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Terrapins Insider: September 20, 2009 - September 26, 2009

Poll: Still Support Fridge?

Well, on a positive note, basketball season is only a few short weeks away, and Gary has a good squad this year, led by guard Greivis Vasquez … poll by twiigs.com...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 26, 2009; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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LaQuan Williams Hauls In TD Catch

Chris Turner connected with junior wide receiver LaQuan Williams on a 24-yard touchdown catch to pull Maryland even with 13:26 remaining in the first half. The score is tied, 10-10....

By Steve Yanda  |  September 26, 2009; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Baltz Out; Rutgers Tacks On Field Goal

With roughly six minutes remaining in the first quarter, Maryland attempted a punt out of its own end zone. Punter Travis Baltz was hit by Rutgers defensive back Ramy Nubani after releasing the kick. Baltz limped off the field, received...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 26, 2009; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ferrara Puts Terps On The Board

Freshman kicker Nick Ferrara drilled a 38-yard field goal with 12:17 left in the first quarter. After throwing an interception on his first pass attempt, Chris Turner went right back to the air on Maryland's second offensive play, tossing a...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 26, 2009; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Terps Trail After 13 Seconds Of Play

On the first play of Maryland's first offensive possession, quarterback Chris Turner's pass was intercepted and returned 36 yards for a touchdown by Rutgers linebacker Antonio Lowery. The throw was intended for sophomore wide receiver Quinton McCree. The interception was...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 26, 2009; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Campbell, Hampton To Start

After missing the past two games with turf toe, Maryland junior Bruce Campbell will start at left tackle for the Terrapins today against Rutgers. Also entering the starting lineup along the offensive line is sophomore Maurice Hampton at left guard....

By Steve Yanda  |  September 26, 2009; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Carroll Sends Message Through Friedgen

Senior cornerback Nolan Carroll, whose career is over because of a broken leg suffered against James Madison, has been around the team and out at practice a couple times. But Coach Ralph Friedgen said he has been told not to...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 25, 2009; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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More on WR Brandon Coleman

Steve Yanda recently had a good talk with Bishop McNamara wide receiver Brandon Coleman, a four-star prospect who has narrowed his options to Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Maryland. Here’s come of what Coleman had to say: “Maryland was the first...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 25, 2009; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Poll: Which Team Does a Better Job Keeping Local Talent at Home

Steve Yanda and I wrote a story for today’s newspaper on the emerging recruiting rivalry between Maryland and Rutgers. I grew up in New Jersey and everyone always talked about how much talent there was in the state, and how...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 25, 2009; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Make Your Predictions Here

Okay, prediction time. I’m only 2-1 on the season so far because, while I got the point total correct last week, I picked the wrong winner. This game against Rutgers is very difficult to forecast. To be honest, I don’t...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 25, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Campbell, McCollough Probable

The best news for Maryland is that left tackle Bruce Campbell (turf toe) and safety Jamari McCollough (high ankle sprain) will probably play Saturday. How much will they play? Who knows. With Campbell taking his spot at left tackle, Paul...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 25, 2009; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Maryland-Rutgers, the Video Preview

Eric Prisbell checks in from College Park with a video preview of Saturday's Maryland-Rutgers game:...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  September 25, 2009; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Report: Rutgers QB Savage 50-50 for Maryland Game

Rutgers beat writer Keith Sargeant reports that Rutgers Coach Greg Schiano said after Thursday’s practice that true freshman quarterback Tom Savage has a 50 percent chance to play Saturday against Maryland. That’s probably all we’re going to know until early...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 25, 2009; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedgen Reflects on His Approach With Team

Wednesday nights with Coach Ralph Friedgen always promise to be a quick interview session because his schedule is tight and he has his radio show at 8. But this week’s session was fairly lengthy and interesting, as well. A lot...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 24, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Brown's Review of Each Game

Some reporters and I talked with defensive coordinator Don Brown for about 10 minutes the other day. Here are some highlighted quotes. Bottom line is, Brown feels the defense is making some progress, but some misfortune or inopportune plays undermined...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 24, 2009; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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A Softer Fridge? Franklin Says No Way.

