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The Wide Receiver Screen Pass

Time after time Saturday, QB Chris Turner took the snap and quickly fired a pass right or left for a wide receiver screen pass that was successful more often than not.

In fact, on Maryland’s opening possession alone, a 10-play, 72-yard touchdown-scoring drive, Turner threw five wide receiver screens, three to Torrey Smith and two to Cannon.

OC James Franklin said one reason for the play was to take advantage of what he called “free access” on the outside because the Dukes often loaded the box to try to take away the run. The other reason was to compensate for the offensive line’s inability to protect Turner for a long period of time.

“Get the ball out fast and into the hands of our playmakers in space,” Franklin said. “That what I was basically trying to do, create a space game and get the ball out there fast.”

Once it started working, there was no reason to go away from it.

“It’s like a pitcher who’s got a great curve,” Franklin said. “They can’t hit the curve, so keep throwing it until they show that they can hit it.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 14, 2009; 4:09 PM ET
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It's a sad state of affairs when the gameplan has to be adjusted for the strengths of an FCS school! This was not Oklahoma coming to town! There was a time when the Terps were able to dictate play. I long for those days.

Posted by: lbvterp | September 15, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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