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Terps CB McDougle out for season with shoulder injury

Posted on 15 September 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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Terps improve to 3-0 for first time since 2001

Posted on 15 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Kicking It Off: Maryland improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001 with a 32-21 win over Connecticut, while the Huskies fell to 0-2. The Terps are now 2-1 all-time against UConn. The Terps totaled 501 yards of total offense. It is the third time in as many games this season that the Terps have eclipsed the 500-yard mark.

 

Brown Races for No. 10: Quarterback C.J. Brown kept the ball on a zone-read and raced up the middle for a 41-yard touchdown to tie the game at seven early in the second quarter. For Brown, it is his fifth rushing touchdown of the season tying his season high from 2011 and marks his 10th career rushing touchdown.

 

Brown on the Ground: Quarterback C.J. Brown finished with 122 rushing yards, the seventh-highest total in school history. Brown now has five career 100-yard games and has five of the top 12 rushing performances by a quarterback in school history. Brown went for 105 yards in the season opener against FIU.

 

Run/Pass Threat: With 277 yards through the air and 122 yards on the ground, quarterback C.J. Brown threw for over 275 yards and rushed for over 100 for the second time this season. Prior to this season, the last time a Maryland quarterback accomplished that feat was Shawn Hill against Duke on Oct. 20, 2011 (323 passing, 105 rushing). Against FIU, Brown passed for 281 and rushed for 105.

 

Diggs Over 100: For the third straight game, wide receiver Stefon Diggs went over 100 yards receiving. The sophomore finished with 110 yards on five catches. Diggs now has five career 100-yard receiving games. The sophomore scored his third touchdown of the season in the third quarter and now has recorded a receiving touchdown in five of his past seven games dating back to last season.

 

Meet at the Quarterback: Linebacker Marcus Whitfield tallied two first-half sacks. Whitfield’s two sacks are a career best. It is the second time this season a Terrapin has tallied two or more sacks in a game. Defensive lineman Andre Monroe had two sacks against Old Dominion one week ago.

 

Lock Down: Defensive back Dexter McDougle finished with a personal-best two interceptions. His second interception he returned for 49 yards for a touchdown becoming the first Terp to return an interception for a touchdown since A.J. Hendy took one back 32 yards against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011. As a team, it was the Terps sixth interception of the season topping last season’s total of four.

 

Defensive Notes: The Terps turned the ball over four times, but only allowed Connecticut to score three points off of those four turnovers … linebacker Cole Farrand totaled a career-high 11 tackles to lead the Terps … in addition to Whitfield’s two sacks, linebacker Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil tallied a personal-best 2.5 sacks … defensive back Dexter McDougle had a team-high seven solo tackles.

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

Posted on 13 September 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

First-and-10

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

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

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

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


Quick Hitters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Terp Notes

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

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


Maryland-Connecticut Series History

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


Media Information

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

 

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Terps DC Stewart says CB Likely “special player”

Posted on 11 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

On the offensive balance so far this season:

“That’s the one thing we strive for offensively is to be able to, not necessarily be 50-50 run pass, but to be able to execute both well.  During the course of the games, what we do is predicated on what the defense gives us. The first game, they did some things to take away our running backs so our quarterback had some big plays. Our play-action stuff has been good. In the second game, they forced the running backs to make plays and we were fortunate that our rushing attack got going.”

 

On his advice to running back Brandon Ross going into the Old Dominion game:

“We’re a zone team and what we call our power type runs, where there’s one cut and you have to get downhill, we thought that in the first game Brandon was taking too long to get to the hole. We just stressed, make a read, stick a foot in the ground and attack the line of scrimmage. I thought he did a better job of that in week two.”

 

On running back Albert Reid:

“As we’ve said before, we’ve got two guys that we know for sure have the ability. We look at Albert as a starter from the standpoint of 1A and 1B. He’s a kid that works hard and has great vision. I was glad to see him get in the end zone for his first Terp touchdown. He did a great job of making a guy miss in space and that’s what you see out of Albert. That’s what you get day in and day out. That’s how he put himself in position to help us offensively.”

 

On the differences between running backs Albert Reid and Brandon Ross:

“Albert’s probably a little more powerful. Brandon has the ability to hit the home run. He has the long speed you like. But they are a lot more similar than they are different.”

