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Maryland linebacker Murray leaves program

I finished up with Maryland’s media day a little while ago. Here are some tidbits:

Defensive lineman De’Onte Arnett is out six weeks with a cyst on his upper ankle Taylor Watson, who injured his right knee during spring practice, could play by the third game.

Sophomore linebacker Avery Murray has left the program for personal reasons.

Wide receiver Ronnie Tyler and defensive linemen Zach Kerr are finishing up summer school.

Coaches and players want to flush away the memory of the 2-10 record in 2009. They say they want to learn from last season but don’t want to dwell on it.

Coach Ralph Friedgen underscored the importance of keeping his offensive line healthy. Overall, he said he may have players do less hitting in training camp. He also said he plans to spend more time in the locker room with players after practice.

This was the first time in 10 years that everyone passed Maryland’s conditioning test; players and coaches took pride in that.

Friedgen met with his team Monday night to outline the team’s goals, which include beating your next opponent. He emphasized that the gap between first and sixth (where Maryland was predicted to finish in the ACC media poll) in the ACC’s Atlantic Division is small.

Friedgen said he didn’t have a sense of urgency because of job security, but rather because of last season’s struggles.

“Do I feel a sense of urgency?” Friedgen said. “I feel a sense of urgency to get this bad taste out of my mouth.”

Friedgen on standout Torrey Smith: “God made a perfect person there … He is a rare kid. The epitome of low maintenance and high production.”

A lot of praise for running backs. Da’Rel Scott looked noticeably bigger and stronger. He said he got a lot of his speed back after running winter track. Davin Meggett had a great spring practice.

I’m going to crank out a quick story, watch the first 30 minutes of practice and then post an early-evening post-practice blog.

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 10, 2010; 2:18 PM ET
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Comments

Nice to see the Insider up and at it again. Welcome back Eric.

I live near Annapolis and there is lots of positive buzz about Navy. Big early season game for both teams.

Posted by: erniegogo | August 10, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

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