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Terrapins Insider: October 4, 2009 - October 10, 2009

At Halfway Point of Season, Where is This Team?

The first half of the season is history. Maryland is 2-4 but 1-1 in the ACC, still with a chance in a wide open Atlantic Division race. Someone has to win this thing. Who knows what to make of the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 10, 2009; 11:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Moten, Hartsfield, Young Suffer Injuries

Well, Maryland cut the final margin to 10, but the game was never really in doubt,. Coach Ralph Friedgen just said that linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield probably broke his hand, linebacker Adrian Moten has a thigh contusion, and offensive lineman Lamar...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 10, 2009; 10:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wake Forest Leads, 35-10, at Half

Well, the defense took a significant step backward tonight, a super-sized step backwards. Wake Forest has 381 total yards. Maryland has 74 total yards. Complete domination. Well, at least Virginia comes to College Park next week. Oh, that's right, Virginia...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 10, 2009; 8:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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End of First Quarter, 21-7 Wake Forest Ahead

On the final play of the first quarter, Wake Forest WB Riley Skinner stayed in the pocket, couldn’t find an open receiver but kept his feet moving. Finally, he ran to his right and fired a pass to the end...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 10, 2009; 7:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Wake Back in Front

Wake Forest just marched down the field on a 10-play, 80-yard drive that was capped with running back/wide receiver Devon Brown's four-yard TD run....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 10, 2009; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Smith, Meggett Help Maryland Respond

Where would Maryland be without Torrey Smith, who entered the game second in the nation in all-purpose yards? Smith returned the kickoff 85 yards, setting up Maryland's game-tying touchdown. On fourth and goal from the 1, running back Davin Meggett...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 10, 2009; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Wake Forest Strikes First

All this talk about Wake Forest's struggling running game, but the Demon Deacons started the game with five straight running plays, including a 48-yard run down the right sideline by tailback Josh Adams. He tiptoed into the end zone, eluding...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 10, 2009; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Time for Predictions

I told several people before the season that this game at Wake Forest would be the pivotal game of the season for Maryland. Both teams have experienced quarterbacks and a young defense. Neither was expected to challenge for the Atlantic...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 9, 2009; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Morning Links

Here are a few links to check out: ESPN has a preview of the game. The Bobby Bowden commentary continues. Mental toughness still an issue for Clemson....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 9, 2009; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Campbell Will Not Play vs. Wake Forest

The biggest development tonight out in College Park was that Coach Ralph Friedgen said left tackle Bruce Campbell (knee) will not play against Wake Forest. So it will be Paul Pinegar at left tackle and R.J. Dill at right tackle....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 8, 2009; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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About ESPN360.com

Hello, everyone. If anyone has any experiences -- positive or negative -- or general thoughts about ESPN360.com, I encourage you to email me at prisbelle@washpost.com. A lot of readers/fans have already emailed. Thanks a lot....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 8, 2009; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Defensive Line's Future Looks Bright

At one point Saturday, Maryland’s defensive line consisted of the following: true freshman Isaiah Ross, redshirt freshman A.J. Francis, true freshman Zach Kerr and redshirt freshman Carl Russell. “They were on the field together against Clemson in a meaningful game,”...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 8, 2009; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Check Out "Washington Post Live"

If anyone wants to check it out, I’ll be on “Washington Post Live” starting 5 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet, presumably talking about college football and the upcoming Maryland-Wake Forest game....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 8, 2009; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Live on Tape From College Park

Eric Prisbell offers up a video preview of Maryland-Wake Forest:...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  October 8, 2009; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Online Chat Today at 1:30 p.m.

Wanted to drop a reminder to everyone to check out our five-person college football online chat today at 1:30 p.m. Ask as many Maryland-related or college football-related questions as you want. And if you want to ask some college basketball...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 8, 2009; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Williams Has Surgery on His Back

Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams underwent a successful surgical procedure Tuesday to repair a disk problem in his back. Williams is expected to rest for a week and then return in time to kick off the season at the...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 8, 2009; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Franklin on Burning Running Back Redshirts

Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin said that at least one true freshman running back, either D.J. Adams or Caleb Porzel, will play Saturday against Wake Forest. Maybe both. It is not a tough decision to burn one or both redshirts...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 8, 2009; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Morning Links

Here are a few links to check out: Wake Forest safety Alex Frye returned to practice Wednesday. This is a breakdown of the game that appeared in the Charlotte Observer. I post this because I find the prediction at the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 8, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Poll: Heyward-Bey vs. Smith

I predict this will be a close vote. Torrey Smith vs. Darrius Heyward-Bey. If you could only pick one to have in a Maryland uniform... Heyward-Bey, of course, left a year early and was taken seventh in the NFL draft...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 8, 2009; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Brown: 'We Have Come a Long Way'

First-year defensive coordinator Don Brown talked at length about the progress of the defense Tuesday night. It has come along way since that debacle in Berkeley, Calif., on Sept. 5 against California, a 52-13 loss. The defense started playing well...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 7, 2009; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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California, Middle Tennessee Struggling

It’s interesting. As the season progresses, you start to see which victories are really impressive and which losses perhaps looked worse at the time, etc. For example, California was expected to compete for a national title. The Golden Bears seemed...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 7, 2009; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Grobe: Last Season's Loss Was 'Embarrassing'

Yes, Wake Forest earned an impressive 30-24 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday. But one thing that caught my eye was that Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner was sacked six times in the game. Maryland defensive coordinator Don Brown...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 7, 2009; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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How to Contain WF Quarterback Skinner

Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner is off to a great start this season. The senior has the attention of Maryland defensive coordinator Don Brown, who told me Tuesday night that Skinner is a particular concern when he gets out of...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 7, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Poll: Which Running Back Do You Want to See?

