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Edsall announces Diggs, Long to miss Spring; Petty to leave program

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Edsall announces Diggs, Long to miss Spring; Petty to leave program

Posted on 12 February 2014 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland head football coach made a string of announcements about the team’s spring football roster Tuesday via Twitter.


There are no particular surprises in the group. Diggs and Long each broke a leg in the Terrapins’ loss to Wake Forest last season which caused their seasons to be cut short. Edsall recently told WNST’s Glenn Clark neither was at risk to miss the start of the 2014 season.  LB Cudjoe-Virgil (Towson) missed the rest of last season after suffering a torn pec in the team’s win over Virginia.

LB Petty’s transfer comes as a bit of a surprise. The rising junior is best known for having to start four games at quarterback in 2012 after the team lost C.J. Brown, Perry Hills, Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe to season-ending injuries. Petty returned to roles on defense and special teams in 2013, including a start in the Terps’ loss to Clemson.

QB Young had made quite the college tour before arriving in College Park-including stops at Virginia Tech and New Mexico. The Terps have plenty of depth at the position, with Brown being granted an additional year of eligibility after missing the 2012 season. Rowe, Hills, rising redshirt freshman Shane Cockerille (Gilman), rising junior Dustin Dailey and incoming freshman Will Ulmer will be on the roster barring further changes.

Maryland has not yet announced their 2014 Spring football schedule.

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Four things you can count on: Death, taxes, the 15-7-0 and Jay Cutler getting hurt

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Four things you can count on: Death, taxes, the 15-7-0 and Jay Cutler getting hurt

Posted on 21 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

You guys remember when the 15-7-0 was a fun time to gather ’round with family, tell tales and make fun of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins? Man…September was so great. Up yours, October!

15 Positive Observations…

1. I guess as it turns out, new Peyton > old Peyton. Oh and since we’re here, this is a reminder that the only Peyton to have ever been on the cover of Madden was Peyton Hillis. Hehe.

The Broncos WISH they had a better offense. Like…the Ravens’?

Also. The Colts’ punter is WAY tougher.

Also, Wes Welker’s catch didn’t suck.

2. As far as I’m concerned, the Towson Tigers are what’s happening in college football. Yes, the Towson Tigers. Nothing else. STOP FREAKING ASKING ALREADY.

Seriously. Don’t ask me about the other stuff. Just enjoy this.

3. Happy Monday. Florida State just scored. How was work today? Florida State just scored again. What are you thinking about for dinner tonight? Florida State scored again. Florida State scored again. Florida State scored again.

And also, Nick O’Leary put someone on THEIR ASS.

Your response, Tigers fans?

And here’s Kelvin Benjamin looking…EXACTLY LIKE A FLORIDA STATE RECEIVER.

College Gameday was at Clemson Saturday morning, happier times for Bill Murray.

4. The Bengals are in first place by two full games. If this particular 15-7-0 post were a meme, it would be the one with the guy with the hair saying “Aliens”.

And even with THIS?

And THIS?

But apparently AJ Green is ALSO good.

5. How was your Sunday? Mine was fine, you know, other than the watching Harry Douglas on my fantasy football bench and inventing knew curse words to scream aloud in response.

After the Falcons beat the Buccaneers, they sent a hazmat crew into the locker room because THIS IS WHAT IT’S COME TO IN TAMPA.

Perhaps the Falcons could have used a hazmat suit to cover Vincent Jackson.

(Continued on Page 2…)

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Maryland wraps football season Saturday at North Carolina

Posted on 23 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland closes out its 2012 campaign when it visits North Carolina this Saturday at 3 p.m. for the first meeting between the schools since 2008. The Terps have won five of the last six in the series, though the Tar Heels hold a 36-21-1 all-time edge, including a 20-14-1 advantage in Chapel Hill.

First-and-10

• The Terps have lost five straight after a rash of injuries has taken its toll on both sides of the ball. Ten Terrapins have been lost to season-ending injuries, all of them potential starters. Of the 10 starters lost, four are quarterbacks, leaving freshman Shawn Petty, a former linebacker, as the team’s starter. Maryland has been without leading rusher Wes Brown and leading tackler Demetrius Hartsfieldthe past two weeks, both of whom suffered season-ending injuries. Combined with Perry Hills’ season-ending injury in October, that meant the Terps were without their leading passer (Hills), rusher (Brown) and tackler (Hartsfield) the last three games of the year.

• Hartsfield, who suffered a torn ACL during the Georgia Tech game, had been the leader of a defense that ranked in the top-10 nationally for the first eight games of the season. One of four team captains, Hartsfield has remained Maryland’s leading tackler and ranks 15th in school history with 338 in his career.

• The toughest part of Maryland’s schedule has coincided with Maryland’s ills. The Terps faced the top four offenses in the Atlantic Coast Conference in November – Clemson ranks first, Florida State second, North Carolina third and Georgia Tech fourth. Still, the Terps possess a top 15 defense. Maryland ranks 15th nationally in total defense (322.5 ypg), 20th in rushing defense (123.9 ypg) and 27th in passing defense (198.6 ypg). In 11 games, Maryland has held its opponent under 100 rushing yards five times, and under 55 yards four times.

• Maryland has an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebackers Kenneth Tate and Darin Drakeford. Maryland’s 6.6 tackles for loss per game rank 29th in the FBS and its 2.55 sacks per game are tied for 25th. Vellano, who has played through an ankle injury for much of the year, is fourth in the ACC and is tied for 30th nationally with 1.27 tackles for loss per game. Vellano and Drakeford are tied for fifth in the conference with 6.0 sacks, and Cole Farrand has also provided solid play, with his 71 tackles ranking second on the team behind the injured Hartsfield. Against Florida State, Tate became the first Terrapin to record 3.0 sacks in a game since Shawne Merriman on Nov. 2, 2002.

• Petty took the reins at QB against Georgia Tech and has started the past three games. Petty starred on both sides of the ball and was an All-Met selection at Eleanor Roosevelt HS in Greenbelt, Md. As a quarterback, he threw for 1,300 yards and 15 TDs, and ran for 550 yards and 10 TDs. In his two games, Petty has completed 23 of 49 passes for 292 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Against Florida State, Petty hit senior wide receiver Kevin Dorsey for a pair of scores as Dorsey surpassed 1,000 career receiving yards.

• Against Clemson, Brandon Ross took over starting duties at running back for the injured Brown and responded with the best game of his young career. Ross ran 16 times for 100 yards, an average of 6.25 yards per carry, and had a 44-yard run which is the longest by a Terrapin this season.

• Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been Maryland’s most dynamic playmaker this season. His 766 receiving yards rank 10th on Maryland’s single-season list, while his 1,648 all-purpose yards rank fifth. Against Virginia, the freshman returned the game’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and vs. Boston College he had a career-high 11 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with a pair of touchdown catches against Georgia Tech and over his last seven games is averaging 88.6 receiving yards per game. Diggs has earned ACC weekly honors four times this season: he received Rookie of the Week honors against West Virginia, Wake Forest and Boston College; and Specialist of the Week honors against Virginia.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland is one of seven schools to have started three different players at quarterback this season (also Southern Miss – 4; and Colorado State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tulane and Utah – 3).

• The combination of a talented 2012 recruiting class and a number of injuries has led Maryland to play 15 true freshmen this season. That’s tied for the third most in the FBS, behind only Texas and TCU who have each played 16.

• The quarterback position has been hit hardest by injuries, leaving the Terps in what seems to be uncharted territory. Four Maryland QBs have suffered season-ending injuries this year: C.J. Brown was lost in August with a torn ACL; Perry Hills was lost in the NC State game with a torn ACL; Devin Burns was lost after replacing Hills in the NC State game with a Lisfranc (foot); and Caleb Rowe was lost for the year after suffering a torn ACL in the Boston College game. An inquiry among FBS media relations contacts turned up no results of any school having a similar injury situation at quarterback this season or in the past.

• Perry Hills, Caleb Rowe and Shawn Petty have all started at QB this season. It’s been nearly 30 years since Maryland last started three quarterbacks in one season. The last time was 1973, when Ben Kinard started six games, Bob Avellini started three games and Al Neville started two games.

• Maryland has lost 10 players to season-ending injuries this year, four of which are quarterbacks. QB C.J. Brown (knee), WRKerry Boykins (hip), RB Wes Brown, QB Devin Burns (foot), PK/P Nick Ferrara (hip), LB Demetrius Hartsfield (knee), QB Perry Hills (knee), WR Marcus Leak (toe), DL Andre Monroe (knee) and QB Caleb Rowe (knee) have all been lost for the year.

