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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 the pocket and starts to ad-lib. He needs just 81 passing yards to become the school’s all-time leader. He has thrown for a total of 1,004 yards in his last three games, and has thrown at least one touchdown pass in six straight games. Against N.C. State on Saturday, he set career highs in pass attempts (45) and passing yards (361). Wake Forest is the only ACC school to rank in the top five in the conference in passing offense and rushing offense. The Demon Deacons are also on pace to set the school mark for total offensive yards. Maryland’s defense played well against Clemson, holding the Tigers to 71 yards in the second half. But facing Skinner will offer more of a challenge.

"They are not running [Skinner] as much as they have in the past,” Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen said. “Now that I've said that, they'll probably run him zone option all over the place. I don't know whether they are afraid of him getting hurt or what. They are very innovative with what they do. It seems no matter how they try to do it, they are not the norm. They are always different in some ways. Even running a little zone play, it has a little different tweak. They are not afraid to do things that other people don't do which makes them very difficult to defend. I have a lot of respect for them as coaches and they are very innovative-type people. We got a real test on our hands defensively."

Said Maryland linebacker Alex Wujciak: "He's very experienced. He's been the starting quarterback for four years now. We've played against him a bunch and he's played in a lot of big games for them. He took home the ACC championship a few years ago. He's dangerous throwing and running and everything, so we've got to try and take him out of [his] game this week."

Defensive lineman Deege Galt added: "He's good. He's experienced, obviously. He's one of the ACC's best quarterbacks. He's elusive, he makes good decisions, he's smart and he knows the playbook like the back of his hand. They have a lot of weapons, a lot of speed and they're really experienced up front. One thing you take from it is you can't let him beat you."

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 7, 2009; 11:29 AM ET
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Soon enough people will be making up quotes and saying that I want Chris Turner kicked out of school because he's a thug.

Still waiting for mdfan and brianxp to produce actual evidence of said, inregards to Williams.


I'm debating whether or not to tell you all what other NCAA team I root for but I think if I did that, the blog would literally explode.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 7, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Fridge can coach but the recruiting hasn't been there. UMd knocks off enough teams to show that they are capable. More innovative playcalling as was prevalent back when he started will help turn things around and encourage better recruits. Git er going..

Posted by: BwkDawg1 | October 7, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the ol' backup team, huh Poo? In case one has a bad year, you can just move to #2. And then if both are having a bad year, just say you are fed up, call for the firing of the head coaches and start researching a third team to root for.

That way you can go thru life having not really cared for any team.


Posted by: fushezzi | October 7, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Hah! Score one for Fusheezi.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 7, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

What makes it even more brilliant is I have been a Duke basketball fan for 20 years!

So take that!

Posted by: Poopy-McPoop | October 7, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

What makes it even more brilliant is that it's pretty easy to spot the differences in the registration names.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 8, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

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