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Chapter 6: Baseball punched me a ticket to see The World

Posted on 16 August 2018 by Nestor Aparicio

(Originally posted as a prelude to the “Free The Birds” walkout in Sept. 2006, this is Part 6 of a 19 Chapter Series on How Baseball and the Orioles berthed WNST.net.)

One day my Pop came home from work in the Spring of 1983 and during dinner announced that we should go on a vacation in the upcoming summer.

Other than Venezuela in 1972, when we took my lone airplane ride, and Disney World in 1978 when we took Amtrak, I had never been much past Ocean City (I had only been there a handful of times because my Uncle Omar had a joint on 28th Street Bayside behind the Jolly Roger amusement park).

We usually just went “home” to South Carolina to visit my Mom’s family and chilled while she visited all her old neighbors and friends. My Pop and I would spend those summer days almost entirely at the Abbeville Civic Center. It wasn’t at all like OUR Baltimore Civic Center with seats and stuff. It was just a little gym with a lobby and my Pop and I would shoot baskets for hours in that hotbox gym. There wasn’t anything else to do in the tiny little South Carolina town. All of my relatives were older than my Mom and she’s now 87. So every one of them was well into their 70’s then and have since passed away.

My Aunt Earline made eggs and bacon and biscuits in the morning and fried chicken in the afternoon. Her sister, my Aunt Edna — she was a cool old lady, she took me to the NWA wrestling matches in Greenwood, S.C. one night! — made the world’s best chocolate fudge (I recently found the recipe!) and fresh peach ice cream in a churn for dessert on alternating days. We picked pecans off the tree in the back yard on Ellis Street and tossed them into a batch of that incredible fudge. And I would throw a super-sized Superball (they were bigger than the normal ones and very rock solid) against the siding of my Aunt Eleanor’s house up the street, pretending I was Nolan Ryan when I wasn’t in that hot gym.

That was vacation for me. There were no other kids, and the black/white thing in Abbeville, S.C., even then in the late 1970’s, was kind of in the backdrop as well. I ran around, dreamed and chased these weird, techni-color grasshoppers they had all over the place.

Kind of Napoleon Dynamite pathetic, huh?

But it’s really true, as I look back upon it.

I was bored as hell (except when my Aunt Edna was involved) and all I really wanted to do was stay at home in Colgate and play baseball on the church lot with my friends, anyway. But I did get to eat some great food in South Carolina. And, one time, a pretty Southern girl painted an orange Clemson paw print on my face at a park called Hickory Knob State Park!

So, when my Pop announced a chance at a trip, he looked to me. I was 14, it was the summer of 1983 and where would I want to go or what would I want to do?
Clearly, it had to involve baseball. And if involved baseball in 1983, it definitely 

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Great news on saving lives and “An Evening of Heroes: Champions and Survivors” is set for May 19th

Posted on 04 March 2016 by Nestor Aparicio

Great news on saving lives and “An Evening of Heroes: Champions and Survivors” is set for May 19th

I got an email on Thursday afternoon from our friends and partners at There Goes My Hero with an update on our work from last year’s 30-30 MLB #GiveASpit Tour and our other Baltimore area swabbing events. I’d like to share it with you:




It’s very gratifying to see the fruits of our labor and the real, life-saving “scoreboard” that’s starting to mount with There Goes My Hero in just the first full year of our efforts to pay forward the incredible generosity of my wife’s 22-year old donor from Germany. We’re still a few months away from being able to meet the man who has saved Jenn’s life twice since June 2014, but we’re already generating the warmth and pride that comes with doing our part to help others in the future.

Last year, we honored Chuck Pagano, Dick Cass and Brenda Frese for their stories and the bravery of their families through the journey of saving lives on the Thursday before the Preakness. When the event was over, my friends and family and sponsors all asked if we were planning on making it an annual event. I always dream big but – honestly, how do you top that head table of heroes?

Pagano survived leukemia and has now coached my wife through two battles with the same disease.

Cass saved a college friend’s life with a kidney a decade ago.

And many are familiar with Frese’s son, Tyler, who battled leukemia for much of his childhood and is now a healthy, happy little boy running around chasing the Lady Terps on another March journey.

But I have since learned that inspiration is all around us. We just need to look for it!

