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Terps rally to stun Old Dominion in NCAA Baseball Tournament opener

Posted on 31 May 2014 by WNST Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C.  In its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 43 years, Maryland waited until its final at-bat to win its first tournament game since 1970. The Terps completed a come-from-behind victory with three runs in the ninth to walk-off against Old Dominion by the score of 4-3 in the opening game of the Columbia Regional Friday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.

Trailing by two runs in the ninth, Maryland (37-21) cut the deficit to one on a run-scoring single by Charlie White and proceeded to load the bases on a LaMonte Wade walk. Old Dominion’s Brad Gero hit Brandon Lowe and Jose Cuason consecutive pitches to force in the tying and winning runs.

With the win, Maryland advances to the winner’s bracket of the Columbia Regional and will face either South Carolina or Campbell Saturday at 7 p.m. It is the Terps’ first NCAA Tournament victory since knocking off Mississippi State, 3-2, on May 28, 1970.

“I got to give our guys a lot of credit,” said head coach John Szefc. “It wasn’t a real pretty game for us particularly in the first two-thirds of it. [Jake] Stinnett made a very efficient start. He kept things close and gave us a chance to win late, which is all you can ask for in the NCAA Tournament.

“We had some opportunities late that we didn’t take advantage of and made it a little harder for us late. At the end of the day, when you count up the runs, it’s either a win or a loss and our guys did what they had to do late.”

The Terps trailed by three entering the bottom of the eighth. Monarchs’ starter Andy Roberts and reliever Ryan Yarbrough combined to shutout Maryland through seven innings stranding seven runners including leaving the bases loaded in the fifth.

In the eighth, Wade, Lowe and Cuas led off the inning with three consecutive singles to load the bases and put the Terps in position to cut into the deficit. Blake Schmit grounded into a double play, but the ground ball did score Wade and trimmed the Old Dominion (36-25) lead to 3-1.

Kyle Convissar started Maryland’s come back in the ninth. The senior shot the gap in left center for his fifth double of the season to lead off the inning. After a ground out, Kevin Martir reached on a fielding error to put runners at the corners.

Behind 0-2, White flared a single to center to scoring Convissar and bringing Maryland within one. Wade then drew a walk to load the bases before the Terps snatched the victory on back-to-back hit by pitches.

“There is never a sense of doubt in the dugout for us,” said Cuas. “We’ve been playing about as well as any team in the country in the month of May. We never doubt each other whether we are up or we are down. Our pitching staff settled down and we got big hits when we needed them.”

Maryland received a solid start from senior Jake Stinnett. The Vista, Calif., native scattered six hits over eight innings giving up three runs while striking out seven moving him past Steve Schmoll as the Terps’ single-season record holder. Stinnett has 130 strikeouts this season.

Tayler Stiles earned the win with a strong ninth inning. Stiles struck out two of the three batters he faced to improve his record to 4-2.

Old Dominion got on the board first in Columbia. With one out in the top of the third, Mike Perez tripled to the gap in left center. Tyler Urps got Perez home with a shot towards second that hopped over Lowe’s glove to give the Monarchs the early advantage.

The Monarchs added to their lead in the fifth tallying a run on three hits. Ben Slaton led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a well-executed hit-and-run by Perez. With runners at the corners, Urps hit a dribbler just in front of home plate leaving Martir with only one play. Martir dove in an attempt to tag the runner, but Slaton slipped past to score Old Dominion’s second run.

ODU continued to scratch out runs adding to its lead in the sixth. P.J. Higgins led off the inning with a single and stole second to put himself in scoring position. A long out to center allowed Higgins to move up and then score on a sacrifice fly by Josh Eldridge.

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Maryland opens NCAA Baseball Tournament Friday against Old Dominion

Posted on 29 May 2014 by WNST Staff


2014 NCAA Regionals – Columbia Regional

Fri., May 30-Monday, June 2

Location: Columbia, S.C.
Stadium: Carolina Park
Internet: ESPN3
Live Stats: GameTracker
Twitter: @UMTerpsbaseball

Columbia Regional Schedule

Friday, May 30
Game 1: 1 p.m. ET – #2 Maryland vs. #3 Old Dominion (ESPN3)
Game 2: 7 p.m. ET – #1 South Carolina vs. #4 Campbell (ESPN3)

Saturday, May 31
Game 3: 1 p.m. ET – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (ESPN3)
Game 4: 7 p.m. ET – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 (ESPN3)

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: 1 p.m. ET – Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (ESPN3)
Game 6: 7 p.m. ET – Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (ESPN3)

Monday, June 2
Game 7: 7 p.m. ET – If Necessary (TBA)


Maryland (36-21) earned its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 43 years Monday when it was selected as the second seed in the Columbia Regional. The Terps open their NCAA campaign against third-seeded Old Dominion (36-24) at 1 p.m. Friday at Carolina Park.

