Terps 'Money' on Turnovers
Maryland has made the most of turnovers the past two games. Against Eastern Michigan, Adrian Moten and Jamari McCollough each made interceptions in the first half that were converted into scores. The Terps also scored a fied goal set up by a blocked punt by Moten. Against Clemson, Maryland turned two first-half fumbles into field goals.
Maryland had scored just seven points this season off opponents’ turnovers in the first three games, but the Terps have scored 20 off miscues the last two contests.
“We are working like hell on it,” Coach Ralph Friedgen said. “Have been for a while. That’s one reason why I hired Kevin [Lempa, the secondary coach]. He has always had a lot of turnovers.”
One issue Maryland still needs to improve on is communication after a turnover is made. Friedgen thinks his defense needs to get on the same page after a turnover is made, so perhaps players could be in better position to advance the ball.
“Sometimes people don’t see the turnover,” Friedgen said. “We need to communicate on defense more in a lot of different ways other than changing coverages. We were not making any calls after a turnover. Now we’re calling out ‘Money!’
“When the ball is in the air, even guys on the sideline need to be yelling ‘Ball! Ball! Ball!’ That tells the defensive backs that the ball is in the air. We have to be better at doing those things. I am pushing them to get those things done.”
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