for loss. On the day, Maryland finished with eight tackles for loss led by Kilgo’s two. Adding to the Terps’ turnover total, defensive back Sean Davis and linebacker Matt Robinson each recovered a fumble, and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil intercepted his first career pass.

• Despite being held to under 500 yards of total offense for the first time this season, quarterback C.J. Brown and the Maryland offense continued to run up the point total. The Terps have totaled 30 or more points in four consecutive games for the first time since the 2002 season. Brown threw for 210 yards (17-of-26) and passed for a touchdown and ran for another. Brown connected with tight end Dave Stinebaugh for the opening score of the game marking Stinebaugh’s first career touchdown reception. Wide receiver Deon Long led the Terps with six catches for 98 yards and running back Brandon Ross rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown.

• Place kicker Brad Craddock connected on all three of his field goal attempts against WVU including a season-long 50 yarder. Craddock, who was named College Football Performance National Placekicker of the Week, leads the ACC with 10 made FGs and is averaging a conference-best 2.5 field goals a game. His lone miss this season came from 52 yards at Connecticut (9/14), which would have tied his career long.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland’s 37-0 shutout victory over West Virginia is the Terps’ first shutout since blanking Wake Forest, 26-0, on Oct. 18, 2008, and is the first time the Terps shutout the Mountaineers since defeating them 33-0 in 1999. Of Maryland’s 22 victories over the Mountaineers, the Terps have held WVU scoreless in five of the contests.

• The Terps stifled the WVU offense holding the Mountaineers to 175 total yards marking the second time in four games the Maryland defense has held its opponent under 200 yards of total offense. In its season opener, Maryland held FIU to 171 total yards (8/31) and now has two of the top-25 defensive performances in terms of yardage. The 171-yard output by the Panthers is the 20th-lowest total nationally amongst FBS schools, while the 175 yards by WVU is the 25th lowest.

• Additionally, after holding West Virginia to 175 yards of total offense, Maryland has now recorded two of the top-10 defensive performances in school history since the 2000 season. FIU’s 171 total yards in the team’s season opener (8/31) is the seventh-lowest total since 2000, while WVU’s 175 total yards is the eighth-lowest total.

• A stout passing defense has keyed the early season success for the Terps. Maryland has held two of their opponents below 100 yards passing this season with the performance against WVU ranking as one of the best in the country. The Terps held West Virginia to 62 passing yards, which is the 19th fewest allowed, and opened the season by holding FIU (Aug. 31) to 80 yards passing.

• The defense has been extremely successfully in getting off the field and getting the ball in the offense’s hands. Maryland ranks ninth nationally in third-down defense holding opponents to a 25.4 percent success rate and has forced 26 three-and-outs. Maryland is averaging 6.5 three-and-outs per game, which is tied for seventh nationally and has forced the opposing offense off the field in three plays or less in 45.6 percent of its defensive possessions, which is the 11th-highest percentage nationally.

• With a string of strong defensive performances to open the season, Maryland is the third-ranked scoring defense in the country holding opponents to 10.3 points per game. That mark is the lowest average for a Maryland defense through four games since the 1980 season when the Terps held their first four opponents to an average of 9.3 points per game (Villianova, 3; Vanderbilt, 6; West Virginia, 11; North Carolina, 17).

• With six takeaways against West Virginia, the Terps increased their season total to 13, which is tied for fifth nationally with four other schools and their eight interceptions are tied for eighth. Maryland has at least two takeaways in every game this season and dating back to last year has recorded at least one takeaway in nine straight games. The six takeaways against the Mountaineers marks the most since the Terps recovered three fumbles and intercepted three passes against Georgia Tech on Oct. 11, 2001.

• Defensive back A.J. Hendy’s 28-yard interception return for a touchdown against West Virginia was Maryland’s second non-offensive touchdown in as many games. The last time Maryland scored a non-offensive touchdown in consecutive games came in 2010. Tony Logan returned a punt for a touchdown against FIU on Sept. 25, and added another punt return for a touchdown the following week against Duke (Oct. 2).

• Hendy and fellow defensive back Dexter McDougle have each returned an interception for a touchdown this season. Since 2009, the Terps have 19 non-offensive touchdowns, that total is the most in the ACC.