With running back Da’Rel Scott (broken forearm) sidelined, fans will get a good look at some young and talented Maryland running backs Saturday at Wake Forest. Sophomore Davin Meggett will start. Redshirt freshman Gary Douglas, who played some against Clemson,...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 7, 2009; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Friedgen: 'We Can't Relax'

One interesting thing to emerge from Tuesday’s news conference was that Coach Ralph Friedgen felt some players relaxed a little in practice Monday and in the weight room following Saturday’s 24-21 victory over Clemson. That is a concern, obviously, because...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 7, 2009; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Morning Links

Here are some links to check out this Wednesday morning; No doubt Wake Forest can throw the ball. But can the Demon Deacons run the ball? More on Wake Forest's passing game. The Bobby Bowden watch continues. All involved parties...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 7, 2009; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Campbell May Not be Out vs. Wake Forest

A quick update: Left tackle Bruce Campbell may play Saturday against Wake Forest. The junior suffered a knee injury against Clemson and Coach Ralph Friedgen initially said Campbell would not play against the Demon Deacons. He said Tuesday that he...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 6, 2009; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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ACC Honors Ferrara, Hartsfield

Two Maryland freshmen were honored by the ACC this week. Place kicker Nick Ferrara was voted as the league’s co-specialist of the week, sharing the award with Virginia place kicker Robert Randolph. Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield was named the week’s top...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 6, 2009; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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'Mr. Maryland' Passes Away

Jack Heise, a 1947 Maryland graduate and longtime supporter of the Maryland athletics department, passed away in his sleep on Monday night. Heise formerly served as the president of the M Club, the Terrapin Club, the Maryland Alumni Association and...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 6, 2009; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Poll: Making Sense of the ACC's Atlantic Division

The entire ACC is pretty wacky and has been for a few years. Lots of parity, and there usually is not a national title contender. But there appears to be some national contenders, namely Virginia Tech and Miami, and a...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 6, 2009; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Morning Links

Here are a few stories to check out around the ACC: The heat is turning up on Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden. Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney says there is no panic despite a 2-3 start. Swinney is on the hot...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 6, 2009; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Charges Dropped Against J. Williams

UPDATED (8:55 p.m) Both misdemeanor charges against Maryland freshman forward Jordan Williams were dropped Monday afternoon. The case against Williams, 18, and four other teenagers involved in an incident nearly two months ago in Williams's hometown of Torrington, Conn., is...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 5, 2009; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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J. Williams Hearing Postponed

The arraignment hearing of Maryland freshman forward Jordan Williams, which originally was scheduled to take place today, was postponed until Monday, Oct. 26. Williams is charged with assault in the third degree and breach of peace – both of which...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 5, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moten Takes Charge in Last Week's Players-Only Meeting

What’s the one thing that usually follows adversity? A players-only meeting. It happens all the time. And it happened Wednesday at the Gossett Team House. Players said junior linebacker Adrian Moten, who never hesitates to share his opinion or confront...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 5, 2009; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Turner Settles Down

Maryland quarterback Chris Turner had an interesting day Saturday. He had an inauspicious start. He overthrew a couple open players. He fumbled a snap. He nearly threw an interception. And for much of the first quarter, reporters eyed backup Jamarr...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 5, 2009; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Maryland-Virginia at 4 p.m. on ESPNU

The Maryland-Virginia game on Oct. 17 will kick off at 4 p.m. and be televised on ESPNU....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 5, 2009; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Smith, Ferrara Continue to Shine

The developments in the final six minutes of Saturday’s game overshadowed everything else, but there are a few other things to point out from Maryland’s victory:  On his first kickoff return Saturday, Torrey Smith became the first division I-A...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 5, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Ralph, the Riverboat Gambler

Okay, let’s talk a little about the fourth-down call. Personally, I was very surprised – but not quite stunned – that Coach Ralph Friedgen decided to go for it – ahead by three – on fourth and inches from his...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 5, 2009; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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After a Big Win, Revisiting a Question

Trust me, this poll will not make a regular appearance here each week. But I promised a long-time reader that since I polled fans after a bad loss I would be fair and post the same poll after a quality...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 5, 2009; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Morning Links

Here are a few stories to check out around the ACC: Wake Forest clinched the victory over N.C. State on Saturday with an interception in the end zone by Kenny Okoro. The honeymoon is over for Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 5, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Campbell Out vs. Wake, Scott May Not be Lost for Season

A quick update from Coach Ralph Friedgen’s Sunday teleconference:  Friedgen is cautiously optimistic that he could get running back Da’Rel Scott back for the Florida State game on Nov. 21. Scott suffered a broken left radius in Saturday’s victory...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 4, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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