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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,” defensive coordinator Don Brown said. “You put the [game] tape on and say, ‘Holy!’ That is kind of exciting that they are able to compete at a high level. And it was seamless. We were concerned about [Tigers running back] C.J. Spiller getting out on us, and we didn’t let him out. We were concerned about Jacoby Ford getting out on us, and we didn’t let him out.”

What does everyone think of the defensive line, especially the young guys? Better than expected? I understand expectations were pretty low for the line overall.

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 8, 2009; 11:57 AM ET
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Prisbell -

I commend you on your work the past 24 hours. The article this morning correctly pointed out why Friedgen decided to go for it, and the improved young talent the Terps now have.

Here is an idea for a story. Directly relate the Terps struggles over the past 3 years on Friedgen's decision to take over OC and HC duties three years ago. Not only did the team struggle then as a result (remember UNC game), but due to a decrease in recruiting, there are now less upper-classmen with talent. Since James Franklin has come in, recruiting has improved, hence the slew of good young talented players the team now has.


Posted by: kozora | October 8, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Here is an idea for a story. Directly relate the Terps struggles over the past 3 years on Friedgen's decision to take over OC and HC duties three years ago.

Posted by: kozora | October 8, 2009 12:38 PM

Dude, what are you talking about? Fridge's first year taking over the OC and HC duties we were leading the ACC for the majority of the year and had a chance to win the division on the final game of the year.

And which UNC game are you talking about? We've dominated them more than any other team in the ACC since Fridge got here with an average margin of victory of about 20 pts per game.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 8, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Young d-line did perform better than expected. But look at the hurdles placed upon them by offensive miscues and questionable play-calling. They rose to occassions that did not need to be there to be risen to (I aced freshman English accidentally so blew off Junior English, most Terps write better than that last sentence). Hartsfield was the star though - reminded me of EJ a bit.

Expectations were lower all-around basedd on MTSU and Rutgers games. Just beat Wake and go on a run through the ACC. And please beat Va Tech this year.

Are there any clear stars committed for 2010 on the o-line?


Posted by: HughGRection | October 8, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Nice, finally something to get mildly excited about with a 2-3 team.

With that said,

What? My impersonater poster hasn't posted here yet?

Give 'em time.

In the mean time, the other team I root for is..................

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 8, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

last time we played UNC in chapel hill was one of the ugliest, most boring, bad football games I have ever been to. And we lost.

maybe kozora is onto something

Posted by: jpfterps | October 8, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I give Ralph a pass on that forth down call since he froze the Clemson kicker on the kick he made with a timeout. Hartsfield was all over the place. I hope he continues to show well in the upcoming games.
The half time stats showed Turner was 11/15 for 215 yds. What happenned in the second half?

Posted by: johnkoper | October 8, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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