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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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 26 March 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: NBA-Washington Wizards @ Oklahoma City Thunder (Wednesday 8pm from Oklahoma City live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic (Friday 7pm from Orlando live on Comcast SportsNet), Toronto Raptors @ Washington Wizards (Sunday 6pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Boxing: Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado (Saturday 10:15pm from Las Vegas live on HBO); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator MMA (Thursday 10pm from Tampa, FL live on SpikeTV)

10. Florida Georgia Line (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Friday 6:30pm Recher Theatre); Cris Jacobs Band (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club), All Mighty Senators (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); The Pietasters (Thursday 7:30pm Ottobar); Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Family Of The Year (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); DJ ?uestlove (Saturday 11pm Howard Theatre); Gloriana (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell (Friday 8pm Strathmore); The Strokes “Comedown Machine” and Lil Wayne “I Am Not A Human Being II” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Any day where I get to post a JCS video in T10BD should be considered a good day. No…it should be considered a freaking FANTASTIC day.

The Pietasters are fun. That was a sentence.

Every time Emmylou Harris comes to town I get excited because I know I’ll post the video of her doing “Long Black Veil” with Dave Matthews at a Johnny Cash tribute show.

I enjoy music made by The Strokes. Insert your own witty comment here.

9. Creed Bratton (Friday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Aziz Ansari (Friday 7pm & 10:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Gary Gulman (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Kevin Pollak (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); Lincoln” and “Killing Them Softly” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” out in theaters (Friday); Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents Dragons (Wednesday-Sunday 1st Mariner Arena); Glenn Clark’s Easter plans (Sunday Time & Place TBA)

In a tradition unlike any other, this is the part of the year where I demand my fiancee make Cadbury Cream Eggs Benedict Sunday or risk this being our final Easter together.

(I actually have absolutely no idea if I would even enjoy this.)

We can all agree Staburst jelly beans >>>> Jelly Belly jelly beans, correct?

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The 15-7-0 is awkwardly obsessed with Faith Hill’s legs

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The 15-7-0 is awkwardly obsessed with Faith Hill’s legs

Posted on 17 September 2012 by Glenn Clark

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

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

The “ELITE” 15…

1. Towson football continues to be a hell of a way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Let’s recap. Beautiful afternoon…great crowd…competitive game…key win over a conference rival…national TV. Yeah, all of that sounds good to me…

Here was the video shown at Unitas Stadium before the game. It honestly makes me want to go hit somebody…

But if Rob Ambrose REALLY wants to get his team fired up, perhaps he should go the lip-dub route fellow CAA coach (and former Baltimore Colt) Bill Curry went…

Righteous.

2. As of this moment, the Houston Texans are the best team in the AFC.

And also, the Jacksonville Jaguars are not particularly good…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txnPXpJ7_m8

The offensive numbers in this one for the Jags are absolutely staggering, by the way. Blaine Gabbert finished 7/19 for 53 yards (53 yards!), the Jags finished with 117 total yards of offense and did not convert a single third (or fourth) down attempt all game.

“Jaguars football: still inexplicably happening!”

3. As of this moment, the San Francisco 49ers are the best team in the NFC.

This was a big win for the 49ers, so they decided to turn to Alex Smith, Michael Crabtree and….ummm….Aziz Ansari? after the game…

Also, I’m sure a lot of Niners fans told Smith they wanted him to be more like Tom Brady, but I don’t think they expected this…

Also…apparently Owen Wilson is now a 49ers fan or something(?) and also decided that he wanted to do everything in his power to look like Eric Byrnes these days…

At least he wasn’t reading “Don’t Jump.”

Oh, and Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz got along just fine in the postgame, but that’s presumably because Schwartz wanted to see if Harbaugh could help him get the tail from out between his legs.

4. Manti Te’o went through a lot this week. Even if you don’t like Notre Dame like me, it’s hard to not be happy for him.

Both the girlfriend and grandmother of the Fighting Irish LB passed away during the week leading up to the game at Michigan State, making his effort all more emotional…

I can’t help but notice that ND’s big win came just days after “Rudy” Ruettiger threw out the first pitch before the Orioles won their 14 inning marathon against the Tampa Bay Rays…Oriole Magic rubs off?

Next up for the Irish is Michigan. Here’s Denard Robinson doing something quite cool against UMass Saturday…

And hey, at least Spartans LB Max Bullough still has his awesome tattoo…

5. So, Stanford pretty much just owns USC at this point.

Yup. So much for Matt Barkley’s “unfinished business” I guess.

