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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.

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 15, 2009; 9:03 PM ET
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Is anyone else concerned about the offense this year? From what I've read and what I see on Terrapins Rising, the offense looks horrible. I hope I've got it wrong and Brown is just a genius. This better not be 2004 all over again. Those 19-16 and 13-3 losses were tough to watch. Isn't our offensive coordinator the "coach-in-waiting"? I hope he's a better head coach than offensive coordinator.

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | August 16, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

terpfan2001, I share your same concern.It seems like everyone feels that because we have a new d coach(which is a good thing) we can forget about the o.Well wait a minute..We face some pretty powerful offences this year..Cal,rutgers,clemson,va tech and with a healthly wilson Nc State..
so i am like you i sure hope our showing in terp rising is no indication of what the o will do this year

Protect this house cause we got some bullies coming in

Posted by: carolina1 | August 17, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Carolina, Barno, Terpsfan -

Keep up the posting, thats why I tune into this channel. Waiting for Poopy to chime in.

Carolina - It did not become the Smith School of Business until the mid-90s. Prior to then it was the Van Muenching School of Business for a few years. So technically, youa (and I) did not graduate from the Smith School.

WORRIED about this offense being able to score points. Agree with a lot of folks that the intermittent scoring from last year has to become consistent, high scoring. The running backs are good, and I agree with Barno's previous posts that a guy like D. Scott only needs a smidgen of daylight to make serious gains so that should help a bit. I am actually less worried about the defense even with all of the departed seniors and new system installed. In all seriousness though, WE NEED A GOOD KICKER. I truly hope that heading into the season we have an automatic 3-point machine because that will be a huge swing factor in what type of bowl we go to.

Question for Carolina - If Fridge leads the team to a second place finish in the division and a bowl win, would the season be a success? If not what would constitute success for you? What should ralph be able to deliver to justify keeping his job in your opinion?

My opinion is that he has earned his keep and then some through consistent winning and running a clean program. Yes there were a couple of down years (which actually provided some high-light wins b/c they were so crappy and beat the likes of Miami and FSU). Let him retire at the helm. Yeah, I'd love a NC, and I think that I'll see MD get there at some point. That said, it would be nice to finally beat Va Tech this year....and beating Cal would be so sweet!

14-0 and a NC until proven otherwise.


Posted by: HughGRection | August 17, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

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