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Towson Guard Hairston honored by CAA

Posted on 14 January 2013 by WNST Staff


Freshman Guard Collects Second Weekly CAA Award

RICHMOND, Va. – Towson University freshman Jerome Hairston was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday. It marks the second time this season that the guard has garnered the weekly award.

Hairston averaged 12.5 points and 3.0 assists in Towson’s 1-1 week. He had 13 points and four assists in Towson’s 99-86 double-overtime win over William & Mary. The rookie scored the Tigers’ first five points in the second overtime.

Hairston then followed that up with 12 points in a 70-59 setback to CAA-leading Northeastern on Saturday. It marked the third straight game in which Hairston scored in double figures.

For the week, Hairston shot 9-for-16 (56.3%) from the floor, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Hairston and the Tigers travel to Newark, Del. on Wednesday to take on Blue Hens, who are off to a 3-0 start in CAA play. Tip time from the Bob Carpenter Center is set for 7 p.m.

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Red hot Towson welcomes William & Mary for CAA home opener Wednesday

Posted on 08 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Tigers Set to Battle the Tribe on Wednesday Night at 7

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team will host William & Mary in its Colonial Athletic Association home opener on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

The Tigers (7-8, 2-0 CAA) will be seeking their fourth straight win and first home victory of the season. Towson has not won four straight games since the 2000-01 season.

During their current three-game winning streak, the Tigers are averaging 71.7 points per game and holding their opponents to just 37.2 percent shooting from the field.

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon, who was named the CAA Player of the Week for the fourth time on Monday, is averaging 19 points and 15 rebounds over his past three games.

Junior Marcus Damas has scored double figures in four straight games. The forward posted 13 points and a season-high eight rebounds in Towson’s 69-66 win at Drexel on Saturday.

William & Mary (7-6, 1-1 CAA) has dropped three straight games since starting the season 7-3. However, those losses came against Purdue, Vanderbilt and George Mason. Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton leads the Tribe averaging 18.0 points per game.

Towson is 6-5 at home against William & Mary, but the Tribe lead the all-time series, 13-10.

Wednesday’s game can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 January 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Soccer-MISL Baltimore Blast @ Chicago Soul (Friday 8:30pm from Hoffman Estates, IL live on MISLtv.com), Baltimore Blast @ Milwaukee Wave (Saturday 7:30pm from Milwaukee live on MISLtv.com); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-John Molina vs. Dannie Williams (Friday 9pm from Santa Fe live on ESPN2); Women’s College Basketball: Miami @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center)

10. Jimmie’s Chicken Shack 20th Anniversary Show (Friday 8:30pm Rams Head Live), Bloc Party (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Kris Allen (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Yellowcard (Friday 5pm 9:30 Club); David Murray Big Band & Macy Gray (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club (Saturday 7:30pm Creative Alliance); Dropkick Murphys “Signed and Sealed in Blood” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You know someone who is camping out for his spot to check out the JCS anniversary show…

I was never a huge Yellowcard fan, but I know they’re about to hit the road with our boys from All Time Low, so I’m back on the bandwagon. Plus this song always kinda kicked ass…

Say what you want about Macy Gray being a weirdo. Don’t say she isn’t a talented chick.

You may remember Dropkick Murphys as the band that put a Christmas tune on their album that was coming out in January. BRILLIANCE.

9. Jim Gaffigan (Saturday 7pm & 9:30pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); George Lopez (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Christian Finnegan (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Dredd“, “Frankenweenie” & “Archer Season 3” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Zero Dark Thirty“, “Gangster Squad” & “Promised Land” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore County Winter Restaurant Week (Friday-Monday throughout Baltimore County)

Want to move into “best friend” territory with me? Get me Archer Season 3. NOW.

On the list of spots participating in BCWRW? Costas Inn. Oysters Rockefeller for all!!!

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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…


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

And also, the Jacksonville Jaguars are not particularly good…

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…

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?

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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Towson battles William & Mary in nationally televised home opener

Posted on 14 September 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – More than two weeks after opening their season at Kent State University, Coach Rob Ambrose and the No. 12-ranked Tiger football team returns to Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium when the Tigers host Colonial Athletic Association rival William & Mary (0-2, 0-0) on Saturday, September 15 at 12 noon.

The Towson-William & Mary game will be nationally-televised on the NBC Sports Network. Todd Harris is the play-by-play announcer while Ross Tucker will handle the color commentary. Carolyn Manno is the sideline reporter.

