Defense Impressive in Scrimmage
This is a very brief synopsis of Maryland’s first scrimmage, which finished a little more than an hour ago. I’ll delve much further into analysis on Monday morning.
Safety Kenny Tate continues to look very good. Tate had five solo tackles, a sack and an interception. Defensive lineman Derek Drummond had three tackles, two sacks and a safety. Safety Antwine Perez had five tackles.
The defense, overall, looked active and aggressive. It’s clear that coordinator Don Brown’s scheme has the potential to confuse some offenses, particularly early in the season.
As for the offense, center Phil Costa did not play and the offensive line looked shaky without him. As Coach Ralph Friedgen said afterward, Costa is the quarterback of the line, and the line needs him.
Backup QB Jamarr Robinson got a lot of work. He completed 6 of 7 passes for 97 yards and threw one interception.
Starter Chris Turner only got a little work. He completed 2 of 4 passes for four yards.
The freshmen running backs, Caleb Porzel and D.J. Adams, continued to look good. Adams had six carries for 24 yards. Porzel had five carries for 48 yards before hyperextending his knee. Friedgen was optimistic that the injury will not keep Porzel out more than a few days.
As for the kickers, Mike Barbour holds the lead over Nick Wallace heading into the second week of camp. Barbour made 3 of 5 kicks, including ones from 47 and 35 yards. Wallace made 1 of 3, a 35-yarder.
August 15, 2009; 9:03 PM ET
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