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Friedgen Has Cal, E. Michigan Games Circled

Ralph Friedgen says he has circled the dates of the Sept. 13 California game and the Sept. 20 Eastern Michigan game on his calendar. These games are not more important than the first two games to start the season --- vs. Delaware on Saturday and at Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 6.

Friedgen has the dates circled because they mark the expected return of nose tackle Travis Ivey, who broke his foot earlier in camp. Maryland is thin on the defensive line, and here is Friedgen’s take:

“The loss of Ivey didn’t help us inside. I think A.J. Francis will play for us. [Dion] Armstrong has his good days and bad days. When he is good, he is very good. I think he has to mature a little. Some days he is like a mule, don’t want to do anything. But when he wants to do something, he is pretty good. Bemi [Otulaja] is a tough kid. Those three kids I am hoping to hold up inside. Mack [Frost] is playing well, and Jeremy [Navarre] is a force right now. We are struggling to block the son of a gun. Dean Muhtadi is back, so that helps there. I am hoping we get Ivey back by California or Eastern Michigan. When they tell me four weeks, I circle it on my calendar. What they usually mean is that he is out of his walking cast. Now we got to get him in shape, and usually that takes a little longer.”

We also know that safety Drew Robinson (dislocated shoulder) will be about for about a month. Robinson is expected to play on special teams units, as well. But Ralph is already in mid-season form because he nearly bit the head off of Patrick Stevens, of Washington Times fame, when Stevens asked about injuries the other day.

Expect some coaches to be tight-lipped and refer to the ACC’s new injury report guidelines. This is only a minimum standard; coaches can talk about injuries as much as they want, but schools each Monday during the season will announce any players out for the season or who are scheduled to have surgery.

No other announcements regarding player injuries will be made until the end of practice on Thursday. At that time, the status of injured players will be announced and described as “definitely will play; probable; questionable; doubtful or out.”

What do you think of the policy?

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 25, 2008; 10:34 AM ET
Categories:  Football  | Tags: A.J. Francis, ACC, Bemi Otulaja, Cal, California, Dean Muhtadi, Dion Armstrong, Drew Robinson, Eastern Michigan, Jeremy Navarre, Mack Frost, Patrick Stevens, Ralph Friedgen, Travis Ivey, defensive line, injuries  
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Posted by: BaddestMostTalented | August 25, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Holycrapholycrapholycrap Terrapins Insider! Man, you have no idea how hard it is to follow the Terps out here. I look forward to your work here, Mr. Prisbell.

As to Steffy, I recall feeling equal trepidation at Friedgen's early instistence upon Scott McBrien. That turned out rather well, I'd say.

Posted by: John in Mpls | August 25, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Thursday seems kinda late, doesn't it? But if it applies to everyone, would it really be all that unfair?

Regarding the qb situation, I love Turner as much as the next guy. But I hardly think that a 4-5 record (including the Rutgers game) qualifies a guy as a "proven winner." it's a new system this year. If Ralph thinks Steffy's the guy, let's trust him. It's pretty hard to debate the Fridge's historical record of succeeding with qbs others thought wouldn't be so great.

Posted by: almost tailgating time! | August 25, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I think the youngsters on the D-Line will do what the pups on the O-Line did last year. They somehow managed to patchwork the O-Line last year despite a significant number of injuries and get some young guys some valuable experience. Hopefully D-Line injuries will not be a major problem.

Posted by: virtueandvice | August 25, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Do any of these teams run the spread??? If so, then yeah Im worried about the depth of our dline because we were not successful at all against spread teams last year.

Posted by: Darren | August 25, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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