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, they said. But Williams and Thomas did not hold back dishing it out as well.
From the start, Williams said, Austin was saying, ‘You can’t block me! I don’t know why you are trying!” Thomas said his linemen kept smiling, kept talking and kept performing. After a while, he said, Austin piped down a little.
“For some reason, I just started mouthing off,” Williams said. “And he just kept going the whole game. ‘You can’t block me! We’re whipping your butt!’ He talked trash the whole game, even on the field goal.”
Maryland nearly had two 100-yard rushers in the game. Coach Ralph Friedgen believes the offensive line played its best game of the season.
“There were some pretty big holes that opened up,” he said. “We played with tremendous leverage. We still made some mental mistakes, which is disturbing to me because we shouldn’t be doing that.”
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