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Getting Heyward-Bey the Ball

Player after player and coach after coach called Darrius Heyward-Bey’s 76-yard reverse a key turning point in the game. It silenced the crowd and gave a Clemson team pause after otherwise dominating the game. But the big play overshadowed the fact Heyward-Bey, one of the nation’s more explosive receivers, finished the game with zero catches.


Coach Ralph Friedgen said that certainly was not by design. He said there were plays meant to go to DHB, but for whatever reason, or because of the defense, they did not. I think I remember DHB dropping one pass as well.

“James Franklin’s list of plays for Darrius gets longer each week,” Friedgen said.

The team is 4-1 and Chris Turner has found a groove. But who is concerned about not getting the ball enough to the team’s best player? And what would you like to do to counter that?

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 28, 2008; 1:29 PM ET
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Obviously you want him to get a lot more touches, but I think it says something that they were able to win on the road, at Clemson, without him catching a pass. That won't happen often, so it doesn't concern me long-term.

Posted by: Greg | September 28, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

He needs 3-5 touches a game out of the backfield. Reverses, screens, direct snaps.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 28, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

If other receivers are open go to them. FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP | September 28, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Maryland has a lot of good receivers. Throw to the open man. I remember at least two balls thrown DHB's way, they just weren't complete.

Posted by: Terpin | September 28, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

EP How about a blog entry about Danny Oquendo. FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP | September 28, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I remember several balls being thrown Heyward-Bey's way, a few out of his reach but a few that he got his mitts on and couldn't secure. It's true - Heyward-Bey is our best player but the only way he ever gets a chance to score is on reverses or screens. We can't get him the ball as a wideout.

Posted by: terpsfan | September 28, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Though I'd luv for DHB to get more catches, I don't want passes thrown to him just for the sake of putting the ball in his hands. He's doubled-teamed and will be for the rest of the season. Look to get get some screens to him, and short passes out in the flats. Obviously, if he's open deep, throw it. Long story short, I'm not worried about him not having any catches. As long as we find other ways to get the ball in his hands, it's all good.

Posted by: cbs | September 28, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little worried in terms of his success in the NFL. If he can't break free of college secondaries that are clearly inferior to him talent-wise and go get some footballs, he surely won't be able to do that in the NFL, either.

From the Terps' perspective, if we're winning, we're winning, however we're doing it.

Posted by: Lindemann | September 28, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Take a look at how Florida uses Percy Harvin. If you have to, it means giving him more runs on reverses, end-arounds, or even lining him up in the backfield on a few plays.

Posted by: dlgood | September 28, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Lindemann you are lost. FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP | September 29, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

If he doesn't get a ton of touches and the Terps win I don't see a downside. In fact the upside will be we have him as a weapon again next year..

Posted by: Lee | September 29, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Lindemann you are lost. FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP | September 29, 2008 12:01 AM


Care to articulate why?

Posted by: Lindemann | September 29, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Lindeman what makes you think "DHB" can't break free of College Secondaries. Turner's Passes were off? FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP | September 29, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

DHB needs to get more touches! He should be running the ball more and should get more balls thrown his way. On deep balls Turner has had a tendency to underthrow DHB. He needs to know his speed and hit him in stride. The coaching staff needs to get the athletes that look like they have NFL talent the ball so they can make plays. I agree if the team wins you cant really complain but there is always room for improvment and reason to do better.

I remember in the early Fridge seasons they would have several backs in a diamond formation in the backfield. Why not get Portis and DHB in on those types of formations again?

I think the offense looks very good but it could really be excellent with the burners MD has at receiver and at running back the quality O line and if Turner can really develope a consistant rythem. I really think on Offense they could really play with the best in the country.

Posted by: kdc | September 29, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

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