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Maryland returns to road Saturday at Virginia Tech

Posted on 01 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland travels to Blacksburg, Va. for the final time in ACC play Saturday at noon as it looks for its second consecutive conference victory. The Terrapins swept the season series last season, and have won three in-a-row against the Hokies.

Watch: ACCN – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play), Dan Bonner (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst); Sirius 92, XM 190

Storylines

• The Terrapins are a formidable 30-10 all-time against Virginia Tech, winning 24 of the first 27 games in the series from 1926-2005. The teams have split the last 12 games, however, with the Hokies winning 4-of-6 during that span in Cassell Coliseum.

• The Terps snapped a two-game losing skid with a 74-71 home victory against Miami Wednesday. Maryland squandered a 10-point lead in the waning minutes, before junior Dez Wells saved the day with a game-winning 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds remaining.

• Maryland has shot over 48 percent in back-to-back games for the first time since 2011-12 when it shot 51 percent against both Samford and Albany. The Terps last accomplished the feat in ACC play during the 2010-11 season when they shot 58 percent against NC State (2/20) and 52 percent against Florida State (2/23).

• After picking up two early fouls and being relegated to the bench without taking a single shot in the first half, Dez Wells responded with an incredible 7-for-7 performance (6-for-6 FT’s) in the second half to the tune of 21 points. He is averaging a team-best 16.4 points on the road this season.

• Maryland also got strong production from its shooting forwards against Miami, as Evan Smotrycz and Jake Laymancombined for 30 points. Smotrycz is shooting 57 percent (12-for-21) over his last three games.

Wells Leads Terps Past Miami
Dez Wells scored all 21 of his points in the second half and drilled a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left to carry Maryland past Miami 74-71 Wednesday night.
Limited to five minutes of playing time in the first half after picking up two quick fouls, Wells went 7-for-7 from the floor and 6-for-6 at the foul line over the final 20 minutes.
The Terrapins blew a 10-point lead over the final 2:30 before Wells connected from the top of the key, breaking the deadlock.
Jake Layman and Evan Smotrycz each tallied 15 points for Maryland, which captured its fourth ACC win of the season. Maryland (12-9, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 55-54 with 8:37 remaining before Wells scored 10 points during a 15-4 run.
The Terps shot 56 percent from the field, and 70 percent in a highly-effective second half. Smotrycz led the Terps with four assists.

Scouting Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech has lost seven consecutive ACC games since winning its conference-opening game against Miami on Dec. 8. The Hokies most recently fell to Boston College on Jan. 29, and have lost their last two games by a combined 44 points.
Senior forward Jarell Eddie leads the Hokies in both scoring (14.9/g) and rebounding (5.9/g), while shooting an ACC-best 42 percent from beyond-the-arc.  Eddie scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds in a losing effort against Boston College.
Virginia Tech currently ranks second in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.386) and fourth in blocks (5.1/g). The Hokies are last in the conference in steals (3.3/g) and turnover margin (-4.0).

Back to the ‘Wells’
Junior Dez Wells put on a show for the ages against Miami, scoring all 21 of his points in the second half on 7-for-7 shooting. Every shot Wells took went in the basket (6-for-6 FT’s), including the game-winner with 5.9 seconds remaining.
Wells got off to a slow start against the Hurricanes, as he picked up two fouls just 3:38 into the first half. The junior returned to the lineup for a brief 81 seconds before returning to the bench without attempting a shot.
After Miami tied the game at 71 with 19 seconds remaining, Wells dribelled up the court and then pulled up for a 3-point jumper with 5.9 seconds left to secure the victory.

Statistically Speaking

  • Junior Evan Smotrycz has regained his shooting stroke, shooting a cool 57 percent (70 percent from 3-pt range) on 12-of-21 shooting over the last three games. He shot 9-of-36 (25 percent) in the previous three games.
  • Sophomore Jake Layman has scored at least 15 points in back-to-back games for the first time since Marist (11/22) and Northern Iowa (11/24).
  • Dez Wells has scored in double-figures in 16 of his last 17 games, and is averaging 16.4 points over the last five games.
  • Maryland shot over 48 percent in back-to-back ACC games for the first time in three seasons, as it shot 48 percent against Pitt and 56 percent versus Miami.
  • The Terps are 9-1 when leading at the half, and also 9-1 when holding opponents under 70 points.

Turgeon Participates in Austism Awareness Day
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon is one of nearly 100 men’s basketball coaches throughout the country that will be wearing the “Autism Speaks” pin on his suit jacket today in support ofAustism Awareness Day. Towson’s Pat Skerry and Marshall’s Tom Herrion, each who have sons on the autism spectrum, have started a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about this disease.

