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Terrapins Insider: October 19, 2008 - October 25, 2008

The Double Screen

I include much of this in my game story, but here is Ralph Friedgen on the double screen to Davin Meggett, the 31-yard reception that will stand as the game’s biggest play: “On second down, James Franklin said he was...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 25, 2008; 8:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Injury Update

Ralph Friedgen said Dave Philistin has a shoulder injury and that it may not be that serious. Da'Rel Scott left the game with 3:36 to play favoring his left shoulder; too early to tell how serious. Moise Fokou battled an...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 25, 2008; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Philistin Out

Just got the word: Dave Philistin has a shoulder injury and will not return to the game....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 25, 2008; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Tie game, 24-24

State tied the game at 24 after Russell Wilson's seven-yard touchdown pass. State is 9 of 13 on third down in this game....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 25, 2008; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Looking for Dave Philistin

The Maryland linebacker has not been seen since the first quarter. No update in the press box either. If anyone knows where he is, please let us know. I didn't see him come out of the locker room at halftime...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 25, 2008; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scott Back on Track

Da'Rel Scott had not looked like himself the past few weeks, but the sophomore has looked good today. He just scored his fifth touchdown of the season on a 24-yard run. And he has 103 rushing yards on just 11...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 25, 2008; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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17-17 at the Half

State rushed into position to kick a 28-yard field goal as time expired. Maryland has to be kicking itself because it was looking at great field position before Danny Oquendo fumbled a punt, giving the ball back to State for...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 25, 2008; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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17-14, Terps

Maryland got the ball back when Terrell Skinner jarred the ball loose from State running back Andre Brown and Jamari McCollough recovered. Four plays later, freshman Davin Meggett scored on a one-yard run to give Maryland its first lead of...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 25, 2008; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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14-10, Wolfpack

The conditions did not affect Obi Egekeze, who made a 47-yard field goal to bring Maryland within four points, his career long. Egekeze has now made 10 straight field goals....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 25, 2008; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Back and Forth We Go

Maryland answered with Chris Turner's touchdown pass to Dan Gronkowski. But NC State came back with another 10-play drive. The rain has really picked up here at Byrd. But on a third and four play from the 4, Russell Wilson...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 25, 2008; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NC State Strikes First

7-0 Wolfpack after halfback Andre Brown went over the top for a one-yard TD run on a third-and-one play. Russell Wilson was effective during the 14-play drive that covered 73 yards in 7:48. Let's see what Maryland's offense can do....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 25, 2008; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Crowd III

Not raining right now, but it looks like it could any second. The upper deck is 90 percent empty right now. 14 minutes until kickoff....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 25, 2008; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hoops: Burney and Dupree

Jerome Burney missed both of his shot attempts and scored no points in 35 minutes of action. Braxton Dupree made 3 of 8 shots and finished with 8 points....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 25, 2008; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Basketball Stats

Landon Milbourne 24 points Cliff Tucker 26 points Sean Mosley 12 points Adrian Bowie 10 assists Greivis Vasquez 23 points Dino Gregory 12 rebounds...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 25, 2008; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Basketball Update

Just arrived at Byrd Stadium from the basketball scrimmage. A few hundred fans watched the hoops team play, applauding the squad at the end. Overall, I thought Landon Milbourne and Sean Mosley looked the best. Milbourne had a flurry of...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 25, 2008; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No Rain Yet?

Cloudy but not raining up here in Columbia. The weather forecast for College Park right now says there remains a 60-70 percent chance of rain and thunder until 3 p.m. , with 20 mph wind. After 3 p.m., a 30...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 25, 2008; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More on The Crowd

I will be on Washington Post Live today around 5:30 to talk about the crowds at Byrd Stadium. So tune in! And if you want me to answer any questions or bring anything up, please email me in the next...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 24, 2008; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Official Prediction Thread

I struggled with this prediction, but I'm going with Maryland, 21-20. The weather could hurt Maryland because Chris Turner has been throwing the ball well and the running game has been so-so. Look for Russell Wilson to try to attack...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 24, 2008; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Fans, the Crowd, the Letter

Here is one of the interesting e-mails I got after today's story. What does everyone think? "Interesting that Maryland is concerned about attendance at football games. Ask them about the insulting letter they sent to season ticket holders a couple...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 24, 2008; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Weather

The weather is likely to play a role in tomorrow's game. Ralph Friedgen has been talking about 50 mph wind gusts. I have not seen that forecast myself. The latest is a 60-80 percent chance of rain in the early...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 24, 2008; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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ACC Parity: Compelling or Repeling?