 

On how the team blocking has improved:

“It’s definitely something we’ve talked about. With what we do on offense, perimeter blocking is as important as our offensive line protecting our quarterback because when you’re working to get the ball out in space to your playmakers, it entails guys out on the perimeter making blocks at the point of attack. Last week, we got better with our perimeter blocking. Our backs did a good job in protection and our receivers were covering up a lot better than they did in the first game.”

 

On Connecticut’s defense:

“We’ve got one game to evaluate them off of and we used last year’s game even though they’ve got a new coordinator. What we saw against Towson was a pressure defense that played a lot of man coverage. It’s similar to what they did last year against us. They play a lot of man, disguise their coverages, and like to get the eighth guy in the box. The eighth guy in the box means our zone read game has got to be on point with our reads to eliminate the extra guy and then we’ve also got to when out on the perimeter in man-to-man coverage.”

 

On the offensive line’s motivation after surrendering six sacks to Connecticut last season:

“I don’t think they are necessarily motivated by what happened last year. I think they are motivated at getting better like each and every position on our team needs to do. I thought they made strides from week one to week two. Their landmarks were a lot better. They played with a lot more leverage up front. They were executing and not making a lot of mistakes. From that standpoint, we got a lot better. With that being said, a lot of positions on our offense need to continue to get better and we still have so much more room for improvement from a fundamental and technical standpoint.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

On the thought process that went into the game plan against Old Dominion:

“Against spread teams, I think you’ve got to have the fastest guys on the field. That was my thought process and Randy’s [Edsall] thought process the whole time. We were going to put the fastest guys on the field.”

 

On the depth of the defense allowing him to run the dime:

“That was the key actually; the depth. We had the depth to stay in dime and substitute. That was the problem we had last year. If we were going to run a package like that, we couldn’t stay in it throughout the game because we had to fluctuate in and out because of the depth.”

 

On the players that were removed from the lineup because of the scheme:

“That’s a testament to those guys, to the big guys and Cole Farrand. If you’re a true team player, and you understand our package and what we’re trying to do and you see where you fit and where you don’t fit. They understood and did a good job of practicing hard and helping and noticing things on the sidelines that were happening during the game.”

 

On defensive back Jeremiah Johnson’s role:

“He still does the same things that he did when he was out there. He’s at all the meetings. He conducts voluntary meetings with some of the young guys to make sure they’re on point and know what’s going on. He’s done a great job. He’s just a great kid. We miss his play, but we want him out there helping.”

 

On defensive backs William Likely and Isaac Goins stepping in for Jeremiah Johnson:

“Jeremiah got hurt early in the first game so Isaac played most of the game and so did Will. The way coach Edsall structures practices, it’s hard for us not to see what guys can do. It’s an easy evaluation process, so when those guys get out there, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what those guys can do.”

 

On what he expects from Connecticut’s offense:

“It looks like a mix of both Cincinnati as well as last year’s UConn. I’m expecting some downhill runs as well as some perimeter runs. They ran some perimeter runs against Towson. Some spread with passes to the tight end, not like the spread we faced against ODU.”

 

On defensive back William Likely:

“I always thought he was a special player. It’s like when you’ve got Stefon Diggs. Did you expect him to do the things he did? You kind of did. With Will, he’s doing a great job and I think he’s a special player.”

 

On linebacker Alex Twine:

“Alex is doing a great job. The depth that we have at the linebacker position is tremendous and that being the case, he’s a guy that can play outside for us and inside. He’s started outside for us before. He’s doing a great job. The guy in front of him, Matt Robinson, is doing a great job. He just had to make sure he’s always ready.”

 

On linebacker Matt Robinson:

“I’m excited to have him. From him playing in the back end and now in the front, he knows what’s going on in our meeting room and he can relay that to the other guys in his meeting room. It makes it exciting because then our communication is real clean on the field.”

 

On how Robinson helped in the dime package:

“That’s what really made it work. You’ve got a guy that is a hybrid type guy; a DB/linebacker. He has size enough to help us in the run, but has enough quickness and speed to be back there in the pass [coverage] and do some things. It helped us tremendously.”

 

On defensive lineman Darius Kilgo:

“He’s doing a good job putting his hands on people and playing blocks and understanding the defense. The maturation of everyone understanding the defense is what’s helping them play better on defense.”

