Terrapins notes from ACC media days
Maryland is represented here in Greensboro by wide receiver Torrey Smith and linebacker Alex Wujciak, along with Coach Ralph Friedgen, who meets with reporters on Monday afternoon. The dominant topic during the players' availability was Friedgen's hot seat entering a critical 2010 season.
Here are some unrelated quick notes from day one:
- Wujciak said one of the differences this summer with past summers is that the team is only lifting weights three days per week, run four days and they've incorporated yoga and stretching into the workouts. The goal is to eliminate injuries. There's also been more film study than in past years and more workouts on Fridays.
- Smith said he respected Debbie Yow's decision to go to North Carolina State, and that Yow remained cordial and supportive of Smith. He understood the appeal of returning closer to home. "She did nothing but good things for the programs," Smith said. "If anything, Maryland is going to miss her and not hold a grudge against her."
- Smith said quarterback Jamarr Robinson has a better understanding of the offense and a better relationship with his teammates. "He's matured as a quarterback," Smith said, adding that Robinson allows the Terrapins to have a "more exciting" offense than past Maryland offenses.
- Looking for a breakout players? Wujciak thinks tight end Will Yeatman will surprise fans. "He came in, worked out with us, and he's huge," Wujciak said of the lacrosse player. "He's the biggest tight end I've ever seen." On defense, Wujciak pegged defensive lineman Joe Vellano. "He's a guy who just killed it during spring ball," Wujciak said. "Just busts his [butt] on conditioning and stuff."
- Why should Terps fans be optimistic in 2010? Here's Wujciak's take: "We got a lot of guys coming back. Maybe they're not considered starters, or guys that play the majority of snaps, but our two safeties [Kenny Tate and Antwine Perez], they weren't starters last year, but they probably played more or same as the starters. We got guys on the D-line rotated in. And the offense, our O-line is coming back, all guys who have played. Our quarterback is out to prove something. He's a dual-threat, can run the ball and throw the ball. So there's a lot of optimism."
July 26, 2010; 10:51 AM ET
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