Steffy Throws, Seniors Meet and Friedgen Challenges Players
A quick post-practice update tonight: Ralph Friedgen said the season is now a six-game tournament. He said if the Terps beat Wake Forest on Oct. 18, “then we’re all even. But the sand is going out of the hourglass. It’s about time we wake up and start playing. I can’t be thinking of ways to motivate them every minute. Somewhere along the line, they have to motivate themselves.”
This was a fairly strong statement from Friedgen, who has tried a variety of ways to motivate Maryland over the past six weeks. He is now putting the onus back on the players, much like he did before the California game. It seems like Maryland goes through an emotional cycle every few weeks that most teams endure once, at most, during a season. If nothing else, it’s fascinating to see how this team, players and coaches, deal with great wins and bad losses. But trying to predict this team game to game, half to half, quarter to quarter, is futile.
Jordan Steffy threw in practice for the first time since breaking his thumb against Delaware. Today was the first time Friedgen saw Steffy able to grip a football. "He threw the ball for the first time, which is a positive," Friedgen said. "We will have to wait and see how he is tomorrow." Remember, Steffy decided in early September to undergo surgery after the season because he didn't want to end his college career before he had to. The injury involves a ligament and bone fragment that is separated from the bone in his thumb.
Cornerback Nolan Carroll is expected to play against Wake Forest. Jamari McCollough is getting a look at cornerback, where Maryland has been thin because of injury. Friedgen still spoke about getting freshman Cameron Chism ready to play in the secondary as well.
A lot of talk about player-only meetings. Kevin Barnes told me the seniors called a seniors-only meeting Monday so the veterans could air their frustrations. They also vowed to get into players’ faces more in practice. Players also met as a team Tuesday.
If Maryland is not the most inconsistent team in the country, the Terps have to be at least in the conversation.
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