Edsall says WVU provides Terps “tremendous challenge” Saturd

September 17, 2013 | WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

“It’s going to be a lot of fun Saturday to be able to go up to M&T Bank Stadium and play in Baltimore. I know our guys are excited about it to get up there and play in a great venue in the biggest city in the state. We know we got a tremendous challenge. We haven’t beaten West Virginia in seven [straight games]. They’re a very good football team that is playing well at this point in time so were going to have to make sure that we go out and have a good week of practice and prepare the right way and execute and be more productive offensively and minimize big plays defensively in order to give ourselves an opportunity to win on Saturday afternoon.”

 

On defensive back William Likely:

“I think if you just listen to what I’ve said about Will it shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody that he’s gone in and stepped right in and has done the things that we’ve asked him to do on the field. Since the day that Will got here, he’s been extremely competitive. He was well coached coming out of high school. He had good knowledge of the position. He had good fundamentals and he had good technique and all he’s done is just gone out and continue to compete, continue to learn the different fundamentals that we had here and the different techniques that we had. What he’s doing on the field is not a surprise to me or our coaching staff because these are the things that we saw from him when he got here in January. He plays like he’s a seasoned veteran. ‘Will he make mistakes?’ Yes, just like every player. But it’s not a surprise how he’s playing. That’s just how the kid practices. If we had everybody practice the way he practices and the way he competes, we’d be even better. That’s not a knock on anybody else, it’s just he really competes at a high level and he practices at a high level and at a fast pace each and every day. He’s very knowledgeable, he’s a great listener, he understands it, and he’s one of those guys that puts it behind him whenever the play’s over. If it’s good, bad or indifferent, he moves on to the next play. He’s a talented young man.”

 

On his confidence level in defensive backs Jarrett Ross and Alvin Hill:

“I got tremendous confidence in whoever we put in the ball game, but in regards to Alvin and Jarrett, they know exactly what the expectations are going to be for them, what they’re going to have to do in order to prepare themselves to possibly play this weekend. Again, that’s just something that we’ve tried to stress to all of our players that it doesn’t matter where you start on the depth chart, you better be practicing and you better be mentally sharp in the meetings because there could come a time when you’re going to get out there when least expected and you got to get the job done. I got tremendous confidence in either one of them if they had to play.”

 

On West Virginia quarterback Ford Childress:

“[He’s a] big kid, strong kid and has a really good arm. [He] made good decisions. Ran their offense really well, seemed composed for his first start and really did a good job of managing the game for West Virginia against Georgia State. He was impressive on film for a first start. Very, very impressive in terms of how he handled everything.”

 

On the success of Maryland’s pass rush this season:

“I think the pass rush is a combination of a couple of things, number one, you got to have guys that have a desire to get to the quarterback. You got to have guys that have more than one move, guys that can do things from a technique standpoint that’s going to allow them to combat the things that the offensive lineman is doing in terms of protection. I think it helps when you have guys on either side plus you have guys that have speed and quickness, and power in the middle. So I think it’s a combination of a lot of guys working together and guys taking a lot of pride in trying to get pressure on the quarterback with four guys and working together, whether it’s running stunts or straight speed rushes. Again, I think it’s an attitude. I think it’s an attitude and guys that have ability and take pride in trying to get to the quarterback and getting sacks.”

 

On the depth at kick returner and punt returner:  

“There are things that happen throughout the game that I’ll talk to players or players will come up and talk to me. We’ll make a decision to what I think is best in that situation. It was one of those situations where Stefon [Diggs] came up to me and just talked about something, and I have true confidence in Will [Likely] to go back there and so that’s what we did. That’s the thing that I like so much about our football team. We have open communication that if there is something that you know is bothering a guy. You know some kind of knick of something. You know they might feel that I might not be able to get the job done as well as my backup. And then ultimately, I’m the guy that will make that decision. But I think those are the things we’ll make and we’ll talk about certain things. And again the other thing is in terms of numbers of plays that some guys are getting. But like I said I think we got some really outstanding returners. Stefon, Will and I wouldn’t hesitate to put DeAndre [Lane] in there, and a guy like Taivon Jacobs. I know that he can go back there and return some kicks for us as well. And I think that’s a good thing to have. That kind of depth, because again if there is somebody that is nicked up or like I said, you want to just give them a break or something like that, you have the ability to do that. That’s what we’re really shooting for from a depth standpoint.”

 

On wide receiver Taivon Jacobs: 

“He’s No. 2 on the depth chart right now, because we’ve had some injuries there. We’ll just take a look at how he practices this week and we’ll make a determination from there if there is a possibility for him to get on the field or what we’ll do. But he’s a young man who got tremendous speed. He’s again a guy that really works hard. And he’s like said, he can run. He’s a good route runner. Speed is something that you can never have enough of. And again, we’ll just see how it works this week at practice.”

 

On staying focused on each game despite the strong start to the season:  

“Right now we got another one coming up against West Virginia and that’s number four. And then after that, we got eight more that are guaranteed. After that we don’t know. We don’t know what’s going to happen after this week. So this group is a good group from the standpoint that they’re listening to what I’m saying. They get it. They understand that season isn’t over that we do have three wins, but you don’t even worry about those three anymore, because they are over and done with. And they’ve been very good at just focusing in on the task at hand that we have for that particular week. And that’s the nice thing to deal with when you’re a coach. They understand that and they get that.  But, no I don’t do anything different. They just have to understand that hey, this is the most important game we’re going to play all season long because it’s the game that we’re playing this week. You know you’re not getting any bonus points if you win this game, so just go out and give it everything that you got. Play every play like it’s the last one you’re going to play and then hopefully it’s enough that by 6:30 on Saturday afternoon we have a win. And if we do, then we put it in the bank. And if we don’t, then we learn from it. You get better and you move forward.”

 

On playing the game in Baltimore:

“We’re trying to continue to develop the Maryland pride. With the city being as large as it is, and also having that venue, M&T Bank Stadium there in Baltimore, when you do have the opportunity being that we’re the flagship university here in the state and we’re the only state school that’s an FBS, it’s something that I think is important to us. It’s accessible. It’s easy to get to. And again when you’re talking about the fan support in this state for football, there are a lot of football fans. And so, the more that we can do to develop that Maryland pride, get the people from Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and the surrounding counties to be involved with what we’re doing I think it’s a win for us. We’re going to continue to do that and again I think from the standpoint you take a look at the number of kids that we have from the state, and from that area, that are going to be participating. It’s a great way for the people in Baltimore and in Baltimore County to come out and support some of their own, and the rest of the football team. So we’re looking forward to it and hope that we can go up there and play really well on Saturday.”

 

– Maryland –

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