• Stefon Diggs has earned ACC Player of the Week honors four times this year. Diggs won Rookie of the Week for his play against West Virginia (9/22), Wake Forest (10/6) and Boston College (10/27), and Specialist of the Week against Virginia (10/13).

• Diggs ranks fifth in the conference and first among freshmen with 76.6 receiving yards per game. Diggs, who has 46 catches for 766 yards, already ranks 10th on Maryland’s single-season receiving yards list (see list page 6).

• Diggs is the only Maryland freshman to record back-to-back 100-yard receiving games (vs. West Virginia and Wake Forest) since at least 1985, the earliest game-by-game statistics were recorded at the school.

• Maryland allowed Wake Forest to complete just 32.4 percent of its passes (13 of 38). That is the lowest percentage by an opponent with at least 30 passing attempts since Duke went 13 of 42 (30.9%) on Nov. 14, 1998.

• Joe Vellano’s father, Paul Vellano, was inducted into the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 5. The elder Vellano was a first team All-American in 1973, while Joe was a second team All-American in 2011. The father-son combo represent one of four known father-son All-America combos to attend the same FBS school (also Lee and Travis McGriff at Florida; Kevin and Drew Butler at Georgia; Archie and Eli Manning at Ole Miss).

• Fourteen players saw their first career action for Maryland against William & Mary, and 27 players have seen their first career action for Maryland at some point this season (15 true freshmen, eight redshirt freshmen, one sophomore, two juniors, one senior).

• The Terps are holding opponents to 3.34 yards per carry, which is ranks 14th nationally. Of the opponents’ 408 rushing attempts this season, 246 (60.3%) have been for three yards or less (28 of 41 vs. William & Mary; 28 of 39 vs. Temple; 25 of 40 vs. Connecticut; 20 of 25 vs. West Virginia; 21 of 29 vs. Wake Forest; 25 of 42 vs. Virginia; 18 of 26 vs. NC State; 21 of 27 vs. Boston College; 18 of 56 vs. Georgia Tech; 26 of 42 vs. Clemson; 16 of 51 vs. Florida State).

• The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In 11 games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 31:10 to 28:50 for the opponent. That’s a major upgrade compared to 2011, when Maryland averaged just 25:16 a game to 34:44 for the opponent.


Maryland-North Carolina Series History

• Saturday’s game will mark the 70th meeting between the Terrapins and Tar Heels. North Carolina owns a 36-32-1 edge in the all-time series. The two schools first met back in 1920 when Maryland blanked Carolina 13-0. Maryland is 14-20-1 against North Carolina in games played in Chapel Hill.

• The teams last met in 2008 in College Park, a 17-15 Maryland victory. The Terps have won five of the last six in the series.

• The Tar Heels have won four of the last six meetings in Chapel Hill. The last meeting in Chapel Hill was in 2007, a 16-13 North Carolina victory.

 

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Maryland hosts Florida State for Senior Day Saturday

Posted on 16 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland takes on a top-10 opponent for the second consecutive week when Florida State visits Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium Saturday for the Terrapins’ annual “blackout” game. The Terps will also be celebrating Senior Day for the 17 seniors on the roster. Florida State has owned the upper hand in the all-time series, having won 20 of 22 meetings including the last five.

First-and-10

• The Terps have hit hard times of late after a rash of injuries has taken its toll on both sides of the ball. Nine Terrapins have been lost to season-ending injuries, all of them potential starters. Of the nine starters lost, four are quarterbacks, leaving freshman Shawn Petty, a former linebacker, as the team’s starter. Against Clemson last week, Maryland was also without running back Wes Brown and wide receiver Stefon Diggs; combined with Perry Hills and Demetrius Hartsfield’s season-ending injuries, that meant the Terps were without their leading passer (Hills), rusher (Brown), receiver (Diggs) and tackler (Hartsfield).

• Hartsfield, who suffered a torn ACL during the Georgia Tech game, had been the leader of a defense that ranked in the top-10 nationally for the first eight games of the season. One of four team captains, Hartsfield is still Maryland’s leading tackler and ranks 15th in school history with 338 in his career.

• Still, without Hartsfield and despite allowing over 400 yards of total offense for the first time all season in each of the past two games, the Terps possess a top 20 defense. Maryland ranks 16th nationally in total defense (315.1 ypg), 19th in rushing defense (112.6 ypg) and 30th in passing defense (202.5 ypg). In 10 games, Maryland has held its opponent under 100 rushing yards five times, and under 55 yards four times.

• Maryland has an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebackers Kenneth Tate and Darin Drakeford. Those four have played a big role in holding opponents to an average of just 3.07 yards per rush, which is tied for 10th nationally. Maryland’s 6.9 tackles for loss per game rank 24th in the FBS and its 2.5 sacks per game are tied for 27th. Vellano is tied for the ACC lead and is tied for 19th nationally with 1.4 tackles for loss per game. Cole Farrand has also provided solid play, with his 63 tackles ranking second on the team behind the injured Hartsfield.

• Petty took the reins at QB against Georgia Tech and has started the past two games. Petty starred on both sides of the ball and was an All-Met selection at Eleanor Roosevelt HS in Greenbelt, Md. As a quarterback, he threw for 1,300 yards and 15 TDs, and ran for 550 yards and 10 TDs. In his two games, Petty has completed 15 of 30 passes for 156 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Maryland is one of seven schools to have started three different players at quarterback this season (also Southern Miss – 4; and Colorado State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tulane and Utah – 3).

• Against Clemson, Brandon Ross took over starting duties at running back for the injured Brown and responded with the best game of his young career. Ross ran 16 times for 102 yards, an average of 6.2 yards per carry, and had a 44-yard run which is the longest by a Terrapin this season.

• Though he missed the Clemson game, wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been Maryland’s most dynamic playmaker this season. Against Virginia, the freshman returned the game’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and vs. Boston College he had a career-high 11 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with a pair of touchdown catches against Georgia Tech and over his last six games he’s averaged 95.8 receiving yards per game. His 174.9 all-purpose yards per game this season rank second in the ACC and seventh nationally. Diggs has earned ACC weekly honors four times this season: he received Rookie of the Week honors against West Virginia, Wake Forest and Boston College; and Specialist of the Week honors against Virginia.


Quick Hitters

• The combination of a talented 2012 recruiting class and a number of injuries has led Maryland to play 15 true freshmen this season. That’s tied for the third most in the FBS, behind only Texas and TCU who have each played 16.

• The quarterback position has been hit hardest by injuries, leaving the Terps in what seems to be uncharted territory. Four Maryland QBs have suffered season-ending injuries this year: C.J. Brown was lost in August with a torn ACL; Perry Hills was lost in the NC State game with a torn ACL; Devin Burns was lost after replacing Hills in the NC State game with a Lisfranc (foot); and Caleb Rowe was lost for the year after suffering a torn ACL in the Boston College game. An inquiry among FBS media relations contacts turned up no results of any school having a similar injury situation at quarterback this season or in the past.

• Perry Hills, Caleb Rowe and Shawn Petty have all started at QB this season. It’s been nearly 30 years since Maryland last started three quarterbacks in one season. The last time was 1973, when Ben Kinard started six games, Bob Avellini started three games and Al Neville started two games.

• Maryland has lost nine players to season-ending injuries this year, four of which are quarterbacks. QB C.J. Brown (knee), WR Kerry Boykins (hip), QB Devin Burns (foot), PK/P Nick Ferrara (hip), LB Demetrius Hartsfield (knee), QB Perry Hills (knee), WR Marcus Leak (toe), DL Andre Monroe (knee) and QB Caleb Rowe (knee) have all been lost for the year.

• Stefon Diggs has earned ACC Player of the Week honors four times this year. Diggs won Rookie of the Week for his play against West Virginia (9/22), Wake Forest (10/6) and Boston College (10/27), and Specialist of the Week against Virginia (10/13).

• Diggs ranks fifth in the conference and first among freshmen with 80.1 receiving yards per game. Diggs, who has 43 catches for 721 yards, already ranks 11th on Maryland’s single-season receiving yards list (see list page 6).

• Diggs is the only Maryland freshman to record back-to-back 100-yard receiving games (vs. West Virginia and Wake Forest) since at least 1985, the earliest game-by-game statistics were recorded at the school.