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Edsall expects negative reaction in return to UConn Saturday

Posted on 10 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — As much as Maryland coach Randy Edsall would like to pretend otherwise, the matchup between the Terrapins and Connecticut this Saturday isn’t just another game.

It couldn’t be, given Edsall’s 12-year tenure as the Connecticut head coach before he abruptly left to take the job at Maryland after the 2010 season.

Edsall got his first head coaching job at Connecticut in 1999. He took the program from the Football Championship Subdivision level to the Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the Big East.

He was the school’s all-time leader in wins (74) and games coached (144).

Although UConn beat Maryland last year at Byrd Stadium, this will be Edsall’s first trip back to East Hartford’s Renscheler Field. His list of priorities begins with helping the Terrapins improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2001.

“I have a lot of great memories of Rentchler Field and coaching there and a lot of good game splayed there and good fan support,” Edsall said Tuesday. “But you’ve got to put that behind you because the attention and the focus need to be on preparing this week and playing the best game we can in a hostile environment.”

Maryland will be playing its first road game of the season after two lopsided victories at home against Florida International (43-10) and Old Dominion (47-10). The Terrapins can expect to be surrounded by a home crowd more energetic than usual because of the circumstances surrounding Edsall’s departure.

Edsall coached the Huskies in their 48-20 loss to Oklahoma in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl. Afterward, he flew to Maryland for a job interview rather than returning home with his team. Many of the players learned of his departure through the news media. Edsall wasn’t able to meet with all the players personally to explain his decision, but did talk to most of the players on a conference call.

Edsall said last year that he regretted how he handled the situation. He expects he’ll hear plenty about it while on the Maryland sideline during the game.

“Anytime you go on the road, they’re going to boo you and they’re not gonna like you,” Edsall said. “I wouldn’t expect anything different. I’m sure there will be some people — maybe my golf buddies — that might cheer for us.”

Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni expects Edsall to receive a mixed reaction upon his return.

“Some people probably really appreciated the years and the work that Randy put in here,” Pasqualoni said. “I’m sure that there’s that population out there. There are other people that are probably still a little upset in the way things sorted out in the end.”

UConn senior defensive end Jesse Joseph expects the Huskies (1-1) to use Edsall’s return as motivation.

“There’s some guys on the team who feel like, because it’s Edsall, we need to come out as high as we can, more focused more violent than ever before,” Joseph said. “And that could be a good thing.  We could always use that. Some people do use that. I could use that, and that’s something that you’ll definitely see on the field.”

Maryland’s players have been made aware of what to expect from the crowd. But they have their own reasons for wanting to win, and it’s got nothing to do with their head coach.

“We’re rolling right now and we just want to keep it going,” linebacker Matt Robinson said. “We’ve just got to go out there and do what we’ve been doing.”

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Terps expect hungry UConn team coming off bye, Towson loss

Posted on 10 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Linebacker Matt Robinson

On his versatility:

“It’s been a change, but I think I’ve adapted pretty well. I’ve always had a good grasp on the defense so just moving down into the box wasn’t that hard to adjust to, just the physical nature and how fast it comes.”

On this game week being any different:

“Just approaching it as another game on the schedule; first opportunity a lot of us have had to be 3-0 as Terps.  We’re just really focused on that. It doesn’t really matter who the opponent is, just going up there to get a win.”

Quarterback C.J. Brown

On the offense through two games:

“We’re going out and executing, that’s the biggest thing. We’re all on the same page, we’re just going out and doing what we do in practice. Go out there have fun, put the ball in playmakers’ hands and guys are going out and making plays. The biggest thing is we’re not shooting ourselves in the foot, we’re not going out and turning the ball over or having a lot of penalties.”

On what it will take to defeat Connecticut:

“They just had a bye week so we don’t have too much film on them this year. They have a new defensive coordinator.  They showed a lot of man coverage so it’ll be interesting to see how they play against us.  If they want those matchups on the outside, maybe they do, maybe they don’t.  We just gotta go in there and play our game.”

Linebacker Yannick Ngakoue

On the defense’s expectations for Connecticut:

“I’m expecting it to be a pretty good game because they just lost to Towson so I know they’re going to play with a chip on their shoulder.  Basically, I expect it to be a dogfight and it’s going to be a pretty good game.”

On preparing for Connecticut’s offense:

“We have to prepare this week, all day on and off the field; watching film, studying the tendencies.  Also, we got to practice hard, practice how you play.”