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Banged up Terps try again to get bowl eligible Saturday at Va Tech

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team hits the road for the fourth time this season and first time in close to a month when the Terps travel to Blacksburg, Va., to take on Virginia Tech at 12:30 p.m. Saturday from Lane Stadium. It will mark the 31st all-time meeting between the Terps and Hokies in a series that began in 1919, but will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2009. The all-time series is tied 15-15 with Virginia Tech having won the last five meetings including a 36-9 win over Maryland in College Park in 2009.

LIVE Coverage on ACC Network & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the ACC Network at 12:30 p.m. Click here to check local listings. Tim Brant (pbp), Dave Archer (color) and Rachel Baribeau (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 136 and XM Radio Channel 191, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• After missing the Clemson game due to injury, quarterback C.J. Brown returned as the Terps starter against Syracuse on Saturday. Brown completed career-high 21 passes for 211 yards. Maryland has passed for over 200 yards in all nine games this season and has eclipsed the mark in 10 straight games dating back to last season. That is the longest streak of 200-yard passing games in program history since the Terps did it in 11 straight games between the 1993 and 1994 seasons beginning with a 351-yard passing day at Georgia Tech on Oct. 9, 1993, and concluding with a 208-yard passing day at Clemson on Oct. 1, 1994.

• Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo served as Brown’s downfield threat against the Orange. Etta-Tawo finished with a career-best six catches for a career-high 109 yards receiving, including a career-long 26-yard reception midway through the fourth quarter. It is the fifth time this season a Maryland receiver has gone over 100 yards and Etta-Tawo is the fourth Maryland receiver to eclipse the mark. It marks the second time in three seasons the Terps have hit these totals. Maryland had five 100-yard receiving games from four different wide receivers during the 2011 season.

• Etta-Tawo’s 109-yard day is the second straight game a Terrapin receiver has gone over 100 yards. Wide receiverLevern Jacobs had a personal-best 158 yards receiving against Clemson (Oct. 26). Etta-Tawo averaged 17.5 yards per reception continuing the Terps’ trend of attacking defenses down the field. Despite averaging 10.0 yards per completion on Saturday against Syracuse, the Terps still rank fourth in the ACC and 12th nationally averaging 14.31 yards per catch. That average is the fourth highest in school history since 1980.

• The Terrapin defense did a good job of minimizing the impact of four offensive turnovers holding the Orange to just six points off of the four giveaways. This season, Maryland has surrendered only 63 points on 23 giveaways for an average of 2.74 points per giveaway. The number drops to 2.57 points per giveaway over the last four games as Maryland has held Virginia, Wake Forest, Clemson and Syracuse to a combined 36 points on 14 turnovers.

• In addition to its ability to minimize the impact of turnovers, the Maryland defense has done a good job of keeping its opponents out of the end zone inside the 20-yard line. On Saturday, the Terps held the Orange to one touchdown on three redzone opportunities. This season, the Terps have given up 33 redzone scores with only 19 of them resutling in a touchdown (57.6%), a mark which is the best in the conference.

• Defensive back Sean Davis led the Terps with 11 tackles against Syracuse. It is Davis’ second double-digit tackle game in the last five contests (12 at Florida State, Oct. 5). Davis has 65 total stops this season, which ranks second on the team, and he leads the squad with 39 solo tackles. Redshirt freshman linebacker Abner Logan, making his third career start, recorded his second straight double-digit tackle performance with 10 against the Orange.

• The Terps picked off Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt once on Saturday to increase their season interception total to 10. Freshman defensive back William Likely picked up his first career interception when he dove in front of Hunt’s intended receiver midway through the second quarter. Likely is second on the team with four passes defensed this season. Senior DB Isaac Goins leads the Terps with six passes defended, four of which have come during ACC play.


Quick Hitters From Syracuse

• Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo became the fourth Maryland player this season to go over 100 yards receiving. The redshirt freshman wideout finished with career highs in receptions (6) and yards (109).

• Etta-Tawo’s 109-yard receiving performance marks the fifth time a Terrapin receiver has eclipsed 100 yards joiningStefon Diggs (179, Old Dominion; 110, Connecticut), Levern Jacobs (158, Clemson) and Deon Long (110, FIU).

• The Terps have totaled 200 or more yards passing in every game this season and have thrown for over 200 yards in 10 straight games dating back to last season.

• That is the longest streak of 200-yard passing games in program history since the Terps did it in 11 straight games between the 1993 and 1994 seasons beginning with a 351-yard passing day at Georgia Tech on Oct. 9, 1993, and concluding with a 208-yard passing day at Clemson on Oct. 1, 1994.