• Maryland allowed Wake Forest to complete just 32.4 percent of its passes (13 of 38). That is the lowest percentage by an opponent with at least 30 passing attempts since Duke went 13 of 42 (30.9%) on Nov. 14, 1998.

• Joe Vellano’s father, Paul Vellano, was inducted into the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 5. The elder Vellano was a first team All-American in 1973, while Joe was a second team All-American in 2011. The father-son combo represent one of four known father-son All-America combos to attend the same FBS school (also Lee and Travis McGriff at Florida; Kevin and Drew Butler at Georgia; Archie and Eli Manning at Ole Miss).

• Fourteen players saw their first career action for Maryland against William & Mary, and 27 players have seen their first career action for Maryland at some point this season (15 true freshmen, eight redshirt freshmen, one sophomore, two juniors, one senior).

• The Terps are holding opponents to 3.07 yards per carry, which is tied for 10th nationally. Of the opponents’ 367 rushing attempts this season, 230 (62.7%) have been for three yards or less (28 of 41 vs. William & Mary; 28 of 39 vs. Temple; 25 of 40 vs. Connecticut; 20 of 25 vs. West Virginia; 21 of 29 vs. Wake Forest; 25 of 42 vs. Virginia; 18 of 26 vs. NC State; 21 of 27 vs. Boston College; 18 of 56 vs. Georgia Tech; 26 of 42 vs. Clemson).

• The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In 10 games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 31:44 to 28:16 for the opponent. That’s a major upgrade compared to 2011, when Maryland averaged just 25:16 a game to 34:44 for the opponent.

• Head coach Randy Edsall hands out game balls for each win. Most recently, Darin Drakeford received the defensive game ball and Stefon Diggs got the special teams game ball for the win over Virginia (see complete list, page 6).


Maryland-Florida State Series History

• Florida State leads the all-time series 20-2 and has won the last five in the series. Last season, the Seminoles won 41-16 in Tallahassee. In College Park, Florida State owns an 8-2 edge.

• Florida State and Maryland met for the first time in 1966, and the Seminoles took the first 14 games in the series before Maryland finally broke through with a 20-17 win over the fifth-ranked Seminoles in 2004.

• Maryland took its second game in the series in 2006, winning 27-24 after Sam Hollenbach threw three touchdowns, including a pair to Darrius Heyward-Bey. Jeremy Navarre blocked a potential game-tying field goal toward the end of regulation.

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OC Locksley says Terps only using “50 percent” of playbook with Petty under center

Posted on 14 November 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Quotes

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

 

On Kevin Dorsey’s career and dealing with change:

“I can tell you this, I’m proud of the way Kevin [Dorsey] has handled all the changes that have taken place. I know this year with the different guys that have been behind center for us he’s kind of been the one consistent force out there on the perimeter. Statistically it may not show, but he does a lot of the little things that you want out of a senior. I couldn’t be more proud of Kevin. Of all those seniors, obviously their last opportunity to play here at home, I’m sure it will be emotional for those guys. I can’t thank those guys enough for fighting through some adversity on the offensive side of the ball. They’ve had to deal with quite a lot, and they’ve come in each week and worked diligently to continue to go out and try to find ways to win ball games. I expect the same this week.”

 

On the difficulty of continuing to get adjusted to new quarterbacks:

“Offensive football is timing and spacing. It’s built on that, and when a guy comes in that they haven’t been playing with, there’s a reason they do so much stuff in the offseason with quarterbacks to develop the timing. For those guys it’s been an adjustment, and they’ve  taken it, they’ve made the most of it, and they’ve continued to come out no matter who’s out there. We talk about maybe having to make a tough catch because it’s not always going to be necessarily where you think it will be. Kevin has been one of those guys, Matt Furstenberg, Devonte Campbell, [Ryan] Schlothauer, all those guys have taken it in stride.”

 

On running the ball outside with Brandon Ross:

“I think anytime you can run the ball outside, It helps with the numbers you see in the box. That’s where perimeter blocking becomes a major factor. That’s how a guy like Kevin Dorsey has made his mark this year for us as a blocker. It takes pressure off the quarterback in the zone read game, some of the things we do because there is a threat of the ball hitting the perimeter. [Brandon Ross] has the ability to make some plays for us.”

 

On if they’re using around 50 percent of the playbook:

“That’s what coach said and that’s exactly what the number is. I know this we’re doing what Shawn [Petty] is capable of executing. I know that for all of us receivers, myself as a coach, often times once you get in the game plan, a lot of the creativity of wanting to do things that you think or know has a chance to be successful against an opponent, you’ve to tempo it down. You’ve got to go back and continue to ask yourself the question, ‘Can Shawn execute it?’ It’s not taking anything away from Shawn’s abilities because had he been a guy that’s been with us throughout the spring, through the fall, and all the eight weeks of practices we had prior to him playing, I think there’s a lot of things he can accomplish with his skill set. It’s so unfair to throw a playbook on a freshman quarterback that’s had three weeks to play the position. To give ourselves a chance to win, unfortunately you have to narrow it and focus it down to the bare minimum with enough to try and win the game. I’m sure like I told our receivers and all those guys, we have to do whatever it takes to try to win.  We have to do whatever our quarterback is capable of executing first and foremost, and that’s kind of been what we followed with the use of all those different guys that have played. It doesn’t always allow you to do the things you want to do, but you do what you can do.”

 

On if he’s been forced to be more creative than he has been in his career:

“I’d venture to say we haven’t been very creative with what we’ve done. We’re trying to do what our quarterback can get accomplished, but you also have to have enough to win the ball game. The big thing is what have you shown on tape, and how can you make it look different while doing the same things. That’s kind of the approach we have to take. We have to self-scout and say hey here’s what we’re doing, this is what they’re seeing, this is what they’re preparing for. But on the flip side of it, it’s not just getting us ready for what we can do against them, they change because all of a sudden you have a quarterback that they think isn’t a thrower. You want to run the ball to help him and now you have these creative run blitzes and eight, nine, 10 guys up at the box. They’re going to force us to throw the ball, and I think Shawn’s capable of making those plays, and I think we just have to continue to build it and give him the preparation he needs to be successful in doing some of those things.”

 

On if they’ll throw the ball more with Shawn now that he’s played in some games:

“Again, it’s not necessarily just his growth, it’s the protection. Unfortunately for Shawn, we’ve gone against some of the top defenses in our league. He’s moving forward, we’re getting better each week with him. Whether we’ll throw it more. We’re going to do whatever it takes to win the ball game. If the call is for throwing the ball more, that’s what we’ll do.”

 

On preparing for Florida State and the protection schemes:

“Well, protection obviously the most important thing we do. For us to have any chance to win, we can’t turn the ball over. If there’s been a thing that’s kind of gotten at me, regardless of your experience, the point of emphasis we’ve put on Shawn or any of the guys that touch the ball for us is we’ve got to take care of the football and give ourselves a chance to win by playing good smart sound football. We haven’t done that.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

 

On the defensive seniors playing in their final home game:

“You really tip your hat off to these guys. They could very well be disappointed, and just say ‘wow look what happened to my senior season.’ But, that’s not what they’ve done. They’ve done a good job of just playing hard, fast, and everyone has bought in 100 percent. I’m pretty proud of them, each and every one of them, for their effort up and down throughout the season and how they’ve handled it.”

 

On how much of a struggle it’s been for Kenny Tate:

“You know we know he’s not 100 percent, but he gives us 100 percent. We’re very proud of his effort, and respect what he’s done on the field for us. I don’t know how close to 100 percent he is, or how far away, that would be something he and the doctors would have to tell you. I really have to applaud his effort, just day in and day out wanting to be there with his teammates and giving us 100 percent on every down that he’s out there.”

 

On Matt Robinson’s return last week:

“The timing of the game is what changes when you miss [games]. The more he went back out there, the game slowed down for him. Not that he made any mistakes, I’m not saying that, I just think he had an opportunity to play fast once the game evolved.”

 

On the play of L.A Goree:

“I agree with coach, I think a lot of times what happens is when you’re a backup at practice, you get a smaller amount of plays vs. the starter. So when you play behind [Demetrius] Hartsfield who doesn’t come off the field, at practice Hartsfield gets all the plays. So you’re not going to be at the same game shape as Hartsfield. I think that’s what caught up with L.A. [Goree] was that he just wasn’t in the same game shape he needed to be in. I think this week of practice should serve him well in that aspect.”

