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 25 through 13 games. Coach Ralph Friedgen said the Terrapins have given up 61 points off those 13 turnovers, but actually said it could have been worse because Rutgers did not score on a couple possessions following turnovers. In response to the turnover issues, Friedgen has made adjustments in practice. Maryland will run fewer plays in practice, but the Terrapins will run them until they are run correctly. Every time.
“We are going to do something to recognize the turnovers, whether it’s up-downs or whatever,” he said. “I think we have to make a conscious effort not to do this. We work on technique for carrying the ball. We work on where we throw the ball. I think it has to be something that we avoid at all costs.”
Friedgen tried to look at the bright side and said he was pleased the defense kept the Terrapins in the game late against Rutgers, adding, “You turn the ball over five times, normally you get beat by 50 points.”
Turnovers will be a huge issue Saturday against a big and fast Clemson defense that has already forced nine turnovers this season. Clemson’s defensive ends and secondary are very impressive. I know Cal had a veteran defense, but I think Clemson’s defense is comparable.
September 30, 2009; 11:53 AM ET
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