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Likely handles all return duties for Terps with Diggs hurt

Posted on 20 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland at Wake Forest

Wake Forest 34, Maryland 10



Kicking It Off: Maryland falls to 5-2, 1-2 in the ACC following a 34-10 loss to Wake Forest on Saturday at BB&T Field. The Demon Deacons improved to 4-3, 2-2 in the ACC with the win. Maryland’s series record against Wake Forest falls to 43-18-1 with home team winning the last seven meetings. The Terps have not won in Winston-Salem since 2006.


A First for Jacobs: Sophomore wide out Levern Jacobs scored his first career touchdown midway through the second quarter when quarterback Caleb Rowe found Jacobs over the middle for a 56-yard catch-and-run. It was Jacobs’ longest reception of his career and Maryland’s second-longest scoring play of the season. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ 66-yard score against FIU (Aug. 31) is the Terps’ longest scoring play on the season. Jacobs finished with three catches for a career-best 78 yards.


Craddock Adds Another: Early in the second quarter, place kicker Brad Craddock connected from 23 yards for his ACC-leading 13thfield goal of the season. On the year, Craddock is 13-for-16 with only one miss under 50 yards. Craddock has made at least one field goal in seven of the Terps’ last eight games dating back to last season. His lone miss from under 50 yards this season came in the first quarterSaturday.


All-Purpose Diggs: Wide receiver Stefon Diggs finished with 178 all-purpose yards, his third-highest total of the season. Diggs totaled 111 yards on four kick returns and 67 yards receiving. For his career, Diggs now has 2,808 all-purpose yards moving him past Lance Ball (2,788) for 15th all-time at Maryland.


Rowe Steps In: Quarterback Caleb Rowe entered the game in the second half and completed 12-for-27 passes for 207 yards and one touchdown. Rowe’s 56-yard touchdown completion to wide receiver Levern Jacobs was his second touchdown pass of the season and the fourth of his career.


Likely On Kicks: Defensive back William Likely entered Saturday’s game averaging 28.6 yards per kickoff return, the second-best average in the conference. Likely averaged 30.0 yards on two kickoff returns and also tied his season long in punt returns with a 27-yard return in the fourth quarter.


Defensive Notes: Linebacker Marcus Whitfield recorded one sack to up his season total to 6.5 and now has 9.0 tackles for loss this season … defensive back William Likely led the team with eight tackles, five solo … defensive back Sean Davis had seven tackles … defensive back A.J. Hendy totaled six tackles, five solo … linebacker Cole Farrand had five tackles, all solo … linebacker Abner Loganmade is his first career start.

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Maryland tries to get bowl eligible Saturday at Wake Forest

Posted on 18 October 2013 by WNST Staff

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

LIVE Coverage on the ESPNU & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m. Anish Shroff (pbp) and Kelly Stouffer (color) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 134 and XM Radio Channel 193, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Hitters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maryland Gameday Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are quarterback Dustin Dailey (offense), linebacker Jalen Brooks (defense), and linebacker Marc Rodriguez (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Running back Albert Reid will carry the American flag, and linebacker Marcus Whitfield will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Wake Forest game are wide receiver Deon Long (offense), linebackerCole Farrand (defense), and place kicker Brad Craddock (special teams).

Maryland-Wake Forest Series History

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

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

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


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Ross has big day for Terps in win

Posted on 13 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland vs. Virginia

Maryland 27, Virginia 26



Kicking It Off: Maryland improved to 5-1 on the season and 1-1 in the ACC with a 27-26 victory over Virginia. The Cavaliers dropped to 2-4 and 0-2 in the conference. Maryland is now 44-32-2 all-time against Virginia and 21-13-2 at home. It is the Terps first home victory over the Cavaliers since 2005.


One Man Drive: The Terps went ahead 7-6 on one-yard plunge into the end zone by running back Brandon Ross at the end of the first quarter capping a four-play, 74-yard drive with Ross accounting for all of it. Two plays prior to the touchdown, Ross took a screen pass from quarterback Caleb Rowe and raced 77 yards to the Virginia two-yard line. It was the longest non-scoring reception since Scott Milanovich hit Jermaine Lewis for 78 yards at North Carolina on Sept. 11, 1993, and Maryland’s longest reception of the season. The touchdown was Ross’ third of the season and fourth of his career.


All-Purpose Running Back: Of Maryland’s 468 yards of total offense, Brandon Ross accounted for career-best 169. The sophomore running back finished with 88 yards on the ground and a personal-best 81 yards receiving. Following a one-yard score in the first quarter, Ross picked up his second touchdown of game on a toss sweep to the left from seven yards out midway through the second quarter marking the first time in his career he has scored two or more rushing touchdowns in a game. Ross is also the first Maryland running back to score two or more rushing touchdowns this season.


Rowe Under Center: Making his first start of the season, quarterback Caleb Rowe threw for a career-high 332 yards and completed 18-of-34 passes and one touchdown. With the Terps’ trailing 26-20 in the fourth quarter, Rowe moved Maryland down the field on a six-play, 69-yard drive and found tight end Dave Stinebaugh in the end zone for a 12-yard score putting Maryland up for good. In the first quarter, Rowe hooked up with a Brandon Ross on a season-long 77-yard screen pass late in the first quarter to set up Maryland’s first touchdown. Rowe’s previous career best was 240 passing yards at Boston College on Oct. 27, 2012.


