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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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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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Maryland women announce non-conference schedule

Posted on 23 August 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –  The Maryland women’s basketball team released its 2013 non-conference schedule Friday, which is highlighted by home matchups with Connecticut and Ohio State, as well as a trip over Thanksgiving to the San Juan Shootout.

The Terrapins will host nine home games, plus two exhibitions, in November and December. They will open at South Florida, an NCAA Tournament team from 2012, on Nov. 8, then head back to College Park to welcome Loyola Nov. 10 in their home opener.

Maryland will take on defending national champion Connecticut on Nov. 15. The Terrapins played the Huskies twice last season. They fell 63-48 at Connecticut in December, then again in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

The Terps will take on local opponent George Washington on Nov. 19, then play at Towson on Nov. 23. Drexel will come to Comcast Center on Nov. 25.

Maryland will take a trip to Puerto Rico for two games in the San Juan Shootout over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Terrapins will play Texas Southern Nov. 28 and Ohio University Nov. 29.

Ohio State will travel to College Park for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Dec. 4. The Terps will host Siena and Delaware State on Dec. 9 and 14, respectively. Maryland will host Howard, College of Charleston and Wofford in the 12thannual Terrapin Classic Dec. 28 and 29.

The Terps will welcome Catholic University to Comcast Center for an exhibition at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29 and Holy Family for an exhibition on Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.

For the non-conference schedule, log on to www.umterps.com.

The Terrapins went 26-8 in the 2012-13 season and advanced to the program’s fifth Sweet Sixteen in head coach Brenda Frese’s 11 years. This year, the Terps return four of five starters, two-time ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas, and bring on four talented newcomers in Lexie Brown, A’Lexus Harrison, Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.

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Towson begins preparation for opener at UConn

Posted on 19 August 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – On Monday afternoon, Coach Rob Ambrose began practice with a history lesson.

He told his players that the Tigers had not beaten an FBS opponent.

“In every one of those games, we were beaten by the ‘wow’ factor,” he said. “It was a shock for us because we were playing a team with 85 scholarship players. As a result, we fell behind early and we couldn’t catch up.

“Today we are starting preparations for UConn,” he said. “We are not going to be intimidated. We are not going to be shocked.”

The Tigers, who dropped a 41-21 decision at Kent State in last year’s opener, have also lost games to Navy, Northwestern, Indiana, Maryland and Louisana State since 2008. Ambrose has been the Tigers’ coach for all but one of those games.

“Today we started to get into a UConn mentality,” Coach Ambrose explained after practice. “We had a really good tempo and the effort was excellent. If we can continue that kind of focus, we will be OK.”

The Tigers, who visit Connecticut on August 29, are facing a UConn team which posted a 5-7 record last year. Coach Paul Pasqualoni is starting his third season as the coach of the Huskies. He replaced Randy Edsall as UConn’s coach when Edsall took the job at Maryland.

The Tigers return to practice on Tuesday afternoon.

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Maryland hoops opener tip-off time announced

Posted on 26 July 2013 by WNST Staff

The University of Maryland’s game against the University of Connecticut on Nov. 8, 2013, in Brooklyn will tip-off at 6:30 p.m. ET and be aired on ESPN2, Barclays Center announced Friday.

 

Maryland will be playing in Barclays Center for the second straight season. Last year, the Terrapins fell to then-No. 3 Kentucky, 72-69, in the season opener for both teams.

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Maryland to open 2013 season against UConn in Brooklyn

Posted on 02 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Terps and Huskies to play in Barclays on Nov. 8, 2013

BROOKLYN – The University of Maryland men’s basketball team will face the University of Connecticut in its 2013-14 season opener on Nov. 8 in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

It will be the first meeting between the schools since March 24, 2002, when the Terrapins defeated the Huskies 90-82 in the NCAA East Regional on the way to their first national championship. UConn holds a 3-2 edge all-time in the series.

“We’re looking forward to returning to Barclays Center to play a quality opponent in Connecticut,” said head coach Mark Turgeon. “This will be a great experience for our players and fans.”

