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 have been a lack of focus. I don’t know. I will have to check the film. You know how it is; it’s never as bad as I thought it was and it is never as good as I thought it was.”
Here is the rest of Friedgen's talk today with reporters, courtesy of Steve Yanda:
Friedgen said he's taken up a new approach this week. He's only going to talk about the positives with the players. No negatives. He said he's seen a different attitude among the players in recent weeks. Since their team meeting. players are being more encouraging of each other, being more accountable for their actions at practice. He reiterated he thought the team practiced well the week of the Virginia game, just didn't play well. He said he asked a few players after practice today what the upcoming game against NC State meant to them. According to Friedgen, the first thing they mentioned was that a win would make them bowl eligible. They also mentioned keeping pace in the ACC. Friedgen said he pointed out that other ACC games were going on this weekend that could impact Maryland's position in the conference, and he said the players he spoke to said they weren't concerned about anything other than Maryland's game against NC State. Then he talked again about how good the energy has been this week and that he felt the team had been improving, but they did make more mistakes today than they had in recent workouts.
Quote of the day: "I think he's a socialist." – Friedgen when asked about Canadian defensive back Michael Carter
Friedgen then went on to say he has many political talks with Carter and that the two of them and other players "solve all the world's problems" during late night chats, some of which occur at Friedgen's house. He also said Carter is a "try hard guy" and that he's been playing a lot more in the nickel package lately. He pointed out he'll have a larger role now that Barnes is out.
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