The game will also be aired on the Tigers’ web site, www.TowsonTigers.com with Spiro Morekas and Ron Meehan calling the action. The Tigers’ internet broadcast also features a one-hour pre-game show.

When the Tigers host William & Mary on Saturday, they will be seeking their eighth consecutive win in a home opener. Towson has not lost its home opener since 2004 when Northeastern beat Towson. The Tigers have an all-time record of 33-10 in home openers.

Saturday’s game will be “Hometown Heroes Day” with members from the Maryland National Guard, Wounded Warrior Project, Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, Towson University Veterans Services, Fort Meade, and Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments participating in a special pre-game ceremony honoring America.

Prior to the National Anthem, members from the participating organizations will walk out onto the field holding a piece of American History – the National 9/11 Flag. Found in the aftermath of World Trade Center attacks on September 11, the National 9/11 Flag has been experienced by over 300 million Americans. The flag has been on a journey across America, stopping in each of the fifty states to be stitched back together by local heroes.

The National 9/11 Flag is steeped in history stemming out of the tragic 9/11 attacks. It has been stitched by survivors of the 2009 shooting at Ft. Hood in Texas, by World War II veterans on the deck of the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, and by the family of Martin Luther King, Jr. It has also been stitched by Members of Congress and by thousands of everyday service heroes nationwide. Recently, a piece of the flag that Abraham Lincoln was laid to rest on was stitched into the fabric of this truly meaningful flag.

At the conclusion of the pre-game ceremony, the National 9/11 Flag will be on display on the South Concourse located inside Unitas Stadium.

Saturday’s game will also be Banner Day as the Tigers’ 2011 Colonial Athletic Association championship panel on the scoreboard will be unveiled.

The Tigers, who posted a 9-3 record last season and won the CAA with a 7-1 mark, had their bye week after their season-opening loss at Kent State. Coach Ambrose said the bye week was very beneficial to the team.

“The bye week was actually good for us,” says the Tigers’ fourth-year coach. “We spent the time working on focus, fundamentals and ball security. We also got a few players healthy. These are guys who weren’t able to play at Kent State.”

Last season, the Tigers beat William & Mary in Williamsburg, handing the Tribe its first-ever loss to Towson. Prior to the Towson victory, William & Mary had beaten Towson seven times in a row.

When the No. 15 Tigers handed No. 14 William & Mary a 38-27 last year, they improved to 6-1 overall and reached the halfway mark of their CAA schedule with a 4-0 record.

The Tribe comes into Unitas Stadium with an 0-2 record. William & Mary has dropped a pair of close games, dropping a 7-6 decision at Maryland and falling to Lafayette, 17-14.

“William & Mary’s defense is very good,” says Coach Ambrose. “At Maryland, their defense played out of its mind. They were truly impressive. Their loss to Lafayette doesn’t reveal too much because of the weather issues. We expect William & Mary to come into Unitas Stadium fully revved up to make everyone forget we actually beat them once.”

Turnovers and special teams mistakes were very costly at Kent State. The Tigers turned the ball over six times as Kent State converted those turnovers into 27 points. On special teams, the Tigers gave up 155 yards on kickoff returns and fumbled twice.

Senior quarterback Grant Enders (right) led the Tiger offense at Kent State. He completed a career high 26 passes in 36 attempts. Enders threw for 251 yards and a touchdown.

After falling behind by 17-0 in the opening ten minutes at Kent State, the Tigers didn’t run the ball as much as they planned. Although sophomore Terrance West was held to 36 yards on 14 carries, he did score two touchdowns. In 2011, West led NCAA FCS with 29 touchdowns scored. West has scored at least two touchdowns in his last nine games and now has 31 career touchdowns.

On defense, senior defensive end Romale Tucker and sophomore linebacker Kenton Powell led the Tigers in tackles at Kent State. Tucker and Powell are tied for the team lead with six tackles each.

The Tigers’ game against William & Mary is the first of two consecutive home games. Next week, Towson hosts its Homecoming Game against St. Francis (Pa.) at 7 p.m.

TIGER TALES:  Saturday’s game is the second of six Tiger games that are scheduled to be televised … It is also the Tigers’ first appearance on the NBC Sports Network … Towson’s games at Villanova and Delaware later this season will also be televised by NBC Sports Network.