Top Targets: Wide receivers Deon Long and Stefon Diggs both finished just shy of 100 yards receiving. Long led all targets with 98 yards on four catches, while Diggs totaled 96 yards on six catches. Diggs has gone over 90 yards receiving in four of the Terps’ six games this season, while Long has gone over 90 yards receiving in three of six games.


Offensive Notes: Tight end Dave Stinebaugh’s lone reception of 12 yards resulted in the go-ahead touchdown with 5:14 remaining in the game … running back Albert Reid rushed for 41 yards on three carries including a career-long 38 yard run … place kicker Brad Craddock connected on both of his field goal attempts (36 yards, 32 yards) and is 12-of-14 on the season.


Defensive Notes: Linebacker L.A. Goree totaled a career and team-high 15 tackles, nine solo, and a tackle for loss … Goree’s previous high was 14 coming at North Carolina last season (11/24/12) … after recording a personal-best 10 tackles last week at Florida State, defensive back Anthony Nixon topped it with 12 tackles, nine solo, and a tackle for loss … defensive back Isaac Goins finished with a personal-best nine tackles and had one pass breakup … of the Terps’ eight tackles for loss, linebacker Marcus Whitfield led the way with 1.5 … defensive back A.J. Hendy totaled a career-high two pass breakups.

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Bovada has Ravens’ Super Bowl odds at 33/1, Diggs’ Heisman odds at 75/1

Posted on 19 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv,  Twitter: @BovadaLV). Sorry for such a long email, lots of good stuff this week.


Odds to win the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII (Teams in red have longer odds from last week, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)          

                  Week 2             Current

Denver Broncos                        5/1                    4/1

Seattle Seahawks                      8/1                    11/2

San Francisco 49ers                  6/1                    8/1

Green Bay Packers                    14/1                  11/1

New England Patriots                10/1                  11/1

Houston Texans                        12/1                  12/1

New Orleans Saints                   16/1                  16/1

Cincinnati Bengals                     22/1                  18/1

Atlanta Falcons                         20/1                  20/1     

Chicago Bears                          22/1                  20/1

Baltimore Ravens                      33/1                  33/1

Dallas Cowboys                        22/1                  33/1

Kansas City Chiefs                    40/1                  33/1

Miami Dolphins                         40/1                  33/1     

Philadelphia Eagles                   28/1                  33/1

New York Giants                       33/1                  40/1

Detroit Lions                             33/1                  50/1     

Indianapolis Colts                      40/1                  45/1

San Diego Chargers                  100/1                66/1

St. Louis Rams                         40/1                  66/1

Washington Redskins                40/1                  66/1

Pittsburgh Steelers                    50/1                  75/1

Arizona Cardinals                      150/1                100/1

Buffalo Bills                              125/1                100/1   

Carolina Panthers                      66/1                  100/1

Tennessee Titans                       100/1                100/1

Minnesota Vikings                     66/1                  150/1

New York Jets                           100/1                150/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers             75/1                  150/1

Cleveland Browns                      150/1                250/1

Oakland Raiders                        300/1                250/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                 500/1                1000/1


SUPER BOWL XLVIII – Early Line        

AFC      +1

NFC      -1


Odds to win the 2014 AFC Conference 

Denver Broncos                        8/5

New England Patriots                17/4

Houston Texans                        6/1

Cincinnati Bengals                     8/1

Kansas City Chiefs                    12/1

Baltimore Ravens                      16/1

Miami Dolphins                         16/1     

Indianapolis Colts                      20/1

San Diego Chargers                  25/1

Pittsburgh Steelers                    33/1

Buffalo Bills                              50/1     

Tennessee Titans                       50/1

New York Jets                           66/1

Cleveland Browns                      125/1

Oakland Raiders                        125/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                 500/1


Odds to win the 2014 NFC Conference 

Seattle Seahawks                      11/4

San Francisco 49ers                  4/1

Green Bay Packers                    11/2

New Orleans Saints                   17/2

Chicago Bears                          10/1

Atlanta Falcons                         11/1     

Dallas Cowboys                        18/1

Philadelphia Eagles                   18/1

New York Giants                       20/1

Detroit Lions                             25/1     

St. Louis Rams                         33/1

Washington Redskins                33/1

Carolina Panthers                      40/1

Arizona Cardinals                      50/1

Minnesota Vikings                     66/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers             66/1

Team/Coach Props

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – How many 0-2 teams will make the playoffs? (Note: There are currently 8 teams at 0-2)  

Over/Under                   1


NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – How many 2-0 teams will make the playoffs? (Note: There are currently 8 teams at 2-0)                  

Over/Under                   5½


NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – How many games will be decided by 7 points or less Week 3? (Note: Through two weeks there has been an NFL record 22 games decided by a TD or less)      

Over/Under                   9


NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Will there be a picture or video shown of Andy Reid as the Eagles Head Coach during the live broadcast?      

Yes                  -500

No                    +300

  • From kickoff to final whistle.  Halftime does not count towards number


NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – How many offensive yards will the Chiefs record on the Eagles?    

Over/Under                   350½


NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Will the Jaguars score an offensive TD vs. the Seahawks?  

Yes                  -125      (4/5)

No                    EVEN   (1/1)


NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Will the Seahawks lose a home game in the 2013 Regular Season?