It is Maryland’s fourth all-time NCAA Tournament appearance. The Terps are 1-6 all-time in the tournament with their lone win coming against Mississippi State in 1970.


-Maryland enters the weekend after winning two games at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and advancing to the title game, its first appearance in the conference championship game since 1976.

-Maryland is 11-2 in the month of May and wrapped up the regular season with two consecutive series sweeps of Notre Dame (5/2-4) and Pittsburgh (5/9-11).

-The Terps’ 36 victories this season are a school record and their 15 conference wins ties a school record set in 1970.

-Maryland had three players named to the ACC All-Tournament Team. Catcher Kevin Martir hit .462 (6-for-13) in four games with two home runs, three runs scored and four RBI with a .923 slugging percentage. First baseman LaMonte Wade hit two home runs including the game winner in Maryland’s 7-6 win over third-ranked Virginia. Shortstop Blake Schmit hit .333 (4-for-12) with five runs scored.

-Pitcher Jake Stinnett, centerfielder Charlie White and second baseman Brandon Lowe each earned All-ACC honors. Stinnett was a second team selection and leads the ACC in strikeouts (123), innings pitched (104.0) and complete games (4). White is a two-time all-conference selection and ranks third in the ACC in stolen bases (24). Lowe ranks second in the ACC in hitting (.346) and second in on-base percentage (.469).

-Stinnett is one strikeout shy of tying the Maryland single-season record. Steve Schmoll set the record in 2003 with 124 strikeouts.

-Freshman starter Mike Shawaryn leads the ACC in wins (10) and holds the Maryland single-season record. Shawaryn picked up his 10th win of the season in the Terps’ 5-3 win over fourth-ranked Florida State Friday. Shawaryn shutout the Seminoles over seven innings and this season has given up one earned run in 14-1/3 innings against Florida State with 11 strikeouts.

-Terrapin closer Kevin Mooney picked up two saves at the ACC Tournament and now has 11 on the season and 20 for his career. Mooney is two saves shy of tying the single-season school record and three saves shy of tying the career mark. Brett Cecil holds both Maryland records.

-Left fielder Tim Lewis is riding a 14-game hitting streak, the longest of any player this season and the longest in school history since Will Frazier hit in 14 straight games in 2005.

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Diggs honored by ACC after big game against ODU

Posted on 09 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – With a career-high 179 yards receiving in Maryland’s 47-10 win over Old Dominion on Saturday, wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been voted the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Receiver of the Week, the league announced on Monday.

Diggs caught six passes for a career-best 179 yards and one touchdown. His touchdown reception was a 41-yard catch and run down the right sideline for his second touchdown of the season. Diggs’ 179 yards are the most by a Maryland receiver since Torrey Smith had 224 against NC State on Nov. 27, 2010.

The sophomore is averaging 25.2 yards per catch in two games and is second in the ACC averaging 138.5 yards per game. For his career, Diggs now has 1,125 career receiving yards, which ranks 21st in Maryland history.

Maryland travels to Connecticut on Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. The Terps will be looking to improve to 3-0 after averaging 45 points in their first two games of the season.

– Maryland –

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Three Terps get first career picks in win over ODU

Posted on 08 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Old Dominion


Kicking It Off: Maryland improved to 2-0 on the season with a 47-10 victory over Old Dominion in its first all-time meeting with the Monarchs. It is the third time in the last four seasons that the Terps have started the season 2-0.
Offense Continues to Roll: After posting 576 yards in the season opener against FIU, Maryland racked up 587 yards of total offense. It is the first time Maryland has totaled over 500 yards of offense in back-to-back games since at least the 1998 seasonThe Terps’ 47 points are the most points scored by Maryland since it posted 51 against East Carolina in the Military Bowl (12/29/10).

In addition, for the first time in program history, Maryland scored over 40 points in its first two games of the season.


Stingy Defense: The Terrapin defense held Old Dominion to 10 points, the lowest output by the Monarchs’ offense since at least the 2008 season. Its three interceptions marked the first time the Terrapins had three picks in a game since Nov. 7, 2009, against NC State.
Brown Under Center: After accounting for five touchdowns last weekend, Brown followed up that performance with two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns. The senior quarterback passed for 275 yards and rushed for 30. For his career, Brown has accounted for 21 touchdowns, which is tied for 21st all-time.


