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Maryland OL Conaboy named to Rimington Trophy Watch List

Posted on 08 July 2014 by WNST Staff

NEW YORK, N.Y. – University of Maryland senior offensive lineman Sal Conaboy has been named to the 2014 Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List as announced Tuesday by The Rimington Trophy Committee.

The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.5 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The 15-year old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $100 million for research.

Conaboy joins Melvin Fowler (2001), Kyle Schmit (2003 and 2004) and Edwin Williams (2008) as Maryland players who have been named to the watch list.

Last season, Conaboy started all 13 games at center for the Terps and served as the offensive line’s representative on the team’s leadership council. An All-Academic ACC selection as a junior, Conaboy anchored a unit that helped the Terps’ rush for over 100 yards in each of their first four games including a 312-yard performance against Old Dominion.

The Clarks Summit, Pa., native also helped Maryland’s offense pass for 3,231 yards in 2013, which marked the first time a Terrapin team eclipsed the 3,000-yard plateau since 1994.

In addition, Conaboy received the Public Service Award at the team banquet at the end of the season. Conaboy is the president of Maryland’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes, which works to raise awareness and money for the fight against cystic fibrosis.

Dave Rimington, the award’s namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy’s only double winner as the nation’s finest college interior lineman.

The Rimington Trophy is awarded to the center who receives the most first-place votes from the Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). If there is a tie with first team votes, then the center with the most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy Committee.

The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.

For more information on the Rimington Trophy, visit rimingtontrophy.com.

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Maryland OL Conaboy named to Rimington Award Watch List

Posted on 19 May 2014 by WNST Staff

NEW YORK, N.Y. – University of Maryland senior offensive lineman Sal Conaboy has been named to the 2014 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List as announced Monday by the award committee.

The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.5 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The 14-year old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $100 million for research.

Conaboy joins Melvin Fowler (2001), Kyle Schmit (2003 and 2004) and Edwin Williams (2008) as Maryland players who have been named to the watch list.

Last season, Conaboy started all 13 games at center for the Terps and served as the offensive line’s representative on the team’s leadership council. An All-Academic ACC selection as a junior, Conaboy anchored a unit that helped the Terps’ rush for over 100 yards in each of their first four games including a 312-yard performance against Old Dominion.

The Clarks Summit, Pa., native also helped Maryland’s offense pass for 3,231 yards in 2013, which marked the first time a Terrapin team eclipsed the 3,000-yard plateau since 1994.

In addition, Conaboy received the Public Service Award at the team banquet at the end of the season. Conaboy is the president of Maryland’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes, which works to raise awareness and money for the fight against cystic fibrosis.

Dave Rimington, the award’s namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy’s only double winner as the nation’s finest college interior lineman.

For more information on the Rimington Trophy, visit rimingtontrophy.com.

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Terps say ACC title hopes not gone despite FSU loss

Posted on 09 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Defensive Lineman Zeke Riser

On bouncing back after the game at Florida State:

“It’s really positive; I’ve been on really good teams and really bad teams so whenever guys take losses hard that’s a good sign. If no one cares about losing then that’s when you have a problem.”

On Virginia:

“They’re really big upfront; they’ve got a really strong running game like they’ve have had in the past. We really have to stop the run like we have to do every week so that’s what we’re basing everything on this week.”

Offensive lineman Sal Conaboy

On putting the Florida State game in the past:

“We just knew that we had to, that’s just a game you have to get out of your mind in less than 24 hours and I think we did a good job with that. We had a good session Sunday and hopefully that’ll carry over to today.”

On Saturday’s game against Virginia:

“We’re excited; we’re really looking forward to getting out this week and getting after it. We’re putting an emphasis on being physical and this is going to be a physical game and we’re really excited for another border battle.”

On the key to winning Saturday’s game:

“Be physical, focus on the little things, our technique, just really getting after it.”

Offensive lineman De’Onte Arnett

On preparing for Saturday’s game against Virginia:

 “The biggest thing we’re worried about is perfecting our technique and cleaning up what we didn’t do well last week. We want to make sure that we don’t tip off in our stances, go back to the basics.  We felt like we did that in the bye week, but we’ll put a little more emphasis on it this week cleaning things up.”

On head coach Randy Edsall’s message to the team following the game at Florida State:

“That one’s in the books, it’s a classic saying, but that one’s in the books, can’t continuously worry about what happened.  We have to learn from the tape and then move on.”

Linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil

On the Florida State game:

“There were a lot of things we could have done differently; I think we lost that game mentally. It’s unfortunate, but that game is in the past and we’re just trying to get it out of our system and just get ready for Virginia.”

