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Terrapins Insider: September 21, 2008 - September 27, 2008

Poll: Who Gets the Most Credit?

Okay, I have finished my game story, and now it is time for a follow-up poll. Enjoy. Time to eat some steak. poll by twiigs.com...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 27, 2008; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Terps Win, 20-17

An improbable victory, to say the least. Clemson had dominated Maryland in the first half. But two critical third-down passes by Chris Turner in the final four minutes. A big catch by Da'Rel Scott, and these fans are leaving in...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 27, 2008; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Terps Lead, 20-17

Wow. Memorial Stadium is silent, except for some boos. Da'Rel Scott just scored on a one-yard touchdown run to put the Terps ahead with 10:25 remaining. A big play came moments earlier, when Chris Turner dropped the snap, managed to...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 27, 2008; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Clemson Up 17-13

As bad as Maryland has played, the Terrapins are right back in the game after Chris Turner hooked up with Torrey Smith on a six-yard touchdown pass. Patrick Stevens and I were saying before the drive started that the Terps...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 27, 2008; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Poll: Who Do You Blame?

Have at it, everyone. poll by twiigs.com...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 27, 2008; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Clemson Running Away, Up 17-6

James Davis and CJ Spiller are both near 100 rushing yards each already. Clemson is dominating the game offensively, and Terps only have six points because of field goals after they got a couple turnovers. Davis just scored on a...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 27, 2008; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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10-6 Clemson in Wild Game

A bit of a wild one here so far. I just spotted Chris Turner on the sideline after he took a nasty hit from Clemson's Brandon Maye. Turner looks okay; he just took a drink of something. But we will...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 27, 2008; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wow, 10-0 Tigers

C.J. Spiller just took it 35 yards into the end zone for a 10-0 lead. Clemson just marched 95 yards. Aaron Kelly was wide open on a 24-yard pass completion. Clemson has repeatedly started to run left and then go...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 27, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Tigers Lead, 3-0

Clemson started the game by running at will against the Terps. The Tigers gained at least six yards on five of their first six plays. It was a minor victory for the Terps defense when it held the Tigers to...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 27, 2008; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Greetings from Death Valley

Great scene here. I dumped my parking pass because of traffic and just paid for a spot, so I could walk to Memorial Stadium and enjoy the scenery. This game will start soon, so again my prediction: 28-24 Clemson. Looks...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 27, 2008; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Da'Rel Scott Interview

I wanted to post some of the interview I had with running back Da’Rel Scott for my story that runs in Saturday's paper. This is a long interview, but pretty interesting. There may be a reference or two from me...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 26, 2008; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Futbol Friday in College Park

The weather forecast appears less than inviting, but the top two teams in college soccer will be playing each other in College Park tonight, when defending national champion and No. 1 Wake Forest faces No. 2 Maryland at 8 p.m....

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 26, 2008; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Football Friday: Upsets, Chats and Plenty to Read

It's a big football weekend, locally and nationally, and if Oregon State's upset of USC last night is any indication, it could very eventful indeed. So you should have plenty to talk about with Eric Prisbell and Steve Yanda in...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 26, 2008; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland's Injury Report

Here is Maryland's official injury report for the Clemson game. Enjoy. Maryland Injury Report – 09-25-08 (Clemson game) Out for Season: Kevin Dorsey (foot) Dominique Herald (knee) Ben Pooler (knee) Richard Taylor (knee) Out: Tyler Bowen (leg) Nolan Carroll (leg)...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 25, 2008; 8:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Williams on the Goins Decision

Just got off the phone with Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams, who said freshman Steve Goins was late to pass through NCAA Clearinghouse because the Chicago public school system recently switched computer systems and that prevented Maryland from getting the...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 25, 2008; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Friedgen's Terps On the Road

Eric is writing about the challenge of playing on the road for tomorrow's newspaper, so we took a look at Ralph Friedgen's record at home and on the road. Here are the results: Year........Home...Road...Neutral 2001.......7-0.......3-1.......0-1 2002.......6-1.......4-1.......1-1 2003.......6-0.......3-3.......1-0 2004.......4-2.......1-4.......0-0 2005.......1-4.......3-2.......1-0 2006.......6-1.......2-3.......1-0...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 25, 2008; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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ACC Division Polls

The four ACC teams who have yet to play conference games have their league openers Saturday. So this seems a good time to see how fans handicap the league, based on nearly a monthlong body of work. Vote based not...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 25, 2008; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Goins Clears NCAA Waivers

NCAA Clearinghouse approved the transcripts of freshman Steve Goins, a 6-foot-10, 260-pound center out of Chicago, on Tuesday, according to a Maryland athletics department spokeman. Goins now is officially a member of the Maryland men's basketball team's 2008-09 roster and...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 25, 2008; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Clemson Report: Cover Jacoby Ford