When Jenn survived her first cancer battle, Ravens Director of Player Engagement Harry Swayne grabbed me in the hallway in Owings Mills. “Did you know James Trapp had the same battle as your wife,” he told me. Sure, enough, the Ravens special teams captain in Super Bowl XXXV was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 and had his life saved by a bone marrow transplant from his sister, who was a perfect match.


Trapp is now the Assistant Director of Player Engagement for the Buffalo Bills and his head coach that day in Tampa is my WNST business partner Brian Billick, who bought part of our company to benefit the Living Classrooms Foundation. I knew we had the foundation of something special if I engaged some of his teammates from that 2001 Super Bowl win.

Back in August, I saw John Harbaugh and Billick together on the field in Owings Mills as the old championship coach was addressing the newer championship coach’s team and I saw them embrace. I’m pretty sure the two have never been publicly seen in the same place at the same time. And they certainly have never been engaged in that kind of setting and forum to compare and contrast their mutually loved Baltimore championships.

Three weeks later, Jenn and I saw this on HBO’s Real Sports:

I reached to Ma’ake in January, once my wife was getting better after spending most of three months in Johns Hopkins fighting leukemia again, and he and his brother are excited to be joining us on May 19th the Baltimore Harbor Hotel to raise awareness for There Goes My Hero.

By the way, Ma’ake said that Dick Cass was one of the first people to call him to give him some comfort that he’d be OK after the procdure to save Chris’ life.

Then, there was the call to Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, whom I’ve strangely befriended along life’s twisted highway. I wrote about it when I did a mini-series on our 30-30 MLB #GiveASpit Tour last summer. You can read my whole “back story” with Tomlin here.

Tomlin text me back immediately: “I’m two feet in…”

He then mentioned something about needing security. LOL!


So, on Thursday, May 19th we’ll all gather – fierce foes on the football field and the stands but united for an evening of civility to discuss the journey and paths of these six men: coaches, heroes and survivors. Obviously, the Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore rivalry will set a backdrop. But remember: there’s a story of a Raven saving a Steeler on stage with us, a brother giving a kidney to save a brother’s life. And a sister who saved a brother. And the audience will be peppered with people like my wife, who’ve had their lives saved by complete strangers.

That’s what this is all about!

I hope you join us and bring along some friends for “An Evening of Heroes: Survivors and Champions.

We hope to make this an annual event to benefit There Goes My Hero every third Thursday of May.

Tickets are on sale now. We have discounted single tickets through THIS MONDAY ONLY!!! Regular price will be $150 each but it’s just $125 for the early birds who want to commit to joining us.

If you are a business owner, I’m sweetening the pot with a free month of gold-level advertising on WNST.net & AM 1570 for all local shops who buy tables.

And if you have any questions or need me: nasty@wnst.net always finds me via email. Save the date and help us save more lives via our friends at There Goes My Hero.

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Maryland plays final road game of season Sunday at Clemson

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland (15-13, 7-8 ACC) at Clemson (17-10, 8-7 ACC)

Maryland embarks on its final regular season road trip of the season as it faces Clemson in a matchup with ACC Tournament seeding implications Sunday at 1 p.m. in Littlejohn Coliseum. Head coach Mark Turgeon is 3-0 against Clemson during his three-year tenure at Maryland, and the Terps have won four straight in the series.

Watch: ACCN – Wes Durham (Play-by-Play), Bobby Cremins (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst); Sirius 119/XM 191


• The Terps are a formidable 90-49 in an all-time series against Clemson that dates back to 1938, despite losing 26-of-60 games in South Carolina. Maryland is 84-41 against the Tigers since the inception of the ACC in 1953-54.

• Trailing No. 4 Syracuse 51-39 with less than six minutes to play, Maryland came within one shot of a major upset at Comcast Center last Monday. Sophomore Seth Allen’s game-winning 3-point bid clanked off the backboard as time expired.

• Seth Allen carried the Terrapins offensively against the Orange, notching six of the Terrapins’ 14 field goals in the game. Allen scored 22 points on 6-of-9 shooting from beyond-the-arc, including five straight points with less than three minutes remaining.

• Junior Dez Wells scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half to provide the Terps a much-needed boost alongside Allen against Syracuse. Wells has been spectacular in the second half of conference games, averaging 10.8 points on 55 percent shooting.

