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Questions for Ralph?

Okay, first big Tuesday for the Terrapins. This is typically the longest day for reporters because there is the most access, which is always a good thing. The day will begin with a roughly 30-minute press conference with Ralph Friedgen at 1 p.m. in the Gossett Football Team House.

Five beat writers from various local newspapers and Web sites have been around Ralph all summer. Many of the other reporters that show today haven’t, so expect a rehash of a lot of the issues we have heard about for weeks, particularly the quarterback situation.

A handful of players that Maryland selects are brought out around 1:30 to speak with reporters at tables. Today, those players include: DB Kevin Barnes, LB Chase Bullock, DT Jeremy Navarre, FB Cory Jackson and OL Dane Randolph.

Around 2 p.m., I’ll phone in a quick update to be added to Terrapins Insider. I’ll be back on campus around 4 p.m. to catch the first five periods of practice and post a more extensive update on Insider.

Reporters will meet again with Ralph, this time in his office, after practice. We will also have an opportunity to interview any players who were not at the Tuesday luncheon.

If anyone has any questions they would like me to ask Friedgen, please post them here in the comments section, or as Friedgen says, “Fire away!”

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 26, 2008; 9:33 AM ET
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Ralph what will you do to stop the flow of talent leaving MD for schools like PennSt and UVA?

Posted by: Mike in Potomac | August 26, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Ralph, are you worried about the lack of depth on the defensive line and them getting worn down at the end of games?

Posted by: Steve | August 26, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

My question for RF is...

How do you respond to those critics who say you experienced most of your success with Ron Vanderlinden's players but your track record with your own recruits has not measured up to that past success?

Posted by: Charles | August 26, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Frankly, I think a lot of beat reporters are scared to ask RF this question because this query would most certainly incense the corpulent coach.

It's a very valid question that until today remains unanswered.

Posted by: Charles | August 26, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Two items 1, ditto on the DL question above. That is an are of glaring concern. And are there plans to emphasize this area for the duration of recruiting this year. 2) Update on Bethur Johnson. I would hate to see this kid slip through the cracks. I have read a lot about him and hope like hell he can get in shape.

Posted by: Dave | August 26, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Gee, Charles, if Vanderlinden could have beaten UVA in either 1999 or 2000, or even UNC in 2000, he might still be the coach of the Terps. As it is, he's doing a fine job as linebacker coach for PSU. I thought RV was a great hire at the time, but it didn't work out. There's a reason guys like him get the nod ahead of guys like Friedgen, and that is because he looks better. In terms of resume, you could just as easily argue that he should have been hired initially to replace Duffner instead of RV. Who's to say that Fridge couldn't have done more than RV did in the same circumstances?

Posted by: Jack | August 26, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I also believe questions regarding Friedgen's intransigence in sticking with the wrong quarterback will continue to dog him.

He's putting his faith in Steffy, who no one really believes is a viable Division I quarterback.

These types of decisions often define a coach's legacy.

Posted by: Charles | August 26, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Ask Coach if he will take over play calling if we fall behind during the season?

Who will see more carries between Morgan Green and D. Scott?

When do we expect another "BLACKOUT"?

Posted by: Darren | August 26, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Where do you see Maryland football in five years - is the goal to achieve elite status in the ACC again? If so, what obstacles stand in our way? What does the coaching staff and athletic department need to do differently to make that goal happen? If the goal is not to return to elite status in the ACC, why not?

Posted by: Lindemann | August 26, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

We'll see several D1 schools play D1AA (or super-sub division championship bracket subset...whatever they're calling it now...I'm calling it 1AA) this weekend. Georgia will obliterate Georgia Southern, LSU will likely blow up on App St.

Delaware is a team that Maryland should beat handily (especially now that Flacco is in Baltimore). How do you measure success in a game like that. It's more than just a W. What kind of things do you expect from the team? Can you be satisfied with a win of less than 21 points?

Posted by: Dan | August 26, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I think Delaware will surprise a lot of Terps fans even without Flacco.

Obviously they cannot compete with the Terps up front, but they manage to beat Navy almost every time they play.

I'm not predicting an upset but this is not going to be a 45-7 game.

Posted by: Charles | August 26, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Steffy should not be starting!!! period...He has been given way to many chances!!! His job should be to hold a clipboard and signal the plays in...Hopefully we lose to Delaware and the coaches realize their decision was horrible and start Turner the rest or the way. GO TERPS

Posted by: DW | August 26, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Who was the biggest suprise to him in camp this year?

Also, who is his short yardage/goal line back? Seems like Scott and Meggett are pretty small for that.

Who does he see contending for the ACC title this year(beside UMD)?

Posted by: V | August 26, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Delaware has immensely upgraded its pool of talent in the past 5 years. The Delaware roster contains several transfers from the likes of Pitt, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.

I'm looking forward to a competitive game this Saturday. This team is superior to the Villanova team the Terps opened up with last year.

Posted by: Charles | August 26, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Jordan Steffy has had trouble getting rid of the ball under duress and throwing the ball deep. Why does the staff believe that he will be able to overcome these weaknesses this year when he hasn't been live since November?

Posted by: Brian | August 26, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm too p0'd that Comcrast doesn't carry espnU, to ask a question.

Posted by: Berry | August 26, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Friedgen has always known that Steffy has the heart and the arm. Why else would he tell the guy to start the season with a solid win ?

Posted by: van | August 29, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

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