Terps Senior Leadership
I touched upon this in my story, but senior defensive lineman Jeremy Navarre is not usually a vocal person. In fact, he never before had done what he did at halftime yesterday. Clemson had amassed 195 rushing yards at halftime and dominated the game in almost every way. Navarre said he was starting to be embarrassed. So Navarre stood up in the locker room and challenged players. He yelled, cursed and said: “Let’s wake up!”
“Everyone was fired up. Everyone was angry,” Navarre said of the halftime mood in the locker room. “We played the worst football that we had played all year, and to be down only 11 points, that’s nothing. The defense just had to shut the door on them.”
Maryland had more base defensive looks in the second half, coordinator Chris Cosh said. And the Terps held Clemson to 26 rushing yards after halftime.
“How many teams can play as bad as we did in the first half and still beat Clemson?” Navarre said. “Not many.”
For weeks, coaches have been waiting for seniors to step forward and offer more vocal leadership. Navarre did so yesterday. Who else would you like to see take more of a leadership role at this point?
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