Eric has Maryland stories planned for the newspaper for the next two days and obviously will be all over here. Meantime, here's the skinny on Saturday's opponent. In our paper, Steve Yanda took a look at the Tigers' offensive line...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 25, 2008; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Friedgen: Turn the Music Up

Walk around Maryland’s campus during the week, especially within a few hundred yards of the practice football field, and you will hear it. The music is so loud you think there’s an outdoor party or concert. Every once in a...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 25, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No Prevent Defense vs. Cal

Just wrapping up work for the night, but I wanted to chime in with something I caught on Ralph Friedgen's radio show while driving home tonight. A caller asked about playing prevent defense, and Friedgen said Maryland has not played...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 24, 2008; 11:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Online Chat on Friday

Steve Yanda and I will be conducting an online chat at noon on Friday regarding all things college football. So on Friday please chime in with questions and comments about the Terps-Clemson game and any other game in the country...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 24, 2008; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Terps Defense on Third Downs

Unfortunately, because I couldn't easily locate play-by-play from the 2006 season, I couldn't do this as thoroughly as I'd hoped, but here's what I could find in response to the perceived problems of the Terps' defense on third downs, particularly...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 24, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Where Does Death Valley Rank?

Over the past 10 years, I have covered games at many of the elite college football schools across the country. I would rank Clemson’s atmosphere as one of the better ones I have seen in person. But there are a...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 24, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Cosh Talks Clemson

Does anyone have any thoughts on Chris Cosh, Maryland's defensive coordinator. Here are bits and pieces of an interview that colleague Steve Yanda conducted with Cosh. (On a side note, Yanda stopped by the Gossett Team House yesterday and talked...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 24, 2008; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Tommy Bowden: Clemson a Beat Up Football Team

Tommy Bowden a tad less entertaining than his father, which was expected. Tommy called his Clemson team a “very beat up football team,” especially after more players got banged up in practice this week. When asked to elaborate on the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 24, 2008; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Bobby Bowden on Point Spreads

I caught Bobby Bowden’s interview before I jumped in on his son’s interview, and let me tell you, Bowden is sheer entertainment each week. I have always thought that the Florida State football team would be one of the best...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 24, 2008; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Friedgen on ACC Teleconference

Okay, everyone: I’m back. Thank you for the e-mails. Just got off the ACC teleconference. I check in with the ACC teleconference each week a few minutes before Coach Ralph Friedgen is scheduled to take questions. That means I catch...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 24, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Poll: Terps' Priorities for Saturday?

Eric likes these poll questions, so we'll try to give him one to return to. This is one where there is no obvious answer because all our correct, to an extent. But I'm curious to see where fans' concerns and...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 24, 2008; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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How Tough Is Clemson?

Not especially, at least defensively, according to this story in The State. I'm always curious as to what degree such motivational tactics. Obviously, Ralph Friedgen's challenge to the Terrapins before the Cal game paid huge dividends. But are the Tigers...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 24, 2008; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Post-practice Update

No breaking news out of College Park tonight. I talked to safety Antwine Perez about the defense and about perhaps playing linebacker, something he has not done since 8th grade. Matt Rennie may chime in on the blog Wednesday morning,...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 23, 2008; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Terps Injury Report

Got the injury report from Ralph Friedgen: Nolan Carroll, Mack Frost and Adrian Moten are all listed as questionable. Travis Ivey, Da’Rel Scott, Terrell Skinner and Drew Robinson are listed as probable. I’ll be back a little later after I...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 23, 2008; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Poll: Terps' Defensive Strategy?

It's tough to decide which unit is more banged-up, Maryland's secondary or Clemson's offensive line. That leads us to a poll question. poll by twiigs.com...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 23, 2008; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Clemson Report: Injuries, No Guarantees

You might not remember Clemson running back james Davis' guarantee of a victory over Maryland a year ago, but Coach Tommy Bowden and the media that cover the Tigers certainly do. It appears Davis was hounded for some type of...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 23, 2008; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Jordan Steffy Nominated

Maryland's Jordan's Steffy was nominated for an honor that celebrates off-the-field accomplishments. Here is the press release I received: Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association recently announced the nomination of 71 student-athletes for the 17th annual Allstate AFCA Good...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 23, 2008; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Green: I Wanted to Keep Crossing the Goal Line

There were plenty of interesting story lines Saturday: The tricked-up offensive play-calling; Josh Portis’s fourth quarter runs; the struggles of the pass defense and the reemergence of kicker Obi Egekeze. But don’t lose sight of running back Morgan Green, who...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 22, 2008; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Terps Kicker Never Lost Confidence

Kicker Obi Egekeze did not spend last week worrying about possibly losing his starting job after missing his first five field goal attempts of the season. He spent the week focusing on details in practice. Relax. Keep eyes back. Kick...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 22, 2008; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Maryland-Virginia Kickoff Set for 7 p.m.