Although the Tigers dropped a 41-21 contest to Kent State, they actually outgained the Golden Flashes … Towson had 331 yards of total offense while Kent State had 267 yards … Towson also had 20 first downs while Kent State had 15.

With 273 yards of total offense at Kent State, Enders ranks second in the CAA in that category … He is also second in the CAA with 251 passing yards.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 11 September 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Washington Mystics @ New York Liberty (Wednesday 7pm from New York live on WNBA.com), Atlanta Dream @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on WNBA.com), New York Liberty @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on NBA TV); High School Football: Charlotte Christian @ Gilman (Friday 4pm), St. John’s (DC) @ Calvert Hall (Friday 7pm), City vs. Dunbar (Friday 7pm from Poly), Perry Hall @ Towson (Saturday 1pm)

10. Charm City Music Festival feat. Weezer, Eve 6, Flogging Molly, Ballyhoo! (Saturday 12pm Harbor East Waterfront); Anthony Hamilton feat. Estelle (Friday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Barry Manilow (Saturday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); Bon Iver (Saturday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Sunday in the Country feat. Eric Church (Sunday 1pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Kerfuffle feat. Offspring, Sublime with Rome, Garbage (Saturday 3:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); (hed) PE (Wednesday 6:30pm Recher Theatre); Yardbirds (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Don McLean (Friday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Kingston Trio (Sunday 4:30pm & 7:30pm Rams Head on Stage); J. Geils Band (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Saturday 7:30pm Nationals Park); Dan Deacon (Saturday 9pm Ottobar); George Clinton (Monday 8pm Howard Theatre); Dave Matthews Band “Away From The World”Bob Dylan “Tempest”Avett Brothers “The Carpenter” and Little Big Town “Tornado” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You get excited about Weezer, but I ALWAYS get excited about Eve 6…

This is a difficult admission and I hope you’ll be supportive at this time. I’ve actually SEEN Eric Church AT a previous Sunday In The Country. It look a lot for me to be able to say that…

The thing about a Springsteen show anywhere near here is that I feel like no one ever talks about it…

I’ve listened to the new Dave Matthews record (and NO, I’m NOT headed to lacrosse practice later-thank you very much). I dig this tune most…

9. Maryland Wine Festival (Saturday & Sunday Carroll County Farm Museum); “Cirque du Soleil: Totem” final week (Tuesday-Sunday National Harbor); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday Revel Grove); “Finding Nemo 3D” in theaters (Friday)

If you think for a SECOND I won’t be going to see Nemo Friday night you are OUT OF YOUR MIND. It’s like this…

No joke. I’m so in on this.

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Towson announces CAA portion of hoops schedule

Posted on 05 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Tigers Will Face All But Two League Teams in Home-And-Home Series

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball program finalized its 2012-13 schedule with the release of its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) slate of games. The Tigers will face every team in the league both at home and on the road with the exception of just two teams.

After completing a challenging non-conference schedule, Towson will begin the New Year with its first conference game at UNC Wilmington on January 2. The Tigers, who defeated the Seahawks last season at home, did not travel to Wilmington, N.C. last season.

Towson will remain on the road on January 5 as the team travels to defending CAA regular season champion Drexel before playing five of its next six games at home.

The Tigers will host William & Mary for their CAA home opener on January 9 and will remain at home to take on Northeastern just three days later. The matchup with the Huskies will be the only game between the schools this season.

After a January 16th road game at rival Delaware, Towson will host James Madison (January 19), Georgia State (January 21) and George Mason (January 23) during a three-game homestand.

The Tigers will then travel to the state of Virginia for games at William & Mary (January 26) and Old Dominion (January 30). The matchup against the Monarchs will be the only time the squads square off this season, ODU’s final in the CAA.

UNC Wilmington (February 4) and Delaware (February 6) will make return trips to the Towson Center Arena before the Tigers embark on a three-game road swing. During the trip, Towson will battle Georgia State (February 9), James Madison (February 13) and Hofstra (February 16).

The Tigers will wrap up the season with three consecutive games at home. Traditional league powers Drexel (February 23) and George Mason (February 27) will come to Towson before the Tigers welcome Hofstra on March 2 for the final men’s basketball game to be played in the Towson Center.

Stay tuned to TowsonTigers.com in the coming weeks as game times will be announced for all non-conference and CAA contests.

