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The 15-7-0 loves unicorns and show ponies but hates Tom Brady comebacks

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The 15-7-0 loves unicorns and show ponies but hates Tom Brady comebacks

Posted on 14 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

True story. Tom Hanks only took the starring role in “Captain Phillips” because he was turned down for a similar role in a movie musical version of the 15-7-0. We parted amicably after negotiations, so truthfully I have not cared for some of the things he’s chosen to say in the media during the blitz for the film. I’ll take the high road…as always.

15 Positive Observations…

1. Tom Brady’s final drive was so good Sunday it might actually HAVE involved unicorns and show ponies.

Yes, Tom Brady threw an amazing game winning touchdown…but…ummm…

Let’s check in with Rob Ryan for his thoughts.

Remember that time Brady played John Harbaugh to Julian Edelman’s James Ihedigbo?

Just a guess, but I’d imagine this didn’t happen after THIS play…

2. So long, Virginia. Will be awfully nice to not have to pretend to have any idea what a Wahoo is in the future.

We won’t miss you.

Boston College toyed with Clemson for awhile elsewhere in the SEC, I assume for this reason.

Further elsewhere in the ACC, Syracuse should probably get their medical experts on this.

3. I don’t know if I feel “good” for Penn State, but watching that game Saturday night made me happier than Dikembe Mutombo blocking a shot.

I made a trip to Pennsylvania this weekend to see the Coyotes ground the Flyers and was treated surprisingly well. I imagine Michigan fans probably got the same in their visit to the Keystone State?

In the loss, credit Dennis Norfleet for…survival?

Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Tevin Coleman is why Indiana can’t have nice things.

4. The Cincinnati Bengals are in first place by themselves. Reports say Satan got the better end of the deal.

Ladies and gentlemen, Gio Bernard.

5. Joseph Fauria > Christian Fauria > overpaying for EA Sports’ most recent underwhelming effort.

But we’re probably getting dangerously close to Fauria jumping the shark…

Remember when Brandon Weeden suddenly remembered he was Brandon Weeden?

I know the Browns lost the game, but is there really any loser when you attend a game and get to witness this?

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Ross has big day for Terps in win

Posted on 13 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland vs. Virginia

Maryland 27, Virginia 26

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Maryland hopes to bounce back Saturday against Virginia

Posted on 11 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team returns to College Park for its ACC home opener on Saturday as the Terps play host to Virginia for 78th time in school history, the most among any opponent all-time. Kickoff is set for 3:32 p.m. from Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The Terps suffered their first loss of the season in Tallahassee on Saturday falling 63-0 to the sixth-ranked Florida State Seminoles. Despite the loss, Maryland’s four wins through five games marks the team’s best start since 2010 when the Terps also opened the season 4-1. That year, Maryland finished 9-4 and earned a spot in the Military Bowl.

LIVE Coverage on the ESPNU & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m.. Anish Shroff (pbp) and Kelly Stouffer (color) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 135 and XM Radio Channel 191, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• On Saturday, quarterback Caleb Rowe filled in admirably after starter C.J. Brown departed in the second quarter with a concussion. Rowe completed nine of his 17 pass attempts for 119 yards. The sophomore averaged 17.0 yards per completion and found wide receiver Nigel King for his long completion of the afternoon, a 26 yarder. Prior to his injury, Brown completed 6-of-14 passes for 82 yards including a 39-yard completion to wide receiver Deon Long. Brown, Rowe and the Maryland offense continued a season trend of attacking defenses downfield. Maryland’s average completion went for 13.4 yards and on the season the Terps are averaging 14.98 yards per completion, the 12th-highest total nationally.

• Long was the Terps’ top target against the Seminoles. The junior-college transfer hauled in three passes for a team-high 77 yards and was targeted multiple times down the field. Long was among eight different Terrapin receivers to catch a pass on Saturday. King and running back Brandon Ross each caught three passes for 46 and 17 yards, respectively. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who is averaging 21.2 yards per catch this season, caught two passes for 24 yards. Amongst receivers with 20 or more receptions, Diggs’ yards per catch average ranks fourth nationally and is on pace to set a sophomore season record (19.17 ypc) for Maryland and currently ranks as the second-highest single-season average all-time.

• Through the first four games of the season defensively, the Terps averaged 4.25 sacks per game and led the nation with 17 total sacks. On Saturday, the Terps added to that total as defensive lineman Andre Monroe recorded one sack against the Seminoles raising his season total to 3.5. Maryland now has three players with 3.0 sacks or more on the season. Linebacker Marcus Whitfield leads the group with 5.5 sacks. After Monroe’s 3.5, fellow linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil has 3.0. In addition to his sack of Florida State quarterback, Jameis Winston, Monroe was a consistent presence in the Seminoles’ backfield totaling a game-high three tackles for loss, increasing his season total to six. The Terps still rank as one of the nation’s top 25 defenses. Maryland is surrendering 333.8 yards per game, which ranks fifth in the ACC and 22nd nationally.

• Defensive backs Sean Davis and Anthony Nixon were the team’s top tacklers on Saturday. Davis finished with a career-best 12, nine of which were solo, while Nixon had a career-high 10 tackles. Linebacker Matt Robinson had seven solo tackles and one pass breakup. Robinson and linebacker L.A. Goree lead the Terps with 31 tackles on the season. Robinson has a team-best 21 solo tackles.

• Folliowing in the footsteps of Diggs from last season, defensive back William Likely has proven to be a dynamic threat on kickoffs for the Terps. Likely fielded four kicks for 73 yards on Saturday with the Seminoles choosing to kick away from the freshman on several occasions. Likely is averaging 28.6 yards per return, which ranks second in the ACC and 19th nationally. Likely’s average is threatening the Maryland record books. His 28.6 average currently ranks second for a single season all-time and would break Diggs’s freshman record of 28.52 yards per return.