One of the interesting subplots this week involved Coach Ralph Friedgen choosing to backtrack from some of his Saturday comments, which he now calls “emotional.” After the Middle Tennessee loss, Friedgen promised to get “real tough” on his team. This...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 24, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Franklin's Take on the Fumbles

Sitting high in the Byrd Stadium press box Saturday, it was impossible to get a clear look at what exactly occurred on Maryland’s three lost fumbles. The replay didn’t help, either. Offensive coordinator James Franklin explained what he saw after...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 24, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Prisbell on 'Washington Post Live'

Terrapins beat writer Eric Prisbell was on Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post Live" last night, breaking down Maryland's game Saturday against Rutgers and the national scene. Check out the video....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  September 24, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Online Chat Today at 1:30 p.m.

Just wanted to remind everyone that our college football writers will take part in an online chat today at 1:30 p.m. We always enjoy these chats. I want to encourage everyone to get questions in early and often. I'd rather...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 24, 2009; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Franklin: Cannon Has 'Disappeared for Us Right Now'

The offensive MVP of preseason camp was Adrian Cannon. I did a big story on Cannon, writing about how he turned his academic and football careers around after a disappointing fall 2008, and about how the touchdown catch in last...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 23, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Tune In to 'Washington Post Live' Today

If anyone wants to check it out – I always forget to drop a note in the blog – I’ll be on "Washington Post Live" at 5 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet to talk presumably about college football and Maryland. After...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 23, 2009; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Report: Rutgers QB Savage Might Not Play

Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage might not start against Maryland, according to this report in the Newark Star-Ledger. Savage suffered a head injury when he was sacked with 13 minutes 3 seconds to play last week against Florida International. “He is...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 23, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gary Williams on 'Washington Post Live'

Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams stopped by Comcast SportsNet last night to chat with Ivan Carter on "Washington Post Live." Check out the video....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  September 23, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Poll: Who Is to Blame for Dip in Season Ticket Sales?

Steve Yanda and I wrote a story for today’s paper on attendance. Check it out and let me know what you think. Personally, I was surprised there were so many empty seats for the Middle Tennessee game. You had a...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 23, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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The Path to a Bowl Game

The more I look at this schedule, the more I realize it is going to be very difficult for Maryland to reach a bowl game. If Maryland does rally and win six games to reach a bowl game, there is...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 22, 2009; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Friedgen's Hot Seat

Check out the coaches’ hot seat 2009 Web site for the up-to-the-second rankings of the nation’s division I-A coaches under the most pressure right now. Who's seat is scorching? It’s interesting. Two area coaches make the top three. Virginia’s Al...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 22, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Poll: So, How Many Wins Now For Maryland?

Let me start Tuesday with this: Forget about how Maryland has played the past three weeks, because Saturday’s game against Rutgers is winnable. I’m picking the Terrapins to win, just not sure of the score yet. The biggest disappointment I...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 22, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Williams Contract Extended Through 2013

Maryland men's basketball Coach Gary Williams, who will enter his 21st season with the Terrapins, earned a one-year extension on his existing contract, the school's athletic department announced in a release this afternoon. The extension pushes the length of Williams's...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 21, 2009; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Maryland-Clemson, Noon, ESPNU

I really thought the Maryland-Clemson game had a chance to get some decent billing, meaning later in the day and on a more, say, conventional network. But here it is: The Oct. 3 Maryland-Clemson game can be seen on ESPNU...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 21, 2009; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Friedgen Backs Off 'Emotional' Comments

I wrote a story that is in today’s newspaper to follow up on Maryland’s 32-31 loss to Middle Tennessee. Now, I really don’t consider the outcome an upset. Some may disagree with me, but I felt it could have gone...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 21, 2009; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Poll: Your Choice For Head Coach Next Season

I’ll say this for Maryland: The Terps have given us two fun games to watch the past two weekends. The results don’t say much for the team, however, and the team has a long way to go. Sure, anything could...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 21, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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