“It was a great experience to play at a first-class facility like Barclays Center last season,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “We’re looking forward to returning and taking on a great opponent in front of an energetic and enthusiastic crowd.”

The Terrapins played Kentucky in the opener last season in front of a sold out Barclays Center crowd. Last month, Maryland signed a multi-year agreement to continue play at Barclays Center.

Entering Tuesday night’s NIT semifinal vs. Iowa, Maryland (25-12) has matched its most wins in a season since also winning 25 games in 2006-07. Connecticut went 20-10 in 2012-13, the first season under coach Kevin Ollie.

Tickets for Maryland vs. Connecticut will go on sale soon and will be available through Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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Maryland, UConn meet for “Edsall Bowl” Saturday

Posted on 14 September 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – After a momentum-building win at Temple last weekend, the Maryland football team returns home to face Connecticut in Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. It will be the first time head coach Randy Edsall coaches against his former school (the Terps will make a return trip to Connecticut in 2013) and just the second time in history the football programs have met, with the only other meeting coming in 1942, a 34-0 Maryland win.

First-and-10

• The youthful Terps showed improvement from week one to week two in dispatching of Temple 36-27. Maryland played 12 true freshmen in the season opener, the most for a Maryland team in at least 15 years, and seven players made their first career starts in the season opener. Quarterback Perry Hills received ACC Rookie of the Week honors for his play against the Owls.

• Defense has set the tone for a young but talented Maryland team in the first two games of the season. The Terps have been very tough against the run with an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield. Those three have played a big role in holding opponents to an average of just 1.95 yards per rush, which ranks 10th nationally. It’s also been a disruptive defense – Maryland’s seven sacks tie for 13th in the FBS and its 17 tackles for loss are tied for 20th. Overall, the Terps are allowing just 229.5 yards per game, which ranks ninth nationally.

• Maryland has also had a knack for forcing timely turnovers in the first two games. In the closing moments of the 7-6 win over William & Mary in week one, cornerback Jeremiah Johnson forced a fumble on a sack that Hartsfield recovered to seal the game. In week two vs. Temple, the defense forced fumbles on the Owls’ first two possessions of the game and Hartsfield again helped seal the win by intercepting a tipped pass with 2:05 remaining to preserve the 36-27 victory.

• The biggest area of improvement for the Terps from week one to week two came with the offense, which is being directed by Hills, a true freshman. Hills, who became the first freshman to start a season opener for Maryland since Calvin McCall in 1999, had an excellent outing against Temple. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native went 11 of 21 for 190 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown. He also made several momentum-changing plays on third down: he ran for an 11-yard TD on third-and-goal after fumbling the snap; he hit Marcus Leak for a 39-yard gain on third-and-17 in the third quarter; and finally, hooked up with Stefon Diggs down the sideline for 38 yards on a third-and-11 with under 4:00 left and Maryland clinging to a 29-27 lead. Hills was named ACC Rookie of the Week for his play against the Owls.

• Diggs has been Maryland’s most electric player with his contributions on offense and in the return game. The true freshman leads the team with 218 all-purpose yards, with 135 of those coming against Temple last week. He’s done it in a variety of ways, totaling 89 yards on receptions, 84 on punt returns, 25 on kickoff returns and 20 on rushes. Additionally, his 12.82 yards per touch ranks sixth in the nation among freshmen who are averaging at least 108 all-purpose yards per game.

• Justus Pickett has worked his way into the feature role at running back. After scoring what proved to be the game-winning touchdown in week one against William & Mary, Pickett saw his role increase in week two. He carried the ball a career-high 21 times for 69 yards against Temple and seemed to get stronger as the game went on. In the fourth quarter alone, Pickett rushed seven times for 36 yards, including a bulldozing seven-yard touchdown run with 2:51 remaining that put the game out of reach. Beyond Pickett, the Terps have plenty of depth in freshmen Wes Brown and Albert Reid. Redshirt freshman Brandon Ross, who had been named the starter in the preseason, missed the first two games with an injury.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland allowed William & Mary to gain just 229 yards of total offense and held Temple to 230 yards. That marks its best defensive performance in a two-game span since holding Villanova to 187 yards and FIU to 163 yards in the first two games of the 2007 season.