Quick Hitters

• Despite being held scoreless at Florida State on Saturday, the Terps’ offense is still on pace to rank as one of the best in school history. The unit has totaled 2,228 yards of total offense through five games and scored 159 points. Since the 2000 season, no Maryland team has totaled more offensive yards through five contests and its point total is tied for the second most during that span. The 2001 Terrapins scored 173 points in five games and the 2010 team scored 159 as well.

• With a sack against Florida State, defensive lineman Andre Monroe increased his season total to 3.5 and raised Maryland’s total to 18. Maryland is tied for third in the ACC in sacks, fourth nationally, and is the only team in the ACC and one of three teams in the country with three players with three or more sacks (Louisville, USC). Linebacker Marcus Whitfield is third in the ACC and tied for seventh nationally with 5.5, and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil has 3.0.

• In addition to its ability to get after the quarterback, Maryland’s defense has totaled 39 tackles for loss averaging 7.8 per game, which is tied for fourth in the ACC and tied for 13th nationally. The Terps recorded four TFL for 17 yards on Saturday led by Monroe’s three for 15 yards. Whitfield leads the team with 6.5. E.J. Henderson holds the school record with 28 during the 2001 season.

• Maryland still ranks as one of the best teams in the country in third-down defense ranking 19th nationally holding opponents to a 34.7 percent success rate and has forced 28 three-and-outs. The Terps are averaging 5.6 three-and-outs per game, which is tied for 15th nationally and has forced the opposing offense off the field in three plays or less in 40.0 percent of its defensive possessions, which is tied for the 16th-highest percentage nationally.

• Quarterbacks C.J. Brown and Caleb Rowe combined to complete 15 passes for an average of 13.4 yards per completion on Saturday. On the season, the Terps are averaging 14.98 yards per completion, which ranks fifth in the ACC and 12th nationally. Brown ranks fifth in the conference and ninth nationally averaging 15.63 yards per completion, which is on pace to set a school record.

• Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been the Terps’ primary downfield threat. Diggs is tied with Pittsburgh’s Devin Street averaging a league-high 21.2 yards per catch and for his career is averaging 17.2 yards per reception, the second-highest average among active players in the ACC with a minimum of 30 receptions. In addition, his 21.2 yards per catch average is tied for the fourth highest nationally among receivers with 20 or more catches.

• With 236 yards of total offense against West Virginia (9/21), Brown passed Al Neville (2,734) for 22nd all-time for total offensive yards in a career in Maryland history. Brown currently has 2,839 yards of total offense in his career and trails Scott Zolak (2,875) by 36 yards for 21st all-time. Brown ranks third in the ACC with 282.2 yards of total offense per game.

• On Saturday, the Terrapin quarterbacks spread the ball to eight different receivers, the second-highest total of the season. Against FIU (8/31), nine different receivers caught a pass. The Terps are averaging seven different pass-catching targets per game with wide receiver Deon Long averaging a team-best 4.8 receptions per game.

• Through five games Maryland’s special teams have been solid, particularly on kickoffs. The Terps are averaging 24.31 yards per return, the second best average in the ACC and 27th nationally. On coverage, the Terps rank fourth in the ACC and 23rd nationally giving up 18.54 yards per return.

• Defensive back William Likely has been the team’s standout kick returner so far this season. After wide receiver Stefon Diggs set a school record for a freshman averaging 28.52 yards per return in 2012, the second-best single-season average in school history, Likely is averaging 28.6 yards per return. His average ranks second in the ACC and 19th nationally.

• The Terps have made their mark in the first half so far this season. Maryland has outscored its first four opponents 114-44 in the opening two quarters. The Terps have been particularly strong in the second quarter outscoring five opponents, 70-24.

• Through five games, Maryland is one of the least penalized teams in the country. The Terps are averaging 3.60 penalties a game, a mark that is tied for eighth nationally. Its 18 total penalties have cost Maryland 158 yards, an average of 31.6 yards per game, an average that is the ninth lowest nationally.


Maryland Gameday Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are offensive lineman G.T. Harraka (offense), linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. (defense), and defensive back Michael Washington (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Running back Albert Reid will carry the American flag, and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Virginia game are offensive lineman Sal Conaboy (offense), linebacker L.A. Goree (defense), and defensive back Zach Dancel (special teams).


Maryland-Virginia Series History

• Saturday’s meeting between Maryland and Virginia is the 78th all-time meeting between the two schools, the most of any Terrapin opponent, with the first meeting coming in 1919. The Terps lead the all-time series 43-32-2, and are 20-13-2 at home against the Cavaliers.

• Maryland has won two of the last three meetings between the border rivals including last year’s matchup in Charlottesville, 27-20.

• The Cavs have won the past three meetings in College Park with the Terps last win coming in 2005, a 45-33 victory.

 

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Terps list QB Brown as doubtful for Virginia Saturday

Posted on 10 October 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Virginia

Position

Name

Injury

Status

DB Milan Collins Ankle Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney Knee Out for the season
DB Dexter McDougle Shoulder Out for the season
DL Mike Minter Knee Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker Knee Out for the season
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro Head Out
RB Tyler Cierski Calf Out
K Adam Greene Quad Out
DB Jeremiah Johnson Toe Out
OL Nick Klemm Foot Out
LB Matt Robinson Shoulder Out
QB C.J. Brown Head Doubtful
WR Daniel Adams Knee Probable
OL Silvano Altamirano Back Probable
LB Cole Farrand Hand Probable
WR Nigel King Back Probable
TE Dave Stinebaugh Knee Probable
DL Zeke Riser Foot Probable

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Terps OC Locksley says Virginia game will show Terps’ character

Posted on 09 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

 

On Virginia:

“As we say here each week, our challenges start with ourselves. The last couple of weeks on offense, our execution has been down. You look back at last week and we were 14 percent efficient running the ball and 20 percent efficient throwing the ball. That keeps you in a lot of third and long situations, and then we’re 2-for-15 in those, you don’t sustain drives. For us, it’s not as much about Virginia defensively, it’s about us executing the things we want on offense.”