 

On the play of Florida State’s offense:

“I think EJ [Manuel] is playing lights out with the ball in his hand and throwing the ball down field. He has a great supporting cast to throw to. I haven’t seen anybody cover [Rashad] Greene yet, he’s still running in touchdowns. So, offensively, even though they’re missing their running back, they still have [James] Wilder, and have guys that can fill in and don’t skip a beat. As far as their offensive line goes, it’s probably going to be the best offensive line we see this year. They’re very athletic, can get to the second level, can run, so I mean it’s an exciting challenge for us, but it’s a very good offense.”

 

On assessing Kenny Tate’s role:

“All I can answer that question is from a perspective of this year. I feel we put him in the best position to make plays. Injuries are part of the game, and unfortunate that he has to play with lingering injuries. I believe we put him in the best position to make plays.”

 

On how detrimental Demetrius Hartsfield’s injury is to his chances of playing in the NFL:

“Obviously he won’t be able to do the Combine and some of those things because of the injury, but I’ve seen guys at the Combine that had injuries that people wanted to look at that injury specifically or just wanted to ask questions and interview the person and see what their football knowledge was. So, I don’t know, if somebody wants you and thinks you can play at that level, they’re going to take a chance. I think there’s plenty of stories of guys who got injured their senior year and got an opportunity. Will he be one of those? I don’t know, you’d have to talk to a scout or somebody to answer those questions. Again, it’s an unfortunate injury but if somebody wants to take a look at you they’ll do that.”

– Terps –

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Maryland tries to pull stunner Saturday at Clemson

Posted on 09 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland returns to the road this Saturday to take on No. 10 Clemson in what could set up to be the first of back-to-back games against top-10 opponents. After taking on the Tigers, Maryland will play host to No. 8 Florida State before finishing off the regular season at North Carolina. The series with Clemson has been split evenly since 2000, with each team having won six games, though the Tigers own a 32-26-2 all-time lead.

First-and-10

• The Terps have been unlucky this season in the injury department, with eight players – all of them potential starters – having been lost to season-ending injuries. The latest is senior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield, who tore his ACL during the Georgia Tech game. One of four team captains, Hartsfield is Maryland’s leading tackler and ranks 10th among active players in career tackles with 338. That also ranks 15th in school history.

• The quarterback position has been hit hardest, leaving the Terps in what seems to be uncharted territory. Four Maryland QBs have suffered season-ending injuries this year: C.J. Brown was lost in August with a torn ACL; Perry Hills was lost in the NC State game with a torn ACL; Devin Burns was lost after replacing Hills in the NC State game with a Lisfranc (foot); and Caleb Rowe was lost for the year after suffering a torn ACL in the Boston College game. An inquiry among FBS media relations contacts turned up no results of any school having a similar injury situation at quarterback this season or in the past.

• True freshman Shawn Petty took the reins at QB against Georgia Tech. Petty starred on both sides of the ball and was an All-Met selection at Eleanor Roosevelt HS in Greenbelt, Md. As a quarterback, he threw for 1,300 yards and 15 TDs, and ran for 550 yards and 10 TDs. After a slow start against the Yellow Jackets, Petty responded with an efficient second half. He was 8 of 12 for 114 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the final two quarters. Maryland is one of seven schools to have started three different players at quarterback this season (also Southern Miss – 4; and Colorado State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tulane and Utah – 3).

• Despite allowing a season-high 401 yards of total offense to Georgia Tech, the Terps rank highly in a number of categories. Maryland is 11th nationally in total defense (301.7 ypg), 18th in rushing defense (110.1 ypg) and 20th in passing defense (191.6 ypg). Until facing the high powered, triple-option attack of Georgia Tech, Maryland had held its last two opponents under 50 rushing yards: NC State totaled just 40 yards on 26 attempts (1.5 yards per carry) and Boston College had just 8 yards on 27 attempts (0.3 yards per carry).

• Maryland has an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebackers Kenneth Tate and Darin Drakeford. Those four have played a big role in holding opponents to an average of just 3.05 yards per rush, which is tied for ninth nationally. Maryland’s 7.1 tackles for loss per game are tied for 24th in the FBS and its 2.78 sacks per game are tied for 16th. Vellano leads the ACC and is tied for 16th nationally with 1.56 tackles for loss per game. Cole Farrand has also provided solid play, with his 55 tackles ranking second on the team behind the injured Hartsfield.

• Offensively and on special teams, wide receiver Stefon Diggs continues to be Maryland’s most dynamic playmaker. Against Virginia, the freshman returned the game’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and vs. BC he had a career-high 11 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with a pair of touchdown catches against Georgia Tech and over the last six games he’s averaging 95.8 receiving yards per game. His 174.9 all-purpose yards per game this season rank second in the ACC and seventh nationally. Diggs has earned ACC weekly honors four times this season: he received Rookie of the Week honors against West Virginia, Wake Forest and Boston College; and Specialist of the Week honors against Virginia. He already ranks sixth on Maryland’s single-season all-purpose yards list and 11th on the single-season receiving yards list.


Quick Hitters

• The combination of a talented 2012 recruiting class and a number of injuries has led Maryland to play 15 true freshmen this season. That’s tied for the third most in the FBS, behind only Texas and TCU who have each played 16.

• Perry Hills, Caleb Rowe and Shawn Petty have all started at QB this season. It’s been nearly 30 years since Maryland last started three quarterbacks in one season. The last time was 1973, when Ben Kinard started six games, Bob Avellini started three games and Al Neville started two games.

• Maryland has lost eight players to season-ending injuries this year, four of which are quarterbacks. QB C.J. Brown (knee), QB Devin Burns (foot), QB Perry Hills (knee), PK/P Nick Ferrara (hip), LB Demetrius Hartsfield (knee), WR Marcus Leak (toe), DL Andre Monroe (knee) and QB Caleb Rowe (knee) have all been lost for the year.

• Stefon Diggs has earned ACC Player of the Week honors four times this year. Diggs won Rookie of the Week for his play against West Virginia (9/22), Wake Forest (10/6) and Boston College (10/27), and Specialist of the Week against Virginia (10/13). Additionally, a defensive player has captured weekly honors in three of the past five weeks: Demetrius Hartsfieldearned Linebacker of the Week for his play against Wake Forest (10/6), and Darin Drakeford received the award against Virginia (10/13). Joe Vellano was named Defensive Lineman of the week for his play against Boston College (10/27).

• Diggs ranks sixth in the conference and first among freshmen with 80.1 receiving yards per game. Diggs, who has 43 catches for 721 yards, already ranks 11th on Maryland’s single-season receiving yards list (see list page 6).

• Diggs is the only Maryland freshman to record back-to-back 100-yard receiving games (vs. West Virginia and Wake Forest) since at least 1985, the earliest game-by-game statistics were recorded at the school.

• Maryland allowed Wake Forest to complete just 32.4 percent of its passes (13 of 38). That is the lowest percentage by an opponent with at least 30 passing attempts since Duke went 13 of 42 (30.9%) on Nov. 14, 1998.

• Joe Vellano’s father, Paul Vellano, was inducted into the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 5. The elder Vellano was a first team All-American in 1973, while Joe was a second team All-American in 2011. The father-son combo represent one of four known father-son All-America combos to attend the same FBS school (also Lee and Travis McGriff at Florida; Kevin and Drew Butler at Georgia; Archie and Eli Manning at Ole Miss).

• Fourteen players saw their first career action for Maryland against William & Mary, and 26 players have seen their first career action for Maryland at some point this season (15 true freshmen, eight redshirt freshmen, two juniors, one senior).

• The Terps are holding opponents to 3.05 yards per carry, which is tied for ninth nationally. Of the opponents’ 325 rushing attempts this season, 204 (69.1%) have been for three yards or less (28 of 41 vs. William & Mary; 28 of 39 vs. Temple; 25 of 40 vs. Connecticut; 20 of 25 vs. West Virginia; 21 of 29 vs. Wake Forest; 25 of 42 vs. Virginia; 18 of 26 vs. NC State; 21 of 27 vs. Boston College; 18 of 56 vs. Georgia Tech).

• The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In seven games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 31:43 to 28:17 for the opponent. That’s a major upgrade compared to 2011, when Maryland averaged just 25:16 a game to 34:44 for the opponent.

• Against William & Mary, Perry Hills became the first true freshman starter at quarterback for Maryland since Latrez Harrison in 1999. He also became the first freshman to start a season opener since redshirt freshman Calvin McCall on Sept. 2, 1999, in a 6-0 win over Temple.