Yes                  -200     (1/2)

No                    +150     (3/2)


NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – How many games will the Broncos score 40 or more points in the 2013 Regular Season? (Note: The Broncos have two so far this season and had zero last year. GB and NO did it 6 teams in 2011, NE did it five times in 2012 as did Indy in 2004, and the 2007 Pats did it 4 times)       

Over/Under                   5


NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – How many penalties will the Bucs record vs. the Patriots? (Note: The Bucs have 23 penalties in two games)    

Over/Under                   7


NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Will Ron Rivera be fired before Week 17?

Yes                  EVEN   (1/1)

No                    -140      (5/7)


Player Props

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Trent Richardson – Total Rushing Yards as a member of the Colts in the 2013 Regular Season?  

Over/Under                      950½


NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Trent Richardson – Total Touchdowns as a member of the Colts in the 2013 Regular Season?      

Over/Under                    7


NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Will Josh Freeman be a member of the Bucs for game 1 of the 2014 Regular Season?    

Yes                  +150    (3/2)

No                     -200   (1/2)


NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Tom Brady – Completion % Week 3 vs Tampa Bay  

Over/Under                   60%


NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Eli Manning – Total Interceptions in the 2013 Regular Season         

Over/Under                   20½


NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Will any player record 5 or more sacks in a single game during the 2013 Regular Season?(Note: Mario Williams had 4.5 last week for the Bills)               

Yes                  +250     (5/2)

No                    -400     (1/4)


NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Will Robert Griffin III be benched during a game that he starts?     

Yes                  +200     (2/1)

No                    -300     (1/3)


NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Will Tim Tebow be signed by the Jaguars before Week 17?

Yes                  +250     (5/2)

No                    -400     (1/4)


Divisional Odds

Odds to win the 2014 AFC East Division          

New England Patriots                1/3

Miami Dolphins                         11/4

Buffalo Bills                              12/1     

New York Jets                           16/1


Odds to win the 2014 AFC North Division        

Cincinnati Bengals                     5/6

Baltimore Ravens                      7/4

Pittsburgh Steelers                    11/2

Cleveland Browns                      14/1


Odds to win the 2014 AFC South Division       

Houston Texans                        3/10

Indianapolis Colts                      13/4

Tennessee Titans                       6/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                 100/1


Odds to win the 2014 AFC West Division

Denver Broncos                        1/5

Kansas City Chiefs                    15/4

San Diego Chargers                  9/1

Oakland Raiders                        40/1


Odds to win the 2014 NFC East Division

Dallas Cowboys                        7/4

Philadelphia Eagles                   2/1

New York Giants                       3/1

Washington Redskins                4/1


Odds to win the 2014 NFC North Division        

Green Bay Packers                    2/3

Chicago Bears                          7/4

Detroit Lions                             13/2     

Minnesota Vikings                     18/1

Odds to win the 2014 NFC South Division       

New Orleans Saints                   1/1

Atlanta Falcons                         6/5       

Carolina Panthers                      8/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers             12/1


Odds to win the 2014 NFC West Division         

Seattle Seahawks                      2/3

San Francisco 49ers                  7/5

St. Louis Rams                         9/1

Arizona Cardinals                      25/1



Odds to win the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy

Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon)                              9/2 

Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M)                        5/1

A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama)                             13/2

Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville)                      13/2 

Jameis Winston (QB Florida State)                     9/1

Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson)                                   10/1 

Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State)                           12/1 

De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon)                       141

T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama)                                  16/1 

Aaron Murray (QB Georgia)                                18/1 

Brett Hundley (QB UCLA)                                   18/1 

Todd Gurley (RB Georgia)                                  20/1 

Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina)              25/1

Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor)                              25/1

Devin Gardner (QB Michigan)                             33/1 

Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford)                               33/1 

Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona)                              40/1

Duke Johnson (RB Miami)                                 50/1 

Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois)                     50/1

Stephen Morris (QB Miami)                                66/1 

Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland)                             75/1

Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson)                          100/1 

Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska)                           100/1

Marquis Lee (WR USC)                                      150/1


Odds to win the 2013-2014 BCS National Championship

Alabama                       2/1

Oregon                         4/1

Ohio State                    13/2

Clemson                       12/1

Florida State                 12/1

LSU                              14/1 

Stanford                       14/1

Michigan                       16/1

Oklahoma State            16/1

Miami                           20/1 

Georgia                        22/1

Louisville                      25/1 

UCLA                            28/1 

Oklahoma                     40/1

Arizona State                66/1

Washington                   66/1

Mississippi                   75/1

South Carolina              75/1

Florida                          100/1 

Northwestern                 100/1

Texas A&M                   100/1

Auburn                          150/1 

Georgia Tech                150/1

Arizona                         300/1 

Arkansas                      300/1

Michigan State              300/1

Missouri                        300/1 

Notre Dame                  300/1

Wisconsin                     300/1

USC                             500/1 

Virginia Tech                 500/1



Odds to win the 2013 World Series      

Los Angeles Dodgers                15/4

Boston Red Sox                       9/2

Detroit Tigers                            5/1

Atlanta Braves                           8/1

Oakland Athletics                      9/1

St. Louis Cardinals                    10/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      11/1

Cincinnati Reds                         14/1

Cleveland Indians                      20/1

Tampa Bay Rays                       20/1

Texas Rangers                          20/1

Baltimore Orioles                       28/1

Washington Nationals                33/1

New York Yankees                    40/1

Kansas City Royals                   50/1


Odds to win the 2013 AL Pennant        

Boston Red Sox                       2/1

Detroit Tigers                            5/2

Oakland Athletics                      9/2

Tampa Bay Rays                       10/1

Texas Rangers                          10/1

Cleveland Indians                      12/1

Baltimore Orioles                       14/1

New York Yankees                    18/1

Kansas City Royals                   25/1


Odds to win the 2013 NL Pennant        

Los Angeles Dodgers                7/5

Atlanta Braves                           13/4

St. Louis Cardinals                    9/2

Pittsburgh Pirates                      5/1

Cincinnati Reds                         13/2

Washington Nationals                20/1


Odds to Win the 2013 NL Central         

St. Louis Cardinals                    2/3

Pittsburgh Pirates                      9/4

Cincinnati Reds                         3/1


SPECIALS – Will the Baltimore Orioles make the Playoffs?     