 

On the running game against Florida State:

“We didn’t get a lot of movement at the point of attack. I thought we missed a few reads. Our running game is predicated on our quarterback and the zone-read game. Once C.J. [Brown] went down, some things changed in what we were able to get executed. We’ve got to block people better and we’ve got to maintain blocks. When you’re in the zone-read scheme, you’ve got to make sure you read it correctly. When we get the ball to the edge, we’ve got to take care of blocking the perimeter. We’ve got to get all those things accomplished running the football and we haven’t been very good at it.”

 

On if the scheme changes when certain players are injured:

“Hopefully you don’t adjust on the fly. We prepare for worst case scenarios as always. We know what the strengths and weaknesses are of the offensive players in our scheme. A lot of that stuff is done before the game even starts, so it’s not an on the fly adjustment. There may be a few things you tweak when it happens and we’ve got to do a better job of handling that when it takes place, whether it’s receivers, quarterbacks or running backs. Out mentality is the next man up. The next guy has to step up and do the job.”

 

On quarterback Caleb Rowe’s performance:

“As I told him after the game, I thought Caleb came in and executed a lot better than what I would have expected.  Coming into that type of situation, his first play was a 3rd-and-12 and he bangs the seven route for a first down. Then he comes back and gets into a little rhythm and gets the ball to Stef (Stefon Diggs). Then we get a holding penalty. When you play really good teams like Florida State in that type of environment, you’ve got to take advantage of every opportunity you’re given and I thought Caleb played OK.”

 

On correcting the offensive mistakes heading into Saturday:

“All those things are correctable, whether it’s through a change of personnel or guys getting better at the techniques and reworking some of the technical things that it takes. We self-scout ourselves every Monday and we look to say, who are we? Your personnel dictates who you are first and foremost and then what you can get accomplished or get executed is the second most important thing so we look at that each week and at the plan we’re putting together and we’ve got to get it cleaned up more today and tomorrow.”

 

On running back Jacquille Veii:

“Jacquille’s a talented player. We’ve got Brandon [Ross] and Albert [Reid], both those guys are talented players. Jacquille does bring a different element. Like anything, we continue to look and find ways to get our best players the ball and I thought he came in and did some good things at the end. I thought the game dictated some of that. We were trying to get out of the game and Florida State was trying to finish up the game themselves.”

 

On responding from the loss:

“It’’s our jobs as coaches to get us through it and that’s where I think the system of how we approach each week dictates it because there’s not a lot of time to dwell on what happened Saturday. We addressed it Sunday and one of the things we said on offense is we wouldn’t allow what happened Saturday to a really good Florida State team to have any meaning on what happens this upcoming week against Virginia. We buried it on Sunday and went out and practiced and prepared on Sunday. The way our schedule goes, it doesn’t allow it to linger because once we get out of the team meeting and the film review, we’re out on the practice field showing Virginia looks. We haven’t done much talking about the Florida State game because all our effort and energy is into preparing our guys for a tough Virginia team that’s coming in here.”

 

On if Saturday’s game will show the character of the team:

“There’s no doubt you’ll see. We had two of our better practices Sunday. Tuesdays are like pulling teeth. They’re coming off a day off and this is the time of year with a lot of midterms and things like that, but the focus was there. We’ll find out a lot about ourselves this Saturday.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

 

On moving on from Florida State to Virginia:

“On Sunday, we look at the tape from last week’s game, the good, the bad, and the ugly and then we practice on Sunday. It’s Virginia. We focus on Virginia and try to prepare for them.”

 

On the offensive challenges Virginia poses:

“I think they’ve got a strong running game. Both running backs, especially [Kevin] Parks, are running really well. Then, the quarterback’s a good runner. He does a good job of reading. They’ve got a zone-read scheme that they run and he’s not a bad passer. He’s got a good, strong arm. He’s a good athlete.”

 

On scouting Virginia despite personnel changes:

“The offensive line was different. They’ve been changing and moving around the offensive line. They used some different receivers, but their scheme stayed steady and what we’ve got to do is look at the scheme and what they do in different formations and attack it. That’s what we’ve been doing.”

 

On defensive lineman Zeke Riser:

“I thought he did a good job. He did what we asked him to do. He’s a solid player. He used his hands, filled his gaps, so I was pretty excited. I was excited for him that he got his first chance to go out there and play for us.”

 

On the mood at practice this week:

“I thought that on Sunday we ran around well and then I thought yesterday was a good practice for us.  I thought the energy was up and the attention to detail was up. I was pretty excited about that.”

 

On defensive lineman Andre Monroe:

“He’s quick. He’s experienced. He’s played before and he’s a good player for us. If we see something where we can use him to take advantage we’re going to do that. We thought that he’d do a good job for us.”

 

– Maryland –

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Carlson, Amato help Maryland hold off Virginia

Posted on 30 March 2013 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Sophomore Jay Carlson scored three goals and junior goalie made 14 saves to lead the No. 2 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 9-7 victory over No. 15 Virginia on Saturday in front of 5,225 at Klockner Stadium.

The victory, which was the Terps’ first at Klockner Stadium since 2003, boosts the Terrapins’ record to 7-1 on the season and closes out their conference record at 2-1. The Cavaliers now stand at 5-6 overall and 0-1 in ACC play.

