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Terrapins Insider: September 7, 2008 - September 13, 2008

How Good Are the Terps Now?

Poll time. I like these polls, so I'm going to create these often. poll by twiigs.com...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 13, 2008; 10:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Scott Could Have Returned

I included an update on Da'Rel Scott's injury in my game story, which should be posted now on the Web site. I believe it is. Columnist Mike Wise also wrote a column, so check that out too. And Steve Yanda...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 13, 2008; 10:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Tedford: Maryland More Physical Team

Got home about an hour ago, scarfed down some Chinese food and a protein milkshake (how's that for a mix?). Again, I'll have some interviews on Terrapin Insider over the next 12 hours. The team that Cal Coach Jeff Tedford...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 13, 2008; 10:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Hit

Kevin Barnes says hello to Jahvid Best. Check out the replay a few times or throughout the entire night if you'd like....

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 13, 2008; 9:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ten Things We Learned

1) Jahvid Best is not Reggie Bush. 2) Do not board a cross-country flight that lands 20 hours before you are scheduled to begin any type of athletic event. 3) Do not get in the way of Kevin Barnes if...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 13, 2008; 8:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Eastern Michigan Blasted

I'll have a ton of reaction from players and coaches posted throughout the night or early morning. (I have to watch this super-huge game tonight, you know, the one in Fresno.) Looking ahead a week, Maryland's next opponent, Eastern Michigan,...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 13, 2008; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obi's Long Season

It has already been a long season for Maryland kicker Obi Egekeze. He has missed all five of his field goals this season, including today's 27-yard attempt. Coach Ralph Friedgen, when asked about his kicker, said: "That is a concern...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 13, 2008; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Cal Claims Long Travels Played Little Role in Slow Start

Following a loss that his opponent’s game film never would have predicted, Worrell Williams bent over gingerly to pick up his three bags outside the visiting locker room at Byrd Stadium. The inscription printed on the back of the black...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 13, 2008; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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It's Final

Chris Turner took three kneels, and that was that. Maryland defeats No. 23 Cal 35-27....

By Steve Yanda  |  September 13, 2008; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Cal Strikes Again

Kevin Riley just threw a touchdown pass to Verran Tucker, and Cal went for the extra point. Cal went 80 yards in seven plays in 1:14. Another unsuccessful onside kick attempt for Cal followed. 1:55 4th Quarter Maryland 35, Cal...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 13, 2008; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Obi Misses Another One

Maryland kicker Obi Egekeze missed a 27-yard field goal attempt wide left. Egekeze is 0 for 5 on the season in field goal tries....

By Steve Yanda  |  September 13, 2008; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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What Happened to That Defense?

Cal marched right down the field (66 yards in five plays) in 1:14 and added another touchdown. Kevin Riley threw a touchdown to tight end Tad Smith to bring the Bears back to within 15. Cal tried an on-side kick,...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 13, 2008; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Terps Answer

Two Davin Meggett carries later, Maryland has regained that extra cushion that never hurts to have. Meggett turned the corner and ran for a 38-yard gain on the drive's first play. Then he smashed right up the middle for a...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 13, 2008; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Cal Inches Closer

Kevin Riley found Cameron Morrah in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown strike. Riley completed passes on seven consecutive plays on the drive. Maryland still holds a 15-point lead, but with just less than seven minutes to go, Cal...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 13, 2008; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scott injured

Da'Rel Scott injured his left shoulder and has been taken in for X-rays. His return is questionable. Scott rushed 19 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game....