• Nine bowl teams from last year appear on Maryland’s 2012 schedule: Temple (Gildan New Mexico Bowl), West Virginia (Discover Orange Bowl), Wake Forest (Franklin American Mortgage Music City), Virginia (Chick-fil-A Bowl), NC State (Belk Bowl), Georgia Tech (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Clemson (Discover Orange Bowl), Florida State (Champs Sports Bowl) and UNC (AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl).


Maryland-Clemson Series History

• Saturday’s game will mark the 61st meeting between the Terrapins and Tigers. The two teams met for the first time in 1952, and have played every year since, with Clemson owning a 32-26-2 edge in the all-time series. Maryland is 13-17 vs. Clemson in games played at Clemson. The Terps have won two of the last three on the road, though the Tigers won the 2010 and 2011 meetings. The series since 2000 has been split, with each team having won six games.

• Last season, Clemson overcame an 18-point second half deficit to rally for a 56-45 win which was the highest scoring game in the series history. C.J. Brown ran for 162 yards and threw for 177 with three touchdowns. Matt Furstenburg had 104 receiving yards and two TDs.

• The 31-7 loss by Maryland in 2010 was the largest margin in the series since 1996 when the Tigers knocked off Maryland, 35-3.

• Clemson won 30-17 in 2007 at College Park, but the Terps rallied for a 20-17 win over the 20th-ranked Tigers the next season in Death Valley. Chris Turner threw a TD pass and Da’Rel Scott scored the go-ahead touchdown. Clemson QB Cullen Harper was stopped short on fourth-and-1 by Alex Wujciak with 5:36 remaining.

• Six years ago, Maryland won 13-12 at No. 19 Clemson after Dan Ennis nailed a 31-yard field goal as time expired.

 

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Maryland DC Stewart thinks Goree ready to step up in Hartsfield absence

Posted on 07 November 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Quotes

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

On how backup quarterback Shawn Petty has been progressing:

“I think he’ll continue to get better with each practice. As we talked about last week he’s only two or three months removed from being a quarterback. He’s done it his whole life so he has some natural quarterback mechanic things that he does. But for us, we’re still trying to figure out and make sure we go in and do the things he’s capable of getting executed. That’s always the important part. It starts with doing what your quarterback is capable of doing. We’ve tried to do that with each guy that’s been back there and we’ll continue to do that with Shawn.”

 

On how he thought Shawn performed in his first game:

“For his first start and his first game, I commend him for his effort. It takes a lot of a true freshman to go out there under limited practice time and take in the game plan to try and win the game. Obviously we didn’t get that accomplished and there were a lot of mistakes made, not just by Shawn. The big thing that we’ve talked about with our quarterbacks is protecting the football. We didn’t feel like he did that very well and that was something we wanted to come out of that game, if at all anything, limited turnovers. We knew with that team and a limited offense we would be limited with the amount of opportunities we would get. I thought the first half he played like a freshman like a lot of the other freshmen who have started this year have done for us at all positions. I thought he got better as the game went along and in the second half I thought the game kind of slowed down. I think he’ll continue to get better not just with his performance, but as we’ve seen him under fire we have a better understanding of the things we can get executed in game situations.”

 

On Shawn playing in front of a loud environment at Clemson:

“Well again, we have to do what we can to prepare him for that situation. That’s where Randy [Edsall] comes into play and the things we do in practice and how we go about practicing. All we can do is simulate it, he’s a freshman it’s his first opportunity to play in an environment like that, and that’s where sometimes youth serves you well. You really don’t know and it’s not a big deal whereas a guy that’s played in that situation has some preconceived thoughts of how it may be. So, we’ll prepare him for that situation it’s a great venue to play ball in. We have to give him a plan to go out and execute and I think the better he can execute the better it’ll be on him down there in Death Valley.”

 

On the play of Brandon Ross last week:

“That’s what we feel Brandon is capable of doing. It’s just a matter of getting some consistency out of him. Out of all of our runners the consistency up front of putting a hat on a hat. I think our offensive line took some steps forward last week being on the right people and making sure we’re covering guys up giving him a chance. I also think having a guy like Shawn being a runner also helps open up some of the inside run game stuff for our backs.”

 

 

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

 

On losing Demetrius Hartsfield:

“Losing Demetrius, unfortunately for him you don’t want something like that to happen to a kid in his senior year so late in the season. But, we just have to keep on going. You have to prepare like you always have the opportunity to play and I think that’s what L.A [Goree] has done for us. He’s done a great job at practice this week, but again I feel sorry and my heart goes out to Demetrius, because you just hate for that to happen to him.”

 

On if this situation is similar to when the team was facing West Virginia:

“There are so many different variables in this situation than West Virginia. Every game presents its own good and bad, so I couldn’t even approach it that same way.”

 

On how you prevent the defense from getting overwhelmed on the road:

“You just have to stick to your basics, stick to your fundamentals. I truly feel our vision, what we want to do defensively, and who we want to be defensively, we still have an opportunity to control that vision. I think to do that, you just stick to what you’re doing, stick to what your base defense is, and everybody does that. That’s what the coaches preach, and that’s what I preach.”

 

On what happened vs. Georgia Tech:

“You know I don’t if you can say what went wrong, it’s just we didn’t make any plays. I think they got us unsettled, I think that both of those things as a coordinator are up to me to get us to be settled in and get things right. I shoulder the responsibility for that.”

 

On the players saying they just want to forget about a game like Georgia Tech:

“I believe to get on to the next game, you have get rid of the last game. We always talk about that. Whether it’s a win or a loss, you have to flush that last game and start preparing for the next game and gave your full focus on that next game.”

 

On what L.A Goree brings to the table:

“L.A Goree is a tough kid and a tough player. He’s a downhill, mean son of a gun that’s just good. The thing is we have to remember is he’s young. Last year I think he was thrust into playing and he wasn’t a starter in the beginning of the season. It’s the same thing this year, and I think he’s done a good job of preparing. I’m excited to see how he’s going to do Saturday.”

 

– Terps –

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Edsall doesn’t think turf, conditioning to blame for Terps’ many injuries

Posted on 06 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Quotes from Head Coach Randy Edsall


Opening statement:

“Well we’ve got a tremendous challenge in front of us this weekend, going down and playing Clemson, a top 10 team that is playing extremely well. Offensively they are a very talented football team. Tajh Boyd is playing extremely well, just throwing the deep ball well and making good decisions. He also pulls the ball down and runs hit. He’s got good speed and he’s surrounded by some tremendous wide receivers. DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins, and then also Brandon Ford at tight end. Then when you put in there Andre Ellington at running back, he’s got a lot of weapons to work with, and their offensive line has come along and is playing really well.

“Defensively, we are going to face a defense that is tremendously athletic, has very, very good speed, outstanding linebackers, they’ve got an improving defensive front with some young guys that are just getting better. So to go down there in that environment, we are going to have to have a really good week of practice and preparation. I know our guys are looking forward to it and look forward to going down there and competing against Clemson this weekend.”

 

On the number of ACL injuries they’ve had:

“We’ve kind of looked at some things, and we don’t have any more ACLs [injuries] this year than what we had a year ago. I think the biggest misconception is it has happened in one position. I think that’s the problem. It has happened at quarterback. Because when you look at it, take C.J.’s [Brown]. C.J. was just running, and a lot of times, ACLs are non-contact injuries. We were talking today, [wide receivers coach] Lee Hull tore his ACL and he was just running when he was playing. And then you take a look at Perry [Hills], and he got hit from a block in the back. He had 300 pounds coming on him when his leg was planted and that’s unfortunate. Caleb [Rowe], he was just running. He was running out of bounds and then you know, he does get hit, he tears his ACL. And then [Demetrius Hartsfield] gets an ACL taken on a block and a guy gets into him.

“So, you know, I hear all of this stuff about strength and conditioning and turf, all of these things, and it’s unfortunate that these injuries happen, but that happens in the game of football. And I think that’s a lot of it. But [strength & conditioning coach] Drew [Wilson] is doing a great job in the weight room with our guys, but there is nothing that you can do to strengthen the ACL. The ACL is in a position where there is nothing you can do. We’re constantly, every year, wherever I’ve been, we’re always researching ways to try to do thinks so you can prevent, as much as you can, injuries. And we’re always on top of the curve in terms of finding out what people are doing. But some years you are a little bit luckier than others. And that’s really what it’s all about. We’ll just keep working at it. And Andre Monroe, his wasn’t an ACL, he had a knee injury. It is unfortunate, but I think a lot of it has been just because we had three quarterbacks that have ACLs, and its unheard of to lose not only three but four quarterbacks in a year, so I think it has just brought a bit more light.

