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Terrapins Insider: November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

Terps Eliminated

Final score: Florida State 37, Maryland 3 By way of their loss and Boston College's win over Wake Forest earlier in the day, the Terps officially have been eliminated from the ACC Atlantic Division race. Either Florida State or Boston...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 22, 2008; 10:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Costly Turn of Events for Terps

Chris Turner is getting hammered. One hit was deemed a personal foul. But Turner got nailed on the very next play by linebacker Toddrick Verdell. And on the next play, Turner threw his second interception of the game. Florida State's...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 22, 2008; 9:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Rolle Has Arrived

At 8:57, Florida State's Myron Rolle made his first showing in Byrd Stadium. He ran over to the Florida State sideline amid cheers from Seminoles fans. Chris Turner just got sacked again ......

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 22, 2008; 8:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Scott Fumbles, Seminoles Score

A hit by Florida State defensive end Everette Brown on Da'Rel Scott forced a fumble on the Terps 22 yard-line that Seminoles linebacker Derek Nicholson returned for a touchdown. Coach Ralph Friedgen had some words for Scott upon his return...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 22, 2008; 8:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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An Update From CP

Maryland trails, 7-0, early in the second quarter. Florida State scored on a seven-yard pass from Christian Ponder to wideout Preston Parker. The 16-play drive took 7:02 off the clock. As for the Terps, quarterback Chris Turner has thrown high...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 22, 2008; 8:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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So Terps Can't Clinch Tonight

Boston College's narrow victory over Wake Forest means that Maryland must win its next two games, against Florida State tonight and at Boston College next Saturday, to win the Atlantic Division crown. If Maryland loses tonight, it is out. An...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 22, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Rolle En Route

For those of you who've been following the story of Myron Rolle, the Florida State player who interviewed for a Rhodes scholarship in Birmingham, Ala. earlier today, I just received word that Rolle was awarded the scholarship and that he...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 22, 2008; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Boston College Leading, 16-7, at Half

Just arrived at a frigid Byrd Stadium. Fans are all bundled up outside. I followed the Boston College-Wake Forest play-by-play on my BlackBerry on my drive from Columbia to College Park. When I saw Boston College return an interception 41...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 22, 2008; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Nod to Dino and Dave

Sophomore forward Dino Gregory played 24 minutes off the bench last night, and while he didn't really make much of a mark in the scoring department (two points), he definitely made his presence felt on defense. The knock on Gregory...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 22, 2008; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Halftime Adjustments

Maryland jumped out to a hot offensive start last night for the first time in a game this season. They also pressed well enough to force Vermont into 12 first-half turnovers. And yet, the Terps led by just two points...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 22, 2008; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eleven Hours Until Kickoff

Good morning, everyone. This is the most important Saturday of the season for Maryland. A quick weather update: The forecast calls for a temperature of 30 degrees at 8 p.m. Winds up to 10 mph are expected, which means it...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 22, 2008; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Three Up, Three Down

What a crazy night at Comcast, folks. Vermont shot the lights out and led the game with 6.4 seconds left on the clock. Then Greivis Vasquez nails a three-pointer from the corner to tie the score. And just like that,...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 21, 2008; 11:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lonergan on a Tough Loss

This is Eric checking in from Comcast Center, about a half hour after I finished talking with Vermont Coach Mike Lonergan and standout forward Marqus Blakely. They were understandably downtrodden after losing to Maryland, 89-74, in overtime in heartbreaking fashion....

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 21, 2008; 11:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Ball Handlers and Off-the-Ball Handlers

Among the many bright sides to having a plethora of capable guards is the ability to rely on several different players to run the show at different times. Need a steady floor general? Have Eric Hayes take the ball down...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 21, 2008; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Milbourne's Role on the Boards

Landon Milbourne strikes you as a slasher, mainly because that’s what he is. Or at least, what he should be. He’s listed at 6-foot-7, 207 lbs., not bulky by any means, but not wiry, either. He seems like he’d be...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 21, 2008; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Slow Starters

As Coach Gary Williams is quick to remind everyone, his team has scored lots of points in its first two games and has won by wide margins. But as much as Williams would like to chalk the Terps’ early offensive...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 21, 2008; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Official Prediction Thread

I’ve already booked my hotel, rental car and plane ticket for Tampa, so that should give you an indication of where I think Maryland is headed. A person told me I may have put the “whammy” on the team. I...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 21, 2008; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Maryland-Florida State, From Various Perspectives

Prisbell has a story on Danny Oquendo, Maryland's unassuming Mr. Clutch, in today's paper, and we'll have more on the site in a little while, so stay tuned. Meantime, here's a sampling of what others are saying about tomorrow's game....

