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Terps Sparty in Prime Time

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.

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Friday Night Lights–Spring Football Game at Byrd Tonight at 7PM

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. 



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Pro Day at College Park–24 NFL Teams Post

 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.

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Terps Staying Home as They are Selected for the Military Bowl vs Marsh...

Friday December 27th in Annapolis at 2:30

A quick look at how the Thundering Herd faired this year:

vs. Miami (Oh) TV 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 TV Athens, Ohio L, 34-31
09/21/13 at Virginia Tech TV Blacksburg, Va. L, 29-21 (3OT)
10/05/13 vs. UTSA* (Homecoming Weekend) * TV Huntington, W.Va. W, 34-10
10/12/13 at FAU* * TV Boca Raton, Fla. W, 24-23
10/24/13 at Middle Tennessee* * TV Murfreesboro, Tenn. L, 51-49
11/02/13 vs. Southern Miss* * TV Huntington, W.Va. W, 61-13
11/09/13 vs. UAB* * TV Huntington, W.Va. W, 56-14
11/14/13 at Tulsa* * TV Tulsa, Okla. W, 45-34
11/23/13 at FIU* * TV Miami, Fla. W, 48-10
11/29/13 vs. East Carolina* * TV Huntington, W.Va. W, 59-28
12/07/13 at Rice Houston, Texas L, 41-24
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61 Years in the ACC —Freddy from Boca Blogs About the Highs

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.

Bernardo Bramson-the human scoreboard.  Every time he scored a point they would change his jersey number to match his total points for the year
Beating Penn State. I do remember.
Jerry Fishman taking on the Midshipmen. Almost wants you to root for Army.
Watching Steve Mike-Myer kick a kickoff 10 yds past the end line and Phil Waggonheim punt a ball over 40 yds. When I first came to MD. Roy Lester was the coach and the kickoffs went about 30 yds and the punts maybe 25 yds.
Watching Jerry Claiborne take a dead program to a very good program culminating with a Number One ranking with Mark Manges at qb.
Watching Randy White tackle everybody whether it was on the football field, on the mall, in class…He just tackled everyone everywhere.
Being at the MD-Alabma game with 54,000 fans. We outplayed Bear’s team but lost. A high even though we lost.
MD beating Miami after trailing 31-0 at the half.
Watching Boomer play qb
Going to the Orange Bowl and seeing nothing but Maryland fans.
The lows are so many I won’t go into them. It would make War and Peace seem like a short read.
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No Brainer—Will Likely Named ACC Rookie of the Week

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).

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Close Look at Syracuse from terrapintimes.com

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.

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Starting LT Mike Madaras Exits From Maryland’s Football Team

Mike Madaras:
“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

Randy Edsall:
“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.”


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Edsall Says On Wednesday
we are looking forward to saturday and it’ll be a tremendous challenge against Clemson.

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.

on WRs

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.


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Terps lose Game, Deon, and Stefon — Wake Forest 24 Maryland 10
Deon Long Writhing in Pain at Wake Forest

Deon Long Writhing in Pain at Wake Forest

What a horrible day for Maryland!! Not so much because the Terps lost an ACC road game in what was their last visit perhaps ever to Wake Forest, but because their 2 playmakers suffered season ending injuries. I just have an empty feeling in the pit of my stomach worrying about the health and recovery of Stefon and Deon.

I am at a loss for words to describe the incredible injury misfortune that has fallen upon my Terps—again. The hope is that being so deep at wide receiver, the Terps have a week to regroup and prepare for a badly beaten and humiliated Clemson squad. The #3 Tigers dropped a 51-14 decision to the vaunted Seminoles after a day of National attention at Clemson.

CJ Brown was totally ineffective Saturday but let’s face it his protection broke down almost from the start. It seemed to me he might have still been suffering from the “Clean, non targeted hit” he received at the hands of FSU’s Jacobbi McDaniel. Caleb Rowe came off the bench and sparked the Terps to a 2 play 80 yard TD drive to pull the Terps within 14 points but Wake answered with a length of the field drive to regain momentum and the rest was history.

Michael Campanaro (from River Hill High in Clarkesville, Md) was sensational reminding everyone of Wes Welker.

Coach Randy Edsall’s Post Game Comments:

Opening statement…

“We didn’t get it done today, as everybody knows. I tried to tell our team that we were going to get their best effort. It was their homecoming, coming off that win (NC State) and plus with our situation in the ACC. But we didn’t come out and match their intensity early on. That’s something that was very disappointing.”