Maryland got off to a fast start when junior Mike Chanencuk ripped a low shot from 10 yards straight away to give the Terps a 1-0 lead just 35 seconds into the game.

The lead grew to 2-0 as some Terrapin defensive standouts hooked up for a transition goal. Sophomore Casey Ikeda caused a Virginia turnover near the top of the restraining box and senior Landon Carr picked up the loose ball and pushed the transition up the field. The Wahoo defense picked up Carr as he entered the box, but he threaded a pass to senior Jesse Bernhardt, who ripped a shot past UVa goalie Rhodey Heller at the 13:06 mark.

Carlson gave Maryland a 3-0 cushion with 8:15 left in the first when he scored a goal from virtually no angle on the left side of the crease.

Virginia got on the board with an extra-man goal at 6:19 in the first on a Ryan Tucker score.

The second quarter was scoreless until the 7:57 mark when the Wahoo defense gave senior Kevin Cooper a little too much room in the right alley and Cooper buried a big overhanded shot to give the Terps a 4-1 advantage.

The Maryland transition game struck again with 3:54 to play in the second as Amato made the save on a shot by Matt White and then fired a great outlet pass to Bernhardt. No one on the Virginia defense picked Bernhardt up as he entered the box and he laced a shot past Heller from eight yards out.

The Cavaliers ended their 18:14 scoreless stretch at the 2:05 mark of the second when Mark Cockerton scored unassisted to make it a 5-2 game going into halftime.

Virginia opened the scoring in the second half with a goal by Tucker at the 13:37 mark.

The Cavaliers looked to have the momentum and a golden opportunity when Jesse Bernhardt was called for a non-releasable illegal body check with 12:11 to play in the third. The Wahoos only got one chance though thanks to another great save by Amato.

Maryland would then open up a 7-3 lead on back-to-back goals by Haus. The first came with 9:11 left on the clock as he tight-roped the crease and slipped a low shot past Heller. He scored again at the 2:25 mark when he ripped a shot from the left wing into the top right corner off of a feed from senior Jake Bernhadt.

Virginia seemed to have stemmed the tide near the end of the third when James Pannell scored with 31.8 left on the clock.

But Maryland wasn’t ready to concede the quarter. After sophomore Charlie Raffa won the ensuing faceoff, Chanenchuk found Carlson on the crease and Carlson scored on an off-balance behind-the-back shot to make it an 8-4 game heading into the fourth.

Carlson finished off his hat trick with a one-timer from the crease off of a feed from Cooper at the 8:47 mark of the fourth to give Maryland a 9-4 lead.

Cockerton scored his second of the game for Virginia to trim the Terrapin lead to 9-5 with 7:00 to play.

The lead was trimmed to 9-7 with back-to-back goals by Virginia’s Greg Coholan and O’Reilly with 1:27 to play, but Amato came up big again, making two of his 14 saves down the stretch to help preserve the victory.

Raffa finished the game winning 10-of-20 faceoffs with a game-high nine groundballs. Junior Michael Ehrhardt led the defenders with three groundballs, while sophomore Goran Murray had two groundballs and a caused turnover.

Maryland returns to on Friday, April 5 when it plays at Navy. Faceoff between the Terps and the Midshipmen is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 9-7 win, Maryland is now 46-43 all-time vs. Virginia.
• With three points on three goals, sophomore Jay Carlson now has three hat tricks, nine multi-point and eight multi-goals for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, senior Kevin Cooper now 17 multi-point games for his career.
• With three points on two goals and an assist, senior John Haus now 24 multi-point and 12 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, junior Mike Chanenchuk now has 22 multi-point games for his career.
• With his 14 saves, junior Niko Amato now has 16 double-digit save games for his career.
• Amato’s assist in the second quarter was the third of his career and his first since assisting on a goal by Landon Carr vs. Virginia on March 31, 2012.

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Good Riddance DUKE

Posted on 19 February 2013 by Tom Federline

Is it over? Are they finally gone? Have we seen the last of the Duke Blue Devils basketball team in the state of Maryland? We couldn’t have bid them a finer farewell! The Good (Terps) 83 points, the Bad (refs – relentless grief from the student section) and the Ugly Dukies 81 points - See Ya! The Terps get the Dukies once next year during the regular season and Mark Turgeon probably said it best – “Doubt the ACC is going to do us any favors.” With the Big Ten move, it appears we have seen the last of Duke at College Park. I am old school, I am a Maryland alum, I am sick of Coach K (the Rat Man) and I am sick of Duke basketball.

Hopefully you caught the show Saturday evening. It was quite an event. It was ugly, (26 turnovers), but they won. The young Terps refused to lose. The rested Terps ran circles around los arrogant ones, out rebounded the Dukies 40 -20, shot like 60%  and still barely managed to squeak out a 2-point victory. Carolina refs were present. I had to mute Doris (Dukie) Burke many times throughout the broadcast. Some young smart mouthed kid named Quinn Cook, (Dukie guard) claimed Gary Williams court was ”his city”.  And Lenny ate up Mason Plumlee. “O” that’s right, he was exhausted. Eat it Coach K.

Best part about watching it on ESPN? The crowd played well on the tube. I am not much on the cursing from the student section – I believe they could be more creative. But for once, I was glad to hear and even proud at times of “REF – YOU S…K”! Because they did and a national television audience got a taste of what loyal Terp fans have been getting handed for the past 40 years – lopsided calls. Doris (Dukie) Burke did acknowledge the late game ”charging” call on Dez Wells, ”should have been a no call”, when a Pukie had clearly not established ground. I do not agree with the “Rock n’ Roll Part II” - (Gary Glitter)/ Hey, You S…k chant, when the #2 in the nation is in your house. They are not in the top 10 because they s…k. I really don’t like it against any team. But, since it was Puke and since it was the last time they were going to be here….let ’em have it. I also did enjoy the “B…L S…T”, “You Can’t Do That”, “LET’S GO TERPS”, etc. The place was electric. If you haven’t seen this “flash mob” clip, watch it. Terpland on a high -http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=G1qoZxWAsk8  – it was good clean fun.