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 21, 2008; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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After Saturday, Where Will Terps Be?

This much we know: Maryland will be in one of three positions come 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. poll by twiigs.com...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 21, 2008; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Bowden's Odd Take on Maryland

I listened to the ACC teleconference again with Bobby Bowden and I came across this from Bowden regarding Maryland: "I don't see them having highs and lows," Bowden said. "Seems like they play good every Saturday." Huh? If there ever...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 21, 2008; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Maryland Injury Report

No surprises. Maryland Injury Report – 11-20-08 (Florida State 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...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 20, 2008; 8:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More On Lonergan, Eye Problems and Guard Play

I'll post some of the highlights from today's media availability throughout the day tomorrow, but I had a few more items I wanted to mention about Vermont and its coach, Mike Lonergan. Let's start with Lonergan, who grew up in...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 20, 2008; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scouting Vermont

Maryland will host one of its former coaches and the team he now leads tomorrow night at Comcast Center. Coach Mike Lonergan and the Vermont Catamounts are 1-1 this season and would appear to be the Terps' first somewhat legitimate...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 20, 2008; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scouting the Seminoles

You can find statistics for most college teams that make them look like a juggernaut. But while doing research on Florida State, I kept thinking this team should be better than 7-3. Anyway, here is a quick look at...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 20, 2008; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Chillin' with the Fridge

Friedgen took a significant amount of time yesterday to talk to reporters about Maryland’s new glitzy Web site, www.feartheterps.com. Friedgen said he wanted to be “wowed by it” and wanted it to be a “gateway to recruits and also fans.”...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 20, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A Quick Friedgen-Bowden Memory

Ralph Friedgen shared a memory of one of his early exchanges with Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden, which occurred after a Maryland loss several years ago. Perhaps it was 2001, not sure. But it occurred near midfield when the two...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 20, 2008; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Friday's Practice Open to Students

Practice will again be open to current Maryland students on Friday. Ralph Friedgen had an open practice for students last week, and free T-shirts went pretty quickly to the first 100 kids who showed. All you need to do is...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 20, 2008; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Flashback to 2006?

Gather a bunch of Maryland fans and just mention a few words: Wake Forest … 2006 … 38-24. They’ll know. Maryland’s 30 seniors remember that game, and they remember the feeling they had after losing an opportunity to win the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 20, 2008; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Three in a Row vs. FSU at Byrd?

Florida State is no longer the Florida State of old. But it is still hard to believe that Maryland has won two straight games against Florida State at Byrd Stadium. I covered the first victory, a truly improbable 20-17 win...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 20, 2008; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Saturday's Scoreboard Watching

As fans, players and media start filing into Byrd Stadium on Saturday afternoon, everyone’s thoughts will be on a game in Winston-Salem, N.C., that will have a significant impact on Maryland’s ACC Atlantic Division title chances. A few veteran players...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 20, 2008; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Trash Talk in the Trenches

Both offensive linemen Edwin Williams and Jaimie Thomas said there was a lot more trash talk than usual Saturday, and it was flowing both ways along the line of scrimmage. A lot of it came from North Carolina’s Marvin Austin,...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 20, 2008; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Friedgen on Dating Older Women

Sometimes when you ask Ralph Friedgen a question, you get a little more than you bargained for. The other day, I asked Friedgen a question about how he knows when to be hard on the players and when to take...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 20, 2008; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Is Maryland Ready? Who knows?

So after all the talk about turning points in the season, self-motivation, a chance to win the division and one final showcase for the seniors, Coach Ralph Friedgen was asked whether his team is ready to play: “Can never tell...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 20, 2008; 6:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rhodes Scholarship: Just the Facts, Please

By now, you have probably heard about the unique odyssey Florida State’s Myron Rolle will go on beginning Friday. A finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship, Rolle will be in Birmingham on Friday to begin his final interviews before an announcement...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 19, 2008; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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An Ode To Edwin Williams

Through all the ups and downs of the season, the crazy losses and the big wins, one constant has been the demeanor and attitude of center Edwin Williams. On just about every Tuesday, school officials trot Williams out to the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 19, 2008; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Noles Know All About Heyward-Bey

Darrius Heyward-Bey hasn't been able to sneak up on any opponents this season. In fact, at times, Maryland struggled to get him the ball because teams game-planned specifically for him. Florida State seems particularly wary of the junior wide receiver....