2012-13 Towson Men’s Basketball CAA Schedule:
January 2             at UNC Wilmington
January 5             at Drexel
January 9             William & Mary
January 12            Northeastern
January 16            at Delaware
January 19            James Madison
January 21            Georgia State
January 23           George Mason
January 26           William & Mary
January 30           at Old Dominion
February 4            UNC Wilmington
February 6            Delaware
February 9            at Georgia State
February 13          at James Madison
February 16          at Hofstra
February 23         Drexel
February 27         George Mason
March 2                 Hofstra

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Maryland opens 2012 campaign Saturday against William & Mary

Posted on 31 August 2012 by WNST Staff

• The University of Maryland football team kicks off the 2012 season against William & Mary Saturday at 3 p.m. inside Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The Terrapins, under the direction of second-year head coach Randy Edsall, are opening football season No. 120. Saturday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN3, as well as being broadcast on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network.
• Maryland headed into preseason camp with 15 returning offensive and defensive starters from a year ago, including 10 on defense. Senior defensive lineman Joe Vellano, a 2011 second team All-American, and linebackers Demetrius Hartsfield and Darin Drakefordheadline the 10 starters back on defense. Vellano led the FBS last season in tackles by a defensive lineman (7.8 per game), Hartsfield was an honorable mention All-ACC pick and Drakeford had a league-high tying four forced fumbles.
• The offense was set to return five starters, including three of its top four receivers from last season in wideouts Kevin Dorsey and Kerry Boykins, and tight end Matt Furstenburg. Junior C.J. Brown, who started five games in 2011 and set the Maryland single-season rushing yards record by a quarterback, was set to assume No. 1 quarterback duties. Injuries, however, took their toll in August. On Aug. 14, Brown suffered a torn ACL in a non-contact drill and will be out for the season. Less than a week later, 2011 freshman All-America defensive lineman Andre Monroe suffered a season-ending knee injury. In all, Maryland will have a total of 10 potential starters out in week one vs. William & Mary (see note page 2).
• Still, Maryland hopes a number of key returnees, combined with a highly touted 2012 recruiting class, will help it reach postseason play for the ninth time in the last 12 years. In addition to Vellano, Hartsfield and Drakefield, several playmakers are back on defense. In the secondary, Eric Franklin and Dexter McDougle have plenty of experience, having both started every game last year. Franklin, a senior who has played in 28 career games, led the team in solo tackles (64), ranked second in total tackles (106) and tied for second on the team with four pass breakups. McDougle, meanwhile, led the team with six pass breakups and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. The Terps also welcome back linebacker Alex Twine and defensive lineman A.J. Francis, both of whom have starting experience. As a true freshman last year, Twine ended the season as the starter at Will linebacker and averaged 9.8 tackles in his four starts. Francis, who will play defensive end in coordinator Brian Stewart’s 3-4 scheme, has played in each of the last 37 games and has 23 career starts.
• The Terps will look to true freshman quarterback Perry Hills to direct the offense. Hills won the job in preseason camp after Brown’s injury and impressed his teammates and coaches with his poise and ability to manage the offense. Maryland will be under the direction of coordinator Mike Locksley, who has installed a pro-style offense with spread principles. That will be well-suited for Hills, who has the ability to make plays with his arm and his legs. Maryland will have a young, talented group of running backs that has impressed the coaching staff in the preseason. Redshirt freshman Brandon Ross enters week one as the starter, with sophomore Justus Pickett listed as his backup. Pickett is the lone running back on the roster with game experience.
• On special teams, Maryland will look to several young players. Freshman Stefon Diggs will be the kickoff and punt returner, freshman Brad Craddock will handle the place-kicking duties in week one, and Craddock or Nathan Renfro will handle the punts.

Quick Hitters…
• The five Maryland players who received 2011 postseason recognition return to the squad this year – DL Keith Bowers(freshman All-ACC), LB Lorne Goree (freshman All-ACC), LBDemetrius 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. The team’s first depth chart was absent of 10 potential starters, including seven on the defensive side of the ball, due to various injuries and ailments: defensive linemen Keith Bowers, Isaiah Ross andAndre Monroe; defensive backs Isaac Goins, A.J. Hendy andMatt Robinson; linebacker Kenneth Tate; quarterback C.J. Brownand offensive lineman Josh Cary; and place-kicker/punter Nick Ferrara.
• Perry Hills is expected to become the first true freshman starter at quarterback for Maryland since Latrez Harrison in 1999. He’ll also be the first freshman to start a season opener since redshirt freshman Calvin McCall on Sept. 2, 1999, in a 6-0 win over Temple.
• The Terrapins return 75 percent of the offensive and defensive two-deep from the end of last season. There are 17 of the 22 offensive players back and 16 of 22 defenders. In addition, eight of the 12 members of the final special teams two-deep is back in 2012.
• 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.
• Six of the top seven sack producers from 2011 are back this season, though leading sack producer Monroe, who had 5.0, is out for the season after suffering a knee injury in preseason camp. With Monroe’s absence, the top returning sack producer is L.A Goree, who had 3.5 last season.
• 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 have started in their careers. 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).

