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Edsall impressed by younger WR Jacobs

Posted on 02 March 2014 by WNST Staff



On today’s practice:

“I thought that today was better than yesterday. I thought our guys really did a good job of taking a look at yesterday’s film and then coming out here today and performing better than we did yesterday. So all in all I thought it was pretty good. We kind of repped the same things, added a couple of new things, but for the most part, like I said, I thought we had a good day and built upon yesterday.”


On who stood out during practice:

“It is always hard when you don’t have the pads on to see. My whole thing is – I am looking more for guys to see what everyone is doing, especially your younger guys. Your older guys who have experience, you expect them to get better, but I am really looking at the young guys to see how quickly they can pick things up, adjust and play at the level and the speed that you have to play at in order to be a contributor.”


On Taivon Jacobs:

“He is exactly what we thought he was. He is very fast, very quick, very competitive. He is one of the best competitors that we have on our football team. He is a leader for a freshman and we have been pleased with what we have seen so far. He just has to keep improving and getting better.”


On Alvin Hill:

“I don’t think it is what he has done in these practices; I think it is the work that he has put in since last year and since the end of the season. You can take a look at his body and he has changed his body. Not that it was bad before, but he is stronger. He is more knowledgeable of what is going on. He has really done some good things. It is not surprising because I have seen Alvin working out, doing stuff on his own. I have seen him in the film room. When you put in that time, when you put in the effort and you put in the work it shows up here on the field and that is exactly what he has done.”


On what Shane Cockerille needs to improve on:

“For these young kids it is a process. It is a process of coming out here each day and getting better, improving upon the things that you have been taught the day before, picking the things up that you are being taught that day. It is a matter of doing what they are told to do and that is the big thing. If they continue to do that, which he is going to work at it and he will do. He was better today. He just has to understand that this just a whole different level than it was in high school. We expect him to come along and progress very well.”



– Maryland –

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Receivers Long, Jacobs remain out for Terps

Posted on 19 August 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

Training Camp





DB Milan Collins Ankle Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney Knee Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker Knee Out for the season
LS Christian Carpenter Back Out for this week
RB Tyler Cierski Calf Out for this week
DB Zach Dancel Hamstring Out for this week
WR Amba Etta Shoulder Out for this week
DB Alvin Hill Ankle Out for this week
WR Taivon Jacobs Back Out for this week
WR Deon Long Back Out for this week
TE Brian McMahon Shoulder Out for this week
RB Joe Riddle Concussion Out for this week
DL Zeke Riser Ankle Out for this week
RB Jacquille Veii Ankle Out for this week

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Jacobs, Ngakoue, Cockerille highlight Maryland’s 22 man recruiting class

Posted on 06 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland adds 22 players for the 2013 season

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Spurred by a bevy of the area’s top players, along with key additions from around the nation, the University of Maryland football team has signed a top-35 recruiting class for the second consecutive year.

Head coach Randy Edsall announced the signing of 22 student-athletes for the 2013 season, 19 of whom signed national letters-of-intent, Wednesday afternoon. Three signees enrolled in classes at the university for the spring semester.

The class includes 13 defensive players and nine on the offensive side, while 14 of the players hail from the Maryland/Washington, D.C. area. The Terps landed a five-star recruit for the second consecutive year and have six incoming players labeled as four-star recruits.

“Overall I’m very thrilled and excited because we were able to go out and meet the needs that we needed to in this year’s class,” said head coach Randy Edsall. “I’m also very proud that we closed strong, getting three young men on signing day, and they’re local kids.”

For the second straight year, Maryland landed the Gatorade Player of the Year in Washington, D.C. in Yannick Ngakoue (Prounounced: Ya-neek In-gah-kway). A linebacker from Friendship Collegiate Academy, Ngakoue played in the Under Armour All-America game and is a Parade All-American.

Deon Long, a five-star wide receiver who spent last season at Iowa Western Community College, strengthens an already impressive receiving corps. The Terps also added a pair of local wideouts in four-star receiver Taivon Jacobs of Suitland High School and DeAndre Lane of Catonsville Senior High School.

Jacquille Veii, a highly-touted defensive back from The Avalon School in Gaithersburg, Md., was one of the three players to pledge their commitment to Maryland on signing day, joining Jacobs and Ngakoue.

According to 247Sports.com, four of the top seven players in D.C. are headed to Maryland, including Under Armour All-America offensive lineman Derwin Gray (No. 1), and linebackers Cavon Walker (No. 6) and Jermaine Carter, Jr. (No. 7). The aforementioned Ngakoue is the third-ranked player in D.C.

Both 247Sports.com and Rivals.com rank Maryland’s class as the 30th-best in the nation. Rivals also has Maryland’s class as the fifth-best in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“I’m just very proud of the coaching staff for the work and effort they’ve put in to getting this done,” said Edsall. “Then I’m also just very happy for all these young men that we’ve signed because they see what we’re doing, what we’re building, and they wanted to be a part of something special.”

In addition to Gray, Jacobs and Ngakoue, the Terps added three more four-star recruits in quarterback Shane Cockerille, tight end Andrew Isaacs and defensive back William Likely. Cockerille, a dual-threat quarterback from The Gilman School, was a finalist of ESPN’s Elite 11, a camp which ranks the top prep quarterbacks in the nation. Cockerille also represented the U-19 USA Team in the International Bowl on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Likely, an all-state player Belle Glade, Fla., is one of three early enrollees, joining Long and offensive lineman Silvano Altamirano, who spent the past two seasons at San Diego Mesa College.

A talented group of incoming linebackers also includes Jalen Brooks, one of two recruits from the state of Georgia, and Derrick Hayward of Wicomico High School in Salisbury, Md.

Milan Collins of Bishop McNamara High School in La Plata, Md., Elvis Dennah of Annapolis Area Christian School in Annapolis, and Jarrett Ross, the lone Delaware signee, round out a group of five defensive backs.

The Terps also added three strong defensive linemen, going into Florida to get Bozeman High School product Chandler Burkett and Mandarin High School’s Kingsley Opara, as well as Malik Jones, who won two state titles at Paul L. Dunbar High School in Baltimore.

Maryland also has two quality additions along the offensive line in JaJuan Dulaney of McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga., and Moise Larose of Wilde Lake High School in Odenton, Md.


Pronunciation Guide

Taivon Jacobs: Tay-von

Moise Larose: Mo-ees La-ROW

Yannick Ngakoue: IN-Gah-Kway

Kingsley Opara: O-par-ah

Jacquille Veii: Ja-Keel Vay

Cavon Walker: Say-von

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