On the mood in the locker room following Saturday’s game:

“We’re definitely upset about losing last week, but we just have to get that out of our system. There’s a lot of football left this season; our hopes and dreams have not ended. We just have to flush it out of our system and get ready for Virginia.”

On the team’s expectations moving forward:

“The goal is still to win every game; you never know what is going to happen. Definitely, don’t think the chances of us becoming ACC champs have gone down the drain. In the meantime, you just have to control what you can control and going out there and giving it your all and trying to win every game.”

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Terps excited for rivalry battle in NFL stadium Saturday

Posted on 18 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Quarterback C.J. Brown

On the Maryland-West Virginia rivalry:

“It’s another big game for us; we get to go play in an NFL stadium against another good team. In the past, it’s been a pretty big rivalry, but from my point of view it’s just another game; we’re just going to look at it as an opportunity to go 4-0 and get another win closer to a bowl game.”

On what they have to do to beat West Virginia:

“We have to play our game. I think they’re a good team, they’re going to come out and make plays, and they’re going to be a force. We’ve played them well the past couple years that I’ve been here. We have to go in there and execute, come out and play our game and not have the turnovers we had last game; execute and put touchdowns on the board”

On the West Virginia defense:

“There aren’t too many concerns, but they are going to pressure.  We just have to go out and have a good week of practice, execute what we have to do and go out there on Saturday and play well.”

Offensive lineman Sal Conaboy

On the offensive line’s chemistry:

“There are a lot of personalities in that unit and I think that plays a big part in it. Some guys are a little quieter, but some guys really are outgoing and really like to communicate a lot so I think that is good for us to have. Off the field too, we really click very well.”

On his mindset this season:

“I’ve been trying to work on all aspects of being a leader. I think that helps me to be able to go out there and have to communicate and to just get everyone on the same page. I don’t think I’m changing anything, just trying to develop a little more.”

On playing at M&T Bank Stadium:

“I think everyone is a little excited about that. Actually, my first game (Navy, 9/6/10) was there. I’m excited to go back there to play. With that game, I just remember the whole time it was exciting, from the time we ran out of the tunnel to the very last snap.”

Linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil

On possibly tying last year’s win total with victory against West Virginia:

“It’s definitely going to be huge, you know we haven’t been 3-0 since 2001, so this is a big thing for us. We are just going to take it week-by-week and that’s all we can do”

On what the West Virginia-Maryland rivalry means:

“It’s going to be my first West Virginia game so I don’t really know too much about it. All I’ve heard is ‘The Battle of the Border’. Last year, when I traveled myself to the game, it got a little heated on the field. It’s going to be a big game, especially at M&T Bank Stadium. It’s just going to be a big game for a whole bunch of guys”

On if the attitude of the team has been different so far this week:

“Just overall excitement to get another win and to just prove to other people and prove to this conference that we’re really trying to do some good things this year.  We just go out every day with the mentality to get better.”

Tight End Dave Stinebaugh

On the rivalry with West Virginia:

“It’s definitely a good rivalry; we’ve played them on and off the past couple years and it’s always good especially when a lot of the guys around here know someone from West Virginia. So it’s always a good thing for them, right across the border.”

On missed opportunities for the offense at Connecticut:

“We definitely left some opportunities out there, it’s definitely something we’re not happy about, but its things we can fix. We pride ourselves on offense as going out there and fixing the little things and trying to get this thing running on all cylinders; be the best we can be.”

Linebacker Marcus Whitfield

On his improved pass rush this season:

“I worked out over the offseason with the team, went through the drills, had a great offseason. Definitely liked working with the team on the defensive scheme. I feel like in my position I know all of what goes on all around me; when coaches put me in a position to make a play I make the play.”

On the reception for the team around campus

“People are out there noticing us more; it feels good to have support from the fans. They definitely turn out to the games to come out to support us. It just feels good to be out there doing what we do best.”

-Maryland-

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Edsall appears to have starting O-Line set

Posted on 20 August 2013 by WNST Staff

With its season opener against Florida International 11 days away, the Maryland football team held its final open practice on Tuesday afternoon at the on-campus practice facility.

Preseason camp is set to break Thursday after morning meetings with the players moving into their permanent residences that afternoon. The Terps will hold a walk-thru Wednesday morning with a full practice later in the day.

Head coach Randy Edsall addressed the media following practice on Tuesday and touched on several topics including the status of the offensive line heading into the season opener.

