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Terrapins Insider: August 30, 2009 - September 5, 2009

Ferrara to Kick, Wiseman to Return Punts

Just got the official announcement from Maryland: True freshman Nick Ferrara will start at kicker. This is not a surprise considering Ferrara had a a very strong week, making a 53-yard field goal in practice. The other update is that...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 5, 2009; 9:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Greetings from Memorial Stadium

Just got inside California Memorial Stadium, everybody. It’s always a great scene here in Berkeley. A cluster of fans starting to gather on Tightwad Hill, the small mountain next to the stadium that gives fans a great look at the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 5, 2009; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Official Prediction Thread

You are reading this while I am on a plane headed to Oakland. I am probably somewhere over Ottumwa, Iowa, (home to Indian Hills JC) by now. My thoughts on the game are as follows: I think it will be...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 4, 2009; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Best: Durability Is the Biggest Knock on Me

Here is a feature on California running back Jahvid Best, who is probably the closest player the sport has to a Reggie Bush. I am always hesitant to compare the two, but it does seem like a natural comparison on...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 3, 2009; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Freshmen Who Will Travel

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen really likes this year’s freshman class, and several freshmen will be making the trip to California today. I believe these are all the freshmen who will be traveling this week: Left guard Bennett Fulper, defensive end...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 3, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Checking In With the Defending National Champions

We borrowed Post soccer scribe Steve Goff for a story on the defending national champion Maryland men's soccer team. He writes about how Coach Sasho Cirovski has had to reload, especially after his entire back line from 2008 is now...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  September 3, 2009; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedgen Confirms QB Transfer

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen confirmed the transfer of Miami (Ohio) quarterback Clay Belton, who has walked on. Belton has been at practice the last few days. He is expected to have two years of eligibility remaining. “I am a little...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 3, 2009; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Glover Named to ACC's Legends Class

Each year, the ACC names 12 former players – one from each school – to its class of ACC Championship Game Legends. Kevin Glover was Maryland’s representative this season. Glover was a standout center under Coach Bobby Ross, and he...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 3, 2009; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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College Football Online Chat at 1 p.m.

At 1 p.m. today, we will have our first online chat of the college football season. This chat will be a little different than those in the past because four writers, including myself, will take part. I welcome everyone to...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 3, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland's Motivation: 21

Walk into the Gossett Team House and you’ll see three flat-panel video screens. Look at them for a few seconds and watch them proclaim that it’s Cal Week, etc., and then see the number 21 appear on the screens. What’s...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 3, 2009; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Friedgen Decides on Place Kicker, Keeps ID Secret

Yes, Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen has made up his mind on his starting place kicker for Saturday’s season opener against 12th-ranked California. But as of last night, he wasn’t ready to tell the handful of reporters in his office because...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 3, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Maryland's Plans for the (Early) Morning After

As mentioned before, Maryland will conduct a short practice in College Park between 2 and 3:15 p.m. on Thursday before leaving for California later that afternoon. The Terrapins will have a walk-through Friday and try to kill time the best...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 2, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Now Starring as Jahvid Best: D.J. Adams

Caleb Porzel, Maryland’s fastest player by most accounts, is banged up, so another true freshman running back, D.J. Adams, has taken the role of California’s Jahvid Best in practice. No one can truly simulate Best’s speed and acceleration in practice,...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 2, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Friedgen on Monday's Poor Practice

The one constant for this young Maryland team has been effort. Players have worked, and worked hard, even when Coach Ralph Friedgen thought they were tired, sore and beaten up in two-a-days. But Monday brought a change. Friedgen said it...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 2, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedgen: They Will be Waiting for Us

Coaches usually say the results of a game from a previous season do not affect what will happen in the current season’s meeting. Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen knows otherwise when it comes to Saturday’s season opener against 12th-ranked California. “I...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 2, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Dead Heat at Place Kicker

Maryland is just a day away from leaving for Berkeley, Calif., and there is no movement on the competitive place kicking battle in College Park. There is a chance Coach Ralph Friedgen could name a starter after practice tonight or...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 2, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Report: QB Will Transfer From Miami (Ohio) to Maryland

