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Drummond Gets His Shot

Expect redshirt freshman Derek Drummond to get his first look at linebacker now that Rick Costa is suspended for the foreseeable future. Ralph Friedgen said he thinks the 6-3, 232-pound Drummond will play about 15-20 plays Saturday against North Carolina, backing up Trey Covington at LEO, the hybrid end-linebacker slot.

“Yesterday he did some good things,” Friedgen said. “He certainly has the size. He runs a 4.7. He really has improved in the drill aspect. We do all those fundamentals every day and he has done very well in 2 on 2 and 1 on 1. Where he has trouble is when he gets in with the whole team putting all of it together. That is the next step.

“He did some better things yesterday, giving us a little pass rush. I did some work today, ones against ones. Covington had class so he missed the last half of practice. Drummond got a lot of work. I still think he is going to grow into a defensive end, and that he will be 265 before he finishes growing.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 13, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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This is Derek's Father in Pittsburgh Pa. I am very sadden about Costa uncertain Future he was a good linebacker, but as a former athlete myself and just as human being,alcohol and college sports don"t work. A athlete of his stature can literally destroy his entire career and have NFL teams scared to mess with him.I pray he gets in treatment because i understand this is not the first time that
this alcohol has almost done his career.Brother Costa you are at a crossroad in your life, it is alcohol or live a productive life!! Turn this around by helping others with this problem.Trust me it is not over you can rebound from this keep working out so that you will be ready for whatever hand your dealt.Just in case you do not come back you will be ready for the combines and you will be able to speak to what you are doing different to deal with this alcohol problem and how you are helping others battle this lethal and legal destroyer of lives. Alcohol is the number 1 killer when it comes to drugs or alcohol.I am very proud of my son Derek Drummond who i spent years working with as a human being and athlete, and he always said Dad this is what i what i want to do, and once he made a believer out of me i saw his work ethic change 100%.All he has needed was a taste of that field, Derek is a playmaker and he will change a game in a heart beat if given the chance,I know this for a fact. I couldn't make it there last week but to finally see him on the field along with all of Pittsburgh Pa. We were and very proud of him. He has matured so much physically and as a young Man.Derek Called me right after the game to get my opinion on how he did. I told him he did a great job, just a little hesitation on a pass that went incomplete however he was in position to make a smashing tackle had the young man from N.C. made the catch but he knew he was going to get tatooed.I told Derek his first step has to be like someone shot him out of a cannon.I thank Maryland"s Coaching staff for trusting in my son and as i said before.He will be the cream that rises to the top. Derek is my world and the day he came home from the hospital i held him in the air as his mother looked on and i said he is going to be a great athlete, it runs in our blood and my God he is he has only just begun. I pray that the Coaching staff continues to work with My son because he is going to be a great leader in Due season.Maryland will create a machine on the feild and turned out one of the best athletes in their school history, mark my very words. I know my Son like a book.Maryland Rules the ACC 2008. Thanks to Coach Freidgen, and all the Position coaches and all the team players on both sides of the ball.God Bless rach of you.

Rev Shawn C.Drummond

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