Ross on the Board:  Brandon Ross scored his second career touchdown on Maryland’s second possession of the game capping a seven play, 77-yard drive. On the march, Ross carried the ball four times for 49 yards.


One-Two Punch: After being held to 30 rushing yards in the opener, Ross rushed for a career-best 149 yards and one score. Ross came one yard short of becoming the first Maryland player to rush for 150 yards since C.J. Brown ran for 162 at Clemson (10/15/11). Albert Reid also got into the mix on Saturday rushing for a career-high 56 yards and his first career touchdown. Reid’s 27-yard touchdown run was a career long.


Diggs on the Day: Stefon Diggs starred on the outside for the Terps. Diggs caught six passes for a personal-best 179 yards including a 41-yard sprint down the sidelines for a touchdown. Diggs now has 1,125 career receiving yards, which ranks 21st all-time in school history.

With his 12 yards rushing, Diggs now has 2,281 career all-purpose yards moving him to 24th all-time in Maryland history.


A Trio of Firsts: Isaac Goins’ interception on the opening possession of the game, Sean Davis’ pick late in the first quarter, and Yannick Ngakoue’s third-and-goal interception early in the second quarter are career firsts for all three players. The first turnover set up Maryland’s opening score of the game, a 32-yard field goal from Brad Craddock, and Davis’ interception set up a five-yard touchdown run by C.J. Brown.


Defensive Notes: Almost a year after recording a safety at Temple (9/8/12), Darius Kilgo recorded a safety early in the fourth quarter … the Terps’ had four sacks with Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, L.A. Goree, Andre Monroe and Marcus Whitfield all with one … William Likely led the team in tackles with a personal-best 11, nine solo … Matt Robinson had eight tackles and led the team with tackles for a loss.


– Maryland –

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Maryland looks for 2-0 start Saturday against ODU

Posted on 07 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The University of Maryland football team looks to build upon a season-opening 43-10 victory over FIU when it welcomes Old Dominion to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium Saturday at 4 p.m. The Terps turned in an impressive offensive performance racking up 576 total yards, 325 yards through the air and 251 yards on the ground. The defense was equally as impressive holding the Panthers to 171 total yards including only 80 passing yards.

LIVE Coverage on the ESPNews & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPNews at 4 p.m. Beth Mowins (pbp) and Joey Galloway (color) 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 SiriusXM Radio Channel 136, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.


• A dominant offensive performance in the first half put the game out of reach and enabled the Terps to earn the win. Quarterback C.J. Brown led the effort with 281 yards passing and 105 yards rushing and five scores (three passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns) in three quarters of action. Nine different Terrapin receivers caught a pass on Saturday with Deon Long hauling in nine passes for 110 yards and one touchdown in his Maryland debut. Stefon Diggs had five catches 98 yards and one score, a 66-yard pass from Brown tying his career long.

• Defensively, linebacker L.A. Goree totaled a team-high 10 tackles, four solo. Dating back to last season, Goree has led or tied for the team high in tackles in four straight games. The junior linebacker totaled a career-best 14 tackles in the 2012 season finale at North Carolina (11/24/12). Defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson and linebackers Cole Farrand and Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil each had seven tackles. The Terps tallied five sacks on the day led by linebacker Marcus Whitfield, who had a career-best 1.5 sacks. Cornerback Dexter McDougle, who played in his 25th consecutive game on Saturday, picked off FIU quarterback E.J. Hilliard in the third quarter for his fourth career interception.

• Maryland welcomed back 37 letterwinners from the 2012 season including 18 on offense and six starters. Diggs, a second-team All-ACC selection as a specialist last season, leads a talented receiving corp that includes returning starter Nigel King and junior-college transfer Long. Diggs’ 848 receiving yards were the third-most by an ACC rookie all-time and his 1,896 all-purpose yards was the sixth-highest total among active players in the conference. Long posted impressive numbers at Iowa Western leading the NJCAA in receptions (100), recieving yards (1,625), and touchdowns (25) en route to first team All-American honors. Running backs Albert Reid and Brandon Ross return in the backfield. Ross led the Terps in rushing with 390 yards (4.6 avg.) last season and topped 100 yards in two of the last three games including a career-best 141-yard performance at North Carolina to close the season.