• With 211 yards through the air, Maryland now has 2,462 passing yards and is averaging 273.6 yards per game. The Terps are on pace for 3,283 yards passing this season, which would be the most since the 1993 season when Maryland passed for a school record 3,823 yards.

• Overall, the Terps are averaging 415.6 yards of total offense. That mark is the highest per game average since 2003 when the Terps averaged 421.7 yards per game.

•.Despite averaging 10.0 yards per completion on Saturday against Syracuse, the Terps still rank fourth in the ACC and 12th nationally averaging 14.31 yards per catch. That average is the fourth highest in school history since 1980.

• Maryland held Syracuse to one touchdown on three redzone opportunities. The Terps lead the ACC in holding opponents to field goals inside the redzone. Maryland has held opponents to 19 touchdowns on 33 opportunities in the redzone.

• Linebacker Marcus Whitfield was one of four Terrapin defenders to record a tackle for loss. Whitfield now has 12.5 TFL on the season, which is tied for fourth in the ACC. His 12.5 TFL has cost opponents 96 yards, which is the fourth most in a single season in school history. He is five yards shy of tying Martin Van Horn for third.

• With four TFL against Syracuse, Maryland is averaging 7.4 TFL per game, which ranks third in the ACC and is 15th nationally. The team’s average is the highest for a Terrapin defense since 2001. That season, the Terps averaged 9.2 per game.


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 wide receiver Tehuti Miles (offense), linebacker Clarence Murphy (defense), and wide receiver Regis Whittington (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive lineman Zeke Riser will carry the American flag, and running back Brandon Ross, will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadership council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Virginia Tech game are running back Albert Reid (offense), linebacker Cole Farrand (defense), and running back Kenneth Goins, Jr. (special teams).


Maryland-Virginia Tech Series History

• Saturday will mark the 31st all-time meeting between the Terps and Hokies in a series that began in 1919, but will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2009.

• The all-time series is tied 15-15 with Virginia Tech having won the last five meetings including a 36-9 win over Maryland in College Park in 2009.

• Maryland’s last win over VT came in 1990 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, a 20-13 Terps victory. Maryland’s last win in Blacksburg came in 1949. But Saturday’s matchup is only the fourth game at Lane Stadium between the two teams since then.

 

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Terps OC Locksley takes responsibility for struggles against Syracuse

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

On how offensive lineman Moise Larose fared in his first start:

“For a freshman, I thought he did okay. Obviously, we had some penalties there, from a referee standpoint he had a couple of calls of not having enough men on the line of scrimmage. For a guy that was thrown out to wolves in his first start, I thought he didn’t do too badly. With any freshmen you hope to see them improve every day and we feel like that’s what we’re getting from all of our freshmen including Moise.”

 

On quarterback C.J. Brown:

“C.J. is a competitor, we all are. From an offensive standpoint, we didn’t do a great job and it starts with me as the offensive coordinator and as well as the quarterback coach. We turned the ball over as a position, the two interceptions, and the fumble on the ground. You’re not going to beat anyone if you turn the ball over like we did last week. I have to do a better job of making sure we get that done. I expect him to bounce back, there’s no quitting with C.J. He is the guy that still has the ability, I thought he looked as healthy as he has been, and with the time off we have been able to knock some of the rust off and I’m expecting him to a big week this week. He’s had a pretty good week at practice thus far and we need to finish it off.”

 

On playing Virginia Tech in Blacksburg:

“Obviously the atmosphere, I’ve never been, this is one of the few ACC venues that I haven’t coached in. I have seen a ton of games that they have played, with them being a Thursday night team a lot, at the other places I have been I’ve had a chance to see the environment and what a great venue for our guys. In terms of them as a defense, they can get at you with just a four-man front. They’re going to load the box and make you throw the football or make you find ways to run against loaded boxes. We have to do a good job and I have to do a good job of having a scheme that is going to give us a chance to move the ball, sustain drives, and most importantly score points. We feel pretty good thus far we still have two days of our workweek and then Friday we’ll execute some things at walkthrough. But they are by far one of the top defenses we’ll face this year.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart 

On evaluating linebacker Shawn Petty’s first start:

“He’s learning. It’s a work in progress trying to put everything together. The game is fast and he is a true redshirt freshman because he played quarterback last year, and he is on the team as a linebacker but didn’t get reps at linebacker, it is like he was redshirted.”

 

On potentially having linebacker Cole Farrand back on Saturday:

“His leadership is one of the things we really missed. Having him back will really help, as far as his leadership and direction and making the calls on the field. We are anticipating him coming back, but right now we are going forward with the guys who are healthy. Any time you have all your starters in, you are going to fit the run the best. When you don’t, there is going to be some second-guessing. That’s just how it is, whether it is blocking for the offense or tackling for the defense.”

