Edsall says Maryland offense “inconsistent” in first scrimmage

August 17, 2014 | WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Opening Statement:

“I thought there was some good and some bad today, but again, the big thing is today to get a look at different guys and see what they could do so we can evaluate some more. The players are off tomorrow to get their legs back and the coaches will sit down and evaluate today’s scrimmage along with what took place the previous practices we had and then we will probably come up with a new depth chart on Monday.”

 

On quarterback Caleb Rowe:

“I just wanted to take a look at different guys. I thought Caleb was very inconsistent today. I didn’t think he made a lot of good decisions out there and again, that’s one of the things I wanted to see. I wanted to see him out there with the one’s and get him some work and let him know that he is one play away from having to go in and play. When you are, you have to go out and perform. I don’t think he performed up to his capabilities today. Hopefully he’ll learn from it.”

 

On the offense:

“I thought there was inconsistency there. I have to look at the film. We did some good things, but then again, we did some things where we threw interceptions, we fumbled the ball. We just weren’t consistent where I would have liked to be today. The defense has something to do with that. I’m not disappointed when you go in these type of situations you’re going to have some give and take. That’s why you practice and that’s why you do these things and now we’ll settle in. When you game plan it’s a lot different. We didn’t game plan for any of this stuff. We just came out to evaluate guys and that’s what we are going to do. We’re going to evaluate them.”

 

On the rotation of playing time of the wide receivers:

“Just things we wanted to take a look at. Like I said, we’ve evaluated all throughout camp and we took a look at things and we’re going to evaluate things after this scrimmage. Now we will take a look at where we are and put together a depth chart and personnel groupings as we see fit based on what we’ve seen.”

 

On defensive back Daniel Ezeagwu:

“That was a good thing. That’s what we wanted to do. We wanted to see some guys. Alvin [Hill] didn’t go today because we wanted to see Daniel and now we will evaluate it. He’s done some good things in camp. We’ll see how he graded out today and see if he can get on the bus or if he’s going to be able to contribute in some way.”

 

On wide receiver Deon Long:

“He made good plays, but I want to look at the whole film to see if it was consistent. It’s more than just catching the ball and that’s what we have to understand at every position.  It’s more than just one or two plays. We’re looking for the consistency, play in and play out, for a total of 60 minutes. I’ll have more to be able to talk about after we evaluate the film and I can really analyze after looking at it tonight and tomorrow.”

 

On linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil:

“That’s something that those guys have worked very hard on during the preseason. We’ll watch the film and we’ll evaluate it, but those two guys have worked extremely hard on their games and what they did is the same thing that they’ve been doing during the past 14 or 15 practices that we’ve had.”

 

On if running backs Brandon Ross and Albert Reid performed:

“Brandon will be fine. I want to be able to look at guys and see what they can do. Also for guys to know that they need to be ready if somebody goes down. They’ve got to be able to step up. For a coaching staff, it’s a good indicator for me how a guy’s going to respond when they get a chance to be a starter or gain more reps. That’s what a lot of today was about to see things and evaluate where we are and now what we’ve got to do is we’ve got to get ourselves ready to play James Madison.”

 

On the offensive line:

“I’ll take a look at the film and I’m not going to make any comments until I see the film in terms of what they were doing. Sometimes you’ve got to understand that’s not the offensive linemen. It might be a bad read and the quarterback holding the ball too long. I think sometimes the offensive line might get undo criticism for things when it isn’t really their fault and that’s why we’ll take a look at the film and see where we are and see where we need to improve upon.”

 

On the punting game:

“It was inconsistent in totality. There were some good kicks. We’ve got to learn to be able to kick the ball into the wind and not worry about the conditions out here and focus on our fundamentals and technique. If we do that, then we can execute in any kind of weather and any type of situation and that’s one of the big things for our team. Just go out and execute your fundamentals, play with good technique, and if you do that nothing else is going to matter or going to bother you.”

 

On linebacker Alex Twine:

“Alex is a young man who is starting to get his confidence back a little bit more with that shoulder injury. As I watch the film today, I want to see if he played with any more confidence and if he was playing any faster than he was in the first 14 days.”

 

On wide receiver DeAndre Lane returning punts:

“DeAndre has been back there all preseason returning punts. There are four guys back there returning punts: DeAndre [Lane], Taivon [Jacobs], Will [Likely] and Stefon [Diggs]. Don’t read too much into this stuff, guys. It’s a chance to get guys work that we’ve been working and this is kind of the last opportunity for these guys to show us what they can do. That’s all we were doing. We were out here trying to see the personnel and get as good an evaluation as we possibly can on all the guys. Don’t read into it any more than what we were trying to and what we were trying to do is get good evaluation and utilize people and see where they are. Now we’ll go back as coaches and evaluate it and come up with a two-deep and get ourselves ready to play James Madison.”

 

On defensive back Sean Davis:

“Sean’s had a good camp and you saw him standout today and do some things. It’s probably that he played as well as he did because he’s been playing consistent throughout camp.”

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