• With 37 points against the Mountaineers, the Terps have scored 30 or more points in all four contests this season. The last time the Terps scored 30 or points in four or more consecutive games came in 2002. Maryland topped 30 points in six consecutive games starting with Eastern Michigan (45, 9/21/02) and ending at North Carolina (59, 11/2/02). Maryland is averaging 39.8 points per game placing the Terps in a tie for the 28th-highest scoring offense in the country.

• Quarterback C.J. Brown and the Maryland offense has been attacking defenses down the field. The Terps are averaging 15.3 yards per completion, the 10th-highest total in the country, and Brown is averaging 15.8, best in the ACC and seventh nationally. The 15.3 yards per completion is the highest average for a Maryland offense since 1980.

• Brown’s primary threat downfield has been wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Diggs is averaging a league-high 22.2 yards per catch and for his career is averaging 17.3 yards per reception, the third-highest average among active players in the ACC with a minimum of 30 receptions. In addition, his 22.2 yards per catch average is the fourth highest nationally among receivers with 15 or more catches.

• With 236 yards of total offense against WVU, Brown passed Al Neville (2,734) for 22nd all-time for total offensive yards in a career in Maryland history with 2,754 yards. Brown leads the ACC with 331.5 yards of total offense per game and ranks 12th nationally.


Maryland Gameday Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are wide receiver Taivon Jacobs (offense), linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. (defense), and long snapper Joe Marchese (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive lineman Keith Bowers will carry the American flag, and running back Kenneth Goins 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 Florida State game are running back Brandon Ross (offense), defensive back Anthony Nixon (defense), and linebacker Matt Robinson (special teams).


Maryland-Florida State Series History

• Saturday will mark Maryland’s 24th all-time meeting between Maryland and Florida State. The Terrapins trail the all-time series with Seminoles, 2-21, and are 0-11 at Doak S. Campbell Stadium.

• Florida State has won six straight in the series including its defeat of the Terps, 41-14, in College Park last season.

•.Maryland’s last victory over the Seminoles came in 2006. The Terps defeated FSU, 27-24, at Byrd Stadium.

 

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Edsall says FSU QB Winston reminiscent of Manuel

Posted on 01 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

 

“We got a tremendous opportunity and a tremendous challenge as we head down to Tallahassee to take on Florida State. Florida State is an outstanding football team that is really putting up impressive numbers offensively. They are also very aggressive defensively. They are undefeated this time. I thought that we had a good week of practice during the off week and got a little ahead of the game. We did a little bit more on Sunday than we normally do, and now we can get back and go through the game plan. We will work it on all this week and then head down to Tallahassee and our hopefully able to come away with a win.”

 

On if the 4-0 start has changed the vibe while out recruiting:

 

“It was great to be 4-0 and go out recruiting. There was a better reception to us being out there and people taking notice. I also think that even ramped up a little bit after West Virginia beat Oklahoma State this weekend. But people see what we’ve done so far this year, and now all we have to do is go out and play and continue to get better each and every day. If we do that, people will take more notice. So we just have to go out and keep on getting better and play the way that we played against West Virginia.”

 

On Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston:

 

“When you look at him physically, he looks a little bit like E.J. Manuel in terms of his body type. But he is just a very good player. He is strong and a big guy. He is tough to bring down and has got good escape ability. He’s got really strong arms and can make all the throws. Really good people surround him and he is executing the offense very well. He is somebody that you can see is doing all of the things that they are asking him to do.  He is a very good football player and someone who you are concerned with when you have to go up against him on defense. He’s a guy that has the ability to throw the ball and has the ability to do something with his feet. When you get that type of quarterback, it makes the job very difficult for the defense.”

 

On preparing for Florida State’s team speed:

 

“I think what you have to do is execute at a very high level. You have to make sure that you take advantage of your opportunities that you have. I think you do have the ability to make some big plays based on their aggressive natures. We have to make sure to execute and make sure everyone does their job, so it allows us to get those big plays.”

 

On Maryland’s team speed compared to two seasons ago:

 

“I think our team speed has gotten better. I think that when you watch Florida State, they’re very fast and athletic. But I think we’ve gotten faster and more athletic in two years. Again, what we’ve got to do is make sure we go down there and get everybody to do their job and get everybody to play with a high level of confidence and play hard. If you do that, then you got a chance to go and win.”

