Edsall impressed with Terps’ effort in Spring Game

April 12, 2013 | WNST Staff

Opening Statement:

“I thought it was really good tonight. I was very impressed with the effort and intensity and the hitting that took place. The kids really came out and got after it. I was impressed with the people that were out here. What a great night and the weather cooperated. I couldn’t be more pleased with what has taken place in the 15 days we had during the spring. It culminated tonight with a good effort from everyone out here.”

On the running game:

“I limited what the defense could do. It was still good to see [from] them. That is what we have seen out of Brandon [Ross] and Albert [Reid] all spring along with how they run. The one thing we have to be able to do is run the ball efficiently. When we do that it opens up the passing game. With the skill guys we have at wide receiver it will make us more productive and a chance to get big plays. They ran the way they have been running all spring.”

On Stefon Diggs:

“He is better this spring. He is more focused, not to say that he wasn’t before. He really wants to be better. He doesn’t want to stay the same, he doesn’t want to regress. He really understands the effort that has to go into being a good player. He was selected as one of the ten leaders on the team. I have created a leadership council; we aren’t going to have team captains this year. We will select game captains week by week. I had the coaches recommend a guy from their position who they felt could be a leader of their group and the team.”

“Stefon was the guy at wide receiver, Albert [Reid] at running back, C.J. [Brown] was the quarterback, Dave Stinebaugh the tight end, Sal Conaboy the offensive lineman, Darius Kilgo on the defensive line, Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil at outside linebacker, Cole Farrand is the inside backer, J.J. [Jeremiah Johnson] at the secondary, and Greg Parcher the long snapper. We let them know that. I think Stefon is making sure he can do everything he can to live up to the role he now has as part of that leadership council.”

On the quarterback play:

“With Ricardo [Young] the big thing I thought he did tonight was be inconsistent. We have to get more consistent. Dustin Dailey is a guy who got better this spring. [Shawn] Petty was a guy who they were able to but plays in with trick plays. That is something they did; it won’t be in our arsenal for the season. That was for the fans.”

On who stood out:

“There were some guys who made individual plays out there. J.J. [Jeremiah Johnson] made the pick; Zach [Dancel] made the pick. Some guys had sacks. We will have to take a look at film and evaluate the entire fifteen days. We will end up creating a depth chart out of those fifteen days and it will be something that we put together heading into the fall. We will then put in the newcomers, many of who were here today which is great to see, they have been working hard and lifting. Overall, I am pleased with what we did and got accomplished. We have some big things ahead of us for this summer.”

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