 

On defensive back William Likely:

“I mentioned last week that I thought the break helped him a little bit, and it has tremendously. He is an avid studier of a film, and he comes in and looks at the sheets and knows what he is supposed to do. He does a good job, and I am happy for him that he had a chance to make a play on the ball and that’s a sign of many things to come.”

 

On Virginia Tech:

“Last time I was down there was 2001, and we beat them. That was the last time I have been down there, but I am sure it is going to be exciting. They are playing well, they are a physical team, and they can both run and throw the ball. They have young offensive linemen that are doing an excellent job. Offensively, they have a good quarterback. Logan [Thomas] is a big kid, and there are a lot of quarterback runs that he is pretty good in, and he can toss the ball. He can hang in there because he is so big, and he can wait for guys to clear so he can throw the ball.”

 

– Maryland –

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Edsall says CB Likely has been bright spot for struggling team

Posted on 12 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

Opening Statement:

“It’ll be a nice cold day today. Get back on the practice field, get back to work, and prepare for Virginia Tech who’s a very good football team, outstanding defensive team. Its statistics really paint the picture of who they are. And then offensively, you have an outstanding quarterback in Logan Thomas and again when you take a look at their roster, defensively, a lot, I think eight fifth-year seniors or eight seniors total with fifth-year regular seniors. So, very experienced group and same thing on the offensive side of the ball. So we’ll have to have a good week of preparation and I know our guys are looking forward to that opportunity to go down there this weekend.”

 

On Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas:

“He’s their leader in a lot of statistics for a quarterback, big, strong, athletic, really good arm strength, can see over top of the line. So again, he’s a guy that has been very, very productive for them and understands what they want to do offensively and where to go with the football so he presents a tremendous challenge for you.”

On defensive back William Likely:

“Will is a guy from the very first day that he came in here, you could see he had something special about him. Just in terms of how he went about his business and how he was doing everything and again the competiveness of Will. The thing that I like about Will, he understands that he’s not the tallest guy in the world, he plays with a chip on his shoulder and he competes his butt off each and every day. He’s a smart football player, he works extremely hard at getting better, never satisfied, tough guy. I could talk all day about him because he optimizes everything that you want in a football player.”

 

On the team’s execution recently:

“We can always call better plays. Not every play is going to work. When they don’t work, I’m sure there’s a play or defense that we could have called that’s better. This is a collective effort between coaches and players. It’s not just about the players. It’s about all of us. All of us have to do the best job that we can. That’s all I can ask of our coaches, myself, our players is to give the best effort you possibly can. I’ve been in this long enough and I’ve learned from some of the best in the business. I was fortunate enough to coach at the highest level of this profession, the NFL. There are some times you can have the best game plan and have everything planned for what you want to do to execution wise, but you can still come out on the short end of the stick and that’s football and life. That is going to happen, but the thing is we’re trying to make sure, as coaches, that we put together the best possible game plans for our players to go out and be able to execute and deliver on Saturday. What we want for the players to do is go out and give their best effort on Saturday, so we can execute that game plan and give the effort. I say every time, ‘play every play like it’s the last play you’re going to play.’ That is what we want and when it comes up short, we all can do a lot better, if it comes out short. That to me is the mentality that you’ve got to have. It is a collective effort on all of us.”

 

On the biggest difference in Virginia Tech in its wins compared to its losses:

“When they played Boston College and Duke it is pretty much the same thing for us, turnovers. They had four turnovers and interceptions against Duke and the same against Boston College. They had a pick-six go against them in the Boston College game. They were down on the one-yard line going in and they had an interception. Turnovers are a big part of the ball game. We know ourselves that if we don’t turn the ball over, we give ourselves a lot more opportunity. What we need to be able to do is generate turnovers and not turnover the ball ourselves, because that would help us and give us a better opportunity to be able to win.”

 

On Virginia Tech’s special teams:

“Frank [Beamer] is an outstanding coach. He is the winningest active coach in FBS. His special teams have been outstanding over the years. Their punter is unbelievable, averaging 44.6 yard per punt. They are very sound and solid in the kicking game. What you’ve got to do is just make sure that you’ve got a plan together. What you really have to do is go out and make sure you have a basic plan with fundamentals and techniques. If you do that, you should be able to be okay. You’ve got to make sure that this week you mind your P’s and Q’s to make sure that your kids are doing the things that you need them to do fundamentally, so we don’t hurt ourselves in the kicking game.“

– Maryland –

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