Also, an excellent amount of Stanford trolling in this one. First, USC’s drum major was breathalyzed on the way in to Stanford Stadium…

Then came their own band leader…

Not bad.

6. Speaking of Stanford, there were a few moments where Andrew Luck looked like that other guy against the Vikings.

I mean, he ISN’T that guy (you know the guy we’re talking about…the guy who plays in Denver now) yet, but this wasn’t bad…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG5mwY-Fmgc

Hey, the Vikings did have ONE effective offensive play…

Whatever works, I guess. Congratulations to Chuck Pagano on his first win as a NFL head coach. May there never be one against the Ravens.

Oh, and I thought it was nice that the teams decided to give everyone a nice preview of Sunday night’s WWE Night of Champions Pay-Per-View…

Who says replacement officials can’t keep control of games? I mean, how were they supposed to see that after Donald Brown spit that green potion in their eyes?

I guess fans in “The Friendly Heart of the Midwest” are excited?

7. Eli Manning threw for a Tim Tebow season’s worth of yards against the Bucs.

510 yards? 510 yards? I mean, what the hell? Was he playing the University of Colorado?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jenI-bUCeWY

It looks like everything is fine, at least according to Tom Coughlin in his postgame handshake session with Greg Schiano…

U mad bro?

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That was just about the last thing Randy Edsall needed…

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That was just about the last thing Randy Edsall needed…

Posted on 15 September 2012 by Glenn Clark

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — This one probably wouldn’t have been quite as bad had Maryland never seen the ball again.

If the Connecticut Huskies (2-1) had simply managed to run out the remaining 4:39 on the clock after Perry Hills pulled the Maryland Terrapins (2-1) within 24-21 thanks to a 10 yard TD run, this one might not have been quite as stinging.

Unfortunately for Terps head coach Randy Edsall Saturday, his first meeting with his former school did end with that same 24-21 score, but it didn’t end that way.

Instead UConn gave Maryland the ball right back with plenty of time (3:29 left), two timeouts and good field position (the Maryland 42) needing only a field goal to force overtime.

What happened in those final moments will cause greater consternation for Edsall than even a blowout loss may have.

Instead of marching down to tie things up-or perhaps finish off a victory which would allow Maryland to surpass their win total of a season ago and start thinking about the possibility of bowl eligibility, the Terrapins absolutely imploded.

It started out well enough. Freshman quarterback Perry Hills (who struggled to final numbers of 11-25, 122 yards, 1TD and 1INT) pushed the Terps just outside the edge of field goal range thanks to a 12 yard completion to WR Kerry Boykins. That was followed by a six yard run by freshman RB Wes Brown, leaving the Terps on UConn’s 37 yard line with roughly three minutes to play.

From the 37 yard line with 3:00 to play, the Terps would ultimately end up running 2:35 off the clock running six plays that would gain a total of -3 yards and end with a turnover on downs.

There was one positive mixed in (an 11 yard catch and run from Hills to WR Stefon Diggs good for a first down), but otherwise there were sacks, quarterback scrambles, WR drops and a bizarre 3rd and long call that resulted in a four yard loss after a completed pass.

There were no timeouts called until the Terps stared down the barrel of 4th and 18 with 25 seconds to play. The timeout allowed Maryland to set up a Hail Mary pass that went through the back of the endzone.

Edsall was asked about his decision to not use a timeout after the game.

“I didn’t think about taking a timeout there” the coach said. “That’s something that we haven’t been good at even in practice…that two minute situation. Sometimes guys just try to do too much. That’s where we as coaches just have to continually teach.”

He’s right to point out that Boykins exacerbated their troubles by dropping a ball along the sideline that would have left them with third and manageable instead of 3rd and long, but it doesn’t absolve Edsall (or Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley) of fault for the final drive.

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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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OC Locksley expects Don Brown defense to be “headache” for Terps Saturday

Posted on 12 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Quotes from Maryland Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley and Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

On Don Brown’s Connecticut defense:

“It’s definitely a headache. They play great, solid defense, statistically and on film you can see why they’re ranked where they are defensively. He outnumbers the box, he disguises well. It’s been a trying week for us offensively just to come up with a scheme for ourselves to have some success. As we get through the week we’re feeling better and better about playing, and we feel we can go out and execute.”