Byrd Gets a Facelift…
• Maryland in August finished the installation of a brand new FieldTurf Revolution surface at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The privately funded $3 million project resulted in the “coolest” synthetic turf field in the nation and was completed in time for preseason camp. In order to enhance playability for all sports expected to use the facility, and after various tests and discussions, it was decided the playing surface would be a traditional green in color. The end zones for football will have a design reminiscent of the Maryland state flag and reinforcing the “Maryland Pride” theme of Maryland Athletics. The project at Maryland is the first of its kind in the United States and features exclusive new heat-reducing technology – CoolPlay – which, coupled with the patented silica sand and cryogenic rubber infill, will provide the facility with the “coolest” infill technology. FieldTurf has done extensive temperature testing which shows that CoolPlay infill provides for a difference of up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit versus traditional rubber infill systems. The many benefits of the new field include protecting the health of the student-athletes, improved playability in inclement weather, annual savings on field maintenance, a fantastic recruiting tool and tremendous revenue-generating opportunities through events such as concerts, high school games and other outside athletic events.

Openings at the Skill Positions…
With the loss of its top tailback and second-leading receiver, the Terps have openings at a couple of key skill positions.Davin Meggett ended his career seventh on the Maryland career rushing list and Quintin McCree was productive over the last half of his senior season, posting 31 of his 40 catches in the final six games. But seniors Kevin Dorsey and Kerry Boykins are expected to lead a young, but talented group of wide receivers. Dorsey led the team in receptions (45), receiving yards (573) and touchdown receptions (three) last year, while Boykins was third in both catches (37) and receiving yards (430). Sophomore Marcus Leak will look to build upon the experience of his freshman season in expanded roles this year. Leak, a speedy and physical player, saw extensive action in the first half of 2011. He ended up posting 12 catches for 85 yards as a true freshman. Sophomore Nigel King and redshirt freshman Tyrek Cheeseboroshould also be fighting for time. King is a another big, physical presence who joined the team in spring 2011, but was unable to practice with the Terps in the fall due to an NCAA eligibility issue. Cheeseboro was one of the team’s better special teams players last season before his true freshman campaign was cut short with a knee injury. Levern Jacobsjoined the program this semester after spending the fall at Milford Academy and figures to push for time. The addition of freshmen Stefon Diggs, Malcolm Culmer and Amba Etta-Tawo will add competitiveness to the position. Diggs has impressed in preseason camp and is listed second on the depth chart at the slot receiver behind Boykins. The Terps will be young at tailback, but look to have plenty of depth at the position. Justus Pickett saw considerable time last season as a true freshman. The shifty back ranked third on the team in both carries (74) and rushing yards (274). He also caught 10 passes out of the backfield. Brandon Ross, though, has earned the starting job for week one. The redshirt freshman will be backed up by Pickett, and freshmen Wes Brown and Albert Reid will also battle for time. Maryland also returns it’s No. 1 fullback in sophomore Tyler Cierski who is a bruiser at 255 pounds. He played in all 12 games in 2011, seeing time on special teams as well. Senior Jeff Hernandez and freshman Kenneth Goins will back up Cierski.

Stability at Tight End…
• Tight end is one of the most experienced positions on the team with all four players back this season. Senior Matt Furstenburg has started the last two years and has become one of the top tight ends in the ACC. A member of the 2011 John Mackey Award midseason watch list and the preseason watch list this fall, he ranked third in the conference among tight ends in both receptions (2.6 pg) and receiving yards (29.0 pg). He has a capable backup in Devonte Campbell, who had a pair of touchdown catches last season. The senior is a strong, athletic presence who should see plenty of action in the team’s two tight-end sets. Campbell has played in 17 games over the last two years. Senior Ryan Schlothauer served as the No. 3 tight end a year ago, seeing most of his time on special teams. The wild card at the position is Dave Stinebaugh who has been relegated to the sidelines most of the last two years due to knee and shoulder injuries. The junior is healthy now though and ready to contribute after a productive preseason.

