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Friedgen sends defense to the showers

With the season opener on Labor Day, Maryland is in the midst of a very short game week. It is an issue, even if the upcoming opponent is division I-AA Morgan State.

Here is what it means:

Coach Ralph Friedgen only went through the Navy game tape very quickly. Offensive coordinator James Franklin only watched some clips. Just no time. And don’t think the defensive players especially are not feeling it after being on the field for nearly two-thirds of the game.

“They were beat up pretty good,” Friedgen said.

So Friedgen divided the defense into three groups. He summoned one group to the showers, where heat opened up the players’ pores. Then the group went into ice tubs, “which is really interesting, especially when I throw more ice in there and stir it,” Friedgen said. After five minutes getting chilled, they headed back into the showers. Back and forth they went. And then they stretched. Friedgen wanted them to get the lactic acid out of their legs.

Will it work? Who knows. I guess we’ll see if their both their bodies and minds are right after a big win.

“We had to put the whole game plan in in one day,” Friedgen lamented. “Now I have to think about their bodies and whether they will be ready to play on Saturday. It is like playing a double-header in the same week. Not a fun thing.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 9, 2010; 8:50 AM ET
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Comments

Man, if that's what Fridge did with the defense I'm curious as to what Niumatalolo did with the Navy offense, Dobbs especially. The Maryland defense laid a beating on those guys, Dobbs especially, like I've never seen before.

Posted by: CapsNut | September 9, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

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