 

On linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil:

 

“Well, when you get to see Yannik, and just compared to when he came here and how he’s really handled himself and conducted himself on the field, off the field, in the weight room. When you see the work ethic that he’s displayed since he’s been here, and really, the leadership qualities that he’s displayed, those are the things that make it easy for you as a coach to say ‘Hey, this guy’s got to find a place to play’ because he does everything the way it’s supposed to be done.

 

“I think he has a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. It’s something that he’s wanted to prove in terms of being up in Towson and the going to a Division II school that he believed enough in his own abilities to come here and compete and then earn a scholarship. I just love the way the guy handles himself. Just a tremendous work ethic and he’s had that work ethic from the day that he’s gotten here to the day he was awarded a scholarship. He kept working, kept doing those things. I’ve been around enough people in my lifetime to know if they have that ability, that focus, drive, determination that Yannik has, they’re going to be successful and those are the kinds of people you want to surround yourself with.“

 

On the increased level of high school talent in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area:

 

“Well, I’ve always been very fond of the players from the DMV (District, Maryland and Virginia) because of the fact, where I was previously, we had quite a few players from this area who came and played well and contributed to a whole lot of success that we had. One of the things is there’s so many more youth programs that were started here in the state, that this state has a lot of really good athletes. And now what’s happening, they’re getting involved at a younger age and they’re being developed a little bit earlier. But again, I think people recognize the talent that’s in this area and again you’re never going to keep everybody at home because some players want to get away from home. Some want to stay, but you do your best to keep those guys that have the academics, have the athletic ability, and have the character and work ethic that you’re looking for to keep them here. Again, I think you just take a look at earlier this year when you saw all these teams playing teams throughout the country, from Florida, [New] Jersey and all that, the teams here from the state of Maryland and the District won and held their own. I think this area is recognized as one with a lot of talent. You want to make sure you get the guys that fit what you’re looking for and you want to keep as many of those guys here that you possibly can.”

 

On linebacker Marcus Whitfield’s emergence:

 

“The beauty of what I do is to be able to see young people when they first come here and see how innocent or how shy they might be and just to see the ability in them, and then you watch them grow over two to three years, four years and to see how they develop and Marcus is really one of those kids. When I first met Marcus, he was kind of shy, wasn’t a real confident person in my opinion, he might tell you different, but just my experience from what I saw. I just saw a guy that had ability and it’s just neat to see how he’s kind of grown out of that and developed into a young man whose a father now, whose more confident, it’s just, he’s got a smile on his face all the time. He communicates so much more than what he used to. He’s having success on the field doing the things that were asking him to do. He’s going to be graduating here at the end of the semester, just a neat kid.

 

“I think one of the things that helped him is Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil coming in and pushing him because Yannik sat out last year and Marcus was playing and I think he might have seen how hard Yannik works, and if he wants a chance to be the starter then he’s going to have to work. Those two guys have a really good relationship, but he’s a young man that you just like being around. “

 

– Maryland –

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Terps look for 4-0 start Saturday against WVU in Baltimore

Posted on 20 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The University of Maryland football team renews its border rivalry with West Virginia at 3:32 p.m. on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The Terps are coming off of a 32-21 victory at Connecticut behind 501 yards of total offense. With the win, the Terps improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001. That year, Maryland won its first seven games of the season en route to a 10-2 record, an ACC championship and a spot in the Orange Bowl.

LIVE Coverage on 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 117 and XM Radio Channel 202, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• The University of Maryland football team renews its boarder rivalry with West Virginia at 3:32 p.m. on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The Terps are coming off of a 32-21 victory at Connecticut behind 501 yards of total offense. With the win, the Terps improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001. That year, Maryland won its first seven games of the season en route to a 10-2 record, an ACC championship and a spot in the Orange Bowl. In the Terps’ three wins, the offense has totaled over 500 yards each time becoming one of only three schools in the nation to eclipse 500 yards of total offense in as many games. Defensively, the Terps applied constant pressure to UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer. Maryland sacked Whitmer six times and forced him to throw two interceptions, while holding the Huskies to 25 yards rushing. The six sacks by the Terrapin defense are the most since totaling six against Virginia on Oct. 1, 2005.