Replacements on the O-line…
• The Terps will have to replace three starters on the offensive line, though six players who have started are returning.Bennett Fulper, Justin Gilbert, Pete White and Josh Cary have the most experienced among the returners, while De’Onte Arnett and Sal Conaboy have also started. Fulper, a two-time Academic All-ACC choice, has started the last two seasons at center, but has also played guard and is slotted at the left guard spot, with Conaboy taking over at center. Gilbert was the starting left tackle in 2010 before two knee injuries sidelined him until the second half of last season. He slides over to right tackle to start this season, and will be backed up by redshirt freshman Ryan Doyle. Arnett, a junior and a converted defensive lineman, earned the starting spot at right guard. He started the final game of 2011 at left guard and played in five games total. With Josh Cary injured, Arnett will be backed up by promising redshirt freshman Andrew Zeller. Klemm is penciled in at left tackle after playing in six games as a reserve right tackle last season. Highly-touted freshman Mike Madaras will back Klemm up.

Depth on the D-line…
• With all four starters back and the shift to a 3-4 defense, Maryland entered preseason camp with plenty of depth along the defensive line. The d-line was hit hardest by the injury bug in August, though, as Andre Monroe suffered a season-ending injury, and Isaiah Ross and Keith Bowers are both out for week one. Still, the Terps have talent and depth. All-American Joe Vellano will lead this group for the third straight season. Vellano, who led the FBS last season in tackles by a lineman (7.8 per game), will move from tackle to end in new coordinator Brian Stewart’s scheme. Vellano is a two-time All-ACC performer and a two-time team captain. Senior A.J. Francis is slated to be the other end, and sophomore Darius Kilgo is slated as the starter at nose tackle. A big, athletic presence, Francis has plenty of experience. He has played in each of the last 37 games, with 23 starts to his credit. Like Francis, Kilgo is a 300-pounder, though he does not have the same level of experience. He played in just five games last season as a reserve. Among the backups, only Justin Anderson, who is behind Francis at one of the ends, has experience. Anderson started all 13 games at anchor (hybrid defensive end position) in 2010 before being sidelined with an injury early last season and eventually serving a redshirt year. Defensive line coach Greg Gattuso says Anderson has the prototypical measurables to play end in Stewart’s scheme. True freshman Quinton Jefferson is listed as the backup to Vellano. Jefferson joined the program in the spring semester after signing in 2011 and sitting out the fall due to a medical issue. Sophomore Alex Walker will backup Kilgo at nose tackle.

Core of Linebackers Return…
• The Terps have a number of productive linebackers returning to the team this season, as well as an influx of four talented freshmen. Maryland is in possession of the leading returning tackler in the ACC and top forced-fumble producer in the league. Demetrius Hartsfield ranked second in the conference last season in tackles (12.0 per game), while Darin Drakeford tied for the ACC lead in forced fumbles (four) despite missing four games due to injury. Those two seniors will lead an experienced, but still young group. Hartsfield and Drakeford are penciled into the Mo (inside) and Will (outside) positions, respectively, in Brian Stewart’s defense. Alex Twine, Cole Farrand and L.A Goree all had significant reps last season as freshmen. Twine took over as the starter at Will at the end of last season. He averaged 9.8 tackles in his four starts and is penciled into the Sam (outside) spot. Farrand won the starting job over Goree at the Mike (inside). Goree was an honorable mention freshman All-America pick last season after averaging 5.0 tackles per game (fourth in the ACC among freshmen). Farrand saw most of his time on special teams. He has readied himself to play inside by bulking up to 245 pounds in the offseason. Marcus Whitfield took over as one of the starting defensive ends in the second half of last season. He has been moved to the Will position where he will back up Drakeford. Bradley Johnson will serve as the No. 2 Mo behind Hartsfield. The freshmen will have to work to crack the two-deep, but all four have solid pedigrees. Abner Logan is the most highly decorated of the four linebackers who joined the team in the preseason. Logan was a four-star selection by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com. All-state performers Brock Dean, Shawn Petty and Avery Thompson join Logan. With Kenny Tate’s injury, Thompson will serve as the backup at Sam.

