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Terrapins Insider: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

Friedgen Waiting On The Law Of Averages

As would be expected of a coach presiding over a 2-5 squad, Ralph Friedgen was in a subdued, dour mood following Saturday's 20-9 loss to Virginia. His defense had turned in perhaps its best performance of the season, allowing 201...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 17, 2009; 9:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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Campbell Starts, Hartsfield Doesn't

Left tackle Bruce Campbell, who has been dealing with an injured knee, started, while linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield, who broke two bones in his hand last week against Wake Forest, did not. Hartsfield is dressed and wearing a black cast on...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 17, 2009; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Madness Over; Time For Practice

Following a very streamlined version of Maryland Madness, Gary Williams walked into the media room here at Comcast Center and posed the inquiry of the night to a group of reporters with their digital recorders extended in his direction. "What...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 16, 2009; 10:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Live From Maryland Madness

Just a little while ago, senior guard Eric Hayes met with reporters and discussed his thoughts on the final Maryland Madness of his career. The men's and women's basketball teams will be introduced shortly, right after Gymkana finishes up another...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 16, 2009; 8:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More on Hayes and Goins

Senior guard Eric Hayes and sophomore forward Steve Goins are expected to take the court tomorrow when the team begins its first official practice of the season despite injuries that limited each player since the beginning of the semester. Hayes...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 16, 2009; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Time for Predictions

Time for a prediction on this rivalry game. The conditions may be sloppy, which makes the outcome more difficult to predict. I really like Virginia’s run defense and the play of the secondary throughout most of the season. And the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 16, 2009; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Friday Morning Links

Virginia running back Mikell Simpson, who scalded the Terrapins the last time the two teams met at Byrd Stadium, is doubtful for Saturday's game after suffering a neck injury last Saturday against Indiana. One that got away? Virginia sophomore linebacker...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  October 16, 2009; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gary Williams on 'Washington Post Live'

Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams stopped by Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post Live" on Thursday. Check out the video....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  October 16, 2009; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quick Injury Update

Maryland Coach Gary Williams said senior guard Eric Hayes and sophomore forward Steve Goins will try to practice on Saturday. Hayes has been dealing with a turf toe injury for the past two months, while Goins is recovering from offseason...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 15, 2009; 9:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Men's Basketball Media Day Quotes

Over the next week or so, we'll start to discuss some of the critical issues facing the Maryland men's basketball team as it prepares to open the season next month. In the meantime, here are a few thoughts from Gary...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 15, 2009; 9:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Online Chat Today at 1:30 p.m.

Just a reminder, everyone, that we have an online chat at 1:30 today. Feel free to ask as many questions as you want. I cannot guarantee I will be there for the full hour, or for any portion at all,...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 15, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Signs Point To Hartsfield Trying To Play

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen still has not made a definitive decision on linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield, who will miss three weeks once he undergoes surgery to repair a broken hand. Hartsfield practice with full contact Wednesday night. He may play Saturday...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 15, 2009; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Morning Links

Here are a few links for this morning: Zach Berman writes that Virginia’s Mikell Simpson wants to play Saturday but that it will be a doctor’s decision. Virginia Coach Al Groh and his team may be saving each other. And...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 15, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Men's Basketball Season Gets Underway

Finally, the time has come for the Maryland men's basketball season to get underway. It's been a long wait since last March. Too long, if you ask me. But nonetheless, the wait is over. On Thursday afternoon, the Terrapins will...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 14, 2009; 11:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Quotes from Women's Basketball Media Day

Coach Brenda Frese on the team's youth: "When you look at our team, I think the first thing that jumps out at you is, there are going to be lot of question marks this season. We are very unproven. I...

By Camille Powell  |  October 14, 2009; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Highlights from Women's Basketball Media Day

The most useful thing to have at women's basketball media day on Wednesday afternoon was a roster. The Terrapins barely resemble the team that won 31 games, swept the ACC regular season and tournament titles, and advanced to the NCAA...

By Camille Powell  |  October 14, 2009; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Terps Soccer Player Released From Hospital

Over on the Post's Soccer Insider blog, Steve Goff reports that Maryland men's soccer player Alex Lee has been released from the hospital after he was hit by a car near Dupont Circle on Saturday night. Check it out here....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  October 14, 2009; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Running Man: Turner

This was an interesting statistic I was told yesterday. Take away sacks, and quarterback Chris Turner is averaging 3.5 yards per carry. That beats starting running back Davin Meggett’s average of 3.1 yards per carry. "I think it adds a...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 14, 2009; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Links

Here are a few links to check out this morning: A Virginia notebook about Mikell Simpson and some other tidbits. Is Wake Forest now the favorite in the crazy Atlantic Division? The Demon Deacons are about to visit Clemson in...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 14, 2009; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Campbell May Play

Quick update: Left tackle Bruce Campbell (knee) did practice Monday and could play Saturday. Punter Travis Baltz (high ankle sprain) will not play Saturday. Coach Ralph Friedgen still undecided on when linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield (broken hand) will undergo surgery. He...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 13, 2009; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Interesting Groh Quote on Torrey Smith

Colleague Zach Berman, our Virginia beat writer, passed along some quotes from Virginia Coach Al Groh’s news conference Monday. I found this one interesting about Maryland’s Torrey Smith: Question: How familiar were you with Torrey Smith in high school and...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 13, 2009; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Morning Links

Here are a few links for this morning: Despite Saturday’s neck injury, Virginia’s Mikell Simpson hopes to play against Maryland. More on Maryland’s 42-32 loss to Wake Forest. And here is more on Virginia....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 13, 2009; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Smith Earns ACC Specialist Honors

Maryland’s Torrey Smith was voted the ACC’s specialist of the week. Smith had an 85-yard kickoff return against Wake Forest on Saturday. He totaled a career-high 194 yards on six returns (he got plenty of opportunities, that’s for sure). Smith...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 12, 2009; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Duke-Maryland at 1:30 p.m.

Just got word that Duke will play Maryland at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 24. The game will be streamed live on --- I'm shocked! -- ESPN360.com, the unofficial television home on the Maryland Terrapins!...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 12, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Wanted: More Wide Receivers to Emerge

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen made a point to talk up wide receiver Adrian Cannon, who had four catches for 48 yards and two touchdowns against Wake Forest. Coaches praised Cannon throughout preseason camp, but he has struggled to be consistent...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 12, 2009; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Morning Links

Okay, we have reached the halfway point of Maryland’s season. Here are a few links to check out: ESPN ranks Maryland 11th in the ACC. Look who is last. New Mexico decision on Coach Mike Locksley coming soon, says ESPN....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 12, 2009; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Either This Week or Next, Hartsfield Will Need Surgery

Coach Ralph Friedgen just finished up with his Sunday teleconference. Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield did indeed break two bones in his hand. He will need surgery either this week or next and then miss three weeks. Friedgen is considering playing Hartsfield...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 11, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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