A look ahead at Maryland's final scrimmage
Maryland was supposed to conduct its final scrimmage of training camp Saturday evening, but Coach Ralph Friedgen looked at his team and saw guys with hip pointers, muscle strains and tired legs. So he pushed it back to this evening.
“Monday is two weeks until we play,” Friedgen said. “It is foolish to get anyone hurt. We are going to have a good scrimmage. This kind of throws me off a little bit, but … It is a fine line with pushing them through it and pushing them too hard when you lose them.”
Friedgen said this is a very important scrimmage that will give him a good indication of where the team is two weeks before it opens the season against Navy in Baltimore. Maryland’s defense will be blitzing with abandon tonight, so it remains to be seen how the offense will fare.
This will be a situational scrimmage, with a lot of focus on two-minute and four-minute offense. There will be 50-60 plays per team.
Some things two watch for in the scrimmage:
1) Will the passing game be sharp? For whatever reason, it has not been as crisp as Friedgen would like. Receivers dropping balls and quarterbacks misfiring at times.
2) How will the offensive line hold up against the blitzing defense?
3) Will place kicker Nick Ferrara be more consistent?