On being the first road game of the season:

“It’s going to be pretty fun because it’s my first road game of my college football career.  So it’ll be pretty fun like bonding; flying on the plane with my teammates so it should be a pretty good experience.”

Defensive Back Dexter McDougle

On how the secondary performed against Old Dominion with defensive back Jeremiah Johnson in the lineup:

“I think we stepped up to the challenge. We knew ODU was going to pass the ball and they did, but we prepared all week, we were ready even if JJ couldn’t play.  Before the game, I knew Isaac [Goins] was going to make some plays, you know he had an interception and Will [Likely] is always going to make plays.  So I think we played pretty well, but there is always room to improve.”

On the confidence level with defensive backs Isaac Goins and William Likely in the lineup:

“I’m real confident; I know those guys put the work in.  They want to be good, they want to be great.  DBs just feel like this is our year, we want to step up and do whatever we got to do and that’s what we’ve been doing.”

On the expected reception by the Connecticut fans:

“Since he was the coach there a couple years ago, you know they are probably just going to ‘boo’ us, but we expect that.  We’ll let the fans do what they got to do and we’ll do what we got to do.”

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Edsall says Terps’ O-Line remains “work in progress”

Posted on 10 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

 

“Looking forward to getting back on the practice field today, and preparing for UConn this Saturday and get our guys to really focus and concentrate, because this will be our first road game this year. We got to make sure we have total attention to the task at hand and again, I think our guys will do that. Go out and have a good week of practice and get prepared to go up and hopefully come away with our third victory and first road win of the season.”

 

On quarterback C.J. Brown’s impact so far this season:

 

“C.J. is a young man that has tremendous confidence in his own ability through his hard work, preparation. And I think what happens is the people around him and the players around him see how he handles himself and how he goes about his business, I think it just brings a sense of calmness. You know  a sense of confidence to everybody else. And then to have him perform the way that he’s been performing it also brings a tremendous amount of confidence in C.J., but also the other guys. I think I might have said this after the game that it just seems like the game is very slow for him. He’s got everything just under control. He’s just Operating at a level that is very outstanding. And just very smooth and hopefully that will continue. But you know when you look at him. He’s in grad school; he’s the old man on the team. The level of maturity and everything else that’s there and again I think he’s one of those guys that feel like he’s got something to prove after what happened to him with the injury. And I think there were people that doubted him, and all he did was just work extremely hard, kept his mouth shut, and did the things that you’d expect a fifth-year grad student to be doing. And like said, hopefully it will continue, which I think it will.”

 

On the defense’s ability to generate turnovers:

 

“Again I think it might get back to a guy’s confidence when you take a look at the guys who have those interceptions. Dexter has one that he made. He put himself in good position, made a nice pick there. Isaac Goins, same thing. [He] has a year under his belt in the system. And then also when you look at it technically, and then going and getting the ball at the highest point, and then Sean Davis put himself in a position based on film study, and what he saw. And then the other one is you get the tip ball with Yannick [Ngakoue]. I think its just guys doing their job, and putting themselves in positions. Again I think guys are playing a little bit faster. And I think they’re a little bit more confident, because they know what they are doing. And like I said, they got a year under their belt. They have some experience.”

 

On linebacker Yannick Ngakoue: 

 

“Yannick is getting better. He’s learning every day and getting better. It’s tough coming from high school and playing as a freshman. It really is. And I got a lot respect for the kids that are doing that. I think it’s a great compliment to them, in terms of how hard they work and how hard they have to study to put themselves in a position to get on the field as a true freshman. I think it’s a lot of credit to the coaches that are coaching them. To get them to understand. But he’s just barely scratching the surface and  we have high expectations for him. We think he’s going to be outstanding as he continues to play and gain experience. He’s a guy that wants to be good. He wants to work. Comes from a great high school program, where he was well coached. I like where he’s at right now. And again he’s got some good mentors in front of him that he’s learning from in terms of Marcus [Whitfield] and Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil. But right now he’s in more of a situational type deal for us. And as he continues to go, then those things can probably expand from there.”