• The usual suspects played a major role in the Terps’ offensive performance at UConn as Maryland showed good balance with 277 yards passing and 224 yards rushing. Quarterback C.J. Brown continues to be a dynamic run-pass threat. Brown threw for 277 yards on 15-of-28 passing and one touchdown, and rushed for a season-high 122 yards and one score. The 399 yards accounted for by Brown is tied for the 19th-highest single-game total in the nation this season and is the most by a Maryland player since Danny O’Brien accounted for 408 total yards against NC State on Nov. 27, 2010. For the second consecutive game, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who ranks 13th nationally in all-purpose yards (176.67), went over 100 yards receiving finishing with five catches for 110 yards and one touchdown. On the score, Diggs took a bubble screen from Brown, and with blocking in front, worked his way into the end zone from 21 yards out. Diggs has at least one receiving touchdown in five of his last seven games played dating back to last season. Wide receivers Levern Jacobs and Deon Long finished with 60 and 39 yards receiving, respectively. One of Jacobs’ two receptions was a career-high 48-yard sprint down the right sideline to set up a Brad Craddock field goal just before halftime.

• Maryland’s 3-4 defensive scheme consistently applied pressure on Connecticut quarterback Chandler Whitmer totaling a season-high six sacks, forcing two interceptions and holding the Huskies to 25 yards rushing. Through three games, the Terps are holding opponents to 96.7 rushing yards per game, which ranks third in the ACC and is tied for 14th nationally. Despite three Maryland turnovers, including two in the third quarter, the defense held the Huskies to just three points off of those turnovers. Linebacker Marcus Whitfield, who leads the nation with 5.5 sacks, led the team with a career-high three sacks. Whitfield’s final sack led to a safety as the senior applied pressure off the right side causing an intentional grounding call against Whitmer in the end zone. Whitfield was joined by linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, who also had a career high with 2.5 sacks. Senior defensive back Dexter McDougle had both of the Terrapin interceptions, returing one for his second career touchdown weaving his way through the Huskies offense for a 49-yard score. McDougle’s effort earned him Athlon Sports ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors and ACC Defensive Back of the Week. Linebacker Cole Farrand led the team in tackles with a personal-best 12.

• Special teams played an important part in the Maryland win. For the first time this season, defensive back William Likely was the focal point of the return game. Likely had three kick returns for 110 yards including a long of 45 yards. Place kicker Brad Craddock made 3-of-4 field goal attempts including a season-long 40-yard attempt. On the season, the sophomore has made 7-of-8 fieldgoal attempts. Punter Nathan Renfro averaged 43.4 yards per attempt on Saturday including two punts downed inside the 20-yard line.


Quick Hitters

• With 501 yards of total offense against Connecticut, Maryland has recorded over 500 yards of total offense in all three games this season. Since the 1983 season, no other Maryland team has eclipsed the 500-yard mark in three or more consecutive games

• Additionally, Maryland is one of only three teams nationally who have played three games this season to have totaled 500 or more yards of total offense in every contest joining Oregon and California.

• Maryland has had a player rush for over 100 yards and a player with over 100 yards receiving in all three games. Dating back to the 1987 season, no other Terrapins have accomplished the feat in three consecutive games. Quarterback C.J. Brown rushed for 105 yards, while wide receiver Deon Long had 110 yards receiving in the season opener against FIU. Against ODU, running back Brandon Ross totaled 149 rushing yards and wide receiver Stefon Diggs had 179 receiving yards. On Saturday, Brown had 122 yards rushing and Diggs totaled 110 yards receiving.

• When linebacker Marcus Whitfield forced an intentional grounding call in the end zone on UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer, the Terps tallied their second safety in as many games. The last time the Terps had two or more safeties in a season came in 1985. Maryland scored a safety against Penn State on Sept. 7 and one against Duke on Oct. 26.

• Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has 16 catches for 387 yards to lead the team and is averaging 24.2 yards per catch. His per catch average is the fourth highest nationally among receivers with 10 or more receptions and his 129.0 receiving yards per game average leads the ACC and ranks sixth nationally.

• As part of Maryland’s six-sack barrage at UConn, linebacker Marcus Whitfield recorded a career-high three, tied with five other players nationally for the most in a single-game this season. In addition, his 5.5 sacks on the year lead the nation. Shawne Merriman had three sacks against North Carolina on Nov. 2, 2002, and was the last Terp to reach that total. Whitfield was named ACC Linebacker of the Week for his effort.