• The Terps are tasked with replacing six starters on defense from a unit that ranked in the top-25 nationally under defensive coordinator Brian Stewart’s tutelage, but returns several playmakers particularly in the secondary. McDougle will pair with Jeremiah Johnson to form an experienced duo. McDougle and Johnson have 38 starts combined. They will be joined by safety Anthony Nixon, who played in all 12 games last season and started five. McDougle led the team in solo tackles (58), tied for third in pass breakups (5) and tallied three tackles for a loss. Meanwhile, Johnson led the squad with eight pass breakups, while Nixon finsihed with 41 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception. The Terps also welcome back Farrand and Goree at line backer along with defensive lineman Darius Kilgo. Farrand tied for the team lead with 78 tackles and recorded 6.0 TFL. After appearing in five of the first nine games, Goree, a honorable mention freshman All-American in 2011, started the final three contests and tied or led the team in tackles each game. Kilgo started 11 of 12 games and finished with 40 tackles, 5.0 TFL and 1.5 sacks.

Quick Hitters

• Four players made their first career starts for the Terps on Saturday against FIU: offensive linemen Ryan Doyle and Michael Dunn, wide receiver Deon Long and defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson.

• In addition to the four first-time starters, 14 players saw their first action against FIU. Of the 53 players that saw playing time on Saturday, 28 were underclassmen including five true freshmen.

• Maryland has 32 underclassmen on its two-deep (including specialists). That total is tied for the second-most among FBS schools (as of 9/2) (Virginia – 34, Colorado State – 32, South Carolina – 32, Temple – 32).

• Maryland allowed FIU to gain just 171 yards of total offense. That’s the best total defensive performance since surrendering 115 to Wake Forest on Oct. 30, 2010.

• In addition, the Terps held the Panthers to just 91 yards rushing and 80 yards passing. The last time Maryland held its opponent under 100 yards in both categories came against Morgan State on Sept. 11, 2010. The Terps held the Bears to 37 yards rushing and 48 yards passing.

• The Terrapin defense held FIU to 2.3 yards per rushing attempt. Of the Panthers 15 rushing attempts in the first half, 11 of them went for three yards or less.

• The Terrapin offense racked up 576 total yards on Saturday. It marked the first time Maryland had eclipsed 500 total yards of offense since it posted 524 at North Carolina on Nov. 12, 2005.

• Of the 43 points scored by Maryland on Saturday, 40 came in the first half. It is the most points scored in the opening half since the Terps scored 45 against Morgan State on Sept. 11, 2010.

• On Saturday, Maryland scored on its first four possessions with two field goals and two touchdowns. The last time the feat was accomplished came against Wake Forest on Oct. 30, 2010.

• Quarterback C.J. Brown completed 87 percent of his passes against FIU (20-for-23). With a minimum of 20 attempts, that mark is a single-season program record.

• In addition, with Caleb Rowe going 5-for-6, Maryland quarterbacks completed 86.2 percent of their passes, the best performance in team history. The previous record was 83.3 percent at NC State on Nov. 4, 1995.

• Brown threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two accounting for five touchdowns against FIU. That total is the most by a Terrapin since Scott McBrien accounted for six touchdowns against North Carolina on Nov. 1, 2003.

• Wide receiver Deon Long caught nine passes for 110 yards including a 27-yard touchdown pass from Brown. Long is the first Maryland receiver to top 100 yards since Stefon Diggs went for 152 at Boston College on Oct. 27 of last season.

• Linebacker L.A. Goree finished with a team-high 10 tackles on Saturday. Dating back to last season, Goree has at least tied for the team lead in tackles in four straight games.

Terp 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 quarterback Shane Cockerille (offense), linebacker Avery Thompson (defense), and tight end Eric Roca (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive ineman Alex Walker will carry the American Flag, and long snapper Greg Parcher 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 Old Dominion game are offensive lineman Sal Conaboy (offense), defensive back Dexter McDougle (defense), and linebacker Alex Twine (special teams).

Maryland-Old Dominion Series History

• Saturday marks the first all-time meeting between Maryland and Old Dominion.

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DC Stewart says Terps wary of ODU QB Heinicke

Posted on 04 September 2013 by WNST Staff



Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley


On wide receiver Nigel King’s inclusion in the offense:

“I don’t think it was something that was planned. The one thing about the receivers is obviously that it’s dependent on the types of coverages they’re playing, which kind of dictates it [who gets the ball]. With Stefon [Diggs], we have the ability to move him around. With Nigel, he just wasn’t targeted on a bunch of things.  I wouldn’t say that his production Saturday is indicative of what his role is because as we like to say around here; roles change daily. I thought he did a great job in the run game. He was responsible from a blocking standpoint for some of that chunk yardage we were able to get. I don’t think it’s indicative of his role.”