On if he’s talked to the veteran defensive players about Don Brown’s former schemes:

“You know some of the guys like Kenny Tate and Joe [Vellano] have come in and given their two cents as to the background of the defense and what it entails. But you can watch the tape and what you see is pretty consistent with what we’ve heard when you do your research on it. We did a preliminary game plan in the summer so we’ve had some time to evaluate it. As we get into it this week after we’ve seen the two games they’ve played really well.”

On the importance of last week’s tempo for Perry Hills:

“It’s good to see he made the strides that you like to see all of our guys making from week one to week two. I thought Perry improved, and that’s the goal for us. He’s still a guy that got off the yellow school bus last year, and our goal is for each week to give him a plan that he can go out and be comfortable with. It’s not what we want to do, it’s what he can get accomplished and what he’s comfortable with. I think he took some steps, but we have to consistently do it.”

On Hills’ ability to throw the deep ball:

“I thought all camp long he did some nice things, and that’s how he earned the right to be the guy when we had the injuries. So, when you recruit a guy you recruit him to have the skill-set to do what you want to do on offense. I’m very pleased with his skill set and how it fits in to what we do.”

On Tyler Cierski’s injury status and how the depth at tight end allowed that to not be a major limitation:

“Well any time you don’t have Tyler it’s a blow to us offensively. He brings toughness, and his ability to get us to run downhill. As you said, the luxury of having four tight ends going into the season would give us strength at that position. Having that personnel grouping allowed us to have some flexibility to continue to be able to get under center and run some of our downhill, power pro-style run plays. A guy like Devonte Campbell coming in, or a guy like Matt Furstenburg being able to fill those roles.”

On ball security and Wes Brown bouncing back this week:

“Well I think when you look at the turnovers that’s the one thorn in my side from an offensive standpoint. You can’t turn the ball over and be a good team. That’s the one thing we’ve stressed from day one, is not beating ourselves. We’ve been very fortunate here the past couple of weeks to come away with wins when you turn the ball over seven times as an offense. I think the young guys understand the importance of it. We’ve done some things to try and reemphasize ball security. I have no doubt in my mind that a guy like Wes will bounce back, those guys understand he’s been playing that position a long time. He understands the importance of it and I expect him to bounce back and as an offense the goal is to come out of this thing without turning it over and beating ourselves.”

On if he’d be satisfied with a 3-0 start:

“There’s no satisfaction because we have a long season and we’re playing a bunch of young players. It’s been my experience having done this quite a bit in my career that you like to see the consistency out of a young team where you’re able to do it. But every week is a new week with a young ball club and young players. For us, there will be some satisfaction if we can find a way to come away with the win. But it all starts back up on Sunday, when we go out and practice it’s a brand new week.”

On Kevin Dorsey and his status as a mentor to the younger receivers:

“Well I’ve seen the unselfishness, and I know our receivers would love to see the ball a little bit more. With a young quarterback I think they realize and understand it’s more about what our quarterback can execute. I think each week you’ll see us continue to be able to add or improve on what we take in based on how fast Perry [Hills] continues to develop. I’ve been really pleased with Kevin [Dorsey] and Kerry Boykins as senior receivers who’ve sacrificed for the sake of getting wins and helping the development of a young quarterback and offense. Those guys have been just tremendous from a leadership standpoint.”

On if the selflessness is something he pressed upon them or they brought on their own:

“I think communication is the key, and those guys understood when C.J. [Brown] went down, there were maybe going to be some things that would take some time with a young quarterback like Perry. It’s not anything that we had to go and talk about, but I think they understood being around the game as fifth year seniors what it takes.”

On what Brandon Ross brings to the table:

“I think because of his skill set he’s a homerun threat. I’ve been pleased with the running backs in general, minus the turnovers obviously. It gives you another weapon in your arsenal, and gives you a guy that has the ability to make some things happen. Maybe at the second level he can make a guy miss, and take it the distance. He has those types of abilities.”

On Albert Reid’s role:

“That’s the thing we talk about, roles are something that change daily based on performance and situations. Going into last week, the competition at that position has been pretty good. I like that; it’s something I wish we had at every position. Depth wise, we just don’t have it at the offensive line position, even somewhat at the receiver position. The depth isn’t there to have that type of competition, but those roles will be determined by how they practice during the week. We thought Wes practiced well last week, Albert [Reid] didn’t do anything wrong per se, but his role will be determined by how we finish up this week. This is the second day of our two really tough practices, Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll see what his role will be when we get closer to game time.”