Yes                  +300     (3/1)

No                    -400     (1/4)


SPECIALS – Will the Cleveland Indians make the Playoffs?

Yes                  EVEN   (1/1)

No                    -130     (10/13)


SPECIALS – Will the Kansas City Royals make the Playoffs?   

Yes                  +1000   (10/1)

No                    -2000   (1/20)


SPECIALS – Will the New York Yankees make the Playoffs?    

Yes                  +700     (7/1)

No                    -1400    (1/14)


SPECIALS – Will the Tampa Bay Rays make the Playoffs?       

Yes                  -150     (2/3)

No                    +110     (11/10)


SPECIALS – Will the Texas Rangers make the Playoffs?          

Yes                  -200     (1/2)

No                    +150     (3/2)


SPECIALS – Who will lead the AL in RBI’s in 2013 Regular Season?   

Miguel Cabrera (DET)                -130      (10/13)

Chris Davis (BAL)                      EVEN   (1/1)


SPECIALS – Who will lead the NL in HR’s in 2013 Regular Season?

Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)             2/3

Pedro Alvarez (PIT)                    3/2

Jay Bruce (CIN)                         9/1




Anaheim Ducks


Regular Season Points


Ryan Getzlaf

Over/Under                   80.5


Corey Perry

Over/Under                   65.5


Teemu Selanne

Over/Under                   43.5


Regular Season Goals


Corey Perry

Over/Under                   32.5


Boston Bruins


Regular Season Points


Jarome Iginla

Over/Under                   65.5


David Krejci

Over/Under                   64.5


Loui Eriksson

Over/Under                   62.5


Patrice Bergeron

Over/Under                   60.5


Milan Lucic

Over/Under                   54.5


Buffalo Sabres


Regular Season Points


Thomas Vanek

Over/Under                   69.5


Cody Hodgson

Over/Under                   57.5


Tyler Ennis

Over/Under                   51.5


Calgary Flames


Regular Season Points


Mike Cammalleri

Over/Under                   53.5


Jiri Hudler

Over/Under                   48.5


Curtis Glencross

Over/Under                   44.5


Lee Stempniak

Over/Under                   44.5


Sven Baertschi

Over/Under                   41.5


Carolina Hurricanes


Regular Season Points


Eric Staal

Over/Under                   82.5


Alexander Semin

Over/Under                   69.5


Jordan Staal

Over/Under                   55.5


Chicago Blackhawks


Regular Season Points


Patrick Kane

Over/Under                   81.5


Jonathan Toews

Over/Under                   74.5


Patrick Sharp

Over/Under                   60.5


Regular Season Goals


Jonathan Toews

Over/Under                   33.5


Colorado Avalanche


Regular Season Points


Matt Duchene

Over/Under                   70.5


PA Parenteau

Over/Under                   65.5


Gabriel Landeskog

Over/Under                   55.5


Columbus Blue Jackets


Regular Season Points


Marian Gaborik

Over/Under                   59.5


Brandon Dubinsky

Over/Under                   47.5


R.J. Umberger

Over/Under                   37.5


Dallas Stars


Regular Season Points


Tyler Seguin

Over/Under                   67.5


Jamie Benn

Over/Under                   67.5


Ray Whitney

Over/Under                   54.5


Detroit Red Wings


Regular Season Points


Pavel Datsyuk

Over/Under                   80.5


Henrik Zetterberg

Over/Under                   79.5


Daniel Alfredsson

Over/Under                   48.5


Edmonton Oilers


Regular Season Points


Taylor Hall

Over/Under                   74.5


Jordan Eberle

Over/Under                   67.5


Nail Yakupov

Over/Under                   58.5


Sam Gagner

Over/Under                   54.5


David Perron

Over/Under                   48.5


Regular Season Goals


Taylor Hall

Over/Under                   30.5


Florida Panthers


Regular Season Points


Jonathan Huberdeau

Over/Under                   61.5


Tomas Fleischmann

Over/Under                   57.5


Brian Campbell

Over/Under                   42.5


Los Angeles Kings


Regular Season Points


Anze Kopitar

Over/Under                   77.5


Justin Williams

Over/Under                   56.5


Jeff Carter

Over/Under                   53.5


Minnesota Wild


Regular Season Points


Zach Parise

Over/Under                   69.5


Mikko Koivu

Over/Under                   63.5


Jason Pominville

Over/Under                   62.5


Montreal Canadiens


Regular Season Points


Max Pacioretty

Over/Under                   63.5


Tomas Plekanec

Over/Under                   58.5


P.K. Subban

Over/Under                   56.5

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

Posted on 13 September 2013 by WNST Staff

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

LIVE Coverage on the ESPN3 & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN3 at 7:30 p.m. Bob Picozzi (pbp), K.C. Keeler (color) and John Brickley (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 136 and XM Radio Channel 190, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.