My daughter was there. She hit me up with text pictures. From the early afternoon pics, 4 hours prior to game time and Terp faithful lined up outside waiting to get in, up until the storming of the court after the final buzzer. Got me all choked up inside. The kids experienced a night at Comcast, that hopefully will never forget.”O” the memories…………..my “stormin’ the court game” was when the Terps beat then #1 ranked UVA and Ralph Sampson (1982), in overtime at Cole. I remember Adrian Branch going off and Mark Fothergill playing Sampson tough. Then I believe Fothergill hit a late game field goal from the corner to ice it. Do you all have a “stormin the court” moment?

I don’t like Duke. I have not liked Duke since Jim Spanarkel and Mike Gminski. I am tired of the arrogance. I am tired of the preferential treatment. I am tired of the money. I am tired of the whining. I am tired of them winning. I am tired of Mike Krzyzewski. And if those weren’t reasons enough, there was the Final Four game in 2001. That loss still gives me chills. I dislike Duke more than any other sports team. I don’t like the majority of Yankee fans, Steeler fans and especially Red Sox fans. The teams…….. I can put up with (well, maybe not the Yankees). But Duke is in a class all by itself. It has always been, “Anybody but Duke”.  I really think that adage originated with Duke basketball. I am not going to miss Terps/Duke basketball. I know my blood pressure will be better for it.

I’m not buying this, “the rivalry is gone”. Duke is not our rival, people. UVA is our rival. The Duke rival is UNC. Terp fans don’t like Duke. Terp fans want to beat Duke. Terp fans would like to think Duke is our rival……….but they are not. And who should care anymore? We gone. We is going to the midwest. Now watch, Coach K will retire. The 5 Super Conferences are right around the corner. The real intrigue is, who will be following the Terps to the Big 20 or whatever the conference becomes? All I can say is, anybody is welcome, “Anybody But Duke!” GO TERPS!

D.I.Y.

Fedman
 

 

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Maryland hits road Saturday for date at Virginia

Posted on 12 October 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Led by a defense that ranks as one of the nation’s best, Maryland will look to build on its ACC-opening victory over Wake Forest when it travels to Virginia for a 3 p.m. game that will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic locally. The Terps and Cavaliers will be meeting for the 77th time, the most between Maryland and any other school in the Terps’ 120-year football history.

First-and-10

• For the first time since 1999, Maryland has held its opponent under 300 yards of total offense in four of the season’s first five games. Only No. 5 West Virginia, which is averaging 570.8 yards of total offense per game, exceeded the 300 mark against the Terrapins (363). The Terps rank seventh nationally in total defense (257.2 ypg), seventh in rushing defense (81.0 ypg) and 15th in passing defense (176.2 ypg). Maryland has 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 2.3 yards per rush, which ranks third nationally. The Terps received a major boost to their linebacking corps with the return of Kenneth Tate in the West Virginia game. Tate, a 2010 consensus first team All-ACC choice, had missed the previous 11 games dating back to the 2011 season due to a knee injury. The fifth-year senior has already made an impact in his two games back: he has eight tackles, two for a loss, a sack, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He and Hartsfield helped seal the victory over Wake Forest by providing back-to-back sacks late in the fourth quarter, preserving a 19-14 win. Hartsfield earned ACC Linebacker of the Week honors for his play.

• Offensively, wide receiver Stefon Diggs continues to be Maryland’s most dynamic playmaker. The freshman has put together back-to-back 100-yard receiving games by catching three passes for 113 yards and two TDs against West Virginia and then hauling in five passes for 105 yards vs. Wake Forest. Against the Demon Deacons, his 63-yard reception midway through the fourth quarter setup the game-winning score. Diggs, who ranks second in the ACC and 19th nationally with 154.8 all-purpose yards per game, is the only player in the conference with 350 receiving yards, 150 punt return yards and 150 kickoff return yards. He has been named ACC Rookie of the Week in each of his last two games.

• Quarterback Perry Hills, who is just the third true freshman quarterback to start for Maryland in school history (Randall Jones in 1998; Latrez Harrison in 1999), is directing the offense. Hills had his best collegiate game against West Virginia when he finished 20 of 29 for 305 yards and three touchdowns, all season highs. He led Maryland on the game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter of the season opener against William & Mary, and was named ACC Rookie of the Week after going 11 of 21 for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the win at Temple.

• The Maryland running game has been a work in progress as four capable backs have all seen time this season. SophomoreJustus Pickett, the most experienced of the four, and true freshman Wes Brown received the bulk of the carries against Wake Forest. Brown leads the team with 150 rushing yards and 4.5 yards per carry, while Pickett is second with 137 rushing yards and is a threat on screen passes, having caught 13 passes for 70 yards. True freshman Albert Reid, who started against William & Mary, and redshirt freshman Brandon Ross, who started the last two games, have also been in the mix.


Quick Hitters

• A Terrapin has received Rookie of the Week honors three times in Maryland’s last four games. Quarterback Perry Hillsearned the award for his play against Temple (9/8), while Stefon Diggs received the honor for his play against West Virginia (9/22) and Wake Forest (10/6). Hills became the first Maryland true freshman QB to earn the award since Calvin McCall on 9/20/99, while Diggs became the first Maryland freshman receiver to earn it since Darrius Heyward-Bey on 10/30/06.

