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Terrapins Insider: November 2, 2008 - November 8, 2008

'The New Thing' Leads Terps to Commanding Victory

Jin Soo Kim's week began with what he thought was a joke and it ended with his right wrist extended in the air, watching another shot fall through the net as the Comcast Center crowd erupted once again. Kim turned...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 8, 2008; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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It Was Close ...

... and then the game started. As would be expected when Maryland matches up with any NAIA opponent, the Terrapins made it clear the canyon separating their skill level from that of Northwood University is vast. Maryland got out to...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 8, 2008; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Warm-ups

Just arrived at the Comcast Center, where both teams are running through their warm-up drills. Freshman guard Sean Mosley is participating in all drills so far, which could mean he will play today against Northwood. Coach Gary Williams had said...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 8, 2008; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Virtues of Scrimmages and Exhibitions

Gary Williams was asked yesterday whether he preferred to have his team play in scrimmages or exhibition games during the preseason. His choice varied, depending on the experience of the players to which he referred. This season, the Terps experienced...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 8, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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What Do Preseason Rankings Tell Us?

Maryland was picked to finish seventh in the ACC this season. The conference's preseason rankings were voted on by members of the media that cover ACC basketball and that attended the ACC's preseason men's basketball media day a few weeks...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 8, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Scouting Northwood

Good morning, everyone. A little bit later today, I'll be heading out to College Park to watch the Terps play in their first -- and only -- exhibition game. Maryland will take on Northwood University at the Comcast Center at...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 8, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Women's Exhibition: MD 107, Team Evolution 37

A handful of moments in Maryland's 107-37 exhibition victory against an overmatched Team Evolution tonight illustrated the athleticism of junior forward Demauria Liles, but the best one didn't even come during the run of play. Midway through the second half,...

By Camille Powell  |  November 7, 2008; 9:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Praise For The Freshmen

During his chat with reporters earlier this afternoon, Gary Williams made sure to point out how well two of his three freshmen have performed so far during pracitices. One of them, Jin Soo Kim, has been able to work out...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 7, 2008; 9:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Vasquez Out Tomorrow

Maryland Coach Gary Williams said this afternoon that junior guard Greivis Vasquez will not play in tomorrow's exhibition game against Northwood. He also said freshman guard Sean Mosley may not play due to an ankle injury. Williams said Mosley suffered...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 7, 2008; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Terps Play Like a Team Un-Possessed

While many Maryland fans will spend this weekend lamenting the performance of the defense -- and perhaps deservedly so -- it's worth noting this: The Terps defenders spend more time on the field than those of any team in the...

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 7, 2008; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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ACC Poll, Where 'Undecided' Wins

It's November 7, and exactly nothing is settled in the ACC. Eight of the league's 12 teams have two conference losses apiece. I'm not sure whether you call that parity or just ridiculous, but one thing's for sure: Only the...

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 7, 2008; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Terps Back on the Defensive

This will likely be another long week for Maryland defensive coordinator Chris Cosh. Not only did TV cameras focus on Cosh getting berated by Coach Ralph Friedgen shortly before halftime, and not only did the Terps surrender 400 total yards...

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 7, 2008; 6:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Time to Reflect, Bullet-Point Style

Maryland's loss dropped the Terrapins into a three-way tie for first place atop the ACC Atlantic Division. The two teams Maryland now shares the top spot with are Florida State and Wake Forest. The Seminoles host Clemson this weekend,...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 7, 2008; 12:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Showing Some Life

Well, sort of. The Terrapins blocked a punt and then recovered a fumbled punt and were set up deep in Hokies territory. What did they get out of those two opportunities? A field goal. Oh, and Darrius Heyward-Bey got drilled....

By Steve Yanda  |  November 6, 2008; 10:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Terps down, 17-3

Okay, what do you think? Sean Glennon is finding holes in Maryland's zone pretty easily. Tech running back Darren Evans already has 116 rushing yards, but he seemed to be favoring his knee toward the end of the quarter. Chris...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 6, 2008; 9:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Maryland Gets On The Board

Obi Egekeze helps atone for an earlier miss by nailing a 41-yard field goal with 13:36 remaining in the second quarter. Maryland's offensive line is not providing much space to run for Da'Rel Scott, who has taken a pounding so...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 6, 2008; 8:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Glennon Gets the Start

All three VT quarterbacks were warming up on the field with less than one minute until kickoff. Sean Glennon got the start. My guess is that we'll at least see Cory Holt at some point, but let's wait to see...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 6, 2008; 7:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scott and Heyward-Bey

Da'Rel Scott is in uniform and on the field -- we'll see what that means in about 15 minutes --- but I just watched Scott and Darrius Heyward-Bey walk off the field together. They butted heads, seemed to exchange words...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 6, 2008; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In Good Company

Eric, Zach and I are joined in the Lane Stadium press box tonight by 18 NFL scouts/pro personnel from 14 different teams. A Virginia Tech spokesman said this many NFL representatives haven't attended a single game at Virginia Tech since...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 6, 2008; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Official Prediction Thread, Bumped

((Moving up Eric's post to get fresh predictions while he and Yanda amble toward Blacksburg.)) Okay, time for predictions. I am very interesting in how everyone feels this game will go. This is a really tough game to figure out....

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 6, 2008; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Brushing Up With Some Gameday Reading

Because tonight's game involves two teams we try to cover, I haven't highlighted out-of-town media as much as some weeks, but obviously there's plenty of good coverage out there that isn't ours. And on game day, who can get enough?...

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 6, 2008; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Terps-Hokies: Who Will Be on the Field?