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

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

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

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

Quick Hitters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terp Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are wide receiver Taivon Jacobs (offense), defensive lineman Malik Jones (defense), and Elvis Dennah (special teams).

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Connecticut game are quarterback C.J. Brown (offense), linebacker Matt Robinson (defense), and defensive back Sean Davis (special teams).

Maryland-Connecticut Series History

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

Media Information

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


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Diggs honored by ACC after big game against ODU

Posted on 09 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – With a career-high 179 yards receiving in Maryland’s 47-10 win over Old Dominion on Saturday, wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been voted the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Receiver of the Week, the league announced on Monday.

Diggs caught six passes for a career-best 179 yards and one touchdown. His touchdown reception was a 41-yard catch and run down the right sideline for his second touchdown of the season. Diggs’ 179 yards are the most by a Maryland receiver since Torrey Smith had 224 against NC State on Nov. 27, 2010.

The sophomore is averaging 25.2 yards per catch in two games and is second in the ACC averaging 138.5 yards per game. For his career, Diggs now has 1,125 career receiving yards, which ranks 21st in Maryland history.

Maryland travels to Connecticut on Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. The Terps will be looking to improve to 3-0 after averaging 45 points in their first two games of the season.

– Maryland –

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Diggs’ Heisman Trophy odds hold at 50/1 after big game

Posted on 03 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv,  Twitter: @BovadaLV).


Odds to win the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy        

Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville)                      5/1

Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State)                           13/2

Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M)                        15/2

Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon)                             8/1

Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson)                                   8/1

Duke Johnson (RB Miami)                                 10/1

Jameis Winston (QB Florida State)                     10/1

A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama)                             12/1

De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon)                       15/1

Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina)              15/1

T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama)                                  15/1

Todd Gurley (RB Georgia)                                  15/1

Stephen Morris (QB Miami)                                20/1

Aaron Murray (QB Georgia)                                25/1

Devin Gardner (QB Michigan)                             25/1

Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor)                              25/1

Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson)                          25/1

Marquis Lee (WR USC)                                      33/1

Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford)                               33/1

Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska)                           40/1

Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska)                          50/1

Brett Hundley (QB UCLA)                                   50/1

Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland)                             50/1

Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois)                     50/1

Jeff Driskel (QB Florida)                                    66/1

Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona)                              66/1

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Maryland opens season Saturday against Florida International

Posted on 30 August 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The University of Maryland football team kicks off the 2013 season against Florida International Saturday at 12:30 p.m. inside Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The Terrapins, under the direction of third-year head coach Randy Edsall, are opening football season No. 121. Saturday’s game will be broadcasted live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic locally, as well as being broadcasted on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network.

LIVE Coverage on the Comcast SportsNet
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic locally at 12:30 p.m. Wes Dunham (pbp), Brian Stann (color) and Jenn Hildreth (sidelines) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call.


• Entering preseason camp, Maryland welcomed back 37 letterwinners from the 2012 season including 18 on offense and six starters. Sophomore wide receiver Stefon Diggs, a second-team All-ACC selection as a specialist last season, leads a talented receiving corp that includes returning starter Nigel King and junior-college transfer Deon Long. Diggs’ 848 receiving yards were the third-most by an ACC rookie all-time and his 1,896 all-purpose yards are the sixth-highest total among active players in the conference. Long posted impressive numbers at Iowa Western leading the NJCAA in receptions (100), recieving yards (1,625), and touchdowns (25) en route to first team All-American honors. Running backs Albert Reid and Brandon Ross return in the backfield. Ross led the Terps in rushing with 390 yards (4.6 avg.) last season and topped 100 yards in two of the last three games including a career-best 141-yard performance at North Carolina to close the season.

• On the other side of the ball, the Terps will be tasked with replacing six starters on defense from a unit that ranked in the top-25 nationally under defensive coordinator Brian Stewart’s tutelage, but returns several playmakers particularly in the secondary. Senior defensive back Dexter McDougle will pair with Jeremiah Johnson to form an experienced duo. McDougle and Johnson have 36 starts combined. They will be joined by safety Anthony Nixon, who played in all 12 games last season and started five. McDougle led the team in solo tackles (58), tied for third in pass breakups (5) and tallied three tackles for a loss. Meanwhile, Johnson led the squad with eight pass breakups, while Nixon finsihed with 41 tackles, three pass breakips and an interception. The Terps will also welcome back linebackers Cole Farrand and L.A. Goree along with defensive lineman Darius Kilgo. Farrand tied for the team lead with 78 tackles and recorded 6.0 TFL. After appearing in five of the first nine games, Goree, a honorable mention freshman All-American in 2011, started the final three contests and tied or led the team in tackles each game, including a career-high 14 against North Carolina in the season finale. Kilgo started 11 of 12 games and finished with 40 tackles, 5.0 TFL and 1.5 sacks.

• After tearing his ACL in fall camp prior to the start of the 2012 season, quarterback C.J. Brown is back under center for the Terps. Brown had a breakout season in 2011, setting a Maryland single-season rushing yards record (574) for a quarterback and throwing for 842 yards in 10 games (five starts). Brown holds three of the top 10 rushing performances by a quarterback in Maryland history and set the record with 162 yards against Clemson (10/15/11). Brown spent last season learning offensive coordinator Mike Locksley’s offensive system and his ability to run and make plays with his arm should suit Locksley’s pro-style/spread offense well.