On the status of Deon Long and Stefon Diggs…

“It’s not good. Deon broke his tibia and fibula, both bones in the lower leg. He’s got to go home tonight and probably have surgery later tonight when we get home. Stefon fractured his fibula so there will probably be surgery sometime this week for him.” 

On the reaction to the injuries to Long and Diggs…

“It’s unfortunate. I feel bad for both those guys. We got to make sure we move forward. What has to happen is we have to have guys step up and guys go out there and play with the kind of intensity that you have to play with for 60 minutes. We didn’t get that today. I’ve got to do a better job in making sure they listen to me rather than listen to everyone outside of the program and trying to congratulate them on stuff we haven’t even accomplished yet. That’s something that I tried to work hard on this week and we’ll continue to work on it each and every day through the rest of the season. We’ll get to where we want to go.”

On replacing quarterback C.J. Brown with Caleb Rowe in the second half…

“I just felt that things that I saw, it was the best thing for our team to do to try and move the ball in the second half.”

On the play of Caleb Rowe…

“I thought he did some good things and I thought there were some things that he could of done a little bit better. I thought there were some situations there, again, he had to manage, we have 1st-and-10 on the 15 and we got to understand we don’t need a touchdown on the throw. We got to take what the defense gives us and execute. And that’s just something we have to continue to work on and continue to coach.”



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Looking at Wake Forest
  • Wake Forest will celebrate Homecoming Weekend by hosting Maryland this Saturday at BB&T Field.
  • Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPNU. It can also be heard on the Wake Forest Sports Network and online at WakeForestSports.com.Last time Out
  • Behind big days from seniors Tanner Price and Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest rolled to a 28-13 victory over NC State on Oct. 5.
  • Price finished with a career-high 82 yards rushing and also threw three touchdowns to go along with a rushing touchdown.
  • Campanaro caught 12 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns. He was named ACC Receiver of the Week for his efforts.
  • The defense also bounced-back in a big way from a disappointing performance at Clemson, holding NC State to just one touchdown and almost 100 yards under their season rushing average.
  • After NC State took a 10-7 lead with 39 seconds left in the first half, the Deacons answered with a five-play, 75-yard scoring drive in 33 seconds to steal the momentum for the rest of the game.Wake Forest Storylines
  • Head coach Jim Grobe is on the brink of history as he is just one win shy of tying “Peahead” Walker for the school record of 77 career victories.
  • Senior flanker Michael Campanaro is 11 receptions away from breaking Desmond Clark’s school-record of 216 career receptions. He has caught 10 or more passes in two games this season and is 1st in the ACC in receptions per game (8.8) this season.
  • The Demon Deacons are 8-5 following a bye week under head coach Jim Grobe.
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Maryland UVA Comments from the UVA Site

This is London’s fourth season as head coach at Virginia, where his record is 18-24. The Ball State game drew fewer than 40,000 fans to Scott Stadium, and many UVa supporters are unhappy with the state of the football program.

London overhauled his staff after the 2012 season, hiring new coordinators for offense (Steve Fairchild), defense (Jon Tenuta) and special teams (Larry Lewis). He remains confident those changes will pay dividends for a team that has few seniors in leading roles.

“Obviously we want to win,” London said Monday. “We want to win now. I believe in the coaches. I believe in the players. I believe in the young players that are playing. But there is a process to that, and we want to do everything we can to make sure that we develop and bring these guys along to have a chance to be competitive in games. We want to show improvement from week to week, and that’s my job. That’s what I have to make sure gets done, and that’s the main focal point right now.”

END OF THE LINE? Maryland moves to the Big Ten in 2014, and a football series that started in 1919 will be interrupted, if not ended, after Saturday’s game.

Virginia is 32-43-2 against Maryland. In recent years, however, the `Hoos have enjoyed their visits to Byrd Stadium. UVa won 18-17 there in 2007, 20-9 in ’09 and 31-13 in ’11.

The Terps, meanwhile, won at Scott Stadium at 2010 and ’12. In last year’s game, Maryland’s Stefon Diggs, then a true freshman, stunned Virginia by returning the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.

The Terrapins stretched their lead to 17-0 before the Cavaliers rallied. Virginia had an opportunity to pull even late in the fourth quarter, but quarterback Michael Rocco overthrew tailback Khalek Shepherd on a play that might well have gone for a touchdown. The game ended with Maryland ahead 27-20.


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