• Maryland is 7-1 in conference games when scoring 70 points or more, last doing so against Wake Forest. The Terps are also 12-2 this season when leading at the half.

Terps Fall Short Against No. 4 Syracuse
Sophomore Seth Allen scored 22 points and connected on six 3-point attempts as a late Maryland rally fell short against No. 4 Syracuse, 57-55, on Monday night.
Maryland trailed 51-39 with 5:45 left and staged a furious comeback with a 15-6 run behind the play of Allen and junior Dez Wells (15 points). After Nick Faust missed a go-ahead layup with seven seconds left, the Terps sent Trevor Cooney to the line. The Orange hit 1-of-2 to take a 57-55 lead, and head coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout. Allen took the inbounds pass and went coast-to-coast, shooting a 3-pointer that clanked off the backboard as time expired.
Freshman guard Tyler Ennis led Syracuse with 20 points and senior C.J. Fair, a native of Baltimore, Md., added 17 points.

Scouting Clemson
Clemson (17-10, 8-7 ACC) has lost four of its last six games since opening the season 6-3 in conference play. The Tigers most recently lost on the road to Wake Forest, 62-57, due in large part to a 13-2 Demon Deacon run in the second half. Damarcus Harrison led all scorers with 15 points.
Clemson has one of the best defenses in the nation, ranking second in the country in points against (56.2/g). The Tigers are last in the ACC in assists (10.2/g) and 14th in scoring offense (62.3/g).
K.J. McDaniels leads Clemson in a number of categories, including points (16.8/g) and rebounds (6.9/g). He also leads the ACC in blocks (2.78/g), while teammate Landry Nnoko is sixth in the category(1.62/g)

Big Ten Announces 2014-15 Home/Away Opponents
Maryland’s home and away opponents for its inaugural men’s basketball season in the Big Ten Conference were announced Friday, Feb. 28.
The Terps have home dates against five teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2013: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Maryland will also host Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers.
Maryland will play five home-and-home series, featuring Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. It will also face Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue on the road.

Last Time
Nick Faust scored a season-high 18 points to lead Maryland past Clemson in the teams’ last meeting on Feb. 23, 2013.
Then freshmen Jake Layman and Shaquille Cleare combined for 22 points in the effort, while Devin Booker led Clemson with 16 points.
Maryland led 35-32 at the half, before pulling away in the second half on 11 second half points from Faust.

Clemson: A Series History
Maryland has generally had the upper-hand against Clemson in a series that dates back to 1938, leading 90-49.
The Terrapins won the inaugural ACC meeting between the teams by a sizable 81-41 margin on Dec. 4, 1953 at Clemson. Gene Shue and Bob Everett each had 18 points to lead the Terps.
Terrell Stoglin scored 27 points to lead Maryland to a 64-62 victory in its last visit to Littlejohn Coliseum. The Terps led 53-39 with eight minutes to go, before the Tigers went on a 19-6 run to close the gap.

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Farrand totals 23 tackles for Terps in loss

Posted on 27 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland vs. No. 9 Clemson

No. 9 Clemson 40, Maryland 27



Kicking It Off: Maryland falls to 5-3 on the season and 1-3 in the ACC following a 40-27 defeat to ninth-ranked Clemson. The Tigers improved to 7-1 and 4-2 in the ACC with the victory. The Tigers now lead the all-time series 34-26-2 and have won four straight in the series.


Big Play: Quarterback Caleb Rowe’s 71-yard touchdown completion to wide receiver Levern Jacobs is Maryland’s longest scoring play of the season and a career-long reception for the wide out. It is the second consecutive week Rowe hooked up with Jacobs for a touchdown over 50 yards. Last week at Wake Forest, Rowe found Jacobs over the middle for a 56-yard catch-and-run for a score.


Steady Craddock: Place kicker Brad Craddock entered today’s contest averaging 1.86 field goals per game. Craddock connected on two 41-yard field goals and is now 15-for-18 this season and has only one miss from under 50 yards. Craddock’s 15 made field goals are the 20th-highest single-season total in school history and his .833 field goal percentage currently ranks fourth for a single season.


Career Day for Levern: Wide receiver Levern Jacobs caught a career-high eight passes for a personal-best 158 yards. Jacobs’ 158 receiving yards is the second-highest single-game total this season. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs had 179 yards against Old Dominion onSept. 7.