• After turning to several unproven players last season, the Terps return all of their special teams performers for 2013. Sophomore Brad Craddock will handle the place-kicking amd kickoff duties, and Nathan Renfro will handle the punting duties. Stefon Diggs was a constant threat in the return game last season, returning two kickoffs for touchdowns and averaging 10 yards per punt return.

Quick Hitters

• Brandon Ross peaked in the final third of the season last year eclipsing 100 yards rushing in two of the Terps’ final three games. Against Clemson on Nov. 10, Ross hit 100 yards on 16 carries marking just the 14th time in school history that a freshman rushed for 100 yards in a game. Two weeks later, Ross ran for 141 yards at North Carolina, including a season-long 71-yard run. The 141-yard performance was the most rushing yards by a Maryland running back since Da’Rel Scott rushed for 200 yards against East Carolina in the 2010 Military Bowl (12/29/10).

• The Maryland defense will have to replace six starters from a unit that finished the season ranked 21st nationally and third in the ACC. It returns five starters along with several other players with starting experience. Though they aren’t listed as returning starters, LB Matt Robinson, LB Alex Twine, LB L.A. Goree, LB Bradley Johnson, DB Sean Davis, DB Isaac Goins, DB A.J. Hendy, DL Andre Monroe, DL Keith Bowers and LB Marcus Whitfield have all started in their career.

• The Terps should benefit from consistentcy in the coaching staff this fall. With offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, defensive coordinator Brian Stewart and special teams coordinator Andre Powell, Maryland is one of just 18 FBS programs to retain its entire coaching staff from last season.

• Maryland’s two-deep includes 32 underclassmen (freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores, and sophomores) and features 11 sophomore starters.

•Seven of the top 13 tacklers from 2012 are back this season, including linebacker Cole Farrand, who had 78 stops tying for the team lead, and defensive back Dexter McDougle, who had a team-high 58 solo tackles.

Terp Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are defensive back Tony Perry (offense), defensive lineman Chandler Burkett (defense), and defensive back Rashid Contee (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Offensive lineman De’Onte Arnett will carry the American Flag, and defensive back Dexter McDougle will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the FIU game are running back Albert Reid (offense), linebacker L.A. Goree (defense), and defensive back Jeremiah Johnson (special teams).

Maryland-Florida International Series History

• The Terrapins and Panthers have met three times previously in school history, with the Terps emerging victorious in all three matchups. Maryland won the first-ever game between the two teams in 2006, 14-10 in College Park. In 2007, Maryland won the return meeting in Miami, 26-10. The last meeting came in College Park on Sept. 25, 2010, a 42-28 Maryland win.

Closed Captioning

Closed captioning of the game announcements will be available through an internet website that will be available on game day. The website can be accessed via any smart phone device or tablet device. A tablet device may be made available on a first come first serve basis for those wishing to utilize one during the game.

To receive the captioning website information contact 301-314-7126 in advance or upon arrival request the information at any Fan Assistance location. To check out a tablet device to be used for captioning proceed to the Stroller Check-Out located on the South side of Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, adjacent to Gate H.

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Edsall thinks combination of Diggs, Long can give Terps “tremendous advantage”

Posted on 27 August 2013 by WNST Staff



Head Coach Randy Edsall


Opening Statement:

“Good to see everybody, another start of the football season, which is very exciting for me, the coaches and all of our players associated with our program. We appreciate everybody coming out here. Before I get into talking about the game, I just wanted to cover a couple of things out here that are very important. What we’re really trying to do this year is engage the new students and all the students at Maryland to come out and celebrate with us and be part of our team and our program. Our players feel like they are a part of them, the general population here and the student body. Through the graciousness of a lot of people here and the groups on campus and also from Under Armour, all the students are going to get an Under Armour t-shirt. There will also be weekly specials as we look forward to really engaging them and having them out here early and supporting their fellow students.


“You can see some of the things that have taken place – the opposite end zone panels there – in terms of some of the things that have advanced the stadium and just under the upper deck there is going to be some things going under there. Again, kudos to the people that were involved to getting that done.


“The other day, I was also able to award four young men scholarships, Michael Dunn, G.T. Harraka, Tony Perry, and Regis Whittington. So that is something that is always very, very special to do and again knowing that those young men have worked extremely hard. Michael has earned himself a starting job, and the others have been in the program a number of years, working out there each and everyday, and to have the opportunity to do that is really special.


“I think as we head into Florida International, one thing that I’ve been pleased with is the leadership council and what they’ve done getting ready for the season and for Florida International. I think the leadership has been outstanding, the guys are ready to play, they’re tired of hitting one another, and I’m anxious and as a coaching staff were anxious to see them play because they put in a lot of hard work since last year, after three more days this week I think they will be more than ready and prepared to play. We know always with an opener it’s tough because you don’t know what to expect. With Florida International, we see a team that is going to be a pro-style offense with two backs, two tight ends, and really attack you with a west-coast style offense and a 4-3 defense. With all the different variations they do with that,  very talented up front on the defensive line, experience in the secondary, and a bunch of talented athletes who can run, outstanding quarterback who has played and done really well as a starter. They have a bunch of tight ends to contend with, with good speed on the outside with their receivers and good quickness with the running back. We respect them tremendously and we are going to have to play well in order to win. You take a look at us; we have a very young team, with two senior starters on offense and two senior starters on defense. But with that youthfulness that we have, we have a lot of guys who have played, and who are experienced at playing at such a young age. It’s not like were going in totally inexperienced. At most positions we feel pretty good about the depth. We’re still developing depth as we go, so there are going to be guys cutting their teeth more being on special teams and backups. And the biggest thing we have been trying to get across to these guys is to do their job and do it to the best of their ability and don’t do anybody else’s job. So I think they have done a pretty good job of doing that and were getting more established at the specialists position. I think we’re pleased with what Nate Renfro and what he’s done this season, getting more consistency out of Brad [Craddock] with the field goals. It’s a team that’s going to get better every time that we practice and every time that we play.”