• Diggs ranks ninth in the conference and first among freshmen with 72.8 receiving yards per game. Diggs, who has 17 catches for 364 yards, is averaging 21.4 yards per catch. That leads all ACC receivers with 15 or more catches. It also ranks third among the top-100 receivers (yards per game) nationally.

• Diggs is the only Maryland freshman to record back-to-back 100-yard receiving games since at least 1985, the earliest game-by-game statistics were recorded at the school.

• Maryland allowed Wake Forest to complete just 32.4 percent of its passes (13 of 38). That is the lowest percentage by an opponent with at least 30 passing attempts since Duke went 13 of 42 (30.9%) on Nov. 14, 1998.

• Joe Vellano’s father, Paul Vellano, was inducted into the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 5. The elder Vellano was a first team All-American in 1973, while Joe was a second team All-American in 2011. The father-son combo represent one of four known father-son All-America combos to attend the same FBS school (also Lee and Travis McGriff at Florida; Kevin and Drew Butler at Georgia; Archie and Eli Manning at Ole Miss).

• Thirteen players have made their first career starts at some point this season. 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 Kilgo and offensive lineman Nick Klemm debuted. Against Connecticut, wide receiver Stefon Diggs made his first career start; defensive back Isaac Goins and running back Brandon Ross made their starting debuts at West Virginia. Defensive back Anthony Nixon and offensive linemen Mike Madaras and Andrew Zeller made their first starts vs. Wake Forest.

• Fourteen players saw their first career action for Maryland against William & Mary, and 22 players have seen their first career action for Maryland at some point this season (12 true freshmen, seven redshirt freshmen, two juniors, one senior).

• Maryland’s defense allowed just 682 total yards to opponents through its first three games (William & Mary – 229, Temple – 230, Connecticut – 223). That marks its best defensive performance in a three-game span since 2004, when it held The Citadel (137), West Virginia (156) and Eastern Michigan (275) to a total of 568.

• Maryland held a high-powered West Virginia offense that came in averaging 226 rushing yards per game to just 25 yards on 25 attempts.

• West Virginia came into its game with Maryland averaging 612 yards of total offense and 55.5 points per game. The Terps held the Mountaineers well below those averages, surrendering 363 yards and 31 points, seven of which came on a fumble return for a TD by the WVU defense.

• The Terps surrendered just 45 yards to Wake Forest in the second half, including just four in the fourth quarter. Maryland has been at its best in the second half all year, surrendering just 121.4 yards in the second half.

• The Terps are holding opponents to 2.3 yards per carry, which ranks third nationally. Of the opponents’ 174 rushing attempts this season, 122 (70.1%) have been for three yards or less (28 of 41 vs. William & Mary; 28 of 39 vs. Temple; 25 of 40 vs. Connecticut; 20 of 25 vs. West Virginia; 21 of 29 vs. Wake Forest).

• Demetrius Hartsfield leads the team with 43 tackles and three sacks, and has had a hand in three turnovers, also a team high (one interception, two fumble recoveries).

• The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In five games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 31:43 to 28:17 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. Against Wake Forest the Terps did their best job of clock control all season, holding the ball for 35:48 to just 24:12 for Wake.

• Head coach Randy Edsall hands out game balls for each win. In the win over William & Mary, Marcus Leak got the game ball for offense, Joe Vellano for defense and Nathan Renfro for special teams. In the win over Temple, Sal Conaboy got the game ball for offense, Demetrius Hartsfield for defense and A.J. Francis for special teams. Against Wake, Kevin Dorsey got the offensive game ball, Jeremiah Johnson the defensive and Anthony Nixon special teams.

• Against William & Mary, 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.

• 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-Virginia Series History

• Saturday’s game will mark the 77th meeting between the Terrapins and Cavaliers, the most between Maryland and any other school in the Terps’ 120-year football history. The schools have met every season since 1957.

• Maryland leads the all-time series, which began in 1919, by a 42-32-2 margin.

• Maryland is 21-18 all-time against Virginia on the road, and has won two of the last three meetings in Charlottesville. The road team has won five of the last six meetings.

• Virginia has won four out of the last five in the series, with Maryland’s win coming in Charlottesville in 2010.

• From 1969 through 2000, play between the two schools was feast or famine for one team. From 1969-87, the Terrapins held an 18-1 advantage in the series and at one point ran off 16 wins in a row, the longest streak in the series. Then from 1988 to 2000, the series swung almost exclusively to the Cavs as they were 11-2 in that span. Over the last 11 meetings, Virginia holds a 6-5 edge.

• Maryland’s 41-21 win in 2001 broke a string of nine straight losses to Virginia. In the win, the Terps allowed a 24-7 lead to be cut to three in the third quarter before scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth to win going away.

 

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Maryland OC Locksley says RB’s Brown, Pickett making fewest mistakes

Posted on 10 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

 

On how the offensive players performed:

“Obviously we didn’t run the ball very well, so it’s hard to say if any of them did well. Whether it’s in the run game or pass game, we have a lot of work to do on the offensive side of the ball. It starts with executing our techniques and executing the fundamental things that we teach. When you go back and watch the tape as a play caller, you see that plays are there but then a guy shows up. It’s not just one guy, it’s a guy on each play, maybe not doing their job or not taking care of their responsibilities. As coaches we have to find a way to get our guys to find a way to the things they’re coached to do in games.”

 

On whether the breakdowns in the running game are different each time or something particular:

“That’s the point. You can’t say that it’s this type of play that we’re running. It’s individual technique and fundamental technique things that we just have to get cleaned up. The positive side of it is that our guys, especially on the offensive side of the bal,l have had a chance in every game in the fourth quarter to win. Three of the five games we found a way and made the plays whether it be in the run game, or the pass game to win the ball game and that’s a positive. That’s something that we’ll build on but the next step for us is the execution has got to be a lot better.”