By Steve Yanda  |  September 13, 2008; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Terps on the Board Again

Da'Rel Scott was taken to the locker room after suffering an injury during the Terps' latest drive. In his place, Davin Meggett stepped in and carried the ball admirably in Scott's absense. With Cal's defense drawn in to keep track...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 13, 2008; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Another Fumble, Another Escape

Da'Rel Scott records Maryland's second fumble of the afternoon, but the Terps defense comes through again. Cal went for it on fourth and five from the Maryland 35, but Kevin Riley was blitzed heavily and rushed for no gain. Turnover...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 13, 2008; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Halftime

David Seawright's 25-yard field goal attempt bounced off the left goal post as time expired in the first half, preserving Maryland's 15-point lead. A quick, and possibly crucial, injury note: With 3:22 left in the half, Kevin Riley threw a...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 13, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A Turnover for Maryland but No Harm Done

After a 32-yard pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey on third down, Chris Turner threw a five-yard toss to Torrey Smith, which would have been great for the Terps, except for Smith fumbled the ball and Cal recovered. No harm done, though,...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 13, 2008; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Some Good, Some Bad for Riley and the Bears

Cal quarterback Kevin Riley looked good early in the Bears' latest drive, throwing a 29-yard strike to LaReylle Cunningham down to the Maryland 19. On the next play, Riley faked a hand-off to Jahvid Best going to the right, then...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 13, 2008; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gronkowski sighting

Tight end Dan Gronkowski had recorded only two receptions heading into today's game. So far, he's pulled in four catches against the Bears, including his first touchdown of the season. It came on the first play of the second quarter...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 13, 2008; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cal on the Board

The Maryland defense snuffed out a Cal screen pass on 3rd and nine from the Terps 10 yard line, leading to a 29-yard field goal by David Seawright. 4:56 1st Quarter Maryland 14, Cal 3...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 13, 2008; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Barnes with an interception

Kevin Barnes intercepted a Kevin Riley pass and returned it to the Cal 14 yard line. Josh Portis enters the game on second down and hands off to Darrius Heyward-Bey on an end around to pick up a first down....

By Steve Yanda  |  September 13, 2008; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Opening Drive

A man in a red cape came out ahead of the Maryland players as they entered the the stadium right before game time. He held a sign that read "ACC #1" on one side and "Smack the Pac" on the...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 13, 2008; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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End Zone Makeover

30 minutes until kickoff. Little traffic drive here this morning. Cal's FG kicker was banging them through from about 50 yards in warm-ups. Chris Turner looked pretty accurate in warm-ups. Here's the deal on the end zone, straight from Maryland's...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 13, 2008; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A True Bellwether Game

Good morning, everyone. Less than five hours until kickoff. This is a true bellwether game for Ralph Friedgen and the Terrapins. Win and Maryland is where most people thought it would be after three games, with a 2-1 record. Win...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 13, 2008; 7:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A West Coast Perspective

For great insight from a California blogger, be sure to check out this site for a strong breakdown of Saturday's game. This is my last post of the night. I'll set the scene for the game early tomorrow morning and...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 12, 2008; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Cal Bears Not So Cuddly

Confidence doesn't seem to be a big problem on this Cal squad. Cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson apparently thinks three interceptions in a game is an attainable goal. Now Thompson has had three in the Bears' first two games combined and Maryland's...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 12, 2008; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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LaMont Jordan Wants Locksley

For those unable to replay the audio comments from former Terp player LaMont Jordan right now (maybe you are at work), here are the quotes from the interview. Jordan was asked about the Maryland football program: “They lost, and they...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 12, 2008; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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LaMont Jordan: Bring Back Locksley

Former Terps, and current New England Patriots, running back LaMont Jordan is well-known for his support of the Maryland women's basketball team. In this interview, Jordan shows considerably less enthusiasm for the current state of the Maryland football program. Go...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 12, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Predictions, Anyone?

Since we have a noon kickoff tomorrow, let's roll out predictions right now. Here's how I see it: We'll see Maryland's best effort. I just don't know if that will be enough. I asked Ralph Friedgen is he feels his...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 12, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Reggie Bush vs. Little Bush

If you have not watched Cal's Jahvid Best, check him out in some of these clips from his high school days out in Richmond, Calif. And then compare him to the legendary clips of Reggie Bush in high school at...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 12, 2008; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Approval Ratings

Okay, the Terps are 1-1 and fans have mixed feelings, to say the least, about Ralph Friedgen, Chris Cosh and James Franklin. Let me know how pleased you are with the job each has done since each was named to...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 12, 2008; 7:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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The Price Tag For Delaware

