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 just knew something wasn’t right when they faked the punt,” Barnes said. “I was like I have a bad feeling right away. It happens during the course of the game. When you are playing a team you are expected to beat pretty bad and it is close during halftime, and you get butterflies still in your stomach that you started out the game with, then you know something is wrong. As far as us playing against Cal, we can do the same thing Middle Tennessee State did against us last week, keeping it close at halftime, then it will turn around on them.”
Barnes told me that Maryland has had a tendency to play to its level of competition in recent years, a characteristic that is not unique to Maryland. It’s also a trait that hurt Maryland last week but could help Maryland this week, if you want to look at it that way. (Another way to look at it is that it means Maryland might not be a very good team because they have too many uneven performances throughout a season.)
One thing I found interesting was that Barnes cramped up during a game for the first time in his life Saturday. Remember, the defense was on the field for nearly 40 minutes, as MTSU inexplicably controlled the ball like the New York Giants did against the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV. (Can’t believe I just wrote that sentence, but that’s what it seemed like.)
“I didn’t know exactly how many plays I was on the field for, but I knew it was a lot more than usual,” Barnes said. “One play in the red zone, I cramped up. When we got off the field, I had Gatorade with salt in it. Not necessarily mentally fatigue but my legs gave out.”
Even in a worst-case scenario, it is hard to imagine Cal dominating time of possession like MTSU did because the Golden Bears tend to score as quickly as it takes Jahvid Best to scamper the length of the field.
Posted by: Lee | September 11, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse
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