 

On who has had surgery and who might be back for spring ball:

“That’s too early to tell in terms of who will be back for spring ball. C.J. has had his surgery. Perry had his this past Friday and that was successful. He was here today and they are pleased with what they have seen already in terms of how he came out of the surgery. Looks like Caleb will have his next Friday. And then Demetrius, we have to wait and see. He started to swell up the day after, and swelled up a little bit more today, so we will just have to see when that will be. I think his might be the following week. Or depending on how things go, they might do both Caleb and Demetrius next Friday. Devin [Burns] had surgery but his was a Lisfranc. And Marcus Leak already had his surgery. They had those over a week ago, and now they are in the process of doing the things that the trainers need them to do. I don’t think some of the rehab things have started yet because of the type of injury that they had but they will be starting as soon as the trainers know they can do those sort of things.”

 

On being 4-2 and then having so many injuries and the affect of the mood of the team:

“I’m fine. Again, I have been through things like this before. And again, I think what gets you through all of this is the fact that you have a philosophy and you build the team concept and guys understand that there is going to be adversity that strikes during the season. Probably didn’t expect this much adversity to strike. But again, it’s all in terms of how you approach adversity. And we have the mindset here that we can only control what we can control. When somebody goes down, everybody has to rally that much more around each other, and everybody has to do a little bit more themselves and go out and work a little bit harder and encourage the other guys.

“That’s really what you have to do. You have to stay close and you have to stay together. I think that’s probably been the truest measure for this group, you can see that they are a team. They are not individuals. They believe in themselves and they believe in each other. They want each other to do well, and it’s like it’s a test. I told them when we lost Caleb, ‘This is just a test. The good lord is just testing us to see how strong we are and how much we have as a team. And are we going to stick together?’ Those are the kind of messages that I send and I tell our team about. That nobody, regardless of what happens, can pull us apart, or have us deviate from what we want to accomplish.

“All we are going to do is go out and give our best effort each and every day and do the best we can, and that’s all anybody can ask of us. And that’s what I’ve been most impressed with. They haven’t batted an eye. There’s nobody walking around this building feeling sorry for themselves, nobody saying ‘What if,’ or ‘If this didn’t happen.’ They’re just saying, ‘Okay, what do we have to do today to get better? What do we have to do to win?’ It’s like our mantra: all in, all games, all season. Everybody has taken heed to that.”

 

On what he’s better able to do with Shawn Petty in practice this week:

“We’ll find out as we continue to go through practice the next three days. We have an idea on what we want to be able to do with Shawn and the rest of the guys on offense. We’ll go out today, tomorrow, and Thursday and practice that and perfect it, and then head down to Clemson and go play them.”

 

On how Demetrius Hartsfield’s spirits are:

“I feel bad for any of the guys that get injured. I have seen the work they have put in to get themselves out on the field and to play a game that they truly love and then have it taken away. But that is part of the way that the game is played; there are no guarantees. Yesterday, when we got the news back from the MRI, he [Demetrius Hartsfield] asked what he needed to do to get back and to get better and get healthy. Demetrius is a guy who is very even-keeled. He is not a guy who shows a ton of emotion, so he was not sitting there feeling sorry for himself. I know he is disappointed, and was playing really well. L.A [Goree] needs to step up and fill the role that Demetrius was playing on the field, but we still have a void when it comes to the leadership that Demetrius provided. We need someone to take that role over and be a leader. From a spirit standpoint, he is disappointed but he is handling it the best way he can. He understands that he needs to move on and focus on having surgery and working hard to get himself another opportunity to play football down the road.”

 

On how the injuries will affect future recruiting:

“I think that because of some of these injuries we have the opportunity to play some guys, maybe a little earlier than we would have liked to, but it helps our teams because it gives them experience. I do not think it is going to affect our program negatively in any way, because everyone is brought here because we think they can play and they can contribute. Some guys may have had their number called a little earlier than others, so now some of the guys that got hurt have to be able to fight to get themselves healthy so they can get back and play. It is just one of those things where we get knocked down but we have to keep going forward.”

 

On the challenges of playing so many first year players:

“We have played 26 guys who are getting their first in-game experience. The challenge with young guys is that they will make more mistakes. The only way they will get experience is by playing. You can go over things in practice but the only way they will get better is by seeing things on the field at that speed. Everyone is going to get much better the more they play. By the time these guys are seniors, they are going to be so much better than they are right now. Experience and speed of the game are the toughest things for freshmen to come in and adapt to.”

 

On what L.A Goree does well:

“L.A is a guy who is physical. He will come downhill and attack you. It was good to see him bounce back from his injury. He has experience from playing on special teams.”

 

On what he saw from Shawn Petty after watching the film:

“I wished he would have protected the ball a little bit more and we did not turn it over. I think he was a bit jittery to start the game, which is expected. I think he was more concerned about whether he was getting rushed than just letting the ball go. Once he got through the first half, I thought he settled in a little bit more. With the interception that he threw, he will know next time to put a little bit more air under it instead of just trying to fit the ball in there. In terms of executing, we did not have any delay of games or any illegal procedures. He did a good job of getting us in and out of the huddle and I thought he made some good reads. He missed some, but given the situation, with only seven practices I think he did a good job. We just need to get him better for this week, because with the speed and athleticism [of Clemson] the game isn’t going to get any slower.”

 

On comparisons between Sammy Watkins and Stefon Diggs:

“I think they are both very talented and explosive players. Sammy [Watkins] is a little bit bigger and thicker than Stefon [Diggs] but both of them have the ability to make plays in the return game and as receivers. I just hope Stefon makes more plays this week than Sammy makes against us.”

 

- Terps -

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On Election Day eve, no one is “undecided” about the 15-7-0

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On Election Day eve, no one is “undecided” about the 15-7-0

Posted on 05 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

As always, this week’s 15-7-0 is brought to you by Roofing By Elite. Visit them at roofingbyelite.com. We make 15 observations about football that are ELITE, 7 that are “not so ELITE” and one “zero” who deserves to sleep on the roof from outside of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens game analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

Here we go.

“The ELITE 15″…

1. There’s college football…and then there’s Alabama.

I guess things didn’t work out for this guy…

The team may have lost, but this was AWESOME…

Also feeling stupid? LSU QB Zach Metten-Rae-Jepsen…

Let’s check in on a man who is the second best coach in his own division…

Wanna see Kirk Herbstreit play with Lee Corso’s trunk? Of course you do…

Next up for Alabama? Johnny Football…

Elsewhere in the SEC, this.

2. How did I spend my Sunday night? Oh, just watching this postgame video of Chuck Pagano and crying.

Oh man.

Also, these types of throws are making people wil’ out about Andrew Luck. I get it. A quick reminder that Andrew Luck plays indoors. That’s all.

In defeat, Reggie Bush tallied a TD on a play that reminded of a guy who used to play for USC a few years back…

3. The Pittsburgh Steelers just refuse to make things easy on the Ravens…again.

And say whatever you want…this was an incomplete pass.

Also, this shouldn’t have been a flag on Ryan Clark either. I’m not trying to apologize for the Steelers (in fact, I was glad both calls went against them). Had they lost, they would have lost and I would have said they deserved to lose. That’s the way it works in the NFL.

Also-are you a Ravens fan considering voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan? This is the man you’d be voting for…

4. Despite what the computers might say, I think we all know Oregon is the 2nd best team in the country.

We’ll get to Collin Klein in a second, but Kenjon Barner PROBABLY moved to second on the Heisman Trophy list (ahead of Manti Te’o) in the Ducks’ win at USC…

The Trojans lost their third game of the season, but it’s hard to blame their quarterback. Unless you’re former USC RB Marc Tyler…

Elsewhere in the Pac-12, UCLA blew out Arizona a week after Arizona ran over USC. But UCLA’s win came with their assistants looking like this…

5. And I think we all know Kansas State is the 3rd best team in the country.

They looked really good against Oklahoma State Saturday night…

Also, here’s this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfmFwIGUEb8

Elsewhere in the Big 12, did this final 2 point conversion in West Virginia-TCU actually happen?

(Since I don’t like WVU…I don’t care if it did or didn’t. I’m just glad they said it did.)