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 19, 2008; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Getting Into The Flow

The stat line for junior guard Greivis Vasquez from last night's game would seem to indicate a performance reminiscent of the ones he frequently put up last season. You know, the ones where Vasquez seemed to do everything -- score,...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 19, 2008; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Which is the Tougher Game?

Maryland is very close to wrapping up the division crown, but the Terrapins don't have it wrapped up quite yet. They will need to win at least one more game. Neither game is easy. In fact, both game might be...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 19, 2008; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bowden: They've Had Their Punishment

A quick update from Bobby Bowden's ACC teleconference on a busy Wednesday. Assuming there is no update on the police report this week, Bowden plans to play the five wide receivers who were suspended from last week's Boston College game...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 19, 2008; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Playoff: Good or Bad for the ACC?

This is the time of year when the BCS picture is so muddled, the cry for a division I-A playoff system begins anew. As Michael Wilbon pointed out today, even the president-elect is getting in on the act. Personally, I...

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 19, 2008; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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A Final Seniors-only Meeting?

Linebacker Moise Fokou said he expects the 30 seniors to meet Thursday for one last meeting together before their final home game. He said they will talk about goals and focus, and that offensive lineman Jaimie Thomas usually has a...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 19, 2008; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Terps Seem to Buy Friedgen's Soft Sell

For those who didn't see Prisbell's story today, it's worth checking out. It looks at how well the Terps have bounced back from bad losses this season and how a big part of the reason why might have been Coach...

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 19, 2008; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Weather and Rankings

Yesterday was a frigid day in College Park, where I watched the first five periods of practice with a few other writers. Way too cold for November. Is it way too cold for Bobby Bowden and Florida State? Here is...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 19, 2008; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Terps Become Wake Forest Fans

Maryland will be rooting for Wake Forest on Saturday because if the Demon Deacons win and the Terrapins win, they are off to Tampa. As linebacker Moise Fokou said, “It can all end this weekend.” Or it may not. He...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 19, 2008; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Same Pattern In Terps' Win

Another game, another slow offensive start for Coach Gary Williams's bunch. Maryland missed its first six shots from the field and scored just 12 points in the opening 10 minutes. But just as they did Friday night against Bucknell, the...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 18, 2008; 11:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sticking Up For Duke?

Coach Gary Williams was wrapping up his chat with a handful of reporters yesterday when he turned the tables on the men with the notepads and recorders. “Hey, I got a question for yah,” Williams said. “You see the (Associated...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 18, 2008; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Taking Charge

Though the Terps continue to insist they believe forward Braxton Dupree and his fellow big men will develop into adequate contributors, they long ago came to the conclusion that they must adjust to what appears to be the team’s most...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 18, 2008; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Wear Black

Maryland officials announced a "Blackout" for Saturday night's game at Byrd Stadium, so fans should wear black. "When two teams are vying for the division title," Coach Ralph Friedgen said, "you would think both teams would be ready to play....

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 18, 2008; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Playing Time

A good amount of time during yesterday’s media availability was spent talking about playing time and whether specific players earned more of it based on their performance Friday night against Bucknell. Coach Gary Williams has said many times over the...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 18, 2008; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Winners Lose, Losers Win

The headline written above explains a trend in Maryland's games this season. A team that comes off off a win, feeling good about itself, often loses. A team that comes in off a loss, just hissing mad, almost always beats...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 18, 2008; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Playing an Unranked Team, at Night, at Home

Through 10 games, correctly predicting the outcome of Maryland’s games has depended on three factors: Who they play, where they play and when they play. Against ranked teams, Maryland is 4-0. Against unranked teams, Maryland is 3-3. At home, Maryland...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 18, 2008; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Lineman Thomas Calls Franklin

Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin took a look back at the play of his offense, which saw an inspired effort by its offensive line Saturday. One of the most memorable scenes that I can remember occurred in the final two...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 18, 2008; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Turner Reflects

Maryland quarterback Chris Turner did not play his best game Saturday. But he did not throw an interception against the team that was tied for the national lead in interceptions. And he engineered a memorable 19-play drive that included three...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 18, 2008; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Poor Headline

The Internet has become like the Wild Wild West in recent years when it comes to "stories." Any one can write one. Any site can post one. I was reading through some clips when I came across a headline that...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 18, 2008; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FSU Safety Injured During Celebration

I remember seeing this on TV when it happened and I still can't believe it. Florida State senior free safety Darius McClure suffered a career-ending injury when he celebrated an interception he made in the Boston College game. Did Florida...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 18, 2008; 6:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Padgett Signed

Coach Gary Williams just announced that James Padgett officially has signed his letter of intent. Padgett, a 6-foot-8 power forward out of Brooklyn, joins Jordan Williams as part of Maryland's 2009 recruiting class. More from Williams's media availability to come....