In tomorrow's paper Eric looks at how just about anything can happen on any Saturday in the ACC. You can read the story here. Without question, this kind of season holds the interest of a greater number of fans, because...

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 24, 2008; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Attendance at Maryland: For the Byrd?

We're very interested in feedback on Eric's story in today's paper regarding Maryland football attendance. I've heard and read lots of different reasons why Terps fans don't go to football games, and some seem more legitimate than others. Ultimately, the...

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 24, 2008; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Football Friday: ACC Madness

There are lots of college football stories to point out on our site today. With three of Maryland's next four games at home, Prisbell looks at how attendance at Byrd Stadium has been underwhelming. Tomorrow's weather forecast might not help...

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 24, 2008; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Coin Toss

Maryland screwed up the coin flip last week against Wake Forest. The Terps won the toss and elected to receive, which was not exactly what Coach Ralph Friedgen had in mind. It was overshadowed, and Fridgen forgave all involved because...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 24, 2008; 5:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Terps Injury Report

Maryland Injury Report – 10-23-08 (NC State game) Out for Season: Kevin Barnes (shoulder) Tyler Bowen (leg) Kevin Dorsey (foot) Dominique Herald (knee) Paul Lariviere (knee) Ben Pooler (knee) Richard Taylor (knee) Joe Vellano (shoulder) Out: Louis Berman (leg) Matt...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 23, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Friedgen on Barnes

Coach Ralph Friedgen confirmed that cornerback Kevin Barnes will be out for the season with a severe shoulder injury. Barnes will undergo surgery to repair a fractured scapula (shoulder blade), as well as an injured labrum and rotator cuff. Barnes...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 23, 2008; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The New Lobbyists: Basketball Coaches

It might be a little early to be talking basketball, but it isn't too early for basketball coaches to be talking about Selection Sunday, apparently. Maryland Coach Gary Williams spent part of last week's media day pleading the case for...

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 23, 2008; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Men's Basketball Public Scrimmage Saturday

If you're interested in getting a sneak peek at the men's basketball team and didn't make it to Maryland Madness last Friday night, you can get another chance before Saturday's football game. Gary Williams' squad will hold a public scrimmage...

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 23, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Friedgen and Homecoming Traditions

It's homecoming weekend in College Park, so let's take a look at the record of Coach Ralph Friedgen (class of 1970) in homecoming games. Friedgen has gone 5-2 in homecoming games (the Terps had lost nine of their previous 15...

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 23, 2008; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Poll: What Should Turtles Fear?

So clearly, Maryland players and coaches need to approach the rest of the season as if the next game is their most important of the season. That's a cliche that has never been more appropriate than it is for this...

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 23, 2008; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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'Lost' Wolves Are Costing 'Pack

Why is N.C. State struggling so much this season? A big part of the reason might be what the Raleigh News & Observer is referring to as the Wolfpack's "lost recruiting class," players who signed in February 2006. This was...

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 23, 2008; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Hokies Lose Safety for the Season

As the Terps have shown us this season, it's always dangerous to look ahead, so consider this merely a point of interest, not a scouting report on the next opponent: Zach Berman, our Virginia Tech scribe, reports from Blacksburg that...

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 22, 2008; 8:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Friedgen Post-Practice Update

Ralph Friedgen’s not going to discuss the injury to Kevin Barnes until tomorrow. Friedgen liked the energy in Wednesday’s practice, but “I felt we made more mistakes than we did yesterday. It was not a lack of effort. It might...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 22, 2008; 7:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Friedgen: We Can't Have Any More Letdowns

Just finished with Ralph Friedgen’s ACC teleconference. Friedgen just finished with a three-hour meeting where he and coaches discussed North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson, who is a concern because of his scrambling ability. “He throws the ball very well...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 22, 2008; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Maryland Women Picked 2nd in ACC Preseason Poll, Get Two Verbal Commitments

Some tidbits from ACC Women's Basketball Media Day, which is being held today in Greensboro, N.C.: The Maryland women are picked to finish second in the league behind defending champion North Carolina in the preseason poll, which is determined by...