 

On Connecticut:

 

“When you take a look at them offensively, I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for their running back Lyle McCombs. He’s a really good running back. He’s quick, he’s shifty, and he’s tough. They got a veteran offensive line. When you take a look at their offensive line, they got Kevin Friend who’s a fifth-year senior at right tackle, Gus Cruz who’s a redshirt junior at right guard. I think Tyler Bullock might be back this week for them, he’s a redshirt senior. If he’s not,  Alex Mateas is there who has starts under his belt. You got Steve Greene and you’ve got Jimmy Bennett, all fifth-year seniors. So when you look at their offensive line, they have four fifth-year seniors starting and then a fourth-year junior starting for them. So that’s an experienced, big offensive line. Geremy Davis and Shakim Phillips are two very good receivers who catch the ball well. I think the same thing what you got to do is stop the running game and be able to put pressure on the quarterback to disrupt the passing game. Defensively, they’re a disruptive bunch from the standpoint that they have good athletes and they try to disguise and pressure you in way to confuse you. Old Dominion was a team that just really liked to throw the ball. Connecticut is a team that will want to run the ball and pass the ball. They’ll give you different personnel groupings. They’re not going to be a four wide receiver team, at least we haven’t seen that, like Old Dominion, and then again, defensively, they changed a little bit offensively from a year ago and then defensively they’re pretty much the same as what they were a year ago. They got two fifth-year seniors back as their place kicker and their punter as well.”

 

On linebacker Matt Robinson’s transition from safety:

 

“Matt is a very versatile player. Again, I think sometimes, and we were talking about this the other day in the defensive staff room, you really don’t realize how big a young man he is. I mean he’s got the height, the broadness, and the width to him and just a great kid.  I think he’s doing a really good job of making that transition from safety to Sam. Again, there’s no doubt in my mind that’s the best position for him and I think he’s got a chance to be an outstanding football player at that position. Again you’re dealing with a young man who’s athletic, who’s long, who’s smart, and who is physical. It’s neat to see him come back from two shoulder injuries and come out and play the ways he’s been playing. And also he’s contributing to special teams. Just very happy with the way he’s playing. I still think he hasn’t reached his ceiling yet, that he’s just going to continue to grow and develop with the more reps he gets. When you take a look in terms of what we did last week with him, he’s gone in and he’s played in substitution packages, he’s played the mole spot, he’s played the Mike spot. That’s what really helps you become better on defense, when you have guys that have that versatility and have that intelligence that you can do those different things with to be able to defend the people that you have to defend.”

 

On rating the offensive line through two games:

 

“They’re a work in progress, but I mean that in a good way. I thought they got better week one to week two. There’s still a long way to go and again you look at them, they haven’t played a whole lot of football. But my thing is, and the evaluation is going to be, are they getting better from each week. Not only in terms of executing the game plan, but also in terms of how they’re performing from a technique and fundamental point of view. So, I like the improvement, but I know we still have got a long way to go and those guys have been working extremely hard in practice and I just want to keep them all improving and keep improving as a group.”

 

On running back Brandon Ross’ performance against Old Dominion:

 

“I just told him to keep doing his job. We don’t make it complicated around here. We keep it very short and sweet and tell them what they do right and tell them what they do wrong and help them get better. All we need to do is to have Brandon continue to do the things he’s been doing last week. Again, we had an issue where we thought he was dancing a little bit too much and we talked to him about it. We showed it to him on film and then he went out and played better. That’s what you like because it shows that he’s coachable, he understands it, and now he sees it and he’s doing it. That’s all we want him to do, that’s all we want all our guys to do. Just go out and do everything to the best of your ability. When we make a correction just take it as such that we’re just helping you get better.”

 

– Maryland –

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 10 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Mixed Martial Arts-Bellator MMA (Friday 9pm from Temecula, CA live on SpikeTV); WNBA: Connecticut Sun @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network), New York Liberty @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network); High School Football: Towson @ Perry Hall (Thursday 7pm), Good Counsel @ Calvert Hall (Friday 7pm), Anacostia (DC) @ Gilman (Friday 2:10pm)