• Led by Whitfield, the six sacks totaled by the Maryland defense are the most in a single-game for the Terps since recording the same number on Oct. 1, 2005, against Virginia.

• Senior quarterback C.J. Brown accounted for 399 yards of total offense on Saturday (277 pass/122 rush). That mark is tied for the 19th-highest single-game total this season.

• Defensive back Dexter McDougle had a career-high two interceptions returning one 49 yards for his second career touchdown. He is the first Maryland player to return an INT for a touchdown since A.J. Hendy returned one 32 yards against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011. His two picks increased his season total to three, which is tied for the most in the nation.

• McDougle’s 49-yard interception return for a touchdown is the first non-offensive touchdown for Maryland this season. Since 2009, the Terps have 18 non-offensive touchdowns, that total is the most in the ACC.

• Head coach Randy Edsall awarded game balls for the win over Connecticut. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs received the award for the offense, defensive back Dexter McDougle on defense, and place kicker Brad Craddock for special teams.


Terp 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 Derrick Hayward (offense), defensive lineman Chandler Burkett (defense), and linebacker Jalen Brooks (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive back Anthony Nixon will carry the American Flag, and wide receiver Stefon Diggs 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 West Virginia game are tight end Dave Stinebaugh (offense), linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (defense), and defensive back William Likely (special teams).


Maryland-West Virginia Series History

• The Terps and Mountaineers will meet for the 49th time on Saturday, but it’s only the second time Maryland and WVU have met at a neutral site. The previous meeting was at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., for the 2003 Gator Bowl, a game won by the Terps 41-7.

• Maryland trails the all-time series with WVU, 21-26-2, and the Mountaineers have won seven straight meetings with the Terps.

• The Terps’ last win over the Mountaineers during the regular season also came in 2003 as Maryland defeated WVU, 34-7, in College Park (9/20).


Parking Information

• Plan to arrive early to avoid heavy stadium traffic and the evening rush hour traffic. Stadium parking lots will open at 10:30 AM, and stadium gates will open at 1:30 PM.

• Follow the suggested transportation routes below for the parking lot you have been assigned to.

• Pre-plan your route. For more information, visit baltimoreravens.com.

 

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Edsall says WVU provides Terps “tremendous challenge” Saturd

Posted on 17 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

“It’s going to be a lot of fun Saturday to be able to go up to M&T Bank Stadium and play in Baltimore. I know our guys are excited about it to get up there and play in a great venue in the biggest city in the state. We know we got a tremendous challenge. We haven’t beaten West Virginia in seven [straight games]. They’re a very good football team that is playing well at this point in time so were going to have to make sure that we go out and have a good week of practice and prepare the right way and execute and be more productive offensively and minimize big plays defensively in order to give ourselves an opportunity to win on Saturday afternoon.”

 

On defensive back William Likely:

“I think if you just listen to what I’ve said about Will it shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody that he’s gone in and stepped right in and has done the things that we’ve asked him to do on the field. Since the day that Will got here, he’s been extremely competitive. He was well coached coming out of high school. He had good knowledge of the position. He had good fundamentals and he had good technique and all he’s done is just gone out and continue to compete, continue to learn the different fundamentals that we had here and the different techniques that we had. What he’s doing on the field is not a surprise to me or our coaching staff because these are the things that we saw from him when he got here in January. He plays like he’s a seasoned veteran. ‘Will he make mistakes?’ Yes, just like every player. But it’s not a surprise how he’s playing. That’s just how the kid practices. If we had everybody practice the way he practices and the way he competes, we’d be even better. That’s not a knock on anybody else, it’s just he really competes at a high level and he practices at a high level and at a fast pace each and every day. He’s very knowledgeable, he’s a great listener, he understands it, and he’s one of those guys that puts it behind him whenever the play’s over. If it’s good, bad or indifferent, he moves on to the next play. He’s a talented young man.”

 

On his confidence level in defensive backs Jarrett Ross and Alvin Hill:

“I got tremendous confidence in whoever we put in the ball game, but in regards to Alvin and Jarrett, they know exactly what the expectations are going to be for them, what they’re going to have to do in order to prepare themselves to possibly play this weekend. Again, that’s just something that we’ve tried to stress to all of our players that it doesn’t matter where you start on the depth chart, you better be practicing and you better be mentally sharp in the meetings because there could come a time when you’re going to get out there when least expected and you got to get the job done. I got tremendous confidence in either one of them if they had to play.”