On what he liked and didn’t like about the offense against FIU:

“I was glad to see C.J. [Brown] be productive. For me, he was an unknown commodity based on having him in the spring where he wasn’t a guy who took shots or got hit, so to see him and how he responded in a game situation was good for me as a play caller. The thing that we preach on offense here is minimizing critical errors. Critical errors for us are dropped balls, penalties, sacks, fumbles and interceptions. Those are all things we can control and we keep an active chart of it, which we call our margin of error. Our margin of error was six percent and for us, that’s the one thing and goal we come out of every game with. I was really pleased we didn’t have a bunch of penalties that you typically have in a game one. Obviously, the sack-fumble on C.J., you can’t have that in that red zone area. We put our defense in a tough situation. We didn’t have a lot of fumbles or interceptions. Those are the things I came away pleased with.”

As far as progress, typically you see your biggest gains from week one to week two in the season. There are still so many fundamental and technical things that we need to get cleaned up. Up front, we’re an inexperienced group. Being able to use the right footwork, hit our landmark, obviously we can’t give up a sack like we did on the fumble. Those are all things that are correctable and we’re taking the steps needed to get them corrected.”


On if he was surprised by quarterback C.J. Brown’s play:

“I can’t say I was surprised as much as I was pleased. Again for me, he was an unknown commodity. I saw some film of him from two years ago where he did some really nice things. One of the things we prepared him for was if I’m a defensive coach, he’s a guy who threw less than 50 percent of his passes for completions, and I expected them to load the box up and say, beat us throwing the ball. He was capable of making some plays in the passing game that when you couple that with his ability to make plays with his feet, it’ll open this offense up even more.”


On the running game:

“Obviously, a lot of people will grade it based on Brandon [Ross] as the starter at tailback, but we say we’re a zone-read offense so the defenses have to decide who they want to stop. If it’s Brandon, than that will open things up for our quarterback, which I thought C.J. [Brown] took advantage of. I thought later in the game once C.J. made a few plays, that opened things up and we subbed Albert [Reid] in there and he got some plays and was pretty productive, and then even Jacquille Veii coming in late in the game to finish up in our four minute offense. I thought it was ok, although obviously I’d like to see Brandon make some more plays. We’re still a work in progress up front. We expect to get better each week as we get better fundamentally and technically.”


On the offensive line:

“We’re a work in progress up front. I thought we did some things well and there’s no doubt about that they’re going to continue to be a work in progress. When you’ve got two new starters up front, I would imagine we’ll get better each week. From a fundamental and technical standpoint, that’s always the key for being good up front. We’re getting those guys coached up as best we can. We’d like to see continued improvement, which you like to see across the board. Our perimeter blocking affects our run game and obviously a couple of the outside runs we weren’t blocked up on the perimeter. Our quarterbacks decision making in the zone read, a few times when you saw some of the losses Brandon [Ross] had, those were plays C.J. [Brown] shouldn’t have given him the ball. A lot of people look at it and say we didn’t run the ball well, but there are a lot of different things that do into it. You just can’t put it on the o-line.”


On wide receiver Deon Long:

“I’ve seen Deon play. I probably have more information on him than most. I wasn’t surprised at his production. When you put the tape on, there’s a lot of work that Deon has to do. We don’t want one-dimensional receivers. We want guys that are going to block and all the little extra things that we stress with the receivers. There’s no doubt he’s a talented guy and one that we’ll continue to target. He helps some things for Stefon [Diggs] and Nigel [King] being on the backside of things where he’s going to demand the attention [of the defense]”


On running back Jacquille Veii:

“I think right now Brandon [Ross] and Albert [Reid] are our featured guys and I see Jacquille having a role for us. One of the things that jump out about him is his speed and his vision. In some of the things we like to do in the running game, he’s a little more suited for those types of plays. I could see him having a role of a package, but I still see Brandon and Albert as being the two guys.”


On Old Dominion’s defense:

“We’ve really got one game to scout them off of, which is similar to last week. They’ve got a new coordinator who is in his first year coordinating, so we are going off what they did against East Carolina. What jumps out at me is that they have some athletes on the defensive side of the football. They line up pretty soundly and look like they have good tacklers. They want to get after you with the zone pressure and then the man blitzes in the red-zone area. We’ve got to have out A-game. Our quarterback has got to be ready to make some decisions under pressure. They want to force you to do things under duress. The main thing is that we’ve got to focus on us, not them.”