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Edsall pleased with Petty’s effort in Maryland loss

Posted on 03 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement

“We didn’t have as good of a day as we would have liked defensively. We knew it was going to be tough today going into the game. We also knew that we were going to have to play great on defense to keep it a very low scoring game. We weren’t able to do that. Offensively, we struggled in the first half but then we came out better in the second half as we got a feel for Shawn [Petty] and what he could do. We did some better things in the second half but we couldn’t get the stops when we needed to. Our kids battled hard throughout. Shawn Petty did a good job considering he’s practiced seven times at quarterback. There are things that we need to work on and we will get better moving forward with him at quarterback.”

 

On quarterback Shawn Petty’s second-half play:

“The speed of the game was something that it took him a little bit of time to get used to. You can’t go out there and line up at this level after only seven practices and think that everything is going to happen the way you hope it will. Once he got settled in, we could see what we could do with him. He showed his poise and the game still needed to slow down for him. We still moved the ball better in the second half.”

 

On the defensive performance:

“We didn’t do a good enough job. That’s on us as coaches in terms of the toss sweep. That was something that was a little different for them and we weren’t really able to shut that play down. I don’t think that we tackled as well as we needed to and we got cut too much on cut blocks. We didn’t do as good of a job executing as we would have liked.”

 

On overcoming all the adversity:

“We have a really good group. I told them after the game that we all have to stick together. There are going to be great things that happen here. We all want these things to happen today and tomorrow, but we have to deal with the situation at hand. All we can do is come here each and every day and work as hard as we can to get better. You can see that there are a lot of things happening that are positive. We just haven’t been able to string enough of them together to get more wins when we were close.

 

“This group is a tight-knit group and is a group that feels good about each other. They like being around each other and when you have that kind of chemistry and that kind of camaraderie and fellowship, you’re going to be okay. Today we played right until the very end. We need to focus only on ourselves and understand that every day we are going to come in here and work to get better. I like the mentality, the attitude and the fact that when guys get an opportunity to step up they have. Brandon Ross did a good job today when he got the opportunity. Levern Jacobs got the opportunity today to play more. This group has a great feeling for each other and they want to stick together and keep grinding.”

 

On if the defense tried to do too much today:

“I would hope that wouldn’t be the case, but maybe human nature would have that happen. We had some guys today defensively that didn’t do their jobs who have in the past. I hope that wasn’t the case but there may have been some guys who thought that they needed to do this. When you play this type of offense, you have to be disciplined in terms of making sure you do your job. We had one situation where a guy is right there, but he goes and does something he shouldn’t have. They got a twenty yard gain when it could have been [no] gain. When you get behind then guys think maybe they can do this or that, but that’s when you make problems worse for us. I think that might have happened a couple of times for us today.

 

On Shawn Petty’s interception:

“That was probably the first time Shawn has seen that type of situation and so it’s a teaching moment. I thought what he could have done was to come out of his fake a little faster. When he did come out of it, he could have put the ball up in there air more instead of throwing it on a line and having the ball get tipped. When the ball gets tipped it becomes anybody’s ball. I tried to tell him that you need to see that guy and put the ball up in the air over top of him and let Stefon [Diggs] go up and get it. Don’t throw it on a line because then it gets tipped.”

 

On the playbook for quarterback Shawn Petty:

“We had too many [plays] in this week for him. It’s a delicate balance. Mike [Locksley] has done a great job with our quarterbacks with the situation we have been in. We want to be able to do enough to give our team the opportunity to win. But you don’t want to do too much where we are overloading Shawn [Petty]. We had plenty enough in the game plan. As we go back and look at it there are some things we can cut down on in terms of how much we will go in with. We didn’t run anything that I knew he would feel uncomfortable with.”

 

On Shawn Petty’s mentality:

“Shawn’s [Petty] demeanor was the same in the first quarter as it was when he threw the touchdown passes coming off the field. He is very coachable. I told Mike [Locksley] coming off the field that we know what we can do with him. I feel very good about the things that we are going to go into next week with him. I think our guys have confidence in him. We need to make sure that we do the things that we need to with him to get him more prepared. He never had the big eyes and we never saw a flustered look from him coming off the field. I thought he handled himself very well for the tough situation that he was thrust into today.”

 

On direct snaps to running back Wes Brown:

“We nicknamed that package ourselves as the ‘Wild crab.’ Being Maryland, rather than the wildcat, [we have] the wild crab. I thought it was productive for us. It’s a situation where, as coaches, we have to find things that will give us the best opportunity to win, and take some pressure off of Shawn [Petty] in there. I think Wes [Brown] had an ankle [injury], we will see how he is tomorrow and Monday and go from there.”

 

On the difficulty transitioning from linebacker to quarterback:

“It’s very difficult. This is the first time that I have experienced this with a player. To see how he went out and handled himself I thought he did the best with the situation that he was presented. You saw a kid who struggled in the first half, and he came out in the second half and played that much better. It’s a credit to our coaches to get him ready. It’s hard; having played that position myself, it’s a hard position to play if you are in the meetings all the time and out taking reps in practice [and] to come in two weeks ago and be told he was going to be playing quarterback. You have to learn the terminology, be able to command a huddle, and get the signals from the sideline. I told the team I am very proud of him for how he handled the situation. I think he earned a tremendous amount of respect from our team—which he already had—and from the opposing team. I have never had it happen before, and hope this never happens again. I hope we can keep him healthy for the next three weeks.”

 

Sophomore Linebacker Cole Farrand

 

On defending the option:

“The first part that’s hard about defending the option is preparing during the week because our scout players only have a week to prepare for the option. It’s hard to get the scout team up to speed and everyone able to do their responsibilities because the first 12 plays that you’re out there has a completely different tempo. It’s a different game when it isn’t the scout team.”

 

On the defense:

“Whenever Maryland defense plays, they are going to give 100 percent every play. I could tell [Georgia Tech] had a good scheme against us. We probably could have been a little better prepared, but the whole defense was giving 100 percent the entire day and you can’t ask for anything more.”

 

On the technical breakdowns:

“For me, I was having a hard time getting off the cut blocks. That’s definitely something I can work on in my personal game.”

 

On Shawn Petty:

“We had full confidence in Shawn Petty. We watched him during the week and he was looking great and you saw out there that he had great potential. He can be a great quarterback and it was his first week as a true freshman starting against Georgia Tech, one of the better teams in the ACC. We couldn’t expect anything more from him and we think he did a great job.”

 

On playing after the offense’s three and outs:

“That’s what we’re preparing for. I think we were conditioned enough to keep defending the option even though they were going three and out. They were using a new quarterback, so that was kind of what we were expecting.”

 

On the toss:

“From a personal standpoint, I know every time they ran a toss for me, I wasn’t defending it well enough and I needed to get a better feel. I wasn’t helping out my team as best as I could.”

 

On the future:

“We’re still going. We’re still trying to get to that bowl game. It’s a little hiccup, but we’re moving on to Clemson next week.”

 

Freshman Running Back Brandon Ross

 

On the differences between the first and second halves:

“I think just establishing the run. The offensive linemen were getting off the ball and we were getting good blocks so that opened it up for a lot of the running backs.”

 

On Shawn Petty’s confidence:

“I think he had confidence the whole game. Things weren’t going right in the first half. He was getting the jitters out or whatever it might be. I think in the second half we just started to gain a little bit of momentum.”

 

On his playing time:

“It felt good. I was just being patient and just waited for my number to be called. I was always ready.”

 

On what they’ll take away from the game:

“With an extra week of practice, you’re always able to get better. Shawn will be going on his second start now and I really think things are starting to come together. I think we’ll really start to come together as an offense.”

 

On the mood among the offense:

“It’s a down mood, but I think that’s just because we lost. We play hard every week so we’re trying not to get our heads down too much, but the goal is to just rebound from this and go beat Clemson next week.”

 

Freshman Wide Receiver Stefon Diggs

 

On if he’s satisfied with his role:

“I am always satisfied with how much time I get the ball. We have a lot of guys on the team who have the ability to make plays just as well as I can. When I do get the ball, I just try to make the most out of it. I think I had an OK day. It could have been better, but that’s why we get back into the film room and practice.”

 

On the last play:

“That was a good way to end the game. We ended strong and on a good note. We’ll be back next week. We had a one-on-one basically. The defender didn’t squeeze – he stuck with the post. He then squeezed a little bit and came after the corners, but I was one on one with him and went up to grab the ball and tried my best.”

 

On the running plays:

“I don’t think I should [get more running plays] necessarily. I think they’re doing a great job moving the ball. Brandon Ross did a great job, Petty did a great job. Everyone is doing a great job.”