10. Shindig Festival feat. The Gaslight Anthem/Joan Jett & The Blackhearts/Mighty Mighty Bosstones/Dropkick Murphys/Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Saturday Carroll Park); Rebelution/Matisyahu (Wednesday 6pm Pier Six Pavilion); Muse/Cage The Elephant (Wednesday 7pm Verizon Center); Fall Out Boy/Panic! At The Disco (Tuesday 7pm Patriot Center); Depeche Mode (Tuesday 7:30pm Jiffy Lube Live), Jason Aldean (Saturday 7:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); ZZ Top (Wednesday 8pm Wolf Trap); Cage The Elephant/Diamond Youth (Thursday 7pm Power Plant Live); Eve 6 (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); The Airborne Toxic Event (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live); Cris Jacobs Band (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club); Rusted Root (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Blue October (Friday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Eve (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre); Shovels and Rope (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Jake Bugg (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Graham Nash (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Thursday 7:30pm The Hamilton); North Mississippi All-Stars (Friday 9pm State Theatre); Keith Urban “Fuse”, Arctic Monkeys “AM”, Janelle Monae “The Electric Lady”, J. Roddy Walston & The Business “Essential Tremors”  and Trombone Shorty “Say That to Say This” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’ll be in Pigtown Saturday. I’ve never seen Gaslight Anthem. They might be the best band (right now) I haven’t seen.

I don’t think I’ve seen The Mighty Mighty Bosstones since I was 14. It doesn’t mean I won’t sing along to every word of “Royal Oil.”

I’ll be “Grabbing A Bud” at Hooters Towson Friday 7pm-8pm. Then I’ll IMMEDIATELY be trying to talk my fiancee into hitting PPL so I can ALSO sing along to every word to far too many Eve 6 songs.

I will probably post about J. Roddy Walston a time or two on Facebook Tuesday. You can thank me later.

9. Dane Cook (Thursday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Russell Brand (Thursday 8pm Warner Theatre); Charlie Murphy (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Shaquille O’Neal’s All-Star Comedy Jam (Friday 8pm); “The Gathering” Food Truck Rally (Friday 5pm Keswick Castle); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Hampdenfest (Saturday 36th Street); “Star Trek Into Darkness” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); The Family” and “Insidious Chapter 2″ out in theaters (Friday)

If you couldn’t remember which Star Trek movie this one was, it was this one.

If you’ve forgotten which superstar’s brother Charlie Murphy was, this one. (Language NSFW.)

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Towson picks up Top 5 ranking after win over UConn

Posted on 02 September 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS EARN NUMBER FIVE NATIONAL RANKING

Towson Ranked Higher Than Ever Before In Sports Network Poll

PHILADELPHIIA, Pa. – After an impressive 33-18 victory over the University of Connecticut in their season opener, the Towson University football team is ranked fifth in the nation in the weekly FCS poll announced by The Sports Network on Monday.

For the Tigers, this marks their highest FCS national ranking ever. Their previous highest ranking was seventh nationally in the 2012 pre-season poll.  Prior to the win at UConn, the Tigers were ranked 11th in the FCS pre-season poll.

Towson has been ranked among the Top 25 for 27 consecutive weeks. The Tigers broke into the Top 25 on Sept. 26, 2011 and have been ranked among the Top 25 ever since.

The Tigers were one of eight FCS schools that defeated FBS programs during the first week of the college football season.

North Dakota State, which rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to post a 24-21 win over Kansas State, collected 145 of the 152 first-place votes to remain a definitive No. 1. The Bison were ahead of Eastern Washington, which collected the other seven first-place votes and moved up two spots to No. 2 following its 49-46 victory over Oregon State.

Also earning Top 10 spots were No. 5 Towson and No. 9 Northern Iowa, which posted its fifth all-time win over Iowa State, 28-20, to rise eight spots, the poll high.

That was only half the FCS-FBS story, though. Defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Eastern Illinois moved up seven spots to No. 14 after its 40-19 win over San Diego State. McNeese State, which was unranked in the preseason, moved up to No. 18 after it hammered South Florida, 53-21, scoring 31 points in the second quarter.

Samford, which beat transitioning FBS member Georgia State, 31-21, and Southern Utah, which slipped past South Alabama, 22-21, on a game-ending field goal, sat just outside the Top 25 following their big wins.

After Towson, the rest of the Top 10 consisted of No. 6 South Dakota State (1-0); No. 7 Central Arkansas (1-0); No. 8 Villanova (0-1), which fell to Boston College, 24-14; No. 9 Northern Iowa; and No. 10 Georgia Southern (1-0).

New Hampshire, which was idle over the weekend and will debut at Central Michigan on Saturday, was ranked 11th ahead of No. 12 Cal Poly (1-0). Up next was No. 13 Montana, which posted a 30-6 win over fellow perennial power Appalachian State in one of the more anticipated games of Week 1.

