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Terrapins Insider: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

Quick Thoughts on a Wild Afternoon at Byrd Stadium

I just finished my final version of my game story, updated with quotes, etc. Wow. What an afternoon out here. A couple quick thoughts:  The Atlantic Division race is totally wide open. Totally. Florida State and Clemson both go...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 3, 2009; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Final: Maryland 24, Clemson 21

The last 6:02 of this game was absolutely wild. Maryland pulls out the win, 24-21. What'd you think of the Terps performance today?...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 3, 2009; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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End 3rd Quarter -- Maryland 24, Clemson 21

Momentum shifted back and forth in the third quarter. Maryland came out strong, but then gave up a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Terps also lost Bruce Campbell and Da'Rel Scott to injuries. Scoring-wise, Davin Meggett took a...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 3, 2009; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Halftime -- Maryland 17, Clemson 13

After a dismal start, Maryland might have just played its best quarter of football of the entire season. Chris Turner looked sharp. The defense held steady. Heck, the Terps even managed to pick up a turnover. The scoring all came...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 3, 2009; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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End 1st Quarter -- Clemson 10, Maryland 0

Not a great start for the Terps. Maryland did not record a first down until less than a minute remained in the opening quarter. Anthony Wiseman fumbled a punt. Torrey Smith dropped a kickoff, but recovered it. As for the...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 3, 2009; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Friedgen on Losing

Every once in a while, Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen will be in one of those moods where he looks back -- way back -- and puts some of his current adversity into a larger perspective. That happened Thursday: “I come...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 2, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Dee Liles Dismissed From Women's Hoops Team

*UPDATED 2:41 p.m.* Senior forward Dee Liles has been dismissed from the Maryland women's basketball team because of academic reasons, according to a source with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature...

By Camille Powell  |  October 2, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Burney Will Not Play for Terrapins This Season

UPDATED 1:09 P.M. WITH MARYLAND CONFIRMING Maryland fourth-year junior forward Jerome Burney has not participated in team workouts this fall and will not play for the Terrapins this season because of lingering issues with two right foot injuries the player...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 2, 2009; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Campbell: 'You Never Know How Much You Need a Toe'

Another reporter and I had a good talk the other day with left tackle Bruce Campbell about he turf toe injury to his right foot, which he suffered early in the season-opening loss at California on Sept. 5. Said Campbell:...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 2, 2009; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Predictions for the Clemson-Maryland Game

It's Friday, everyone, and that means time for predictions. Maryland entered the week as about a two-touchdown underdog to Clemson, and I think that is about right. Opinions are mixed on Clemson right now. Most agree that its defense is...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 2, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Scott's New Best Friend: a Football

If you were one of the many students this week on campus who crossed paths with Da’Rel Scott, you saw him carrying a football. Scott carried a football to class, carried it to practice, carried it everywhere he went. After...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 2, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Links

Good morning. Here are some links to some Clemson-related stories and, well, other things: For those of you who have dreamed all week about an all-purpose showdown between Clemson’s C.J. Spiller and Maryland’s Torrey Smith, here you go. Clemson can't...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 2, 2009; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Campbell: 'I Just Blanked Out'

At 6 feet 7 and 310 pounds, Maryland left tackle Bruce Campbell is a physical specimen who can bench-press 490 pounds. People call him Zeus for a reason. So one can imagine that if Campbell is charging at you –...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 1, 2009; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Catching Up With Dabo Swinney

Here are some quotes from Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney’s press conference this week. Clemson is 2-2, with close losses against Texas Christian and Georgia Tech. The Tigers, in my view, have as good a chance as anyone to win the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 1, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Online Chat Today at 1:30 p.m.

Just a reminder to everyone. We are having another college football online chat today at 1:30 p.m. We’ve gotten tons of questions the past few weeks, and I want to encourage everyone to ask as many questions as you like...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 1, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Brown Talks Youth

Maryland defensive coordinator Don Brown was upbeat when we talked to him Tuesday night. The defense has started to play better, but for the second game in a row it struggled in the final minutes of a game. Brown is...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 1, 2009; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Live...

...on tape from College Park, it's Eric Prisbell and Ralph Friedgen, breaking down the Terrapins' chances against Clemson....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  October 1, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Is the Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?

