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Three Issues for the Week

These three issues could dominate the week in College Park:

1) Da’Rel Scott’s health: Ideally, Maryland would probably like to play Scott as little as possible or not at all Saturday to ensure he will be 100 percent for the following week’s game at Clemson. But there are no guarantees for this Maryland team. The Terrapins need to beat a struggling Eastern Michigan team, and having Scott available would make that task significantly easier. Ralph Friedgen may not update the status of Scott --- who has a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder --- until Thursday, or he may simply say he is a game-time decision.

2) Shakeup at kicker: Friedgen knows he has to do something at the kicker position to get more production. Obi Egekeze has missed all five of his field-goal attempts this season, including the 27-yarder he steered wide left Saturday. Friedgen wanted to talk to Egekeze and his staff before he decided what to do this week. Contenders for the job include Nick Wallace and Mike Barbour, but Friedgen has not decided whether he will make it an open competition this week.

3) One word: Maturity. Will a team of 31 seniors show some maturity entering the season’s least dangerous game? The 35-27 victory against Cal provided a significant confident boost, but players need to move on and put away Eastern Michigan early on Saturday. Chances are, the consistently inconsistent Terps will win another game they are supposed to lose and lose another game they are supposed to win before this season is over. But all that should happen in conference play. The lessons of Murfreesboro should be fresh and should resonate through the week.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 15, 2008; 6:20 AM ET
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Blogs are quiet this week so let's see what we can start. I for one think it is time to change kickers. Obez is very inconsistent and will always be. I noticed at the game on Saturday when the kickers were booting them from as far out as 52 yds that Obez was short and I believe it was Wallace who was booting them with at least 5-10 to spare. If the player is more consistent and better please get him into game conditions to see what he can actually do. I thought Fridge's grand rule is the player that practices better. Well at least let him kick one next week in the game to get him ready for the ACC where the games will probably be decided by the all mighty foot. I for one kept an eye on the kickers during the driils and Obez did nothing to impress me. Go Wallace!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: JACK | September 15, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I think #4 is for Cosh to work with his defense when we have a big lead in the 4th quarter and play a little more aggressively. Maybe mix it up a little drop back on 1 down and on the other bring a little pressure.

Posted by: Steve | September 15, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Time for Coach Friedgen to give the boot to his kicker. He has missed 5 for 5 and, could have helped us be a little closer against Middle Tennesse ... and, given up a much better cushion in the game we won.

Obi tend to hook his kicks and that's what causes him to miss. He is not a straight line kicker.

Time for Wallace or someone else to suit up!

Posted by: Alex | September 15, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

There's no way Da'Rel should be playing this week. Lil' Megget and Green are both more than competent, and we should get them the extended playing time they will not otherwise receive with Da'Rel at the top of the charts.

Posted by: Lindemann | September 16, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

("Lil' Meggett," excuse my misspelling)

Posted by: Lindemann | September 16, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

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