Redzone D: Entering today’s game, Maryland’s defense had surrendered 15 touchdowns on 24 redzone opportunities, a 62.5 percent conversion rate, which was the second-best in the ACC trailing only Miami (53.8). Against the Tigers, Maryland held Clemson to three touchdowns on seven redzone opportunities including holding the Tigers three field goals on four redzone trips in the first half.


In on the Play: Linebacker Cole Farrand totaled a career-high 13 tackles in the first half and finished with 23 total tackles. Since the 1998 season, no Maryland player has totaled more with Joe Vellano being the last Maryland player to total 20 or more tackles in a game. He had 20 at Georgia Tech on Oct. 8, 2011.


Three Takeaways: After totaling 13 takeaways in the first four games of the season, the Terrapin defense added three turnovers to the total on Saturday. Maryland forced and recovered two fumbles and intercepted Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd once. Linebacker Matt Robinson recovered and forced a fumble, defensive lineman Darius Kilgo recovered another. Defensive back Isaac Goins picked off Boyd in the fourth quarter marking his second career interception. The Terps have seven fumble recoveries and nine interceptions this season.


Offensive Notes: Running back Albert Reid averaged 4.7 yards per carry finishing with a career-best 70 yards on 15 carries … wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo caught his first career touchdown pass and totaling three catches for 26 yards … wide receiver Nigel King had a career-high five receptions for a personal-best 76 yards and a touchdown, his second of the season.


Defensive Notes: Linebacker Abner Logan finished second on the team with a personal-best 15 tackles, seven solo … defensive backIsaac Goins tied a career high with nine tackles and added two pass breakups and one interception … linebacker Marcus Whitfieldincreased his team-leading sack total to 7.5 with one sack on Saturday and finished with a career-high seven tackles … linebackersYannick Ngakoue and Shawn Petty both recorded their first career sacks.


– Maryland –

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Maryland welcomes Clemson to College Park for Homecoming Saturday

Posted on 25 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland football team welcomes ninth-ranked Clemson to College Park on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium as the Terps celebrate homecoming and look to earn their second conference victory of the season. Maryland is coming off a 34-10 loss in Winston-Salem to Wake Forest.

LIVE Coverage on the ESPN & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. Mike Patrick (pbp), Ed Cunningham (color) and Jeannine Edwards (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 85 and XM Radio Channel 85, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.


• The Terps totaled 383 yards of total offense against the Demon Deacons, but were undone by three turnovers that turned into 14 Wake Forest points. Quarterback Caleb Rowe entered in the second half and threw for 207 yards and a touchdown. The scoring strike was a 56-yard, catch-and-run to wide receiver Levern Jacobs to cap a two-play, 73-yard drive that lasted 36 seconds, the offenses’ fastest scoring drive of the season. It was Maryland’s second-longest scoring play of the season and Jacobs’ first career touchdown reception.

• Jacobs led all receivers with a career-best 78 yards. Redshirt freshman Amba Etta-Tawo pulled in a personal-best six catches for a career-high 69 yards. The Terps’ top-two receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, finished with 67 yards receiving and 43 yards receiving, respectively, but suffered season-ending leg injuries in the process.

• Playing without seven regular defensive contributors on Saturday, the Terrapin defense continued to be stout against the run and held Wake Forest to 47 yards rushing, the second-lowest total by an opponent this season, and recorded seven tackles for loss. The Terps are averaging 7.7 TFL per game, which ranks 15th nationally.

• Linebacker Marcus Whitfield led the Terps with one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. On the season, Whitfield has 6.5 sacks, which ranks fourth in the ACC, and as a team, Maryland has totaled 19 sacks, the fifth-highest total in the league. With 1.5 TFL, Whitfield now has 9.5 on the season for 89 yards. The 89 yards lost is the sixth-highest for a single-season in school history. Randy White holds the school record with 122 yards lost on 24 TFL in 1974.

• Defensive back William Likely finished with a team-best eight tackles and broke up one pass. Likely now has three pass breakups on the season and is tied with defensive back A.J. Hendy for second on the team with three passes defensed. Defensive back Sean Davis added seven tackles, while linebacker Cole Farrand had five tackles, all of which were solo. The Terps were playing without leading tackler linebacker L.A. Goree. The junior has totaled a team-best 46 tackles and has four TFL, including one sack.