My colleague Steve Yanda has an interesting story in today's print edition about non-conference scheduling, particularly concerning scheduling opponents across the country. There are a handful of games early in the season that match teams from both sides of the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 12, 2008; 6:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Some Lineup Tweaks

Ralph Friedgen announced some tweaks in the lineup for the Cal game, especially on the struggling offensive line. Left tackle Scott Burley could see action at both tackle positions, and Bruce Campbell, listed as backup at left tackle, will take...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 12, 2008; 3:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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We're Men, We Won 40

I don't laugh out loud often when I read pre-game notes, but a good job by Cal's sports information department referencing the Mike Gundy tirade and famous line "I'm a man! I'm 40!" That's the headline of a note about...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 12, 2008; 12:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland's Injury Report

And here we have Maryland's official injury report for the Cal game: Out for Season: Kevin Dorsey (foot) Out: Tyler Bowen (leg) Joe Faiella (leg) Travis Ivey (leg) Drew Robinson (shoulder) Carl Russell (leg) Terrell Skinner (leg) Jordan Steffy (hand)...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 12, 2008; 12:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Frost Bothered by Ankle

Maryland's injury report has not been released yet, but Coach Ralph Friedgen said tonight that defensive end Mack Frost has been "bothered" by an ankle injury and his status is in question for Saturday. Dean Muhtadi could get the call...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 11, 2008; 10:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Why Best Went to Cal

Wanted to touch a little more on ‘Jahvid the Jet,’ ‘Little Bush,’ or the ‘Next Reggie,’ whatever you’d like to call Cal running back dynamo Jahvid Best, because there was some more info that I couldn’t get into today’s newspaper...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 11, 2008; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Barnes: I am Still Embarrassed

I had a good conversation with cornerback Kevin Barnes on Wednesday about a variety of issues. Barnes said he is still very embarrassed by the Middle Tennessee loss, and that he had a bad feeling early in the game: “I...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 11, 2008; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Turner: We're Consistently Inconsistent

An interesting exchange occurred at the start of the meeting Wednesday night between Ralph Friedgen and a handful of reporters. One reporter hit a sensitive spot with Friedgen when he asked about the need to find consistency. Reporter: “You have...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 11, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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For Obi, a Matter of Inches

In football, if you have a rough day kicking field goals, there is no opportunity to redeem yourself for at least another week, so the impact of one swing of the leg can reverberate for some time. Maryland’s Obi Egekeze...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 11, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Friedgen Eyes Clemson Game for Ivey

Coach Ralph Friedgen remains hopeful that nose tackle Travis Ivey (broken foot) can return for the Sept. 27 game at Clemson. But in order for Ivey to have a realistic chance to play in that game, Friedgen said he would...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 11, 2008; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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EagleBank Bowl Poll

Quick poll on yesterday's news about the EagleBank Bowl, D.C.'s first bowl game (isn't college football really all about polls -- and corporate sponsorships): So here's what we want to know (just figured out how to make these fancy high-tech...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 11, 2008; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Navarre: Loss was a 'Double Punch'

Jeremy Navarre offered some insight about the flight home from Tennessee after Saturday’s game. Maryland did not get home until 3:30 in the morning. The flight was quiet, as players stewed over the loss. Here are some quotes from Navarre...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 11, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Game's OTHER Backs

Eric's story on Jahvid Best in today's paper shines some light on one of the country's most dynamic players, one who wasn't all that well-known (at least in this part of the country) entering the season. But one of the...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 11, 2008; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Williams: I Did a Bad Job Leading

Perhaps the biggest disappointment Saturday was the play of Maryland’s veteran offensive line, projected to be one of the best in the ACC. Maryland linemen outweighed MTSU’s defensive linemen by an average of 58 pounds, but MTSU’s quick defensive linemen...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 11, 2008; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Vote Turner

Chris Turner said tonight that he is seriously considering running for office someday down the road. He was serious about it. "Do I have your vote?" Turner asked me. After Week One, he clearly had the support of the fans....