On if he adjusted his play calling based on the experience of the offensive line: 

“One of the things we always talk about is doing what our personnel allow us to do. We were able to take some shots downfield and we were able to get some guys wide open. We wanted to make sure we did the things our personnel allows us to do, which if that’s taking quick drops or getting the ball out quicker, we will. We’ll also continue to take some shots downfield. You have to do that to keep teams honest.”


Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

On preparing for Old Dominion:

“Last week was a totally different offense. They were west coast and fluctuated between two backs and one back and two tight ends.  The game plan, believe it or not, is a totally different game plan. We’ll address those concerns, but probably play something similar to FIU, but the game plans are very different.”


On making substitutions against a no-huddle/up-tempo offense: 

“They make it consistent because they stay in the same personnel, so as far as changing to match their personnel groups, we won’t be doing a lot of that. I think that the team on the field can stay on the field first, second and third down in special situations.”


On how important conditioning will be:

“Every game I think we’ve got to be in condition, not one more than the other. I think this game is going to have more skill position guys on the field so it’ll be a faster game, but I think no matter who you play you’ve got to be in pretty good shape.”


On if they played anybody similar last season: 

“Clemson as well as West Virginia have some spread elements to their offense, probably West Virginia the most. That could give them a barometer of something to look at to see how we would handle their four wides (wide receivers). They like to spread you out three-by-one and two-by-two and attack you.”


On linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil:

“I thought he did a good job. He’s supposed to have butterflies. I have butterflies every game. I thought he did a good job. He came off the ball; he attacked his man on his way to the quarterback. That’s all we can ask. Sometimes when you do your job, it goes unnoticed to a lot of people, but he did a great job and it didn’t go unnoticed by our staff.”


On ODU quarterback Taylor Heinicke:


“I think the main concern is that he can create things when you’ve covered the receivers. If you cover the receiver, that may be the worst thing you can do because then he has the chance to outrun the rush. He seems to be extremely fast. I don’t have a time on him, but he seems to be pretty quick and fast. He gets on the edges, ducks in, gets out and can throw both left and right. Just him improvising, that’s my biggest concern.”


On who quarterback Taylor Heinicke compares to:

“In the NFL, you’d think about some of the guys I played against that ran the ball like Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb, those guys chose to throw the ball first. They weren’t trying to run. I think he can throw as well as run and you never know what he’s going to do until he goes out and does it.”


On linebacker Marcus Whitfield:


“I think especially this fall, everything’s important to him. When I say everything, just being a good teammate, being a good father, being a good person, being a good football player; it’s important to him. When I first got here, I think he wanted to be a good person, but everything about how he went about his business wasn’t as important to him as it is now.”


On defensive back William Likely:


“There’s one good thing about him; what you see at practice is predominately what you get on the football field. That’s when we knew we had somebody special.  I think he’s doing a great job. He learns quickly, he applies a lot of the things that you tell him throughout the game.  I think we’re all excited to watch him play and grow and he’s young, so we’re going to see him for quite a while.”


On defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson:


“I think he matured as a person. Once you mature as a person, you know how to study and settle down and ask the right questions. Plus, having the same position coach and being in the same defense, it’s just more comfortable for those guys, especially for him. That’s allowed him to mature as a football player in this defense.”


On defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson’s performance on Saturday:

“I thought he did well. Again, everybody would like to have a whole bunch of stats, and I think the main stat we all want is the win. He played well enough for us to win.”


On having linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil to spell linebacker Marcus Whitfield:

“I think that is one of the best position battles there is. I think when you can put somebody in who’s going to be as productive as the starter then that’s where you want to be as far as all across the board. I’m pretty excited. As a defensive staff, we’re excited just to see that battle keep going down the road.”


On the emphasis on getting pressure on quarterback Taylor Heinicke:


“We don’t want anybody to run on us, whether it’s Heinicke or anybody. Keeping containment as well as rush lanes is one of the things that I harp on. That’s an ongoing deal. This guy makes it special because he’s a special quarterback, but we always pay attention to that and we’re going to make sure that we are contained”


On defensive back Isaac Goins:


“He was consistent. The way Coach Edsall has us practice. It’s hard for a guy to hide. If he knows what he’s doing, he’s going to get an opportunity to play and if he doesn’t know what he’s doing, he won’t get opportunities. He went out there, knew what he was doing, and understands his role. He did a great job out there.”

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Maryland QB Brown prepared for “big test” against ODU

Posted on 03 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Quarterback C.J. Brown

On the parity of FCS and FBS games during opening weekend:

“Every game you need to go into it like anybody can win. You need to go play your heart out every play and every game. We are not going to take this game lightly. They are a great team and they had an excellent season last year. They played well last week against a good ECU (East Carolina) team so they are going to come in here and try to knock us off their list and we are not taking it lightly. We are going out every day and preparing at practice.”