On percent of his job is spent recruiting vs. coaching:

“It’s 50-50, you’re doing both. I’m a big believer that to be a complete coach you have to be a guy that can go out and get the groceries and come home and cook dinner. That’s just been my philosophy, I never wanted to be pegged just as a recruiter or pegged as a guy that just knows X’s and O’s. To the young coaches that I’ve often time spoke with about the business, I think you develop leverage with the ability to do both really well. Right now I have some work to do as a coach.”

On Notre Dame joining the ACC:

“I just heard that maybe an hour ago… Any time you can bring in a product like Notre Dame to our conference it helps. For right now, all my energy and thoughts are on getting ready for UConn and trying to put an offensive plan together.”

On the feelings as a recruiter when someone signs with you:

“Well you move on to the next recruit. You don’t have a lot of time to celebrate small victories, whether it’s recruiting or a game on Saturday. It’s unfortunate, we just talked about it a little as an offensive staff. There’s very little time to enjoy the process because as soon as you get a Stefon Diggs come in, then you’re on to the next guy whether it be for next year or next week. So it’s a short-lived excitement, but I think in the end it’s what you do as a coach.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

On the return of defensive backs Isaac Goins and Matt Robinson:

“It’s pretty exciting. It was unfortunate that Matt [Robinson] got hurt so early in training camp, but the experience he brings and the leadership he brings back there is pretty good. He’s tried to be a leader but it’s hard when you’re not on the field. Now with him getting the chance to be on the field and help out the young guys has been awesome. Isaac [Goins] had a great spring for us. We’re excited just to get him on the field to do some things with him.”

On if he thinks the secondary has been an issue:

“Obviously we’re a work in progress. I’d like to play better on the back end, you don’t like to give up touchdown passes or pass interferences. I think they’re getting better. As a group we play a lot of young guys, as we start to stabilize guys on the field the better we’ll get.”

On Sean Davis coming in and playing in his first year:

“I think he’s holding up ok. I think you guys had a chance to talk to him earlier in the week, and you see he’s a very personable kid. He’s going to do the best he can, and it’s just hard because things are a little different and faster than when you’re in high school. It’s a learning process for him, and I think it was a good process. I’d rather him get a chance to learn in a backup role rather than a starter role, but nonetheless it was a good learning process.”

On if he has seen Sean Davis grow rapidly over the past month:

“I think he did a great job. When you’re young as a whole, there’s not a lot of football experience you can go back on especially with the speed of the game at the college level. Those young guys just have to keep seeing it. The more playing time they get, the more motions they see, and the more things that happen to them the better they get.”

On what the offense can expect to see from Don Brown and how familiar he is with Brown:

“You know what, we have some guys like Keith Dudzinski who was on the staff with [Don Brown] for quite a while. He’s talked about his thought process and what he thinks Don does and likes to do. I pretty much focus on our guys and how I’m going to attack [Connecticut]. It should be fun, it sounds like there’s going to be two pretty aggressive, pressure defenses going on. It should be fun.”

On if there’s any frustration that the media is calling this game the “Randy Bowl”:

“This is the first time I’ve heard it called the “Randy Bowl”. The great thing about Coach Edsall is that we do everything the same. We practice the same, do meetings the same, recruit the same, so I haven’t noticed anything different. I just know that we have another football game against the University of Connecticut and we’re going to do everything we can to win that game.”

On why this unit has been able to come together and rank so highly in defensive statistics:

“I’m not a big numbers guy. I’m more about looking at what we need to do to win. I just think the basic foundation of our defense is if we can stop them running the ball, focus on third down, get them off the field, and not let them score, then we have an opportunity to win every game. Those are the things I focus and drive into our guys. I just really want to play our defense and get better at our defense. Winning each down one game at a time, down by down, that’s the main focus. That’s exactly what I want the players to think.”

On how Alex Twine has held up this season:

“I think Twine has played and done everything we’ve asked him to do with that position. A lot of times the coaches don’t get credit. I have to credit Lyndon Johnson, Keith Dudzinski, as well as Greg Gattuso with just coaching their guys and making sure they know the intricacies of each position.  They make sure when a guy is called to play, he can play and I can call a total menu of plays. When Twine got thrown in, he knew everything, not to mention he had the opportunity in the spring to be the starter. That helped tremendously. I think Twine, Sean Davis, and all those guys benefit from the way the coaches have taught and making sure everyone knows our scheme defensively.”

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