Many of you had been asking about the kickoff for the Virginia game, and the answer is 7 p.m. This will not make Prisbell (or frankly, his editor) very happy, but for the part of the world that is not...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 22, 2008; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Video: Chris Turner Makes the Calls

When we put together our college football season preview last month, we focused on the people who make the decisions that go into the success or failure of each play and the choices they make, through the eyes of Maryland's...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 22, 2008; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Turner: We are Finding Our Rhythm

Two weeks ago, quarterback Chris Turner threw three interceptions in his first start of the season against a Middle Tennessee State defense. Now he feels like he is getting into a groove. Maryland scored on nine of 13 possessions and...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 22, 2008; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Tar Heels' T.J. Yates Out for Six Weeks

North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates will miss the next six weeks because of an ankle injury suffered in Saturday's loss to Virginia Tech. Here's the update from AP: North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates has a broken left ankle and is...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 22, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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QB Unrest at Clemson

Let's see if this sounds familiar: Starting quarterback performs below expectations, his team loses an early-season nonconference game, and fans voice desires for coach to give backup a try. OK, it's not exactly a parallel situation. Clemson lost to Alabama,...

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 22, 2008; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Terps Scoring too Fast?

Here is how quickly things have changed for Maryland’s offense: The Terps scored 14 points in each of their first two games. After scoring 51 points in their fourth game, Coach Ralph Friedgen said he would have preferred that his...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 22, 2008; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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ACC No Longer a Joke?

We’re not hearing as many jokes about the ACC now, although I’m not ready to proclaim that the league is anything better than the fifth-best BCS conference in the country. And I still say I like the Mountain West trio...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 22, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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How Can Maryland Beat Clemson?

Maryland can win in Death Valley; the Terps did it in 2006, winning 13-12. But a lot of things have to go right for Maryland to win Saturday against the Tigers. I'm curious what everyone feels is the most important...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 22, 2008; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Terps LB Likely Sidelined

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen just delivered some bad news for Terps fans, saying that linebacker Adrian Moten may have torn ligaments in his wrist. The sophomore will see a doctor Monday. But when asked for an update on Moten, Friedgen...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 21, 2008; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Terps Post-game Notes

Here are some post-game notes: Josh Portis ran for 98 yards, the highest total for a Maryland quarterback since Shaun Hill ran for 105 yards on five carries against Duke on Oct. 20, 2001. By recording 31 receiving yards Saturday,...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 21, 2008; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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EMU Coach Reacts

Eastern Michigan Coach Jeff Genyk had wanted to stop Maryland’s running backs. The Eagles did a pretty good job, holding Davin Meggett and Morgan Green to a combined 63 yards. The problem was that Darrius Heyward-Bey had two runs, one...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 21, 2008; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Friedgen: Don't Celebrate too Much

Danny Oquendo’s touchdown pass to Isaiah Williams midway through the fourth quarter ignited the crowd but also resulted in an excessive celebration penalty on Maryland. And that, a 15-yard penalty, got under the skin of Coach Ralph Friedgen. While Friedgen...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 21, 2008; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Barnes Talks Defensive Adjustments

Despite the rash of injuries in the secondary, and despite the general struggles of Maryland’s pass defense, perhaps there is hope. After all, Eastern Michigan threw for 217 yards in the first half but only 65 in the second half....

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 21, 2008; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedgen Talks Generation Gap

I have found an interesting theme developing. After the game yesterday, I asked Ralph Friedgen to assess the state of the team after finishing the nonconference schedule. I wanted a big-picture sense of whether this team was ready for ACC...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 21, 2008; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Terps Pass Defense: 109th Nationally

Make what you want of statistics. You can always twist and turn them in different positions so they come out in your favor. (See: Gary Williams vs. Missouri Valley Conference) But check this out: Maryland’s pass defense now ranks 109th...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 21, 2008; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Portis, a One-Man Drive

What to make of Josh Portis’s performance yesterday? Through three games, reporters, fans, coaches and teammates were all waiting for Portis to turn into the athletic freakazoid that he is. Everyone was still waiting to see it through three quarters...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 21, 2008; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Clemson Also Scores 50

Clemson fans are in a similar situation as Maryland fans this Sunday. Your team just scored more than 50 points against an inferior opponent. What does that mean? Check out this story on Clemson’s 54-0 victory against South Carolina State....

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 21, 2008; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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