One week after leaving Miami University in Ohio, Clay Belton, a 6-foot-5, 223-pound left-handed quarterback, is headed to Maryland, according to this story. Belton will sit out this season and have two years of eligibility remaining. Jamarr Robinson has made...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 2, 2009; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Tedford on Maryland's 'Element of Surprise'

The most interesting thing, in my opinion, that emerged from California Coach Jeff Tedford’s teleconference on Tuesday was his acknowledgment his team will endure an adjustment period dealing with Maryland’s aggressive 4-3 defense. “You just don’t know what to do,”...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 2, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Prisbell's Video Previews

We sent cameras to Coach Ralph Friedgen's press conference on Tuesday, and Eric Prisbell was there to break down Saturday's season opener. Look for a video like this each week during the season. Prisbell also was on Comcast SportsNet's "Washington...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  September 2, 2009; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Apart From Best, Cal Has Questions on Offense

We’ll have more on 12th-ranked California throughout the week, but I just wanted to share some early thoughts on one of the more intriguing teams in the country. This is a team that has the potential to shake up the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 1, 2009; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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More From Lee Hull

I talked with Maryland wide receivers coach Lee Hull about Adrian Cannon recently. Here is some more from that interview: (How big is the change in Adrian’s attitude and focus from last fall?) It’s a huge difference. Everything finally clicked...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 1, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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More From Adrian Cannon

I wrote a story on wide receiver Adrian Cannon for today’s paper. He has had quite a turnaround on and off the field. He is now Maryland’s top offensive playmaker and is coming off a spring semester in which he...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 1, 2009; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedgen News Conference in Four Hours

Good morning, everyone. Today is a busy day and always an interesting day during the season-opening game week. A quick rundown of today’s events: Coach Ralph Friedgen holds his weekly news conference at 1 p.m. Some player interviews will follow....

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 1, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Poll: Maryland's Biggest Concern

Let’s talk team concerns. There are a few obvious ones. Offensive line: Center Phil Costa and left tackle Bruce Campbell look good. Sophomore Andrew Gonnella will start at one guard position. Junior Paul Pinegar should start at right tackle, with...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 31, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Defense Makes More than 50 Interceptions in Camp

The talk of camp has been the new 4-3 defense, which is expected to be aggressive, creative, unpredictable, flexible and unorthodox. Did I mention aggressive? Hardly a media session goes by without Coach Ralph Friedgen raving about the defense’s play....

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 31, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedgen as Program CEO

Expectations for this Maryland team are relatively low – six or seven wins, perhaps – but there is no question Coach Ralph Friedgen has been less stressed during camp compared to previous years. He has not been in a grumpy...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 31, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Team Captains Elected, Sworn In

One of the things to emerge through three weeks of camp is this: Coach Ralph Friedgen likes this team. A lot. No one – not even Friedgen – knows how good this team will be. But he likes this bunch,...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 31, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Kicker Battle Continues

Ever since defensive lineman Dion Armstrong walked into Coach Ralph Friedgen’s office and told Friedgen he was out and wanted to transfer, the drama in camp has consisted of the following: 1) Squabbling among reporters. 2) Mike Barbour vs. Nick...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 31, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Friedgen on the 22-Point Spread

Maryland is getting as much respect in Las Vegas as it got at ACC media day, when members of the media predicted the Terrapins would finish second-to-last in the ACC’s Atlantic Division. I have checked the spread on Saturday’s game...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 31, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Countdown to Game Day Begins

Finally, it is game week, everybody. We’re less than a week away from finding out how this young Maryland team stacks up against a 12th-ranked California team that believes it can play for the national title. This stands as a...

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 31, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Vasquez, Venezuela Out At FIBA Americas

Despite solid play from Maryland senior guard Greivis Vasquez, the Venezuelan national team was eliminated from the FIBA Americas Championship in Puerto Rico over the weekend. Vasquez averaged 9.8 points, 5.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game in four contests....

By Steve Yanda  |  August 31, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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