• Place kicker Brad Craddock continues to be a bright spot for the Terps. Despite missing his first field goal under 50 yards, Craddock added to his season total with a kick from 23 yards out. The sophomore now has an ACC-leading 13 field goals this season and ranks second with a 1.86 field goals per game average. He is 13-for-16 on the season to rank sixth in the conference with a 81.2 percent conversion rate. Craddock has made at least one field goal in seven of the last eight games dating back to last season.

• Likely continues to pose a threat returning kickoffs for the Terps. On Saturday, the freshman averaged 30 yards on two returns and is now averaging 28.8 yards per kickoff return. Combined with Diggs’ 111 kickoff return yards, the Terps totaled 171 yards on kickoffs, the second-highest single-game total in the ACC in 2013.

• Likely ranks second in the ACC and 14th nationally averaging 28.8 yards per return. His yards per return average ranks ahead of Diggs (28.52), who set a Maryland single-season record for freshman in 2012 and placed second all-time. Likely’s season long kick return is 45 yards, which he set against Connecticut (Sept. 14) and ranks as the sixth-longest return in the ACC this season.

Quick Hitters From Wake Forest

• On Saturday, Maryland started a season-high 14 underclassmen (11 sophomores, two redshirt freshmen and one freshman). Since 1999, that total is tied for the most by a Maryland team. Last season, the Terps started 14 underclassmen at North Carolina (Nov. 24, 2012) and against Wake Forest (Oct. 6, 2012).

• Seven different Terps recorded a tackle for a loss on Saturday led by linebacker Marcus Whitfield with 1.5. As a team, Maryland finished with seven TFL to increase its season total to 54 and is averaging 7.7 per game, which ranks 15th nationally.

• Maryland’s 7.7 TFL average is the highest for a Terrapin defense since 2001. That season, the Terps averaged 9.2 per game.

• For the season, Whitfield has a team-best 9.5 TFL, which is tied for fourth in the ACC, for 89 yards, which is the sixth-highest single-season total in school history and is the most since Mark Duda totaled 94 TFL yards in 1982.

• Whitfield also added to his season total in sacks. By dropping quarterback Tanner Price for a loss of 22 yards, Whitfield increased his season mark to 6.5 sacks, the fourth-best total in the ACC. Whitfield is 1.5 sacks shy of cracking the top-15 all-time for a single season at Maryland.

• The Terps held Wake Forest to 47 yards rushing. It is the third time this season Maryland has held an opponent under 100 yards rushing (FIU, 91; UConn, 25). The Terps rank second in the ACC and 27th nationally against the run (123.7 ypg).

• With one pass broken up at Wake Forest, freshman William Likely leads the team with three on the season. Likely is tied with defensive back A.J. Hendy for for second on the team with three passes defended, a total that is tied for 18th in the ACC.

• Wide receiver Stefon Diggs totaled 178 all-purpose yards against Wake Forest. Diggs finished with 111 kick return yards and 67 yards receiving. For his career, Diggs has 2,808 all-purpose yards ranking him 15th all-time in school history and fifth among active players in the ACC.

• This season, Diggs averaged 16.58 all-purpose yards per play, the 18th-best single-season average in school history.

• Diggs and wide receiver Deon Long averaged 8.38 yards per catch (8 rec., 67 yards) and 10.75 yards per catch (4 rec., 43 yards), respectively, against Wake Forest. Among active receivers in the ACC with a minimum of 30 career receptions, Diggs ranks fifth averaging 16.3 yards per catch, while Long ranks ninth averaging 15.3 yards per catch.

• The Terps and Florida State (3) are the only two schools in the conference with two or more receivers among the top-10 in active career leaders in yards per reception.

Maryland Gameday Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are wide receiver Taivon Jacobs (offense), defensive lineman Malik Jones (defense), and running back Carl Buchholz (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Running back Albert Reid will carry the American flag, and defensive linemane Andre Monroe will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Clemson game are running back Kenneth Goins, Jr. (offense), defensive lineman Darius Kilgo (defense), and linebacker Abner Logan (special teams).

Maryland-Clemson Series History

• Saturday’s matchup between the Terps and Tigers is the 62nd all-time meeting between the two schools. Clemson leads the all-time series 33-26-2 with the Tigers winning the last three meetings.