By Steve Yanda  |  November 17, 2008; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Terps-BC Kickoff Time

The ACC has announced that the Maryland-Boston College game on Nov. 29 will be at noon or 3:30 p.m. So we know it will not be at night. We also don't know what the game will mean. It could be...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 17, 2008; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bowl Projections

Before I post these bowl predictions from around the country, let me first say that no one knows how this will play out, especially after the first 10 games have unfolded. But I like to look at these predictions to...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 17, 2008; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Edwin Williams Earns ACC Honors

Maryland center Edwin Williams earned ACC offensive lineman of the week honors. Maryland's offensive line played its best game of the season. Safe to say reporters will be hearing from Edwin Williams during tomorrow's Tuesday luncheon....

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 17, 2008; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scouting Youngstown State

Up next for Gary Williams's bunch are the Youngstown State Penguins, who traveled to the College Park vacinity this morning and will take on the Terrapins at 8 p.m. tomorrow night at Comcast Center. Youngstown State hails from the Horizon...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 17, 2008; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Long Drives

I took a closer look at the two long drives that have helped Maryland barely win its last two home games. It’s quite interesting. The Terrapins have struggled in time of possession all season, ranking among the nation’s worst in...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 17, 2008; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Practice That Never Was

Ralph Friedgen has questioned all season whether he has been reaching his players. But one practice he did not call may have sent a clear message to his players. After the 23-13 loss at Virginia Tech on Nov. 6, Friedgen...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 17, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Does Anyone Want to Go to Tampa?

Maryland is the highest-ranked ACC team. The Terps are alone in first place in the Atlantic Division. But here is one ranking that has Maryland sixth in the conference. Not sure I agree with that one, especially since the team...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 17, 2008; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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How Everyone Can Win the Atlantic Division

Here is how Maryland can win the Atlantic Division: Beat Florida State and Boston College. Beat Florida State and have Wake Forest beat Boston College. Lose to Florida State, have Wake Forest beat Boston College and then beat Boston College...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 17, 2008; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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A First Look at FSU-Maryland

Hello, everyone. We will have a five-day buildup to one of the biggest regular season games in Ralph Friedgen’s tenure on Saturday against Florida State. Let’s start with a quick look at where these teams rank in national rankings. One...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 17, 2008; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Sunday with the Fridge

Coach Ralph Friedgen just finished his usual Sunday teleconference with reporters. On the injury front, Friedgen said the team came out of the game okay. Scott Burley is fine. Cornerback Nolan Carroll began the game at around 90 percent and...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 16, 2008; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Butch Davis Likes Maryland's Front Seven

How things change in nine days. Maryland's defense was not very physical against Virginia Tech. Now we have UNC Coach Butch Davis calling Maryland's front seven "very physical." Here is some more reaction from Davis: "Obviously, it's a very disappointing...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 16, 2008; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sexton: 'Easily My Worst Football Game This Year'

North Carolina quarterback Cameron Sexton was pretty hard on himself after the game. Here is his interview with reporters: “We left a bunch of points on the field. We didn’t play well. We didn’t capitalize when we should have.” “I...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 16, 2008; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Rankings Are Out, Terps Are In. Again.

Gotta check out these AP rankings. Maryland is ranked No. 22, the highest-ranked ACC team. Hard to believe that would happen after Middle Tennessee, after Virginia, even after Virginia Tech 10 days ago. No ACC team in the top 20....

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 16, 2008; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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UNC Linebacker: It Felt Like We Were Out There All Day

Some interesting reaction from UNC linebacker Mark Paschal, who was on defense much of the day as Maryland controlled the ball for a remarkable 40 minutes: “We had a great opportunity in front of us and we failed to capitalize....

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 16, 2008; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reporter Rips ACC

I was surprised to see Jason King of Yahoo in the press box yesterday because I didn't think anyone outside the ACC's footprint cared about this conference this season. Then again, this was a bad week for big games and...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 16, 2008; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Eagles Crash FSU's Blackout Party

Boston College Coach Jeff Jagodzinski got all of his players black shirts after FSU made such a big deal about the all-black uniforms blackout. "If we're not going to get invited, then let's go ahead and crash the party," Jagodzinski...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 16, 2008; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Some Post-Game Notes

Florida State could have made next week's game a division title game, but the Seminoles lost. Here are some post-game notes from the game, straight from Maryland's media relations department: Turtle Power: By beating No. 17 North Carolina on Saturday,...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 16, 2008; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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