Secondary Roles…
• The Terps lost a pair of cornerbacks with extensive starting experience, but return one starter at that position and will have three safeties with starting experience on the 2012 roster. Dexter McDougle started all 12 games last season at cornerback, leading the team with six pass breakups and tying for the team lead with three interceptions. The Terps will go with Jeremiah Johnson opposite McDougle. Johnson saw most of his time on special teams in 2011, but he did serve as the No. 4 cornerback for much of the season. Isaac Goins was added to the roster in December, joining the team from Contra Costa College where he was a 2011 first team All-Bay Valley Conference choice after posting six interceptions. Goins, though, is out for the opener with mono. Redshirt freshman Makinton Dorleant and true freshman Alvin Hill will provide depth at cornerback. Eric Franklin is penciled in at one safety position. He led the team in solo tackles (64), ranked second in total tackles (106) and tied for second on the team with four pass breakups. He ranked sixth in the ACC in tackles (8.8 pg). With Matt Robinson out for the opener, true freshman Sean Davis will start opposite of Franklin. Robinson was expected to be one of the key contributors on defense. When he had season-ending shoulder surgery he ranked second in the ACC and tied for seventh nationally in tackles per game (12.0).

Special Teams Makeover…
• Maryland will have a number of new faces on special teams this season. The lone returnee is Nick Ferrara, though he is listed as day-to-day and could be out for the William & Mary game. Ferrara, who handed all three phases of the kicking game last season, ranks in the top 10 in career made field goals at Maryland. Should he miss Saturday’s game, true freshman Brad Craddock, a native of Adelaide, Australia, will handle the place-kicking duties. Craddock and redshirt freshman Nathan Renfro are both listed atop the depth chart at punter, and junior Greg Parcher takes over long-snapping duties for four-year starter Tim Downs, who graduated. The Terps will look to true freshman Stefon Diggs in the return game. Diggs, a five-star prospect out of Good Counsel High School in Gaithersburg, Md., impressed in the team’s open scrimmage by returning a kick 98 yards for a touchdown and a punt 69 yards for a touchdown.


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Ferrara, Tate, more out for Maryland against William & Mary

Posted on 30 August 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Injury Report for Saturday, 9/1 against William & Mary





DL Keith Bowers Knee Out
QB C.J. Brown Knee Out
OL Josh Cary Knee Out
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro Ankle Probable
QB Dustin Dailey Ankle Out
PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip Out
DB Isaac Goins Sickness (mono) Out
DB A.J. Hendy Ankle Out
LB Abner Logan Quad Out
DL Andre Monroe Knee Out
DB Matt Robinson Shoulder Out
RB Brandon Ross Hamstring Out
DL Isaiah Ross Hamstring Out
LB Kenny Tate Knee Out

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 27 August 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Washington Mystics @ Indiana Fever (Tuesday 7pm from Indianapolis live WNBA.com), Washington Mystics @ Atlanta Dream (Thursday 7pm from Atlanta live on NBA TV), Washington Mystics @ New York Liberty (Saturday 4pm from New York live on NBA TV); Boxing: Gennady Golovkin vs. Grzegorz Proska (Saturday 9:45pm from Verona, NY live on HBO)

10. Rascal Flatts/Little Big Town (Sunday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Jimmy Buffett (Saturday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live), UPROAR Festival feat. Shinedown/Godsmack/Staind/Papa Roach/P.O.D. (Sunday 1pm Jiffy Lube Live); Okkervil River (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Sponge (Friday 7pm Recher Theatre); Hugh Laurie with the Copper Bottom Band (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Steve Vai (Tuesday 8pm Howard Theatre); Charlie Daniels Band (Thursday 7:30pm Rams Head Center Stage); Alanis Morissette “Havoc and Bright Lights” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I don’t care much for Rascal Flatts, but I can’t hide my love for Little Big Town. They’re excellent. Their series of covers on YouTube is about as it gets for country music…

I’ll be at JLL Saturday night…anyone else? I plan to bring marshmallows. For throwing. That’s still a thing, right?

I haven’t always been a Shinedown fan, but I enjoy their new song more than you’d expect…

Same for P.O.D….please don’t tell anyone…

9. Maryland State Fair (Tuesday-Monday Timonium Fairgrounds); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Friday-Monday Revel Grove); “Lawless” out in theaters (Wednesday); Finesse Mitchell (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Jake Johannsen (Wednesday-Sunday DC Improv)

I’ll be at the fair Monday. No promises regarding whether I’ll be wearing trousers. I’ll DEFINITELY be enjoying one of these…

Yeah, that’s a fried Oreo. Or really, it’s America.

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