On the continuity in the coaching staff:

“Continuity is always big in your coaching staff. Everybody has been through a season now together, in terms of how I do things, how we ran practice, how the coordinators conduct their meetings, how you do things in terms of the player meetings, it’s huge. You know how each other thinks, you know what everybody’s doing, you know that everybody is on the same page, there’s not as many questions being asked about certain things. So I think that anytime you can have that continuity, it’s a big bonus. It’s a big bonus to us as a staff. It’s a bonus to the players because there not getting used to somebody else, there not getting used to different techniques, there not getting used to a different scheme and you can really see as you start to go out there to practice and do things. It just makes the ship sail a lot smoother.”


On if he considers this season a fresh start with quarterback C.J. Brown returning:

“It’s more comforting knowing that C.J.’s there and as you watch him perform. I think he has had just an outstanding preseason. He’s thrown the ball better than he ever has since I’ve been here. He’s very poised and he’s a grad student – he’s an MBA student now – and you can just see, in terms of how he carries himself, there is a sense of calmness out there with the whole group as he’s out there playing. And again knowing that he can do everything that we need him to do to fit our personnel, it’s comforting. You feel very good for him because he was going to have this opportunity a year ago and then when he got the injury he kind of had it taken away from him. But now you can see the effort and how much he put into it and everything else. You see how the guys rally around him and listen to him. It’s good to have the veteran presence. He doesn’t have a whole lot of snaps or games under his belt, but just being as mature and having the experience having what he has it really does make a difference.”


On wide receiver Deon Long and his ability to complement Stefon Diggs:

“Well, Deon has been back out at practice and anything more about any injury situations we’ll make known at the end of the week, like we always do on Thursdays.

“Deon is a special talent in my opinion. I think he’s got speed, he’s got quickness, he’s got outstanding hands, he loves the game, he loves to play the game of football and he wants to compete. I just think when you can have a guy like Stefon on one side, then a guy like Deon on the other side, you can create some problems and you can do some things offensively that can be a tremendous advantage that can help you move the football. But I like Deon a lot. I like his personality, he’s bubbly, he’s enthusiastic, he’s a competitor who likes to play and I’m just glad he’s here.”


On wide receiver Stefon Diggs:

“First of all, everybody knows he’s a tremendous player. He proved that last year as a true freshman. He proved that by what he did as a receiver, what he did as a punt returner, and by what he did as a kickoff returner speaks for itself. I think the biggest thing with Stefon is he wants to be the best in whatever he does and he works at it. I talked about Deon and some of his traits, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever been around a guy who is so competitive and wants to win so badly. He’s kept a level head and I think he can be, as long as the good lord will allow him to stay healthy and allow him, to just continue to work and stay hungry. The sky’s the limit for Stefon. The thing I like about it is he’s gotten bigger and stronger. He’s put on 10 pounds; he’s gotten bigger and thicker. The other thing is you don’t get a chance to be around him every day like I do. I mean the growth and maturation from last year to this year has just been enormous. You talk about a young man who I put in a leadership position and somebody who’s really grabbed it and taken a hold of it and is out there being even more of a leader than what he’s been before and doing the things that great players are supposed to do. He’s not a prima donna. He’s a team guy, not an ‘I’ guy. To me you talk about a guy who’s got a chance to be unbelievable in whatever he does. He’s got the whole package. You know he’s not selfish. I just love the kid, I love being around him, he’s got a smile on his face all the time. He had a great year academically and he’s really embracing the role of being a leader and you don’t find that with guys with the talent that he has on the field and he wants to hold himself to a higher level to what I would hold him to or anybody else would hold him to. I just hope he can stay healthy because he’s as good as I’ve ever been around. The thing that makes it more impressive is just to see how much he’s grown and developed as a person and how much he’s relished and cherished this leadership position he’s been in and it’s good for him.”


On the defensive front seven:

“We lost some guys up front and those guys are playing well for their respective teams that their playing in the NFL But the good thing is we got a lot of guys who played up front to replace them. And again, it’s going be a thing up front where we have a bunch of guys that are going to play up front. I think when you take a look at the linebackers; they all have experience of playing because we had some injuries a year ago. I really like the move of Matt Robinson to the linebacker position, so I feel good about where we are right now, defensively. And the thing is all of those guys are going to get better, and what you really hope for is we have the program, what we want it to be, that when you lose players from year to year all you do is just reload and put another guy in who’s just as good or even better than the guy who left. That’s what you hope for. But again they have been practicing hard and they have been practicing well. It’s a group that communicates very well and I’m anxious to go out there and see them play starting Saturday.”
On how Brandon Ross earned the starting running back spot:

“Brandon is the starter and Albert [Reid] is the backup. But Albert is going to play and I’m not afraid to have Albert in the game. I like that, I think that Brandon just has a little more experience and he has done some things that we as the coaching staff puts him as the starter, but you always know that we’ve got to have two tailbacks playing in the ballgame anyhow. So we’ve got complete confidence in both of them, but Brandon’s just shown a little bit more.”


