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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 injury. Friedgen said Campbell was a little “rusty” Saturday and gave up one sack. But Paul Pinegar has what Friedgen called a “bruise on his butt,” and Friedgen won’t know if Pinegar can play Saturday against Clemson until MRI and X-Ray results. What’s more, guards Lamar Young (shoulder) and Bennett Fulper (neck) are also battling nagging injuries. As for the guards, sophomore Maurice Hampton had three penalties on him and played better in the first half than the second half, Friedgen said.

“The sooner we can solidify [the line], the better,” Friedgen said. “Getting that cohesion is very important.”

Coaches and players have been hesitant to talk about quarterback Chris Turner being banged up in recent weeks, and clearly he has been. But Friedgen broached the topic in Sunday’s teleconference, saying, “He has been banged up a little bit. He is getting a little skittish. I have every faith in Chris. He will come back. He always has. I have a lot of confidence in him.”

Safety Jamari McCollough only played on four snaps Saturday. He should be improved and play more against Clemson.

Friedgen said opponents have scored 61 points off Maryland turnovers and added that it could have been worse but Maryland’s defense was able to stop Rutgers on two occasions after turnovers.

True freshman Nick Ferrara could handle punting duties while Baltz is out, but Friedgen is concerned about giving the 18-year-old too much responsibility.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 28, 2009; 2:31 PM ET
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Boy, I click on TERRAPINS INSIDER expecting to see some coverage of the exciting UMD/UNC soccer game where the Terps scored a late goal to win an exciting game but nothing.

Of course, to Barno, the Terps #1 fan of all time, to be a true Terp fan all you have to do is support the big boys of Mens bball and football.

Guess being a fake-Terps fan means also supporting other Terps teams.

Of course, some of these other, non-covered Terps teams are better than both the bball and football teams.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 28, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Poopy,

Other than your slam of Barno, I agree with you 100% on your point. To your point - terp alum and multi NCAA champ winner for women's lax is now coaching at Northwestern and has won two NCAAs there. Now MD has won 9+ women's LAX NCAA titles but she should be the coach in waiting for our team if it could be swung.

And another point...wouldn't we all love to see more coverage of our 2x NCAA champ womens competitive cheer team?

And the MD/UNC soccer game was a classic.

Regards -

-sc

Posted by: HughGRection | September 28, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

To all MD football fans,

The 2009 season begins on Saturday. Unless anyone on here thought MD was going to the national championship game this year, then the previous 4 games did not matter. They might as well have been exhibition games. If ever there was a year to not have any conference games until October, this was the year. We got a big break in that regard.

The Terps get a fresh start on Saturday when they open their ACC schedule at home. Are they going to win the ACC? Not even I will suggest that. But can they compete and turn around their season and be in some kind of contention for their division later in the season? Well, I still believe they can.

A few years ago, in 2004, when things looked really bad following back to back to back conference losses, Ralph asked every player on the team to sign a statement pledging that they believed they could beat a Florida State team that was ranked in the top 10 at the time. To a man, every player on the team signed the statement and pledged their firm belief that a Terps victory was possible.

Something along those lines is in order this week from our head coach. It all starts Saturday. Beat Clemson and everything changes.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 28, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

It could happen, Clemson is top notch at blowing games they should win. Its not like UMD could really play that much worse.

I think that we need to bench Sideshow Chris to give ourselves a better chance. He has regressed since he was a sophomore.

Posted by: blinders1 | September 28, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Barno, the singing the team pledge in '04 was a nice gesture, they did indeed beat Fla St at Byrd. But 1 week later they were shutout by UVA and 12 days after that blown away by VaTech 55-6. They finished 5-6 with a 3-5 conference record. Maybe sign a pledge every game? I can't stand Clemson so I'll be there early, probably surrounded by too many orange & purple shirts, hoping for the best. C'mom Terps...get it together now!

Posted by: erniegogo | September 28, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Nice facts ernie. Of course some on here don't like facts.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 29, 2009 1:41 AM | Report abuse

All those calling for Freidgen to resign aren't having much luck in suggesting replacements.

Past suggestions included Franklin - I think the shine has worn off on that one; Locksley - who filled Illinois with top 10 recruiting classes, and those recruits then filled many a police blotter (seems like Locksley is comfortable skirting not just NCAA but the legal system as well); Vanderlinden - just kidding, I don't think anyone is THAT STUPID; someone said Cowher - think this was tounge in cheek, if he ever came to the ACC it would be NC State.... So what are your suggestions? You want to fire the man for the hell of it... you need to have a replacement.

I say he has earned the right to at least 1 more year, but then I come from SEC country where I have seen nearly fired coaches rebound with conference championships on more than 1 occasion.

Posted by: mcmelton | September 29, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Bud Foster

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | September 29, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Bud Foster

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | September 29, 2009 11:30 AM


I was hoping for something realistic.

Posted by: mcmelton | September 29, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I think Jim Zorn will be looking for work soon...

Posted by: SirPelleas | September 29, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

What about the fella at Boise State? Or June Jones? Turner Gill?

Posted by: terpin | September 29, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Can any replacement really be worse than Fridge? He's 30-30 against Div. 1 opponents since 2004. He has a losing record 4 or the last 5 years. He typically has an excuse for every loss or sub-par performance (youth, injuries, etc). His successful initial 3 seasons were with Vandy's players. My point is any replacment would be very hard pressed to do worse than lose to MTSU two years in a row and almost lose to JMU....at home. Fridge will be fortunate to win 2 more games this season. How come all the outrage every year about Gary (a proven winner) and very little about Fridge?

Posted by: Va_Terp | September 29, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

It was not three seasons of Vanderlinden's players, it was one. The recruiting process is a constant fight. I suggest the book "Meat Market." It gives good insight through a full season of recruiting at Ole Miss.

Posted by: garrett4 | September 29, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

How come all the outrage every year about Gary (a proven winner) and very little about Fridge?

Posted by: Va_Terp | September 29, 2009 1:14 PM

I don't think Gary's criticism is justified either.... but you can't compare the 2 situations. MD football is only a few years removed from irrelevance. Duffner was horrible, Vanderlinden was a joke. If Vanderlinden had gone 30-30 against D1 opponents he would have gone to at least 1 bowl and might not have been fired.

Posted by: mcmelton | September 29, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

His successful initial 3 seasons were with Vandy's players.

Posted by: Va_Terp | September 29, 2009 1:14 PM

Ugh. How many times do people have to be proven wrong on this idiotic myth to stop repeating it?

Scott McBrien
Josh Allen
Dominique Foxworth
Shawn Merriman
D'Qwell Jackson
Randy Starks
Adam Podlesh
Vernon Davis
Stephen Heyer
Andrew Crummey
Rich Parson
Josh Wilson
Madieu Williams
Derrick Miller
Wesley Jefferson
Dre Moore

Ralph Friedgen won with these guys his first 3 seasons...NONE of whom were signed by Vanderlinden and nearly all made it to the NFL. This does not even include many great recruits from 2004-present.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 29, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

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