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Terrapins Insider: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

Poll: Will Maryland win another game?

Two turnovers killed Maryland in the end. The weather was awful. Quarterback Chris Turner said he is happy to be heading into the bye week. He plans to get out of town a little bit and not focus on football...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 24, 2009; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Men's Basketball Scrimmage: 3 Up, 3 Down

The Maryland men's basketball team hosted a scrimmage open to the public a few hours ago at Comcast Center, providing outside observers with their first opportunity to glance at this year's squad. The Terrapins were divided into two teams and...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 24, 2009; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Rough first half to watch; Duke leads, 10-6

Safety Antwine Perez is up, awake and moving, I was just told by a Maryland official. This was a rough first half to watch. Maryland forced two turnovers and could have had a couple more, as well. Duke leads Maryland,...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 24, 2009; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Perez injured

Maryland safety Antwine Perez remains on the field after suffering an injury a few minutes ago on a tackle attempt. Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen even went out to midfield to check on the condition of Perez, who is being taken...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 24, 2009; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland settles for field goal

Maryland had some success finding wide receiver Adrian Cannon on its next drive. But quarterback Chris Turner overthrew Cannon on third and goal and the Terrapins had to settle for a 25-yard field goal from Nick Ferrara....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 24, 2009; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Duke strikes first

Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, who has had plenty of time to sit in the pocket and throw the ball, just hooked up with Donovan Varner for a 24-yard TD reception. Maryland cornerback Richard Taylor chased Varner into the end zone....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 24, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Porzel may start

Just got word that freshman running back Caleb Porzel may start. The rain has stopped, but it is expected to start up again in a little bit. Ten minutes until kickoff....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 24, 2009; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedgen: Our defense won't back off

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen knows Duke is capable of throwing the ball 40 or 50 times. He is also expecting a lot of screen passes. "They're going to get it out quick, probably run a lot of screens at us,"...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 23, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Friedgen: 'God, give us a damn chance'

Some highlights from an entertaining session with Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen yesterday: “The mood of the team is frustrated, but I haven't seen it affect their effort. It's more of a 'let's get it right.' It's been a very physical...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 23, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Prediction Time

I had planned to pick Duke to beat Maryland ever since the Terrapins lost to Wake Forest on Oct. 10. I must say that I have gotten a little nervous the past few days because most people seem to be...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 23, 2009; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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More carries for Porzel?

Four running backs are making Maryland’s trip to Duke this morning, but redshirt freshman Gary Douglas is not one of them. The injured back will sit this game out. Davin Meggett should get plenty of carries. Touted true freshman Caleb...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 23, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Morning links

Here are some links to check out this morning: Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen knew Duke Coach David Cutcliffe would build a stronger program by the time the Terrapins faced the Blue Devils. After five years, Maryland plays Duke again. Finally....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 23, 2009; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Terps lose out on Linganore lineman

Over at The Post's Recruiting Insider blog, Josh Barr has the story on mammoth Linganore High offensive lineman Robby Havenstein, a 6-foot-7, 315-pound player who chose Wisconsin over Maryland. It's the second time Maryland lost out to a Big Ten...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  October 22, 2009; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Maryland hoops trio 'make it ugly' during offseason

For four days in late July, three members of the Maryland men’s basketball team traveled to Long Island, N.Y., intent on becoming ugly. Or, at least, their goal was to “make it ugly,” which was the theme of the workout...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 22, 2009; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Turner has no issues with quarterback situation

Maryland quarterback Chris Turner spoke reporters Wednesday night. I asked Turner about his frustration this season, and he said it has been difficult at times because he feels he is a better quarterback but he is not playing as well...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 22, 2009; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedgen's expectations

I asked Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen about realistic expectations for this program on a yearly basis. I have been curious about this because it's unclear where Maryland's place is in the college football hierarchy. Maryland is clearly not Florida or...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 22, 2009; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Morning links

Here are some links to check out this morning: ESPN looks ahead at Duke's remaining schedule. Maryland keeping its spirits up despite a 2-5 record. Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden is reflective and optimistic....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 22, 2009; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NCAA targets third-party individuals in basketball recruiting

I just wrote a story about an NCAA proposal designed to address many of the issues we have detailed over the past few years. Here is the gist: The NCAA Division I Board of Directors will consider a new set...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 21, 2009; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Franklin: Turner gives us the best chance to win

I asked offensive coordinator James Franklin whether quarterback Chris Turner still gives Maryland the best chance to win, and Franklin said: “No doubt about it. If you look at practice, there is still a pretty good gap with Chris and...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 21, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Mosley intent on becoming bigger piece of Terps' puzzle

On media day last week, Maryland Coach Gary Williams touched on most of the key contributors returning to the Terrapins this season. He talked about Greivis Vasquez improving his long-range accuracy and Landon Milbourne being more comfortable at the power...

By Steve Yanda  |  October 21, 2009; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Morning links

Here are some links to check out this morning: Duke Coach David Cutcliffe taking questions about his team’s possible overconfidence heading into the Maryland game. "Are we favored?" Cutcliffe asked during his weekly news conference. "Lord have mercy." Does Duke...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 21, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedgen sticks with Turner

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen softened his stance on his quarterback situation today. He said he remains confident in senior Chris Turner and that Turner will play a big role against Duke. But he also said backup Jamarr Robinson will factor...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 20, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Terps to wear camo for Virginia Tech game

UPDATED 12:49 P.M. WITH PHOTOS According to an Associated Press report, Maryland will wear honor those who have served in the military by wearing uniforms featuring camouflage designs for its Nov. 14 game against Virginia Tech at Byrd Stadium. The...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  October 20, 2009; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Morning links

Here are a few links to check out this morning: Is Virginia Coach Al Groh’s job safe now? What's wrong with N.C. State? Guess which team is back in the Atlantic Division race. Clemson....

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 20, 2009; 6:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Is Maryland the ACC's Worst Team?

I just checked the odds on Saturday’s game. Duke is favored by six points. Once a lowly afterthought, punching bag and punch line in the ACC, the Blue Devils have become competitive under Coach David Cutcliffe. Duke has two impressive...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 19, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Is Boston College the Favorite?

The ACC has been wacky and topsy-turvy for a few years now. It has been defined by parity and, for the most part, mediocrity. And looking at this season, the Coastal Division is still somewhat unpredictable, but at least it...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 19, 2009; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Playing For the Future?

Barring an unforeseen turn of events, Maryland will finish the season on Nov. 28 against Boston College and not play in a bowl game. At some point, the talk around the team and the questions to the coaches will be...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 19, 2009; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Morning Links

Here are a few links to check out this morning: Is Virginia now thinking bowl game? A postgame column on the "pathetic Terps" from the Washington Times. Is Boston College the team to beat in the Atlantic Division?...

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 19, 2009; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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