By Camille Powell  |  October 22, 2008; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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For Terps, Here We Go Again

Flashback: Maryland went down to Raleigh last season needing a victory against North Carolina State to become bowl eligible. The Terps got it in commanding fashion, beating the Wolfpack, 37-0. This season, the Terps can also become bowl eligible with...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 22, 2008; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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ACC Football: Elvis, a Future Prez, and Ailin' Deacs

Of the many things said about ACC football this season -- and we've said some ourselves and will likely say more in the near future -- this is one of the more original from The State: ACC football schools set...

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 22, 2008; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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What Does the Barnes Injury Mean for Maryland's Chances?

So what does everyone think about the injury to Kevin Barnes? As I wrote in today’s newspaper, Barnes is likely lost for the season, which is a significant blow to Maryland’s defense and an unfortunate end to the career of...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 22, 2008; 6:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Maryland Gets Verbal Commitment (Updated)

Jordan Williams, a 6-foot-9, 245-lb. forward from Torrington High School in Connecticut, gave a verbal commitment to Maryland early Monday morning. Reports of the commitment had been circulating this week, but I wanted to confirm the news firsthand before relaying...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 21, 2008; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Barnes out, Perhaps for Some Time

The news of the day is the cornerback Kevin Barnes is out for the NC State game with a shoulder injury and his status for the coming weeks does not look good. Ralph Friedgen declined to discuss the results of...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 21, 2008; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Tom O'Brien Fears the Turtle

Because it's the nature of football coaches to inflate their next opponents into some modern-day version of the late-'70s Steelers, I thought it might be worthwhile to hear someone flattering the Terps for a change. So here's N.C. State Coach...

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 21, 2008; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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N.C. State: The Ultimate Terps Barometer

OK, I'll preface this by saying that there are almost no logical conclusions to be drawn from this observation, so feel free to scorn me mercilessly. But as we wait to hear what Ralph Friedgen has to say at today's...

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 21, 2008; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Wall Street, Stock Market, Dow Jones and Maryland

I just read a story on the front page of our Web site with the headline: The Wildest Ride: Up, down. Way up, way down. Stock volatility has reached historic levels – as one market expert said, “We have no...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 21, 2008; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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How Would You Motivate The Terps This Week?

In four hours, I will get an update on the status of cornerback Kevin Barnes, who injured his shoulder in the first half of the Wake Forest game. Barnes underwent an MRI exam yesterday. I don’t expect Ralph Friedgen to...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 21, 2008; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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For N.C. State, Third Down Is Long

Here's a story from the Raleigh News & Observer about North Carolina State's struggles this season on third downs, both offensively and defensively. The Wolfpack rank 111th nationally in third-down conversions at 28.1 percent (27 of 96). Maryland has fared...

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 21, 2008; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Turner, Campbell Earn ACC Honors

The ACC just released its players of the week list, and Maryland quarterback Chris Turner and offensive lineman Bruce Campbell received honors for their play in Maryland's 26-0 win over Wake Forest. Turner won offensive back of the week honors...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 20, 2008; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Terps: Good or Bad? You Decide

Eric gave you choices yesterday. I want to force decisions. The problem with this poll is the correct answer ("neither of the above") is not a choice. But at the same time, this is essentially what everyone is trying to...

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 20, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Strength of the 'Pack Is ... Hard to Say

Not to scare any readers of this blog, but I've looked at the numbers and North Carolina State appears to be a pretty bad football team. In other words, expect a two-touchdown victory for the Wolfpack on Saturday. N.C. State...

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 20, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Who is the Favorite Now in the Atlantic Division?

Let’s take a look at the schedules of the four Atlantic Division teams that are 2-1 in the ACC right now. Wake Forest has the easiest road ahead, it would seem, but Maryland has the tiebreaker over the Demon Deacons....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 20, 2008; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Sunday Chat With Friedgen

Just finished with Ralph Friedgen’s Sunday teleconference. Cornerback Kevin Barnes, who injured his shoulder in the first half of Saturday’s game, will undergo an MRI exam tomorrow. “He was pretty sore this morning,” Friedgen said. “I don’t know where he...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 19, 2008; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Poll: What is the Personality of these Terrapins

As I suggested in my game story, reporters are running out of words to describe the personality of these unique Terrapins. When I asked Jeremy Navarre for a word to describe the persona of his team, he said refocused. That’s...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 19, 2008; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Ten Things We Learned

I tried to post this last night, but blogs were down across the land. So here it is this morning: 1) All attempts to predict which bowl Maryland will land in are futile. But it’s safe to say the Terps...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 19, 2008; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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