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Terrapins Insider: September 12, 2010 - September 18, 2010

Poll: Your biggest concern after Maryland's 31-17 loss at West Virginia

Headed back home soon. I expected a better overall performance out of Maryland. Lots of issues to sift through, and the left tackle position will be a focus in the coming days. What concerns you most? poll by twiigs.com...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 18, 2010; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Gilbert, O'Brien suffer injuries in loss at West Virginia

Two important Maryland players – left tackle Justin Gilbert and backup quarterback Danny O’Brien --- suffered injuries Saturday that could significantly affect the Terrapins’ offense in the coming weeks. Gilbert, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound sophomore, injured his left leg in the...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 18, 2010; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Maryland football falls to West Virginia, 31-17

The Terrapins could not dig out of a mostly self-inflicted 21-0 first-half hole 28-0 hole and fell to the Mountaineers in Morgantown, W.Va. Check out the box score here. Game story is here. Leave your thoughts on the game in...

By Matt Bonesteel  | September 18, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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An ugly first half for Maryland against West Virginia

So, we’ve seen a sloppy, turnover- and penalty-laden first half. We have also seen a mismatch -- 21-0 WVU is up. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith completed his first 10 passes – including three for touchdowns --- while Maryland quarterback...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 18, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Terps QB Danny O'Brien has a mind that's 'two steps ahead'

In advance of Maryland's game Saturday at West Virginia, Eric Prisbell profiles Terrapins quarterback Danny O'Brien. Lots of great quotes praising O'Brien's football smarts, including this gem from his high school coach: "He knew the playbook better than the coaches,"...

By Matt Bonesteel  | September 17, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Re-vote on Maryland's biggest football rivalry

I want a re-vote on the question of Maryland’s biggest rival in football. It was a close call between Virginia and West Virginia. But there were some alarming voting irregularities being reported in Howard County, especially near the mall, and...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 17, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Make your Maryland-West Virginia football predictions here

All week I have been tempted to pick Maryland against West Virginia in this measuring stick-type game for the Terrapins. But I can’t. Don’t count me as a believer in this team just yet. There are still plenty of lingering...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 17, 2010; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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West Virginia's Stewart: 'We are the neatest, tidiest, most courteous fans out there'

Here are a few remarks that stood out to me from West Virginia Coach Bill Stewart’s press conference on Tuesday: Stewart praised both Maryland quarterbacks, saying one (Jamarr Robinson) is an effective runner while the other (Danny O’Brien) has a...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 16, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Maryland return man Logan as X-factor against West Virginia

In the spring, Tony Logan was a little confused about his role on Maryland’s football team. So Coach Ralph Friedgen told him exactly what he expected in the fall: a dangerous punt returner and a backup wide receiver. “I said,...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 16, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Friedgen: If WVU gets the ball in space, 'there will be some issues'

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen has been pleased with the play of his scout team, which this week has been simulating the play of West Virginia’s offense. Freshman Jeremiah Wilson has been emulating West Virginia running back Noel Devine. Freshman transfer...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 16, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bieber Fever, Patrick Stevens and 16-topping pizzas at Maryland

Here is the deal: You get two free toppings on your Papa John’s pizza for every Maryland touchdown. The Terrapins scored a whopping eight touchdowns on Saturday against Morgan State, so that meant 16 free toppings on one pie. Longtime...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 16, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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West Virginia football fans throwing stones at the Maryland team bus in the past?

I have been inundated with e-mails from West Virginia fans! Thank you all so much. Far too many for me to reply to every one, but I read every one and appreciate the insights into the culture and tradition in...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 16, 2010; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Former Terps join Gary Williams celebration

Former Maryland players Steve Francis and Tony Massenburg will join a host of other big names when Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams is inducted into the Sports Legends Museum's Hall of Legends. Also on hand: Former Terrapins assistant and...