 

On how frustrating it’s been to see the running game struggle:

“It’s frustrating, but the thing is when you’re starting young players up front, and young in the middle of your offense, you have guys who don’t have a lot of game experience. So the thing you’d like to be able to do is find a way to run the football to take some pressure off of the young quarterback. We just haven’t been able to do it consistently. There’ve been times, the opening drive of the second half, we had a series where we had been moving the ball down the field. Wes [Brown] did a good job coming in and getting the ball downhill, and I can recall having at least a drive of some plays where we were able to cover people up. If we can do that consistently than we’ll have a chance.”

 

On giving Wes Brown and Justus Picket the bulk of the carries:

“They make the least amount of mistakes. That’s the thing for us, when you look at us across the board, and it’s not just one guy or one position, I think that during the course of the game we have enough what we call ‘mental assignments’ where a guy goes the wrong way, blocks the wrong guy, or doesn’t take care of his responsibility. For us right now everything we call and how we go about our game plan on offense we have to be pretty perfect. Those two guys have been the most steady in terms of knowing their assignments. Albert [Reid] still has a role, and you’ll see him. He came and filled in when Wes went out for a minute, and I still think he’s in the mix as well.”

 

On the importance of Justus Picket:

“He’s been the guy who’s been out there when we’ve had to do it. I know in the William & Mary game Kevin Dorsey made the big run after the catch on the screen play, and Justus came back and put it in. The Temple game where we let them back in the game, and had to put a drive together, Justus was the guy who scored the touchdown. Again this past weekend, he’s been a guy who’s been pretty steady and I think it starts with his game experience. He’s only a sophomore, but he played a lot of ball last year and that lends itself to help and be able to handle the things that happy through the course of this year. Whereas a guy like Brand Ross, it’s only been his second ball games for us. Wes Brown has still only played in his fifth ball game, same thing for Albert Reid. There will be a light at the end of the tunnel for these young guys with each game gaining a ton of experience that will be fruitful for us in the future. Unfortunately now we have to get these guys to play better.”

 

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

 

On the goal line stand vs. Wake Forest:

“That was awesome wasn’t it? I don’t know how I could break it down; it was just great all across the board. The defensive linemen cut their offensive linemen, which made it easier for the linebackers and secondary players to see the [running]back take a leap. I think it was [Demetrius] Hartsfield who hit him first below, and then it was Cole [Farrand] who came from the other side. They got a hit on him, and then next thing you know Dexter [McDougle] comes flying all out with his best impression of Troy Polamalu without the hair and then just did a good job of hitting. It was just an awesome play, I think that was a spark for us, a big play that was huge and it kept us rolling and I think it affected the offense also.”

 

On preparing for Virginia using two different quarterbacks:

“Yeah, [Phillip] Sims has had an opportunity to play in almost every game. We got a chance to see him and how he handles the offense. They’re going to run the same stuff, they do the same things, there’s not a big difference. I’m just glad I don’t have to make that quarterback decision.”

 

On the play of Anthony Nixon:

“Anthony has done a good job of asking questions that don’t just pertain to him, but pertain to the whole scheme. So he can understand where he fits and how he fits. At practice, when you correct him, he’ll look at it on tape and say ‘coach that’s the one you were telling me about.’ So he’s always thinking, and that’s just a testament to his high school coach, his parents, and that everything is important to him.”

 

On how much he’s seen Jeremiah Johnson improve:

“I just think Jeremiah is another guy where everything is important to him. When you talk to him about football, he sees it. You can talk to him and he sees it. He’s just a smart kid, good grades, and that’s probably why he’s a god football player. He knows how to study, does what he’s supposed to do, and I’m excited for him.”

 

On the play of Darin Drakeford:

“He’s done a good job. He’s been drawing some double teams. He’s been either drawing double teams or the backs come and chip him. So that’s slowed down his production, but it also helps the guy who plays right inside him. So whoever is on his side gets the opportunity to get a single block.”

 

 

– Terps –

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Edsall doesn’t expect Virginia QB decision to make much difference

Posted on 09 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

Opening statement:

“It will be good to get back out there and practice this afternoon for Virginia and the guys are looking forward to it. We know we have a tough challenge going down to Charlottesville for the game on Saturday. We see a talented team in Virginia and we have to prepare well.  I like how our guys are competing and how they are finishing, playing hard for 60 minutes and winning games in the fourth quarter. We’ve lost our games by a total of 13 points. That bodes well but we must continue – especially when we are playing all the young guys we are playing – to be patient and understand there are going to be mistakes.  We have to go out to work today and rectify those mistakes on all three phases.  That approach is what we are going to take this week and work to get a little better. We have a quarterback who is very tough and when you look at it, when we needed to make drives in our games in the fourth quarter, he’s stood up tall.  That’s what you look for in a quarterback.  There are things we have to approve upon with Perry (Hills) as well. When the time came in the games we have won, he’s stood up and made those drives he’s needed to make and I think that says a lot about our quarterback.”

 

On what the running back corps needs to improve on: 

“It’s just a matter of getting better with guys and their footwork and hat placement and running backs making sure they’re reading their keys correctly in terms of who we are reading whether it’s a one technique or the three technique or a five technique.  It’s just that consistency part with everybody.  We have to push on the line of scrimmage, we have to get movement, we have to sustain blocks and receivers need to get in sometimes and dig people out.  Backs need to make the right read. I think when you take a look at the offensive line, we’re going through some growing pains there with those guys playing together and meshing.  Add to that the young guys who are still learning and those are things that take some time. We need to keep working at it and get better at it.  We need to be able to run the football because I want to be a physical team.”