 

Freshman Quarterback Shawn Petty

 

On learning terminology:

“I have picked up on most of it. Coach has been doing a good job of making sure I’ve got it down for the game.”

On what was most difficult:

“You just have to get used to the speed of the game. That’s the biggest difference. Playing my first college game when I was playing linebacker before this, the speed of the game was much faster so it took me a while to get up to speed.”

 

On what was different in the second half:

“I started feeling more comfortable in the second half. In the first half I was a bit antsy and the speed of the game was much faster then. I calmed down and played faster and let the game come to me.”

 

On his reaction when being told he’d start at quarterback:

“I was just ready to play. We play next man up so I had to be prepared to come today. Of course I can always do better and I plan on getting better. We are going to get better from here.”

 

On being a quarterback again:

“I always thought that I could play at the D1 level. Now I have my chance and I have to go prove it.”

 

On what he’ll work on moving forward:

“I need to make sure I slow down and make my reads.”

 

On being on the field with Stefon Diggs:

“He makes it a lot easier. You give him the ball and he makes you look good. He’s a big play-maker so you want the ball in his hands a lot.”

 

On the option run:

“I am really comfortable with it because it’s a lot of stuff that I did in high school. Some things came quicker than other things. It’s just going out there and playing and executing.”

 

Postgame Notes

 

Kicking Off: Maryland dropped below .500 for the first time this season with its 33-13 loss … the Terps are now 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the ACC, while Georgia Tech improved to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the league … Georgia Tech owns a 15-6 advantage in the all-times series and has taken five of the last six from Maryland.

 

First-Time Starters: Entering Saturday’s game, Maryland was tied for fifth nationally with 17 players having drawn their first career start this season. The Terrapins added to that tally as Shawn Petty made his first career start at quarterback.

 

Three Starting QBs: With Shawn Petty drawing the start, Maryland has seen three different quarterbacks start a game this season (also Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe). It’s the first time that Maryland has had three different starting QBs in a season since 1973, when Ben Kinard, Bob Avellini and Al Neville did it.

 

Petty’s TD: When Shawn Petty hit Stefon Diggs for a 16-yard touchdown in the third quarter, it represented the fourth quarterback that has accounted for a touchdown this season for the Terps. Perry Hills passed for eight and ran for three, Devin Burns ran for one, and Caleb Rowe passed for two.

 

Diggs Gets Receiving TDs #5 & 6: Stefon Diggs caught his fifth and sixth touchdown passes of the season, passing Darrius Heyward-Bey (2006) and Sean Sullivan (1983) for the freshman receiving touchdowns record at Maryland. With 55 receiving yards, Diggs now has 721 this season. That’s also a Maryland freshman record and ranks 11th overall.

 

Diggs’ All-Purpose Yards: Stefon Diggs came into Saturday’s game ranked second in the ACC and ninth nationally with 169.25 all-purpose yards per game. Against Georgia Tech, he totaled 220 yards (133 kickoff return, 14 punt return, 55 receiving, 18 rushing) and is now averaging 174.9 yards per game. That currently ranks first all-time in the ACC among freshmen. Now with 1,774 on the year, Diggs also passed Torrey Smith for the Maryland freshman record and is third overall. He trails just LaMont Jordan (1,840 in 1999) and Torrey Smith (2,192 in 2009).

 

All-Purpose Yards by a Freshman (ACC)

Rk.   Name                      School               Year       Yds/G

1.     Sammy Watkins      Clemson             2011       171.4

2.     Stefon Diggs          Maryland            2012       169.2

3.     Duke Johnson         Miami                 2012       148.3

4.     Robert Lavette        Georgia Tech      1981       142.0

5.     Ryan Williams         Virginia Tech       2009       141.2

 

Defensive Notes: Cole Farrand had a career-high 10 tackles and matched his career high with six solo stops … Demetrius Hartsfield had all nine of his tackles in the first half … A.J. Francis was credited with his third field goal block of the year and also added six tackles … Darius Kilgo had a career-high seven tackles … Quinton Jefferson forced and recovered the first fumble of his career.

 

 

Georgia Tech Coach Paul Johnson

 

Opening statement:

“It was a good win for us. I’m proud of my team. I thought we played with some energy early, and took advantage of some possessions. We overcame a little bit of adversity when we fumbled the punt to start with. We were able to hold them pretty well defensively in the first half, and then in the second half, they did a nice job of keeping the ball. I think offensively we had four possessions in the second half. You have to give them some credit. As I told our guys, we kept alive what we’re playing for this season. We still have a chance mathematically in the league; still have a chance for a winning season and to go to a bowl game. It makes next week’s game against North Carolina the most important game of the year for us. We’ll go back and correct what’s wrong.”

 

On game planning for Shawn Petty:

“There is no tape on the quarterback, but they stayed pretty much within their scheme. They ran some zone-read plays and didn’t run as many bubble screens, but we knew the guy would run the ball.  In the first half, we did a better job defending it than in the second half.”

 

On rotating the quarterbacks:

“We weren’t sure how they were going to play defensively with the new coordinator, and we wanted to play both quarterbacks, but I felt it was important to start the game with Tevin [Washington] because he’s more important in whatever they lined up in and has a better feel for it. So we pretty much decided on Thursday to play them two series as a time, and that’s what really happened. In the second half we only had the ball four times, so it just kind of worked out. Tevin got dinged a little bit in the second half so he was done.”

 

On the performance of the quarterbacks:

“I thought they both did some good things. We didn’t throw the ball a lot. I think we threw the ball four times, and we should have completed all four. We missed two big games in the passing game when we dropped the ball.”

 

On sophomore Synjyn Days:

“His run towards our bench was a great run. It was good to see him out there. He’s been practicing better, and he’s focused. He’s a good athlete. I was proud of him, he played really well.”

 

Senior A-Back Orwin Smith

On Georgia Tech’s defense:

“We come in every game confident. It’s kind of how it goes. This game, we happened to get key blocks and guys on the perimeter.”

 

On Georgia Tech’s offense:

“The offense has to do well. Last week we didn’t do well, and we knew coming in that we had to step it up. That was the game plan and we executed it.”

 

On Georgia Tech’s energy:

“Just from getting ready before the first quarter, guys were amped up and getting ready. We were just amping each other up and you could tell a difference during the game.”

 

On having two quarterbacks:

“It’s a big advantage. At any time, either one of them could go down. We just have to make sure they both know what they’re doing in case that happens.”

 

Redshirt Freshman Quarterback Vad Lee

On Georgia Tech’s offense:

“We’re taking it one game at a time. When we come out ready to play, that’s when I think we’re doing our best. We were just ready to play this game. We were ready to go.”

 

On the success of the offense:

“Coach found a couple of plays that were very successful. We just took advantage and kept running. It was working, so we just kept grinding.”

 

On quarterback Tevin Washington:

“Me and Tevin, we help each other out. When I see something on the sidelines, I see the [defense] coming in hard, or the safety falling off, I let him know. He’s the one playing first. He also does the same thing for me when I’m in the game, so we try to work together. We’re going for a common goal, and that’s getting a win.”

 

On the team’s energy:

“We were just ready to play; we were ready to go. I think the cold had something to do with it. We were trying to stay warm. We were jumping around, I was trying to get everyone to jump around in the huddle and stuff, but that also created some energy. It got us ready to go.”

 

Redshirt Sophomore A-Back Synjyn Days

On his progression:

“My first week, I was just raw talent. Now I actually know what [to do]–I kind of knew what I was doing then because I played quarterback–but the actual angles and techniques you have to use to block defenders. I feel like I’ve been working.”

 

On preparing for Maryland:

“Making sure we finished our blocks, making sure we got the guy down. Whether we have to cut them or stand up and push them out of the way. The safeties and corners weren’t coming down too hard so I stayed up most of the time to block.”

 

On the team’s energy:

“I felt like it was a new attitude. Before the BYU game, after six games, we sat down and had a meeting and said, ‘This is the second half of the season. It’s the last six games.’ We’re 2-1 for our second half of the season. We’re trying to make it to a bowl game and play for the ACC Championship. We’re all excited for that.”

 

Redshirt Junior Defensive End Euclid Cummings

On preparing for Maryland:

“It was different preparing. We actually watched high school footage on [Shawn Petty]. I felt like that was different, but I thought we prepared well.”

 

On the team’s motivation:

“In defensive meetings, we were just focused on playing for each other. Our season has gone down a rocky road so we wanted to make sure we played for each other and get the ‘W.’ It didn’t matter if they’re playing the first-string or the fifth-string quarterback.”

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