After Eastern Illinois were No. 15 Richmond (1-0), No. 16 Wofford (0-1), No. 17 Stony Brook (0-0), McNeese State, No. 19 Illinois State (0-1) and No. 20 James Madison (1-0).

The poll was rounded out by No. 21 Appalachian State (1-0), No. 22 Northern Arizona (0-1), No. 23 Lehigh (0-0), No. 24 Coastal Carolina (1-0) and No. 25 Bethune-Cookman (1-0).

Towson is one of six Colonial Athletic Association teams that are ranked in the FCS Top 25.

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, September 7 when they visit Holy Cross at 1:00 p.m.

FCS Rankings                           Record                    Points                    Last Week

1.  North Dakota State               1-0                           3793                       1

2. Eastern Washington              1-0                           3564                       4

3. Montana State                      1-0                           3319                        2

4. Sam Houston State               1-0                           3267                       3

5. TOWSON                               1-0                           2874                      11

6. South Dakota State               1-0                           2744                      6

7. Central Arkansas                  1-0                           2557                      7

8. Villanova                             0-1                           2470                      5

9. Northern Iowa                      1-0                           2357                       17

10. Georgia Southern                  1-0                           2191                        9

11.  New Hampshire                    0-0                          2112                        10

12  Cal Poly                               1-0                           1857                       14

13.  Montana                              1-0                           1842                       20

14.  Eastern Illinois                    1-0                           1717                         21

15.  Richmond                            1-0                           1690                        15

16.  Wofford                               0-1                           1527                       8

17.  Stony Brook                         0-0                          1235                       16

18.  McNeese State                    1-0                           1213                        NR

19.  Illinois State                        0-1                           1164                        13

20.  James Madison                   1-0                           1147                        19

21.  Appalachian State               0-1                           841                        12

22.  Northern Arizona                0-1                           583                       18

23.  Lehigh                                0-0                          557                       22

24.  Coastal Carolina                 1-0                           484                       25

25.  Bethune-Cookman              1-0                           420                       23

Others receiving votes: Eastern Kentucky 374, Youngstown State 338, Samford 226, Delaware 179, UT Martin 108, Southern Utah 106, Southern Illinois 89, William & Mary 71, Wagner 51, Penn 42, Southeastern Louisiana 41, Colgate 34, Chattanooga 27, Jacksonville State 21, South Dakota 19, Tennessee State 19, Sacramento State 15, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 14, Indiana State 14, Harvard 13, Gardner-Webb 10, The Citadel 10, Albany 9, Tennessee Tech 8, Liberty 7, Weber State 5, Western Illinois 5, Northwestern State 5, Duquesne 5, South Carolina State 4, Prairie View A&M 3, Charleston Southern 2, Florida A&M 1

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 27 August 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Pro Wrestling-WWE Live Show (Sunday 5pm Verizon Center); WNBA: Washington Mystics @ Atlanta Dream (Wednesday 7pm from Atlanta live on NBA TV); USA Hockey Training Camp Public Day (Tuesday 7am Kettler Capitals IcePlex)

10. Live/Kelly Bell Band (Saturday 2pm/6pm Baltimore Grand Prix); Luke Bryan (Wednesday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Maze feat. Frankie Beverly (Saturday 7pm Verizon Center); John Mayer (Saturday 7:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap); Anthony Hamilton (Wednesday & Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre), Salt-N-Pepa (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Three Dog Night (Wednesday & Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Fall Out Boy (Thursday 7:30pm Maryland State Fair), Three Days Grace (Sunday 7:30pm Maryland State Fair); Franz Ferdinand “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Hyperbole be damned. Live is one of the most consistently fantastic bands of the last 25 years. It’s a shame things couldn’t stay together.

The Kelly Bell Band…or as you know them…David Modell and I’s favorite band…

I know what John Mayer is now. I also know that there was a time I half enjoyed him.

I have probably enjoyed WAY more Fall Out Boy songs in my life than I’d ever like to admit.

9. Maryland State Fair (Tuesday-Monday Timonium Fairgrounds); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday-Monday RenFest Fairgrounds); Finesse Mitchell (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Jake Johannsen (Wednesday-Sunday DC Improv);  The Great Gatsby” and “Pain & Gain” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)”

I’ll make an appearance in Timonium this week. When I do, there will be a peach sundae involved.

And yeah, maybe a red velvet funnel cake.

Don’t judge.

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