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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. When I asked about the defense the other day, Friedgen said the defense has accounted for more than 50 interceptions in three weeks of camp. Now, let’s be clear: Does that say more about the offense or more about the defense? We’ll get some idea late Saturday night.

But it’s a good sign for a defense that last season struggled to force turnovers. In fact, Maryland did not score a non-offensive touchdown until the bowl game.

“That’s unheard of,” offensive coordinator James Franklin said.

Coaches have praised strong safety Kenny Tate throughout camp. They have also talked highly about linebackers Alex Wujciak and Adrian Moten. The other day, Friedgen said cornerback Nolan Carroll may be playing as well as any corner he has had at Maryland. That’s high praise.

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 31, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
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