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Quotes from Coach Edsall:
“Evan Mulrooney was released from the hospital just now, just came into the facilities. I talked to him for a little bit before I came in here. He looks good, he had a viral infection. I don’t know what it was, but he’ll be out for an extended period of time until the doctors clear him, however long that will be we don’t know, but hopefully first and foremost he gets healthy and then once the time comes he’s able to get out there with us and he’ll be out there but not until he’s cleared 100 percent to be able to do those things.
“Quinton Jefferson is still with his wife as they are finding out exactly the issues she might have. I spoke to Quinton today and he’s in good spirits, but in our program it’s all about their faith first and foremost and then the family, then academics, then football and then the social so our thoughts and prayers are with him and his wife and his family and hopefully everything works out well from that standpoint.
“Looking forward to fan appreciation day on Saturday. Give our fans a chance to come out and watch us scrimmage and then also get a chance to interact with our players afterwards, get some autographs. I know our guys are really looking forward to that, they like spending time with all the people who come to support them and watch them so we’re looking forward to Saturday.
“And then lastly we have a new website MarylandPride.com. It’s a really interesting website, giving people an inside look, supporters, recruits, an inside look to what goes on here. What goes on in the life of a student-athlete, goes behind closed doors, be able to see the camaraderie, the love these guys have for each other and just the demands they have on them as student-athletes and how they manage their time and what they do and they’re very appreciative of all the people who support them so if people get a chance to check that out, there’s going to be things up there new each and every day. A lot of content that we think will be really good for people to get to know more about our student-athletes and our football program.
Following a morning walk through, the Maryland football team held its first full practice of the 2014 season Monday afternoon at the on-campus practice facility.
During the two-hour session in helmets, jerseys and shorts, head coach Randy Edsall and his coaching staff focused primarily on individual and unit drills before moving into team and special teams drills. The Terps will add shoulder pads on Wednesday before moving to full pads on Friday.
Maryland returns nine starters on the offensive and defensive side of the ball and 52 letterwinners from last season. The limited turnover in personnel during the offseason should make preseason preparations a little bit smoother for the squad.
“It’s comforting going into the season having the depth and the experience that we have coming back,” said Edsall. “But in terms of what we want to get done installation wise, that hasn’t changed. We have a couple of guys now who understand and know how to practice and how to do those things. That makes it a little bit easier.” from umterps.com
Maryland football’s November 15 home date against defending Rose Bowl champion Michigan State is set for a 8 p.m. kickoff and will be carried live on the Big Ten Network, the conference announced Tuesday.
For the Terps, it is the first scheduled televised primetime game since Maryland took on Notre Dame at FedEx Field on Nov. 12, 2011, and its first home contest to be featured in primetime since facing Clemson on Oct. 15, 2011.
Maryland will hold its annual Red-White spring football game and Select-A-Seat event on Friday, April 11th. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
Admission to the game and parking are free of charge.
The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Big Ten Network t-shirt and exclusive Pride 2.0 Spring Game Poster. A pre-game fan fest will be held in the west end zone and will include giveaways, inflatables games, face painting and more. Fans are also encouraged to stay for post game autographs and a fireworks show.
Fans who purchase or renew their season tickets at the spring game will be entered to win cool prizes to be raffled off including four (4) tickets to the game vs. Penn State in State College, Pa.
A showing of 35 representatives from 24 NFL teams gathered at the University of Maryland Tuesday afternoon for the football program’s 2014 Senior Pro Day.
Participating for the Terps were offensive lineman De’Onte Arnett, defensive backs Isaac Goins and Dexter McDougle, linebackers Demetrius Hartsfield and Marcus Whitfield, long snapper Greg Parcher and tight ends Ryan Schlothauerand Dave Stinebaugh.
“Our guys are well prepared,” Edsall said. “They’re in good shape, you can see that from their bodies. I know the guys that have had an opportunity to sit down and talk to these clubs; clubs have been very impressed with the kids in terms of their football knowledge, but also the kind of young men that they are and the character with how they conduct themselves.”
McDougle was invited to the NFL Combine in February, but was unable to participate due to his continued recovery from a shoulder injury he suffered in a Sept. 14 game at Connecticut. Pro Day was McDougle’s first opportunity since the injury to showcase his talents.
Edsall is quick to vouch for McDougle, as he has seen him face adversity and push through to the next steps toward his dream.
“The only thing I told him is just go have fun,” Edsall said. “He’s prepared. He’s done all the hard work. He’s put the time and effort into it. Now it’s just a matter of going out here today and just relaxing and enjoying the moment. Enjoying the day.”
