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Perez at Linebacker

One player to keep an eye on Saturday is Maryland safety Antwine Perez, who is now expected to play backup to Moise Fokou at outside linebacker because Adrian Moten is sidelined for at least a month with torn ligaments in his wrist. Prez told me has had not played linebacker in a game since eighth grade, but that he is very confident he can step in and do the job.

“He is doing well,” Ralph Friedgen said of Perez at linebacker. “He does some things better than others. He gives us a better cover guy there. He has trouble holding up against tight ends. It is not a will thing, it is a weight thing.

Perez is 6-0 and 200-210 pounds, and he could be going up against a 250-pound player.

Anyone concerned whether Perez can step in for Moten, whose presence will be missed?

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 2, 2008; 12:06 PM ET
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I like this move. It gets talent on the field and puts in a better cover man at LB (where we desperately need it).

Also, this will hopefully save us from burning a redshirt, which is always a plus. The TE matchup does scare me a bit, but I'm sure that there are ways to compensate.

Posted by: terpfan | October 2, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I like the move as well. We desperately need improvement in pass coverage and I think at LB Perez provides that. He's fast enough that he'll likely not be as big of a liability in run support as it could be.

Posted by: LudaCHRIS | October 2, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Put your best players on the field is always my motto. With his speed he could be hard to block blitzing off the edge...if MD ever blitzed off the edge...

Posted by: Lee | October 2, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Lee... I really agree with your last point.

What's the point of running a 3-3-5 if you never blitz? Oh, and it doesn't help that your front three get no pass rush anyway.

In this scheme, they can blitz from any which way, and yet we choose to drop eight and pray for our banged up and worn out secondary to bail us out.

Posted by: terpfan | October 2, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I like the move too. Agree with getting best talent on the field even if it requires thinking outside the box. I like when we get creative and imaginative.

Now lets get Josh Portis on the field too - not at QB - but as a RB, slot back, or WR. Rotate him in and out like all your players. Opens up reverse options (Turner hands off to Josh first with DHB coming around on the reverse - does he keep it and run? Does he stop and pass? or does he hand off to DHB?)

We should be trying to get the ball in the hands of Josh, DS and DHB on most plays. They also become great diversions when getting the ball to our other good backs, ends and WRs. This offense has so much potential!

Chris is completely comfortable and confident starting at QB and proved he can handle it. Inserting Josh randomly changes the cadence (motion penalties) leads to busted plays (we know Josh hasnt always run the right play) and tells the defense whats coming (On all but a few plays Josh has run at QB - he's run t he ball. He knows it. You know it. The opposing team knows it. Everyone knows it.)

I'm not complaining but trying to get RF and JF to open their thoughts and think outside the box on offense - Get JP in the game at another position to take advantage of his athletically 'freaky' skills. Get him the ball in the open field past the line of scrimmage w/o him having to do all the work. Might also be easier for him mentally when it comes to running routes rather than running an offense.

Posted by: terps06 | October 3, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

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