 

On West Virginia quarterback Ford Childress:

“[He’s a] big kid, strong kid and has a really good arm. [He] made good decisions. Ran their offense really well, seemed composed for his first start and really did a good job of managing the game for West Virginia against Georgia State. He was impressive on film for a first start. Very, very impressive in terms of how he handled everything.”

 

On the success of Maryland’s pass rush this season:

“I think the pass rush is a combination of a couple of things, number one, you got to have guys that have a desire to get to the quarterback. You got to have guys that have more than one move, guys that can do things from a technique standpoint that’s going to allow them to combat the things that the offensive lineman is doing in terms of protection. I think it helps when you have guys on either side plus you have guys that have speed and quickness, and power in the middle. So I think it’s a combination of a lot of guys working together and guys taking a lot of pride in trying to get pressure on the quarterback with four guys and working together, whether it’s running stunts or straight speed rushes. Again, I think it’s an attitude. I think it’s an attitude and guys that have ability and take pride in trying to get to the quarterback and getting sacks.”

 

On the depth at kick returner and punt returner:  

“There are things that happen throughout the game that I’ll talk to players or players will come up and talk to me. We’ll make a decision to what I think is best in that situation. It was one of those situations where Stefon [Diggs] came up to me and just talked about something, and I have true confidence in Will [Likely] to go back there and so that’s what we did. That’s the thing that I like so much about our football team. We have open communication that if there is something that you know is bothering a guy. You know some kind of knick of something. You know they might feel that I might not be able to get the job done as well as my backup. And then ultimately, I’m the guy that will make that decision. But I think those are the things we’ll make and we’ll talk about certain things. And again the other thing is in terms of numbers of plays that some guys are getting. But like I said I think we got some really outstanding returners. Stefon, Will and I wouldn’t hesitate to put DeAndre [Lane] in there, and a guy like Taivon Jacobs. I know that he can go back there and return some kicks for us as well. And I think that’s a good thing to have. That kind of depth, because again if there is somebody that is nicked up or like I said, you want to just give them a break or something like that, you have the ability to do that. That’s what we’re really shooting for from a depth standpoint.”

 

On wide receiver Taivon Jacobs: 

“He’s No. 2 on the depth chart right now, because we’ve had some injuries there. We’ll just take a look at how he practices this week and we’ll make a determination from there if there is a possibility for him to get on the field or what we’ll do. But he’s a young man who got tremendous speed. He’s again a guy that really works hard. And he’s like said, he can run. He’s a good route runner. Speed is something that you can never have enough of. And again, we’ll just see how it works this week at practice.”

 

On staying focused on each game despite the strong start to the season:  

“Right now we got another one coming up against West Virginia and that’s number four. And then after that, we got eight more that are guaranteed. After that we don’t know. We don’t know what’s going to happen after this week. So this group is a good group from the standpoint that they’re listening to what I’m saying. They get it. They understand that season isn’t over that we do have three wins, but you don’t even worry about those three anymore, because they are over and done with. And they’ve been very good at just focusing in on the task at hand that we have for that particular week. And that’s the nice thing to deal with when you’re a coach. They understand that and they get that.  But, no I don’t do anything different. They just have to understand that hey, this is the most important game we’re going to play all season long because it’s the game that we’re playing this week. You know you’re not getting any bonus points if you win this game, so just go out and give it everything that you got. Play every play like it’s the last one you’re going to play and then hopefully it’s enough that by 6:30 on Saturday afternoon we have a win. And if we do, then we put it in the bank. And if we don’t, then we learn from it. You get better and you move forward.”

 

On playing the game in Baltimore:

“We’re trying to continue to develop the Maryland pride. With the city being as large as it is, and also having that venue, M&T Bank Stadium there in Baltimore, when you do have the opportunity being that we’re the flagship university here in the state and we’re the only state school that’s an FBS, it’s something that I think is important to us. It’s accessible. It’s easy to get to. And again when you’re talking about the fan support in this state for football, there are a lot of football fans. And so, the more that we can do to develop that Maryland pride, get the people from Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and the surrounding counties to be involved with what we’re doing I think it’s a win for us. We’re going to continue to do that and again I think from the standpoint you take a look at the number of kids that we have from the state, and from that area, that are going to be participating. It’s a great way for the people in Baltimore and in Baltimore County to come out and support some of their own, and the rest of the football team. So we’re looking forward to it and hope that we can go up there and play really well on Saturday.”