 

On what makes Demetrius Hartsfield good and what he is like off the field:

“I think that the biggest thing with [Demetrius] is that he puts the time and effort into studying the game and watching film. He wants to be good, so he will do what he has to do physically and mentally to make himself better. Off the field, he’s just a really quiet guy. He’s a great guy to be around. Never gets too high, never gets too low, very steady. I see a big difference in him from last year in the knowledge and the confidence that he has been playing with. He understands the importance of practicing hard. Watching him practice, you can tell that he is very competitive and wants to win.”

 

On which direction they’re going in with the running backs:

“That’s one thing that we are going to look at again this week. I have some ideas in mind about the direction we want to go in, but we have to see how the guys go about their business and how we practice.”

 

On how much of an influence Bennett Fulper his on the line:

“We expect a lot out of him. He’s an experienced guy that all of those guys on the line can look to. He’s a guy that should be helping them out with the little adjustments. He really helps Mike out on the left side with the experience over there. He is a guy that who played center but we moved to guard because we felt he would be stronger there. He works hard in the weight room and is a smart guy. But again, he has to do a little bit more than everyone because he’s like the shepherd looking over the flock.”

 

On whether or not he’d like to play multiple running backs:

“I’d like to have it where we’d have three guys: two that would carry the bulk of it and maybe a third as a specialist for those certain situations that come up in the game. I think that we are getting closer to that and hopefully we’ll have something like that worked out going into the game on Saturday.”

 

On if he is looking at avenging last year’s loss to Virginia:

“We have been able to avenge two; we were beat by Temple and Wake Forest last year but we beat both of them this year. We weren’t able to do that with West Virginia. You have the past there to look at, but I just want our guys to go out, play hard and execute to the best of their ability. If we practice the right way, go out and compete for sixty minutes, and play hard every play, then we will give ourselves the opportunity to win at the end of the day. Every week we are just trying to get better at what we do. We are trying to minimize mistakes and improve fundamentally and with technique. We talk to the guys about certain things from past games, but ultimately, what has to happen is we have to go out and earn it during the week on the practice field. Then we will be able to put ourselves in a better position and beat those teams that we didn’t beat a year ago.”

 

On who they might see as QB for Virginia, and if there is anything different between Michael Rocco and Philip Sims:

“You really don’t see anything different in terms of what they do offensively. You watch film and see what Rocco does in there and then what Sims does in there, and you don’t notice much difference in their offense. They are pretty much the same type of guy. I’ve read some things the past week and they are expected to change some things up with their running or passing games, but again, I think that they have a bit of a dilemma. They’ve got two quarterbacks down there and how do you decide who plays because it might affect the outcome. You might have guys that are in the Rocco camp and some that are in the Sims camp. So they might have a bit of a controversy themselves in terms of playing time. We will make sure that we are ready to defend Virginia, regardless of who the quarterback is.”

 

On what concern he has about Virginia:

“Offensively, they are going to run the football. They have good people there to run the ball. Perry Jones and Kevin Parks are two seasoned guys that run very hard and give them multiple looks from a personnel standpoint, especially with Darius Jennings who is their leading receiver. They have athletes that can make plays and they have a big offensive line. Two tackles are very good, and Morgan Moses is very good. They are rotating four guards in there. Because of the multiple personnel looks you have to be careful with what you do. Defensively, they are a team that is going to bring pressure and they are sound and solid up front. I have been impressed with Steve Greer, their middle linebacker. I have been watching him make a lot of tackles out there. They are going to play zones and bring pressures and they are going to bring both backers off the edge and bring coverage. You just have to be able to execute and if you do that you have a chance to stop them. And if you do that, you have a chance to put points on the board.”

 

On how Joe Vellano has played:

“I think Joe is playing a lot better this year from a fundamental standpoint. He might not be making as many tackles as he did a year ago but he is playing better this year. Because of what Joe is doing, other guys are being freed up to make plays. I think the biggest difference between last year and this year is that he is a better fundamentalist and is using better technique this year. I think he has listened to Greg Gattuso, his position coach, and he is understanding how technique is a big factor in terms of how well you can play and how it make you a better player.”

 

On the differences this year with the defense:

“Anytime you are successful, it is because, number one, everyone is buying into what you are doing and believes your philosophy and that everyone can do their job pretty well. The reason we are having the success that we are having is that our defensive coaches are preparing our players very well and the guys are really preparing themselves on the practice field and watching film and then taking all of the things the coaches are giving them so that when they go out on the practice field they are practicing that way. One of the things I talked to the team about after the game in the locker room is that defensively we are playing with a lot of confidence. We have some moxie. That is what we need to get on offense. We have to play with more confidence on offense. You get that by going out and practicing the right way. I think that is what the defense is doing; they are enjoying themselves and they are having fun. They are doing all of the things they are being asked to do and they are going out there and executing at a high level.”

 

On if it is a major difference that this team is competing for 60 minutes:

“I don’t like to look back, but we did not play for 60 minutes [last year]. When you have the chance the play the same teams this year that you played last year, you can watch some things on film and get a feel for the game. If you take a look at the game last year against Virginia, we went up 13-7, then it became a 14-13 game at halftime and I think we lost 31-13. To me, that is not finishing. That was one of the things we talked about during the offseason, and we need to learn how to finish and how to compete for those 60 minutes. So far, through our first five games this year, we have seen that. However, we have to do a whole lot more to elevate our level of play to our high standards on both sides of the ball.”


On the rivalry with Virginia:

“In terms of Virginia, they have played us second most among teams that they have played. It is a built-in rivalry in the ACC because it is the one game we are going to play every year with someone from the other division. We are bordering states and we compete for the same kids in recruiting and a lot of the kids know each other. So, to me, it is a rivalry and it is one of those things where there is a bit more meaning to it. “

– Terps –

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