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 10, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A Chat with 'Little Reggie Bush'

I talked with Jahvid Best about an hour ago. He has been called Little Reggie Bush by teammates. This was a teleconference with a good number of reporters, so I only got to ask a handful of questions, including those...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 10, 2008; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Questions for Cosh

This is to address Paco's question because he rightfully asked why I did not ask why the defensive backs played off the MTSU's receivers and why they gave them so much room. Unfortunately, I only got to ask Cosh two...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 10, 2008; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Friedgen: Cal Does What We Do, Only Better

After the game Saturday, Ralph Friedgen was neither angry nor emotional. He was embarrassed. At Tuesday’s press conference, he still seemed a little shaken from the loss, to be honest. Lou Holtz used to pump every opponent up like it...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 10, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Cal QB Knows How Chris Turner Feels

I talked to Cal QB Kevin Riley for a while on the phone the other day. Riley knows what it is like to kind of be in Chris Turner’s shoes, meaning he knows what it is like to be the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 10, 2008; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Ralph: We Need More than 14 Points

I just listened to the ACC teleconference with Ralph Friedgen. He was pressed by one reporter on how his team can possibly beat Cal after losing to a Sun Belt team. Ralph said the Terps need to score more than...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 10, 2008; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Franklin on Final Drive of First Half

Let’s take one last look at the final Maryland drive of the first half against Middle Tennessee State, through the eyes of offensive coordinator James Franklin. It looked like Maryland wasted some valuable time in the final minute of the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 10, 2008; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Cal Players Speak

Here are some quotes from Cal's players from their news conferences. I talked to QB Kevin Riley on the phone myself and will put some of that interview up soon: LB Zack Follett [On 3-4 defense] I think we really...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 10, 2008; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Tedford not surprised by Best

Here are some quotes from Cal Coach Jeff Tedford from his news conference in Berkeley: On how complete the WSU win was: It was [complete] but we still made a lot of mistakes. That was the major emphasis as we...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 10, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Cosh: We Need to Get More Pressure

I got a chance to talk with defensive coordinator Chris Cosh on Tuesday night. Here is some of what he said regarding a variety of issues: (Do you want to see more blitzing?) Two of the touchdowns were on blitzes,...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 10, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Perez on Best: He is Electric

Free safety Terrell Skinner had played well in two games, but a high ankle sprain will keep him out at least two weeks. Taking his spot will be sophomore Antwine Perez, the transfer from Southern California. I got a chance...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 10, 2008; 6:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Franklin to Turner: Take Ownership of Team

I am still on Maryland's campus (almost 12 hours now) and will be here until late into the night. Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin walked into the Terps interview room tonight fired up, almost as if he were ready to...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 9, 2008; 8:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Cal will Adjust to Time Difference in Cali

Cal Coach Jeff Tedford just talked on a conference call about adjusting to the 9 a.m. start for Saturday's game against Maryland. Tedford said the Golden Bears will wake up early Thursday and go to bed early Thursday night, then...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 9, 2008; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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More from Ralph

This will be a quick post because I have to jump on a teleconference with Jeff Tedford in a few minutes. Ralph called California one of the best teams to play at Byrd since he has been here, and that's...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 9, 2008; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Skinner Out 2-3 Weeks

Eric will have much more from Ralph Friedgen's lunch news conference, but the biggest news is that free safety Terrell Skinner will be out 2-3 weeks because of a high ankle sprain. This is significant blow entering this weekend's game...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 9, 2008; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Hot Seat

Two games into the season and Ralph Friedgen already finds himself in select company. Friedgen has moved into list of the top five coaches on the hot seat. Granted, these rankings don’t mean any more than the Web page they...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 9, 2008; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Jet Lag: Terps' 12th Man?

This might be something or it might be nothing, but apparently Cal isn't traveling for Saturday's game until Friday, which isn't that unusual except that it's a coast-to-coast trip with a noon kickoff. Eric and I were speculating yesterday about...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 9, 2008; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Can Maryland Slow Best?

