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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.

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 8, 2008; 8:10 PM ET
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Comments

Pat Forde in his column(forde yd dash) on espn.com called Maryland the Psycho team of the week. Completely unpredictable.

I'm an alum and was on campus for the post Len Bias years, but this garbage has to stop. Last year they beat Miami on the basis of two plays.

Posted by: jg284481 | October 8, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

2 plays and 4 quarters of good defense... Was that last year or two years ago though?

Posted by: Lee | October 9, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Why are you bringing up a MD game from 2 years ago?

Like Lee said, the defense shut them down. Not only that, but Miami was playing for Brian Pata, who was killed days earlier, so it was a tough game to get the win in.

Posted by: BuddhaUMD | October 9, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Prisbell, your bias is showing again. To be as inconsistent as you assert, they must have the high upside to go with the lows. Maryland fans are delusional if they think this team is a contender for the ACC title. They simply aren't that good. They beat an overrated Clemson team that chokes every year and Cal who seems to be pretty good but is not an elite team. You're setting the bar too high for your Terps. They can be an ok team, but greatness is not within their reach.

Posted by: Objective Viewer | October 9, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Hey Objective, who the heck is the elite team or teams in the ACC that the Terps can't beat (besides their terrible let down at UVA). I mean no one is separating itself from the pack. Anything, is possible, perhpas not probable, but certainly not outside the realm of true fandome at the moment . . . go burst someone else's bubble . . .

Posted by: Terp63 | October 9, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I loved this result.

Virginia -- 31
Maryland -- 0 (zero - zip - zilch - nada)

Maryland's - Defensive and Offensive lines and Linebacking corp are the worst in College Football.

I have seen harder hitting teams in powder puff leagues.

Maryland's recruiting efforts are going to take a major hit with this result.

Prediction:

Wake Forest -- 34
Maryland -- 10

Maryland will finish with a 5-7 record.

I am happy that Maryland is no longer recruiting Tavon Austin.

Jelani Jenkins, Travis Hawkins and Isaac Holmes will be signing with the University of Florida.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: Gary | October 9, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Terp63 - one of your "big" wins is Clemson who now sits at 3-3. They were vastly overrated. Is there an elite team in the ACC this year? Perhaps not, but Wake is likely the best team again (that still sounds strange). Sure anything can happen (Wake Forest - ACC Champs?) but I simply don't think Maryland can compete for the title. We'll see...

Posted by: Objective Viewer | October 10, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

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