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Terrapins Insider: August 23, 2009 - August 29, 2009

Women's Basketball Schedule Released

Maryland has released its women's basketball schedule for the 2009-10 season. Nov. 4 Bowie State Nov. 10 Catholic Nov. 14 North Carolina Central Nov. 16 New Hampshire Nov. 19 Old Dominion Nov. 22 at Mississippi State Nov. 24 Samford Nov....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  August 28, 2009; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Nine Wide Receivers to Travel

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen said nine wide receivers likely will make the travel roster for the season opener at California on Sept. 5. Some will play on special teams, some will play at wide receiver. Here is how Friedgen broke...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 28, 2009; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Areas of Concern Along the O-Line

From an offensive standpoint, Maryland has two areas of concern heading into the week of preparation for the opener against California. The tight ends have been a disappointment throughout camp. “That’s one position where we’re not as strong as we...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 28, 2009; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Franklin Sees Improvement From Meggett

Maryland's coaches like the team’s depth at running back, and offensive coordinator James Franklin said that junior Da’Rel Scott, a first-team all-ACC performer last season, and sophomore Davin Meggett are both number one backs and will be used as such....

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 28, 2009; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Place Kicking Battle Enters Final Week

The place kicking competition remains ongoing as Maryland enters the final week of preparation before its season opener at 12th-ranked California. True freshman Nick Ferrara and redshirt freshman Mike Barbour combined to make all five of their field goal attempts...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 28, 2009; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Robinson Likely to Get Some Snaps This Season

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen has been conferring with assistants about when and how to get backup quarterback Jamarr Robinson some game action this season because coaches feel he is deserving of playing time. While senior Chris Turner is entrenched as...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 28, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Vasquez Competing at FIBA Americas Championship

Today is the third day of pool play at the FIBA Americas Championship in Puerto Rico, and so far the results have been mixed for Maryland senior guard Greivis Vasquez, who is competing for his native Venezuela. In two games,...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 28, 2009; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Mike Wise on Ralph Friedgen

Mike Wise wrote a column on Coach Ralph Friedgen's healthier outlook this season. Check it out here....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  August 27, 2009; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Battle for the No. 3 QB Spot

The battle for third-string quarterback duties involves two true freshmen, Danny O’Brien and C.J. Brown. Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen said O’Brien is a little further ahead in his grasp of the offense and “gets us out of the huddle better.”...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 27, 2009; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Solidifying the Offensive Line

As the season opener nears, there remains no bigger question than the offensive line. Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen said Wednesday: “I see it getting better, but I don’t know where we are at. I won’t know that until we play...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 27, 2009; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedgen on Turner's Growth

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen has said several times throughout camp that it is very important for quarterback Chris Turner to play well this season. That is true for any starting quarterback on a college team, but it is particularly true...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 27, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ross Making Strides on Defense

The defensive line remains a concern because of inexperience, but Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen has liked what he has seen from linemen Carl Russell and Deege Galt (“He’s playing like a madman,” Friedgen said). Ends Jared Harrell and Derek Drummond...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 27, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedgen's Good Mood

Before Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen finished practice and returned to the Gossett Team House, I was talking to a couple other reporters about how good of a mood Friedgen has been in throughout camp. Despite the team’s youth and uncertainty...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 27, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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About the Team Web Site Story

Hello, everyone. This is Eric Prisbell. I wanted to share some brief thoughts about the story I wrote with Steve Yanda on Web site proprietors getting involved in the recruitment of college basketball prospects. This was a story I had...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 26, 2009; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Fulper Making Progress at Guard

True freshman Bennett Fulper, who moved from center to guard earlier this week, is making strides at his new position. “I was shocked Monday he didn’t make any mental mistakes at guard,” Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen said. “His footwork was...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 26, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More From Kenny Tate

I did a story on Kenny Tate for the newspaper today. Here are some quotes from my interview with Tate the other day. He is a pretty soft-spoken, confident guy, but I would not say cocky. This guy knows he...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 26, 2009; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Friedgen: Players Are Sore, Beat Up Right Now

We are in the middle of what Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen calls the “dog days” of camp. He said players are tired, sore, beat up. “They are looking to get the hell out of this stuff and get ready to...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 26, 2009; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland Basketball Releases 2009-10 Schedule

Maryland has released its men's basketball schedule for the upcoming season. The Terrapins will play at least 12 teams that advanced to postseason play last season. Here's how it looks: Tue, Nov. 3 vs. Indiana (Pa.) (exhibition) 8 p.m. Fri,...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 25, 2009; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Predicting Maryland's Record

When I appeared on "Washington Post Live" yesterday to talk about the Maryland football team, I basically said that if the defensive line, offensive line and place kicker are adequate, Maryland go to a bowl game. If it isn't, then...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 25, 2009; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Place Kicking Is an Art, but Who Will Master It?

We are less than two weeks away from the season opener at California, and Maryland still does not have a place kicker. Mike Barbour, who seemingly has had the job won a few times now, missed his last three kicks...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 25, 2009; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Shaun Hill Named 49ers' Starting Quarterback

Former Maryland quarterback Shaun Hill has been named the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback for the regular season. Hill, who is entering his eighth NFL season, started the final eight games of last season for the 49ers, completing 181 of...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  August 25, 2009; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Freshman Fulper Moves from Center to Guard

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen has been trying to find answers along the offensive line during all of preseason camp. He has center Phil Costa and left tackle Bruce Campbell, but the three other positions are large question marks. Friedgen has...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 25, 2009; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Too Many Penalties for Friedgen's Liking

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen has talked about penalties before. In fact, I recall him talking about it early in camp when he said a young player made an interception and scored, only to pose and throw the ball out of...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 24, 2009; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedgen Counting on Logan on Special Teams

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen felt secure with sophomore Tony Logan as the team’s punt returner At least until he dropped a punt late in Sunday’s scrimmage. Friedgen liked Logan’s decisions on whether to fair catch punts and said “I am...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 24, 2009; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Backup Running Backs Jockeying for Position

Maryland redshirt freshman Gary Douglas added intrigue to the running back position with his performance – 122 yards on 17 carries – in the Terrapins’ second scrimmage on Sunday. Douglas left an impression on teammates and coaches because of the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 24, 2009; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Barbour Yet to Close the Deal at Place Kicker

Maryland still does not have a starting place kicker because redshirt freshman Mike Barbour continues to squander opportunities to lock up the job. Barbour made four kicks in Sunday’s scrimmage but missed his last three -- all longer than 40...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 24, 2009; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Franklin Making a Move in the Secondary

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen has been looking for a fifth safety. Jamari McCollough, Kenny Tate, Antwine Perez and Terrell Skinner are all well entrenched at the safety position. True freshman Eric Franklin, who had a scrimmage-best eight tackles and intercepted...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 24, 2009; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Friedgen: a 'Good, Tough' Scrimmage

Maryland’s second scrimmage was a long one. The first-team offense got about 64 plays as the Terrapins played through the Sunday afternoon heat. But that’s what Coach Ralph Friedgen wanted. He put his players through some two-minute drill situations at...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 24, 2009; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Douglas Shines in Second Scrimmage

This will be a brief blog entry for Sunday night, with more coverage of Maryland’s second scrimmage throughout the day tomorrow. The story of the day was redshirt freshman running back Gary Douglas, who made a move in his competition...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 23, 2009; 9:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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