 

– Maryland –

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Terps CB McDougle out for season with shoulder injury

Posted on 15 September 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland CB Dexter McDougle will miss the rest of the 2013 season with a shoulder injury, head coach Randy Edsall announced on a conference call Sunday. The injury marks the end of the college career for the Terps’ fifth-year senior.

The injury occurred in the Terrapins’ 32-21 win at UConn Saturday night, after McDougle had earlier returned an interception of Huskies QB Chandler Whitmer for a 49 yard touchdown. The injury is particularly costly for the Terps, as they had lost their other starting corner Jeremiah Johnson a week earlier to a toe injury. Johnson has the potential to return to the team in November.

Without their starting corners, the Terps are expected to turn to senior transfer Isaac Goins and true freshman Will Likely as starters. Alvin Hill and Jarrett Ross could also be part of the equation in the secondary.

The Terps return to action Saturday (3:30) against West Virginia at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. It was announced Sunday that the game will air on ESPNU.

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Edsall returns to Connecticut Saturday as Terps look to start 3-0

Posted on 13 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The University of Maryland football team hits the road for the first time this season when it travels to Rentschler Field to take on Connecticut at 7:34 p.m. Saturday. For the second consecutive game, the Terrapin offense racked up over 575 yards of total offense in a 47-10 victory over Old Dominion. The Terps finished with 587 total yards of offense, 312 on the ground and 275 through the air. It is the first time since at least the 1982 season that Maryland has produced over 500 yards of offense in back-to-back games to open the season.

LIVE Coverage on the ESPN3 & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN3 at 7:30 p.m. Bob Picozzi (pbp), K.C. Keeler (color) and John Brickley (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 190, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• The University of Maryland football team hits the road for the first time this season when it travels to Rentschler Field to take on Connecticut at 7:34 p.m. Saturday. For the second consecutive game, the Terrapin offense racked up over 575 yards of total offense in a 47-10 victory over Old Dominion. The Terps finished with 587 total yards of offense, 312 on the ground and 275 through the air. It is the first time since at least the 1982 season that Maryland has produced over 500 yards of offense in back-to-back games to open the season. The defense was equally as impressive holding the Monarchs to their lowest point total since football was reinstated at the university in 2009, and held quarterback Taylor Heinicke, the 2012 Walter Payton Award winner, to a career low as a starter, 166 yards passing. Also, it marked the first time a defense had held him below 200 yards passing as a starter.

• After quarterback C.J. Brown and wide receiver Deon Long starred in the season-opening win over FIU, the Maryland offense showcased some of its other playmakers in its victory over the Monarchs. Running back Brandon Ross eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the third time in his career with a career-high 149-yard performance on Saturday. The sophomore averaged 8.3 yards per carry and finished with one touchdown. On the flanks, wide receiver Stefon Diggs turned in a career performance with a personal-best 179 yards receiving on six catches, including a 41-yard catch and run down the right sideline for a touchdown earning him ACC Reciever of the Week honors. Running backs Albert Reid and Jacquille Veii also got into the act on the ground. Reid tallied his first career touchdown on a career-long 26-yard run and finished with 56 yards, while Veii had 10 carries for 55 yards. Under center, Brown went 14-of-22 for 275 yards and two scores and added two more touchdowns on the ground. Brown is averaging 345.5 yards of total offense per game, tops in the ACC.