Injuries are part of football, but I can't remember a game of any significance in which so many key players were genuinely questionable to play. Forget trying to forecast who will win the game (Prisbell started the Official Prediction Thread...

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 6, 2008; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Hitting the Road

Steve Yanda and I are about to hit the road to Blacksburg. One more reminder that we will be having a college football online chat today at 2 p.m. I encourage everyone to flood the chat with tons of Maryland-VT...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 6, 2008; 6:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Hokies Staff Recalls Its Terps Roots

Much has been written over the years about the personal friendship between Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen and Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer, but our Zach Berman recently talked with two Hokies assistants for whom tomorrow's game will have special meaning....

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 5, 2008; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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In ACC, There's a Lot Like Home

The current state of the Virginia Tech football team aside, few venues are more intimidating than Lane Stadium on a Thursday night. No doubt Maryland fans remember the Terps' last trip to Blacksburg: a 55-6 loss in 2004. Thursday night...

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 5, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Is Thursday Night Still a Big Stage?

Ralph Friedgen made some interesting points about Thursday night games in recent years. These days, you have games on Sundays, Fridays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays sometimes, so Friedgen thinks it may diminish the national importance of Thursday night games. I tend...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 5, 2008; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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College Football Officials: You Make the Call

In another interesting story from the indefatigable Commonwealth correspondent Zach Berman, Virginia Coach Al Groh diplomatically voices some displeasure with the performance of the officiating crew at the Cavaliers' game this past Saturday against Miami. Putting aside the specifics of...

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 5, 2008; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rush Hour: Can Terps Shut Down Hokies?

Our intrepid Commonwealth correspondent Zach Berman has a story in today's paper that makes clear one fact that might be overlooked by the casual football fan: No matter who has played quarterback this season, the Virginia Tech offense has struggled....

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 5, 2008; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Terps Injury Report

Maryland Injury Report – 11-04-08 (Virginia Tech game) Out for Season: Kevin Barnes (shoulder) Tyler Bowen (leg) Kevin Dorsey (foot) Dominique Herald (knee) Paul Lariviere (knee) Ben Pooler (knee) Richard Taylor (knee) Joe Vellano (shoulder) Out: Louis Berman (leg) Cameron...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 4, 2008; 8:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedgen's News Conference

Not much came out of this thing today, and when I say not much, I mean not much. The team is practicing in pads right now; the practice is closed and there is no media access afterward. I will get...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 4, 2008; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Practices Closed

Most of you know that Frank Beamer has taken the unusual step to close practice to the media this week. Beamer's Virginia Tech team is usually one of the most open programs nationally, at least in terms of practice. Beamer...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 4, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obama, McCain, Election and Football

Back by popular demand, we bring you one final politics and football poll because of today’s election. Everyone knows the drill by now. Today’s showdown between Barack Obama and John McCain most resembles which college football game this weekend? Interpret...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 4, 2008; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Terps Working on Their Night Moves

Prisbell has a story in today's paper about Maryland's 0-2 record in night games this season (as opposed to 6-0 in matinees). Players refused to make excuses for their flat performances against Middle Tennessee State and Virginia, but it seemed...

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 4, 2008; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Friedgen Hopeful About Moten

Just got back from voting a little while ago. At 6:15 a.m., I was about the 35th person in line. When I left at 7:20, there were more than a hundred. I'll have occasional updates on football today, a very...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 4, 2008; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Kim Declared Eligible

Freshman forward Jin Soo Kim was declared eligible for the 2008-09 season by the NCAA Clearinghouse this afternoon. Maryland released the news in a press release moments ago. Kim will begin practicing with the team on Wednesday. The NCAA Clearinghouse...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 3, 2008; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Terps-UNC Game Time

Maryland's home game against North Carolina on Nov. 15 will kick off at 3:30. That's good news for all reporters who will be covering the game....

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 3, 2008; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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For Some, Great Expectations

I meant to write about my early-morning visit to the Breakfast with Fridge last week, but it’s been a busy and maddening time. Anyway, Ralph Friedgen held his second breakfast with supporters on the Friday before the N.C. State game....

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 3, 2008; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Dinner at Ralph's House

Ralph Friedgen brought up the subject of politics the other day. He said he recently had the players over his house for dinner and the conversation turned political. A lot of players on the team are interested in politics and...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 3, 2008; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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More on Va. Tech's QB Situation

Our Commonwealth correspondent Zach Berman relays the following update from Blacksburg: With Maryland’s showdown against Virginia Tech quickly approaching, Hokies quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and Sean Glennon returned to practice on a limited basis Saturday and progressed incrementally Sunday. Virginia Tech...

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 3, 2008; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Countdown Begins

Today marks the start of a short and action-packed week leading up to Thursday’s big game in Blacksburg. We have stories on Virginia Tech's Cory Holt and Maryland's Davin Meggett in today’s paper, and we will have extensive coverage of...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 3, 2008; 6:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Women's Exhibition: MD 83, DT III 72

Senior All-American candidates Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman are known quantities for the third-ranked Maryland women's basketball team. Today's exhibition game against DT III—which the Terrapins won, 83-72, in front of 1,568 at Comcast Center—was more about the young players...

By Camille Powell  |  November 2, 2008; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Poll Position

A quick update on the rankings released this afternoon: Maryland (6-2) is No. 23 in the AP poll, sandwiched between Georgia Tech (22) and Florida State. Maryland is No. 21 in the coaches’ poll, sandwiched between Georgia Tech (20) and...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 2, 2008; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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State of the ACC Race

What a crazy conference. As I wrote a week or so again in the paper, the Big 12 and SEC are stronger leagues, but there is no league from top to bottom as entertaining as the topsy-turvy ACC. And it...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 2, 2008; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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