• The Terps have won 12 of the 27 matchups at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium with its last victory coming in 2009. The Tigers won 56-45 in 2011, the last game in College Park.

• Maryland is 4-6 in its last 10 games against Clemson. The Tigers won last season’s meeting in Death Valley, 45-10.

Media Information

• Terps on the Web: For up-to-date game stories, statistics, schedules and results, and other Maryland athletic department information, please log-on to www.umterps.com on the Internet.



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Maryland QB Brown, RB Ross, TE Stinebaugh will miss Clemson game

Posted on 24 October 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Clemson





DB Milan Collins Ankle Out for the season
LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil Upper Body Out for the season
WR Stefon Diggs Leg Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney Knee Out for the season
WR Deon Long Leg Out for the season
DB Dexter McDougle Shoulder Out for the season
DL Mike Minter Knee Out for the season
DL Kingsley Opara Shoulder Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker Knee Out for the season
OL Silvano Altamirano Back Out
OB C.J. Brown Trunk Out
LS Christian Carpenter Knee Out
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro Head Out
LB L.A. Goree Back Out
K Adam Greene Quad Out
DB Jeremiah Johnson Toe Out
OL Nick Klemm Foot Out
WR DeAndre Lane Head Out
DB Anthony Nixon Toe Out
RB Brandon Ross Shoulder Out
TE Dave Stinebaugh Knee Out
DL Zeke Riser Ankle Probable
LB Matt Robinson Shoulder Probable
LB Alex Twine Shoulder Probable

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Terps OC Locksley noncommittal about QB status for Clemson Saturday

Posted on 23 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

On preparation at the quarterback position:

“As I told the quarterbacks, we need to be better than how we played on Saturday. Those guys all prepare as if they are going to be starters and I think that’s the mentality that you have to have especially at the quarterback position because you never know. We have lived that life before so they all have to prepare. Whether it’s Caleb Rowe, whether it’s Ricardo Young, whether it’s Perry Hills, any of those guys are what we call ‘green lighted to play’ will always have to prepare as if they are one or two plays away from being in the ball game.”
On quarterback Caleb Rowe’s performance on Saturday:

“I think he did okay. Obviously, when you don’t win it’s hard to say anyone did well. I’m sure he’ll be the first to tell you we made a lot of mistakes at the quarterback position. We left some plays on the field and had opportunities to score points; we came up short especially in the red-zone area. There were three or four different opportunities that if you go back and watch the tape there are guys that are open that we need to get the ball to. So as a coach, I want to get those things cleaned up and give us a chance.”

On Clemson’s defense:

“They are talented on defense. They are really high in the nation in a lot of areas that we aren’t really good at right now. Third down defense, they are one of the top teams. They lead the nation in sacks, tackles for loss, they are up there and all those different categories. So for us, we have got to find a way to get going on offense. We have opportunities where we move the ball and then the turnover bug has really kicked in for us offensively, which for me is very disappointing. We need to pride ourselves on not beating ourselves. That’s why for me from the quarterback standpoint we aren’t as sharp as we need to be, and that’s all of us, starting with me down. We need to find a way to right that ship first, with taking care of the football, not beating ourselves and obviously our execution needs to be better.”


On if there is an added emphasis on ball control this week to counteract Clemson’s offense:

“We are going to do whatever it takes to win a ball game, so for us it starts with execution. People throw around the words ball control, for us that means executing, sustaining some drives and that means we have to better on third downs. That means you have to execute well on first and second to get some manageable situations. So we are going to focus on taking care of the football, not turning it over, and not putting our defense in bad field position situations like we did last week.”
On wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo:

“Being a young guy, obviously he has great length. We like to have a guy 6-foot-3 out there on the edge and he’s on the backside playing “X”. He’s on the backside of the 3-by-1 sets that we get into and because of his length and size, and he’s a guy that has above average speed, he can quietly get up on you with his speed. He catches everything and he’s a physical blocker at the point of attack.”


Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

On slowing down Clemson’s offense:

“Get off the field on third downs and be good on the early downs. That’s what’s been hurting us recently, we just have to be better on third downs.”
On the defense’s lack of production on third downs recently:

“Right now we’re just snake bitten in some areas. They pick up the pressure; we don’t cover the guy here. It’s just a lot of different reasons.”
On the decrease in turnovers in recent weeks:

“I think it’s everything. For one, some of the teams that we’re playing are pretty dynamic offensively. Two, we aren’t putting any pressure on them as far as third downs, getting off the field and that’s where we got a lot of the pressure as well as our interceptions. So I think we just need to get better on third down and force them to throw the ball deep a little more and do some things, and then attack the ball in the air and get closer to the quarterback.”
On getting back on the practice field following a loss from a coaching standpoint:

“When you don’t get off the field on third downs and you aren’t as good on the run or some element of the game that you want to be, you can’t wait to get on the practice field to get those corrections done and then get onto the opponent and then look at those things corrected.”

On defensive back Zach Dancel:

“He wants to be good. And when players want to be good they do the little things. They look at extra tape try to look at themselves and then when they see some little idiosyncrasies they are man enough to ask the coach, ‘Hey, I see that I do this, how can I stop doing something like that?’ And that’s what he does. He is very conscientious about things like that, especially watching himself on tape, and now the preparation period, when watching the other teams on tape he is conscientious with that, he’s right in there with the other guys. He just brings a very mature approach to the game.”
On linebacker Abner Logan:

“When you redshirt and you don’t actually get in the game, you don’t know the speed. There are a lot of things you don’t know until you get out there and I just think that’s he’s done a good job. I think Coach Dudzinski has done a good job with him in just the way he goes through the teaching progression so he can pick things up easy and understand what we’re doing. Between Coach Dudzinski tutoring as well as him maturing he’s just done a good job getting to the point he is now.”


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Edsall won’t commit to starting quarterback for Clemson game Saturday

Posted on 22 October 2013 by WNST Staff



Head Coach Randy Edsall


Opening Statement:

“Homecoming this week against the No. 9 team in the country in Clemson, who’s a very good football team, has outstanding players in all three phases. It’s going to be nice to have some of our all-time greats come back and celebrate the weekend with us so I think that’s neat and good to get them back on campus and be a part of what they did when they were here and we’re looking forward to getting better this week, going out today, working on the things that we need to do to improve ourselves as a team and looking forward to it.”


On the status of the starting quarterback position:

“What I have to do as a head coach, our doctors and trainers will clear guys to be able to play in the games, but then I think it’s my duty and it’s my obligation to watch all of our players perform in practice, perform in games, using my eyesight to see how they’re performing and if they’re not performing up to the standards due to health-related issues, I think I owe to those young men to say that I’m not sure you can end up doing the things you’re capable of doing on the field. Then what I have to do is put somebody else in there so I don’t further risk a young man to injury even though that he’s cleared, but even knowing what that young man can do and then what I see him doing on the field. I think that’s part of my responsibility as a head coach. So, as you see the or situation [on the depth chart] that is because of health related issues and what we will do is both guys are cleared and I’ll take a look this week as we practice and to see where we’re at and then at the end of the week, as we go into the game, we’ll make a decision to who will be the guy that will go. But it’s not performance related, it was health related and I just feel as though the doctors and the trainers do a great job and they’ll never clear somebody to go out and perform and play if they’re not capable of playing, but I think there’s another part of that which is the coach. Like I said, I think it’s my responsibility to watch guys, see how they move, see how they’re doing things during the week or in the game based on if something happens and I feel like if they could put themselves in jeopardy, then I think I owe it to those young men and I owe it to our program to have somebody else go in and play.”


On studying Clemson based off of the Florida State game:

“No, we watch all the films and we break them all down, we take a look at what they do. We have every game of them from this year, and we break them all down and take a look at them and see if there are things that we can find that we can take advantage of, so we just don’t really concentrate on one game.”


On dealing with numerous injuries at the same position:

“All I can say is that it’s football. This sport is pretty much 100 percent guaranteed that you’re going to get hurt playing this game. I don’t think there’s anyone that has gone through his career without getting hurt. It’s unfortunate that we’ve had the injuries that we have, but there’s nothing that we can do about it. I think that our guys will step up and do a good job. I think Amba [Etta-Tawo] will get an opportunity now. And I know that he’s excited about that. He’s disappointed that it happened the way it happened. But he’s excited about his opportunity. I think Levern Jacobs will now get more reps. I think he’s really done some good things already this year. So now he’s got a chance to get on the field a lot more. [DeAndre] Lane, Malcolm [Culmer], Nigel [King], [Abner] Logan and some other guys will get a chance to play. The one thing that we won’t do is burning a redshirt that hasn’t played. That wouldn’t be fair to the young man. Everybody has got to step their game up. We’ve got to deal with it.”


On Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd:

“They are a very dynamic offense. When you take a look at Tajh Boyd, his numbers speak for himself. He has [close to] 2,000 yards throwing, 16 touchdowns, and a 63 percent completion rate. He’s got an outstanding running back, Roderick McDowell. He’s has a bunch of really good receivers like, Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant and Adam Humphries. They are three really good receivers that they spread the ball to. They really try to up-tempo you and play fast. They do a lot of different things where you have to be very sharp, alert and cognizant with where they move people around. They don’t put all of the receivers in the same place and try to create mismatches. So what you’ve got to do is be very sound and solid. We can’t let them see the same things happen in a row. This is an offense that is very dynamic at 487 yards a game. This is why you come out and play here; to go out and meet the challenges that lie ahead.


On honoring the consensus Al- Americans on Saturday:

“I think the big thing is when you take a look up there and you see those guys as consensus All-Americans, you see guys coming back; Dale Castro, who is a place kicker, and Gary Collins. I remember watching him on T.V. when we played with the Browns and he’s living up in Hershey, Pa., right now. It will be good to get him back up on campus, since I don’t think he’s been down for a while. E.J. Henderson is coming, who is one of the great all-time linebackers here and in college football. Also, he had a great pro career. J.D. Maarleveld came here from Norte Dame and did a great job. It’s always great to have Jack [Scarbath] around. He is local and is around here quite a bit. Of course to get Randy White to come back here on campus is special. When you take a look at what he has not only accomplished here, but also in the NFL,  I remember watching him when I was growing up and in high school and there wasn’t really anybody better than him at the position that he played.

“I wish we could have gotten them all back here, but due to some different situations and everything else, we couldn’t. But to get this number back here is really neat. This shows the history and the heritage of what we have here. Bringing those guys back and having the fans recognize them will mean a lot to them. It means a lot to me to be the head football coach because I think the history and tradition is something that is paramount when you talk about college football. One of the problems is that with this day and age, I am not sure how many of our current players might remember these guys playing or anything along those lines, but they don’t even know who Al Davis was when I said something the other day. It’s just neat. Anything that we can do to bring out former letterman and all-time greats back, we want to be able to do that. We want them to feel a part of what we’re doing and be connected to the hips at all times, because I think that’s the unique and special thing about college athletics.


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Maryland’s significant injury list continues to mount

Posted on 21 October 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Clemson





DB Milan Collins Ankle Out for the season
LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil Upper Body Out for the season
WR Stefon Diggs Leg Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney Knee Out for the season
WR Deon Long Leg Out for the season
DB Dexter McDougle Shoulder Out for the season
DL Mike Minter Knee Out for the season
DL Kingsley Opara Shoulder Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker Knee Out for the season

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Driesell honored at halftime of Maryland win

Posted on 23 February 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland athletics department welcomed back legendary basketball coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell on Saturday as the Terps hosted the Clemson Tigers.

Driesell, who became Maryland’s head coach in 1969, coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons. During his tenure, he won 348 games, including 28 over Duke and North Carolina.

Prior to his arrival, the Terrapins had won only one Atlantic Coast Conference title and made just one NCAA Tournament appearance. Under Driesell’s leadership, the Terrapins won another ACC title and made the NCAA Tournament eight times, inclduing two Elite 8 appearances.

During halftime of Saturday’s game versus Clemson, Driesell was honored at center court and received a standing ovation from the raucous crowd.

“It’s a pleasure to be back here,” said Driesell. “I coached here for 17 years and I always love coming back to UMD. It’s such an honor to be recognized, but it’s also a great honor for my teams and my players.”

Driesell, who coached at Davidson prior to coming to Maryland and went on to stints at James Madison and Georgia State, compiled a 786-394 record in his 40-plus years as a head coach. He was the originator of “Midnight Madness” to open practice at the beginning of the season in 1971.

He is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame.

In addition to Saturday’s halftime ceremony, Maryland will dedicate and unveil a bronze bas-relief of the storied coach on April 16, 2013.

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