By Matt Bonesteel  | September 15, 2010; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Friedgen emphasizing togetherness as West Virginia game nears

Flipping through my crinkled notebook this morning, I was struck by how many times Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen has used the word "togetherness" recently in reference to this team. Look, lots of coaches talk about togetherness and boast about improved...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 15, 2010; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Maryland QB O'Brien says right ankle is 80 to 90 percent healthy

Maryland backup quarterback Danny O’Brien said he has been in treatment every day because of a right ankle sprain he suffered in the Morgan State game. O’Brien said his ankle feels about 80 to 90 percent healthy, and he was...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 15, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Franklin on two quarterbacks and the West Virginia game

James Franklin, Maryland’s offensive coordinator, said he and Coach Ralph Friedgen will meet Thursday and Friday to discuss how and when they want to rotate quarterbacks in Saturday’s game at West Virginia. But the plan with which they enter the...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 15, 2010; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Don Brown: 'I'd be lying if I said I was not confident'

Don Brown, Maryland’s defensive coordinator, noted two big differences in this year’s defense: speed and maturity. And both characteristics will be tested Saturday at West Virginia. The Mountaineers have three players – running back Noel Devine and wide receivers Jock...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 15, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Calling all West Virginia football fans in Morgantown

I thank everyone for your e-mails and request more. I enjoy getting feedback from fans. Yesterday’s post about West Virginia fans generated a lot of feedback, and I am asking for West Virginia fans to e-mail me about the home...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 15, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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QB Robinson: 'If that's the way they want to go with it, that's fine'

Jamarr Robinson, Maryland’s starting quarterback, talked to reporters Tuesday for the first time since the Morgan State game and expressed no frustration about a two-quarterback system in College Park. “We’re all together,” Robinson said. “I am fine with it. If...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 15, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Two quarterbacks expected to play against West Virginia

A quick update from Coach Ralph Friedgen’s Tuesday press conference: He is expecting both Jamarr Robinson and Danny O’Brien to play Saturday at West Virginia. Tight end Will Yeatman (broken finger) returned to practice Monday but was “rusty,” Friedgen said....

By Eric Prisbell  | September 14, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Thoughts on the Robinson-O'Brien quarterback debate at Maryland

Regardless of Danny O’Brien’s health Saturday, and regardless of who starts at quarterback for Maryland against West Virginia, this much can be said: O’Brien will figure heavily into how the Terrapins fare this season. He impressed fans and media members...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 14, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Thoughts on West Virginia football fans in Morgantown

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen can blare John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” in practice all week – like he has done before leading up to games at West Virginia – and it won’t really prepare players for the atmosphere...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 14, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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A closer look at Maryland's men's basketball schedule

Thinking about Maryland’s upcoming basketball season, I can’t help but reflect back to March, when I sat courtside in Spokane, Wash., and watched a three-pointer hang in the air as the buzzer sounded. It’s difficult not to think that, had...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 14, 2010; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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West Virginia Coach Stewart: 'Maryland is still Maryland'

I wanted to pass along some initial thoughts from West Virginia Coach Bill Stewart on the upcoming matchup in Morgantown: “Maryland is Maryland. They are tough, they’ve got speed, and they’re ACC. They had a bad year last year. These...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 14, 2010; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Adams as an option at running back

A lot of the focus will center on the quarterbacks this week, but Maryland has multiple options at running back, as well. Da’Rel Scott, Davin Meggett and D.J. Adams all averaged more than five yards per carry in Saturday’s 62-3...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 13, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland and West Virginia extend football series until at least 2017

Maryland and West Virginia have extended their football rivalry until at least 2017. The schools had been scheduled to play until 2013 and now they will play another four seasons. That's good news; it's a good rivalry. Maryland will be...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 13, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Don Brown: 'We were up in their faces the entire night'

The defense played very well Saturday against an overmatched opponent. It held Morgan State to 85 total yards, the fewest in a game during the Friedgen era. The biggest issue coordinator Don Brown faced all night was deciding when to...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 13, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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With Brown out, Burns becomes third-string QB for Maryland

I wanted to post more from Coach Ralph Friedgen’s Sunday teleconference: The quarterback situation will be a focus all week, and we will get to it in the coming days. Overall, Friedgen said he was “not displeased” with the performance...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 13, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kicker Baltz making impact for Maryland

Some leftover notes from an impressive victory over a not-so-impressive opponent Saturday: Travis Baltz made two 47-yard field goals. It marked the first time a Maryland player made two field goals 45 yards or longer since Oct. 11, 2003, when...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 13, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The big, bad ACC

The ACC is at it again. Two weeks into the season, what I have said for years still holds true: The conference is fascinating, thrilling, topsy-turvy and zany to those who cover it, play and coach in it, attend the...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 13, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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A quick Maryland quarterback update

A quick update from Coach Ralph Friedgen’s Sunday teleconference: Backup quarterback Danny O’Brien’s sprained right ankle is not as serious as previously thought, but it remains to be seen if he can play Saturday at West Virginia along with starter...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 12, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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