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Driving Mr. Prisbell

Well, not actually driving, just transcribing while he drives. Hello, this is Matt Rennie, the (mostly) silent partner in the Post's college sports operation. I'm the editor in the building, so I'll usually leave most (but not all) of the posting here to our reporters on the ground in College Park. But right now, Eric is in the car on his way to an interview and wanted to share some of the details from today's media luncheon with Ralph Friedgen. Nothing too earth-shattering, which might be a relief at this point in the season (when season-ending injuries or suspensions are often revealed), but here are some of the highlights:

Friedgen said he remains really concerned about defensive line depth, particularly because junior Travis Ivey is going to be out another 3-4 weeks with a broken foot. "If we have another injury or two there, we're going to have real problems," Friedgen said.

Friedgen also announced that senior Danny Oquendo will return punts, and redshirt freshman Torrey Smith will return kickoffs. True freshman Kenny Tate is said to competing hard to return kickoffs as well, so one could see both Smith and Tate back there together. That's a lot of speed, if not much experience.

Friedgen said the biggest difference at quarterback between this season and last is that Steffy and Turner have significant game experience entering this season. Friedgen also said to expect the tight end to figure into the offense a little bit more and to see more crossing patterns but added, "We still hope to stretch the field a little bit."

Overall, Friedgen said he felt like the Terps have more speed at running back but is concerned about a lack of size and experience.

Prisbell said he also spent a fair amount of time trying to convince the assembled masses that Flacco-less Delaware was a modern version of the 1970s-era Pittsburgh Steelers. Not sure how many were sold on that vision, except that Prisbell wasn't one of them.

That's all for now. Men's hoops schedules expected to be released soon, so expect Yanda to be chiming in soon with details on that.

By Matthew Rennie  |  August 26, 2008; 2:16 PM ET
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