• Maryland won its first two games despite committing more turnovers than its opponent in each contest. All eight of the Terrapins turnovers (three interceptions, five fumbles) have come from freshmen.

• The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In two games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 31:23 to 28:38 for the opponent. That’s a major upgrade compared to 2011, when Maryland averaged just 25:16 a game to 34:44 for the opponent.

• Seven players made their first career starts in the season opener against William & Mary: quarterback Perry Hills, running back Albert Reid, safety Sean Davis, defensive back Jeremiah Johnson, linebacker Cole Farrand, nose tackle Darius Kilgoand offensive lineman Nick Klemm.

• In addition to the seven first-time starters, 14 players saw their first action against William & Mary. And of the 44 players that saw time against the Tribe, 25 of them were underclassmen.

• Maryland has 14 true freshmen listed on its two-deep (excluding return men), which is the third most in the FBS (Colorado – 16, Texas – 15).

• The Terps are holding opponents to 1.95 yards per carry, which ranks 10th nationally. Of the opponents 80 rushing attempts this season, 56 have been for three yards or less (28 of 41 vs. William & Mary; 28 of 39 vs. Temple).

• Demetrius Hartsfield recorded a double-digit tackle game against William & Mary by finishing with 13. Hartsfield had seven double-digit efforts in nine games last season. Hartsfield also had a fumble recovery with 1:11 left that sealed the win.

• Head coach Randy Edsall handed out game balls for the win over Temple. Sal Conaboy got the game ball for offense,Demetrius Hartsfield for defense and A.J. Francis for special teams.

• The five Maryland players who received 2011 postseason recognition returned to the squad this year – DL Keith Bowers(freshman All-ACC), LB Lorne Goree (freshman All-ACC), LB Demetrius Hartsfield (honorable mention All-ACC), DL Andre Monroe (freshman All-American) and DL Joe Vellano (second team All-American; first team All-ACC).

• Maryland was hit hard by injuries in the preseason. Thirteen players missed the season opener due to various injuries and ailments, and 14 were out against Temple. Seven of those were potential starters on offense and defense: defensive linemanAndre Monroe; defensive backs A.J. Hendy and Matt Robinson; linebacker Kenneth Tate; quarterback C.J. Brown; running back Brandon Ross; offensive lineman Josh Cary. Place-kicker Nick Ferrara also missed the first two games. Both Monroe and Brown are out for the season.

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

• Maryland had 15 seniors on the 2011 roster, but just 12 of those players were listed on the two-deep at some point during the year. There are 17 seniors listed on the 2012 roster.

• Eleven of the top 13 tacklers from 2011 are back this season, including Hartsfield, who had a team-high 108 stops, and safety Eric Franklin, who was second with 106.

• Three Terps ended 2011 ranked among the top 12 in the ACC in tackles. Hartsfield was second at 12.0 per game and Franklin was sixth at 8.8. Vellano was 12th with 7.8 per contest.

• There are just two returning starters (Bennett Fulper and Justin Gilbert) on Maryland’s offensive line, but six players entered the season with starting experience. De’Onte Arnett, Josh Cary, Sal Conaboy and Peter White have also started on the o-line.

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


Maryland-Connecticut Series History

• Maryland and Connecticut have played just once in school history, a 34-0 Terrapin win in College Park in 1942.

 

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FB Cierski out, OL Arnett questionable for Terps against UConn

Posted on 14 September 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Connecticut

Position

Name

Injury

Status

QB C.J. Brown Knee Out for the season
DL Andrew Monroe Knee Out for the season
RB Tyler Cierski Head Out
DB Rashid Conteh Ankle Out
PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip Out
DB A.J. Hendy Ankle Out
LB Abner Logan Leg Out
LB Kenny Tate Knee Out
OL De’Onte Arnett Ankle Questionable
RB Brandon Ross Hamstring Probable
DL Joe Vellano Foot Probable

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