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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 watching tape of the two fumbles by running back Da’Rel Scott and one by backup quarterback Jamarr Robinson.

On one Scott fumble, Franklin said, Scott kept the ball high and tight and secured it pretty well. “A guy got a hand on the ball a little bit, and it comes out,” Franklin said. “There has got to be a sense, muscle memory, that the ball is locked to your body constantly. It was not as if the ball was all over the place. The ball was pretty well secured, but not enough.”

On the other fumble, Franklin said, Scott was in a pile of tacklers, so it was difficult to ascertain exactly what caused the ball to come loose.

And when Robinson fumbled – this one I saw pretty well on television replays at the game – “Jamarr thinks he is down when he is laying on top of the player,” Franklin said. “He relaxes and the ball comes out. Until the whistle blows, you have to keep that high and tight.”

“We scored 31 points, we had four turnovers, we had a bunch of critical missed assignments,” Franklin said. “If you don’t do that, you probably beat that team by three touchdowns.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 24, 2009; 10:05 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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But we fumbled the ball and lost because of stupid mental mistakes. Someone better take responsibility for those and with Da'Rel Scott basically moping on the sidelines in the second half because he got benched just speaks for itself. It's time to toughen this team up big time.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | September 24, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

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