Thoughts on starting the season on a high note:

“Especially to come out in the first game after everything we’ve been through and just go out and execute. That was the biggest thing. We had a great offseason through the winter and the summer and even fall camp and to get the results we got as a team was really exciting.”

Thoughts on his performance against FIU:

“I was pleased with my performance. There were some reads that I need to make better. We had a couple miscommunications and just awareness of the clock and things like that. But it’s one game. We went out and played well and did what we had to do to win. We have a big test coming up this week.”

Tight End Dave Stinebaugh

On quarterback C.J. Brown’s performance against FIU:

“He definitely puts in the work off the field. I’m not surprised to see him come out and play the way he did. I’m just excited that he came out after such a dramatic way to end his season last year and put on a show.  He looked good.”

On Old Dominion:

“They are a tough team. We watched some game film. They work hard and they run hard so it’s going to be a tough challenge. We are looking forward to it.”

On the offensive plan for ODU:

“Same thing we did this past weekend. We need to compete and we need to finish. It wasn’t a perfect game last weekend and we need to build off of that, fine tune some things and I think we should be alright. All we can do is control what we can control. We are going to run the ball, throw the ball and show some balance and try to be efficient in what we do.”

Linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil

On Old Dominion’s offense:

“Their offense is going to try to spread us out. They have a great quarterback, great o-line, great receivers, so we’re just going to have to bring our A-game. Everybody’s going to have to stay busy. We’re just going to have to play pass defense. That’s basically rely on what we do best and that’s rushing the passer, getting pressure on their quarterback and forcing them to make tough decisions.”

On the team getting confidence after Saturday’s win:

“It was definitely important. Confidence is a big thing when it comes to football. I feel like us winning this first game and having a lot of freshmen play, that boosts their confidence too. When they come in the game, their confidence is up, so they can get the job done too.”

On how he feels the defense played Saturday:

“We were very proud. We did our jobs. The only points they had, we gave up as a defense. We’re going to correct that in film. Typical first game stuff and we have to correct stuff like that. Very proud of our defense and how we played. I think we played lights out and we have the capability to do the same thing against Old Dominion.”

Wide Receiver Nigel King

On blocking more than receiving this past weekend:

“I know the time will come. We have possibly [13] more games. It’s just the first game and that’s the least of my worries right now. I just tried to focus on my blocking. That’s one of my biggest things I want to work on. I was just happy Deon [Long] and Stefon [Diggs] could do what they do and live up to all the hype they were coming in to coming into the season. It was fine with me as long as we won.”

On getting the first game under their belts:

“I feel like we worked really hard throughout this camp. It was good to get out there against someone different. We were just going against our guys for the spring, the summer and then fall camp. Now we actually know what potential we have.”

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Edsall says Terps prepared for Old Dominion to move ball via air

Posted on 03 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall


Opening Statement:

“We’ve got Old Dominion coming in this week and have a tremendous challenge ahead of us. Their quarterback is an outstanding quarterback – the Walter Payton Award winner from a year ago.  He’s very, very good. He threw for 5,000 yards and 44 touchdowns a year ago. He’s very impressive. They return four of five starters on the offensive line. Three of four receivers return so our defense is going to have a tremendous challenge ahead of them. Defensively, they are a team that is very aggressive and very athletic and they are going to put pressure on you and make you earn your way down the field. We need to have a great week of preparation and we have plenty of things to work on and get better.”


On if the team gets extra motivation from the number of upsets last weekend:

“I know our players. They’ve watched scores, and they’ve seen the things that have happened. You know, we tell them all the time that it’s all up to us. I mean we’re good enough to beat anybody on our schedule, but if we’re not doing the things we’re supposed to, and preparing properly, then anybody on our schedule can beat us. Some great examples are this weekend. There might have been four or five teams, FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) teams, which have beaten the FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision). Old Dominion is a team that’s transitioning to FBS and Conference USA, and is playing four FBS teams or five – Idaho, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, ECU, and ourselves. But all you have to do is just put them on film, and watch them play, and our guys have had respect for them, as they’ve watched them already on tape. We have tremendous amount of respect for them, and we got to get a lot better at things in order to try and improve. And that’s our goal, to improve from week one to week two.”