– Maryland –

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Bovada keeps Diggs’ Heisman odds at 50/1

Posted on 27 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).  Below the current odds are the odds for each when they were initially released so you can see the changes.

“With a couple days before the NCAA season kicks off we have seen increased action on the BCS Championship odds mainly on a few of the favorites including Alabama at 5/2 and Ohio State, who have dropped recently from 15/2 to 6/1. Those two teams have taken more volume than any other. Georgia is a close third, and at 14-1, are the book’s biggest liability going into the season. There is no question we will be paying close attention to their first two games against two Top 10 opponents in Clemson and South Carolina.”

Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv


Odds to win the 2013-2014 BCS National Championship         

Alabama                       5/2

Ohio State                    6/1

Oregon                         9/1

Georgia                        14/1

Louisville                      14/1

Texas A&M                   14/1

Stanford                       18/1

LSU                              18/1

Clemson                       20/1

Texas                           20/1

South Carolina              22/1

Florida State                 22/1

Florida                          25/1

Miami                           33/1

Michigan                       33/1

Nebraska                      40/1

Oklahoma                     40/1

Oklahoma State            40/1

USC                             40/1

Notre Dame                  50/1

UCLA                            50/1

TCU                              66/1

Wisconsin                     66/1

Boise State                   100/1

Michigan State              100/1

Oregon State                100/1

North Carolina               125/1

Mississippi                   125/1

Auburn                          150/1

Kansas State                150/1

Rutgers                         150/1

Virginia Tech                 150/1

Washington                   150/1

Northwestern                 150/1

BYU                             200/1

California                      200/1

Arkansas                      250/1

Arizona                         250/1

Cincinnati                      250/1

Georgia Tech                250/1

Mississippi State           250/1

Missouri                        250/1

Pittsburgh                     300/1

Tennessee                    300/1

West Virginia                 300/1

Boston College             500/1

Iowa                             500/1

South Florida                500/1


Odds to win the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy    

Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State)                           9/2

Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina)              13/2

A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama)                             10/1

Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville)                      10/1

Aaron Murray (QB Georgia)                                12/1

Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M)                        12/1

Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon)                              12/1

T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama)                                  15/1

Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson)                                   15/1

De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon)                       16/1

Duke Johnson (RB Miami)                                 18/1

Devin Gardner (QB Michigan)                             25/1

Marquis Lee (WR USC)                                      25/1

Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska)                           25/1

Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor)                              30/1

Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska)                          33/1

Stephen Morris (QB Miami)                                33/1

Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford)                               33/1

Jameis Winston (QB Florida State)                     33/1

Marion Grice (RB Arizona State)                         33/1

Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois)                     40/1

Brett Hundley (QB UCLA)                                   50/1

Jeff Driskel (QB Florida)                                    50/1

Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona)                              50/1

Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland)                             50/1

Todd Gurley (RB Georgia)                                  66/1

Kain Colter (QB Northwestern)                            66/1

Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson)                          66/1

Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma)                                  100/1



Odds to win the 2013-2014 BCS National Championship (From 1/8/13)   

Alabama                               5/1

Oregon                             8/1

Ohio State                    17/2

LSU                              12/1

Texas A&M                   12/1

Florida                          14/1

Florida State                 14/1

Clemson                       22/1

Louisville                              22/1

Notre Dame                  22/1

Miami                               25/1

Oklahoma                            25/1

South Carolina                   25/1

Georgia                            28/1

Nebraska                             28/1

Stanford                       30/1

Texas                               30/1

Michigan                              33/1

USC                             33/1

Oklahoma State            40/1

UCLA                            40/1

Mississippi State           50/1

Wisconsin                            50/1

TCU                              66/1

Virginia Tech                 66/1

Boise State                   75/1

Michigan State              75/1

North Carolina                    75/1

Oregon State                75/1

Arkansas                              100/1

Arizona                            100/1

Kansas State                100/1

Rutgers                         100/1

Tennessee                           100/1

Washington                         100/1

Cincinnati                             125/1

BYU                             150/1

Pittsburgh                            150/1

West Virginia                      150/1

Auburn                          200/1

Georgia Tech                200/1

Iowa                              200/1

Missouri                               250/1

Boston College                 300/1

California                             300/1

South Florida                     300/1


Odds to win the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy (From 2/4/13)     

Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M)                        4/1

Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State)                           7/1

Marquis Lee (WR USC)                                      9/1

Aaron Murray (QB Georgia)                                10/1

De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon)                       10/1

A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama)                             12/1

Duke Johnson (RB Miami)                                 12/1

Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina)              12/1

Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson)                                   15/1

Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska)                           15/1

Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska)                          18/1

Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon)                              18/1

T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama)                                  18/1

Brett Hundley (QB UCLA)                                   20/1

Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor)                              20/1

Everett Golson (QB Notre Dame)                       22/1

Stephen Morris (QB Miami)                                25/1

Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma)                                  30/1

Jeff Driskel (QB Florida)                                    30/1

Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona)                              33/1

Devin Gardner (QB Michigan)                             40/1

Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland)                             40/1

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