While Maryland sits at 1-3 right now, there is a sense among the players and coaches that the team could easily be 3-1 right now. In fact, several plays have said just that, and I applaud them for seeing the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 1, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bowen Will Not Return; Ferrara to Punt

Here are a few tidbits from Wednesday’s post-practice interview with Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen: With all-ACC punter Travis Baltz out with a high ankle sprain, true freshman Nick Ferrara is expected to be wearing many hats Saturday. Ferrara will punt,...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 1, 2009; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Women's Basketball Adds Standout French Forward

The Maryland women's basketball team added Diandra Tchatchouang, a 6-foot-3 forward from France, to its roster, the program announced today. She recently was cleared by the NCAA to play. Tchatchouang starred at the 2007 under-16 European championship, leading France to...

By Camille Powell  |  September 30, 2009; 9:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Friedgen: Scott is 'Hurting' After Fumbles

I asked Coach Ralph Friedgen about the mental state of running back Da’Rel Scott because I’m curious how Scott has been holding up after three fumbles in his last two games. Here is a guy who comes in as the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 30, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Franklin: Terps' Quarterbacks Have to Be 'Tough Suckers'

It's no secret that quarterback Chris Turner has been a little banged up in recent weeks. He and Coach Ralph Friedgen have grudgingly acknowledged it at times, but Turner is the last person who wants to make excuses for inconsistent...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 30, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Turnovers Cause Friedgen to Adjust Practice Routine

You are going to be hearing a lot about turnovers this week, and it’s worth repeating: Only one team in the country, Miami (Ohio), has more turnovers (16) than Maryland, which has 13 through four games. Last season, Maryland had...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 30, 2009; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedgen: 'There Are a Lot of People Down on Us'

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen didn’t seem exactly overjoyed on today’s ACC teleconference. Who could blame him? There was a lot of talk about turnovers and penalties. Once again, here is what Ralph has done in practice to try to change...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 30, 2009; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Carroll's Leg Will Need Three to Six Months to Heal

Senior cornerback Nolan Carroll, one of the team’s four captains, entered the Gossett Team House cafeteria yesterday afternoon to meet with reporters for a few minutes. Carroll broke his right leg in the Sept. 12 victory over James Madison, and...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 30, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Poll: Friedgen's Future Uncertain

Steve Yanda and I wrote a story today looking at Coach Ralph Friedgen’s future. Athletic Director Debbie Yow told us she will evaluate the program after the season, just as she does with every sport each season. “I will evaluate...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 30, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Jordan Williams's Attorney: 'This Wasn't A Street Brawl'

The attorney for Maryland freshman forward Jordan Williams said in a telephone interview Tuesday evening that his client intended to act only as a peacemaker during an Aug. 8 incident from which Williams was charged with misdemeanor assault and breach...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 29, 2009; 8:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Poll: What Concerns You Most About Clemson?

I understand Clemson is 2-2, but there is lots of talent on this team. And I was impressed with the Tigers in their 30-27 loss to Georgia Tech on Sept. 10 and felt a bad holding call late in that...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 29, 2009; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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A Chat With Travis Baltz's Dad

Colleague Steve Yanda caught up with Jim Baltz, the father of all-ACC punter Travis Baltz, who is expected to be out at least two weeks with a high left ankle sprain. Jim Baltz was at Byrd Stadium during Saturday’s 34-13...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 29, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Friedgen: Turner Getting a 'Little Skittish'

Here are a few more tidbits from Sunday’s teleconference with Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen: Aside from being a significant work in progress, the offensive line is also banged up. Yes, left tackle Bruce Campbell is back from his turf toe...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 28, 2009; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Jordan Williams Charged With Assault (Updated)

Maryland freshman forward Jordan Williams has been charged with assault in Torrington, Ct., his hometown, according to an official from the city's police department. Williams was one of five teenagers arrested for an alleged assault on Aug. 8. Williams, 18,...

By Steve Yanda  |  September 28, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Maryland-Wake Forest at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN 360

Maryland's football game at Wake Forest on Oct. 10 will kick off at 6:30 and be streamed on ESPN360....

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 28, 2009; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Maryland's Big Problem: The Future

If this season continues along its current path, coverage will increasingly look at the direction of the program and issues it faces in the long-term. And the breakdown of each game will matter less and less if the season continues...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 28, 2009; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Do You Agree With this Reader's Email?

A reader sent me an email Friday, a few days after our story on the decline of season ticket sales. I received permission from the reader to post the email (without the name), and wanted to see if most fans...

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 28, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Punter Baltz Likely Out at Least Two Weeks

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen just finished his Sunday teleconference with reporters. Punter Travis Baltz is expected to be out at least two weeks, Friedgen said. Friedgen is uncertain about right tackle Paul Pinegar’s availability for Saturday’s game but remains optimistic....

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 27, 2009; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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