• The Terps employed a defensive scheme that emphasized pressure and speed in order to control Heinicke and an Old Dominion offense that averaged 45.2 points per game in 2012 and scored 38 in its season opener at East Carolina. Of the Monarchs first four possessions, Maryland’s defense intercepted Heinicke three times and finished the game with four sacks. On Old Dominion’s opening possession, defensive back Isaac Goins intercepted Heinicke setting up a Brad Craddock field goal. On the Monarchs third possession, defensive back Sean Davis picked off an errant pass down the middle of the field and returned it 21 yards to set up Maryland’s first touchdown of the afternoon, a five-yard run by Brown. A minute and a half into the second quarter, linebacker Yannick Ngakoue pulled in his first career interception. With defensive back Dexter McDougle’s interception against FIU, the Terps have four interceptions on the season, which ties its total from 2012. Defensive pressure helped create the three turnovers. Defensive lineman Andre Monroe recorded two sacks, with linebackers L.A. Goree and Marcus Whitfield with one each. Defensive back William Likely made his first career start and had a team-high 11 tackles, nine solo, and earned Athlon Sports ACC Freshman of the Week honors. Linebacker Matt Robinson had six solo tackles including two tackles for loss to lead the team. On the season, the Terps rank 15th nationally in scoring defense and rank third in the conference.

• After two impressive performances, the Maryland offense and defense are both highly ranked nationally. The Terrapin offense is avergaing 45 points a game, which is tied for 24th nationally with Clemson, and is averaging 581.5 yards of total offense, good for 12th nationally. Defensively, the Terps are conceeding just 253.0 yards per contest, which is tied for the 16th nationally, and are tied for 15th in scoring defense having allowed just 10 points in each of their two games.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland’s offense has totaled 576 and 587 yards in the first two contests, respectively. It marks the first time since at least the 1982 season that the Terps have opened the season with back-to-back 500-yard performances.

• The high-octane offense netted 43 points in the season opener against FIU and 47 against Old Dominion. It is the first time in program history the Terps have eclipsed the 40-point plateau in consecutive games to begin the season.

• The 47 points scored by the Terps against the Monarchs is the most points scored by the Terrapins since totaling 51 against East Carolina in the Military Bowl on Dec. 29, 2010.

• The Terps have made their mark in the first half so far this season. Maryland has outscored its first two opponents 71-13 in the opening two quarters.The Terps have been particularly strong in the second quarter outscoring FIU and ODU, 41-7.

• Leading the attack, quarterback C.J. Brown is averaging 345.5 yards of total offense, a number that leads the ACC and ranks 13th nationally through two games.

• Additionally, Brown has completed 34-of-45 pass attempts for five touchdowns and no interceptions leading to a passer efficiency rating of 216.0, which ranks third in the country.

• Wide receiver Stefon Diggs had a career-high 179 yards receiving against ODU to earn ACC Receiver of the Week honors. Combined with Deon Long’s 110 yards against FIU, it is the first time since Oct. 22, 2011, the Terps have had two consecutive games with receivers totaling 100 yards or more. Quintin McCree had 177 at Florida State (10/22). The week prior against Clemson (10/15), Matt Furstenburg had 104.

• With his career-high performance on Saturday, Diggs ranks sixth nationally in all-purpose yardage. The sophomore is averaging 192.5 yards per game and leads the ACC. Diggs also ranks second in the conference in reception yards per game (138.5) and is averaging 25.2 yards per catch.

• Diggs continues to climb Maryland’s all-time record book. With 179 receiving yards on Saturday, Diggs moved up to 21st all-time with 1,125 career yards and now has 2,281 all-purpose yards, which ranks 24th all-time.

• After being held to 30 rushing yards in the opener, running back Brandon Ross rushed for a career-best 149 yards and one score. Ross was one yard short of becoming the first Maryland player to rush for 150 yards since C.J. Brownran for 162 at Clemson (10/15/11). The sophomore has rushed for 100 or more yards in three of the last five games dating back to last season.

• The Maryland defense held Old Dominion to 10 points, its lowest offensive output since football returned to the university in 2009.

• 2012 Walter Payton Award winner Taylor Heinicke was held to a career-low 166 passing yards by the Maryland defense.


Terp 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 Taivon Jacobs (offense), defensive lineman Malik Jones (defense), and Elvis Dennah (special teams).

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 Connecticut game are quarterback C.J. Brown (offense), linebacker Matt Robinson (defense), and defensive back Sean Davis (special teams).


Maryland-Connecticut Series History

• Saturday will be Maryland’s third all-time meeting with UConn after going 70 years between the first meeting in 1942 and the second meeting last season. The Terps won the first ever meeting in 1942 in College Park, 34-0. Last season, the Huskies defeated the Terps at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, 24-21. Saturday will be Maryland’s first trip to UConn.


Media Information

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

 

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