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Tom O'Brien Fears the Turtle

Because it's the nature of football coaches to inflate their next opponents into some modern-day version of the late-'70s Steelers, I thought it might be worthwhile to hear someone flattering the Terps for a change. So here's N.C. State Coach Tom O'Brien flattering the Terps some yesterday. If you're interested in the nitty-gritty of the Wolfpack, you can read the complete interview here.

Here are some highlights.

On the Terps in general:
"They are awful good at home, and that is where they have been their best. I think when you look at Maryland, they've got 19 seniors on their two-deep... 13 of them are three-year lettermen.

"They've got a lot of experience. The offensive line, on tape, it looks as good as any we've played... better than South Florida. The quarterback is No. 1 in the conference in passing efficiency because nobody touches him.

"He stands back there, and he has three really good receivers. He has a great receiver in Hayward-Bey, and he's got two really, really good receivers in Oquendo and the other kid from Bergen Catholic that is playing.

"They've got a lot of experience. It is a senior-dominated football team with a quarterback that is playing at a high level."

On Maryland's passing attack:
"As I said, [Wake Forest] couldn't touch the quarterback. He had all kind of time back there to pick out who he wanted to throw to. Maryland has three exceptional receivers. Heyward-Bey, everybody is talking about him being a first day or first-round draft choice, but the other two kids are really good too. Williams is the other kid's name."

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 21, 2008; 11:14 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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Did Tom O'Brien read the scouting report or does he just really dislike Isaiah Williams?

Posted by: Colm | October 21, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Why is Isiah Williams a non-factor week in and week out?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 21, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Is Laquan Williams back. FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP | October 21, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I don't care how bad N.C State is you never know in the ACC. Need to come out like last week and take it to the Wolfpack.

Posted by: Steve | October 21, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Blowout city.


Posted by: Rudes | October 21, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

its another losing team. i won't stop holding my breath until the 6th quarter.

Posted by: mdrockjock | October 21, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse


NC State -- 27
Maryland - 10

Maryland will finish with a 5-7 record.

I am extremely happy that Penn State is ranked number 3 in the country - and very soon to be ranked number one --- this will definitely hurt Maryland's recruiting - thank god !!!

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: hclark1 | October 23, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

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