Good morning, College Park ... and Berkeley. If you’re trying to get through a dreary day of work at the office, don’t fret. This will be your one-stop shop for everything Cal-Maryland related over the next 18 hours. We will...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 9, 2008; 6:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Eastern Michigan Time Set

The ACC announced today that the Eastern Michigan-Maryland game on Sept. 20 will kickoff at 1 p.m. at Byrd Stadium. There are a couple interesting games on Sept. 20 involving ACC teams, but the Maryland game is not one of...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 8, 2008; 11:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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MTSU Coach: Terps Pass Rush was 'Non-factor'

I just talked with Middle Tennessee State Coach Rick Stockstill, who said he was surprised that Maryland did not rush the passer much, particularly with his offensive line being young. At one point, he had two redshirt freshmen and two...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 8, 2008; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Friedgen After Losses

Entering this season, Maryland had lost 31 games under Coach Ralph Friedgen. Two of those losses were in bowl games, and two were regular-season finales. So that means there were 27 occasions when Friedgen's Terps faced regular-season games coming off...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 8, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Only Question that Matters

As Matt Rennie pointed out a little while ago, the only question that matters this week: How can team that failed to slow down an undermanned, inexperienced, middle-of-the-pack Sun Belt team match up with a speedy Pac-10 team that just...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 8, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Scouting the Golden Bears

So in an effort to rid Terps fans' minds of Saturday night's unsightly loss, I thought there might be some merit in beginning to look forward to this week's opponent, the Cal Golden Bears. Cal's 66-3 win at Washington State...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 8, 2008; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Changes May Come on Offense ... and Defense ... and Special Teams

ATLANTA -- Here's the rest of what a very coy Ralph Friedgen had to say earlier this afternoon during his Sunday conference call. He wasn't much into specifics, but he did broach several topics worth discussing. For starters, Friedgen said...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 7, 2008; 8:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Communication Issues

ATLANTA -- Hey everyone, Ralph Friedgen just spoke with reporters via conference call about his early thoughts on last night's loss to Middle Tennessee. Since Prisbell is at the airport in Jacksonville and I'm in the comfort of my hotel...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 7, 2008; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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So You Want Ralph Gone?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --- Don't ask why I am sitting at a computer in Florida just 12 hours after seeing the 'Meltdown in the Murf'; just a typical weekend in the life of a sportswriter running on empty. I've read all...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 7, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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A Chat with Joe Craddock

Here is the interview with MTSU quarterback Joe Craddock: “It was an awesome feeling knowing the seconds were ticking off and we were going to get this win. What a great win for us, our fans, our University. This is...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 7, 2008; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Stockstill: We Played with Greater Toughness

Here is the interview with MTSU Coach Rick Stockstill: “I thought it was an awesome win. I am happy for our players that they could feel the excitement of the fans running on the field to celebrate with them. I...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 7, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Heyward-Bey: Problem was first Week of School

Here is the interview with Darrius Heyward-Bey: “After the game, me and Da’Rel Scott, we were just down because as a competitor you always feel you could do well. Those two big plays didn’t mean anything because you always feel...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 7, 2008; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Navarre: We Let This Team Down

Here is the interview with Jeremy Navarre: “Wake up call. I guess we thought we were better than we were. We have to start working. We let this team down. We’re going to come in Monday and start busting our...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 7, 2008; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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How Low Can They Go?

It was not just poor execution. It was also miscommunication, disorganization and an overall lack of focus. It was as total of a meltdown as one could envision. And this loss ranks as worse than the Northern Illinois game. Remember,...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 7, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Up Next, a Pretty Good Team

Here is the AP story on Cal's big win at Washington State. Obviously Maryland will have its hands full. Do the Terps have any chance? PULLMAN, Wash. (AP)—Jahvid Best ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns Saturday and California blasted...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 7, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Turner: I'm Embarrassed

Here is the interview with Chris Turner: "I could have played better, that’s for sure. I’m not happy with the way I played. It won’t happen again. (on final interception) He was just one on one with Darrius Heyward-Bey. I...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 7, 2008; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ralph: I am Embarrassed with Our Coaching Job

I will be posting interviews with players throughout the day. Here is the interview last night with Ralph Friedgen to chew on after the loss: "We didn’t do a very good job coaching or playing. I didn’t do a very...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 7, 2008; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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