“Once we get into game week and we have to put out a two-deep we will,” said Edsall about the starting five. “But we looked like we’ve got some guys who can settle in there. We had Mike Madaras at left [tackle], De’Onte Arnett at left guard, Sal [Conaboy] at center, Mike Dunn at right guard and Ryan Doyle at right tackle. That’s pretty much how I think that will be; we just hope not to get any injuries.”

A popular topic amongst the media for the past two weeks has been the competition for the No. 2 quarterback spot. Edsall hinted this competition could extend into the start of the season.

“Right now, we’re in a situation where it’s still an “or” situation,” Edsall said. “Nobody really separated themselves. It’s really Caleb [Rowe] and Ricardo [Young]. Perry’s [Hills] probably down. I think Perry’s still coming back a little bit from that knee injury. That’s where we are, but anything can change. I’m waiting for somebody to step up.  If not, we’ll just make a week-to-week decision or situation-to-situation decision.”

Edsall touched on the development of wide receiver Stefon Diggs as a leader at media day to begin camp and believes the wideout is embracing the role so far in camp.

“I think he’s really stepping up more as a leader,” said Edsall. “That’s the one thing I challenged him with is that he needs to be more of a leader, not only by example, but also being vocal. I think he understand what his role is and what he needs to do. He is stepping up and doing it, and he’s getting better at it each and every day. It’s good to see that development take place.”

Davis Earns the Nod at Safety: Edsall said sophomore Sean Davis has earned the starting job at one of the safety positions. But junior A.J. Hendy remains very much in the mix particularly on special teams and in the Terps’ dime package.

“Right now, we have Sean with the No. 1’s, but that one was as close as you can probably get. That’s what we told the kids. It was close. Sean knows that he’s got to perform each day. A.J. has practiced very hard, he has before too.

“As I told A.J., you’re a starter on this football team. He’s starting for us on dime and special teams. We had to get these guys to understand how important special teams are because I think we’ve got enough talent to be pretty special on special teams.”

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Edsall gives edge to Conaboy in Maryland center competition

Posted on 16 August 2013 by WNST Staff

With Fan Appreciation Day set for Saturday, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, the Maryland football team held its final open practice prior to Saturday’s scrimmage at the on-campus practice facility Thursday afternoon.

Heading into the weekend, there are several hotly contested position battles, one of which is for the No. 2 quarterback spot. While a little separation is emerging between Perry Hills, Caleb Rowe and Ricardo Young , head coach Randy Edsall is not tipping his hand just yet.

“I think you’re starting to see some separation there a little bit,” said Edsall. “I want to wait until after the scrimmage and see what goes on there. We still have practice tomorrow and the scrimmage. I think I’m closer to knowing who’s two, three and four, but again, I’m just going to let that play out on Saturday. They’re all three still fighting it out.

“I want to find the next guy, if he has to come in, where we don’t have to change the game plan. I’m looking for the guy who can do both. That’s what we want out of our quarterbacks at Maryland. We want a guy who can throw the ball, but who can also make some plays with his legs as well.”

While the quarterback battle will stretch at least into Saturday, there seems to be some separation on who will be snapping the ball. After splitting time with Evan Mulrooney at center last season, Sal Conaboy has used a strong offseason to position himself well according to Edsall.

“Sal’s just played well,” said Edsall. “I think he took the bull by the horns. He got stronger over the summer. He’s really good with his checks and making the calls for the offensive line. I think he kind of separated himself from Evan [Mulrooney] based on the hard work, not that Even didn’t work hard, but Sal probably did a little bit more. He’s out here executing and doing the things that allowed him to be the starter.”

With the departure of five defensive starters from a year ago, the unit will have several new contributors this fall. The veteran leadership will need to be provided by an experienced secondary, particularly Jeremiah Johnson and Dexter McDougle. It is a role Edsall believes the two have embraced.

“Those two guys have been around,” said Edsall. “They’re savvy. They want to work. When you get a chance to go against Stefon [Diggs], Nigel [King] and Deon [Long], before he was out, and even Amba [Etta] and Levern [Jacobs], you’ve got pretty good competition. They’ve been solid. They’re good leaders and have been vocal on defense, and I think veterans should be. They should be vocal, they should be leaders and they should go out there and be productive, which both of those guys have been.”

Gates at will open at 12:30 p.m. for Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday. The scrimmage is set for 1:30 p.m. Following the scrimmage, Edsall and student-athletes will participate in an autograph session on the field. Fans are welcome to come on the field after the scrimmage and get an up-close look at this year’s squad. Authentic game-used Maryland Football gear including jerseys, cleats, and gloves will also be available for purchase.

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