As seniors in 2012, Hartsfield and Schlothauer both got the opportunity to return and participate in this year’s Pro Day. Due to an injury, Hartsfield could not participate in the 2013 Pro Day and though Schlothauer did participate, he suffered an injury after and had to put this NFL dreams on hold.
“It’s Maryland football. It’s family,” Edsall said of the opportunity for Hartsfield and Schlothauer to return for Pro Day.
More than a year out from knee surgery, Hartsfield took the opportunity to heart and expects only good to come from the day’s workout.
Friday December 27th in Annapolis at 2:30
A quick look at how the Thundering Herd faired this year:
|vs. Miami (Oh)||Huntington, W.Va.||W, 52-14|
|09/07/13||vs. Gardner-Webb (Hall of Fame Weekend)||Huntington, W.Va.||W, 55-0|
|09/14/13||at Ohio||Athens, Ohio||L, 34-31|
|09/21/13||at Virginia Tech||Blacksburg, Va.||L, 29-21 (3OT)|
|10/05/13||vs. UTSA* (Homecoming Weekend) *||Huntington, W.Va.||W, 34-10|
|10/12/13||at FAU* *||Boca Raton, Fla.||W, 24-23|
|10/24/13||at Middle Tennessee* *||Murfreesboro, Tenn.||L, 51-49|
|11/02/13||vs. Southern Miss* *||Huntington, W.Va.||W, 61-13|
|11/09/13||vs. UAB* *||Huntington, W.Va.||W, 56-14|
|11/14/13||at Tulsa* *||Tulsa, Okla.||W, 45-34|
|11/23/13||at FIU* *||Miami, Fla.||W, 48-10|
|11/29/13||vs. East Carolina* *||Huntington, W.Va.||W, 59-28|
|12/07/13||at Rice||Houston, Texas||L, 41-24|
I first starting following MD when Dick Shiner was qb and Tommy Brown and Gary Collins were on the team.. Watching the Tom Nugent Show on tv.
Maryland freshman defensive back William Likely has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Rookie of the Week, the league announced on Monday.
The native of Belle Glade, Fla., scored his first career touchdown on Saturday in Maryland’s 27-24 overtime win against Virginia Tech with a 63-yard punt return midway through the second quarter. Likely finished with 106 punt return yards, the fourth-highest total in an ACC game this season.
It was Maryland’s first punt return for a touchdown since Tony Logan returned a punt 84 yards against Duke on Oct. 2, 2010, and marked the Terps’ first special teams touchdown since Stefon Diggs returned a kickoff 99 yards at North Carolina last season (Nov. 24).
Likely is averaging 13.8 yards per punt return, which ranks fourth in the conference and 12th nationally. It is currently the fifth-highest single-season average in school history and would break Maryland’s freshman record held by Orlando Strozier (10.46 ypr, 1993).
1. Inconsistency at Quarterback - Drew Allen started the season, but Terrel Hunt is now the guy after Allen struggled out of the gate. Hunt was superb against Wagner and Tulane, but they are Wagner and Tulane. In the ACC, he has yet to throw a touchdown pass and has six interceptions. He was better last week against Wake Forest, as he did not throw an INT for the first time in conference play. But he still missed wide open players down the field on a few occasions.
2. Playmakers - Syracuse has been searching for an offensive playmaker that they could rely on. Saturday, one may have emerged in true freshman Brisly Estime. He caught nine passes, many on quick passes in the flat, and scored a touchdown. He’s really, really fast and shows good quickness on his cuts. Other than that, the Orange are limited in the playmaker department.
3. Run Game - The clear strength of the Orange offensively is the run game. Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley make a nice one-two punch. The problem has been teams stacking the box, as Wake Forest did with 8 or 9 guys over and over last week. That limits the running lanes, but it is still the best option for Syracuse offensively.
4. Offensive Line Coming Together - Over the last few weeks, the offensive line has been getting better. After early season struggled, they have been giving Hunt time and been solid on the ground attack. Sean Hickey is the best of the bunch and has the look of an NFL player.
5. Strong Defensive Front - The Syracuse front seven, except for the Georgia Tech game, has been solid all season. They have been better than expected at pressuring the quarterback, though they are not dominant by any stretch. The linebackers move all over the formation and blitz from a variety of spots. They were outstanding against Wake Forest as Tanner Price was running for his life all game long. True freshman Isaiah Johnson has the most upside, while Ron Thompson has been coming on strong lately. Defensive tackle Jay Bromley is playing at an All-ACC level.