On defensive preparation heading into Saturday:

“Well, I think the biggest thing is when you take a look at ODU, they throw the ball. They throw the ball around, all over the place. It spreads out. Its four wides (wide receivers) and they work to try to get the receivers in space and get them the ball. And the quarterback is very athletic. He is very elusive. He can extend plays. You know what we got to be able to do, is we got to put together the game plan, and execute the game plan. And if we do that then you know we’ll give ourselves the opportunity. Again for us we just have to continue to get better. There are a lot of things that we did well, this past Saturday, but there are a lot of things that we can get better at. And again our whole objective is that we got one game down, we got one to go. And now what we’ve got to do is put everything together into this game, prepare, go out, and play the way we’re capable of playing.”


On quarterback C.J. Brown:

“I thought C.J. just handled himself really, really well. But you know, he executed the offense, and made the throws that we needed to have made. And again, there are things that he’ll get better at in terms of the read-zone and in terms of those looks because again sometimes people can get a little bit different look in terms of how they play, how we might’ve practiced it, and what we thought they were going to do based information that’s just from film. But you know we didn’t have any film of them actually doing it because of their staff and everything else, but I thought his poise was good. I thought his accuracy was outstanding. I thought that he didn’t hesitate. He just went out there and just played. I thought that was pretty impressive. But like I said, I just really liked how he handled himself and how he just went out there and played with the confidence that you want your leader to play with.”


On grading the defensive backs from Saturday:

“They played well overall. I thought Isaac [Goins] got himself into a little bit of trouble just because of some technique issues on that one long pass, but again we were able to show him on film and I told him when he came off the field what I thought he did wrong, and that’s what happened on the film. But that’s something he’ll correct and he’ll do better.  But I was pleased with how they played. I thought the safeties did a good job when Sean [Davis] had to go out because of some cramps. A.J. [Hendy] came in and did a good job. I thought Will [Likely] went in and was very active, and tackled well. So again, overall I thought they did a good job. They’re going to be tested more this week than what they did last week.”


On wide receiver Deon Long’s play:

“I wouldn’t say he exceeded my expectations. I thought that watching him on film from Iowa Western and then watching him this spring, you could see that he was a very talented wide receiver. Watching him go out on Saturday and then watching the film, no that didn’t surprise me. That’s kind of what we expect out of him. Again, we think that he can be even better than what he was on Saturday.”



On linebacker Marcus Whitfield:

“I was very pleased for Marcus because Marcus was, when I first got here, he was kind of a little shy guy, didn’t talk a whole a lot. But now you just see this kid that’s emerging into a young man and has developed a lot more confidence in himself and he handles himself with a lot more confidence. I’m just very, very pleased with how he’s developed and how he’s come a long. Again, these are things that we expected out of Marcus, and I think the other thing that’s helped Marcus is he’s being pushed by Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil. One of the things we can do is rotate those guys a little bit to keep them fresh. Marcus is a guy that we like and we know that he can make plays and that’s what he did. He went out and made some plays on Saturday within the confines of his responsibilities that he has.”

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Terps come out of opener with no new injuries

Posted on 02 September 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Old Dominion





DB Milan Collins Ankle Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney Knee Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker Knee Out for the season

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Towson tried to snap losing skid Wednesday at Old Dominion

Posted on 29 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Tigers Seeking Ninth Road Win of the Season

 – The Towson men’s basketball team will look to get back on track after three straight losses as the Tigers take on Old Dominion at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The game can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

After winning six of seven games, Towson (10-12, 5-4 CAA) has dropped three straight, including a 63-56 loss at William & Mary on Saturday.

Despite the recent slide, Towson is still 3-1 in road CAA games this year and will be attempting to win its ninth game away from home on Saturday, its most since the 1995-96 season.

The Tigers are one of only two teams to rank in the Top 5 in the CAA in both scoring offense (65.9 ppg) and scoring defense (65.6 ppg).

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon ranks first nationally in double-doubles (14) and third in rebounding (11.5 rpg). Benimon, along with juniors Marcus Damas and Mike Burwell and freshman Jerome Hairston are all averaging double figures since the start of CAA play.

Old Dominion, which has won two of the last three CAA Tournaments, is struggling this season. The Monarchs enter Saturday’s game with a 2-17 overall mark and are winless in seven conference games.

ODU, which is just 1-10 at home this season, is led by senior DeShawn Painter. The center leads the Monarchs in both scoring (11.2 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg).

Towson and Old Dominion are the two best rebounding teams in the conference. The Tigers rank first in both rebounding offense (39.2 rpg) and rebounding margin (+4.9), while the Monarchs are second in both rebounding offense (37.5 rpg) and rebounding margin (+4.3).

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