Robinson expected to make second start vs. FSU
Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen just finished his Sunday teleconference that he conducts weekly with reporters. Without being asked about it, Friedgen opened the 10-minute teleconference by addressing comments he made to Washington Post columnist Mike Wise following Maryland’s 36-9 loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday. During the taped conversation, Friedgen told Wise that he used funds not from the athletic department’s annual operating budget to fly his team to Wake Forest and North Carolina State for games this season.
“I was talking to Mike last night about fundraising, and it is a misunderstanding that some of the benefits that the MGN provides for our team, such as the travel to N.C. State and to Wake, was reported was my own personal expenses,” Friedgen said. “That is not true. It is from the generosity of supporters of the MGN that provide the money that allowed us to use that money to benefit the football program. I just wanted to make sure that is cleared up, okay.”
(The purpose of the Maryland Gridiron Network is to provide funding for special projects and support for football beyond the annual operating budget.)
Regarding the football team, Friedgen said that there is a chance that three-year starting quarterback Chris Turner could return for the last game of his career, Nov. 28 against Boston College. Turner suffered an MCL injury to his left knee in the second quarter of the 38-31 loss to N.C. State on Nov. 7. That means quarterback Jamarr Robinson is expected to make his second consecutive start Saturday at Florida State.
Friedgen said Robinson “did some good things” in his first career start Saturday, giving the Terrapins some semblance of a running game. “There are some plays that are out there that guys have to help him make,” Friedgen said. Friedgen said he will continue to evaluate freshman Danny O’Brien in practice and will “use Danny if I need him.” If O’Brien is not used, he will redshirt this season.
Friedgen said running back Da’Rel Scott, who broke a bone in his forearm against Clemson on Oct. 3, is expected to play Saturday. Wide receiver Ronnie Tyler (AC strain) played just four or five plays this week but should be in better condition to contribute against Florida State.
Punter Travis Baltz is expected to undergo surgery Thursday to repair the broken finger he suffered against Virginia Tech. Friedgen said Baltz “just kind of grabbed a guy by the shirt and kind of flung him down. That’s a big loss for us right now.” At first Baltz felt like he could punt despite the injury, and he punted one time after being hurt. Catching and holding the ball became too difficult for him, however. The finger started throbbing and it turned black and blue. Freshman Nick Ferrara will fill in on punting duties the rest of the season.
This is the second injury this season for Maryland’s starting punter, an indication of how difficult this 2-8 season has been. “I’ll tell you, it has been a tough season,” Friedgen said.
Friedgen said senior safety Terrell Skinner played his best game in a Maryland uniform. Friedgen also said cornerback Trenton Hughes had “good plays” on 27 of his 30 plays. He expects to see more of Hughes and sixth-year senior Richard Taylor at cornerback Saturday. Antwine Perez is expected to take the place of safety Kenny Tate, whose high ankle sprain will sideline him for the rest of the season.
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