6. Struggling Secondary - The defensive backfield was supposed to be the strength of the defense coming into the season, but has not lived up to expectations. They have allowed opponents to get open down the field, and struggled with communication at times. Brandon Reddish and Julian Whigham are the best cover corners, while the Orange rotate several guys in at free safety. Durrel Eskridge is the guy at strong safety, and is solid against the run.
7. Aggressive Defensive Style - Defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough has been aggressive all season long. He blitzes a lot, using all of his linebackers, corners and safeties at different times. That should not change this week. The Orange are able to keep guys fresh as they rotate their front seven players quite frequently.
8. Issues at Kicker - Syracuse had an off the field issue that resulted in kicker Ryan Norton missing last week’s game. With him returning this week, the position is still lacking consistency. Ross Krautman was supposed to be the guy, but is out for the season with an injury. Norton has been very hit or miss all season since taking over. He has a decent leg, but even extra points are a bit worrisome for the Orange.
9. Weapon at Punter - Punter isn’t a sexy position, but it has been one of strength for Syracuse in recent weeks. Since Riley Dixon took over for Jonathan Fisher, Syracuse has been strong at that spot. Dixon has a strong leg and gets good hang time that helps the Orange flip field position.
10. Lack of Dynamics in the Return Game - The return game has been an area of major weakness for Syracuse this season. Ritchy Desir is OK as a punt returner, as he does not make mistakes. But he is not a threat for a big return. Head coach Scott Shafer likes to use backup running backs as kick returners, and Devante McFarlane as well as Prince-Tyson Gulley are the guys back there. George Morris normally starts in place of Gulley, but has been hurt in recent weeks. Regardless, Syracuse fails to get to the 20 more often than not. Interestingly, they have dynamic athletes in Brisly Estime and Darius Kelly who have experience returning kicks before they arrived at Syracuse, but Shafer has not shown the willingness to use them except in garbage time.
“This was a difficult decision, but after spending a lot of time thinking about my future and talking with my family, I have realized that my heart is not in the game of football or going to college at this time. I did not think it was fair to my teammates to be out there playing when I didn’t share their passion for the game. I appreciate all of the support from Coach Edsall and the rest of the Maryland football coaches and support staff. I will be rooting for them in the future.”
According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, Madaras’s decision was unrelated to disciplinary measures. This summer, the sophomore received a two-week suspension for violating the school’s student-athlete code of conduct, in which only one violation justifies a suspension of that length: a second failed drug test.
“It helped me sit back and think about where I was at, what I was doing with myself, and it gave me a good perspective of what I want to do,” Madaras said after returning from his suspension. “That two-week suspension, wasn’t happy when it was happening, but looking back on it, I really do think that was a good thing. It put a perspective on things. … I really think this put me back on track.”
Madaras became Maryland’s starting left tackle during the fifth game of his freshman season in 2012 — he was only 17 at the time — and started every game this season protecting the quarterbacks’ blind side. from the Washingtonpost.com
“I met with Mike and he expressed his desire to no longer be a student-athlete at the University of Maryland. We wish him the best and are here to support him any way we can in the future.”
on playing at home
We’ve played better at home. I think you’re always more comfortable at home and we’ve had great support here. you’re in your own locker room and have had great surroundings
on what defense has to do against clemson offense
They’re very talented. Boyd, Watkins, Humphries, McDowell, up front,they present a big time challenge for you. they have a number of playmakers that can hurt you.
on QB situation
it’ll be either caleb or cj in there. we’ll make a decision based on the health of our quarterback. concussion isn’t the issue, but there’s some things we have to look at to not put guys in danger from a health standpoint…
on boyd comparison to winston
Tajh is right there at the top as well. they’re very similar. they’re big, they’re strong, tajh probably runs the ball more.they’re very comparable.
Boyd is a very good QB and a great leader. he gets the ball to his playmakers, doesn’t make a lot of mistakes and we have tremendous respect for him
on Abner Logan
I thought abner for his first game starting did a good job. as he gets more reps i think he’s going to be a very good LB for us. it’s just him gaining experience. he wasn’t perfect but he did good things there and he got better as the game went on.
levern jacbos and amba etta have to step up. then we have nigel and malcolm at the otehr spot. levern has made some big catches and it’s time for them to take advantage of their opportunity. i think they’re up for the challenge
on WRs going down
I’ve experienced a lot in the last couple years, but not like that in terms of injuries. both of them [Diggs, Long] are good guys and to see that happen, one after the other, it’s tough. but they’ll rehab and be better when they come back. but now levern and the others will have to step up…hopefully they’ll do that for us.