Edsall says he’d like to see more consistency from Maryland offense

August 18, 2014 | WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – 

Opening Statement:

“After having a chance to look at the film from the other day I thought that there were some really good things. Some guys really did a good job and there were some things you really don’t like. Offensively you can’t have seven penalties and turn the ball over six times and expect to be as productive as you’d like to be.  Conversely, it’s a great thing from a defensive standpoint to see us get that many turnovers and do the things that we did. We scored a defensive touchdown and scored on special teams. This is what you have preseason for to figure things out and get a chance to take a look at guys at different positions and get an opportunity to put guys with the ones to see how they react and what they do when they’re in there. The plan we’ve had all throughout preseason we’re sticking to it in terms of guys we want to find out about. We’ll find out some more today about some guys who we want to see what they can do because we’ve got today, tomorrow and Wednesday to go with preseason practice. On Thursday we will go to scout teams and pretty much trying to get to, we’re allowed 70 guys to travel in the Big Ten, so we’re trying to see if we’ve got 70 guys who can contribute next year.”

 

On if the first team offense is behind the first team defense:

“What you’ve got to understand is that you didn’t have C.J. Brown out there, you didn’t have Brandon Ross out there and you didn’t have some other guys so when you’re taking away some components like that, it’s going to make a difference. That’s why you have a first team and a second team. Would I have liked to see more consistency, would I have like to see fewer turnovers? Yes. You’ve got to take a look at guys that aren’t out there playing and what you want to do and see and let guys know here are the things you have to do to be better when you get your opportunity. You have to be ready to go regardless because you don’t know when someone is going to go down.”

 

On defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson and linebacker Yannick Ngakoue:

“I think Quinton has gotten so much better in the last six months. You just see him working. He understands the game and the game is coming to him more now. I’ve been pleased. Just getting more reps back with him since he’s been gone. He’s playing well for us. Young Yannick is coming along. He’s not where we need him to be, but you can see where the improvements are being made. The big thing for him is to stay humble and stay hungry. If he can stay humble and stay hungry and he can continue to work at a level that Coach [Lyndon] Johnson and the rest of the defensive coaches want him to work at he’s going to continue to improve and continue to get a lot better.”

 

On who he thought performed well in Saturday’s scrimmage:

“I thought Daniel Ezeagwu] played pretty well. I’ve been impressed with him. The interesting thing is when you go and watch the tape and you’re just sitting there and watching, all of a sudden there is a guy or two that jumps out at you and he was a guy that jumped out. That was a guy that we wanted to take a look at. I thought he played pretty well. Another guy that has been impressive in terms of his effort and his work ethic is Brock Dean. Brock’s been running around and doing things so hopefully there is a spot for him on a couple of the special teams [units]. I’ve been impressed with how he’s been working and what he’s done. We’re going to take a look at some of the other young kids today – Juwann Winfree and we want to take a look at Jesse [Aniebonam] and kind of put them with the two’s and get them some work and see how they react to see if these guys are that are going to step in and can be contributors this year. Or are they guys that we’re probably going to redshirt. We’ll find out a little bit more those guys.”

 

On what he liked about freshman defensive back Daniel Ezeagwu’s play during the scrimmage:

“Just the way that he played. Going out there and executing and sometimes freshman at that spot they might not play as aggressive, but I thought he tackled well and he ran to the ball and executed the assignments. He’s young and still perfecting the techniques, but he’s doing the things that we’re asking him to do. He played about 60 plays. Now we’ll take a look to see if he’s a guy, because right now he’s vying for the fifth corner spot and maybe pushing to be the fourth guy. If he’s going to be the fifth corner then we have to see if there are some things he can do on special teams.”

 

On the quarterback play during Saturday’s scrimmage:

“There were some things that some guys can do better, but I thought from a quarterback standpoint, we threw too many interceptions. Guys just have to make sure that they take what is there and don’t do too much. Just do what you’re being asked to do and if you do that you’ll be fine.”

 

On the competition at defensive line:

“It’s been good. We’ll play six guys or seven guys up there if we have too. It’s the same thing at receiver. We might play six or seven receivers. I think we are getting good line play out of Darius [Kilgo] and Keith [Bowers]. Collectively I think they give us something. If we can keep those guys fresh and they go in there and play hard, it’s going to make us better. Quinton [Jefferson] backed up by Spencer [Myers] and Malik [Jones] on that side. Spencer probably has an edge right now, but Malik is pushing. You have Roman [Braglio] on the other side. Another freshman that has shown us some things right now is David Shaw. Kingley’s gotten better. It was fun sitting down yesterday after the scrimmage seeing the depth. There are going to be some guys that might not get an opportunity that are going to be good players. That’s what they’ve got to understand that it’s the process. There are guys there that I like so we’ve got to keep that competition going at all these positions that we have. If there are guys that determine through their production and how they practice that they need to be on the field than we as coaches have to get them on the field.”

 

On the running game:

“This is what you have to understand when you’re in preseason and you’re scrimmaging against each other. We are not sitting there and game planning against one another. We are seeing what guys can do and how they can execute.  We might run some plays that we might not run in a game based on the numbers in the box and all of those things. I think our running game will be fine. In Brandon [Ross] and Albert [Reid] and Wes [Brown], we’ve got three really good guys there. Joe Riddle is a guy. It was great to see Tehuti [Miles] get some work and some reps. The thing with scrimmages is it’s an evaluation tool.  It’s not a thing where you are trying to scheme against each other. We are trying to find out who the guys are that can play and the guys that we know are going to continue to get ready.  That’s what this is all about. Just trying to figure out the roster and who is going to give you the best opportunity to win.”

 

On if there will be more position changes:

“No. I think we got it settled last week. Now this week it’s a matter of still figuring out who are going to be the fourth or fifth guy at that position and those sort of things. If some of these freshmen are the fifth guy at their position, are they going to be able to make an impact on special teams and then are you going to use that to have the redshirt. Are you going to have them work, but not play them in there unless we have some injuries. Those are the decisions that have to make on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.”

 

On junior defensive back Alvin Hill:

“He’s made a big jump since last year and it has been pleasing. He’s long. He plays long. He’s got length. He’s smart. I just like the development. It’s the maturity and the confidence level that he’s gained that has allowed him to play at the level that he’s playing. I think that’s the thing we’ve just got to keep working with him.”

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